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Arvind Virmani

Expertise: Macroeconomic Policy, Finance, International Trade

Arvind Virmani is President of the Forum for Strategic Initiative ( and of Chintan (
He served as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of RBI on Monetary Policy from February 2013 to August 2016, as Mentor (Public Policy) to FICCI during 2015-16 and 2016-17.
He was till end-2012, Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington DC, representing India (as its Ambassador to IMF), Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan.
He has been an adviser to the Indian Government at the highest levels for 25 years, including as Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance and Principle Adviser, Planning Commission. During this period he advised on a host of economic policy reforms, as Chair of committees on Public Debt management and Customs duty reform, member of numerous committees and over a hundred policy papers and notes. He also served as Member, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the Appellate Tribunal for SEBI Act, Chairman, Board of Trustees of SBI Mutual Fund, and Director on the Boards of several financial institutions [LIC, PNB, Allahabad Bank and UTI (Trustee)].
In between he directed the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) as its Chief Executive and was Affiliate Professor, George Mason University (and Distinguished Senior Fellow, School of Public Policy - CEMP, GMU).
He has published 33 journal articles and 20 book chapters in the areas of Macroeconomics, growth and finance, International trade & Tariffs and International relations. His books include, The Sudoku of India’s Growth ( BS Books, 2009), From Uni-polar To Tri polar World: Multi-polar Transition Paradox (Academic Foundation, 2009), Propelling India From Socialist Stagnation To Global Power (2006), Accelerating Growth and Poverty Reduction – A Policy Framework for India’s Development (2004).

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Budget 2020 with Dr. Arvind Virmani

Newsroom / posted 04-Feb-2020

Growth Slowdown, Reforms and Recovery

Research / Monetary Policy and Financial Sector / posted 01-Jan-2020

India's World - Nirmala Sitharaman at IMF

Newsroom / posted 22-Oct-2019

Egrow Digital - In Coversation with Dr. Virmani

Digital EGROW / posted 19-Oct-2019

Dr. Virmani talks about India China relation

Digital EGROW / posted 16-Oct-2019

Bipolar World order: 2020-2035

Research / Macroeconomics Policy / posted 14-Oct-2019

Arvind Virmani's comment on Indian Economy

Newsroom / posted 28-Aug-2019

Policy Watch - Direct Tax Code

Newsroom / posted 27-Aug-2019

Policy Reforms for Reversing Slowdown and Accelerating GDP Growth

Research / Monetary Policy and Financial Sector / posted 06-Aug-2019

Special Programme: Budget 2019-2020

Newsroom / posted 06-Jul-2019

GDP estimation in India- Perspectives and Facts

Research / Monetary Policy and Financial Sector / posted 20-Jun-2019

EGROW Shadow Monetary Policy Committee – Recommendations for June 6, 2019

Research / Monetary Policy and Financial Sector / posted 03-Jun-2019

Modi (anti-) intellectual Icon?

Newsroom / posted 25-May-2019

Were There Defects In The NSSO Data?

Newsroom / posted 28-Mar-2019

New India Manthan Leadership Lecture

Newsroom / posted 07-Mar-2019

Reality Check on GST Revenues

Newsroom / posted 05-Jan-2019

Four years of Modi Govt Reforms: A Stock Taking

Research / Macroeconomics Policy / posted 28-Nov-2018

Reforms under Narendra Modi government: A stock taking

Research / Macroeconomics Policy / posted 27-Sep-2018

China's GDP growth may slip to 5%

Research / Macroeconomics Policy / posted 13-Sep-2018

New Performance Indices for Indian States on Education and Health

Research / Population, Health and Nutrition / posted 22-Aug-2018