A development policy analyst, corporate leader, and a former IAS officer, Sanjay Kaul has over four decades of rich and professional experience in both the government and the private sectors. He worked in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) for 28 years before taking early retirement in 2007. During his long tenure as a civil servant, Kaul worked at leadership positions across sectors - development, health, nutrition, education, child development, food and agriculture, and industry.
Following his voluntary retirement from the IAS in 2007, Kaul joined NCDEX and set up the NCDEX Institute for Commodity Markets and Research (NICR), where he continued as a Director till May 2021. Thereafter, Kaul led National Collateral Management Services Limited (NCML), a leading agri-business company as Managing Director and CEO and later as Company Chairman from June 2008 to August 2021.
Kaul is presently chairperson of the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Task Force set up by the Government of India. Kaul is an Independent Director at SEWA GRIH RIN Ltd. (SGRL), an affordable housing finance company. Kaul is a Trustee of the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT). He also serves on the Managing Committee of several DPS schools.
Sanjay Kaul is an active Member of the CII National Council of Agriculture and a regular speaker at industry conferences organized by CII, FICCI, and ASSOCHAM. Kaul has served as a part-time Director and Member of several leading corporations and organizations, including the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and FICCI Agricultural Committees and Independent Director, Capri Global Financial Services, Director, Food Corporation of India (FCI), and Director, National Warehousing Corporation.
During his long tenure in the IAS, Kaul led challenging assignments across development and social sectors, including working in the Prime Minister’s Office and serving in various capacities in the Karnataka Government - Chairman Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Commissioner, Secretary (School Education), Secretary (Medical Education), Commissioner, Schools, Commissioner, Health, Additional Director, Industries, Joint Director, Food, and District Magistrate at Bangalore and Tumkur. His last assignment with the government was as Joint Secretary, Government of India, where he headed the Food Policy and FCI division.
Kaul works actively with Mobile Creches, a leading child-rights NGO, on which he has served as its Chairperson (2014-17) and on its Governing Council for over ten years. He also supports other NGOs such as Doosra Dashak and the Rainbow Foundation.
A post-graduate in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Kaul began his career as a college lecturer in Economics at the University of Delhi and has retained his interest in academics and writing. Kaul has published extensively on food and nutrition, education, health, and poverty-related issues and made presentations at national and international seminars. Since 2009 Kaul has served as Editor of “India Commodity Year Book,” the country’s benchmark annual reference book in the commodity space, in which he has contributed several papers. He was a Member of the Core Group that brought out the “State of the Young Child in India” [Routledge, 2020]. Kaul writes regularly for finance and economic dailies. He has just completed the manuscript for his book, “An Alternative Development Agenda for India”, which is being published by Routledge, the reputed UK publishing house.