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A. K. Shiva Kumar : biography

29 June 1956 -

A. K. Shiva Kumar is a development economist and professor. He teaches various courses at Harvard University, Indian School of Business and Young India Fellowship In addition to serving as an advisor to UNICEF - India, he is a member of India's National Advisory Council. The council was set up in June 2004 to oversee the implementation of India’s National Common Minimum Programme.


Kumar teaches economics and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and is a visiting professor at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad. He has focused his research on poverty and human development, social sector analysis, and the impact of development policies on children and women.

Kumar has been a regular contributor to UNDP's Annual Human Development Reports. He has also been associated with the preparation of national human development reports in a number of countries including Bhutan, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar and Serbia. In 2003, Kumar co-edited the book Readings in Human Development. His other publications include the Public Report on Basic Education (PROBE) (Oxford University Press, 1999) and a co-authored report entitled, , for the UN System in India. He also put together The Oxford Handbook of Population and Development. Mr. Kumar is presently working as a member National Advisory Council which provides inputs in the formulation of policy.

Early life

A. K. Shiva Kumar earned his postgraduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and his M.A. in economics from Bangalore University. He also holds a master's degree in public administration and a Ph.D in political economy and government from Harvard University.

He currently lives in New Delhi with his wife and two children (Girija and Ishan).

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