Dr. Nagesh Kumar
UN-ESCAP South and South-West Asia Office
Before assuming the present position in October 2011, Nagesh Kumar was Chief Economist and Director of the Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division at ESCAP headquarters in Bangkok. He also served as the Acting Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP from September 2010 to June 2011. Prior to joining ESCAP in May 2009, Nagesh served for seven years as Director-General of the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a New Delhi-based public-funded, development policy think-tank. He has also served on the faculty of the United Nations University-Institute for New Technologies (now UNU-MERIT) based in Maastricht, the Netherlands (1993-1998). Nagesh has served on the boards of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Geneva; the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), Kathmandu; the Institute of Studies in Industrial Development, New Delhi and the Export-Import Bank of India. He has also served as a consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNCTAD, UNIDO, UN-DESA, ILO, and the Commonwealth Secretariat.