Meet the Team

Mr K Sreekant

Chairman – CPTC and POWERGRID

Mr. K Sreekant assumed the charge of Chairman & Managing Director of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) on August 5, 2019.  Prior to this, he was serving as Director (Finance), POWERGRID.  He is a B.Com (Hons.) graduate, CMA and PGDBM (Finance), with more than thirty three years of experience in power sector involving all facets of Finance & Accounting function and in particular, long term financial planning, investment appraisals, resource mobilization from domestic and international markets and corporate accounts.

Dr R P Singh

Independent Director

Dr. R.P. Singh is an internationally acclaimed technocrat and an administrator of repute. He has wide ranging experience in varied fields viz. Power Sector, Infrastructure, Management and Higher Education.  He is known for his signal contributions in the Indian Power Sector particularly the establishment of the Indian National Power Transmission Grid & modern Load Dispatch Centers, both being of world standards, accomplished during his tenure as Chairman & Managing Director of Power Grid Corporation of India (POWERGRID) from 1996 to 2008.   At the nascent stage of formation of POWERGRID, his acumen lay in unifying a diverse workforce drawn from nine organizations and establishing internal processes, leading to a decentralized but accountable system, which was result oriented.   He has the distinction of completing almost all the projects either within given time schedules and approved costs or even ahead of schedule and at lesser cost which was appreciated by one and all including national/international funding agencies.

Under Dr. Singh’s leadership, the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of POWERGRID was oversubscribed by 64 times and opened/touched at Rs.100 against the offer price of Rs.52 per share.  He  successfully negotiated and raised loans from private as well as multilateral funding agencies viz. The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, KfW, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) etc.  He is also a pioneer in formation of Joint Ventures between POWERGRID and private & State owned companies.

During his tenure, consumer satisfaction was demonstrated by POWERGRID by ensuring that there was no grid failure from 2002 to 2008, a feat internationally recognized.  His crisis management skills were tested during the Odisha super-cyclone and Gujarat earthquake. Both emergency restoration and normalization of the transmission systems were accomplished in record time.  Dr. Singh has real time working experience of implementing Power Distribution Reforms and Rural Electrification programs in India.

Dr. Singh had led POWERGRID to global recognition.  He was the initiator, the founder member and the President (2007-08) of the International Group of Very Large Power Grid Operators (VLPGO) – now known as GO15.  Further, he was associated with international bodies like CIGRE, Paris (was President, CIGRE-India), Member, World Energy Council, USA etc.

Dr. Singh is an Independent Director in a number of top rated corporates.  To name a few, Azure Global Power, Azure Power India, Power Generation, Transmission & Urja Vikas (Energy Development) Companies of Rajasthan, Bajaj Electricals, Larsen & Toubro etc.  Dr. Singh had  been advising the World Bank as well as the Govt. of Telangana on subjects of his expertise and had been on the Board of various educational institutions viz.  Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra and National Institute of Technology, Patna. Till February, 2016 he was the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati.

Dr. Singh  is  the recipient of many national and international awards. To name a few:

Green Award 2006 by The World Bank. EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute), USA, Power Delivery Individual Product Champion Award Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) Award for Excellence and Outstanding contribution to the Public Sector Management – Individual category. Fellowship of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Singh has published two books -"Grids of Change” & “Enterprise of the Soul“. He is also working on a few others. Dr. R.P. Singh did his graduation and post-graduation, securing second position in Mechanical Engineering, from Banaras Hindu University (BHU). In recognition of his contributions, Dr. Singh was conferred with the Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by BHU in 2007.

After post-graduation, Dr. Singh worked with Tatas (Power & Steel) and joined NTPC in early 1977 in formative stage.  He excelled there and was among the top notch performers.

Dr. Singh having worked with Tatas, NTPC & POWERGRID, has vast experience in almost all facets of power sector in managing critical organizational issues such as organizational structure, development of systems & procedures etc.   He is known for his singular contribution in bringing economy in project and operational cost through vigorous direction and oversight.

Mr Keshav Prasad

Director – CPTC

I am basically a Mechanical Engineering Graduate from Bangalore and MBA from TA Pai Institute of Management and working in IL&FS Energy Development Company Limited as Chief Operation Officer.

I had worked with Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (ISRO), Tata BP Solar/Tata Power Solar.

I have worked for almost Twenty (28) years in the field of Solar Power Sector, Development of Solar Projects, Solar Parks & Hybrids (Wind, Solar & Energy storage), Development of multiple Solar Projects of 400 MW, Divestment of 50 MW Solar Project, Development of 130 MW Solar Project for a private customer based on "Ownership model", & built back office engineering and innovation center for BP solar.   I had played a key role  in built greenfield solar cell and module factories.  My key strengths are Business Development and Business Relations in all facets of Power Generation, Transmission, Distribution including Renewable projects.  

Smt Seema Gupta

Director - CPTC

After graduating in electrical engineering from DCE in 1983, she served for more than 35 years in two of the flagship organizations of the Indian power sector – NTPC Ltd. & Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd.

