Gurucharan Gollerkeri is Director, Public Affairs Centre (PAC), Bangalore, a not-for-profit and non-partisan think-tank established in 1994, engaged in action research at the intersection of sustainable development, migration and governance. As the chief executive of PAC, he provides strategic direction to the centre in partnering with governments, corporates and civil society organisations.
Prior to joining the PAC, Mr. Gurucharan, a civil servant from the prestigious Indian Administrative Service (IAS), served in the higher echelons of Government in India for over 34 years, and retired as Secretary, to the Government of India, in December 2016. Besides having served as the lead negotiator of the Government of India for bilateral and multilateral agreements relating to International Migration and Social Security, he has represented India at International Migration fora including the Global Forum on Migration and Development, the Colombo Process, the India – EU high level dialogue on Migration, and the Abu Dhabi Dialogue between the countries of origin and destination between 2005-2013.
Mr. Gurucharan established the India Centre for Migration (ICM), a policy think-tank dedicated to international migration research and served as its first Director during 2010-13. Based on his work at the ICM, he co-authored ‘Migration Matters: Mobility in a Globalizing World’ (Oxford University Press, 2016). His other publications include ‘A Migration Praxis Framework for India’ (ICM, 2014), ‘A diaspora strategy for India’ (Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, 2010), and ‘Fiscal Responsibility and the States’ (IIM, 2005)
In 2004-05, Mr. Gollerkeri was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
Gurucharan Gollerkeri took over as Director of the Public Affairs Centre (PAC), in February 2017.