Montek Ahluwalia


Montek Singh Ahluwalia is Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, India. An Economics graduate with honours from Delhi, he studied for his Master’s and M. Phil degrees at the Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

He has held numerous prestigious positions both in India and abroad, beginning his career as an Economist with the World Bank, Washington DC in 1968. For the next eleven years he served the World Bank as Deputy Division Chief in the Public Finance Division and as the Chief of the Income Distribution Division in the Development Research Centre respectively.

Returning to India in 1979, he worked as Economic Advisor in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance from 1979 to 1985. The following five years saw him first as Additional Secretary and then as Special Secretary to the Prime Minister. In 1990 he became the Commerce Secretary for a year before assuming charge of Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance for two years. Thereafter, he served as Finance Secretary until 1998, following which he was appointed as Member, Planning Commission and also as Member, Advisory Council to the Prime Minister.

Before joining as Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission in July 2004, he also served as Director, Independent Evaluation Office, International Monetary Fund, Washington DC for three years.

He has published a number of articles on various aspects of economics, in prominent international journals and books. He co-authored ‘Re-distribution with Growth: An Approach to Policy’, published in 1975, and in 2004 he wrote ‘Reforming the Global Financial Architecture’, Economic Paper No. 41, Commonwealth Secretariat, London.