List of Fsi Guest Faculty
ID 55 
Name Mr  Mahavir Prasad
Title Scientist, NIC, delhi
Contacts Tel:   Mob:9868116457 Email: Website:
Interests imas, computers 
Remarks Been teaching IMAS at FSI for many years. 
ID 57 
Name Mr  Bibhu Prasad Mohapatra
Title Director, India Development Foundation, Delhi
Contacts Tel:   Mob:91-9811891124 Email: Website:
Interests Constitutionalism 
Remarks Bibhu is a trained primary researcher with 20 years of experience in archival research and publications in the area of political history and political economy of post-colonial India. He has also 16 years of experience in development sector in training Constitutionalism, electoral reforms, mobilising and setting up networks for popular participation in electoral process. He hasworked extensively on governance related issues and led projects focussed on Women’s empowerment, Child Labour, Service Delivery mechanisms, experimental pilots on cash transfer, monitoring and evaluation of Secondary education Scheme for SC/ST Girls in Odisha, evaluation of core capabilities of organisations funded by the Dutch Parliament, evaluation of achievement of MDG goals by organisations funded by various international consortiums, process evaluation and training in health delivery, and education sector. His areas of interest and expertise include designing conditional cash transfer programmes, impact evaluation and monitoring and evaluating framework, participatory democratic processes, training and content design. He is the lead for Monitoring and evaluation (concurrent) for DFID sponsored and Odisha Government’s Girls’ incentive programme which is going on. He is also the lead for WOTRO India evaluation team (a research organisation sponsored by the Dutch Government). This project (on going) involves designing and monitoring evaluation of 32 organisations across India. The major portion of the work revolves around assessing core capabilities of organisations receiving funds for achieving MDG goals and creating social networks for evidence based policy making. Bibhu was the co-principal investigator in Norway India Partnership initiative project on health care service delivery process.He was also the PI for convergence and capacity monitoring and training of state official on convergence of service delivery, sponsored by UNICEF. Till recently, he was involved as Lead research and field coordinator, Universal and Unconditional Cash Transfer in Madhya Pradesh: A Pilot; wherein he was involved in the testing the hypothesis whether direct cash transfers induce behavioral changes improve the health, nutrition, and socio-economic conditions of the individual, family and wider community. In the similar capacity, he provided technical inputs in Pilot Study for Cash Transfers substituting Public Distribution System in Delhi, UNJCP focusing on testing the following hypotheses: Improvement in the recipients’ health and nutrition status, particularly of children; improving sanitary conditions in their households, thereby improving health and wellbeing; investment in income generating skills or enhancement of income generating skills; for making an investment decision in specific assets which was otherwise getting postponed; paying off debts to the extent possible; allowing more free time for household members; increased savings.He is also the lead researcher for Urban voting behaviour and service delivery through Political participation, a project funded by 3ie and carried out by JPAL. Bibhu was the content developer and facilitator for 3ie policy Influencing through evidence based research clinic in Colombo, sponsored by 3ie (2012). During the last decade he has been engaged in creating innovative methods for voter’s education and outreach, including pioneering a score card method in elections for the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai in 2007, training youth in tribal areas for information campaign during Odisha’s 2005 Panchayat elections, and PEVAC campaigns through village outreach programs in State Assembly elections in Bihar in 2005 and Uttar Pradesh in 2007. In all he has been part of 17 election watch campaigns. His recent work involves Convergence of service delivery at the grass roots level; strengthening cutting edge officials for better performance. Currently Bibhu is heading an UNDP end line evaluation of women’s empowerment in UP. This evaluation methodology involves quasi experimental methods to assess impact on house hold economy, child labour, political participation, and financial inclusion of marginalised women. Bibhu is a trained facilitator and content developer from the Theodor Huess Academy for leadership, Germany. His current writings are on Land and legislative process of development (presented at IIM Kozhikode), Evidence based policy making ( presented at Colombo), Disclosure and services in political participation of urban and rural poor ( presented at Bonn, 3ie). 
