Michael Debabrata Patra took over as Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday.
He was an Executive Director of India's central bank before being elevated to the post of Deputy Governor.
An RBI release said that as Deputy Governor, Patra will look after Monetary Policy Department including Forecasting and Modelling Unit (MPD/MU), Financial Markets Operations Department (FMOD), Financial Markets Regulation Department.
He will also look after Market Intelligence (FMRD/MI), International Department (Intl. D), Department of Economic and Policy Research (DEPR), Department of Statistics and Information Management (including Data and Information Management Unit) (DSIM/DIMU), Corporate Strategy and Budget Department (CSBD) and Financial Stability Unit.
Patra, a career central banker since 1985, has worked in various positions in the Reserve Bank of India.
As Executive Director, he was a member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of RBI, which is invested with the responsibility of monetary policy decision making in India. He will continue to be an ex-officio member of the MPC as Deputy Governor.
Prior to this, he was Principal Adviser of the Monetary Policy Department, Reserve Bank of India between July 2012 and October 2014.
He has worked in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as Senior Adviser to Executive Director (India) during December 2008 to June 2012, when he actively engaged in the work of the IMF's Executive Board through the period of the global financial crisis and the ongoing Euro area sovereign debt crisis.
The release said that his book "The Global Economic Crisis through an Indian Looking Glass" vividly captures this experience.
He has also published papers in the areas of inflation, monetary policy, international trade and finance, including exchange rates and the balance of payments.
A fellow of the Harvard University where he undertook post-doctoral research in the area of financial stability, he has a PhD in Economics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.
He will hold the post for three years or until further orders. The post fell vacant after Viral Acharya resigned on July 23 last year.
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