Dateline: New Delhi, India

r to l:  Dr Bimal Jalan, with Mobilium Global chief Executive Ralph Simon just after Dr Jalan was inducted into the India Business Hall of Fame at the 2017 India Business Leadership Awards in Delhi.  Dr Jalan is one of India’s best-known economists and former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.  He is credited with having successfully managed and protected India during the East Asian financial crisis & its aftermath, substantially strengthening India’s balance of payments position & promoting wide-ranging reforms in India’s financial sector.  He was nominated to the Upper House of the Indian Parliament, the Rajya Sabha by the President of India for distinguished service to India.   Before taking over as Governor of the Reserve Bank, Dr Bimal Jalan held several high level positions in India and abroad. In India, he has served as Chief Economic Adviser to the Government, Banking Secretary, Finance Secretary, Member-Secretary of the Planning Commission, and Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. He represented India as Executive Director on Boards of International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Washington D.C. during 1988-89 and 1993-96 respectively. Earlier, he was Director (Economic Affairs) of Commonwealth Secretariat in London.