IESA announces M. N. Vidyashankar, IAS as New President    

Dear Members,

I am glad to update you that Mr. M. N. Vidyashankar IAS has joined IESA as New President today. The selection committee and Executive council is confident that he will help accelerate growth of ESDM sector and enhance collaboration across Government, industry and academia. As many of you know, Mr. Vidyashankar comes in with more than 30 years’ experience in management and administration of various government offices, autonomous bodies, boards and corporations. He brings an excellent combination of Leadership, Vision, ESDM knowledge, execution skills, Industry connects and an all-success history that will help widen IESA’s role in the ESDM landscape.

As we continue to work towards the enrichment of the Indian ESDM industry and also take IESA to the next level, the appointment of Vidyashankar could not have come at a better time. A proven administrator, an influencer and a veteran in the ESDM industry, Vidyashankar will add a lot of value to our common cause – to take the Indian ESDM industry to global heights.

Vidyashankar joined the IAS in 1982 and served various government departments at the state and central level before moving on to hold the position of the Principal Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology, Department of e-Governance, Government of Karnataka. He was also the CEO of the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board and has served as the Chief Electoral Officer at Bangalore.

Vidyashankar holds an M.A in Economics and an M.Phil. from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. He is also a post graduate in business administration from Harvard University, USA. He has also received a lot of national and international recognition for his efforts in promoting technology and technology based solutions that transformed human lives and societies.

After assuming office, Vidyashankar’s immediate priorities will be driving Government policy implementation, collaboration with industry bodies, member connect initiatives, product creation, innovation and talent development to holistically unlock the full potential of the ESDM sector in India.

My sincere thanks to selection committee for their time, efforts, guidance, decision making and relentless focus to get the best deserving person as a President of IESA. My thanks also to all the members for keeping patience and trust in the selection committee and executive council while selection of new president was ongoing. We do look forward to great years ahead under the leadership of IESA’s new President, where our country is going through exciting & challenging times with huge opportunities still unexploited, where IESA plays and can play even much bigger role.

Please join me to welcome Vidyashankar to team IESA and we will wish him and IESA a great success in years to come.

Vidyashankar is reachable on email president@iesaonline.org.

Ashok Chandak
Chairman – IESA
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