Reuben Abraham

Dr. Reuben Abraham is CEO and Senior Fellow at IDFC Institute, a think/do tank set up by India’s largest infrastructure finance company. He is also on IDFC Institute's Executive Council. IDFC Institute's focus is on the political, economic, and spatial causes and consequences of, and obstacles to, India’s ongoing transformation from a low income, state led economy to a market based democracy, a journey many emerging markets share. He is also a non-resident scholar at the Urbanization Project at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Before IDFC, he was on the Faculty and Executive Director of the Centre for Emerging Markets Solutions (CEMS) at the Indian School of Business (ISB), where he continues to serve on the Next Generation Leaders Board of the school.

Dr. Abraham was a Legatum Global Fellow for 2013; in 2012, he was named to Wired Magazine’s “Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world.” He was selected as a Young Global Leader for 2009 by the World Economic Forum, where he serves on the Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals.

He is a member of the international advisory board of Unicredit Bank of Italy; the board of the Centre for Civil Society, India’s leading classical liberal think tank; and THNK, The Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership. He is an independent director of the Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF), a fund that makes catalytic investments across emerging markets. Under the aegis of SEDF, he helped set up SONG, a unique India-focused early stage SME venture fund with Google and Omidyar Network as co-investors. A TED Global Fellow in 2007, he now sits on the TED Fellows Advisory Board. He is also on the board of First Home Realty Solutions, which builds low-income housing across India; RenewGen, a waste-to-energy company; and the DLF Foundation.

He completed his M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. from Columbia University. During his time at Columbia, he was an Associate Fellow in Global Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of the Public Policy Consortium and a Sloan Foundation/CITI Telecommunications Fellow.

Reuben Abraham in the Media

3 October 2016

Special governance zones as reform labs

India's experiment with Special Economic Zones has focussed more on concessions, rather than reforms...

14 June 2016

The Smart City Delusion

For developing countries, fixing the basics is crucial before talking about smart cities innovation....

9 April 2015

Mumbai needs an iconic museum to capture India’s globalised past and point to its future

Reuben Abraham and Sanjeev Sanyal make the case for a maritime museum in Mumbai in this Economic Times article....

21 May 2014

India’s first past the post election myths

IDFC Institute CEO Reuben Abraham and Resident Fellow Vivek Dehejia write in Mint: "BJP’s 31% vote share in the polls has been dubbed as too low for legitimately ruling India. This is a dubious claim."...

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30 December 2013

Reuben Abraham Speaks with Guy Rigby and Gunilla Carlsson on Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries

IDFC Institute CEO Reuben Abraham on the Role of Entrepreneurship in Development...

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