Rakesh Mohan

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Rakesh MohanDr. Rakesh Mohan is the Vice Chairperson at IIHS.

Rakesh received BA in Economics from Yale University. He is also a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London. He got his Masters Degree and Doctorate in Economics from Princeton University.

Career Highlights

Rakesh started his professional career at the World Bank in 1976 as an economist at the Development Economics Department, and worked extensively on urban economics for developing countries.

At present, in addition to his role as vice chairperson at the IIHS, Rakesh is a professor in the Practice of International Economics and Finance, Yale School of Management, and Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, Yale University from July 2010. He is chairman, National Transport Development Policy Committee, government of India. In addition, he is a global advisor at McKinsey and Company.

Rakesh has served as Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (September 2002 to October 2004 and July 2005 to June 2009).

Rakesh recently co-chaired the “Committee on Financial Sector Assessment” (2009) set up by the government of India and the Reserve Bank of India. He also co-chaired the G20 working group “Enhancing Sound Regulation and Strengthening Transparency” (2009). He chaired the working group on “Capital Flows and Emerging Market Economies” (2009) set up by the committee on Global Financial System (CGFS), Bank of International Settlements (BIS).

He has recently been appointed as Executive Director at IMF.

Areas of Interest

Rakesh Mohan has researched extensively in the areas of economic reforms and liberalisation, industrial economics, urban economics, infrastructure studies, economic regulation, monetary policy and the financial sector. He is the author of three books on urban economics and urban development and co-author of one and editor of another on Indian economic policy reforms, and of numerous articles.


Rakesh’s latest book is “India’s Economy: Performance and Challenges” (edited along with Shankar Acharya) (Oxford University Press, 2010), containing essays in honour of Montek Singh Ahluwalia.