Amitabh Kant is an IAS officer of the 1980 batch. As of June 2019, he is the CEO of NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India). NITI is a government institution for catalysing economic development. Kant was a key driver of the ?Make in India,? Startup India, ?Incredible India,? and ?God?s Own Country? initiatives that positioned India and Kerala State as leading manufacturing and tourism destinations. These campaigns won several international awards. They employed many activities, including infrastructure development, product enhancement, private-public partnership and positioning and branding. Kerala thereafter became India?s leading tourism destination.

Background: Amitabh Kant studied at Modern School, Delhi. He graduated with a degree in Economics (Hons.) from St. Stephen's College, Delhi and earned an M.A from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He attended Manchester Business School on a Chevening Scholarship. Later, he attended the Mid-career Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.