Kalpana Kochhar is currently a Deputy Director in the Strategy, Policy and Review Department of the IMF. Between 2010 and 2012, she was the Chief Economist for the South Asia Region of the World Bank.
Prior to joining the World Bank, she held the position of Deputy Director in the Asia and Pacific Department since August 2008 leading the IMF’s work on Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal. She has also worked on China, Korea and the Philippines. Prior to taking this position, she spent time in the IMF’s Research Department, the Strategy and Policy Review Department and in the Fiscal Affairs department.
Ms. Kochhar’s research interests and publications have mainly focused on studies of Asian economies, including a major report on jobs in South Asia. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Economics from BrownUniversity and an M.A. in Economics from DelhiSchool of Economics in India. She has a B.A in Economics from MadrasUniversity in India.