|Dr. Rahul Khullar|
Dr. Rahul Khullar joined Telecom Regulatory Authority of India as Chairman on 14th May 2012. Prior to joining TRAI, he was Commerce Secretary in Ministry of commerce and industry, Government of India. He also served as Secretary, department of Disinvestment, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. He is a permanent civil servant who joined the Indian Administrative Service since 1975. He has served in various capacities and at various levels in the Central and State Government. He has served as Director in the Prime Minister’s Office, Private Secretary to Finance Minister, Development Commissioner for Delhi, Commissioner of Sales Tax, Delhi and Principal Secretary (Planning), Delhi. He has also served as Additional Secretary and Special Secretary in the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry. He has been Chief Negotiator for India in the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations at the WTO. He was also Chief Negotiator for the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU.
He has worked as a professional economist in the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila between 1994 to 2000. In this assignment he worked as a Lead Economist for the Pacific, and later for the Philippines, and, thereafter, for Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, etc.). He also served as Senior Economist in the Strategy and Policy Office attached to the President of the Asian Development Bank.
He has a Ph.D. in Economics and has been a Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics, Boston University (1990-91), and a Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge USA (1982-84).