Surjit S. Bhalla is Executive Director for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Bhutan at the IMF. He was earlier a member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council and Chairman of Oxus Research & Investments in New Delhi. Dr Bhalla has worked as a research economist at the Rand Corporation, the Brookings Institution, in the Research and Treasury departments of the World Bank, and as a consultant to Warburg Pincus. He has worked on Wall Street at Deutsche Bank and at Goldman Sachs. He is the author of several academic papers and books, Imagine There’s no Country (2002), Devaluing to Prosperity (2012), The New Wealth of Nations (2017), and Citizen Raj (2019). His first book, Between the Wickets: The Who and Why of the Best in Cricket (1987), developed a model for evaluating performance in sports. He is a regular contributor to Indian newspapers, magazines, and television on financial markets, economics, politics and cricket.
Dr Bhalla has an MPA and PhD in Economics from Princeton University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.