Keynote Speaker


Dr. Kaushik Basu is a renowned member of the Cornell faculty in the Economics department, where he currently serves as an Economics professor and the C. Marks Professor of International Studies. From 2012 to 2016, he served as the Chief Economist of the World Bank after previously acting as the Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India at the Ministry of Finance from 2009 to 2012. He has held visiting positions at Princeton, the London School of Economics, Harvard and MIT, and previously held the positions of Chairman of the Department of Economics and Director of the Center for Analytic Economics at Cornell University. An alum of the London School of Economics and Delhi University, he is currently the President of the International Economic Association and is constantly exploring the intersection between economics and international relations. Basu has led an illustrious career both in the fields of economic research and international economics, serving in an advisory capacity to organizations such as the ILO and the Reserve Bank of India. He has been widely published in the fields of game theory, welfare economics, industrial organization and developmental economics. In 2008, Basu was awarded with the Padma Bhushan awards, one of the most highly revered civilian honors given by the Indian government, and continues to be one of the most influential and internationally regarded members in economics today.