Rajiv B. Lall

Professorial Research Fellow at Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics

Rajiv B. Lall has over close to four decades of experience in academia, international public policy, investment banking, private equity and corporate and retail banking.


Having earned a B.A. Honours from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, he spent his professional career at the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, Morgan Stanley, Warburg Pincus and IDFC Bank.


His expertise spans infrastructure finance, sustainable and impact investing, capital markets, international trade, and macroeconomic policy issues across Southeast Asia, China, Africa, the U.S. and India.


He has played an active role in shaping the finance and policy landscape internationally through his writings and participation in numerous government committees and fora.


He was Executive Chairman of IDFC Ltd., a public private partnership focused on infrastructure finance, was Founder CEO of IDFC Bank, now known as IDFC First Bank. He set up IDFC Institute, one of India’s emerging think tanks and has made pioneering contributions to the development of India’s impact investing and micro-finance industries.


He is currently Professorial Research Fellow at the Singapore Management University where he also serves on the Management Committee of the Singapore Green Finance Centre.