Amitabh Kant

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Amitabh Kant
Kant at the WTTC Global Summit 2017
Indian emissary to G20
Assumed office
8 July 2022
Preceded byPiyush Goyal
2nd CEO of NITI Aayog
In office
17 February 2016 – 30 June 2022
Preceded bySindhushree Khullar
Succeeded byParameswaran Iyer
Personal details
Born (1956-03-01) 1 March 1956 (age 67)
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
SpouseRanjeeta Kant
Alma mater
OccupationCivil servant
WebsiteOfficial website

Amitabh Kant (born 1 March 1956) is an Indian bureaucrat and was the second chief executive officer of NITI Aayog,[1] a public policy think tank of the Government of India. He is a retired member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the central civil service of the Government of India.[2] He was appointed as India's G20 Sherpa during its presidency.

Early life[edit]

Amitabh Kant was born on 1 March 1956. He first studied at Modern School, Delhi, graduated with a degree in Economics (Hons.) from St. Stephen's College, Delhi[3] and earned an M.A. in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University.[4] He was a Chevening Scholar.[5]


Kant began his Indian Administrative Service career in the Kerala cadre, working as sub collector of Thalassery.[6] India Today's High & Mighty rankings of 2019 featured Kant as one of the most powerful people in India under the category of "The Supercrats - India's Top Bureaucrats" along with other bureaucrats such as Nripendra Misra and Ajit Doval.[7] Currently, he is an Indian delegate at the G20.[8]



In December 2020, Kant attracted controversy after remarking at a public event, organized by Swarajya magazine, that enacting "tough reforms" were hard in India, since it is "too much of a democracy".[10][11][12][13]


  1. ^ "India's startup movement is fast gaining momentum: Amitabh Kant". Retrieved 2019-10-30.
  2. ^ "NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant's tenure extended by one year". The Hindu. 2021-06-29. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  3. ^ "Did you know these 6 top office holders in India went to the same college?". India Today. 17 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Tourism Tales with Amitabh Kant". Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  5. ^ "Chief Executive Officer".
  6. ^ "Reviving Nostalgic Memories: DIPP secretary Amitabh Kant's journey to Tellicherry, his first posting". Retrieved 2019-10-30.
  7. ^ "The most powerful people of India 2019 - Full list". India Today. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  8. ^ "Amitabh Kant set to be India's G20 sherpa". Hindustan Times. 2022-07-08. Retrieved 2022-10-14.
  9. ^ "令和5年秋の外国人叙勲 受章者名簿" (PDF). Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Retrieved November 3, 2023.
  10. ^ "'Tough Reforms Difficult in India, We Are Too Much of a Democracy,' Says Niti Aayog CEO". The Wire. Retrieved 2022-09-20.
  11. ^ "Why Niti Aayog CEO's statement is a warning to the people". Retrieved 2022-09-20.
  12. ^ "Niti Aayog's Kant denies saying India is 'too much of a democracy', Twitter users share event clip". Retrieved 2020-12-09.
  13. ^ "Hindustan Times withdraws report on Niti Aayog CEO's 'too much democracy' comment". Newslaundry. Retrieved 2020-12-09.

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