Amitabh Kant

National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog)

Chief Executive Officer

Amitabh Kant is presently Chief Executive Officer of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog). He is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, IAS (Kerala Cadre: 1980 batch). He is the author of Branding India—An Incredible Story and Incredible India 2.0 and he has edited “The Path Ahead—Transformative Ideas for India.” Mr. Kant has been a key driver of the “Make in India,” Startup India, “Incredible India,” and God’s Own Country” initiatives that positioned India and Kerala State as leading manufacturing and 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 based on extensive market research. Mr. Kant has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC). The Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) is being developed by the Government of India as a global manufacturing and investment destination supported by world class infrastructure and enabling policy framework. The DMIC project is aimed at the development of futuristic, smart industrial cities in India which will converge and integrate next generation technologies across sectors. The DMIC cities will address not merely the urbanization requirements of India, but with manufacturing as the main economic base, will also contribute significantly to the economic growth of India. In his capacity as Secretary (Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion) Govt. of India, he vigorously drove the Ease of Doing Business initiative and ranking of States on outcome parameters. These initiatives have led to India making a quantum jump in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Index and enabled Indian States to compete in the spirit of competitive federalism. He is the Chairman of the Committee to implement digital payment in India. Mr. Kant has been the recipient of Economic Times Policy Change Agent of the Year Award, the Bloomberg TV Personality of the Year Award, the NDTV Administrator of the Year Award, and the Distinguished Fellowship of the Institute of Directors. He is the recipient of One Globe Award-2016 for Leadership in Transforming Governance for the 21st Century. He is also the recipient of Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship awarded by the Prime Minister of New Zealand. He is a Member of the Steering Board of “Shaping the Future of Production Systems” of the World Economic Forum. He is also the recipient of Golden Peacock Award for Leadership in Economic Transformation-2017. Mr. Kant has worked as 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. During his tenure in Kerala, he structured the Calicut Airport as a private sector project based on user’s fees and developed the BSES Power Project and Mattanchery Bridge under private public partnership. He was also responsible for introducing new technology (fiberglass crafts and outboard motor) in the fisheries sector and launching beach-level auctions that substantially enhanced returns to traditional fishermen. Mr. Kant did his schooling from Modern School, Delhi, holds a degree in economics (Hons) from St. Stephens, Delhi University, and an MA from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is a Chevening Scholar. He has also undertaken a mid-term course with John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmadabad.

SESSIONS WITH Amitabh Kant

Monday, October 26

  • 07:50pm - 08:25pm

    Executive Conference

    Scaling Energy Choices: From pilot to commerciality

    There is widespread and growing consensus today that that the transition to zero carbon energy sources should be accelerated to mitigate the impact of global warming and the associated changes in our climate. India’s growing energy needs will require rapid scaling of a wide spectrum of energy sources and technological solutions.

    What are the most scalable options to meet growing energy demand in India?
    How can gas in combination with renewables provide reliable and affordable power supply?
    What is needed for EVs to leapfrog internal combustion engine cars and two- and three-wheelers?
    How could domestic bioenergy and biofuels sources be scaled rapidly to meet growing demands in the transportation sector?
    How far and how fast can traditional energy companies shift their portfolios toward new forms of energy?
    What role can financial institutions play to accelerate commercialization of new technologies?
    What are some policy and regulatory interventions required to accelerate the commerciality of pilots and achieve scale and materiality? 

Tuesday, October 27