Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Former Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of the Republic of India
Chair: Rohini Pande, Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Montek Singh Ahluwalia is the former Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission for India. For his outstanding contribution to economic policy and public service, he was conferred the prestigious ‘Padma Vibhushan’ by the President of India in 2011.
The Deputy Chairman previously served as the first Director of the newly created Independent Evaluation Office of the International Monetary Fund. Prior to this he held a number of positions in the Government of India, including Special Secretary to the Prime Minister, Commerce Secretary, Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs, Finance Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Member of the Planning Commission and Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. He started his career in the World Bank as a Young Professional, following on from which he held various positions including Chief of the Income Distribution Division.