Rakesh Mohan
Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India
In office
02 July 2005 - 10 June 2009
GovernorY. V. Reddy
Duvvuri Subbarao
In office
09 September 2002 - 31 October 2004
GovernorBimal Jalan
Y.V. Reddy
Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India
In office
31 October 2004 - 1 July 2005
Preceded byShankar Acharya
Succeeded byAshok K Lahiri
Personal details
Born1948 (age 75–76)
Alma materImperial College London (B.Sc)
Yale University (B.A.)
Princeton University (Ph.D.)

Rakesh Mohan (born 1948) is an Indian economist and former Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India.[1] He is the Vice Chairperson of Indian Institute for Human Settlements. He was appointed in November 2012 as an executive director of the IMF for a three-year term,[2][3] and in April 2010, he joined Nestlé India, as a non-executive director.[4]

He remained an adviser to numerous ministries in Government of India, including industry, and finance, and later became an important part of Indian economic reforms in the 1990s, and his report under the 'Rakesh Mohan Committee on Infrastructure', became a "landmark document in the evolution of thinking on economic policy issues".[5] He is the Professor in the Practice of International Economics of Finance, Yale School of Management, and Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University. He was India's Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, USA. He was the President of the Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP), a public policy think tank based in New Delhi. He is currently the President Emeritus at CSEP.

Early life

Mohan attended Mayo College, a boarding school in Rajasthan. He then received a B.Sc. in electrical engineering from Imperial College London in 1969 and a B.A. in economics from Yale University in 1971.[6] He received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 1977 after completing a doctoral dissertation titled "Development, structural change and urbanization: explorations with a dynamic three sector general equilibrium model applied to India, 1951-1984."[7]


Mohan started his career in urban economics, 1974 to 1988. During this period, as a part of the World Bank's, City Study project, he studied the city of Bogota, Colombia, 1976–1980. He returned to India in 1980, where he first joined the Planning Commission as a senior consultant, while Manmohan Singh was also a member.[5]

In 1985 according to the American Economic Association he was listed as "Economist" in the Philippines Division of the World Bank with research interests listed as "Economic policy and analysis of the Philippines".

He became the Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in September 2002 and moved to North Block in October 2004 as Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs and Chief Economic Adviser to the Finance Minister of India till July 2005, before returning to RBI,[8] where he remained till June 2009,[9][10] when he took up an assignment at Stanford Centre for International Development at Stanford University, US, and subsequently joined McKinsey and Co's economic research wing.[11] In 2010 back in India from his project, he worked with Nandan Nilekani, Shirish Patel, Keshub Mahindra, Deepak Parekh, to set up Indian Institute for Human Settlements, in Delhi.[12]

In April 2010, he joined the board of directors of Nestle India.[8]

In November 2012, he joined IMF as executive director. In addition to India, Mohan will also represent three other countries including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan on the IMF board.[13] Also, he is on the advisory board of OMFIF where he is regularly involved in meetings regarding the financial and monetary system.



  1. ^ Rakesh Mohan: Helping India Re-organise: Rakesh Mohan, former RBI deputy governor tells Forbes India.. Business.in, 20 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Rakesh Mohan – IIHS - Indian Institute for Human Settlements". Archived from the original on 28 November 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) website.
  3. ^ So far so good Economic Times, 27 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Nestle India Net up 2.31 per cent to Rs 201.8 cr in Q1". Economic Times. 22 April 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Rakesh Mohan – New economist in the North Block". Indian Express. 5 January 2001.
  6. ^ "Rakesh Mohan – Profile". rakeshmohan.com. 5 January 2001.
  7. ^ Mohan, Rakesh (1977). Development, structural change and urbanization : explorations with a dynamic three sector general equilibrium model applied to India, 1951-1984.
  8. ^ a b "Rakesh Mohan joins Nestle board". Business Line. 23 April 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  9. ^ "Rakesh Mohan quits RBI to join Stanford University". Economic Times. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  10. ^ "Rakesh Mohan quits RBI for Stanford". Mint. 4 May 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  11. ^ "Rakesh Mohan to join McKinsey as global adviser". Mint. 13 July 2009.
  12. ^ "Public sector jobs challenging, fulfilling: Rakesh Mohan". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 12 January 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  13. ^ indiatimes.com: "Rakesh Mohan takes over as IMF executive director" 4 Nov 2012
  14. ^ Subramanian, K. (13 April 2010). "Essays on Indian economy". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 23 April 2010.