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Ali Mehdi
Consultant (Social Sector and Development)
Brief Profile

Ali is presently leading 2three-year projects at ICRIER

  • Jobs for Development (kindly visit for further details)
  • Health Policy Initiative, focusing on drug regulatory reforms in India and developing a framework for addressing chronic diseases in the country.

Two of his papers are appearing in edited volumes:

  • Identity Politics and Development Failure in Uttar Pradesh(Sage, edited by Roger Jeffery, Craig Jeffrey and Jens Lerche)
  • India-Korea Dialogue 2013 (Academic Foundation)

In early 2014, he co-produced a report developing a progressive vision for the BRICS Development Bank. And in early 2013, he was proactively engaged in post-2015 deliberations in India in the following ways:

  • Panelist at Indian National Consultation (Industry) on ‘Global Post 2015 Development Agenda’, organized by UNDP-CII (22 February 2013, New Delhi)
  • Wrote a background paper, ‘Rethinking Development’, for OXFAM-World Development Forum consultative workshop (15-16 March 2013, New Delhi)
  • Participated in GDN’s ‘Beyond the MDGs: What Development Framework after 2015?’ (19 March 2013, New Delhi)

In his earlier avatar at ICRIER, he co-authored two working papers:

  • Impact of Preventive Health Care on Indian Industry and Economy(ICRIER Working Paper No. 198):This paper was released by then Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr Anbumani Ramadoss1 and covered in almost 70 leading newspapers in India and abroad. Itwas taken up for consideration by the Ministry for the National Urban Health Mission and subsequently preventive health checkups were permitted by the government under the annual medical allowance. The idea was also picked up in the corporate world – GE India organized Early Health Summits (Ali was an inaugural speaker in two of them), CIGNA consulted us in incorporating preventive healthin their health insurance programs, apart from other ventures which tried to build up on our findings.
  • Healthcare Delivery and Stakeholder Satisfaction under Social Health Insurance Schemes in India (ICRIER Working Paper No. 252) which tried to work out a sustainable public-private partnership under CGHS and ECHS health schemesby bringing together concerned officials from the Union Ministry of Health &Family Welfare and empanelled hospitals,and a 12-city beneficiary survey.

Ali has also written several journal articles and columns, presented papers at international conferences and given media interviews. He pursued his MA and PhD at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg (Germany) with a full fellowship under the Excellence Initiative of the German government

1For the text of his speech, visit:

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