IFMR announces new leadership appointments


IFMR is pleased to announce the appointments of Mr. Kapil Viswanathan as President and Dr. Sunder Ramaswamy as the Vice-Chancellor.


Kapil Viswanathan

Mr.Kapil Viswanathan is the founder of Lumina Datamatics (LD), a global educational content development company employing over 2,000 employees across offices in Chennai, Mumbai, New York, Boston and Frankfurt.  Prior to LD, Kapil led global sales for a division of Tata Consultancy Services, and served on the company’s strategic think tank, working closely with top management on strategy formulation and customer-centricity.  Kapil holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and MS degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University.


Sundar Ramaswamy

Dr. Sunder Ramaswamy was Officiating Director and Visiting Distinguished Professor at the Madras School of Economics (Chennai, India), one of India’s premier higher education institutes for economics. He is currently on leave from Middlebury College, one of the top 5 nationally ranked liberal arts colleges in the U.S., where he holds the rank of Distinguished College Professor of International Economics.

From January 1, 2009 through January 31, 2015 he served as the President and Frederick C. Dirks Professor of International Economics at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, A Graduate School of Middlebury College, in Monterey, California.  At the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), he led an ambitious academic reorganization, a successful completion of the merger of MIIS with Middlebury College (June 30, 2010), accelerated fund raising, scaling up the endowment, budgets in the black, and increased Institutional visibility.  During his tenure, the Institute successfully launched new graduate degree programs in nonproliferation and terrorism studies (NPTS), international education management (IEM), international Trade and Economic Diplomacy (ITED), as well as the creation of three new research centers (the Center for the Blue Economy, the Center for Conflict Studies, and the Center for Social Impact Learning), a Cyber Security initiative, and a number of other innovative programs.

Over the past 25 years he has held visiting positions at the Madras School of Economics (India, including a position as the Director of MSE from 2003-2005), Vanderbilt University (USA), Institute of Financial Management and Research (India), Purdue University (USA), and the World Bank (USA). His prior administrative experience includes being Dean for Faculty Development and Research, Acting Dean of Faculty, and Chair of the Economics department (all at Middlebury College, USA).

His principal fields of specialization are Development Economics, International Economics, Issues in Applied Microeconomics, and Quantitative Methods. His academic work has been supported by grants from the S.W. Davis Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the Kellogg Foundation. He has also been a consultant to UNCTAD, UNIDO, United Nations University and the World Bank on specific development economics projects.  He has coauthored/edited 4 books, written scores of scholarly articles, and given over 150 talks on four continents on subjects ranging from globalization, to economic development, to Indian economic reforms, to economics literacy.

Articles featuring him and/or his views on various economics topics have appeared in the popular media (International and Indian) such as, Access Monterey Peninsula (AMP Media), The Addison Independent, Asia Times Online, The Californian, China Central TV, The Deccan Chronicle, The Diplomatist, The Economic Times, Education World, The Hindu, Hindu Business Line, India Abroad, Indian Express, India Today, India West, Industrial Economist, The Monterey Herald, The Monterey County Weekly, The New Indian Express,,, Time (Asia & Europe editions), and Vermont Public Radio.

He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Purdue University (USA), an M.A. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics (India), and B.A. (Honors) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi (India).

N Vaghul,
Chairman – IFMR