Distinguished Visiting Professor, Stern School of Business, New York University; Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, India (2004 – 2014)


Montek Singh Ahluwalia served as Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India until 2014. He has held several advisory positions in the Indian government and has been a key figure in India’s economic reforms since the mid-1980s. He is currently Distinguished Visiting Professor at the New York University Stern School of Business. He began his career at the World Bank and joined the Indian Ministry of Finance in 1979. He subsequently served as Special Secretary to the Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, as Commerce Secretary, Finance Secretary, and as member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. In 2001, he was appointed the first Director of the IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office. He graduated from Delhi University, and has a master’s and an MPhil in Economics from Oxford University. He is on the governing council of the Global Green Growth Institute, based in South Korea.