Deepak Lal

Born in 1940, and educated at the Doon School, Dehra Dun, St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and Jesus College, Oxford, he has been a member of the Indian Foreign Service; Lecturer, Jesus College, Oxford, and Christ Church, Oxford; Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford; Lecturer and Reader in Political Economy, University College, London; and Professor of Political Economy, University of London.

He, was a full-time consultant to the Indian Planning Commission, a visiting fellow at the Australian National University, and has served as a consultant to the ILO, UNCTAD, OECD, UNIDO, the World Bank, and the ministries of planning in Korea, and Sri Lanka.  He has been an Economic Advisor to the World Bank, and also a Research Administrator. He has been co-director of the Trade Policy Unit at the Center for Policy Studies and the Chairman of the board of advisors for the Nestle Lecture on the developing world. He has been a member of the UK Shadow Chancellor’s Council of Economic Advisors and a distinguished visiting fellow at the National Council for Economic Research, New Delhi.
He received the Italian Societa Libera's International Freedom Prize for Economics in 2007. He has received honorary doctorates from the University Paul Cezanne, Aix- Marseille III, France (2002) and UPC in Peru (2010).

Professor Lal is the author of numerous articles and books on economic development and public policy including: The Hindu Equilibrium  (2 vols, 1988, 1989; revised abridged edtn. 2005); (with H.Myint) The Political Economy of Poverty, Equity and Growth (1996)-nominated as ‘an outstanding academic book’ by Choice in 1997. His most recent book is "Reviving the Invisible Hand: the case for classical liberalism in the twenty first century"(2006) - nominated as ‘an outstanding academic book by Choice in 2006.