Sanjaya Baru

Sanjaya Baru

Consulting Senior Fellow for India; Director of IISS–India



  • Asian Geo-economics
  • Asia
  • Trade and development, Indian economic and foreign policy

Languages: English, Hindi, Telugu

Summary: Sanjaya Baru is presently Consulting Senior Fellow for India based in New Delhi. He launched the IISS Geo-economics and Strategy Programme in 2011 and was programme director until 2015. He convened the annual geo-economics conferences in Bahrain during that period.


  • 2011–2016: Director for Geo-economics and Strategy, IISS
  • 2011–2012: Member, ASEAN-India Eminent Persons’ Group, Ministry of External Affairs, India
  • 2009–2011: Chief Editor, Business Standard, India
  • 2008–2009: Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore
  • 2004–2008: Media Advisor and Speechwriter to Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh
  • 2001–2003: Member, expert group on Indian National Defence University
  • 2000–2004: Chief Editor, The Financial Express
  • 1998–2001: Member, National Security Advisory Board, India
  • 1994–1998: Editorial Page Editor, The Times of India
  • 1990–1994: Associate Editor, The Economic Times

Selected Publications:

  • India and the World: Essays on Geo-economics and Strategy (Academic Foundation, 2016)
  • 1991: How P.V. Narasimha Rao Made History (Aleph Book Company, 2016)
  • The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh (Penguin Random House, 2014)
  • Strategic Consequences of India's Economic Performance (Routledge, 2006)
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