Dr. S. Narayan obtained his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi. He has an M.Phil (Development Economics) from Cambridge University and a Master of Business Management (Finance) from the University of Adelaide. He graduated with an M.Sc (Physics) from the University of Madras (Madras Christian College).
He is a graduate of the Indian Administrative Services (1965 batch), and spent nearly four decades (1965 to 2004) in Public Service in the State and Central Governments, in Development Administration, and served as the Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister (Sri Atal Bahari Vajpayee) during 2003-04.
Before this assignment, Dr. S. Narayan served the Government of India as Finance and Economic Affairs Secretary, Secretary in the Departments of Revenue, Petroleum, Coal and Industrial Development. His special interests include public finance, energy policy, governance issues, and international trade. He belongs to the Tamil Nadu cadre of three IAS, and spent nearly two decades in the state, in several positions including district collector, Secretary Planning and Development and several years in Rural Development’ working closely with the political establishment.
Dr. Narayan has single-authored one book, edited two books and written numerous policy papers, reports, and book chapters. He also writes regularly in newspapers, both locally and internationally on issues relating to Public Policy, Governance, Public Finance, Trade, and Energy. Another single-authored book is due in 2018.
He was a lecturer at the Madras Christian College Tambaram between 1963 and 1965.
He has been the visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore since 2005, which includes teaching and pedagogy responsibilities. Subjects include public finance and policy and energy economics.