Suman Bery


Suman Bery is a member of McLarty Associates’ Board of Counselors. He is based in New Delhi, India.

From 2012 to 2016 Mr. Bery was Shell’s global Chief Economist, based in The Hague, The Netherlands. Located in Shell’s reputed scenarios group, the small team led by Mr. Bery provided guidance to Shell’s senior management on prospects for the global economy, and the outlook for long-term growth at a time of geopolitical turbulence.

Mr. Bery previously served as Director-General (Chief Executive) of the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi. NCAER is one of India’s leading independent non-profit policy research institutions. In this capacity he nurtured enduring relationships with the Brookings Institution (Washington) and the National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge). Under his leadership the NCAER was selected for long-term support by the Think Tank Initiative (a multi-donor initiative) through a competitive process with other South Asian think tanks.

At various times in his ten years heading NCAER, Mr. Bery was a Member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council; Member, Statistical Commission; Member of the Task Force on National Security; and Member of the Reserve Bank of India’s Technical Advisory Committee on Monetary Policy. He participated in several government and Reserve Bank expert committees. He was also an independent (shareholder-elected) director on the Central Board of the State Bank of India,

Prior to NCAER, Mr. Bery was with the World Bank in Washington, DC which he joined through its young professionals program. His focus was country policy and strategy, with a particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.  At the time of India’s decisive economic reforms in the early 1990s, on leave from the World Bank, Mr. Bery worked as Special Consultant to the Governor, Reserve Bank of India, Bombay (now Mumbai).

Mr. Bery is currently a Nonresident Fellow of the Brussels-based think tank Bruegel, as well as a Senior Fellow of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. In New Delhi, he is a member of the Board of the nonprofit Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation.

Mr. Bery’s professional writing over his career includes contributions on the political economy of reform, financial sector and banking reform, and energy trends and policy. He has recently co-authored a book on energy perspectives facing India at a time of multiple transitions (Energizing India Sage India, New Delhi 2017). He was a monthly columnist for the Indian business newspaper Business Standard for more than a decade. Mr. Bery holds a graduate degree from Princeton and was an undergraduate at Oxford.