Former Trustees and Councillors

V Anantha Nageswaran

V Anantha-Nageswaran is a co-founder, former trustee and Fellow at the Takshashila Institution.

Born in 1963, he graduated with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 1985. He obtained a PhD in Finance from the University of Massachusetts in 1994 for his work on the empirical behaviour of exchange rates.

Between 1994 and 2004, Ananth worked for Union Bank of Switzerland (now UBS) and Credit Suisse in Switzerland and in Singapore. In July 2006, he joined Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd. in Singapore as the Head of Research for Asia. In March 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Investment Officer for the bank. In July 2011, he left his full-time role in the bank and has been an independent consultant since then. Currently, he is a consultant-economist (Senior Economist) with Asianomics, an independent macro-economic research institution set up by Dr. Jim Walker, former Chief Economist of CLSA. He is an external advisor on investment strategy to Lumen Capital Investors, an independent asset manager based in Singapore.

He is an advisor to Aavishkaar Venture Management Services in India that manages nearly 200 million dollars of investments in social enterprises and microfinance institutions in India. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Aparajitha Foundation ( that focuses on teaching life skills to children from primary to higher secondary education.

Ananth is a columnist at Mint and teaches international economics and financial markets at business schools in Chennai, Bangalore and Singapore.

Ananth’s contributions to Takshashila can be found here, including his extensive policy research. Ananth also taught macroeconomics and geoeconomics electives in the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy course.

Mukul G Asher

Mukul Asher is a former Councillor and advisor to the Faculty at the Takshashila Institution. He is a Professorial Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He received his PhD in Economics from Washington State University in 1972. His undergraduate education was at Bombay (Mumbai) University.

In addition to India, Singapore and the United States of America, he has also taught or researched in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Japan, Australia and Malaysia. His research has focused on fiscal reforms, India’s external economic policies, and pension reform in Asia.

He has authored or edited several books, and has published numerous articles in national and international journals. He has served as advisor on the editorial board of several journals, including International Social Security Review (ISSR), and IIM-Bangalore Management Review, and Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance.

He has been a consultant on tax reforms and social security issues to the Government of Gujarat, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Asian Development Bank, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and World Health Organization (WHO).

He has addressed many academic conferences and business and professional gatherings around the world. He has been involved as Faculty Chair and as resource person in conducting many Executive Education programs involving high level policymakers.

Mukul Asher’s articles in Pragati can be found here. His contributions to Takshashila’s policy research can be found here. Between 2012 and 2015, Mukul Asher was faculty for economic reasoning for Takshashila’s Graduate Certificate in Public Policy course.