Rakesh Mohan

Rakesh Mohan, a Senior Fellow at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and Distinguished Fellow at Brookings India, is one of India’s senior-most economic policymakers and an expert on central banking, monetary policy, infrastructure and urban affairs. Most recently he was Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C., representing India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan, and Chairman, National Transport Development Policy Committee, Government of India, in the rank of a Minister of State. He is also a former Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. He is Senior Advisor to the McKinsey Global Institute and Distinguished Fellow of Brookings India. He was Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, 2004–05, and was Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Government of India in 2001–02.


He has been Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister; Member of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India; Member of the National Security Advisory Board; Member of the Tariff Authority of Major Ports; and Member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India. He chaired the Expert Group on Railways (1999–2001); Expert Group on Commercialisation of Infrastructure Projects (1994–96), the Expert Group on Petrochemicals (1992–93) and the Advisory Committee on National Accounts (1997–2000).


He holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, University of London, a BA from Yale University and a Ph. D in Economics from Princeton University. Mohan has written extensively on urban economics, urban development, Indian economic policy reforms, monetary policy and central banking. He has authored three books on urban economics and urban development and two books on monetary policy. His most recent edited book is “India Transformed: 25 Years of Economic Reforms” (Penguin Random House, 2017; Brookings Press 2018).