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Leadership Team

Navin Kumar
Chairman

Navin Kumar is the first Chairman of the Goods and Services Tax Network. A member of the Indian Administrative Service (1975 batch), he superannuated in 2012 after serving with the Government of India and the State Government of Bihar for 37 years in various senior administrative positions.

Born in 1952, Kumar did Post Graduation in Physics with First Class academic credentials. He joined the Civil Service in 1975 at the early age of 23 and was assigned to the state cadre of Bihar. In his long career, he served in areas such as urban development, education, social security, youth affairs, water resources, energy, industries, broadcasting, IT and finance in Central and State Governments.

Kumar has served as Secretary to Govt of India in the Ministry of Urban Development. He was the Chairman of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation as well as that of the other Metro Rail companies operating at Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata. Subsequently, he was appointed Chief Secretary of Bihar, the position from which he retired in 2012.

Kumar was the first IT Secretary of Bihar. Under his leadership, several eGovernance projects were implemented including the State Wide Area Network, the Secretariat LAN, creation of Computerized Treasury Network for the entire state, VAT Management Information System, Common Services Centres in every panchayat, etc.

Extensively trained in Management and Public Policy, Kumar is a tech-savvy person. He has set up a blog (www.1wordtut.com) for giving tutorials in the popular software MS Word. Besides, he takes keen interest in drawing and painting, trying his hand at fine arts during his leisure.

Prakash Kumar
CEO

Prakash Kumar is the first CEO of Goods and Services Tax Network. He worked as an officer of the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) from 1985 to 2008, where he handled varied portfolios including information technology, human resource management, public finance, corporate entities and industrial development amongst others. He has assumed various significant positions in the Government such as Secretary to State Government, Joint Secretary to the Government of India, Additional Commissioner of Sales Tax etc. For a year (2013-14) he worked as the National Technology Officer at Microsoft India. Prior to joining Microsoft, he headed Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), the strategic consulting arm of Cisco for five years (2008-13).

Prakash holds a Master degree in Public Finance under the World Bank Scholarship from National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies, Japan and a Bachelor degree in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur. He is a strong advocate of right to information, a topic on which he has authored three books. He wrote a fortnightly column for a leading publication on IT and RTI for a year.

Dr. Abhishek Gupta
EVP(Support)

Dr. Abhishek Gupta belongs to the 1992 Batch of Indian Audit & Accounts Service (IAAS) and he joined as the first Executive Vice President (Support) in GSTN in July 2015, on deputation basis.

He heads the Support Vertical of GSTN consisting of HR, Finance, Administration, Legal and Corporate Communication Departments. He has a rich experience of working with the Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) of India, Government of India and Government of Delhi. In his career spanning almost 25 years, he has handled diverse portfolios like Finance, Public Audit, Urban Transportation, Urban infrastructure, State Commercial Taxes, Defence, Railways, evaluation of flagship Government Schemes etc. He also served as Director (Finance) in the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and Director (Finance) in the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) for almost five years. Extensively trained in Public Finance and Management, Dr. Gupta possesses expertise in the fields of Policy formulation, Program Management, Public Finance & Audit, Administration, Legal matters, HR & Establishment, Project Appraisal and Procurement & Contract Management.

He holds diverse professional qualifications like MBBS, MBA (Finance), Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, LL.B. and LL.M. He has keen personal interest in Environmental Laws & issues, Intellectual Property Rights, Right to information, Institution building etc.

Nitin Mishra
EVP(Technology)

Nitin has joined GSTN as Executive Vice President (Technology). He has around 21 years of work experience in Information Technology in variety of industry verticals like Systems Integration, EDA, Internet and e-Commerce, BFSI and Retail. He is a passionate technologist and has held various leadership and Management positions. Besides his corporate exposure, Nitin was also part of founding team of a start-up focussed in Retail and Analytics space. He has had rich experience in designing, developing, managing and running very large scale internet application platforms and has been a keen student of big data technologies. Prior to joining GSTN, Nitin was working as a Senior Architect with Walmart Labs in Bangalore. Some of his past experiences has been with Cadence, Yahoo, Goldman Sachs & Tata Elxsi.

He holds a Masters in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode majoring in Finance and marketing and a Bachelors in Engineering from Marathwada University in Industrial Electronics.

C L Agrawal
VP Finance & Company Secretary

A Qualified Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary with over 30 years’ deep & varied experience in the areas of Finance, Accounts, Administration, Budgeting, Taxation, Corporate Laws and Company Secretarial matters. A strategic planner with expertise in designing internal control systems and a keen analyst with exceptional negotiation skills. Also have good Relationship management skills and ability in liaising with Banks, Tax-Authorities, MCA and Stakeholders.

Nirmal Kumar

SVP - Software Development

Nirmal Kumar heads the Software Development at Goods and Services Network. Having worked with Oracle, as Group Manager – Product Development for 11 years, he has extensive experience in developing business applications software and change management. He played a similar role in Maruti Udyog Limited (now Maruti Suzuki India Limited) for 7 years handling Sales and Supply Chain software application development and support activities. Nirmal Kumar started his career with The Tinplate Company of India limited (A Tata Company) as a Systems Trainee in September 1994.

