Since October 2014, Professor Dr. Amrita Narlikar has been the president of GIGA. She previously worked for the University of Cambridge, where she founded the renowned Centre for Rising Powers.

Prof. Narlikar’s research expertise lies in the areas of rising powers (particularly India), multilateral negotiations, and international trade. Her agenda lends itself directly to insights for policy and practice. For example, her work on the World Trade Organization has offered coalition strategies for developing countries, and also directions for reforming the institution. Her research on international negotiations offers ways in which the West can negotiate more constructively with the rising powers.

Due to the global relevance of her work, Amrita Narlikar is often asked to lend her expertise to international organizations and in international negotiations. She served on the first Warwick Commission on the Reform of the Multilateral Trading System and has given expert testimony to the European Parliament. She was invited to guest-edit a special issue of the Chatham House journal International Affairs, on Negotiating the Rise of New Powers, which generated a great deal of interest from scholars and practitioners.

Prof. Narlikar has received many accolades for her work, including several prestigious research grants and prizes, and is an active member of numerous international research teams. She has written or edited nine impactful books, and has also had her research published in leading international journals and prominent edited collections. Her most recent works include Bargaining with a Rising India and The Oxford Handbook on the World Trade Organization. Prof. Narlikar serves as referee for numerous international journals, top-league university presses, and several major funding bodies.

Amrita Narlikar grew up in India, graduating with a B.A. (Hons) from St Stephen’s College and an M.A. from the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. She was subsequently awarded scholarships to study International Relations at Balliol College Oxford, where she received her M.Phil. and her D.Phil., both in International Relations. Prior to arriving in Cambridge as University Lecturer, she was a Junior Research Fellow at St John’s, Oxford, and held a permanent lectureship at the University of Exeter. She has also held a Visiting Fellowship at Yale University and a Visiting Professorship at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

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