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Economist/Consultancy (Mumbai)

I am Natasha Agarwal, currently employed by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) in New Delhi, India as a consultant on their project titled “Managing India’s Trade Deficit with Large Trading Partners: Lessons and Prospects”. The project is funded by the Department for International Development (DfID) whose outcome will be used by the Ministry of Commerce (India)for their trade negotiations with the countries in question. The project has come to an end.

Prior to this appointment, I was working in different capacities such as Junior Economist, External Research Fellow, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, and Research Assistant on funded-projects at institutes of international repute and national importance both in India and the United Kingdom including Centre for Advanced Financial Research and Learning (CAFRAL), Reserve Bank of India, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Oxford University, University of Nottingham, Birmingham University, and the International Growth Centre (IGC).

I have completed my doctoral studies at the University of Nottingham in economics where I looked at the impact of developmental bottlenecks like financial development on the benefits to domestic firms from inward foreign direct investment in China.

I have the right blend of academic and policy exposure. I have worked in both developed (UK) and developing (India) country giving me the exposure to perform in large teams within a multi-cultural context. Besides, having directly worked with policy-makers, diplomats and bureaucrats in India, my work experience has given me the exposure of working in a policy setting in a developing country context. For instance, I was directly working with the former deputy governor, on various policy issues while working at CAFRAL. Having written for scientific international journals as well as newspapers and policy reports, I have been able to write not only in a technical language but have also proven to be able to explain technical information to non-specialist audience including industrialist, lobbyist, and other market participants. Moreover, as a tutor to first year undergraduate students, I was responsible
for teaching economics through current economic issues by touching on a broad range of topics such as trade, migration, climate change, amongst others. In various capacities, I have also successfully undertaken administrative roles. For instance, I have been able to successfully organize seminars, workshops, and participate in the smooth facilitation of conference organization. In
addition, I have also had the opportunity to write policy briefs after the completion of a conference. For instance, at the IPD-CAFRAL conference that was held in New Delhi in January Protected content , I was
responsible not only for writing policy briefs on several sessions but also monitor the activities of other members in the team that were covering other sessions. I have also extensively used a wide range
of databases for undertaking each and every project that I have worked on.

In various capacities, I have also been able to identify and network people for the smooth facilitation of the projects in question. For instance, I have been able to identify key persons at the University of Sussex, Oxford, and OECD on understanding global value chains which forms a crucial aspect of our report submitted to the ministry. In addition, I have been able to introduce teams across borders, i.e. team at IIFT and the team at the University of Sussex, Oxford, and OECD, so as to enable us to work on issues together. In various capacities both in academia and policy-setting, I have been able to work with deadlines and prioritize work accordingly.

I am currently looking for a position in the international trade and foreign direct investment space. I could work in several capacities as seen from above. I am open to guidance/suggestions. I am also willing to forward my CV.

Sorry for this long description and thank you for patience and co-operation.

Natasha Agarwal

Mumbai Forum