World Bank Chief Economist for South Asia
Kalpana Kochhar was appointed the Chief Economist for the South Asia Region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) in 2010. She describes her goals as: (i) to bring the best and most relevant development knowledge to bear on development issues facing South Asia; (ii) to lead the development of the South Asia Region's Strategy; (iii) to ensure the quality and relevance of economic and sector non-lending services in SAR. Ms. Kochhar brings two decades of experience to her coverage of countries from India all the way to Australia and New Zealand and she held various management and research positions at the International Monetary Fund for Bhutan, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, and Sri Lanka prior to joining the Bank. A national of India, Ms. Kochhar’s holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Brown University and a M.A. in Economics from Delhi School of Economics in India. She has a B.A in Economics from Madras University in India. Her research interests and publications have mainly focused on studies of Asian economies, including India and China. Most recently, her research has focused on issues related to India’s growth, financial, and fiscal policies.