Tarun Ramadorai is Professor of Financial Economics at Imperial College London. He grew up in India through the liberalization of its economy and the turbulence of the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s, which catalysed his interest in the interplay between global and local forces in economies. He did a BA in mathematics and economics at Williams College and an MPhil in economics at Cambridge University before taking a doctorate in business economics at Harvard. Prior to taking his chair at Imperial, he taught at Oxford for over a decade. He has brought the use of large data sets forcefully into his analysis of personal finance decisions and institutions using granular data from a broad range of countries, including low- and middle-income countries with fast-growing middle classes that comprise most of the world’s households.
He has served in a range of policy and practice roles in addition to his academic work, including Chairman of the Inter-Regulatory Committee on Household Finance constituted by the Reserve Bank of India, Visiting Scholar at the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, Economic Adviser to the European Securities and Markets Authority, and Allocation Advisory Board Member for the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund (NBIM). He currently serves as co-Chair of the Fintech workstream of the India-UK Financial Partnership.