Honorary Degrees

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Name: Rajat M. Nag, B. Tech, M.Sc., M.B.A., M.Sc.(Econ)
Convocation date: May 30, 2016
Discipline / contribution: Engineering
Citation / biographical information:
Asia is a continent of contrasts. It is home to two-thirds of the world's poor while boasting a fast growing number of billionaires. An increasingly richer continent is also becoming more inequitable. Based on his work in international development for the past three decades, Rajat Nag has forcefully brought this issue of the "Two Faces of Asia” into the development debate.
Mr. Nag is deeply committed to issues of equity, justice and rights, particularly gender related. He firmly believes that good governance is a key ingredient of sound development.
His particular interest is in working to enhance regional cooperation and integration in Asia and beyond and bridging the gap between the region’s thriving economies and the millions of poor being left behind.
Just short of his 21st birthday, Mr. Nag left Delhi for the bucolic campus of the University of Saskatchewan which was quite a transition: the expanse of the Prairies, his first snow, the “cold” of a -40 winter and the warmth of the people and many friends he made were all sources of great surprise and joy.
Mr. Nag began his professional career at the Bank of Canada in 1972 and also held senior positions in a leading Canadian international consulting firm before joining the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 1986. Through successively senior positions in the organization, he was appointed ADB’s managing director general in 2006, a position he held for seven years.
He is concurrently a distinguished fellow at the National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi, India and at the Emerging Markets Forum, Washington, DC, USA.
Mr. Nag was a visiting professor, Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines (2014-15), and currently holds this position at the Emerging Markets Institute, Beijing Normal University, China.
He also serves as chair, Look East Council of the Indian Chamber of Commerce encouraging greater regional cooperation and integration within South Asia and beyond.
In addition, Mr. Nag serves on the board of several organizations, including Action for Autism in Delhi devoted to the cause of persons with autistic spectrum disorders; and Partnership for Transparency Fund, an international NGO dedicated to good governance.
Mr. Nag holds engineering degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (B. Tech 1969) and University of Saskatchewan (M.Sc. 1971). He also has a M.B.A from the University of Saskatchewan (1972) and a M.Sc. (Econ) from the London School of Economics (1977).
Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Degree presented by: Madan M. Gupta

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