Srivatsa Krishna, the topper of 1994 Civil Services Exam and the first serving IAS officer to get the Harvard MBA degree, as the only one who is pursuing a career with the World Bank’s strategies and infrastructure division with “permission” from New Delhi.


After scoring high on the Indian Civil Services Examination, Krishna joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1994. More recently, he was part of the core information technology team for the government of Andhra Pradesh, India's fifth-largest state. Prior to that he held various assignments in Delhi and is considered to be one of most dynamic and upright civil servants of his generation. He was educated at Modern School in New Delhi, the University of Delhi, and the Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. He has done consulting assignments for the World Bank, NASDAQ, The Conference Board, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.



A young Indian Administrative Service officer, known for his crusade against land sharks in Delhi and for information technology in Andhra Pradesh, has been selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow 


Article From Rediff.com

The WEF announced the Global Leaders for Tomorrow for the Class of 2003 after an impartial and extensive, anonymous global consultation and nomination process, according to a statement issued by the WEF.

The Global Leaders for Tomorrow are those below 37, hold positions of influence and responsibility, and who have demonstrated their capacity to shape future agendas in their communities.

Krishna told rediff.com over email, "I see the GLT recognition as an important honor for India , the IAS, for HBS (Harvard Business School) and thereafter for me, personally."

Krishna started his IAS career in Delhi as Union Territory cadre officer. When he was a sub-divisional magistrate in Outer Delhi, he created a political storm by taking on a powerful lobby of land-grabbers.

In a police shootout during one of his demolition drives against illegal constructions two people died. The then Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma transferred him to the CAT [Centralised Accident and Trauma Services] ambulance network.

He beefed up the CAT services, and today the ambulance service is a prominent presence on Delhi roads, and one of the first to reach any accident site.

Later Krishna was moved out as a sub-divisional magistrate of the congested central Delhi area. He used extraordinary magisterial powers vested with the SDM under IPC 133, almost never used in India, threatening jail terms to the commissioner of Municipal Corporation of Delhi and other senior officers to clear a road to a major hospital, which was jammed with slum clusters. The road was cleared in record time.

He later shifted his present Andhra Pradesh cadre, when the state was beginning to ride the IT bandwagon under Chandrababu Naidu . He was till recently part of the core IT team of the Andhra Pradesh government and was responsible for some of the key investment promotion and e-government initiatives there.

Krishna said his selection was a tribute to the pioneering work being done by Naidu and his IT team in Andhra Pradesh. "I personally see Mr Naidu as a seminal point not just in Indian politics, but more so in Indian economics. His political genius is unequivocal and some of the things he is visioning for Andhra Pradesh are way ahead of the curve, even when I see it from the vantage point of Harvard Business School, from where one gets to observe and learn from the best of breed corporations and governments. He and Andhra Pradesh are perhaps among India's most valuable brands today," Krishna said.

During his various postings in IT department of AP, Krishna was tasked to build and manage the brand of the state as a preferred global investment destination and to attract key IT investments into the state. Simultaneously, he was involved in crafting the e-government strategy of AP and its implementation.

Krishna is presently on a sabbatical at Harvard Business School where he is completing the MBA Programme. He is the believed to be the first serving IAS officer to have been selected by the Harvard Business School.

Krishna is co-authoring a case study with Professor Michael Porter on technology clusters and economic development in India that will form a part of a global course taught at HBS. His study focuses on his experience in Andhra.

Besides, he is also writing a book on Leadership and e-Government Strategy to be published next summer.

The IAS officer has also done consulting assignments for the World Bank, Nasdaq, The Conference Board, and USAID in the past.

Krishna said he would like to be a "brand ambassador for India, especially for Indian knowledge industries like software, biotech and IT enabled services".

"These to my understanding, represent the greatest leveraging of the Indian mind and contain in them a potential far beyond what is being currently exploited. If these are leveraged properly, it can place India on the global investment map as the most preferred destination for global capital flows," he said.

Another area of focus for him would be in building trust through institutional reforms, Krishna said. "I believe that trust is fast becoming a luxury good in today's age and the world is getting segmented into high and low trust societies."

"Unless we can build and strengthen, market and non-market mechanisms for bolstering trust, all global cross-border inter-mediation that creates economic value would remain skewed and effete. There would be greater conflicts for the distribution of the existing economic pie, than there would be efforts towards the enlargement of the pie. Thus, building trust through institutional reform would be a key focus area for me," he said.

"Our selection process has ensured a fair representation of society fitting overall geographical, gender and sector balance criteria. In line with the Forum's commitment to building partnerships between business and society to improve the state of the world, the GLTs are integrated into the activities of the World Economic Forum with the objective of identifying and addressing in proactive, innovative and entrepreneurial ways, future-oriented issues on the global agenda," the Forum said in its statement.




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Srivatsa Krishna topped India in the National Civil Services Examination in 1994 (1 out of about 500,000 candidates), was awarded the President of India's Gold Medal and joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the top management civil service of India. He went on to become the first serving IAS officer to complete the MBA Program at Harvard Business School and thereafter did an Advanced Executive Program by Wharton Business School. While at Harvard he co-authored a research study on creating clusters, competitiveness and economic development with University Professor and the strategy guru Michael E. Porter, which is now taught as a case study there. He was closely involved in the creation and development of the Cyberabad Municipality and Hitech City, which was valued by Goldman Sachs at $5.2b and mentioned as one of Modern India’s six marvels. The World Economic Forum at Davos honored him as one of its Top 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow in 2003.

Later he was in the Strategy, Finance and Risk Management Vice Presidency at the World Bank Group in Washington D.C. where he was engaged in investing the Bank's annual capital budget portfolio of about $2b in various infrastructure and real estate assets around the world, and worked on various aspects of infrastructure, risk, performance management, budgeting and finance. More recently with IFC he led a study commissioned at the request of the highest levels of the Indian Government on India's infrastructure. He has in the past worked on financing, shaping and executing infrastructure projects in Asia and the Middle East. He is a noted columnist for several newspapers and is currently working on a Ph.D. and a book in the field of infrastructure PPPs and financing.





In this recalibrating presentation, Srivatsa Krishna, a ‘babu’ as he calls himself, of the IAS (Indian Administration Service) shares with us another side to the Indian bureaucratic system- ‘babus’, much like him, who did dream extraordinary dreams and made a mighty impact on millions.

He narrates examples of the failure to launch corporate dreams within the Government, the success stories of the leaders within the Government that never made headlines and finally his dream to challenge how transformational leaders inside the Government can create a transformed India. The only lingering question is – Does every sector get the leader that it deserves?



Indian Official and writer Srivatsa Krishna Civil servant and columnist is an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), India’s top management government cadre. He was awarded the President of India’s Gold Medal. He went on to become the first serving IAS officer to complete the MBA Program at Harvard Business School. He was closely involved in the creation and development of the Cyberabad Municipality and Hitech City, which was valued by Goldman Sachs at $5.2b and mentioned as one of Modern India’s six marvels. The World Economic Forum at Davos honored him as one of its Top 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow in 2003. He has in the past worked on financing, shaping and executing infrastructure projects in Asia and the Middle East. He writes a column called “Off The Record” in Wall Street Journal’s India edition

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  1. Great and inspiring story for all the IAS aspirants.

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