IGF 2022 High-Level Track
H.E. Mr. Alkesh Kumar Sharma
Mr. Alkesh Kumar Sharma is presently posted as Secretary in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. He has earlier served as Additional Secretary and Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India. In addition to other responsibilities given to him, Sharma was looking after the cabinet proposals of all infrastructure, economic, finance, industry, Agriculture and allied ministries of the Central Government. He was Member of the Project Monitoring Group set up in the Prime Minister’s Office, Government of India.
He worked as the Managing Director of Kochi Metro Rail Ltd., Kochi with full additional charges of Additional Chief Secretary (Special Projects-Infrastructure) and Industries in Kerala State, India from September 2019 to March 2021.
Besides Kochi Metro, he was also executing other important projects like Kochi Water Metro Project, Reconstruction and Rejuvenation of Canal Systems in Kochi and Development of Bliss City, an entertainment, wellness and hospitality city in Kochi, Kerala State, India.
As Additional Chief Secretary in the State of Kerala, India, he was monitoring the implementation of mega infrastructure projects like Semi-High Speed Rail, Airport, Ports, Smart Cities, Multi-modal Transport Hub, Waste to Energy Projects, Kochi-Bangalore Industrial Corridor and Development of Industrial Townships and Integrated Smart Manufacturing Clusters.
Mr. Sharma worked as Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of the National Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Limited (NICDC) from October 2015 to September 2019. He was also CEO of National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT). The Industrial Corridors are being developed by the Government of India as global manufacturing and investment destinations by setting up investment regions supported by the world-class infrastructure and enabling policy framework. The projects are aimed at the development of futuristic, smart industrial cities in India which will converge and integrate eco-friendly and sustainable technologies across sectors. He was also member of the Task Force on Programme/Project management set up by NITI Aayog, Government of India.
As Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India for three years (2012-2015), he handled matters relating to National Highways Planning, land acquisition, forest and environment clearances, review and monitoring of National Highways Projects, coordination with Railways, Defence and other agencies and all matters related to toll and toll policy on the national highways. He was also Chairman of the Indian Highways Management Company Ltd. and implemented FASTAG system of toll collection.
Mr. Sharma worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for three years (2006-09) as National Project Director, Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation.
In the State of Kerala, India, he worked as the Managing Director of Kerala Tourism Development Corporation; Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation; Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited; Malabar Cement Limited and Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation. He also worked as Director, Kerala Tourism and as Secretary, Industries and Investment Promotion in Government of Kerala. He was Director in the Board of BPCL, Apollo Tyres, Nitta Gelatin India Ltd and Geojit BNP Paribas Ltd.
Mr. Sharma played a key role in branding and promoting Kerala Tourism as ‘God’s Own Country’ during his two tenures spanning over seven years. During his tenure, Kerala won the Best Tourism State Awards from Government of India as well as various Awards from PATA and other International Agencies. He was part of the core team of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) launched by the Prime Minister of India in December 2005.
Mr. Sharma received the Best CEO Award twice from the Kerala State, India, the President’s Medal for the Best District Census Officer and the Best Performance Award from the Kerala State, India. He has also been awarded the Global CEO of the Year award in 2018 by CSR Global Foundation. He is an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Excellence in Project Management, New Delhi.