Dr Nagesh Kumar is Head, United Nations ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office, New Delhi. Previously, he was Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division and Chief Economist of UNESCAP based at its headquarters in Bangkok.
Before joining ESCAP in 2009, Dr. Kumar was Director-General of the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a New Delhi based public funded policy think-tank of the Government of India during 2002-09. He has also served on the faculty of the UN University-Institute for New Technologies in Maastricht, the Netherlands (1993-1998).
Dr Kumar has served on the boards of the Export-Import Bank of India, the International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Geneva; the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), Kathmandu, among other institutions. He has served as consultant to the World Bank, ADB, UNCTAD, UNIDO, UN-DESA, the Commonwealth Secretariat, among others. He has chaired regional track-II study groups on trade in services in South Asia and on infrastructure development in East Asia.
A PhD from the Delhi School of Economics (1988), Dr Kumar is recipient of the Exim Bank of India's first International Trade Research Award (1989) and the Global Development Network’s Research Medal (2000). Dr. Kumar has conducted extensive research on aspects of development economics especially its international dimensions, resulting in the publication of 15 books and over 90 peer-reviewed papers.