Mr. Vivek Khare began his career as an Engineering Executive in National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (A Govt. of India Undertaking). He worked as Control & Instrumentation Maintenance Engineer at Singrauli Super Thermal Power Station. He later joined Department of Telecommunications, Govt. of India under Indian Telecommunication Service and worked in Department of Telecommunications & Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited in various capacities. At present, he is Director of the Election Commission of India responsible for conducting training programs for national and international participants at India International Institute of Democracy & Election Management, an institute set up by Election Commission of India. He received his Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & Telecommunications from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal.
Mr. Mukesh Kumar is Director of the Central Vigilance Commission, which is an apex vigilance institution, monitoring all vigilance activities and advising organizations of the Government of India in planning, executing, reviewing and reforming their vigilance work. Previously, he served as Deputy General Manager with Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd, a Government of India enterprise, supervising the legal, personnel, and material management departments. He received his Bachelor’s in Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering, MBA in Human Resource Management and degree in Law.
Mr. Vivek Narayan is the Director of Sports for the Government of India. Since 1991, he has served in the Government of India and worked on Satellite, Optical Fiber, Microwave, data and mobile communications, policy formulation and monitoring of Telecom Licenses. As Director of Sports, he is responsible for the promotion of excellence in Sports, International cooperation, sports awards and welfare of athletes. He received his Master’s in Business Administration (Financial Management) and a Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering from Malaviya Regional Engineering College, Jaipur, Rajasthan University.
Mr. Harminder Palsingh Sran was appointed to the Government of India Civil Service in 1989 and has more than 26 years of experience in Public Service. Presently, he is Chief Vigilance Officer in Delhi Jal Board, an organization responsible for providing drinking water and sewerage facilities to more than 17 million people. Formerly, he was the Special Secretary for Land & Building, and Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Education, Urban Development, working on policy formulation and implementation at the state level. He has extensive experience in District Administration having worked as SDM, ADM and District Magistrate, conducted more than 15 elections for the legislative assembly and Parliament of India, and worked as Deputy Commissioner in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, as Director of Vigilance.
Mrs. Rolley Mahendra Varma is Director of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in the Government of India, where she is responsible for administrative and policy matters of media units working for dissemination of information on Government programs. Since 1994, she has worked in the Ministry of Defense. She has extensive experience in administrative, disciplinary, financial and budgetary matters related to Government including policy formulation, creation of infrastructure, and organizing national level seminars/exhibitions. She received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts in Journalism.
Ms. Bharati is a Director at Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in the Government of India since 2014. She is currently involved in the “National Mission for a Green India” which is one of the eight missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change. She is also the Science and Technology Correspondent for United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) for India. With over 24 years of professional experience in the field of conservation and management of forest biodiversity, she has worked with Central and State Governments in India both at field level as well as policy level. She obtained Master of Science (Physics) from Indian Institute of Technology in 1987, Kanpur, and Master of Technology (Energy Studies) from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1989.
Mr. Rajeev Kumar is a Director at Non Communicable Diseases Division in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in the Government of India. His duties include to oversee program implementation, monitoring and policy formulation for National Programs on Non Communicable diseases; Inter and Intra ministerial coordination. He also heads the Social Media Division of the Ministry. He won many awards such as Director General level award in 2013, Prestigious National award in 2008 for development and implementation of the concept of Weighted System Availability of Infrastructural assets, etc. He received Bachelor of Science (Physics, Chemistry, and Maths) in 1986 and Bachelor of Technology Electronics and Communication in 1989, both from University of Allahabad. He is pursuing Master of Business Law from National Law School at University of Bangalore.
Mr. Deepu Nediyara Salim is the Assistant Director General at Unique Identification Authority of India, in the Government of India. He has over 25 year experiences at the government, and in particular in the field of telecommunications, with specialization in project management. Currently, his work involved "Aadhaar", which is a strategic policy tool for social and financial inclusion, public sector delivery reforms, for managing fiscal budgets, increase convenience and promote hassle-free people-centric governance. The Aadhaar identity platform is one of the key pillars of the ‘Digital India’, where it will provide unique identity to every resident of the country. As Assistant Director General, he is responsible for the full scope of activities related to the program in the states of Odisha, Telangana. He holds B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from REC/ NIT Warangal, and MBA from Sikkim Maniple University.
