C.S. Mohapatra, an Indian Economic Service (IES) (Retd.) officer of the 1986 batch, is an expert in financial sector development and reforms, economic administration, planning and policy. During his 36-year long career in the Government of India, he served in several senior positions in the Ministry of Finance, for over a decade and a half, since 2007, among other Ministries/Departments, before retiring as Principal Adviser in the rank of Secretary to the Government of India. Before joining the Government, he taught Economics and was also a Banker. As Adviser and subsequently Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, he was responsible for a wide range of assignments, covering financial stability and cyber security, financial sector reforms, policy and institution building, RBI Board matters, bilateral cooperation and sustainable finance, international economic relations, and matters related to the Goods and Services Tax Council, among other key institutions, including the IMF, World Bank, G20, the BRICS Financial Stability Board, and UNDP. He has served as Chairman/ Member/ Convener of various financial sector-related Committees/Groups, including as Chairperson of the Task Force on Sustainable Finance, and Member of the Early Warning Group, Technical Group on Financial Inclusion and Financial Literacy, and Secondary Market Advisory Committee of SEBI.
He has a PhD in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and an MA in Analytical and Applied Economics from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. He has also received training on economic policy, planning, financial stability and reforms, banking and economic administration and public policy at various institutions, including Indian Institutes of Management, Lucknow and Bangalore, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, USA, and the IMF Training Institute, Singapore.