UMich economist joins UC San Diego to lead new India center

Achyuta Adhvaryu is set to join UC San Diego to lead a new center for the study of U.S.-India relations.

He starts work as director of the India Center within the institution’s School of Global Policy and Strategy on Jan. 1 next year.

Adhvaryu moves to the institution from the University of Michigan, where he is currently a professor of business economics and public policy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Prior to working at UMich, he was an assistant professor at Yale University’s School of Public Health.

UC’s new India Center is intended to foster critical study of the common geopolitical and economic interests and intersections of the United States and India. According to the university, the center will “serve as a world-class hub for research, education, and public engagement related to sustainable growth in India and advancing U.S.-India collaboration.”

Commenting on Adhvaryu’s appointment, Dean of the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy Caroline Freund said: “Achyuta Adhvaryu’s extensive leadership and management experience, his strong commitment to education related to India, and his world-class research on firms and productivity in India make him the ideal candidate to lead the India Center.”

She added: “His energy and collaborative style will serve to enhance the UC San Diego community and deepen ties across the Pacific.”

Adhvaryu is also chief development officer of Good Business Lab, a nongovernmental organization he co-founded in 2015.