Mr Arun Goyal, Former Secretary, Government of India

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Shri Arun Goyal is an IAS officer of 1985 batch. He graduated in electrical engineering from Delhi College of Engineering in 1980 and completed his PGDM (MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad in 1982. He also subsequently obtained a post-graduate degree in Economics from Himachal Pradesh University and a post-graduate degree in Development Management from Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK.

He was posted as Additional Secretary in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council. The Council is a federal body comprising of the Union Finance Minister, the Union Minister of State for Finance and the State Finance Ministers. The Council is mandated to make recommendations on all GST related policy issues. He was also on the Board of Directors of Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) and a member of the Committee on Exports constituted by the GST Council.

In addition, Shri Arun Goyal is also headed Project Monitoring Group (PMG) in Prime Minister’s Office, which aims at debottlenecking & expediting implementation of stalled & other mega projects.

He is a keen follower of developments in the power sector of India and has a unique distinction of having served Delhi’s power sector in three stints in various phases of its transformation.

During his 34 years in the Government, he has held many challenging and important assignments in the Government of India, State Governments and UT administrations particularly in the areas of finance, power, commerce, and industry. He has represented India at many multilateral and bilateral forums.

Other important positions held by him include Minister (Economic and Commercial) in Embassy of India, Tokyo (2010 -2013); Head of Financial Intelligence Unit-India in the Ministry of Finance (2006- 2010); Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi (2003-2004); Secretary to Lt. Governor and Secretary (Finance) in Andaman & Nicobar Administration (2001-2003); Deputy Secretary in Ministry of Commerce (1994-1998) and Deputy Commissioner, Lohit & Changlang, Arunachal Pradesh (1989-1992).

He is a keen traveler and passionate bridge player.