Ms. Mugdha Sinha is the Director of Foreign Trade for NAFTA and Latin America Regions as well as Director of Export Promotion for Commodity Divisions of Textiles and Marine Products. Previously she held the position as Lead Negotiator and Coordinator for India-Canada CEPA Negotiations and Collector and District Magistrate for several provinces in India, including the provinces of Sri Ganganagar, Jhunjhunu. Hanumangarh and Bundi. Ms. Sinha has received various awards including a Letter of Commendation from the Election Commission for her work as DEO of Hanumangarh and Jhunjhunu (2012), the State Award for Best District in the Prashashan Gaon ke Sang Revenue Campaign (2010), the Director’s Gold Medal for the Best Judicial Assignment in Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (2001), the Manorama Desai Prize for the Best Student in History from Lady Shri Ram College (1994-95) and the Principal’s Prize for Promoting Academic Ethos of the College from Lady Shri Ram College (1992-95), among others. Ms. Sinha has also been published 7 times, having written works that range from poetry to a series of monographs and a coffee table book titled, Baories of Bundi (2007). She received her Master’s Degree in Philosophy (International Diplomacy) from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and holds diplomas in Smart Policy Design from Harvard University (2014), Public Policy from Sciences Po University in Paris (2014) and Public Policy from Duke Centre for International Development from Duke University (2010).
Mr. Sai Baba Darbamulla is the Director of the Indian Statistical Service (ISS) and Director (Vigilance) at the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation in New Delhi. As Director, Mr. Darbamulla manages Cadre of ISS officers and monitors all units of the Ministry to ensure fair and transparent vigilance administration and anti-corruption measures. He has held a variety of positions in the Indian Railways system over the span of the last 15 year and specializes in Project Planning and implementation, Information Management Systems and is a certified Lead Assessor of Quality Systems ISO 9001. Mr. Darbamulla was also a team member as Deputy Director (Rolling Stock) in World Bank aided Railway Rehabilitation Project at Mozambique. He has received several awards, including the Railway Staff College’s Gold Medal in 2004 and the GM South Central Railway’s Award in 1998. Mr. Darbamulla holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Railway Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Jamalpur, Bihar, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Management Development Institute in Gurgaon and is an Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers, Kolkata, India.
Mr. Govind Singh is the Additional Director General of Police (Operations) heading Greyhounds and OCTOPUS organizations which undertake high risk, anti-extremist and anti-terrorist operations respectively in the State of Telangana. Over the last 26 years, Mr. Singh has held a variety of positions, including Civil Police Monitor and Regional Operations Officer in Banja Luka during his appointment in a UN mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has also worked at Engineers India Limited, providing consultancy services to Petro-Chemical Complexes and Refineries and served as Special Secretary to Government of Andhra Pradesh, Home Department. Mr. Singh has received several awards including the Internal Security Medal for meritorious services and the President Police Medal for distinguished services by the Government of India. He also received two medals from the UN for his work during his UN mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr. Singh earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the Delhi College of Engineering in 1985, after which he joined the Indian Police Service and worked in various parts of Andhra Pradesh State as an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Additional Superintendent of Police, Superintendent of Police, Deputy Inspector General of Police and Inspector General of Police, supervising and directing the civil police responsible for prevention and detection of crime, investigation of crime, maintenance of Law and order and security of local population and vital installations.
Fall 2015 Fellows
Ms. Gayatri Mishra serves as Director, Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India where she is responsible for making service allocations to candidates recommended or selected through civil services examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. She is responsible for more than 1000 posts involving 24 Services including the prestigious Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service and the Indian Police Service. She has previously served as Director (Hospitals) in the Ministry of Health and Welfare, GOI. Prior to that, she served as Under Secretary in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries. Ms. Mishra holds a BA in Political Science from at Utkal University; an MA in Political Science from the University of Hyderabad; an MPhil in South Asian Studies at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University; and a MBA from the Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.
