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Dr S Narayan
Designation : Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Email : snarayan43@gmail.com
Tel : (65) 6516 7429
Fax : (65) 6776 7505

Dr S Narayan (IAS, 1965 batch), with nearly four decades (1965 to 2004) in Public Service in the State and Central Governments, in Development Administration, was the Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister during 2003-04.

Prior to this assignment, Dr Narayan served the Government of India as Finance and Economic Affairs Secretary, Secretary in the Departments of Revenue, Petroleum and Industrial Development.  As Secretary, Petroleum and Natural Gas, he was responsible for policy formulation and implementation in the hydrocarbon sector.  Between 2000 and 2003, in the Ministry of Finance, his responsibilities included formulation of macroeconomic policy for the Government, tariff and taxation policies as well as initiatives for modernizing the capital markets.  His special interests include public finance, energy policy, governance issues and international trade.

Dr Narayan obtained his Ph.D from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi.  He has an M.Phil (Development Economics) from Cambridge University and Master of Business Management (Finance) from the University of Adelaide.  He graduated with an M.Sc (Physics) from the University of Madras (Madras Christian College).

Dr Narayan has single authored one book, edited two books and written numerous policy papers, reports and book chapters. He also writes regularly in newspapers, both locally and internationally on issues relating to Public Policy, Governance, Public Finance, Trade and Energy.

Dr Narayan has been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore since 2005. After nine successful years as Head of Research at ISAS, Dr Narayan handed over the portfolio in mid 2014.

He is a chair professor at the India Gandhi Open National University, New Delhi. The Center for Asia Studies a think tank based in Chennai, and Athena Infonomics Ltd., a Chennai based research and consulting firm, are his other initiatives.

Area of Interest and Expertise
- Public Policy and Public Finance
- India - International Trade policy
- India - Energy issues, with special reference to Power, Oil and Gas
- Financial Markets
- Banking
Current Research
- Economic Reforms Policies
- Development of State specific performance and governance indicators for India
- India - SAARC and India ASEAN trade
- Fiscal and Monetary policies in South Asia
'Documenting Reforms: Case Studies from India', Observer Research Foundation and World Bank Macmillan, 2006.
'Growth Opportunities in Indian States: Issues of Governance and Economic Development', Institute of South Asian Studies and Marshall Cavendish, 2005.

Adjustment Strategies in Energy Pricing: South Asian Experiences in South Asia, Societies in Political and Economic Transition; Manohar, 2010.
South Asia in Retrospect ed Hernaikh Singh and Tridivesh Singh Maini; Manohar, 2009.
'Financial Sector Reforms' in Fiscal Policy Initiatives, ed. Priya Basu, World Bank; Macmillan, 2005.
Inter Ministerial Meeting on sustainablae development alternatives -- Dhaka, Bangladesh, 25 to 28 January 2010
Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Tokyo, March 2006; and India-Japan Seminar, 9 and 10 March 2006.
Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, December 2005, 'Growth and Liberalisaton'.
London School of Economics, February 2005 and May 2005, 'International Trade'.
Washington 2004, 'Issues on Outsourcing to India'.
'Energy Security' for Observer Research Foundation, 2006.
'Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy' for Pharma, United States, 2006.
'Trade Policy in India', London School of Economics, May 2005.

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