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 Chairman Emeritus 


Distinguished College Professor of International Economics, Middlebury College, USA



Sunder Ramaswamy is a distinguished college professor of International Economics at Middlebury College, Vermont. He joined the college in 1990 as a member of the economics department.

From 2017 to 2021, he was the inaugural vice chancellor of Krea University, a new innovative approach to interwoven learning designed specifically to help students prepare for impactful leadership in a dynamic, uncertain, and complex world of the 21st century. He worked in collaboration with leading academics, industrialists, and philanthropists to set up the university in Sri City, near Chennai, India. Launched in 2018 by the vice president of India, Krea University is home to the new and innovative School of Interwoven Arts and Sciences, the IFMR Graduate School of Business, and 5 cutting edge research centers—Leveraging Evidence for Access and Development, Centre for Digital Financial Inclusion, Initiatives for What Works for Women and Girls in the Economy, Inclusion Economics (partnering with Yale), and Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab – South Asia. As the inaugural vice chancellor, Ramaswamy has, since 2017, actively worked on and overseen the launch of the new university in all its facets—admissions, outreach, communications, curriculum design, hiring of faculty, facilities improvements, fundraising and managing of governance structures; in addition to this, he has ensured the integration of the IFMR Graduate School of Business and Research Centers that were inherited as part of the activities of the sponsoring body of Krea, IFMR Society (founded 1970).

Education: He received his doctoral degree in Economics from Purdue University, a master’s degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and bachelor’s degree (Honors) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, where he secured record marks and topped the University in the 3rd year, and overall secured the 4th position in the bachelor’s degree (Honors) examinations (1981-1984). He also secured the 5th position in the Central Board of Secondary Education (India) National Class 12th examinations (Science group).