Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairperson
Dr. Rajiv Kumar is a leading Indian economist and has recently been appointed, the Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog by the government of India. He is the author of several books on India’s economy and national security. His latest books are Modi & His Challenges (2016), Resurgent India: Ideas and Priorities (2015) and Exploding Aspirations: Unlocking India’s Future (2014). He is a widely recognized economic columnist and a leading speaker on issues in Indian political economy.
Presently, he is: (i) Founding Director of Pahle India Foundation (PIF), Delhi; (ii) Chancellor of the Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics (A Deemed University, Pune). PIF, a non-profit think tank focuses on facilitating economic policy change based on objective and rigorous research.
He concurrently serves as: (i) Government of India nominated Independent Director on Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India; (ii) Member of the International Board of Management of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Riyadh, chaired by the Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy; (iii) Director, Institute of Human Development, Delhi; (iv) Director, Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow; (v) Independent Director on the Board of DHFL; and (vi) Member, Advisory Board of CISCO, India.
Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO
Shri Amitabh Kant is presently posted as CEO, NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India). He was till recently Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).
Amitabh Kant is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, IAS (Kerala Cadre: 1980 Batch). He is the author of “”Branding India – An Incredible Story”” and has been a key driver of “”Make in India””, Startup India, “”Incredible India”” and “”God’s Own Country”” campaigns which positioned and branded India and Kerala State as leading tourism destinations. These campaigns have won several international awards and embraced a host of activities – infrastructure development, product enhancement, private-public partnership and positioning and branding.
Amitabh Kant has worked as Chairman & CEO, Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corporation, CMD – ITDC, Joint Secretary – Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Secretary – Tourism, Government of Kerala, Managing Director, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation, District Collector, Kozikhode and Managing Director, Matsyafed.
Amitabh Kant did his schooling from Modern School, Delhi, Graduation in Economics (Hons) from St. Stephens, Delhi University and M.A from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is a Chevening Scholar.
Shri R. P. Gupta, Additional Secretary (Energy)
Shri R. P. Gupta is an IAS Officer of 1987 Batch of Gujarat cadre. He did B. Tech. from IIT, Kanpur in Aeronautical Engineering. Apart from working in the field assignments in earlier part of his career as District Development Officer, Municipal Commissioner, District Collector etc., he mainly worked in the field of education, land record and energy at the policy making levels. In every field, the focus was on streamlining the system and introduction of modern technology to make the system more people friendly and responsive to their needs.
In the area of land records, digitization of village maps and land parcels and synchronizing them with satellite imagery along with geo-stationery tagging was done. Resurvey of state of Gujarat using modern technology was also started this time.
In the field of education, he introduced completely transparent computerized system of teachers’ recruitment enabling the State to recruit tens of thousands of teachers purely on merit in a short period of one month. His other contribution was in conceptualizing and implementing an annual assessment of quality of education in about 35000 Government schools in the state of Gujarat in digitized format to compare schools, tehsils and districts across the State but also enabling improvement or deterioration over time and assessing teachers performance.
He worked in the Ministry of Coal for about two and a half years and in Energy Department in the State of Gujarat.He also worked as Secretary, Department of Food and Civil Supplies dealing with the Public Distribution System (PDS). In this capacity, apart from fully computerizing the PDS right from Fair Price Shop to State Government level, system of biometric authentication was implemented to eliminate the leakages.In this capacity he also dealt with LPG and Kerosene distribution through PDS as cooking and lighting fuel.
Presently, he is working as Additional Secretary in NITI Aayog and looking after Infrastructure-Energy, International Cooperation along with Health, Education in rural and urban sectors.
Shri Rajnath Ram, Adviser (Energy)
Shri Rajnath Ram is currently the Joint Adviser (Energy), Energy and International Cooperation Vertical at NITI Aayog, Government of India. He has been working on Government policy and program formulation related to Oil and Natural gas and Renewable Energy (excluding Large Hydro projects). He is leading the initiative of Energy Data Management, aims to create a robust energy data management system of international repute and is in charge of the initiative to set up an Energy Modelling Unit within the NITI Aayog.
