Ajit Ranade’s career has spanned academia and the corporate life. Currently he is Chief Economist with the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate with multiple businesses across the world. His job includes economy crystal ball gazing and predicting the future. He is active in public policy advocacy and writes regularly in the business press, including a weekly column for the Mumbai Mirror of the Times of India family. He is a co-founder of Association for Democratic Reforms, a citizens’ group that works on electoral and political reforms. An engineer and economist by training, he received the Distinguished Alumnus award from IIT Bombay in 2009.