Sanjiv Misra

Non-Executive Chairman, Axis Bank;

Former Secretary, Ministry of Finance

Sanjiv Misra


Sanjiv Misra has been Non-Executive (Part time) Chairman of Axis Bank Ltd. since July 18, 2016, and has also been the Company's Independent Director since May 12, 2016. He also serves as a Director of AKZO Nobel India Ltd. and Hindustan Unilever Limited.

Dr. Misra was a member of the Indian Administrative Service for over 35 years during which period he held a wide range of key positions in the Federal and State governments, including as Managing Director of the Gujarat Industrial Development, and stints, at senior levels, in the Government of India, namely in the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Petroleum and the Ministry of Finance. He was Secretary in the Ministry of Finance till his superannuation in 2008. Subsequently, he served as a member of the 13th Finance Commission, a constitutional position, with the rank of Minister of State.

Dr. Misra has been a member of the Advisory Council of the Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo; Board of Governors of the Indian Council on Research in International Economic Relations (ICRIER), an internationally reputed think tank; and Committee on Fiscal Consolidation (Kelkar Committee) set up by the Finance Minister in August, 2012 to chart-out a road map for fiscal consolidation for the Indian economy.

He graduated in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and holds a Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, in addition to a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, USA; Dr. Misra earned his Ph.D. from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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