Ajit Ranade

A Padma Shree Awardee, Eminent Economist, Journalist and Author


The Chief Economist of Aditya Birla Group, Ajit Ranade, is the Co-founder and Trustee of the Association for Democratic Reforms, a civil society group battling for transparency in the politics of India.

His career has spanned both academia and corporate life, having taught in universities in India and the U.S. 

He holds a PhD in Economics from the globally renowned, Brown University and has been associated with companies like ABN AMRO Bank, Hindalco Almex Aerospace Limited, Hindalco Almex Aerospace Limited, Reserve Bank of India, and more.

Ajit Ranade is a member of the Working Group on Challenges and Opportunities of Globalization for the Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-2012). He has served on various committees of the Reserve Bank of India, most recently in the Committee for Fuller Capital Account Convertibility.

He is a member of the National Executive Committee of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) and Economic Policy Council of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry), the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He also chairs the Research Advisory Panel of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance.

He is the author of the book 'Life Insurance in India: Emerging Issues'.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

Ajit Ranade received the ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award’ of  IIT Mumbai in 2009.

Dr. Ranade has contributed to many publications in reputed journals and is one of the authors of the award-winning book ‘Rising to the China Challenge’

He is known for his columns in several newspapers and has written for FirstPost, Business Standard, IBN Live and The Economic Times. 

Why Ajit Ranade ?

He often talks about the current scenario of the Indian economy and his achievements make him stand out.  Having held senior positions in India’s prominent economic and financial institutions Ajit Ranade is one of the most respected and influential policy makers in India and an inspiration for every young economist.

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