Ms. Prakriti Srivastava currently serves as Director (Administration), Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. She is currently on deputation from Ministry of Forests and Environment, Kerela. Ms. Srivastava’s core competence is in policy relating to forests, wildlife and biodiversity conservation in India. Other areas of expertise include Forest Management, Protected Area Management, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Plants and Animals (CITES) and Wildlife Conservation Policy and Law. She has played a key role in strengthening the policy framework for wildlife conservation in India, and has enhanced regional cooperation in controlling trans-border protection for wildlife and natural resources. Ms. Srivastava is a 1990 batch officer in the Indian Forest Service. She holds both MA and a BA degrees in Zoology and was ranked 10th in India in the prestigious Indian Forest Service examination.
Mr. Ramesh Kumar Suman currently serves as Director, Internal Security, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. There, he coordinates with various Ministries and Law Enforcement Agencies across India – at the State and National level – on various dimensions of security and policy matters including counter terrorism, intelligence and security clearances. Previously, Mr. Suman held various positions in the Forests Department including Conservator of Forests (Audits & Accounts), Hyderabad, where he managed the allocation of budget and monitored expenditures in various units to ensure enforcement of financial discipline in the Forest department, Government of Andhra Pradesh. Mr. Suman holds a B. Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT Kanpur; an M. Tech in Nuclear Engineering and Technology from IIT Kanpur; an AIGNFA DIPLOMA – equivalent to an MSC in Forestry from Indria Gandhai National Forest Academy; and an MBA in Human Resources from Sikkim Manipal University.
Fall 2014 Fellows
Mr. Piush Kumar Gupta is a Director at the Ministry of Defence of the Government of India dealing with Ministry level matters related to the Indian Air Force’s Operation, Manpower Planning, Personnel Management and Work Services. Prior to this he was also a Director overseeing vigilance cases at the Ministry of Defence. His career also spanned several years with the Indian Ministry of Railways holding positions such as Director dealing with Signal Engineering, Safety in train Operations and Deputy Chief Vigilance Officer. In 2005, he received a “National Award for Outstanding Service” from the Ministry of Railways. Mr. Gupta completed with distinction a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Delhi Technological University and a one-year National Security and Strategic Studies course at the National Defence College. He participated in several international programs in the United States, Japan, Italy, Vietnam, South Africa, Russia and France.
Mr. Vijay Mohan Jain is a Director at the Department of Expenditure of the Ministry of Finance, New Delhi. He is responsible for overseeing Central Assistance to State Plans and monitoring the financial position of all States, including the availability of funds for debt sustainability. He provides advice to implementing Ministries and Planning Commissions on policies involving state finances. Previously, he handled policy-making for the Central Excise wing of the Central Board of Excise and Customs, covering the interpretation and framing of rules/regulations, as well as budget proposal. He also supervised import and export –related activities in JN Port, Nhava Sheva and the Mumbai Port. Mr. Jain holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kurukshetra University at Kurukshetra, India. He has completed field visits in Canada and Malaysia. His interests include writing and reading poetry in Hindi and Urdu.
Mr. Sumnesh Joshi is the Assistant Director General in the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Planning Commission of the Government of India at Regional Office Mumbai. UIDAI is a prestigious transformation project undertaken to provide a unique identification for all residents in India. Mr. Joshi handled the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the various States, onboarding of ecosystem partners such as states, banks and enrollment agencies, and the launch of the first Aadhaar (brand name of identification number) by the Honorable Prime Minister of India at Nandurbar district in Maharashtra. He is also involved in rolling out of Aadhaar based applications for various service deliveries. He is the first officer to join Regional Office Mumbai and instrumental in setting up UIDAI operations in western region of India. In the past 20 years of his career as an Indian Telecom Service Officer, Mr Joshi was posted in various capacities with Department of Telecommunications and then with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, a public sector unit for telecom services and handled telecom installations, planning, operations, sales and marketing of telecom services, in states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa. During the 2001 earthquake in the State of Gujarat, he took the lead in ensuring that the long distance telecom traffic in the State remained stable. Mr. Joshi holds a post-graduate diploma in Business Administration from the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, India and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication from Engineering College Kota, University of Rajasthan.
Spring 2014 Fellows
Bhawna Garg is the Special Secretary of Finance for the Chandigarh Administration in India. She has worked towards augmenting city bus services to provide a reliable and efficient public transport system. Prior to this she served at the Department of Science, Technology & Environment at the State Government of Punjab. She served as Special Secretary for Revenue, State Planning, Disaster Management, Land Records and Governance Reforms for the State Government of Punjab. She received the Director’s Shield for being first in Order of Merit and a Gold Medal for best performance in extra-curricular activities during her training at the LBS National Academy of Administration. She is also the first woman to get the First Rank in the All India Civil Services Examination (271,000 applicants) and continued to hold the top position after professional assessment in LBSNAA. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology (Chemical Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and a Masters in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University.
