A prominent figure in economics and research, Neelkanth Mishra, has assumed the pivotal role of part-time Chairperson at the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), as announced by the Centre. Acknowledged for his accomplished tenure as Chief Economist of Axis Bank and Head of Global Research at Axis Capital, Mishra’s appointment adds a significant layer of expertise to the UIDAI leadership.
Neelkanth Mishra has etched a remarkable professional journey that spans decades, marked by substantial contributions to the realms of finance and research. His association with Axis Bank follows twenty years at Credit Suisse, a distinguished financial institution headquartered in Zurich. This period saw Mishra in key positions such as co-head of APAC Strategy, India Equity Strategy Head, and Head of Research in India, furnishing him with an intricate grasp of financial markets, strategic frameworks, and economic analysis.
An alumnus of the esteemed Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, Mishra stands as a unique blend of academic excellence and hands-on involvement in the financial sector, positioning him as a versatile leader primed to steer UIDAI toward its mission of providing distinctive identification to Indian citizens.
Complementing Neelkanth Mishra’s appointment, the government has also unveiled the addition of two accomplished professionals as part-time Members of the UIDAI.
Mausam, an Associate Professor within the Computer Science Department at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, brings a wealth of technical acumen. His background in computer science and research is poised to fortify UIDAI’s technological advancements and data security initiatives.
Nilesh Shah, the Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company Limited, is a notable inclusion to the UIDAI fold. Armed with a robust foundation in finance and investment management, Shah’s insights into financial markets and strategic blueprints are projected to seamlessly align with the Authority’s undertakings.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s notification outlines that both the Chairperson and the Members appointed to UIDAI will serve for a term of three years or until attaining the age of sixty-five, whichever materializes first. This framework ensures a steady leadership structure while infusing a periodic inflow of fresh perspectives and competencies.