In addition, he looks after the overseas engagements – Sustainable Growth Working Group, India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue, NITI-Aayog – DRC, PRC Dialogue, the Twinning program with Australia.
Mr. Ram has also worked as Joint Adviser (Infrastructure) in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board, heading the technical standard division wherein he was associated with the formulation of technical standards and specification including safety standards pipelines of petroleum and natural gas, city gas distribution networks and of Emergency Response and Disaster Management Plans (ERDMP) of Indian Oil & Gas Sectors and Onsite verification of ERDMP. Mr. Ram is a B.Tech in Petroleum Engineering from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad and an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi
Shri Manoj Kumar Upadhyay, Deputy Adviser
Shri Manoj Kumar Upadhyay is currently the Deputy Adviser (Energy & International Cooperation Vertical) at NITI Aayog, Government of India. He joined NITI Aayog (Erstwhile Planning Commission) in Oct, 2012.
He has been working on Government Policy & Regulation in Environmental Economics & Climate Change, Renewable Energy Generation, Conventional Energy Generation [Thermal (Coal & Gas), Hydro and Nuclear], Transmission & Distribution System, Allocation & Supply of Coal, Gas and Petroleum Products.
He is also looking after successful implementation of several schemes of Ministry of Power such as UDAY Scheme for financial improvement of DISCOMs, IPDS Scheme for power system infrastructure and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Joyti Yojana for rural electrification.
Before joining NITI Aayog, Shri Upadhyay was working with the Ministry of Micro Small Medium Enterprises as Assistant Director (Industrial Management). He was instrumental in establishing the Techno-Managerial Consultancy to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. In addition, Mr. Upadhyay also worked with different private organizations on different capacities such as project manager etc.
Shri Upadhyay is B.Tech in Electrical Engg, MBA in Marketing & MA (Sociology) and a trained consultant in Environment Impact Assessment of projects, Project Management & Energy Conservation
Shri. Bansidhar Bandi, Young Professional
Bansidhar Bandi is currently a Young Professional in the Energy Division of NITI Aayog. His areas of interest include sustainability, climate change, oil & gas, minerals & metals, circular economy and energy modeling.
Within the energy division he works on the National Energy Policy, updation of the India Energy Security Scenarios, policies to enhance oil & gas exploration, clean cooking initiatives, energy data management activities, energy modeling activities and overseas engagements. He is also involved in the formulation of the National Material Recycling Policy and policies for the Steel/Aluminium Sectors. Before his engagement with the energy division, he was briefly posted in the Ministry of Home Affairs to monitor and evaluate the infrastructure progress in Maoist affected Aspirational Districts.
Prior to his tenure at NITI Aayog, Bansidhar has had experience in the Steel & Power sectors. He has earned an M.S. in Mineral & Energy Economics from the Colorado School of Mines and a B.S. in Energy Business & Finance from the Pennsylvania State University.
Ms. Aakriti Kapoor, Young Professional
Aakriti Kapoor is currently a Young Professional in the Energy Division of NITI Aayog. Occupied with Power and Renewables under energy, she focuses on the upcoming Energy Storage in India and Energy Data Management at NITI Aayog along with other simultaneous exercises involving power sector project evaluations.
With an undergraduate degree in Economics & Mathematics from University of Delhi and a graduate degree in Public Policy from St. Xavier’s Autonomous College, Mumbai, she has previously worked with KPMG, India in their Government Advisory as an Associate Consultant for Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Government of Maharashtra. Working for Investment promotion for the state of Maharashtra, she was a part of the core organising team for Magnetic Maharashtra-2018, the first ever Global Investor Summit organised by the state. Moreover, her role involved outreach activities for generating leads and promoting industrial activities in the state along with handling investor queries, coordinating B2G meetings and organising seminars and panel discussions.
