A.K. Gupta, Director (Operations), ONGC Videsh Ltd., has over 35 years of experience in the energy industry, particularly in the oil and gas sector. He worked in managerial positions in the entire value chain of the Exploration and Production sector, before his appointment as Director (Operations) on the Board of ONGC Videsh, the international petroleum company of India. Mr. Gupta has been instrumental in turning around assets in South Sudan, which resumed production after more than five years of being shut down and reached peak production of 58,000 BOPD by the end of FY 2020, paving the way for monetization of undeveloped gas reserves in Sakhalin. He started his career in ONGC in 1984 as a Graduate Trainee and went on to gain multi-faceted experience in various positions, including at the corporate level. Mr. Gupta possesses extensive business development experience as Head of New Businesses in Marketing at ONGC and Head of Business Development at ONGC Videsh in the domestic and international markets, and in handling commercial negotiations with alliance partners, regulators, customers, and National Oil Companies. He embodies exceptional business acumen in implementing projects from concept to commissioning, having executed projects in diverse geographies in Myanmar, both on land and offshore; Vietnam in Asia Pacific; and Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela in Latin America, some of them under difficult circumstances. As Head of Business Development, Mr. Gupta spearheaded two major acquisitions, from 2016 to 2018, of producing assets (Vankorneft, Russia and Lower Zakum, UAE), which have contributed significantly to ONGC Videsh. As Director (Operations) of ONGC Videsh Ltd., Mr. Gupta has been relentless in framing future strategies for assets of the company in different geographies amid the unprecedented challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. During his stewardship, the company achieved its highest-ever production of oil and gas (14.981 MMTOE) and some major projects have made definitive progress under his able leadership and are set to contribute and strengthen the portfolio of the company. Mr. Gupta is a mechanical engineer from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee and holds an MBA in finance and marketing from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University.