Deepak Kumar Kedia is the Director of the Naxal Management Division for the Government of India’s Ministry of Home Affairs. In this position, Mr. Kedia contributes towards framing policies to end the menace of left wing extremists and also to ensure the security of vital installations, railway property, and infrastructure in left wing extremist affected Areas . Previously Mr. Kedia served as Superintendent of Police in various provinces of Assam including Guwahati, Haflong, and Sivasagar, where he oversaw prevention, detection, and control of crime and supervision of investigation of criminal cases and maintenance of law and order. In this capacity, he achieved deep insight in the criminal justice system in India and worked to improve the image of police by developing community-based programs. He also worked on preventing communal riots, unrest in the tea gardens, and ethnic clashes. Prior to entering the Indian Police Service in 1999, Mr. Kedia was educated to become an expert in financial accounting, taxation, auditing, and organizational management as he holds the degree of commerce graduate and the professional qualifications of Chartered Accountanty(CA), company secretary (CS), and Cost Accountancy (ICWA) . Mr. Kedia also holds a graduate degree in Law (LLB) from Guwahati University.
Hari Har Mishra is the Director (Internal Finance) for the Ministry of Environment and Forests of the Government of India. Prior to this he was Additional Controller of Defence Accounts for the Ministry of Defence. For the last 14 years he was deeply involved in audit, accounting, payments and financial advice for the Ministry of Defence. He received the Raksha Mantri Award and commendation from the Army Chief for his vision and implementation of a monthly payment system of salary to Army Jawans, which was a paradigm shift. He completed his MBA in Finance from the National Institute of Financial Management in Faridabad, India. Among the numerous training programs he has participated in is a financial management program at RIPA, London and a network security program at IIM, Ahmedabad. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and a Master’s Degree in Ancient History and Archaeology.
Ajoy Sharma is the Special Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of the state of Punjab, India. In his current position he monitors the implementation of flagship programs and federal-state coordination issue. In the past 14 years of his career as an Indian Administrative Service Officer, he has implemented various government schemes in the sectors of Education, Public health, rural and urban development, women, children and social welfare as head of administrative units. Mr. Sharma is passionate about making public delivery systems efficient and transparent. He has successfully implemented innovative solutions such as e-citizen service centers, e-tendering, e-payment and e-treasury , bringing in transparency and accountability in public institutions. He is keenly interested in the field of education, rural development and public health. Mr. Sharma led the initiatives under National Rural Health Mission in the slum and rural areas of Chandigarh, raising the rate of institutional delivery from 70% in 2010 to 90% in 2012. He has led a holistic youth development program for the 15000 college students of City state of Chandigarh, improving their employability skills, personal development and channelizing their energy in positive community work. He holds a Master’s Degree in Technology (Communication & Radar Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Hareet Shukla is the Additional Secretary of the Health and Family Welfare Department in the State of Gujarat, India. In this position, he oversees Medical Education and Public Health for the entire state of 60 million people. He is Project Director of a plan that gives health coverage to underprivileged people of the State and is also Chair of the Committee to develop policy recommendations for human resource development and management. Previously, Mr. Shukla served as Collector and District Magistrate of Ahmedabad, Gujarat where he was the Chief Coordinator of all government programs. Mr. Shukla worked in the areas of law, land administration, and rural development. For example, under his tenure, 450 equipped and fully-furnished libraries were developed at rural primary schools to instill the habit of reading in children. His past experiences include working in a rehabilitation program undertaken after the Kutch Earthquake of 2001. Prior to beginning his career in the Indian Administrative Service in 1999, Mr. Shukla earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Economics from Annamalai University.
