Sanjeev Sanyal

Principal Economic Advisor I Government of India

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Sanjeev Sanyal is the Principal Economic Advisor to the Government of India.  An internationally acclaimed economist and best-selling author, he spent two decades in the financial sector and was Global Strategist & Managing Director at Deutsche Bank till 2015.

Sanjeev was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010. He is also a well-known environmentalist and urban theorist. He is an expert on the economics of cities. He has been a strong advocate of including "walkability" and organic evolution in the way we think of cities In 2007, Sanjeev was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship for his work on urban dynamics and has been a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University, Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore and a Senior Fellow of the World Wide Fund for Nature. Sanjeev has also served on the Future City Sub-Committee of the Singapore government tasked with building a long-term vision for the city-state. He is the co-founder and Director of GIST - a think-tank that is a pioneer in the field of environmental accounting. In 2009, he joined the Board of Governors of AFPRO, one of India's largest organizations working on food security and has also advised the UK government, United Nations Environment Programme.

Sanjeev attended Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi and Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar (1992-95). His best-selling books include Land of the Seven Rivers, The Indian Renaissance and The Ocean of Churn, all published by Penguin. In addition, he had published around 200 articles, columns and reports in leading national/international publications. He was given the inaugural International Indian Achievers Award for contributions to Literature in 2014. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London and a Visiting Fellow of IDFC Institute, Mumbai.

He writes frequently for Hindustan Times, Project Syndicate, The Times of India, Live Mint, Business Standard, Swarajya on economic, environmental issues.

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