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Dr. Shekhar Shah , Director-General



Shekhar Shah took over as Director-General of NCAER in May 2011.  He was until recently the World Bank’s Regional Economic Adviser for South Asia based in New Delhi and Colombo and covering the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.  Prior to this he was part of the Bank’s development research complex in Washington DC and a principal author of the 2004 World Development Report, the Bank’s annual flagship research publication, on Making Services Work for Poor People.

During a distinguished career at the World  Bank spanning more than two decades, Shekhar served as the Bank’s Deputy Research Administrator, Sector Manager for Governance and Public Sector Management for Europe and Central Asia, Governance Adviser, Public Sector Coordinator for South Asia, and Lead Economist for Bangladesh. Before joining the World Bank in 1989, Shekhar was the Ford Foundation’s Program Officer for International Economics for South Asia.  In that capacity he revived Foundation support for NCAER as one of the key policy research institutes that the Foundation had helped set up in the late 1950s in India. Shekhar came to the Ford Foundation from the U.S. financial services industry where he worked in the early 1980s on economic and regulatory issues relating to U.S. banking reforms.  Shekhar received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Columbia University and his B.A. in Economics from Delhi University.  He has published on a range of issues relating to service delivery, governance, poverty, international trade, social policy, and monitoring and evaluation.

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