C S Mohapatra

C S Mohapatra

IEPF Chair Professor

Dr C.S. Mohapatra is an Indian Economic Service (Retd.) officer of the 1986 batch and an expert in financial sector development and reforms, economic administration, planning and policy.

Presently, he is the IEPFA Chair Professor at the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), where he heads the Investor Education and Protection Fund Unit. The IEPF Chair at NCAER organises seminars and workshops, and conducts research, analyse regulatory issues & provide policy suggestions in the area of investor education and protection, as mandated by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

Dr Mohapatra has served in the Ministry of Finance in senior positions from 2007 till 2021 besides various other Ministries/Departments during his 36-year long career in the Government of India. Prior to joining the Government, he taught Economics and was a Banker. He held several wide-ranging responsibilities and undertook important assignments primarily in financial sector policy and reforms before retiring as Principal Adviser in the rank of Secretary to the Government of India. As Adviser and subsequently Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, he was responsible for critical deliverables pertaining to financial stability and cyber security, financial sector reforms, policy and institution-building. He was Secretary to the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC), and handled matters related to the RBI Board, bilateral cooperation and sustainable finance, international economic relations, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council Secretariat, and prominent institutions, including IMF, the World Bank, G20, BRICS Financial Stability Board, the Financial Sector Assessment Programme (FSAP), Asian Development Bank, JICA, and UNDP, among others.

He has also worked on capital market and related issues, including implementation of the SEBI Act, SCRA, and the Depositories Act, and was associated with several policy reforms, including examination and implementation of the recommendations of the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission. He has been Chairman/Member/Convener of various financial sector-related Committees/Groups, and served as Chairperson of the Task Force on Sustainable Finance and Standing Committee for the Indian Development and Economic Assistance Programme, and as Co-chair of the Screening Committee for Bilateral and Multilateral projects. He has also been Member of the Early Warning Group, Technical Group on Financial Inclusion & Financial Literacy, Secondary Market Advisory Committee of SEBI, Working Group on Promoting Foreign Investment in India, Task Force on Financial Data Management Centre, Convener of the Macro Financial Monitoring Group of the Ministry of Finance, and of the Working Group for setting up of CERT-Fin. He was involved in setting up of the National Centre for Financial Education, and in initiatives for taking forward the National Strategy on Financial Education. He has participated extensively in seminars/workshops in the area of financial sector policy and reforms besides representing the Government of India in international fora.

He has a PhD in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), 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. In addition, he has received training from various reputed institutions in India and abroad on economic policy, planning, financial stability and reforms, banking, and economic administration and public policy, including the Indian Institutes of Management, Lucknow and Bangalore; the IMF Training Institute, Singapore; and the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

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C S Mohapatra
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  • Guest of Honour at the 9th Annual Commerce Conference by Department of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi on the theme “Viksit Bharat in Amrit Kaal” at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Dwarka on 14th March 2024.
  • Guest speaker at Management Development Institute ( MDI), Gurgaon for bankers on “Emerging Economic Environments for Indian Banks and Regulatory Landscape and Evolving Business Environment for Indian Banks” on 12th February 2024.
  • Guest of Honour at the 6th Research Convention of the Institute of Technology & Science (ITS), on the theme, “Towards a Resilient Economy: Digitalization, Transformation and Green Innovation”, at ITS, Mohan Nagar, Ghaziabad, January 20, 2024.
  • Guest Speaker at Fin Conclave 7.0 at Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, January 20, 2024 on “Can Indian Financial Markets overtake big economies like US, UK, etc.?”
  • Speaker and Moderator at the IEPFA-NCAER Workshop for youth on ‘Investor Education and Protection Policy in India: Claiming the Unclaimed’, NCAER, New Delhi, December 12, 2023.
  • Addressed an interactive session on ‘National Strategy for Financial Education (NSFE): Where Are We Today’, with officials of the National Centre for Financial Education (NCFE), Mumbai, November 22, 2023.
  • Addressed an interactive session titled, ‘From Knowledge to Wealth: Bridging the Gap between Financial Literacy and Financial Well-being’, with the faculty of the National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM), Mumbai, November 21, 2023.
  • Delivered a special guest lecture on ‘Financial Stability Architecture in India and Its Role in Promoting Investor Awareness and Protection’ to students at the National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM), Mumbai, November 21, 2023.
  • Speaker and Moderator at the IEPFA-NCAER-NSE Conference on ‘Investor Protection in the Digitalised World: Role and Criticality of Financial Advisors’, November 20, 2023.
  • Guest Speaker at the 51st National Convention of Company Secretaries on the theme, ‘India @ G20- Empowering Sustainable Future through Governance and Technology’, at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, November 2 and 3, 2023 on ‘Digital Inclusion: A Catalyst for Corporate Innovation and Social Progress’. Also released a publication brought out by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), titled, “Limited Liability Partnership”, on the occasion.
  • Speaker and Moderator at the IEPFA-NCAER Investor Education and Protection Webinar, October 30, 2023 on ‘Role of Data Protection Act, 2023 in Protecting Investors in the Digital Era.’
  • Gave an introductory speech and was the moderator of the technical session at the 7th Foundation Day of the Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority (IEPFA), September 5, 2023 on “Understanding the Psychology of Scams: How to Avoid Fraudulent Schemes”.
  • Speaker and Moderator at the webinar on ‘Investor Protection Framework in India: Challenges and Road Ahead’ by NCAER and the Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority (IEPFA), August 17, 2023.


  • Ph. D in Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi
  • M.Phil – Distinction ‘A’ Grade, Panjab University (Silver medal), IIPA New Delhi
  • M.Sc. in Economics, London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), UK
  • M.A. in Economics, A+ Grade, 5th rank, Utkal University
  • B.A. (Economics Honours with Distinction), 1stDivision, 3rd rank, Utkal University
  • Successfully completed a number of long/short term training at various reputed institutions in India and abroad on economic policy, planning, Agricultural Banking, economic administration, banking & public policy.