Rajiv Kumar is currently the Director of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), one of India’s leading independent economic policy think tanks. He is a non-executive member of the Central Board of Directors of State Bank of India, and part time Member of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
He was a member of the National Security Advisory Board for two years until October 2008. Dr Kumar was a Professor at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (1987-1989); worked in the Government of India from 1989 to 1995, first in the Bureau of Industrial Costs and Projects, Ministry of Industry (1989-91) and then as Economic Adviser in the Department of Economic Affairs Ministry of Finance (1991-1995).
He worked at the Asian Development Bank, Manila for nearly ten years (1995-2005) and was the Chief Economist at the Confederation of Indian Industries, New Delhi during 2004-06. He has a DPhil in Economics from Oxford University and PhD from Lucknow University and has several books and publications to his credit. He is also an active columnist.