Sanjaya Baru

Sanjaya Baru

Consulting Senior Fellow for India; Director of IISS-India



  • Economics
  • South Asia

Background: Dr Sanjaya Baru is one of India’s most respected and influential commentators on political and economic issues. After serving as a consulting senior fellow of the IISS from September 2008, he became the first director of the institute’s Geo-economics and Strategy programme in 2011, analysing the interplay between economics and geopolitics at the global level. From 2016, he moved to focusing on India for the IISS. Dr Baru was the Official Spokesman and Media Advisor to the Prime Minister of India from May 2004 until August 2008. He is a former editor of the leading Indian financial newspapers The Business Standard and The Financial Express, and associate editor of The Economic Times and The Times of India

Dr Sanjaya Baru has been a Professor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations in New Delhi, and a Member of India's National Security Advisory Board in the Prime Minister's Office. He is the author of Strategic Consequences of India's Economic Performance, which was launched in the UK at the IISS in April 2007, and The Political Economy of Indian Sugar (1990). He has also published extensively on economic and strategic policy in India and abroad.

Joined IISS: September 2008


Strategic Consequences of India’s Economic Performance: Essays and Columns (Routledge, London, 2007)

Political Economy of Indian Sugar (Oxford University Press, 1990) 

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