He holds a Master in Physics from Kurukshetra University, Master of Computer Applications from NIT Jamshedpur and EGMP-IT from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore.

 

Col. Pankaj Dikshit
SVP - IT Infrastructure

Colonel Pankaj Dikshit (Retd) has rich and varied experience in the domain of IT. Having majored in Computer Tech from IIT Delhi and graduated in Electronics and Telecommunications from JNU, he has successfully designed technology solutions and inducted cutting edge technology in the Army for more than 2 decades. He was part of the team that designed and delivered the Army’s first secure and mission critical IT network (Army Wide Area Network - AWAN) and has planned and designed IT communications for diplomatic and strategic depth for some of India’s friendly neighbours. After his retirement from the Forces, he worked in IBM India for two and a half years and has now been with Goods and Services Tax Network since March 2015 as the Senior Vice President of IT. At GSTN he owns the IT infrastructure, IT operations and IT services provisioning. Having selected the IT partner who shall implement the GST network, the GSTN team is in in the thick of Project implementation so as to be GST ready. He is certified in governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT from ISACA) as well as an ITIL Master. Currently he is also pursuing his Ph D from IIT Delhi.

Pramod B. Somnathe
Senior Vice President
(Procurement & Contracts)

Pramod B. Somnathe is having more than 19 years of Professional Experience in Procurement and Contracts Management. He is an Engineer with MBA from Mumbai University. Before joining GSTN, he has worked with Chennai Metro Rail, heading the Procurement Department, wherein he was Instrumental in setting-up and heading the Procurement and Material Management Department.

He has also worked with RGPPL (JV by NTPC and GAIL ) and with ICWAI as Joint Director. He had handled, Government of India’s prestigious projects like Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY) with HSCC Ltd and TEQIP Projects of Ministry of HRD with Ed.CIL. He has rich procurement experience in the field of Metro rails, Power plant, Health and Education sector.

Anand Pande
Senior Vice President (CISO)

Anand Pande is an astute and accomplished leader with more than 18 years of experience in InfoSec, IT- Governance, Risk Management and Compliance.

He has an expertise in transforming complex compliance requirements into user friendly work processes; and implementing them across the organization to ensure overall governance. Specific areas of expertise include designing, implementation and management of Information Security, IT Infra, IT Security (ISMS), ITSMS,BCMS, EMS, NOC, SOCC Operations, IT Procurement and vendor management. He has worked across different industrial sectors like BFSI, FMCG, IT/ITES, Telecommunication, Financial Institution - Regulators, IT Software Product Development and Technology.

He has acquired professional certifications like CISA, CISM, coBIT, Lead Auditor-ISO27001:2013, ISO20000-1, ISO14001, BS25999 and successfully managed and implemented the international standards such as ISMS, ITSMS, BCMS, PCI DSS, SSAE-16 etc.

Vashishtha Chaudhary
Senior Vice President (Services)

Vashishtha Chaudhary is Senior Vice President (Services) looking after the GST portal. He is an IRS officer of 1997 Batch on deputation with GSTN since Sept 2016. He has more than 19 years’ of work experience related to tax administration under Central Excise, Service Tax & Customs. He has handled development, implementation, operation support, helpdesk grievance redressal and knowledge management of Indian Customs EDI Gateway. He has been actively involved in developing and implementing Single Window System of Customs, Customs EDI System’s Integration with RBI, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Commerce (SEZ) etc. He has been sincerely associated with some international projects under CBEC like Global Customs Networking, Pre-shipment data exchange with BRICS countries and AEO-MRA etc.

Vashishtha provided key management support to the Customs EDI Gateway System’s operation and helpdesk for five years. He also has a vast experience of enforcement assignments under Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax administration.

Rajeev Agarwal
Senior Vice President

Rajeev Agarwal is Senior Vice President leading the Outreach & Capability building function at GSTN. He is a 1995 batch officer of the Indian Revenue Services (Customs & Central Excise) on deputation to GSTN. He has worked in various capacities as Divisional-in-charge for 4 years and at mid-management level as Joint and Additional Commissioner for 11 years in Delhi, prior to joining GSTN in Sept 2016. He has also worked as Project Manager for Automation of Central Excise & Service Tax (ACES), from 2009 to 2012, in Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC). ACES is one of the Mission Mode Projects (MMP) of Government of India, under National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), which has automated all major procedures in Central Excise & Service Tax. As a Project Manager he monitored all the aspects of ACES Project, including development of user friendly utilities in the application, training of taxpayers and CBEC officials, development of Learning Management Software, development of the new look of ACES website & coordination with ICAI, ICWAI & ICSI for setting up of Certified Facilitation Centres.

Rajeev holds a Bachelor’s degree in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters degree in Technology from the same Institute in Nuclear Engineering.