Gautam Chikermane is Vice President at Observer Research Foundation. His primary area of research is the economy and politics of India. He also tracks the international economic affairs, particularly the G20 nations, and is a Director at CARE India. Earlier, he was New Media Director at Reliance Industries Ltd and has held leadership positions at some of India’s largest newspapers and magazines: Executive Editor (Business) Hindustan Times; Editor Special Projects The Indian Express; Executive Editor The Financial Express; Executive Editor Outlook Money. He has served three terms as Director of Financial Planning Standards Board India and one as its Vice Chairman.
A Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center (Fall 2001), Gautam has authored four books: 70 Policies that Built India: 1947 to 2017, Independence to $2.5 Trillion (Forthcoming, 2018); Tunnel of Varanavat (Rupa, 2016); The Disrupter: Arvind Kejriwal and the Audacious Rise of the Aam Aadmi (Rupa, 2014); Five Decades of Decay (Rupa, 1997). A student of Dhrupad music, he lives in New Delhi.