Apart from this, she has interned with organisations like UNDP, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and TechnoServe, India in various social sector projects in the field of Health and Education.
Ms. Shafqat Mobarak, Young Professional
Shafqat Mobarak, a sassy Engineer (EEE), MBA (Energy and Petroleum) by training, a Young Professional at NITI Aayog by profession and a tinkerer at heart.
Presently, she is the Project Lead for India Energy Portal (IEP) and Energy Dashboards. While being the content developer for IEP website and ‘Knowledge Inititaives’ magazine, she also handles social media (twitter and Facebook accounts) of Energy and International Coordination Division (https://twitter.com/Energy_NITI). Projects on city gas distribution, energy data, renewables and energy efficiency keeps her busy.
She has also worked as the Assistant Consultant (Infrastructure Division) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board, a regulatory body focused on development and monitoring of downstream sector of oil and gas industry. In this role she has been involved in spanning of CGD networks in India through competitive bidding rounds, determining pipeline capacities of various stakeholders, reviewing technical audit reports, gas sales agreement and empanelment of the Third Party Inspection Agencies to carry out technical audit of Natural Gas Pipeline and CGD Installations and Certification of ERDMP document.
Ms. Poonam Kapur, Economic Officer
Ms. Poonam Kapur is currently the Economic Officer (Energy & International Cooperation Vertical) at NITI Aayog, Government of India. She joined NITI Aayog (Erstwhile Planning Commission) in Nov 2007, as a Research Assistant in States Plan (South) Division.
She has been working on Government Policy & Regulation in Conventional Energy Generation [Thermal (Coal & Gas), Hydro and Nuclear], Transmission & Distribution System, compilation for the management of data bank in the power sector. The data bank includes entities like power sector installed capacity, peak demand & energy deficit, an average cost of supply, average revenue realised , gap between (ARR & ACS), AT&C losses , T & D losses, billing efficiency, collection efficiency, average tariff and commercial profits & losses of the utilities etc.
She is also looking after the successful implementation of several schemes of Ministry of Power such as UDAY Scheme for financial improvement of DISCOMs, IPDS Scheme for power system infrastructure and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana for rural electrification.
She has done her B.A (H) in Economics and MA Economics as well as B.ed from Maharishi Dayanand University.
Ms. Saumya Pandey, Young Professional
Saumya Pandey is a Young Professional working in the Energy and International Cooperation vertical of NITI Aayog. Her primary area of work is in the Coal sector. She assists with policy formulation and energy data management amongst the other activities of the vertical. As part of her job, she also deals with various international organisations like World Bank and GIZ for different initiatives.
Prior to working with NITI Aayog, she was the team lead for the data warehouse of 'Ayushman Bharat' for the state of Chhattisgarh at Religare Health Insurance. Her responsibilities were to report and analyse data and detect fraudulent claims. Apart from this, she successfully automated the IRDA reporting. She has also worked with Wipro and ICICI Lombard GIC.
Saumya completed her Integrated M.Tech in Mathematics and Computing from IIT (ISM) Dhanbad and held the position of Treasurer at Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics during her time there. She is also an active volunteer supporting environmental causes through the non-profit organisation Iamgurgaon, and National Service Scheme.
Shri. Kowthamraj VS, Young Proffesional
Kowtham raj is currently a Young Professional in the Energy and International vertical of NITI Aayog. He primarily works on the renewable energy sector. His areas of interest include strategies/policies for energy storage, alternate energy sources (hydrogen, methanol etc), e-mobility and RE financing.
He graduated with an M.S in Energy Storage & Conversion as an Alistore Scholar in Europe and a B.Tech from Madras Institute of Technology. He has previously worked with Umicore N.V. situated in the Cheonan, South Kora a hub for battery technologies. He has also briefly worked with UNIDO in their Climate Technology & Innovation Team and for Gilman Industries, a clean hydrogen firm based out of New York.