Dr. Rajiv Kumar, took over as Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog on 1 September 2017.
Prior to his present appointment he was : (i) Founding Director of Pahle India Foundation (PIF), Delhi; (ii) Chancellor of the Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics, Pune; His earlier full time positions have been: (i) Senior Fellow, Centre of Policy Research, Delhi (2013- 2017) (ii) Secretary General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI, 2010-2012) (iii) Director & Chief Executive, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER, 2006-2010) (vi) Chief Economist, Confederation of India Industries (CII, 2004-2006) (vii) Principal Economist, Asian Development Bank, Manila (1995 to 2005) (vii) Economic Advisor, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, (1992 to 1995); (viii) Senior Consultant, Bureau of Costs and Prices, Ministry of Industry Government of India (1989-1991) (ix) Professor, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi (1987-89) (x) Senior Research Program Officer, ICRIER. Delhi, (1982 to 1987).
In the past he has served as Government of India nominee on the Boards of:(a) Government of India nominated Director on Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India; (b) Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and Asia (ERIA) Jakarta; (c) Central Board of the State Bank of India, Mumbai; (d) Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi; (e) Part Time Member, National Security Advisory Board (2006-2008); and (f) Part Time Member, Economics, Telecom Regulatory Authority India (TRAI), New Delhi (2007-2010).
He has also served as (i) Member of the International Board of Management of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Riyadh, chaired by the Saudi Arabia's Minister of Petroleum and Energy; (ii) Member, Board of Directors, Indian Institute of Management, Vizag, (iii) Member Board of Directors, Institute of Human Development, Delhi; (iv) Member Board of Directors, Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow; (v) Independent Director on the Board of DHFL (publicly listed housing finance company) ; and (vi) Member, Indian Advisory Board, CISCO (the San Jose based US MNC);
He has published more than a dozen books. 'Modi And His Challenges' (Bloomsbury New Delhi, 2016) is his latest book. Author of several research papers, he also is a noted economic columnist. He has a D.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University (1982) and a Ph.D from Lucknow University, India (1978).