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About Nagesh Kumar

I am currently Head, United Nations ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office, New Delhi. Previously, I was Director, Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division and Chief Economist of UNESCAP based at its headquarters in Bangkok.
Before joining ESCAP in 2009, I served as the 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. I have also served on the faculty of the UNU-MERIT in Maastricht, the Netherlands (1993-1998).
I have also 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. I have also served as consultant to the World Bank, ADB, UNCTAD, UNIDO, UN-DESA, the Commonwealth Secretariat, among others. I have chaired regional track-II study groups on trade in services in South Asia and on infrastructure development in East Asia.
I obtained a PhD degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics (1988). I am a recipient of the Exim Bank of India's first International Trade Research Award (1989) and the Global Development Network’s Research Medal (2000).
I have conducted extensive research on aspects of development economics especially its international dimensions, resulting in the publication of 19 books and over 100 peer-reviewed papers.


Present Faculty Member, United Nations ESCAP

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