Alok Misra, PhD in Development Studies from Victoria university of Wellington, Master in Development Management (Gold Medallist) from Asian Institute of Management, Manila is currently Professor, Public Policy & Governance Area at Management Development Institute, Gurgaon. Alok was awarded ADB-Government of Japan scholarship for MDM programme and NZAID scholarship for his PhD. He has been trained at Harvard Business School in "Strategic leadership for Microfinance" and was a Fellow, Fletcher Leadership Program for Financial Inclusion at Tufts University.
Alok Misra has 24 years of professional experience in international development, rural finance/microfinance/inclusive finance and research at both policy and implementation level. He started his career with India’s apex rural development bank (NABARD) in 1992, wherein his work spanned financial sector supervision, institutional development, microfinance, agricultural/rural finance and rural livelihoods/MSME finance. He was also part of multi institutional task force (2003-2004) responsible for setting up India’s first online demutualised commodities exchange (NCDEX). In 2008, he shifted to a global microfinance rating, policy analysis and technical advisory agency. In M-CRIL, as CEO he has done extensive work on credit ratings, social ratings, portfolio audits, programme evaluations, risk diagnostics, advisory and country sector evaluations. Alok has worked across institutions in both developed and developing countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cameroon, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Netherlands, New Zealand, Rwanda, Philippines, Timor Leste, Uganda and Vietnam. and supervised work across many other countries. In his long career, Alok has provided consulting services to various multilaterals such as ADB, UNCDF, World Bank, IFC, GIZ and SDC.
Currently, Alok Misra is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board on Microfinance constituted by NABARD , member of Inclusive Finance India Group of Advisors and member of Digital finance working group constituted by ITU, Geneva. Alok has written numerous articles and reports and last year he authored "Responsible Finance India report, 2015" commissioned by Access Development Services and published by Sage Publications. Alok's teaching, research and consulting interest are in development policy analysis, poverty & rural finance, design and evaluation of development projects, inclusive finance, digital finance, impact investment, social entrepreneurship and risk mitigation.