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Sunder Ramaswamy

Sunder Ramaswamy

Vice Chair of the Board and Executive Committee

President & Chief Academic Officer
Distinguished College Professor of International Economics
Monterey Institute of International Studies


Sunder Ramaswamy joined the Board of Trustees of The Asia Foundation in 2012 and became a Vice Chair of the Board and Executive Committee in 2014. He is the President and Frederick C. Dirks Professor of International Economics at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school of Middlebury College, in Monterey, California, USA, since January 1, 2009. Over the past 20 years he has held visiting positions at the Madras School of Economics in India (including a position as the Director of MSE from 2003-2005), Vanderbilt University (USA), Institute of Financial Management and Research (India), Purdue University (USA), and the World Bank (USA).

Ramaswamy is widely recognized for his scholarly and professional work in international and development economics, particularly on India and sub-Saharan Africa. He has co-authored and edited four books, authored scores of articles for a variety of scholarly journals focused on development and international economics, delivered over 100 presentations at international conferences on four continents, and been quoted in local, national, and international media. He has been involved with World Bank projects on various aspects of economic reforms in India.

He received his doctor of philosophy degree in Economics from Purdue University (USA), a master's degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics (India), and bachelor's degree (Honors) in Economics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi (India).

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