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.