Dr. Rathin Roy is Director and CEO of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy New Delhi. With postings in London, New York, Kathmandu, Brasilla and Bangkok, he has worked as an Economic Diplomat and Policy Advisor with UNDP, focusing on emerging economies. He has taught at the Universities of Manchester and London and served as Economic Adviser with the Thirteenth Finance Commission. Dr. Roy is Member, India Advisory Committee, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Inquiry into a Sustainable Financial System, Member on the Meta Council on Inclusive Growth, World Economic Forum, Geneva, and Member, FRBM Review Committee, Government of India. Dr. Roy holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Dr. Rajat Kathuria is Director and Chief Executive at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi.
Professor Kathuria has over 20 years teaching experience and over 10 years experience in policy and regulation. He was economic advisor with the telecom regulatory authority for 8 years. In addition, he has worked as a Consultant for international organisations such as World Bank, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, International Labour Organisation and LirneAsia. His areas of research interest are climate change, regulation and institutions and the way in which political and economic institutions affect sectoral performance, and industrial organisation.
Prof Kathuria India has published in international and national journals on failure of markets and the attendant need for regulation. Besides, he has hands on experience with telecom regulation in India in an environment changing rapidly towards competition. Political economy played a crucial role in India in the march toward competition in the telecom sector. This aspect formed the basis of a number of research projects and research articles. The need for regulation is a given, but equally if not more important is regulatory design and ‘buy’ in from stakeholders. His research on telecommunications formed the basis of the sector negotiations for the Indo EU Trade and Investment Area. Most recently, Professor Kathuria has estimated the elasticity of mobile penetration with respect to State Domestic Product across different Indian States. The research points towards substantial impacts and highlights the need to increase penetration in laggard states by inter alia improving the quality of regulation and also physical infrastructure.
Besides teaching core economics courses to management students, Professor Kathuria has lectured on the subject of regulation extensively in India and abroad. He has also taught a summer course in Manchester Business School. His research has been presented at various conferences in South Korea, Indonesia, UK, USA and Poland. The results of the impact of mobile phones in India were recently presented to members of the European Parliament in Brussels.
IMF Senior Resident Representative for India, Nepal, and Bhutan
Andreas Bauer is the IMF’s new Senior Resident Representative for India, Nepal, and Bhutan. During his 15+ year career at the IMF he has worked in different capacities on a range of countries, mainly in Latin America and the Middle East, and most recently headed a unit in charge of institutional strategy and international monetary issues. Before joining the IMF, Mr. Bauer was an emerging markets analyst for Credit Suisse and held senior positions at the Ministry of Finance of Chile, including Chief of Staff to the minister. He holds an economics degree from University of St.Gallen (Switzerland) and an MA in Applied Macroeconomics from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.