17th Annual Neemrana Conference

December 18-20, 2015

Draft Program

(To be confirmed)


Day 1: 18th December (Friday)


11:00 am         :           Assemble in the lobby of the Leela Palace Hotel with luggage for transportation to:


12:00 noon     :           Meeting at the residence of Mr. Arun Jaitely, Finance Minister of India


12.30 pm         :           Lunch at the residence of N.K Singh, Former Member of Parliament

(Rajya Sabha) and Member, ICRIER Board of Governors


 2.30 pm          :           Departure for Neemrana


6.00 pm           :           Welcome Remarks


6.15 pm           :           Session 1: India and the World Economy


Chair: N.K Singh, Former Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Member, ICRIER Board of Governors




·                                                                        Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics, Harvard University

·      Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, Niti Aayog

·      Anne Krueger, Professor, Johns Hopkins University


7.45 pm           :           Indian Dance Performance followed by Dinner


Day 2: 19th December (Saturday)


9.30 am           :           Session 2:  Global Economic Governance


Chair: Rakesh Mohan, Former Deputy Governor,

Reserve Bank of India




·      John Lipsky, Member, Board of Directors, NBER

·      Steve Zeldes, Professor, Columbia University

·                                                                                             Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Former Deputy Chairman,    Planning Commission, India

·      Richard Portes, Professor, London Business School

10.45 am         :           Tea/Coffee Break


11.00 am         :           Session 3: International Finance


Chair: U. K. Sinha, Chairman, SEBI




·      Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan, Professor, University of Maryland

·      Helene Rey, Professor, London Business School

·      Ravi Bansal, Professor, Duke University

·                                                                        Ashima Goyal, Professor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research


12.15 pm         :           Special Address by Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor,     Government of India


1.15 pm           :           Lunch


2. 00 pm          :           Session 4: Monetary Policy & Exchange Rate Management Issues


Chair: Subir Gokarn, Director Research, Brookings India




·      Gita Gopinath, Professor Harvard University

·      Nobuhiro Kiyotaki, Professor, Princeton University

·      V. V. Chari, Professor, University of Minnesota

·                                                         Prachi Mishra, Specialist Adviser, Department of Economic and Policy Research, RBI


3.15 pm           :          Session 5: Environmental Regulation/ Climate Change


Chair: Rajat Kathuria, Director & CE, ICRIER




·      Esther Duflo,  Professor, MIT

·                                                               Sunita Narain, Director General Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) 

·      Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI

·                                                               Ryan Kellogg, Associate Professor. University of Michigan


4.30 pm           :           Tea/Coffee Break


5.00 pm           :           Session 6:  Urban Economics and Sustainability


Chair: Rajiv Lall, Executive Chairman, IDFC




·      Edward Glaeser, Professor, Harvard University

·      Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Chairperson, ICRIER

·      Mathew Kahn, Professor, UCLA

·      Justin McCrary, Professor, UC Berkeley


6.30 pm           :           Special Address by Dr. Raghuram Rajan, Governor, Reserve Bank of



7.30 pm           :           Indian Dance Performance followed by Dinner


Day 3: 20th December (Sunday)


9.30 am           :           Session 7: International Trade


Chair: Shekhar Shah, Director General NCAER




·      Shang-Jin Wei, Professor, Columbia University

·      Ashok Gulati, Professor, ICRIER

·      Robert Staiger, Professor, Stanford University

·      Jayanta Roy, Senior Economic Adviser, Deloitte Consulting


10. 45 am        :           Tea/Coffee Break


11.00 am         :           Session 8: Manufacturing, Investment Climate and Jobs


Chair: B. J. Panda, Member of Parliament, India




·      Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India

·      Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry

·      Radhicka Kapoor, Fellow, ICRIER

·      Pankaj Vashisht, Fellow, ICRIER


12.30 pm         :           Lunch


1.30 pm           :           Session 9:  Education and Skill Development


Chair: Pramod Bhasin, Member, ICRIER Board of Governors




·      Abhijit Banerjee, Professor, MIT

·      Rukmini Banerji, Director, ASER Centre

·      Sonalde Desai, Senior Fellow, NCAER 

·                                                                                                Karthik Muralidharan, Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego


3.00 pm           :           Special Address by Shri Arun Jaitley, Union Finance Minister         followed by interaction with Hon’ble Minister


4.00 pm           :           Tea/Coffee Break


4.30 pm           :           Concluding Remarks


5.00 pm           :           Departure for Delhi