Dr Brinda Jagirdar is an independent consulting economist with specialisation in areas relating to the Indian economy and financial intermediation. She has recently retired after completing a long stint as General Manager and Chief Economist, State Bank of India, based at its Corporate Office in Mumbai, India.
Dr Jagirdar’s work at SBI involved tracking developments in the Indian and global economy and analysing implications for policy. She participates in the Bank’s Asset Liability Committee and Central Management Committee meetings, conducting research studies on relevant issues including financial inclusion, financial stability, banking sector reforms and bringing out the Bank’s publications.
She has a brilliant academic record, with a Ph.D. in Economics from the Department of Economics, University of Mumbai, M.S. in Economics from the University of California at Davis, USA, MA in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune and BA in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune. She topped the University in Economics at both BA and MA. She has attended an Executive Programme at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA and a leadership programme at IIM Lucknow.
She is visiting faculty at NIBM and member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. She was a member of the Monetary Policy Group of Indian Banks’ Association, member Banking, Finance & Economics Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and editorial board of the journal of the Indian Banks’ Association.
She was associated with the Raghuram Rajan Committee on Financial Sector Reforms in India, was a member of the Planning Commission’s Sub Group on Household Sector Savings for the 12th Deepening India’s Household Financial Savings. She has participated and presented papers at several seminars and conferences. She is regularly invited to make presentations and speak on topics relating to the Indian economy and banking. She is a regular panelist on TV business channels (CNBC, NDTV, BBC India Business Report, Bloomberg TV, Zee Business, CNBC Awaaz) and contributes columns in business newspapers and journals.