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Poonam Gupta

Poonam Gupta is the Director General of NCAER and a member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM). Before joining NCAER, she was Lead Economist, Global Macro and Market Research, International Finance Corporation (IFC); and Lead Economist for India at the World Bank. Her prior appointments include the Reserve Bank of India Chair Professor at National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP); Professor at Indian Council for Research on International Economics Relations (ICRIER); Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics; and, Economist at the International Monetary Fund. Her research has been published in leading scholarly journals and featured in The Economist, Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal.  She holds a PhD in International Economics from the University of Maryland, USA and a Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.

Mridul Saggar

Dr Mridul Saggar is the Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority (IEPF) Chair Professor at NCAER. A central banker for three decades, Dr Saggar has extensive experience in various central banking functions. Prior to joining NCAER, he was the Executive Director, Reserve Bank of India (RBI), overseeing the central bank’s monetary policy and economics research functions. He was also one of the six members of the RBI’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) in charge of taking collegiate decisions on policy interest rate and the monetary policy stance as also of its Financial Markets Committee (FMC) that takes decisions on its financial market operations. Earlier, he has served as the Head of the International Department of RBI, representing India at various international bodies/G20 Working Groups/Task Forces. 

A PhD from IGIDR and a mid-career fellow at Princeton University, his research interests cover macroeconomics, international finance, monetary policy and monetary operations, international financial architecture and international economic relations, global financial regulatory reforms, financial inclusion, national accounts, and agriculture policy. He has several publications in national and international journals and has taught and delivered guest lectures at various academic institutions in India and abroad.