A political economist and commentator on political, economic, and social affairs, Dr Parakala Prabhakar served as Communications Advisor and held a cabinet rank position in Andhra Pradesh Government between July 2014 and June 2018. He is a well-known television personality in the Telugu states and presented current affairs programmes such as Pratidhwani and Namaste Andhra Pradesh which ran successfully for several years.
A former spokesman and one of the founding general secretaries of Praja Rajyam Party, Dr.Parakalaalso served as the spokesperson of the Andhra Pradesh unit of the BJP in early 2000s.
Dr.Parakala Prabhakar is a Ph.D from the esteemed London School of Economics (LSE) and completed his Masters and M. Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Over a long professional career, spanning over 3 decades, he has carried out several research studies and policy analysis for international organisations such as UNICEF, ILO, WTO, UNDP along with various state and central governments. He was also a member of the task force that helped in formulating India’s 10th 5-year plan. A regular speaker at forums such as FICCI and CII, he is also an expert in conducting opinion polls, studying markets and developing communications and branding strategies.
Dr Parakala Prabhakar is currently handling affairs of RightFOLIO, a Knowledge Service Enterprise as its Managing Director.