ID 59 
Name Mr  Bharat Karnad
Title Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
Contacts Tel: 011-2922-9524  Mob:9971092226 Email: Website:
Interests National security 
Remarks Professor in National Security Studies at CPR, New Delhi, he is the author of numerous books among them 'India's Rise" Why It's Not a Great Power (Yet)' [Oxford University Press, forthcoming], 'India's Nuclear Policy' [Praeger, 2008], and 'Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy', rev. ed., [Macmillan India, 2005, 2002]. Member of the (First) National Security Advisory Board and Member of the Nuclear Doctrine Drafting Group. he was formerly Adviser, Defence Expenditure, (Tenth) Finance Commission. He has been Visiting Scholar/Foreign Fellow at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and the Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC. He obtained his BA and MA at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles respectively.  
ID 60 
Name Dr  Amir Ullah Khan
Title Professor, Glocal University, Saharanpur, India
Contacts Tel: 0124 4238747  Mob:+919871322477 Email: Website:
Interests Economic policy 
Remarks Amir Ullah Khan is a development economist with a special interest in Health and Agriculture. He has directed the strategy and policy division at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in India. Amir also served as Director at the India Development Foundation and as Deputy Secretary General at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is honorary President at the Glocal University in Saharanpur and policy advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Business and Law at the Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. He teaches a course on Indian Economic Policy at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad at its Centre for Executive Education.. Amir worked as Researcher for the Ministry of Finance, Government of India and the UNDP at Project LARGE (Legal Adjustments and Reforms for Globalising the Economy). He then was Academic Head at the Indian School of Finance and Management, after which he worked with Encyclopedia Britannica as Executive Director and Editor. He studied Electronics and Communication Engineer at Osmania University and Rural Management at the Institute of Rural Management at Anand and has a PhD in Business Studies from the Jamia Millia Central University at New Delhi. His latest book for Academic Foundation is titled "Common Property Resource Management: A focus on Forestry." He has previously authored "States of the India Economy" for SAGE that analyses regional and interstate diversity in India especially with respect to Public health and education and the net impacts of infrastructure development. He has worked on various research projects for the European Commission, National Council for Applied Economic Research, Planning Commission, Confederation of Indian Industry and the World Bank and has written on Economics and policy issues.  
ID 61 
Name Prof   Swaran Singh
Title Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Contacts Tel: +91 11 26704349  Mob: Email: Website:
Interests Diplomacy Disarmamnt 
Remarks Prof Swaran Singh specialises in Diplomacy and Disarmament, China's foreign and security policies, China-India relations, Asian Affairs, India's Foreign and Nuclear disarmament policies. He is Professor for Diplomacy and Disarmament at Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi, President of Association of Asia Scholars, General Secretary of Indian Association of Asian & Pacific Studies and Chief Vigilance Officer of JNU. He is formerly Visiting Professor, Hiroshima University, Science Po, Australian National University, UPEACE and formerly Visiting Scholar at Peking University, Fudan University, Xiamen University, Shanghai Institute of International Studies, Hong Kong University, University of the Philippines, Chuo University, Kyoto University, and Guest Faculty at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. His recent publications include Transforming South Asia: Imperatives for Action (2013), India and GCC Countries, Iran and Iraq: Emerging Security Perspectives, (2013), On China By India: From Civilization to State (2012), Emerging China: Prospects for Partnership in Asia (2012), Asia’s Multilateralism (2012), China-Pakistan Strategic Cooperation: Indian Perspectives (2007) Regionalism in South Asian Diplomacy (SIPRI 2007). He has published in Journal of International Affairs (Columbia), Journal of Indian Ocean Region (Australia), Issues and Studies (Taiwan), BIIS Journal (Bangladesh), Defense News (US), South African Journal of International Affairs and African Security (Pretoria), USI Journal, Strategic Analysis, Journal of Indian Ocean Studies, Journal of Political Studies (in India). 
