About the Author
Nitin Desai is an Indian economist and international civil servant. He was Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations (1992-2003). He studied at St. Xavier’s High School and Elphinstone College in Mumbai. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Bombay in 1962, and in 1965, earned a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Desai lectured in economics at the University of Liverpool and the University of Southampton in the UK from 1965-1970. Returning to India, he worked as a consultant for the then nascent Tata Economic Consultancy Services (1970-1973). His major work here was on the economic analysis of CIDCO’s Twin City project.