Suman Bery


Mr Suman Bery, based in New Delhi, is currently Vice Chairperson at NITI Aayog. He is a Global Fellow in the Asia program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC and a Non-resident Fellow of Bruegel, an economic policy research institution located in Brussels. In addition to his affiliation with Bruegel, Suman continues as a Global Fellow of the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth.

From early 2012 till mid-2016 Suman Bery was Chief Economist of Shell International, based in The Hague, The Netherlands and advised the Board and management of Royal Dutch Shell on global economic and political developments. He also was part of the senior leadership of Shell’s global scenarios group. While at Shell he led a collaborative project with Indian think tanks to apply scenario modelling to India’s energy sector.

Suman had earlier served as Director-General (Chief Executive) of the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) in New Delhi. In his decade leading NCAER Suman was at various times member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council; of India’s Statistical Commission; and of the Reserve Bank of India’s Technical Advisory Committee on Monetary Policy. He commented extensively in the media on economic issues, contributing a monthly column for a business newspaper.

Prior to NCAER, Suman was with the World Bank in Washington DC which he joined through the Young Professionals’ Program. His career at the Bank spanned research on financial sector development and country policy and strategy, notably in Latin America and the Caribbean. His country experience included Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru. His experience on financial sector reform in Latin America was deployed as a Special Consultant to the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India between 1992 and 1994.

His professional writing includes contributions on the political economy of reform, financial sector and banking reform, and energy trends and policy. His graduate degree in public policy was at Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs, following an undergraduate degree (in Philosophy, Politics and Economics) at Magdalen College, University of Oxford.