Ajay Shah studied at IIT, Bombay and USC, Los Angeles. He has held positions at Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research (IGIDR), Department of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Finance and National Institute for Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP). He is now part of xKDR Forum and Jindal Global University. His research is at the intersection of economics, law and public administration. His second book, co-authored with Vijay Kelkar, "In service of the republic: The art and science of economic policy", featured in Bloomberg's global "2020 Best Books on Business and Leadership". His work can be accessed on his home page (http://www.mayin.org/ajayshah).
Statistics is a domain where some early stage development of packages, and some early applications, have come about in Julia. We think of this mini-symposium as a combination of (a) Report on many interesting recent developments in this field and (b) Offer a birds eye view to the people interested in this field, and help them assess the state of maturity so as to make decisions about whether Julia is appropriate for their statistics work.