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Focus on States - The Opportunities Ahead

Day 2 - 6th APRIL

Nihal Chand Goel

Additional Chief Secretary, Forest & Environment | Government of Rajasthan

A 1982-batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre, Mr Goel was previously the Chairman & Managing Director of Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation. He is also in-charge of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and holds the post of Special Officer of Bhiwadi Industrial Development Authority.

R Vineel Krishna

Managing Director | Odisha Mining Corporation

A 2005-batch IAS officer of Odisha cadre, Mr Krishna is also the CEO of Bhubaneswar Smart City SPV. He has previously been District Collector of Malkangiri district in Odisha, where he was abducted by armed Maoists and released subsequently on the state’s intervention. He has also been Private Secretary to Former Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh. Mr Krishna was selected for the prestigious Chevening Gurukul Scholarship for Leadership and Excellence launched by the British government.

Anurag Diwan

Joint Director (Mineral Administration) | Chhattisgarh

Mr Diwan has overseen Mineral Administration work in various coal and limestone rich districts of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh since 1991. In October 2009, he was promoted to the position of Joint Director, Mineral Resources Department of Chhattisgarh government, where he has been actively involved in formulation of minor mineral rules and auction process, district mineral foundation rules, and miscellaneous directives for effective mineral administration. He has also been in charge of the Auction Cell and Information Technology.

Shirish Sankhe

Senior Partner | McKinsey (Mumbai office)

Mr Sankhe has been with McKinsey for 20+ years and currently heads the Asia Basic Materials practice. He has extensively served leading Indian and global metals and mining companies on strategy, operations and large scale transformations. Mr Sankhe also spends a significant portion of his time on public policy work in India, working with the government on the process of urbanization, and drive economic growth. He holds an MBA from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University (US).

Aboobacker Siddique P

Mines Commissioner, Department of Industry, Mines & Geology | Jharkhand

A 2003-batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre, Mr Siddique is also the Managing Director of Jharkhand State Mineral Development Corporation. He comes from a humble family in Malappuram, Kerala. His earlier stints include being the District Collector of Godda, Chatra, Simdega and West Singhbhum districts of Jharkhand. While serving as DC, West Singhbhum, Mr Siddique received a National Award for Best Electoral Practices in 2015. He has an MA & M.Phil in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.


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