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S S Tarapore

He is Distinguished Fellow, Skoch Development Foundation, has a BA (Economics) from Sheffield University (1958) and Msc. (Economics) from London University (1960). He was awarded the Doctor of Law (honoris causa) from Sheffield University (1996). He joined RBI in 1961 as Research Officer and retired in 1996 as Deputy Governor. He was on deputation from 1971-1979, first in the IMF Research Department and subsequently under the IMF Central Banking Service with the Bank of Mauritius as Advisors to the Governor. He has chaired a number of official committees including the committee on Capital Account Convertibility (1997), the Unit Trust of India Inquiry (2001), the Committee on Procedures and Performance Audit of Public Services (2004-05) and the Committee on Fuller Capital Account Convertibility (2006). He was a member of the Committee on Banking Sector Reforms (1998) and the Advisory Group on Transparency of Monetary Policy (2000).

N C Saxena

Member, National Advisory Council is Distinguished Fellow, Skoch Development Foundation, New Delhi. A Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, he obtained his Ph.D. From University of Oxford, U.K. He specializes in rural development, natural resource management, rural livelihoods, poverty alleviation, watershed and drinking water, governance, decentralization and people's participation. A member of Indian Administrative services (IAS), Dr. Saxena recently retired as Secretary, Planning Commission, and Government of India. He was earlier, Secretary, Rural Shastri National Academy of Administration, Musoorie. Author of repute, he has contributed to several research papers to various international journals, and has written several widely acclaimed books. He is currently engaged as Consultant with UNICEF, World Bank, UNDP, European Union, GTZ, ADB, and DFID working on projects ranging from village planning, evaluation of urban poverty programmes, reforms in public distribution system, water and sanitation, land management and so on.