Dr. Ram Upendra Das is Professor at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi. He is also Honorary Fellow at the Academy of World Watch, Shanghai, China; Honorary Professor at the New Delhi Institute of Management and Member, Academic Advisory Council of the Birla Institute of Management and Technology, Noida. His broad areas of specialisation include International Economics and Development Policy.
During his research experience spanning more than 25 years, he has conducted and supervised a number of studies for various institutions including the ADB, Commonwealth Secretariat, ILO, EXIM Bank of India, SAARC Secretariat, UNDP, UNESCAP and the World Bank. He has conducted various studies, including for the inter-governmental Joint Study Groups (JSGs), and international negotiating processes on behalf of the Government of India in the context of India’s economic engagements with other countries and groupings. These include Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Maldives, SAARC, Thailand, ASEAN, Singapore, GCC, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. He also represented India to the Track II Study Group of the CEPEA under the East Asia Summit process. He contributed to drafting of the SAFTA Treaty and SAARC Agreement on Trade in Services (SATIS) for the SAARC Secretariat. He also contributed to resolving complex issues during the India-ASEAN trade negotiations. More recently, he is involved in an inter-governmental study on FTA between India and the Eurasian Economic Community comprising Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. He has also handled the issue of rules of origin negotiations for all the countries with which India has been engaging under trade agreements with countries mentioned above, as well as the EU, MERCOSUR, Japan and South Korea. He has been member of various committees and expert groups of the Indian government.
He was invited as a State Guest by the US Department of State under the IVLP and the Government of Indonesia under the Programme viz. Presidential Friends of Indonesia; and was given a Certificate of Appreciation by the Government of Maldives for his Capacity Building Modules on Macroeconomic Modelling for the Maldivian government officials. He was invited to give special address on ‘Regional Economic Integration in Central Asia’ during the 2012 SPECA Economic Forum, organized by UNESCAP and UNECE held in Bangkok.
He has written several invited research papers and presented them at international conferences held in India and abroad at institutions of eminence in the US, Europe and Asia. He has numerous publications to his credit on issues relating to international economics and development, including peer-reviewed journals and books. The most recent books include Perspectives on Rules of Origin, Palgrave-Macmillan: UK (2011) and Regional Trade and Economic Integration, World Scientific: Singapore and New Jersey (2012) and Meaning of India Economic Dynamism for East Asia, RIS and ERIA: Jakarta. He has written articles in leading national and international newspapers/magazines and has been interviewed in both print and electronic media.
He obtained his Ph.D. and M.Phil degrees in Economics from the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.