Dr. A. Uday Sekhar is a freelance business writer and consultant, based in Bangalore (India). He holds a PhD (in economics) from Princeton University (USA), where his thesis on Indian industrial development was guided by the Nobel Laureate, Sir W. Arthur Lewis. Thereafter, he worked for the World Bank (in Washington DC) where he undertook research on the East African economies as well as on Indian industrial development. His reports have been published by the World Bank. After his return to India, he was appointed Head of the Planning & Research Group at the Exim Bank of India.
After setting up his own consultancy practice in 1993, Dr. Sekhar has been undertaking research and writing on various Indian business sectors, including the apparel industry. In particular, he has been writing extensively for the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), publishing several reports on the garment industry. As part of his consultancy work for the World Bank and Exim Bank, he has written on various issues relating to the Indian apparel industry, its export potential and garment companies. He has been contributing to Textile Outlook International since 2003. He co-authored the report on "Planning for the End of Quotas in 2005: Strategies of India's Apparel Exporters" published in the May-June 2003 issue of Textile Outlook International. Dr. Sekhar has also been undertaking market research on various Indian consumer good sectors for several international market research organisations.