For IIM candidates
Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Director, Indian
Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia is the Chairperson of the Indian Council for Research
on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), and a former director and chief
executive of the organisation. She is also chairperson of the Board of Trustees
of the International Food Policy Research Institute and a member of the
Governing Body of the Global Development Network, which are headquartered in
Washington, DC and New Delhi, respectively. She is the vice-chairperson of the
Planning Board of the state of Punjab in India.
Until recently she was a visiting professor at the School of Public Affairs,
University of Maryland, College Park (2003-2004). Prior to joining ICRIER as
chief executive in 1998, she was a research professor at the Centre for Policy
Research in New Delhi and also worked as a senior fellow at the National
Institute of Public Finance and Policy in New Delhi.
Her other assignments include working as an economist at the IMF and as a
consultant to the United Nations University and the Indian government. Her
research has focused on industrial development and economic liberalisation in
India, a topic on which she has published widely. She has also frequently
contributed to the policy debate on economic issues in newspapers, magazines
and television. She holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of
Dr. Abid Hussain, former Ambassador to the USA
Dr. Hussain is the former Indian ambassador to USA. He is currently a Member of
the International Panel on Democracy and Development of UNESCO.
He has been a member of the Indian Administrative Service and served in various
capacities at the Centre. He was Secretary, Ministry of Heavy Industries,
Commerce Secretary, Government of India and Chairman, IIFT. He became Member,
Planning Commission in 1985.
In the year 1988, he was honoured with PADMA BHUSHAN for meritorious services.
Dr. Hussain was for nine years Special Rapporteur to UN on Freedom of Opinion
and Expression. Hussain was a member of the Constitution Review Commission set
up by Government of India. Till recently Dr. Hussain was a member of the
Council on Foreign Relations, New York. He is now the member of Asia Society,
During his long standing career he was U.N. Adviser to Turkey on Community
Development for two years and also Chief of Industrial, Technology, Human
Settlements and Environment in the UN Regional Commission of ESCAP, Bangkok for
Dr. Hussain has presided over several national and international Conferences and
contributed papers on contemporary issues.
Dr. Hussain had chaired six important committees set up by the Government of
India, namely, Trade Policy Reforms; Project Exports; CSIR Review Committee for
Development of Science and Technology; Textile Policy of the Government of
India; Development of Capital Market; and Abid Hussain Committee on Small Scale
Dr. Vishwanath A. Pai Panandiker, President, Centre for Policy
Mr. Bharat Patel, Chairman, Procter and
Mr. Bharat Patel obtained an MBA in Marketing from the University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA and an MA in Economics from the University of Notre
Dame, South Bend, Indiana, USA. He joined Vicks International, New York as
Marketing Trainee in 1969 and on its merger with Procter & Gamble, moved to
Procter & Gamble and had a long and distinguished career there.
He worked in various capacities for Procter & Gamble including as
Operations Director, Associate General Manager, Category Manager, Country
Manager and Executive Vice President.
For IIT candidates
Dr. P. K. Iyenger, former Chairman, Atomic
Dr P. K. Iyengar has been associated for over four decades with the Indian
Department of Atomic Energy. Dr.Iyengar took over as Director of the Bhabha
Atomic Research Centre in 1984 and was appointed Chairman of the Indian Atomic
Energy Commission in 1990.
In his long career Dr. P.K.Iyengar has been the recipient of many awards and
honours, including the S. S. Bhatnagar Award and the Padma Bhushan.
Prof. Sudhanshu S. Jha, Director and
Distinguished Professor of Physics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Dr. S. M. Sundaram, former Director,