ID 62 
Name Dr.   Ali Ahmed Zaki
Title Director, UN , Delhi (on leave)
Contacts Tel: 011-43045876  Mob:0038649142590 Email: Website:
Interests military 
Remarks Dr. Ali Ahmed is currently a political affairs officer with the UN. He is author of India's Doctrine Puzzle: Limiting War in South Asia. His published writings are at ali- He works on India's military and strategic issues. His interests include doctrines (subconventional, conventional, nuclear, peacekeeping) and civil- military relations. He has worked with the UN in DRC, South Sudan and Kosovo. He has taught at Nelsom Mandela Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia. He has been fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and the United Services Institution of India. In his earlier military career, he retired prematurely as a colonel in the infantry.  
ID 70 
Name Ms.  Alka Acharya
Title Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Contacts Tel: 01126741034  Mob:9871457566 Email: Website:
Interests Chinese Studies 
Remarks Alka Acharya is currently on deputation as Director and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, from the Centre for East Asian Studies (Chinese Studies) School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) where she is Professor and former Chairperson. She has been teaching courses on Chinese Foreign Policy and Political Economy to the Masters and M.Phil students and guiding doctoral research since 1993. Ten scholars have so far been awarded a doctoral degree under her supervision. She is the joint editor of the book Crossing A Bridge of Dreams: 50 years of India-China, published in 2002, has contributed chapters to many books and regularly features in the Economic and Political Weekly. She was Editor of the quarterly journal China Report (New Delhi) from 2005- 2013. She was nominated by the Indian government as a member of the India-China Eminent Persons Group (2006-2008) and member of the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India for two terms (2006-2008) and (2011-2012). She has authored a book China & India: Politics of Incremental Engagement, published in 2008. Her current research focuses on India-China-Russia Trilateral Cooperation and the Chinese strategic response to the post-cold war regional architecture, with special reference to China’s neighborhood.  
ID 71 
Name Ms.  Amita Batra
Title Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU), New Delhi, India
Contacts Tel: 26738777  Mob:9810493238 Email: Website: JNU website
Interests Economics 
Remarks Professor (Dr.) Amita Batra is Professor of Economics in the Centre for South Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. She was earlier Senior Fellow at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi and prior to that Reader in the University of Delhi. Prof. Batra has been the first holder of the ICCR Chair in Contemporary Indian Studies at the Centre for South Asian Studies & Edinburgh-India Institute, University of Edinburgh during January - May 2013. In 2008, Prof. Batra was visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Ahmedabad where she taught a course on ‘International Economic and Political Environment’. She has worked extensively in the area of regional trade and economic integration with a special focus on Asia. Her most recent Book on the subject is titled ‘Regional Economic Integration in South Asia: Trapped in Conflict?’ (London: Routledge, 2013). She also has to her credit two other books – Preferential Trading Agreements in Asia: Towards an Asian Economic Community (ed), 2008 and India and the Asian Corridor (Co-authored, 2007) and several research papers published in national and international refereed and other journals, books etc. She has also worked as consultant on research assignments including for The Sigur Centre for Asian Studies, George Washington University, Washington DC, Samsung Economic Research Institute, Seoul, Korea and the World Bank’s New Delhi Office among others. Prof. Batra is M.A., M.Phil., Ph. D. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India.  
ID 73 
Name Dr  Reshmi Kazi
Title Assistant Professor, New Delhi, India
Contacts Tel: 011-26151498  Mob:+91 7503014545 Email: Website:
Interests Nuclear Security 
Remarks Dr Reshmi Kazi is Associate Fellow in IDSA, New Delhi. She specializes in areas of nuclear security, non- proliferation, nuclear terrorism and nuclear disarmament issues. Her doctoral thesis is on ‘Evolution of India’s Nuclear Doctrine: A Study of Political Economic and Technological Dimensions. Presently working on the importance of nuclear security issue. She has made several presentations both in India and abroad. She represented India at the Seminar on ‘Partnership to Promote Weapons of Mass Destruction Non-proliferation’ organized by Near East South Asia Centre (NESA) for Strategic Studies and Defence Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) in Washington DC and presented on India’s efforts to combat the danger of WMD trafficking. She also blogs on strategic issues for the Generation Why of the Stimson Center. 
