Abusaleh Shariff
US- India Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.

Economics, Anthropology, Social Science



Abusaleh Shariff (salehshariff@ymail.com | Blog: salehshariff.blogspot.com) is Chairperson, Centre for Reserch and Debates in Development Policy and also a Chief Economist at the National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi. He was a Member of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, Committee on the reorganization of the Indian States during 2010. He also worked as Senior Research Fellow at the Asia office of Int. Food Policy Research Institute, New Delhi during early 2008 to early 2010. He holds the chief economist position at the National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi since 1994. He was advisor to the Indian Prime Minister during 2004-6 to review the inclusive growth policies in the context of minorities. He has secured a Ph. D from the Australian National University, Canberra and undertook post-doctoral research at Yale Economic Growth Center, New Haven, USA. Research focus includes poverty and inequality, human development, labor markets and demographic dividends, social sector budgetary analysis, micro-impact of economic reforms and review of safety net public programs.

He was selected as one of the India Today Magazine ‘faces of millennium (Economist)’ in January 2000 issue; and one of the 25 identified in the Outlook Magazines’s Alternative Power List (23rd April, 2007 issue) as a recognition of his ability to influence public policy in India. Have published 8 books and over 50 research articles in refereed journals and seminar proceedings. Often he is a panelists on various Indian TV channels and has been interviewed and quoted in magazines of high repute such as the Times of India, Hindustan Times, The Hindu, New York Times, The Economist, Financial Times of London, La Monde, Paris, Washington Post, India Today and Outlook. He was a member of the award selection committee of the Global Development Network in its annual meetings held in Senegal in 2006. Also a member of numerous official committees of the Government of India. Has address a number of professional bodies such as the Annual Global Development Conference at Dakar, the Global Forum for Health Research in Mexico City, World Health Organization at Geneva, UN Headquarters in New York and the World Bank Headquarters at the Washington DC, Harvard University, Duke University, Cambridge University, Oxford University, University of Maryland at College Park, London School of Economics, and many other universities both in India and abroad. Being an expert on various issues of development economics, rural development and demography he has evaluated a number of proposals seeking funds, examined Ph.D theses and reviews a number of journal articles for example for World Development. Has been an advisor to a number of graduated students in India and abroad. He has work experiences in Africa South of the Sahara, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Maldives, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, South Asia and Central Asia.

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