Dr. Patra, a career central banker since 1985, has worked in various positions in Reserve Bank of India. As Executive Director, he was a member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of Reserve Bank of India, which is entrusted with the responsibility of monetary policy decision making in India. He will continue to be an ex-officio member of the MPC as Deputy Governor.
Prior to this, he was Principal Adviser of the Monetary Policy Department, Reserve Bank of India between July 2012 and October 2014. He has worked in the International Monetary Fund as Senior Adviser to Executive Director (India) during December 2008 to June 2012, when he actively engaged in the work of the IMF’s Executive Board through the period of the global financial crisis and the ongoing Euro area sovereign debt crisis. His book “The Global Economic Crisis through an Indian looking glass” vividly captures this experience. He has also published papers in the areas of in?ation, monetary policy, international trade and ?nance, including exchange rates and the balance of payments. A Fellow of the Harvard University where he undertook post-doctoral research in the area of financial stability, he has a Ph.D. in Economics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.