Samar Verma

Senior Program Specialist

Samar Verma is a Senior Program Specialist for the Think Tank Initiative, based at IDRC’s Regional Office for South Asia in New Delhi. Samar obtained a PhD in Economics from Magadh University, Bihar, India.  He comes from Oxfam GB, where he first joined as Trade Policy Advisor in March 2003. He progressed to South Asia Regional Policy Advisor in 2005 before finally moving on to lead their global economic justice policy group in March 2006 as Team Leader based at Oxford, UK. He is also the founding Executive Director of Centre for Trade and Development (Centad), a Delhi-based regional think tank. For two years prior to joining Oxfam GB, he worked as Senior Fellow with the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) in New Delhi, and published widely on international trade and competitiveness, particularly related to textiles. He began his professional career in the corporate sector in 1996, working as Economist and Project Manager with cotton textile conglomerate Arvind Mills in India.  He has written and published in the areas of trade and competitiveness.

Watch Samar discuss the Think Tank Initiative in South Asia in this video: Here.

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Local men look on
Could public funding be combined with corporate funding in India in a manner similar to the TTI, suitably adapted to national institutional and political context, such that deserving think tanks could be supported in an effort to nation-building?