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Rathin Roy


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Rathin Roy took charge as Director NIPFP in May 2013. Prior to joining NIPFP, he has been the Director of Asia Pacific Regional Centre, UNDP, Bangkok, and the Director, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), UNDP, Brazil. He has also served as the Public Resource Management Advisor, and the Acting Cluster Leader, Inclusive Development, in the Poverty Practice, Bureau for Development Policy (BDP), UNDP. On invitation from the Government of India, he also served as the Economic Advisor to the Thirteenth Finance Commission, a Constitutional body of the Government of India. Recently, he has also been appointed as part-member of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, constituted by the Government of India. He has worked in over 80 countries during and prior to his tenure with UNDP, and is a well known figure in the world of applied macroeconomic and fiscal policy.


He holds a PhD in Economics and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, UK. Post-PhD, he was tenured in the Economics Faculty at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and an Economist with the Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester.

Recent publications

Membership in committees and commissions

  • Member, Seventh Central Pay Commission, Government of India
  • Member, Prime Minister’s Task Force on Elimination of Poverty in India, National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog)
  • Member, Expert Group for UNESCAP: Economic and Social Survey of Asia and Pacific
  • Member, Advisory Group to the Finance Minister on G-20 issues
  • Member, Project Management Committee (PMC) for 3rd three year cycle of Mid-Career Training (MCTP) for IAS Officers (2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16)
  • Member, National Training Council under the chairmanship of Minister, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension, for giving overall direction for the implementation of the policy. (September 3, 2013 – onwards)
  • Member, Small Group to prepare Central Memorandum for the Fourteenth Finance Commission, Ministry of Finance, Government of India
  • Member, Board of Governors, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
  • Member, Governing Body, National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG), New Delhi
  • Member, Reader Group, Global Human Development Report, UNDP
  • Member, Advisory Council for the K.M. Mani Centre for Budget Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology
  • Member, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)-Inquiry into a Sustainable Financial System – Member, India Advisory Committee
  • Member, Meta-Council on Inclusive Growth, World Economic Forum, Geneva
  • Member, Advisory Committee to Review the current Ways and Means (WMA)/ Overdraft (OD) Scheme facility to the State Governments by the Reserve Bank of India
  • Member, ASSOCHAM Think Tank
  • Member, Technical Advisory Group for the Biodiversity Finance Initiative in India, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India (8th May 2015 – onwards)
  • Member, Search-cum-Selection Committee constituted for selection of Deputy Governor of RBI
  • Member, RIS Review Committee to carry out a comprehensive review of the Faculty Positions at RIS and their pay scales
  • Member, Lok Sabha Core Group Committee on the proposed Knowledge/Research Initiative
  • Member, Research Advisory Council (RAC), RIS.
  • Member, Executive Body, Atal Bihari Vajpayee  Institute of Good Governance and Policy Analysis.
  • Member, Advisory Board of Urbanisation, IIHS Bangalore.
  • Fellow, Cambridge Commonwealth Society


Professional activities

Dr. Rathin Roy was invited to participate in the conference on “Digital Revolutions in Fiscal Policy” jointly organised by the International Monetary Fund and the Bill & Melinda Gates in IMF Headquarter, Washington D.C., USA , January 26-27, 2017.
• ______, invited to participate in the Green-Invest meeting, held in Singapore on January 9-10, 2017.
• ______, Invited to participate in a high-level Kickoff Conference for the think 20 (T20) under Germany Presidency, co-hosted by the German Development Institute (DIE) and the Kiel Institute for World Economy (IfW), Berlin, Germany, November 30 to December 2, 2016.
• ______, Invited to participate and present a paper in the 2016 KIPF/EWC Conference: The Sustainability of Fiscal Policy, jointly organized by the Korea Institute of Public Finance (KIPF) and the East-West Centre (EWC), Honolulu, Hawaii, November 15-16, 2016.
• ______, Invited to participate and address the conference on the Economy of India titled Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in India: Policy Challenges and Prospects, organised by GW’s Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP) and NIPFP, Washington D.C. USA, October 5, 2016.
• ______, participated in an inception meeting under the project “A Study of Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfer in India and Pakistan”, where researchers from the two partner Institutions – National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi and Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC), Karachi, at Colombo, Sri Lanka, September 2-3, 2016.
• ______, invited as a member of the Indian delegation led by Dr. Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog to participate in the “Ministerial Segment of the High Level Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development”, New York, USA, July 18-20, 2016.
• _____, invited to participate as a panellist in the session on Overcoming Green Infrastructure Investment Barriers in the Green Infrastructure Investment Coalition (GIIC): India Forum, jointly organised by the Climate Bonds Initiative at London, on June 30, 2016.
• _____, invited to participate in the consultation meeting on the 2016 Human Development Report, Singapore, jointly organised by the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, Singapore and the Human Development Report Office, UNDP, June 20, 2016.
• _____, invited to participate in T-20 conference titled Implementation of the 2030 Agenda and pathways to sustainable development: The contribution of international cooperation, co-hosted by the German Development Institute, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies and Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Berlin May 10-14, 2016.