The first holder of Ragnar Nurkse Visiting Professor in Development Policies was Jayati Ghosh, New Delhi, who taught in Tallinn in May 2011.
Jayati Ghosh was educated at Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the University of Cambrdige. Her 1984 doctoral thesis at Cambridge University was titled "Non capitalist land rent: theories and the case of north India". She is now Professor of Economics and also the current Chairperson at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Sciences, at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, in New Delhi, India. Her research areas include globalization, international finance, employment patterns in developing countries, macroeconomic policy, and issues related to gender and development. She is one of the founders of the Economic Research Foundation in New Delhi, a non-profit trust devoted to progressive economic research. She was the principal author of the West Bengal Human Development Report, which jas received the UNDP Prize for excellence in analysis. In addition to her many scholarly articles, she writes regular columns on economics and current affairs for Frontline magazine, Businessline, the Bengali newspaper Ganashakti, Deccan Chronicle, and Asian Age.