Dr. Ahmed Shah Firoz, born in 1959 and currently serving as Chief Economist at the Economic Research Unit of the Ministry of Steel, studied Economics in India’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, to acquire is his Masters (MA) ,M.Phil. and Doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees. He worked on the problems of disequilibrium states of the market specifically involving consumer behavior in shortage economies of the erstwhile USSR, Hungary and Poland. He also worked on the concepts of soft budget constraints in investment decisions in both centrally planned and market economies.
He then moved on to study industrial development and growth and focused on metal and natural resource industries, including energy related products. He has been working for over 20 years on steel, aluminium, coal ( coking and thermal) , metallurgical coke, petroleum coke, iron ore, etc. in both the Indian and global context.
He has a large number of publications in academic journals apart from over four hundred and fifty articles in various other journals, web based research publications, newspapers, etc.. He has addressed over one hundred and fifty international and national seminars and conferences in India and across over twenty five other countries.
Firoz is globally recognized as an expert in steel and energy. While on sabbatical from the current position, he worked on several important research projects involving coal, iron ore, steel and oil with industry behemoths such as BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, POSCO, the Aditya Birla Group, wtc.. In addition he was deeply involved in major research works with organizations such as Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), National Council for Applied Economic Research ( NCAER), Federation of Indian Mineral Industries ( FIMI), Hatch (UK), etc..
Firoz advises the government on various policy and strategic matters related to the iron and steel and coal and other related sectors. He is also seen as the architect of India’s new steel policy. He is a member of various high level committees which are set up to deal with the policy issues of the government.
He is also a passionate photographer and has held several exhibitions of his fine art photographs in the top galleries in the country.