M. Govinda Rao

Dr. M. Govinda Rao is the Director, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy. His past positions include Director, Institute for Social and Economic Change, (1998-2002) Bangalore (1998-2002) and Fellow, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (1995-1998) and Professor, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (1985-1995).

Dr. Rao has a number of advisory roles. He is a Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India with the rank of Minister of State, Government of India. He is a Member of Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC) and High Level Expert Committee on Universalising Healthcare, Member, High Level Expert Committee on Efficient Management of Public Expenditure and Member, Advisory Group of Eminent Persons to advise the Finance Minister on G-20 matters. His past advisory roles include Chairman of the Committee for the Implementation of Value Added Tax and Chairman, Expert Group on Taxation of Services. He is a Member, Board of Governors in Institute of Economic Growth, Institute for Social and Economic Change and Madras School of Economics.

Dr. Rao’s research interests include fiscal decentralization and federalism, state and local finances, tax policy and reforms, public expenditure management.