Fall 2013 Fellows
Mr. Aditya Kumar Joshi
With more than 15 years field experience in forestry and wildlife and extensive experience with the Indian Central Government, Mr. Joshi joins the EMPPI program in his current capacity as Director (Training) for the Department of Personnel and Training. He oversees long-term domestic training programs in addition to other programs of the Central Government and is actively involved in national and field-level policy formulation and implementation. His prior roles include: Special Secretary (Forest and Environment) for the Government of Manipur, Imphal; Senior Assistant Inspector General of Forests for the Ministry of Environment and Forest; Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment; and Deputy Conservator of Forests for the Government of Manipur. Mr. Joshi received his Master’s Degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Pantnagar University, Master’s Degree in Forestry from the National Forest Academy in Dahradun, and a M. Phil. in Social Sciences from Punjabi University, Chandigarh. His areas of interest include public policy and management, environment and forest policy, ecological and ecosystem services, role of forestry in climate change, sustainable development and utilization of natural resources.
Ms. Amrit Raj
On January 2013, Ms. Raj assumed the role of Director for North East Asia for the Department of Commerce of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Government of India. In this capacity she coordinated initiatives on export promotion and trade facilitation. She was part of the official team for trade negotiations under the North East Asia division and chaired the India-Korea Director-level coordination meeting on the implementation of the India-Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. Prior to her current role, Ms. Raj was Director of Finance for the Department of Commerce from 2010-2012. She is also the former Director for the Business Development Directorate of the India Post in the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, and Director for the Uttarakhand Division in Dehradun. From 2001- 2004, she was the Senior Superintendent of Posts/Railway Mail. Ms. Raj completed her Bachelor of Arts and LLB from Hindu College, Delhi University and a law degree from Campus Law Centre Delhi University.
Mr. Goutam Roy
As Director of Child and Women Labour for the Ministry of Labour and Employment of the Government of India, Mr. Roy is a seasoned civil servant with 22 years of experience. He is responsible for monitoring 7300 child labour schools in under the National Child Labour Project and interacting with various NGOs and international organizations such as UNICEF. A large part of his career has been as Director and Deputy Director of the Central Electric Authority under the Ministry of Power. In this role, he led the group involved in the transmission system planning of the Northern grid of India. He handled techo-economic appraisals of power generation and transmission projects. Prior to these roles, he was also Assistant Director/Assistant Executive Engineer for the Central Electric Authority/Northern Regional Electricity Board. Mr. Roy graduated with a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Delhi University in 1985 and received an Advanced Diploma in Financial Management from IGNOU in 1995.
Mr. Samir Kumar Biswas
Mr. Biswas is Chief Executive Officer of the Dharavi Redevelopment Project in Mumbai, where he works for the comprehensive rehabilitation of informal settlers in the area and improvement of living standards through a public-private partnership model in urban housing. He brings 22 years of experience as an Indian Administrative Service officer to the EMPPI program. From 2000 – 2012, he held several senior roles at Maharashtra State – as Managing Director of the State Textile Corporation and State Financial Corporation, Joint Managing Director of the State Road Development Corporation and Director of Census Operations. At the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation, he worked on a number of mega-infrastructure projects such as the Integrated Border Check Posts Project and Mumbai Trans Harbour Link Bridge. Mr. Biswas graduated with a Master of Financial Management degree from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai University. He also has a B.Tech (Electrical Engineering) from I.I.T. Madras, Chennai and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management from I.I.M. Bangalore. He has a keen interest in public policy analysis and formulation, particularly in urban housing for the poor.
Dr. S. Murali Krishna
Dr. S. Murali Krishna currently serves as the Additional Chief Executive Officer for the Gujarat Urban Development Mission in the Urban Development & Urban Housing Department in Gujarat. In this position he oversees the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) as well as infrastructure projects of water supply and drainage in municipalities. In 1992, Dr. Murali served as a physician at the Primary Health Centre for 2 years followed by five years as the District Panchayat Officer for the AP State Civil Services. After joining the Indian Administrative Service in 1998, he worked in the field in various capacities such as District Collector and District Development Officer for twelve years. Following his field work he became the Director of Central Medical Stores Organization for the Department of Health in Gujarat where he was responsible for the procurement of drugs and equipment for various hospitals and state institutions. He has also served as the Additional Industries Commissioner and Additional Chief Electoral Officer during the 2012 Gujarat Assembly Elections. In addition to these roles, Dr. Murali was previously the Additional Secretary in Urban Development & Urban Housing Department, where he dealt with subjects such as town planning and the JNNURM. Dr. Murali received his MBBS from Kurnool Medical College, Sri Venkateshwara University.