Montek Singh Ahluwalia is currently at the Stern School of Business New York University as Distinguished Visiting Professor. He served as Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India from July 2004 till May 2014. This was an appointment at Cabinet Minister level, and Mr. Ahluwalia was a Special Invitee to the Cabinet and several Cabinet Committees. He has held several positions in the Government earlier (see below) and has been a key figure in India’s economic reforms from the mid-1980s onwards. He was awarded the prestigious “Padma Vibhushan”, India’s second highest civilian honour, by President of India in 2011 for his outstanding contribution to economic policy and public service.
Mr. Ahluwalia received a BA (Hons) degree from St. Stephens College, Delhi University. He went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and received an M.A. and an M.Phil degree in Economics from Oxford University. He has received several honorary doctorates, including the Doctor of Civil Law (Honoris Causa) from Oxford University.