ID 78 
Name Mr  Ajey Lele
Title Professor, IDSA, New Delhi, India
Contacts Tel: 26146653  Mob:9811233607 Email: Website:
Interests Space Secuirty, WMDs 
Remarks Group Captain Ajey Lele is a Research Fellow at IDSA since 2001. He specialises in Strategic Technologies, Space Security and Weapons of Mass Destructions (WMDs). He is a post graduate in Physics (Pune University) and obtained his PhD from JNU, New Delhi in International Relations. He has various publications to his name.  
ID 97 
Name Dr  Uttam Kumar Sinha
Title Director, Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses, India
Contacts Tel: 26717983  Mob:9891208125 Email: Website:
Interests Water Security 
Remarks Uttam Kumar Sinha is a Fellow at IDSA and holds an adjunct position at the Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, Benares Hindu University. At IDSA, he is the Managing Editor of Strategic Analysis (Routledge). He leads the the IDSA-PRIO institutional cooperation on peace and conflict studies and is also IDSA’s lead researcher on the Asiarctic project with the Norwegian institutes. In 2008 he was a Chevening ‘Gurukul’ Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 2011-12, he was a CSCAP-India representative for the study group on water resources security. CSCAP is a Track 2 dialogue forum of ASEAN. From 2012-2013, he was the Chair of Near East and South Asia Regional Network on Water Dispute Resolution Mechanism, National Defense University, Washington. A doctoral from Jawaharlal Nehru University, he worked in the newspaper Pioneer and wrote the weekly space, ‘Strategic Eye’. His research areas focus on non-traditional aspects of security with particularly attention on climate change, transboundary water issues and the Arctic region. His recent monograph is titled Climate Change Narratives: Reading the Arctic (2013). He co-authored the IDSA Report on India and Water Security: External Dynamics (2010) and also the IDSA Report on Security Implications of Climate Change for India (2009). 
ID 103 
Name Prof.  Manoj Kumar Sinha
Title Director, Indian Law Institute , New Delhi, India
Contacts Tel: 23386321  Mob:09868061346 Email: Website:
Interests International Law  
Remarks Prof.(Dr.) Manoj Kumar Sinha, did his Doctorate in International Law from Jawaharlal Nehru University, LL.M. from the University of Nottingham and LL.B from University of Delhi. In 1998 he attended the 29th session of the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. His areas of specializations are Human Rights, Constitutional Law, International Humanitarian and Refugee Law, International Criminal Law, International Law and International Institutions. He has published extensively in the field of international law, international relations, constitutional law, international human rights, humanitarian and refugee laws, in reputed National and International Law journals. He is serving as the member of editorial boards of various reputed national and international journals. 
ID 108 
Title Professor, IDSA, NEW DELHI
Contacts Tel: 26717983  Mob:9811133128 Email: Website:
Remarks Ruchita Beri is a Senior Research Associate and Coordinator, Africa, Latin America, Caribbean and United Nations Centre at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, specialising in political and security issues of Sub-Saharan Africa. Her current research focus is on India-Africa relations. She is currently the Vice President of the African Studies Association of India and an alumna of the Women in International Security (WIIS), USA. She is also the member of Africa Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA). She has lectured at various Indian institutions including National Defence College, College of Naval Warfare and Foreign Service Institute and has participated in several international conferences. She is the editor of "Africa Trends" and "Indian Ocean Watch" published by the IDSA. She is also on the Editorial Board of "Austral: Brazilian Journal of Strategy & International Relations". She has edited two books, "India and Africa: Enhancing Mutual Engagement" (Pentagon Press, 2014); "Africa and Energy Security:Global Issues,Local Responses" (Academic Foundation, 2009) and has contributed journal articles and book chapters to over 80 publications. She has an M.Phil in African Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and a diploma on Conflict Studies from the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden. 
