New Delhi, India – Subir Gokarn, who recently completed a term as deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India, has been named the first director of research for Brookings India in New Delhi, Brookings President Strobe Talbott announced today.
Dr. Gokarn, who will also serve as a Brookings senior fellow, was previously chief economist of Standard & Poor’s Asia-Pacific from 2007-09 and executive director and chief economist of CRISIL from 2004-07. He served as chief economist at the think tank National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) in New Delhi from 1999-2002 and taught at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) in Mumbai from 1990-2000.
Dr. Gokarn earned his Ph.D from Case Western Reserve University (U.S.) in 1989. He received his B.A. (Hons) in economics from St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai in 1979 and his M.A. in economics from the Delhi School of Economics in 1981. He was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship in 1997, on which he spent an academic year at the Economic Growth Centre at Yale University (U.S.). He is currently a member of the National Security Advisory Board of India and a columnist with the Business Standard.
“Dr. Gokarn brings to the position both his credentials as an economist and his experience in leadership and decision-making roles in the private and public sectors,” said Vikram Singh Mehta, chairman of Brookings India. “This reflects the centre’s emphasis on combining high-quality research with effective dissemination to and communication with stakeholders.”
The recently established Brookings India will serve as a platform for cutting-edge, policy-relevant research and analysis on the opportunities and challenges facing India and the world. The center aims to provide high-quality and independent policy research on a variety of domains of critical importance to India’s development and global integration strategies. Indians will play the primary role in directing, staffing and funding the centre. Its work is based on the Brookings motto of “Quality, Independence, Impact,” promoting in India its brand of independent, in-depth research and engagement in the policy debate. The Brookings Institution is one of the oldest independent think tanks, and for the fifth year in a row, it has been ranked as the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank in the world.