Dr. Isher Judge Alhuwalia

Chairperson on the Board of Governors for the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia is a renowned Indian economist, with wide experience in the fields of economic growth, productivity, industrial and trade policy reforms, and urban planning and development. She is currently Chairperson on the Board of Governors for the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), a leading think-tank based in New Delhi engaged in policy oriented research. At ICRIER, Dr. Ahluwalia is leading a major research and capacity building program on the challenges of urbanization in India. She was awarded Padma Bhushan by the President of India in the year 2009 for her services in the field of education and literature.

She is a member of the recently constituted Urban Institute of India which has been set up with Government of India and private sector as partners. Dr. Ahluwalia is on the Board of Trustees of IWMI (International Water Management Institute). Dr. Ahluwalia has written a number of books, the latest being “Transforming Our Cities: Postcards of Change”, and a co-edited volume titled “Urbanization in India: Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward”, which proposes critical reforms and policy interventions.