Rajiv Kumar is presently a Senior Fellow, at the Center forPolicy Research, (Delhi) and Chancellor of the Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics (A Deemed University, Pune). He isalso the Founding Director of Pahle India Foundation (Delhi), a non-profit think tank.
He was Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI, 2010-2012); Director & Chief Executive of the Indian Council
or Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER, 2006-2010); andChief Economist of the Confederation of India Industries (CII, 2004-2006.) He worked in the Asian Development Bank, Manila from 1995 to 2005. He was Member, Economics, Bureau of Costs and Prices, Ministry of Industry, (1989-1991) and Economic Advisor in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance (1992 to 1995). He was a professor in the MBA program at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi (1987-89).
He presently serves on: (i) Board of Management of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Riyadh; (ii) Board of Governors, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and Asia (ERIA) Jakarta as GOI nominee; (iii) Board of Directors, Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow; (iv) Board of Directors, Institute of Human Development, Delhi; iv) the Indian Advisory Board of CISCO.
He was formerly: (i) Member of Government of India’s National Security Advisory Board for 2006-2008; (ii) Member Central Board of Directors, State Bank of India – 2009-2011 and 2012- 2015; and (iii) GOI nominee on the Board of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.
He has a D.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from Lucknow University.