Dr. Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan is an affiliate faculty member and senior economist with the School of Environmental and Forestry Sciences, University of Washington-Seattle. He is also currently affiliated with McKinsey and Company, since 2015, as a consulting economist. Furthermore, he co-founded Infinite-Sum Modeling Inc., with offices in Canada, USA, India and China. His broad expertise lies in the analysis for business strategy and public policy, employing a variety of quantitative models. Recently, apart from his 18+ years of applied economic research experience in trade, energy/environment and development issues, he has been working on several other issues such as business economics of new technologies, advising several start-ups in these sectors.
Several of his models capture global supply chain economics as well as linkages among countries and industries from a holistic, dynamic perspective. He is widely known for his pivotal role in developing GTAP (Global Trade Analysis Project) based models and datasets used by thousands of researchers across the world. These models employ theory-consistent, data-founded and realistic approaches, involving a combination of optimization, applied mathematics, simulation and statistical regressions, to make futuristic predictions and forecasts. He has published five books, over 75 research papers in reputed journals, books and other outlets. Apart from top scholarly journals including Nature and American Economic Review, for over 4100 times, his research has been cited in popular magazines such as The Economist and several news outlets.
He has been an independent consultant with several organizations including the IMF, World Bank, FAO, UN, EU, ITC, ADB, KPMG, LSE, the Commonwealth of Nations, PWC, Harvard University, and the governments of India, the United States, Finland, Turkey and others as well as several startups and non-profit organizations. He has presented his work in invited seminars in several places including Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, etc., in 29 countries across the world. He has a PhD in Economics from Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai and BTech from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore. He is an Indian citizen, with a permanent residence in the US.