Dr. Ajit Ranade
Dr. Ajit Ranade is Group Executive President and Chief Economist with the multinational Aditya Birla Group.
He is a member of the National Executive Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and of the Economic Policy Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He is Chair of the Research Advisory Panel of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance, and member of the Governing Council of Centre for Advanced Financial Research and Learning (CAFRAL) of the RBI. He represents India on the Board of Governors of Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is a board member of the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, and chairs the Academic Council of Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics.
He was a member of the Capital Account Convertibility Committee and the FEMA Review committee of the Reserve Bank of India. He was a member of the Governing Council of the Banking Codes and Supervisory Board of India. He has served as a member of the Board of Governors of IIT, Bombay.
He is an engineer (IIT Bombay) and MBA (IIM Ahmedabad) and received a PhD in Economics from Brown University, USA. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Bombay in 2009, Scholar of the Year Award from Wadia Trust in 2010, Dr. Ramchandra Parnerkar Economics Award in 2012, and the Aditya Birla Leader of Leaders Award in 2015.
He is a co-founder and Trustee of the Association for Democratic Reforms, an NGO working in area of electoral and political reforms.
He writes regularly in newspapers on economic, social and political topics.
Mr. Rajan Swaroop
Mr. Rajan has spent over three decades leading corporate sector organizations. He has worked mainly in the Telecom sector and has spent lesser time with Real Estate, IT and Automotive sectors. He has contributed in the areas of manufacturing, product development, strategic planning, sales and marketing as he went on to lead businesses. His last two positions as CEO and MD were in Bharti Reality and in Airtel Nigeria. He currently spends time in mentoring start-ups and supporting social service organizations.
He enjoys nature through his walks and gardening, apart from spending time on reading, travel and family. He is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Delhi.