Madhukar Gupta

Madhukar Gupta

Madhukar Gupta is the State Election Commissioner for Rajashthan, India. He holds an influential position equivalent of a High Court Judge. He has had a distinguished professional and academic career. He served as a senior official in the elite Indian Administrative Service. He is an Electrical Engineer, MBA and a law graduate. He was a Mason Fellow from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he graduated with a Master’s in Public Administration (with distinction). He received a scholarship from the Indian Government for a Master’s in Public Policy to study at Maxwell, Syracuse. He was subsequently awarded a PhD in Economics. Madhukar worked as Secretary in the Ministry of Public Enterprises and Heavy Industries for several years. He focused on Public Policy in US and China while working with experts on economic growth, public sector management, infrastructure, corporate finance and development at Harvard, MIT, Syracuse, Maryland, Cornell and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He has won many national awards in India, and international universities have hosted him as a visiting faculty and scholar, including BITS where he has been an adjunct faculty for more than 20 years. He has presented professional papers in nearly three dozen countries. He has worked with the national government in New Delhi and the regional governments of Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. He has also been Team Leader in the United Nations Development Program, consultant to the Asian Development Bank and Sri Lankan government, non-profit sector, cooperative sector, as Managing Director in State Road Transport Corporation and State Cooperative Dairy Federation, as Principal Secretary Higher Education and Transport Departments and also, as Vice Chancellor of University of Rajasthan and Rajasthan Agriculture University. Madhukar coordinated the Bhuj Earthquake for the United Nations and helped resolve the Gurjar agitation for the Rajasthan government. Madhukar has spent about fifteen years as a practitioner as Divisional Commissioner in four Divisions, District Magistrate in three districts and Sub Divisional Magistrate in two areas. He is an instrument of change in India, and will take on even more leadership positions in years to come.