Surjit S. Bhalla – Keynote Speaker

Managing Director of Oxus Research and Investments

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Specialist Subjects

  • Economy
  • Finance
  • Politics


  • English


Surjit S. Bhalla is managing director of Oxus Research and Investments, a New Delhi-based economic research, asset management, and emerging-markets advisory firm. He taught at the Delhi School of Economics and worked at the Rand Corporation, the Brookings Institution, and at both the research and treasury departments of the World Bank. He has also worked at Goldman Sachs (1992–94) and Deutsche Bank (1994–96). He is author of Imagine There’s No Country: Poverty, Inequality, and Growth in the Era of Globalization (2002).


His research interests are fiscal policy (flat tax?), economic history (do institutions cause growth?), and macroeconomic policy (the role of exchange rates in economic development). He has been a member of several government of India committees on economic policy, most recently the committee on capital account convertibility. He is on the board of India’s largest think tank and is an appointed member of the National Statistical Commission of India. He is contributing editor of ‘The Indian Express’, and senior India analyst of The Observatory Group, a macro policy advisory group based in New York. He is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines on economics, politics, and cricket. His first book, Between the Wickets: The Who and Why of the Best in Cricket (1987), developed a model for evaluating performance in sports.

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