Keynote Speakers

Prof. Santosh Mehrotra



Prof. Santosh Mehrotra was the Director-General, National Institute of Labour Economics Research (earlier called Institute of Applied Manpower Research) Planning Commission (in the rank of Secretary, Government of India) (2009-2014). He is a human development economist, whose research and writings have had most influence in the areas of labour/ employment, skill development, child poverty, and the economics of education. He brings a combination of professional experience: with the Indian government as a policy maker and adviser, with international organisations as a technical expert, having lived on three continents and travelled to 63 countries providing technical advice to governments; and as an academic whose research work has been translated into Chinese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and German.
From 1991 to 2006, he spent 15 years with two UN agencies – UNICEF and UNDP (Chief Economist of UNDP’s global Human Development Report (2002-05), New York; led the research programme on developing countries at UNICEF’s global research institute, the Innocenti Research Centre, Florence, Italy (1999-2002).
Prof. Mehrotra has an MA in Economics from the New School for Social Research, New School University, New York (1981), and Phd in Economics in Cambridge (1985). Prof. Mehrotra is currently Professor of Economics and Chairperson, Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
He returned to India in September 2006 to head the Rural Development Division, and then head, Development Policy Division, Planning Commission (till August 2009). An author of several chapters in India’s 11th Five Year Plan (2007-2012), and the 12th Five Year Plan. Team leader, second national Human Development Report (Oxford, 2011). He held a three-year appointment as Parkin Visiting Professor at the Centre for International Development in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Bath University, UK (2010-13).