Gautam Chikermane

Vice President

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Gautam Chikermane is a Vice President at ORF. His area of research is international and Indian economic policy.

A Jeffersen Fellow at the East-West Center, Gautam has written three books: Tunnel of Varanavat (Rupa, 2016), The Disrupter: Arvind Kejriwal and the Audacious Rise of the Aam Aadmi (Rupa, 2014) and Five Decades of Decay (Rupa, 1997).


  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Religion

Current Position(s)

  • Associate Senior Research Fellow — India Desk, ISPI (Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale)
  • Director, CARE India

Past Position(s)

  • New Media Director, Reliance Industries Ltd.
  • Executive Editor (Business), Hindustan Times
  • Editor Special Projects, The Indian Express
  • Executive Editor, The Financial Express
  • Executive Editor, Outlook Money
  • Director, Financial Planning Standards Board India


  • PG Diploma in Journalism, Indian Institute of Mass Communications
  • BA in Economics, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi