Part Time Members

Dr. Sajjid Z. Chinoy

Dr. Sajjid Z. Chinoy is Chief India Economist at J.P. Morgan. He is currently also a member of the Advisory Council to the 15th Finance Commission set up by the Government of India, before which he was a consultant to the FRBM Review Committee that proposed a new fiscal anchor. He has also served on several RBI committees and task-forces (Offshore Rupee Markets, Secondary Market for Corporate Loans) including the RBI’s “Expert Committee to Revise and Strengthen the Monetary Policy Framework” that proposed inflation targeting in India. He has been ranked by Asset Magazine as one of the “Best Individuals in Research in India” for every year since 2014. He has authored several publications on the Indian economy including co-editing a book on Indian economic reform: “Reforming India’s External, Fiscal and Financial Policies” with Dr. Anne O. Krueger, former First Deputy Managing director at the IMF. He has previously worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and McKinsey & Company. He received his Ph.D. in economics at Stanford University in 2002.

 Dr. Ashima Goyal

Dr. Ashima Goyal has widely published in institutional and open economy macroeconomics, international finance and governance, with more than a hundred articles in national and international journals. She has also authored and edited a number of books including Macroeconomics and Markets in Developing and Emerging Economies (Routledge: UK. 2017), A Concise Handbook of the Indian Economy in the 21st Century (OUP: India, 2015) and History of Monetary Policy in India since Independence (2011) (Springer: 2014). She edits the Routledge journal Macroeconomics and Finance in Emerging Market Economies; has provided consultancy to ADB, DEA, GDN, UNDP, RBI, UN ESCAP and WB; is active in the Indian policy debate; and has served on several government committees, boards of educational and of financial institutions, including the RBI technical advisory committee for monetary policy. She contributes a monthly column to the Hindu Business Line. She was a visiting fellow at the Economic Growth Centre, Yale University, USA, and a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow at Claremont Graduate University, USA. Her research has received national and international awards, including two best research awards at GDN, and the SKOCH Challenger award for economic policy.

Dr. V. Anantha Nageswaran

Dr. Anantha-Nageswaran graduated with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 1985. He obtained a doctoral degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts in 1994 for his work on the empirical behaviour of exchange rates.

Between 1994 and 2004, he worked for Union Bank of Switzerland (now UBS) and for Credit Suisse in Switzerland and in Singapore. In July 2006, he joined Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd. in Singapore as the Head of Research for Asia. In March 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Investment Officer for the bank. For about seven year from July 2011, he was a writer, consultant and teacher.

He had been an adjunct faculty with the Singapore Management University and with the Wealth Management Institute at the Nanyang Technological University.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of several companies in India, including TVS Supply Chain Solutions (P) Limited and TVS Sri Chakra Ltd. In Singapore, he is a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of NPS International School.

He helped co-found Aavishkaar Venture Capital (Venture Capital Investor in Social Enterprises) and the Takshashila Institution (a public policy think-tank cum teaching institute).

In October 2018, he joined the IFMR Graduate School of Business (Krea University) in Sri City in his present role as its Dean.

His co-authored book, ‘Economics of Derivatives’ and ‘Derivatives’ were published by the Cambridge University Press in March 2015 and October 2017 respectively. Another co-authored work, ‘Can India grow?’ has been published by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in November 2016.

‘The rise of Finance: Causes, Consequences and Cures’ published by the Cambridge University Press is his most recent (co-authored) work.

He writes a weekly column for MINT, an Indian financial daily, on Tuesdays (

Neelkanth Mishra

Neelkanth Mishra is a Managing Director, Co-Head of Equity Strategy, Asia Pacific, and India Strategist for Credit Suisse. He has been rated among the best analysts in India by the Institutional Investor and Asia Money polls. He is part of the Advisory Council to the Fifteeth Finance Commission, and has been an advisor to committees appointed by the Government of India—such as the RNR Committee on GST and the FRBM Review Committee. He writes frequently in prominent newspapers and magazines on economic issues. Neelkanth has worked on Metals & Mining, Indian Pharmaceuticals, Taiwan IC design, semiconductor foundries and Asian tech strategy research, based out of Mumbai, Singapore and Taipei. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, he was a Senior Technical Architect with Infosys Technologies. He has also worked with Hindustan Lever Limited and has been an entrepreneur. Neelkanth is a gold medalist from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, graduating in computer science and engineering, and was ranked fourth in the prestigious entrance exam to the IITs.

Shri Nilesh Shah

Nilesh Shah is currently Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company Limited. He has worked in Leadership position with Axis Bank Group, ICICI Bank Group and Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund covering Investment Banking and Investment Management across Debt, Equity and Real Estate markets for Local and Global Investors over more than two and half decades. He is a Gold Medallist Chartered Accountant and a Merit ranked Cost Accountant. He was part of the team that received the Best Fund House of the Year Award at all the mutual funds where he worked viz. Kotak Mutual Fund, ICICI Prudential and Franklin Templeton. He is presently Chairman of Association of Mutual Fund in India and member of the Mutual Fund Advisory Committee constituted by SEBI. He has served in various committees of SEBI  & Exchanges for Market Development. He has written extensively on Indian Economy and Markets in local and global publications. He has co-authored a book called A Direct Take on Financial Planning.

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