Dr. Rajat Kathuria
Dr. Rajat Kathuria
Director and Chief Executive, Indian Council for
Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER),
New Delhi, September 2012 - present.
Dr. Rajat Kathuria is Director and Chief Executive at
Indian Council for Research on International Economic
Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi.
He has over 20 years experience in teaching and 10 years
experience in economic policy, besides research
interests on a range of issues relating to regulation
and competition policy. He worked with Telecom
Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) during its first
eight years (1998-2006) and gained hands on experience
with telecom regulation in an environment changing
rapidly towards competition.
The role entailed analysis
of economic issues relating to telecom tariff policy,
tariff rebalancing, interconnection charges and
licensing policy. Market research and questionnaire
development and analysis formed an integral part of this
exercise. It also involved evaluation of macro level
initiatives for transforming the telecom industry. He
wrote a number of consultation papers which eventually
formed the basis of tariff and interconnection orders
applicable to the industry.
He has taught undergraduate Economics at the University
of Maryland and is currently on leave from the
International Management Institute (IMI), New Delhi
where he teaches Managerial Economics and International
He has worked with the World Bank, Washington DC, as a
Consultant and carried out project assignments for a
number of organizations, including ILO, UNCTAD, Lirne
Asia, Ernst and Young, Consultancy Development Centre
(CDC) and Standing Committee for Public Enterprises
He has published in international and national journals,
besides in popular magazines and newspapers. He is
founder member of Broadband Society for Universal Access
and served on the board of Delhi Management Association.
He has an undergraduate degree in Economics from St.
Stephens College, a Masters from Delhi School of
Economics and a PhD degree from the University of
Maryland, College Park.