Dr. Alok Kumar Mishra, Assistant Professor, School of Economics, University of Hyderabad (UoH), is selected for the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg Fellowship at South Asia Institute (SAI), Heidelberg University under the Indo-German Cultural Exchange Programme. The fellowship is announced in India by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the selection is conducted with consultancy of the SAI-directorate. It was established as a professorial research fellowship for Indian academics under the Indo-German Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP) and was initiated in 1986 by the then minister-president (Ministerpräsdent) of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, Lothar Späth. The range of disciplines that fellowship holders stem from includes Economics, Anthropology, Geography, History, Indology, Political Science and South Asian Studies. The Indo German CEP has provision for visit of an Indian teacher for a period of three months annually to work at South-Asia institute in Heidelberg. The selected scholar would be provided to and fro air fare as well as allowances to cover board, lodging, incidentals and local transport by the German side during his/ her visit to Germany as per provisions of Indo German CEP.

Dr. Alok Kumar Mishra, an alumni student of UoH, is currently working as an Assistant Professor of Economics in the school of Economics, at UoH since 2010. Prior to joining the UoH, he has worked as an Assistant Vice President, Global Corporate Trust, CDO Analytics, Bank of New York Mellon, Pune. He has likewise acted as an on-site Manager, Financial Strategic Division, Shinsei Bank, Tokyo, Japan, Manager-Quant Finance, Investment Research, Evalueserve.com Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon, followed by Research Officer, Money, International Banking and Finance division, National Institute of Bank Management, Pune. His key skills are quantitative and financial modelling, credit risk modelling, structured products valuation, portfolio analytics, index quant and statistical econometric forecasting and analysis. His current research includes financial inclusion, natural gas as a potential energy resource, globalisation of finance and its implications, and macroeconomic dynamics of Indian economy.