Professor Rajeev Gowda is a Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka and a Spokesperson for the Congress party. He has a BA from St. Joseph's College, Bangalore, an MA in Economics from Fordham University and a PhD in Public Policy and Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has been a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and taught at the University of Oklahoma. Until recently, he was Professor of Economics and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and a Director on the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India. He has authored and edited books, scholarly articles and reports on policy issues. He has mentored start up companies and works on urban renewal and youth empowerment, among other areas of interest. He has been a Carnegie Council Global Ethics Fellow. He was founder secretary of the Karnataka Quiz Association and national runner up on BBC TV's Mastermind India in 2002.