Commencement Day Annual Lecture

Inspiring future leaders in banking

Initiated in 1986, the Commencement Day Annual Lecture series commemorated the beginning of the Bank's operations in 1982. Each year, an eminent expert, an opinion maker is invited to deliver a lecture on a theme related to contemporary developments in the Indian and global economy.

The annual lecture series seeks to inform, promote and also contribute to the ongoing debate on globalisation among discerning intelligentsia. Over the years, with the encouragement and support from the distinguished members of the business community, academia and other sections of the society, Exim Bank's annual lecture series has earned recognition as an important milestone in the public life of Mumbai.

34th Commencement Day Annual Lecture

The 34th Commencement Day Annual Lecture will be delivered by Prof. Abhijit Banerjee, currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Economics. In 2003 he founded the Abdul LatifJameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), along with Esther Duflo and SendhilMullainathan and remains one of the directors of the lab. In 2009 J-PAL won the BBVA Foundation "Frontier of Knowledge" award in the development cooperation category.

Banerjee is a past president of the Bureau for the Research in the Economic Analysis of Development, a Research Associate of the NBER, a CEPR research fellow, International Research Fellow of the Kiel Institute, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society and has been a Guggenheim Fellow and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. He received the Infosys Prize 2009 in Social Sciences and Economics. In 2011, he was named one of Foreign Policy magazine's top 100 global thinkers.

His areas of research are development economics and economic theory. He is the author of a large number of articles and three books, including Poor Economics ( which won the Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year. He is the editor of a fourth book, and finished his first documentary film, "The Name of the Disease" in 2006.

Most recently, Banerjee served on the U.N. Secretary-General’s High level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Venue: Crystal Room, The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai

Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Time: 6 PM

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Past Commencement Day Annual Lectures

  • January 9, 2019

    Exim Bank’s Commencement Day Annual Lecture 2019

    Prof. Abhijit Banerjee

  • December 21, 2017

    Exim Bank’s Commencement Day Annual Lecture 2017

    Prof. Gita Gopinath

  • March 27, 2017

    Exim Bank’s Commencement Day Annual Lecture 2017

    Prof. Barry Eichengreen

  • March 21, 2016

    Exim Bank’s Commencement Day Annual Lecture 2016

    Dr. Donald Kaberuka

  • March 23, 2015

    Exim Bank’s Commencement Day Annual Lecture 2015

    Dr. John Lipsky

  • February 14, 2014

    Exim Bank’s Commencement Day Annual Lecture 2014

    Prof. Kishore Mahbubani

  • March 14, 2013

    Exim Bank’s Commencement Day Annual Lecture 2013

    Prof. Pranab Bardhan

  • November 21, 2012

    Exim Bank Commencement Day Annual Lecture 2012

    Prof. Jagdish Bhagwati