Professor Arvind Subramanian
Arvind Subramanian, is Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Center for Global Development, and Senior Research Professor, Johns Hopkins University. He was previously Assistant Director in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund. He obtained his undergraduate degree from St Stephens College, Delhi, his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad, India, and his MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford, UK.
Previously, he worked at the GATT (1988-1992) during the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations and taught at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (1999- 2000). In his career at the Fund, he has worked on trade, development, Africa, India, and the Middle East.
He has written on growth, trade, development, institutions, aid, oil, India, Africa, the WTO, and intellectual property. He has published widely in academic and other journals, including the American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Economic Growth, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, International Monetary Fund Staff Papers, Foreign Affairs, World Economy, and Economic and Political Weekly.
He has also been published and cited extensively, including in the Economist, Financial Times, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and the New York Review of Books. He was interviewed on PBS’ Charlie Rose show. He is a columnist for India’s leading financial daily, Business Standard.
His book, India’s Turn: Understanding the Economic Transformation was published in 2008 by Oxford University Press. He is coeditor of Efficiency, Equity, and Legitimacy: The Multilateral Trading System at the Millennium with Roger Porter and Pierre Sauvé (Brookings/Harvard University Press, 2002).
He is currently ranked amongst the top 4 percent of the world’s academic economists in terms of research and publications, according to the widely used REPEC rankings.
Mr Manu Bhaskaran
Mr Bhaskaran is a Partner of the Centennial Group, a strategic advisory firm based in Washington DC. Based in Singapore, he co-ordinates the Asian business of the group and, as Head of its Economic Research Practice, he provides in-depth analysis of macro trends in Asia for investment institutions, government agencies and companies with interests in Asia.
Prior to this, Mr Bhaskaran supervised Asian economic and investment strategy analysis for Societe Generale’s Asian investment banking division. He was a member of the Executive Committee, in charge of Asian equity research. In 12 years with the firm, Mr Bhaskaran helped to establish the firm’s business presence in Southeast Asia and in South Asia as well as contributing to the development of the firm’s highly-rated equity research. Prior to that, Mr Bhaskaran supervised a team preparing strategic political and economic assessments of Asia for senior Singapore government officials.
He is also Member of the Competition Appeals Board, Singapore; Member of the Board of Advisors, School of Economics, Singapore Management University; and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies Singapore. In addition, Mr Bhaskaran is also a Council Member, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA); and Vice-President, Economics Society of Singapore.
Mr Bhaskaran serves as a director of several companies including one that is listed on the Singapore stock exchange.