ID 109 
Name Gen  Satish Nambiar
Title Chairman, UNITAR PTP, Geneva
Contacts Tel: +91-120-4335670  Mob:+91-9810507893 Email: Website: NA
Interests UN; Security; IR 
Remarks Commissioned in December 1957, the General Officer has seen action in various operational theatres including counter-insurgency. A graduate of the Australian Staff College, he was with a training team in Iraq, on the faculty of the Defence Services Staff College, and served as Military Adviser at the High Commission of India in London. Is a recipient of the Vir Chakra for bravery in battle. As Director General of Military Operations (1991), he led two defence delegations for discussions with Pakistan. Appointed the first Force Commander and Head of the United Nations forces in the former Yugoslavia he set up and ran the mission from 3rd March 1992 to 2nd March 1993. Declining an offer of extension, he returned to the rolls of the Indian Army and retired as the Deputy Chief of the Army Staff on 31st August 1994. Was Director of the United Service Institution of India from 1st July 1996 to 31st December 2008. Was adviser to the Government of Sri Lanka on the peace process in 2002/03. Served from 2nd November 2003 to 30th November 2004 as a member of a Blue Ribbon Panel appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations. Member of a number of international advisory boards, he is at present Chairman of the Advisory Board to the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Peacekeeping Training Programme (PTP). Was conferred the Padma Bhushan on the occasion of Republic Day 2009.  
ID 110 
Name Ms.  Lydia  Powell
Title Director, Centre for Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India
Contacts Tel: 43520020 / 30220020   Mob:9650012518 Email: Website: -
Interests Engy/ Wtr/ Clmt Chng 
Remarks Ms Powell has been with the Observer Research Foundation for over ten years working on policy issues in energy, water and climate change. She edits the weekly ORF Energy News Monitor which is in its tenth year of publication and routinely contributes articles and papers on energy policy, energy pricing and regulation, climate and equity. Current projects being undertaken by her team include a mapping household energy access in India, the conflict between equity and efficiency in Indian energy policy, petroleum & natural gas pricing in India, developing global scenarios for natural gas pricing and studying its implications on Indian natural gas pricing and the development of a quantitative energy security index for India. Ms Powell has also worked for Norsk Hydro and for Orkla, two of Norway’s largest conglomerates whose interests include energy. Ms. Powell has three Post Graduate Degrees - two on Energy Management from Norway and one in Solid State Physics from, India. 
ID 119 
Name Comdr  C. Uday Bhaskar
Title Director, Society for Policy Studies, New Delhi, India
Contacts Tel: 91-11 - 2674 1063  Mob:91 - 98 106 21252 Email: Website: -
Interests Maritime Security 
Remarks Commodore C Uday Bhaskar, currently Distinguished Fellow, Society for Policy Studies and Honorary Fellow, National Maritime Foundation, (NMF) New Delhi retired from the Indian Navy in early 2007 after 37 years service. He is a recipient of the Vishist Seva Medal (VSM) and the Prime Minister's Letter of Commendation. He was till recently Director, National Maritime Foundation (2009 - 2011) and earlier with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi from 1989 where he served as a Senior Fellow, Deputy Director (1996-2004) and later as Director of the Institute till late 2005. Subsequently he was appointed Member-Secretary of the Government of India Task Force on 'Global Strategic Developments' - a report submitted to the PM of India. Bhaskar was Editor, Maritime Affairs and Strategic Analysis; and is on the Editorial Board of Contemporary Security Policy. He has edited books on nuclear, naval/maritime and international security related issues; and has contributed over 60 research articles to journals in India and abroad. He is a guest lecturer at the Indian NDC , the NATO Defence College, Rome and other military colleges. He is a Life member of the USI; and on the Governing Council of the ICWA and the RIS ; as also on the Executive Council of the IIC and the IPCS ; and the Advisory Panel of the India Habitat Centre (IHC) in New Delhi. Bhaskar is President, Association for Middle Eastern Studies, New Delhi and a Council member of the Takshashila Foundation. He is a regular contributor to the print and audio-visual media and is a columnist for Reuters, DNA and Dainik Jagran - India's largest circulating Hindi daily.  
