Shakti Sinha is presently the Chairman of South Asian Institute for Strategic Affairs (saisaonline.org), an upcoming think tank in Delhi. He writes and speaks on governance, political economy, strategic affairs and on Afghanistan.
He started his civil service career in 1979 when he was selected for the Indian Administrative Service. After 34 years, he took voluntary retirement when he was with the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi as Principal Secretary (Finance & Planning); was also concurrently Principal Secretary (Power) and CMD Delhi Transco.
Mr. Sinha was Private Secretary to Prime Minister, during the brief BJP government (May 1996) and again in the NDA government, from March 1998 to November 1999. In between he was the Secretary to Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, the first time a senior civil servant held this post. Before Joining Delhi Govt. in May 2012, he was Chief Secretary, Andaman & Nicobar Administration. Worked with the UN Mission in Afghanistan for three years coordinating international support to the Government on National Development - Strategy and governance issues.
Earlier, Government of India had deputed him to the World Bank as Senior Advisor to the Indian Executive Director, who represented Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, besides India on the Board of the Bank.
He has served twice in the Andaman for a total of 5 years; Goa for 7 years; and Delhi (As Sub Divisional Magistrate, Director of Education and in MCD) besides other jobs listed above. He has served in the Ministry of Urban Development and as Director in Ministry of Commerce.
He has spent about two years with think tanks in Delhi (Observer Research Foundation) and Singapore (Institute of South Asian Studies) working on various development issues and Afghanistan respectively.
He has authored a number of chapters and papers on the Afghan situation, including those published in international publications plus various articles for newspapers and journals on Governance, Indian political developments, Political Economy of Reforms and on the Chinese economy.
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