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Santhosh Mathew

Country Lead Social and Public Finance Policy at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Santhosh Mathew is a political economist with extensive experience as a civil servant within the Indian Administrative Service - from 1985 to 2017. With a PhD in Development Studies from IDS, Sussex, an MSc in Social Research Methods from the University of Sussex and an MA in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, he combined teaching and research with his assignments in the civil service. He was Professor of Social Management at India’s civil service college in Mussoorie (1994-2000) and National Program Director (2000-03) of the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) program in India. He was previously Principal Secretary, Rural Development & Public Grievance, Govt of Bihar, Joint Secretary (Skills, Policy & IT) at the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, Chairperson, National Council for Teacher Education, Government of India and Additional Chief Secretary, Govt of Bihar. He is currently with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New Delhi and serves on the Boards of the Global Innovation Fund (GIF) in London as well as the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute (RKMVERI) at Belur Math, Howrah.