Mr. N.K. Singh is a prominent Indian economist, academician, and policymaker. He is currently Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission. Prior to this position, he presided as Chairman of the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Review Committee. He also served as a member of the Upper House of the Parliament, theRajya Sabha, from 2008 to 2014.

Mr. Singh had a long and distinguished career as a member of the Indian Administrative Services before his entry into politics and fiscal policy leadership. He was part of the core group of advisors and strategists during India’s economic reforms of 1991. He was principal interlocutor for negotiations with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for structural adjustments, loans and Balance of Payment support instrumentalities. He served as Expenditure Secretary, Revenue Secretary, Secretary to the Prime Minister of India and Member Planning Commission among other senior leadership roles.
Mr. Singh brings a wealth of national and international experience to the table, having interacted closely with multilateral organizations such as the World Bank, IMF, ADB, and OECD. He is also on the Board of Governors for the Ananta Aspen Centre.
On the academic front, he is a Member of the Governing Board of the Nalanda University and Chairperson of its Endowments Committee. Mr. Singh has been a recurring eminent guest lecturer at prestigious academic institutions and Universities like Columbia, Yale and Stanford. He also holds the position of Co-Chairman of the India Advisory Committee, London School of Economics.

Mr. Singh is also a published author with several prominent books to his name: "Politics of Change", "Not by Reason Alone,", “The New Bihar: Rekindling Governance and Development" and his autobiography “Portraits of Power: Half a Century of Being at Ringside”.  He has been a reputed columnist in leading Indian newspapers including the likes of Hindustan Times, Hindustan, The Indian Express, The Hindu, and Mint