Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Economist
Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog
Dr. Rajiv Kumar took over as Vice Chairman NITI Aayog, in the rank and status of a Cabinet Minister, on 1 September 2017. He also serves as the Chancellor of Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune. He has wide experience of having worked in Government, academia, industry as well as in multilateral institutions. Dr. Kumar was a Senior Fellow at CPR and earlier the CEO of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He has also been Chief Economist at CII and Secretary General of Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI). He was a professor at Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). In the Government, he was Economic Advisor with Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance and Senior Consultant at the Bureau of Industrial Costs and Prices (BICP), Ministry of Industry. He was Principal Economist at Asian Development Bank, Manila where he spent 10 years. He has also served on many Boards including that of RBI and SBI. Dr. Kumar has a Ph.D. in Economics from Lucknow University and a D. Phil. from Oxford University.