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Shekhar Shah

Director General

Dr Shekhar Shah is the Director-General of NCAER. Prior to joining NCAER, Shah was the World Bank’s Regional Economic Adviser for South Asia and, earlier Sector Manager in the Bank’s research complex and a principal author of the 2004 World Development Report,  Making Services Work for Poor People. During a career at the Bank spanning more than two decades, Shah served as the Bank’s Deputy Research Administrator, Sector Manager for Governance and Public Sector Management for Europe and Central Asia, South Asia Governance Adviser and Public Sector Coordinator, and Lead Economist for Bangladesh. Before joining the Bank in 1989, he was the Ford Foundation’s Program Officer for Economics for South Asia. He worked earlier in the financial services sector in Washington DC consulting for the Federal Reserve Board, FDIC, the OCC, and bank holding companies in the US.  He received his BA in Economics from St Stephens College at Delhi University and his MA and PhD in Economics from Columbia University. 


  • 2011-present: Director-General, NCAER, New Delhi
  • 2004-2010: Regional Economic Adviser, South Asia Region, the World Bank (based in New Delhi & Colombo)
  • 2002-2004: Sector Manager, World Development Report 2004, the World Bank, Washington DC
  • 2000-2002: Sector Manager, Public Sector & Governance, Europe & Central Asia Region, the World Bank, Washington DC
  • 1992-2000: Lead Economist, Bangladesh Country Program Coordinator, Principal Economist, and Senior Economist, South Asia Region, the World Bank, Washington DC
  • 1989-1992: Deputy Research Administrator, Development Economics Vice Presidency, the World Bank, Washington DC
  • 1984-1989: Program Officer for International Economics and International Relations, the Ford Foundation, New Delhi
  • 1980-1984: Golembe Associates, Inc., Washington DC
  • 1978-1980: Lecturer, Columbia University, New York


Executive Development Program, Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA, 1997
PhD Economics, Columbia University, New York, 1981
MPhil Economics, Columbia University, New York, 1979
MA Economics, Columbia University, New York, 1977
BA Economics, St Stephens College, Delhi University, 1975



Research Interests

Economic Policy
Financial Inclusion