At present she is working as the Director (Operations) of POWERGRID and is responsible for laying down the operation philosophy of the transmission assets of the corporation and oversees the Transmission Asset Management activities of various regions of POWERGRID. She is also responsible for Quality Assurance, Load Despatch & Communication, Energy Management, Commercial & DMS departments of POWERGRID.

Prior to this she was heading Northern Region Transmission System-I, one of the largest regions of POWERGRID as an Executive Director and was responsible for the operations & project execution in the various sites.

She also served as a head in various departments of POWERGRID like Commercial, International Business, Corporate Planning, Corporate Monitoring Group and Central Transmission Utility (CTU). As a head of CTU she ensured development of an efficient & economic inter-State power transmission system for smooth flow of electricity in the country.

She also played key role in arranging fund for POWERGRID projects, coordinating with multilateral funding agencies like World Bank and Asian Development Bank. During her stint as a head of International Business she worked towards establishing POWERGRID as a brand. Today POWERGRID is providing consultancy services to Domestic and International clients with Global footprints in 20 countries.

She has been part of POWERGRID Management since its inception and takes pride in witnessing the emergence of POWERGRID as one of the largest and best managed transmission utilities in the world.

Mr H. L. Tayal

Director - CPTC

I am basically a Mechanical Engineering Graduate and joined Central Electricity Authority (CEA) and worked there for Six (6) years, thereafter joined NTPC and worked for twelve (12) years, thereafter shifted to POWERGRID and worked there for eight (8) years, thereafter joined National Grid Company plcUK and was posted as Country Manager India and worked there for Three (3) years, for a shortwhile work for Bactel Group of US as Consultant on Indo-Srilanka under the Sea Cabelling Transmission Project as Lead Member and finally re-joined POWERGRID and worked there again for about Nine (9) years and then superannuated as Executive Director in December 2010.  Since January 2011, working as a Consultant with IL&FS Energy Development Company Limited (IEDCL).  

I have worked for almost Thirty (38) years and additional Ten (10) years as Consultant in Prime Power Sector Organisations of the country with International Exposure in one of the largest private Transmission Company at a Senior Position with a handsome salary.   My main fields at work had been Corporate Contracts, Corporate Commercials, Corporate Planning, Corporate Monitoring and Business Development.  I had played a key role  in Indian Electricity Act Amendment Bill and Formation of Regulatory Commission Bill 1998 which permitted Regulatory Regime in India and permitting participation under Private Transmission in the country.  My key strengths are Business Development and Business Relations in all facets of Power Generation, Transmission, Distribution including Renewable projects.  

Dirghayu Kumar Shrestha

Director - CPTC

He has served for more than 28 years of Power Sector in Nepal. He is Deputy Managing Director (DMC) in Nepal Electricity Authority, Nepal (NEA).  Prior to this, he is having experience in Preventive and Breakdown maintenance of distribution line and sub-station up to 133 kV level and engaged in tender evaluation works for the procurement of transformers, switchgears protection systems and energy meters, supervision and monitoring of construction works up to 400 kV transmission line and sub-stations. He has graduated in Electrical Engineering from REC Rourkela, Sambalpur University, Orissa.

MR. Sushil Kumar Sharma

Director - CPTC

Shri Sushil Kumar Sharma is Director (Electrical) of SJVN Limited; a joint venture of Govt. of India & Govt. of Himachal Pradesh.

Shri. Sharma did his B.E. (Mechanical) from VNIT Nagpur. He has more than 30 years of rich and varied experience in various organisations including SJVN.

In SJVN, he has been actively associated in the Design & Construction of 1500 MW Nathpa Jhakri Project and 412 MW Rampur Project. He has a vast experience in Design, Erection and Maintenance of Hydro Power Plants. Initially he has worked in the Design office of SJVN for about 19 years and was associated in Planning and Design of Hydro-Mechanical components of various projects. Later, he played a crucial role in the successful Erection & Commissioning of 412 MW Rampur Hydro Power Station. After Commissioning, he was in-charge of Maintenance of 412 MW Rampur Hydro Power Station. Subsequently, he headed the Maintenance of 1500 MW Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station. Since 01.08.2020, he is holding the charge of Director (Electrical) of SJVN Limited.

Mr. Akhileshwar Singh

Director - CPTC

Mr. Akhileshwar Singh holds Master of Business Administration (Finance) from Patna University. He has more than 30 years of experience in various organizations including SJVN. He started his career in the year 1987 with Hindustan Paper Corporation Ltd. He joined SJVN in 1993 as Sr. Officer (Finance) and worked in various departments and projects and rose to the level of Chief General Manager (Finance).

During his tenure in Hindustan Paper Corporation Ltd., he worked at various Executive positions and completed various significant assignments. He was associated with Finance and Internal Audit.

In SJVN, he worked at various positions and completed various significant assignments including Buyback of Shares. He worked in various sections of Finance, Commercial & System Operation, HOD (Finance) of LHEP, HOD (Internal Audit), CFO, SAPDC Nepal and as Chief General Manager(Finance) of Corporate Headquarters, Shimla. He was also appointed as Chief Financial Officer of SJVN after relieving of Sh. A. S. Bindra, Director (Finance).He was responsible for all legal and statutory compliance as Key Managerial Personnel including vetting of all proposals and agendas of BOD.