Shayequa Zeenat Ali

Shayequa Zeenat Ali is an Associate Fellow at NCAER. Her research interests are in agricultural economics, labour, poverty and inequality, and gender. At NCAER she has been working on our study on the gems and jewelry sector and on the impact assessment of the Monsoon Mission on farmers.   She was earlier a research associate with the Centers for International Projects Trust, Columbia Water Centre in New Delhi, and at the National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research. She has worked on the food and agriculture sector, including on the effectiveness of the Minimum Support Price Policy for paddy, growth patterns of wheat productivity in the Punjab, and strengthening value chains for fruits and vegetables in the Punjab. She was an ICSSR doctoral fellow during 2017-18. 

 
Debasis Barik

Debasis Barik is a Fellow at NCAER, working in the area of public health and mortality. His research interests are in public health, demography, migration, gender, labour and social security. His current research focuses on health and health systems analysis. His other research interests include analysing the issues arising out of demographic transition in India. 

 
Bornali Bhandari

Bornali Bhandari is a Senior Fellow at NCAER with a background in international economics and macroeconomics, specifically focusing on the impact of globalisation on development. Currently she is engaged in analysing and assessing the progress and prospects of implementing Direct Benefit Transfers in states and Union Territories. Her wider research interests include analysis of skilling from a 3-E perspective (education, employability and employment), infrastructure, particularly the roads and ICT sectors, G-20 issues like climate change financing and reserve currency, FDI and trade-related issues. She also oversees the production of NCAER’s macro publications, the Quarterly Review of the Economy, and Quarterly Business Expectations Survey. 

 

Bornali received her PhD in Economics from the University of Oregon, Eugene, USA.

 
 
Nijara Deka

Nijara Deka is an Associate Fellow at NCAER. She is an applied micro-economist with interests also in macroeconomics and economic growth. Her primary areas of research include Poverty and Social Inequality, Deprivation and Human Development, Labour and Informal Sector, Economics of Education and Health, Social Protection and Sustainable Development. In her doctoral research, she analysed multidimensional deprivation of urban poor households. She received her PhD in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University. 

 
Sonalde Desai

Sonalde Desai is a Professor at NCAER with a joint appointment as Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland. She directs the NCAER-National Data Innovation Centre (NDIC), a newly established Centre by NCAER with its consortium partners, University of Maryland and University of Michigan. She is an internationally known demographer whose work deals primarily with human development in developing countries with a particular focus on gender and class inequalities. While most of her research focuses on India, she has also undertaken comparative studies across South Asia, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. At present, Sonalde Desai is leading the India Human Development Survey (IHDS), India’s only nationally representative panel study with interviews in 2004–05 and 2011–12. The next wave of IHDS is planned for 2019-20. The IHDS is used by over 9,000 users worldwide and has led to nearly 500 papers and dissertations. Desai is a member of the editorial committee of Population and Development Review and has served on the editorial advisory boards of many Indian and international journals. At present, she chairs the International Outreach Committee of the Population Association of America.   

She has published articles in a wide range of Indian and international sociology and demography journals and is a frequent contributor to The Hindu.

 
K P Krishnan

Dr K P Krishnan is the IEPF Chair Professor in Regulatory Economics. The Chair has been established with the support of the Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority of the Government of India.  Dr Krishnan leads a group focused on research and policy outreach in the broad area of regulatory and public economics, including concerns about investor protection and financial sector reforms, land policy and records, public finance and public administration, and law, economics, and justice.  


Before his retirement from public service in December 2019, Dr Krishnan was the Union Secretary in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.  Prior to that he was Special & Additional Secretary, Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development; Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance; Principal Secretary, Department of Personnel & Administrative Reforms in the Government of Karnataka (his parent cadre); Secretary to the PM’s Economic Advisory Council in New Delhi; Joint Secretary, DEA; Secretary Finance in Karnataka; Advisor to the Indian ED at the World Bank, Dr Bimal Jalan; and a number of other positions after joining the Indian Administrative Service in the 1983 batch. 


Trained in economics, finance, and law, Dr Krishnan has chaired or served as a member of several Government of India committees, including the Krishnan Committee on Cross Border Insolvency Rules/Regulation Committee, the Krishnan Committee on Comprehensive Regulation of Credit Rating Agencies, the T K Viswanathan Committee on Reform of Bankruptcy Laws in India; the Rangarajan High-level Expert Committee on Efficient Management of Public Expenditure; High-level Coordination Committee on Financial Markets chaired by the RBI Governor; and the Rajan Committee on Financial Sector Reforms.


Professor Krishnan has taught as a visiting professor at the Indian School of Business, at Ashoka University, as BOK Visiting International School Professor of Regulation at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and he regularly lectures at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussorie.  He has published on a range of public policy issues in books, journals, and the mainstream media. Dr Krishnan holds a B.A. (Hons) in Economics from St Stephen’s College and an LL.B. degree from the University of Delhi, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Mysore, and a FPM/Ph.D. in Economics & Finance from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. 

 
Ajaya Kumar Sahu

Ajaya Kumar Sahu is a Senior Research Analyst at NCAER. His expertise lies in conducting primary survey that involves sampling and weight calculations, handling large scale data like NSSO employment and consumption data as well as ASI data. Further, he works on poverty analysis, and issues related to agriculture and rural development areas.   He completed his M. Phil in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and is presently pursuing his Ph. D in Economics from Jamia Milia Islamia. He cleared the National Eligibility Test (NET) with the Junior Research Fellowship, conducted by the UGC.

 
Anushree Sinha

Anushree Sinha, is advisor at NCAER. She  joined NCAER in 1989 and has held several positions since then. She was Professor at NCAER from 2018 to August 2021 and prior to that she was NCAER’s Principal Economist during 2001-2003.  She worked in macro- economic analyses including Macro Forecasting Modelling at NCAER. In her current research she uses general equilibrium frameworks to analyse the impact of policies and external economic shocks on the social sector including the informal and female workers. She is a post- doctorate from the Department of International Development, University of Oxford and has been a Fulbright-Nehru Lecturing Professor at Rutgers during 2013-14.