Ms. Rita Bhagwati has more than 35 years of work experience in India and the US in the central bank, in commercial and multilateral banking. Ms. Bhagwati is currently Advisor to the Bower Group Asia (BGA) on Economics and Finance and an independent director on the Board of Indus Towers. Prior to joining BGA, Ms. Bhagwati served as the Regional Economist at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank. She helped guide IFC operations in South Asia by identifying growth sectors, tracking macroeconomic and policy developments and screening potential investments for economic viability. Ms. Bhagwati spent two decades with the IFC, the Institute of International Finance and the World Bank with responsibilities including South Asia, private sector development, project finance, strategic policy, coordination among multilateral agencies, and designing and developing new products to collaborate with the private sector. Ms. Bhagwati began her career as an academic teaching Economics in Delhi University before joining one of India's largest commercial banks. She then went on to serve for a decade in the central bank, the Reserve Bank of India where she worked on Exchange Control, Bank Supervision and Industrial and Export Credit. She holds an MA in Economics from the prestigious Delhi School of Economics, and MA in International Economics from Tufts University in Boston, and an MBA from George Washington University, Washington DC."