Dr. Nagesh Kumar is Director and Head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)'s South and South-West Asia Office, based in New Delhi. He earlier served as Director of Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division (MPDD) at the ESCAP headquarters in Bangkok. He has also served as ESCAP's Chief Economist during 2009-2013 and as Acting Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP during September 2010- June 2011.
From 2002 to May 2009, Dr Kumar served as Director-General of Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a New Delhi-based public-funded policy think-tank devoted to international economic and development issues. During 1993-1998, Dr Kumar served the faculty of the United Nations University-Institute for New Technologies (UNU/INTECH, now UNU-MERIT) in Maastricht , the Netherlands and directed its research programme on Globalization, FDI and technology transfers. He has also served as a consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNDP, UNCTAD, UNIDO, UN-DESA, ILO, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, among others.
Dr Kumar has served on the board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of India, and on the Governing Boards of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Geneva; the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), Kathmandu; and the Institute of Studies in Industrial Development, New Delhi, besides a number of committees, task forces and expert groups set up by the Government of India. Dr Kumar was nominated by the Indian Government on the Track-II Study Group on Comprehensive Economic Partnership of East Asian Countries (CEPEA), and the Expert Group on Economic Research Institute on ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) set up in 2007 by the leaders of the East Asia Summit. He chaired the regional study group set up by the SAARC Secretariat that prepared a blueprint for liberalization of trade in services in South Asia leading to signing of the South Asian Agreement on Trade in Services (SATIS) in 2010; and an ERIA study group on infrastructure development in East Asia in 2008.
A PhD in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Dr Kumar is recipient of the Exim Bank of India 's first International Trade Research Award in 1989 and a GDN Medal for best research awarded by the World Bank and the Japanese Government in 2000.
Dr Kumar has written extensively on the development cooperation, developmental impact of FDI, industrial and technology development policies, the challenge of new technologies for development, on regional economic co-operation in Asia, and on WTO and development, among other themes, resulting into 15 books and over 90 research papers in international and national peer reviewed journals, among other publications. His recent books include: Asia's New Regionalism and Global Role (Singapore: ISEAS, 2008); International Competitiveness and Knowledge-based Industries in India (Oxford University Press, 2007); India-ASEAN Economic Relations: Meeting the Challenges of Globalization (Singapore: ISEAS, 2006); Towards an Asian Economic Community: Vision of a New Asia, (Singapore: ISEAS, 2005); Reforms, Labour Markets and Social Security in India (Oxford University Press, 2004); Protecting Foreign Investment: Implications of a WTO Regime and Policy Options (Zed Press, London, 2003); Globalization and the Quality of Foreign Direct Investment (Oxford University Press, 2002).
He co-founded the South Asia Economic Journal (published by Sage) and was its co-editor during 2000-2009. He has written popular columns in Business Standard, Financial Express, the Economic Times, leading financial dailies published from New Delhi.
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My interview on Indian economic prospects, outlook for FDI and impact of Brexit etc carried by the Asian Age, 26 June 2016
Watch my interview on Achieving SDGs: Policy Priorities & Implementation Challenges for South Asia at the Institute for Policy Studies, Colombo on 2 June 2016
Watch my lecture on Foreign Direct Investment and India's Economic Development delivered at the Economics Conclave 2015 at Gokhale Institute of Politics & Economics on 13 March 2015
Watch my address on ASEAN-India Economic Relations delivered at the VII Delhi Dialogue organized by the IDSA, March 2015
Watch a special address on South Asia Connectivity delivered at the 7th South Asia Economic Summit, New Delhi, 9 October 2014
Watch a plenary roundtable discussion on Post-2015 Agenda: South Asian Perspectives at the 7th South Asia Economic Summit, held at the India International Centre, New Delhi, 8 October 2014, that I moderated.
Watch my lead presentation on A Closer South Asia: Re-energizing Regional Economic Integration and Connectivity, at 6th South Asia Economic Summit, held at the Cinnamon Grand, Colombo, on 2 September 2013
Interview with Dr Nagesh Kumar on the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2012 in New Delhi on 17 January 2012
Keynote Address on Globalization and International Competitiveness in a post-crisis world: Some Policy Lessons for India delivered at a National Seminar on Competitiveness at the Centre for Development Studies, Trivendrum on 23 January
Find my popular columns here:
1. In Business Standard, a leading financial daily published from New Delhi.
2. In Financial Express, New Delhi during 2004-07.