Dhiraj Nayyar is Officer on Special Duty and Head, Economics, Finance and Commerce, NITI Aayog, Government of India, At NITI Aayog, he is responsible for all policy matters related to the Department of Economic Affairs, Department of Revenue, Department of Financial Services and Department of Commerce. Dhiraj trained as an economist at St. Stephen's College, Delhi, Merton College, Oxford and Trinity College, Cambridge. After a stint teaching development economics at the University of Cambridge, Dhiraj switched to journalism. He was Opinion Editor of The Financial Express, Deputy Editor of India Today, Editor-at-large at Firstpost.com, India Columnist for Bloomberg View and Managing Editor of The Quint. He was also CEO of the Think India Foundation, a media-active think tank. In 2013, Dhiraj was awarded a Bastiat Prize in journalism by the California-based Reason Foundation. He is the editor of two books, Surviving the Storm: India and the Global Financial Crisis and Dogs and Us: Collected Short Stories.