Dr. Gyanendra Badgaiyan was, until recently, the Director General of the National Centre for Good Governance, an autonomous Society under Government of India. Earlier, Gyanendra was a member of the IAS from 1991-2013. As a member of the Service, he served as District Collector, Finance Secretary, Professor (Economics) at IAS Academy, Mussoorie and Secretary to Delhi Chief Minister. After taking voluntary retirement from the IAS, Gyanendra worked in the office of the Executive Director, World Bank, Washington, DC, as Chief Economist at UNDP and as Research Fellow, UN University, WIDER, Helsinki.
Gyanendra has been associated with a number of pioneering governance reforms such as the deadline-based handling of applications (in 1996), Delhi Right to Information Act and community involvement in governance through the Bhagidari Programme (in Delhi). For his contribution to public service, Gyanendra was chosen as one of the 12 Indians for the Excellence in Leadership (Gurukul Scholarship) Award by British Council and the London School of Economics. Gyanendra was also a member of the team that won the Business Plan (Social Track) Competition at Harvard Business School in 2005 and was nominated for the Graduate School Teaching Award by the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 2002.
Gyanendra earned a Masters’ degree in Economics from Delhi School of Economics (gold medalist), MPhil Economics degree (honourable mention for Stevenson Prize) from Cambridge University, UK, and MPP (best graduating student) & PhD degrees from Princeton University, USA.