Dr. Ajit Ranade is an economist, political analyst and serves on board of various national and international companies. Dr. Ajit Ranade serves as the President and Chief Economist of the Aditya Birla Group. Dr. Ranade served as an Executive Officer of Financial Technologies India Ltd. Dr. Ranade served as the Chief Economist at ABN AMRO Bank. His professional career has spanned academic and corporate assignments, including teaching in universities in India and U.S. He served as an Equity Analyst of ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Research Division. Dr. Ranade serves as a Director on the Board of Hindalco Almex Aerospace Limited, a joint venture company of Hindalco and Almex Inc. of USA. Dr. Ranade served as Independent Director of Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd., from September 22, 2007 to April 1, 2010. He has served on various committees of the Reserve Bank of India, most recently in the committee for Fuller Capital Account Convertibility. He is a member of the Board of India Today Economists, Chairman of the CII West Zone Sub Committee on Economic Affairs and the Research Advisory Panel of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. Dr. Ranade is a member of the Senate and Advisory Council of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Dr. Ranade earned a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay, a PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad and holds an MA and PhD in Economics from Brown University, U.S.A.