Dr. Panda, specialises in Macroeconomics and Applied Econometrics. Prior to his current position at MICA as Professor of Economics and Area Leader - Business Management Area, Panda has worked as an Associate Professor, Economics, School of Petroleum Management (2007-2011), a constituent School of the Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), Gandhinagar. He was Chief Economist (on contract) at the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) – a Govt. of Gujarat undertaking from October 2009 to September, 2010. He was also with MICA between 2002 to 2007 as an Associate Professor in Business Economics and Finance. He started his career as a Trainee Academic Associate in Economics Area at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) and worked there for three years. He was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer for five years with the P.G. Centre for Management Studies (self- financed, (SLIMS)), Gujarat University, Ahmedabad. His recent areas of interests are studying the dynamics of business and economic environment of India along with other emerging markets. A consultant to select industries and organisations, Dr. Panda is widely published.
A vivid reader and analyst of post independence political and economic history of India, his current areas of research and consultancy are in the field of Industry Analysis, Behavioural Economics, Political Economy and Econometric Modelling.
Dr. Panda is 45 years old, married to his teen-age girl friend Rashmi, who is a Ph.D. in history and is currently in sabbatical from her academic job to take care of the study of their son Rishav, who is in 10th standard and studying at Zydus School for Excellence, Ahmedabad. A native of the State of Odisha keeping active interest in Odisha politics, Dr. Panda has been living in Gujarat (Ahmedabad) since last twenty three years.