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  • NCAER Announces The Appointment Of Shekhar Shah As Its New Director-General

    Published on May 6, 2011

    New Delhi: The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) in New Delhi announced the appointment of the economist and World Bank Economic Adviser Dr. Shekhar Shah as its new Director-General. In making the announcement, Nandan Nilekani, President of NCAER’s Governing Body and Chairman of the Government of India’s Unique Identification Authority, said: “I am delighted that Shekhar will be joining NCAER at a time when the need in India for a vibrant, credible, and independent economic policy research institute like NCAER has never been greater. I am confident that Shekhar’s rich experience, insights and leadership will add immense value to NCAER in meeting the rapidly growing demand from the government, private sector, and informed citizens for high quality, relevant, and timely policy analysis and evidence on the economy and public programs.”

    Dr. Shah will be joining NCAER on May 9, 2011 and will replace Mr. Suman Bery, who was at the helm of NCAER for ten years before stepping down in March this year. Dr. Shashanka Bhide, Senior Research Counsellor at NCAER has been officiating as Director-General since Mr. Bery’s departure.

    Dr. Shah was until recently the World Bank’s Regional Economic Adviser for South Asia. Prior to this, he was part of the Bank’s research complex in Washington DC and a principal author of the 2004 World Development Report, the Bank’s annual flagship policy research publication, on Making Services Work for Poor People. During his distinguished career at the Bank, Dr. Shah also served as the Bank’s Deputy Research Administrator, Sector Manager for Governance and Public Sector Management for Europe and Central Asia, and Governance Adviser. He was also the Public Sector Coordinator for South Asia, and Lead Economist for Bangladesh. Before joining the World Bank in 1989, Dr. Shah was the Ford Foundation’s Program Officer for International Economics for South Asia, and in that capacity he revived Foundation support for NCAER as one of the key policy research institutes in India that the Foundation helped set up in the late 1950s. Dr. Shah came to the Ford Foundation from the U.S. financial services industry where he worked on economic and regulatory issues relating to US banking reforms in the early 1980s. Dr. Shah holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University. He has published on a range of issues relating to service delivery, governance, poverty, international trade, social policy, and monitoring and evaluation.

    “I am honoured and absolutely delighted to be joining NCAER and its talented faculty.” Shah said on his appointment. “As India’s oldest independent economic policy research institute, NCAER has a long and venerable tradition of policy analysis and research that has proven its worth over the years. I intend working closely with NCAER faculty, with Nandan Nilekani and the Governing Body, with our large client community, and with our institutional partners in India and abroad to build on this strong tradition.”