Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar is graduate of St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi and Magdalen College, University of Oxford. He is currently a Consulting Editor for The Economic Times and a research scholar at The Cato Institute.
He was the editor of two of India’s biggest economic dailies, Financial Express in 1988-90 and The Economic Times in 1992-94. For two decades, he was also the India Correspondent for the The Economist, the British weekly. Swami has been a frequent consultant for the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. He is best know for his weekly column in The Times of India, “Swaminomics”.
Swami is a social investor. He runs the Mukundan Charitable Trust. He has co-promoted three micro-finance institutions – Arohan in Calcutta, Sonata in Allahabad and Mimo Finance in Dehradun. He is also part of the Board of Directors at Artisans Micro Finance Ltd, and hopes to convert artisans into share-owning millionaires. Swami is building a fleet of medical ships on Brahmaputra to serve those islands that have never seen a doctor.
Swami is married to Shahnaz Anklesaria Aiyar, a journalist. He has three children, Shekhar, Pallavi and Rustam.