Shamika Ravi Wiki, Age, Husband, Children, Family, Biography & More


Shamika Ravi

Dr Shamika Ravi, a renowned economist, is a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings India, branch of a think tank based in Washington D.C. Previously, she has served as a member of India’s Economic Advisory Council from 2017 to 2019. As an economic expert, Ravi writes journals in many major newspapers. Her research work has been published and mentioned in many prominent international newspapers including BBC, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and most national and local dailies and magazines in India.


Shamika Ravi was born on 2 January in Patna, Bihar. She studied in Patna till class 10 and then moved to Delhi in 1991 to pursue higher education. She completed her secondary schooling in 1993 from Delhi Public School (DPS), R. K. Puram, New Delhi. Later, she attained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi in 1996, followed by a Master’s degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics in 1998. Thereafter, in 1999, she moved to the US  to pursue a PhD in Economics from New York University, which she completed in 2005 and then returned to India. [1]Shamika Ravi LinkedIn

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 3″

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Black

Dr Shamika Ravi

Family & Caste

She is married to Mudit Kapoor, an associate professor at the Indian Statistical Institute.

Shamika Ravi's husband, Mudit Kapoor

Shamika Ravi’s husband, Mudit Kapoor

The couple has two sons, Kabir and Shaan.

A picture of Shamika Ravi's sons, Kabir and Shaan, taken in 2013

A picture of Shamika Ravi’s sons, Kabir and Shaan, taken in 2013


After attaining a PhD in Economics, Shamika Ravi worked as a permanent Economics professor for 10 years (from 2005 to 2015) at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, and then continued working as a visiting professor for the institute for the next few years, giving lectures in Game Theory and Microfinance.

In 2015, she joined the Brookings India (now Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP), an independent public policy institution based in India.) as the Director of its Research Department and as a Senior Fellow for Governance Studies. Here is a video of Shamika Ravi, delivering a speech on the use of technology to strengthen democracy at a Brookings India Development Seminar held in 2017.

In November 2017, she was appointed as a part-time member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, a non-constitutional, non-permanent and autonomous body created to give economic guidance to the Government of India, especially the Prime Minister. While being in the post, she raised concerns over the structural slowdown of the India economy and advocated for major economic reforms. In September 2019, she was dropped from the council.


On 25 May 2020, an article written by economist Shamika Ravi called ‘A Pandemic Prescription’ appeared in The Indian Express’ print and online edition. After the article was published, Ravi was accused of replicating, in the article, a part of data collected and analysed by a fellow-economist Karthik Muralidharan without acknowledging him at all. As the news came to light on 27 May, The Indian Express withdrew the article from its website. Shamika also issued an apology for mentioning verbatim quotations of Karthik Murlidharam in her article and assured people of not repeating it. The controversy grew bigger when on 29 May 2020, the Indian School of Business (ISB) took to Twitter to distance itself away from Shamika by mentioning that Ravi was not a permanent faculty at the institute, but rather an adjunct faculty who had taught some of their programmes. The ISB also asked Shamika to delete “professor at ISB” from the bio of her Twitter account. [2]Firstpost

In response to ISB’s claims, Ravi took to Twitter and gave an explanation about the history of her association with the ISB. She also criticised the institute for what she described as the ‘bullying tactics’ of the institute.


  • Shamika is a multi-lingual person, fluent in English, Hindi and Malayalam.

  • She holds an interest in policy analysis, data analysis, strategy making, project management, and international relations.
  • In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Shamika Ravi helped in making the statistics to describe the spread and toll of the pandemic. She regularly takes to her Twitter account to post graphs and simple dot-point explanations for everything from fatality rates to active cases, and much more.

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