Dr. Rajiv Lall
Founder MD & CEO
Dr. Rajiv Lall was the Executive Chairman of IDFC Limited until September 2015. He has about three decades of experience with leading global investment banks, multilateral agencies and in academia. His areas of expertise include project finance, private equity/venture capital, international capital markets, trade, infrastructure and macroeconomic policy issues with a focus on emerging markets including India and China in particular.
Dr. Lall straddles the policy making and finance worlds. He currently chairs the National Committee on Infrastructure Financing of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) a leading business chamber in the country. He is a member of the Managing Committee of ASSOCHAM; the CII National Council on Financial Sector Development and the CII National Committee on Banking. Internationally, he is a member of the Advisory Board of Columbia Global Centers, South Asia, set up by the Columbia University, New York. He is also on the International Advisory Board of the Centre for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania; and a member of the City of London's Advisory Council on India. He was the President of Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and has chaired the Global Agenda Council on Infrastructure of the World Economic Forum. Dr. Lall was India's representative to the G20 Workgroup on Infrastructure and was also a member of the Planning Commission's Steering Committee on Urban Development Management; the Prime Minister’s Committees on Infrastructure Finance and Transport Sector Development; Expert Group on Modernisation of Indian Railways of Ministry of Railways Government of India; and the Reserve Bank of India’s Committee on NBFCs. Dr. Lall has served on several other Government Committees including those focused on Urban Infrastructure, Bond Market Development and Financial Sector Reform.
Prior to joining IDFC, Dr. Lall was variously, a Partner with Warburg Pincus in New York; Head of Asian Economic Research with Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong; a senior staff member of the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and of the Asian Development Bank in Manila and faculty member of the Florida Atlantic University Department of Economics.
Dr. Lall has a number of publications and articles to his credit. He has been a regular columnist with the Business Standard, a leading financial daily in India. He has a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University.