01 September, New Delhi
Noted economist Rajiv Kumar today took over as the Vice-Chairman of government NITI Aayog. Kumar replaced Indian-American economist Arvind Panagariya who left the think tank to return to academia.
Kumar was a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in economics from Oxford and a PhD from Lucknow University. He also served as Secretary General of industry association, FICCI.
He was a member of the National Security Advisory Board between 2006 and 2008. Kumar also served as the Chief Economist of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and held senior positions in the Asian Development Bank, the Indian Ministry of Industries, and the Ministry of Finance.