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Arvind Subramanian

Washington D.C., USA
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Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (2007-present)

Named one of the world’s top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy (2011)

Expert on trade and development in India

Arvind Subramanian is an Indian academic, currently serving as Senior Fellow jointly at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Center for Global Development (CGD), where he leads the Understanding India initiative.

Arvind worked for the International Monetary Fund from 1992 to 2007, most recently as Assistant Director at the research department. He also served at the GATT (1988–92) during the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations and taught at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (1999–2000) and Johns Hopkins’ School for Advanced International Studies (2008–10).

An influential expert on India, he was chosen by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the world’s top 100 global thinkers in 2011 and by India Today magazine as one of India’s top 35 “Masters of the Mind” over the last 35 years. His latest book is titled “Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China’s Economic Dominance” (Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2011). He is also co-author of “Who Needs to Open the Capital Account?” (Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2012), an analysis of the impact of capital account liberalisation on global economic dynamics.

Arvind has written on growth, trade and development in India, China and Africa. He has published widely in academic journals, including the American Economic Review, Oxford Review of Economic Policy and Foreign Affairs.

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"Arvind advises the Indian government in different capacities, including as a member of the Finance Minister’s Expert Group on the G20. He is a prolific commentator, writing regularly for the Economist, Financial Times and New York Times. He is also a columnist for India’s leading financial daily, the Business Standard."


A Strategic Blueprint for China and the United States (2013)


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Keynote at India Innovation Conference (2014)


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