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Asia Honorary Advisers

Dr Reuben Abraham

Asia Honorary Adviser, India

Reuben Abraham is CEO of IDFC Foundation and IDFC Institute, a London based think/do tank focused on state capability and political economy issues.

He is a non-resident scholar at the Marron Institute at New York University, and a senior fellow at the Milken Institute in Singapore. In addition, he is a Senior Advisor to Swiss Re. Before IDFC, he was a professor and Executive Director of the Centre for Emerging Markets Solutions (CEMS) at the topranked Indian School of Business (ISB).

In 2012, he was named to Wired Magazine’s Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world. In 2013 and 2016, he was a Fellow at the Legatum Institute in London.


Mr Abraham was selected as a Young Global Leader for 2009 by the World Economic Forum, where he currently serves as vice-chair of the South Asia regional board, and on the Global Futures Council on The Future of Cities and Urbanisation. He is a member on the boards of India’s Centre for Civil Society; Advocata, a Sri Lankan think tank; THNK, The Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership; Climate Policy Foundation India; and on the investment committee of Endiya Partners, an Indian deep-tech venture fund.

Recently, Mr Abraham joined the steering committee of GSM Association's (GSMA) Interact Group. For a decade, he served as an independent director at the Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF) in New York, a global impact investing pioneer. He was also a longserving member of the International Advisory Board of Unicredit Bank, Italy’s largest bank.