Advisory Council

Suman Bery

Senior Fellow
Former Chief Economist, Royal Dutch Shell

Suman K. Bery is former Chief Economist at the Royal Dutch Shell Corporation in The Hague. He was a member of the Council of Economic Advisors in the Office of the Prime Minister of India, and former Director General of the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi.

Prior to his appointment to NCAER in 2001, he served at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., as the Lead Economist for Latin America, and he led policy analysis and research projects on Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador and Peru.

From 1992 to 1994, Suman held the position of Special Consultant to the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, based in Mumbai. While at the Reserve Bank of India, he was actively involved in developing proposals for reform of the government debt markets, linkages between general financial sector deregulation and the development of the bond market, as well as issues of market structure, drawing upon the experience of other developing countries.

After schooling in India and the U.K., Suman graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford, with a first class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE). His graduate work was at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, from which he holds the degree of Master of Public and International Affairs.

His Ph.D. dissertation research (also at Princeton) was on the monetary policy instruments of the Reserve Bank of India. He has published on Indian financial sector reforms, banking crises in Latin America and the political economy of economic reforms in developing countries.

Suman serves on the Central Board of the State Bank of India, and has been a member of several government committees and task forces.