Jayshree Sengupta

Senior Fellow (Associate)

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Jayshree Sengupta is a Senior Fellow (Associate) working with ORF's Economy and Development Programme. Her work focuses on the Indian economy and development, regional cooperation related to the SAARC, BRICS, ASEAN and EU groupings, social sectors like health, education and unemployment, and women and development.

After graduating from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, with MA in Economics, she studied at the London School of Economics where she completed her MSc and MPhil degrees in Economics. She worked at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London. She was a lecturer in Miranda House and Indraprastha College ( Delhi University) from 1970 to 1977. She was Programme coordinator at Indian Council for International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi from 1981-1985. She has also worked at NCAER (New Delhi) and the Institute of Manpower Research.She was a consultant for World Bank (Washington, D.C.) from 1985-1990 and in OECD (Paris) in 1991. She co-authored a book with Professor Sandro Sideri of ISS ( Hague) titled The 1992 Single European Market and the Third World (Frank Cass 1992). From 1994 to 1998 she was a Consulting Editor at the Observer of Business and Politics, New Delhi. She was a Senior Editor in Hindustan Times from 1998 to 2004. At ORF, she has written the book A Nation in Transition: Understanding the Indian Economy (Academic Foundation 2008). She has also edited the book Global Meltdown, EU and India Perspectives (Academic Foundation 2012).She has been a columnist in all major newspapers in India and has a column in the Tribune. She has presented papers in various international conferences on India, China, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the EU on subjects of urbanisation, rural development, healthcare in India and among BRICS, future global economic trends, global financial architecture and empowerment of women.


  • Indian Economy and Development
  • SAARC, BRICS, ASEAN, EU Regional Cooperation
  • Social Sector (Health, Education, Unemployment)
  • Women and Development
  • History of Culture and Art

Current Position(s)

  • Senior Fellow, ORF Economy and Growth Programme

Past Position(s)

  • Senior Editor, Hindustan Times
  • Consulting Editor, Observer of Business and Politics
  • Consultant, OECD, Paris
  • Consultant, World Bank, Washington
  • Institute of Manpower Research, New Delhi
  • Programme Coordinator, ICRIER
  • Lecturer, Miranda House and Indraprastha College
  • Research Assistant, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London


  • MPhil (Economics), LSE
  • MSc (Economics), LSE
  • MA, Delhi School of Economics