Dr. Ashok K. Lahiri is Chairman, Bandhan Bank, one of the two banks that received a license from the Reserve Bank of India in 2014. Bandhan, which was the largest microfinance institutions in the country before transforming itself into a bank, among other things, intends to extend full banking services to its large clientele of low income women.
Dr. Lahiri is also advising the government by his participation in various committees.
Ashok Lahiri retired as Executive Director, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila on 30 June 2013. Between October 2002 and June 2007, he was Chief Economic Adviser of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. Prior to that, between February 1998 and October 2002, he was the Director of National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP). He has also worked as Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, Government of India; Senior Economist, International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C.; Consultant, World Bank, Washington, D.C.; and Reader, Department of Economics, University of Delhi.
Ashok Lahiri is an economist with active interest in election analysis. He has published in academic journals as well as popular media on both economic and electoral politics issues.