Rajiv Kumar assumes office as Niti Aayog vice-chairman
New Delhi, September 1: Noted economist Rajiv Kumar on Friday took over as the vice-chairman of government think tank Niti Aayog after Arvind Panagariya, an Indian-American economist who left the think tank on Thursday to return to academia.
Rajiv Kumar was a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) in New Delhi.
He holds a DPhil in economics from Oxford and a PhD from Lucknow University. Earlier, he had also served as Secretary General of industry association Ficci.
He was a member of the National Security Advisory Board between 2006 and 2008.
Kumar had held senior positions in the Asian Development Bank, the Indian Ministry of Industries, and the Ministry of Finance. He also served as the chief economist of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).