ID 121 
Name Dr.  Bhaskar Balakrishnan
Title Ambassador (r), MEA, New Delhi, India
Contacts Tel: +91 120 2395047   Mob:+91 9971235533 Email: Website:
Remarks Dr. Bhaskar Balakrishnan has served as Ambassador of India to Greece, Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and has worked in Sudan, Syria, Zambia and Austria. In Delhi he has worked in the areas of investment, technology, air transport, energy, IT security, and personnel management. He has worked for over ten years with various UN organizations in Geneva and Vienna, including three years as Special Assistant to the Director General, UNIDO. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1974. His special area of interest is technology issues and international relations. He was educated at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Delhi University, and Stonybrook University, New York, USA (Ph.D in Physics). He has taught at Stonybrook University, and Panjab University. He is a visiting professor at the JSS University, Mysore and is a Member of the National Security Advisory Board since Jan 2013 He has been conducting training courses for Indian and foreign diplomats for the Foreign Service Institute of India, and has participated as expert on national television programmes. He is a regular contributor of articles to the Hindu Business Line.  
ID 125 
Name Mr  Wilson John
Title Freelance, Observer Research Foundation, Delhi INDIA
Contacts Tel: 4350020  Mob:9650053338 Email: Website:
Interests Pakistan/terrorism 
Remarks Wilson John is Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Relations at Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. He heads the Centre's South Asia Studies Programme. A graduate of Delhi University, Mr. John covered defence and foreign policy for The Hindustan Times and The Pioneer before joining ORF as a scholar of South Asia and terrorism. His interests include developments related to Pakistan, trans-national terrorism and counter-terrorism strategies.He is recognised as one of the leading authorities on the militant group, Lashkar-e-Tayyeba. His latest book is The Caliphate’s Soliders: The Lashkar-e-Tayyeba’s Long War, ORF-Amarylis 2011 
ID 126 
Name Dr  Pankaj K Jha
Title Professor, ICWA, Delhi
Contacts Tel: -  Mob:- Email: Website: -
Remarks Dr. Pankaj K Jha is presently working as Research Fellow with Indian Council of World Affairs(ICWA). Prior to that, he was the Deputy Director with National Security Council Secretariat (2012-2013), Prime Minister’s Office. He also worked as Associate Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses(IDSA) for six years (2005-2011). He has done his PhD from the Centre of Southeast Asia and Southwest Pacific Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and is an Economics Graduate from Delhi University. He has presented papers in many international conferences/ seminars and has published research papers and articles in Strategic Analysis,Indian Defence Review, Indian Ocean Digest, World Focus, India Quarterly and South Asian Politics.He has written a number of chapters in books dealing with Southeast Asian affairs and Pacific Affairs. He has also written Op Ed pieces in International Newspapers like Gulf News, Jakarta Globe,International Business Times etc. He has also given lectures in Institute for South Asian Studies (ISAS), Singapore, Centre for International Security Studies, Sydney University, Kunming University, Yunnan University etc. He has been a member in Track II India-Australia Dialogue(2006, 2014),India-Malaysia Bilateral Strategic Dialogue(2007), India- New Zealand Dialogue(2009 and 2010). His latest book is on India and China in Southeast Asia: Competition or Cooperation, Manas Publications, Delhi, 2013 . 
ID 127 
Name Dr.  Ram Upendra Das
Title Professor, Research and Information System (RIS), New Delhi
Contacts Tel: 011-24602065  Mob:91-9818125110 Email: Website:
Interests Global economy 
Remarks Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Also, Honorary Fellow, Academy of World Watch, Shanghai, China; Member, Academic Advisory Councils, Birla Institute of Management and Technology, Noida and New Delhi Institute of Management. During 24 years of research experience he has conducted and supervised number of studies including those for ADB, Commonwealth Secretariat, ILO, EXIM Bank, SAARC Secretariat, UNDP, UNESCAP and World Bank. He has contributed to various studies, including the inter-governmental Joint Study Groups (JSGs), and international negotiating processes on behalf of the Government of India. He was invited as a State Guest by the US Department of State; by the Government of Indonesia under the Programme viz. Presidential Friends of Indonesia; and was given a Certificate of Appreciation by the Government of Maldives. He has written several invited research papers and presented them at international conferences held in India and abroad. He has numerous publications to his credit; the most recent books include Perspectives on Rules of Origin, Palgrave- Macmillan: UK (2011) and Regional Trade and Economic Integration, World Scientific: Singapore and New Jersey (2012). He has written articles in leading national and international newspapers/magazines and has been interviewed in both print and electronic media.