T.V. Somanathan is the Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office. Prior to this, he was working as Director at the World Bank, Washington D.C., on deputation from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Calcutta University, an Executive Development Program diploma from Harvard Business School, Master of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from Panjab University, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, London, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries, London, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, London, the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.
He has published over 80 articles and papers on economics, finance, governance and public policy in academic journals and in the Hindu, Business Standard, Business Line, Indian Express, Fortune India, Yojana, Kurukshetra etc. He is the author of a book on Derivatives (McGraw Hill Education – 1998), and of chapters in Land Reforms in India (ed. M. Thangaraj, Sage Publications–2003) and Public Institutions in India (eds. Devesh Kapur & Pratap Mehta,Oxford University Press–2005).