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Nirupam Bajpai

Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development, Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institute
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  • Member, Scientific Committee, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Over the last two decades, Nirupam Bajpai has been working at different U.S. universities beginning at the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1992; Harvard University from 1995 to 2002 and since July 2002 at Columbia University. Prior to his arrival at Columbia, Bajpai worked for seven years at Harvard University, most recently at the Kennedy School of Government’s Center for International Development leading the Harvard India Program and prior to that at the Harvard Institute for International Development, Harvard University. During this period, he also worked at MIT's Media Lab Asia as a Senior Fellow.

A macroeconomist by training, Bajpai’s research interests include the links of health and development, economic geography, globalization, emerging markets, economic development and growth, global competitiveness, and macroeconomic policies in developing and developed countries. His work focuses on economic policy reform in India, China, sub-Saharan Africa and the South and East Asian regions. Currently, he is an Associate Editor of the journal Asian Economic Papers, published by MIT Press and is also on the Editorial Board of the journal Economic Change and Restructuring published by Springer.

Since October 1999, Bajpai has had the high honor and privilege of informally advising three successive Prime Ministers of India, beginning with the Honorable Atal Bihari Vajpayee from 1999-2004; then advising the Honorable Manmohan Singh from 2004-2014 and currently to the Honorable Narendra Modi. Cutting across party lines, this is a very rare distinction for Dr. Bajpai. He has also advised several cabinet ministers of the UPA and NDA governments, including the Ministers of Health and Family Welfare, Finance, Commerce and Industry, and Information Technology among others. On a request from the Government of Gujarat, between 2003-05, Bajpai led teams of social and physical scientists of Columbia University to conduct research and advise the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi and the officials of the State Government on a variety of issues relating to the sustainable development of the State. Bajpai has led several teams of social and physical scientists to conduct research and advice several State Governments on "Scaling up Services in Rural India" wherein teams led by him were working with Rural Communities in India.

Bajpai serves on the advisory Board of the World Economic Development Congress based in New York and is a leading Asia specialist for the Asian Economic Panel and the National Bureau of Asian Research.

He is widely published and is the author or co-author of dozens of scholarly articles on a variety of issues relating to economic reforms in developing countries. He has written extensively on macroeconomic policy and management focusing on fiscal policy, and on the role of trade and foreign direct investment policies on growth and development. He co-edited a volume entitled “India in the Era of Economic Reforms” along with Jeffrey Sachs and Ashutosh Varshney published by Oxford University Press. In 2010, he co-authored a volume entitled “Improving Access and Efficiency in Public Health Services” along with Jeffrey Sachs and Ravindra Dholakia published by Sage Publications.

Bajpai is the recipient of several honors and awards. On the eve of India's 59th Republic Day on January 25, 2008, Bajpai was awarded the Padma Shri by the President of India, which is a civilian national honor bestowed by the Government of India. In the category of 'Literature and Education,' Bajpai is the youngest awardee of the Padma Shri ever since the Padma Awards were instituted in 1954 having been conferred the award at the age of 45.

Additional Works of Nirupam Bajpai: Strategic Advising to Policymakers in India, Working Papers and Reports, Research Papers, Magazine Articles & Newspaper Op-ed's with Jeffrey Sachs

Additional News on Nirupam Bajpai: 

- On August 3, 2016, Nirupam Bajpai delivered a Guest Lecture at the Jai Hind College, University of Mumbai on “Millennium Development Goals: What Did India Achieve?”

- On July 27, 2016, Padma Shri Dr. Nirupam Bajpai delivered a Guest Lecture at the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati on “Sustainable Development: A Global Need of the Hour.”

- On July 27, 2016, Dr. Nirupam Bajpai signed an MOU at a meeting in Guwahati with the Department of Education, Government of Assam relating to CSD’s Education Project in Assam in the presence of the Education, Health and Finance minister of Assam. Dr. Bajpai later had meetings with His Excellency, the Governor of Assam, P B Acharya and the Honorable Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal to discuss CSD’s project in the state and to make suggestions to the new State Government for strengthening Assam’s growth and development strategy.

- On July 26, 2016, Dr. Nirupam Bajpai delivered a Guest Lecture at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong on “Challenges of, and Solutions for, Sustainable Growth and Development in India.”

- On July 25, 2016, Dr, Nirupam Bajpai launched CSD’s Education Initiative – Model Districts Education Project (MDEP) in Shillong, Meghalaya, India.


  • Nirupam Bajpai with the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi
  • Nirupam Bajpai with His Excellency the President of India
  • Nirupam Bajpai with former Prime Minister of India, the Honorable Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • Nirupam Bajpai with His Excellency, the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee
  • Nirupam Bajpai also served as an advisor to Richard Gere on the control and prevention of HIV/AIDS in India
  • Since January 2015, Nirupam Bajpai has been advising Ms. Hema Malini, Member of Parliament on the development of her constituency in the State of Uttar Pradesh in India
  • Dr. Nirupam Bajpai with former Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh
  • Dr. Nirupam Bajpai with former President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam
  • Dr. Nirupam Bajpai with Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav
  • Meeting Officials
  • Youth Engagement
  • Solar Street Light
  • Concrete Village Street
  • Street widening and drainage systems in Mathura villages
  • Visiting the adopted village along with Ms. Hema Malini, Member of Parliament, Mathura, U.P.
  • Earth Institute’s Model District Health Project (MDHP) launch in Guwahati, Assam, along with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and the Project Team
  • Dr. Nirupam Bajpai speaking at the launch of the Model District Health Project in Guwahati, Assam
Research & Other Works
Concept of School as a Way of Life & Its Impact on India’s New Education Policy, 2016
Model Districts as a Roadmap for Public Health Scale-Up in India: Strategic Planning Experience from Assam
India's Decade of Development: Looking Back at the Last 10 Years and Looking Forward to the Next 20
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