Vijay Mahajan founded PRADAN in 1982 and the BASIX Social Enterprise Group in 1996. He served on the Rangarajan Committee on Financial Inclusion. and the Raghuram Rajan Committee on Financial Sector Reforms. He co-authored a book 'The Forgotten Sector' and has written over 60 articles. He is the chair of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), a global microfinance forum. He is an alumnus of IIM-A and IIT-Delhi, and a mid-career fellow at Princeton University, USA.