Case Study: How GEM Crossed 1.1 Lakh Crores in transactions in one year

Talleen Kumar | CEO of GEM
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Talleen Kumar

Mr. Kumar is a member of the Indian Administrative Service of 1987 batch. He holds a B.Tech from IIT Kanpur in Electrical Engineering, M Tech from IIT Delhi and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas with concentration in Finance and Management Information Systems. After graduating from IIT, Kanpur in 1985, he was awarded a full scholarship for MS leading to PhD in Digital Electronics in Carnegie Melon University in Pennslyvania, USA.

Mr. Kumar brings with him 33 years of experience in public administration. In Government of India, he served as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry from 2010-2015 and also held additional charge as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Development Corporation (DMICDC) Ltd. He has also served in West Bengal in various capacities as Additional Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary, Excise Commissioner, District Magistrate etc leading Departments and Directorates.

In his postings, Mr. Kumar has endeavoured to conceptualize and execute transformational ideas while simultaneously bringing in lasting change in government processes, often with the judicious use of new technologies. In his stint at Government of India as Joint Secretary, he was instrumental in conceptualizing the institutional and financial structure of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor and implementing the country’s online single window portal – the eBiz project. He played a key role in conceptualizing the Bengaluru Mumbai Economic Corridor (BMEC), Chennai Bengaluru Economic Corridor (CBEC) and the Amritsar Kolkata Industrial Corridor (AKIC) Project. In his cadre, he brought in reforms in the way in which votes are counted in the Panchayat Elections in 1998, which is being followed in West Bengal till date. As Excise Commissioner, West Bengal, he was instrumental in systematically plugging leakages in revenue and the growth rate in revenue in four years from 2005-2009 remains till date the highest ever in the entire history of the department. He led flagship e-governance projects as principal secretary, IT, engineered the computerized deployment of various schemes as labor secretary and as the Additional Chief Secretary of the Planning and Statistics Department, he was instrumental in designing a State Level Dashboard for more than 550 Key Performance Indicators of various Departments through auto-aggregation of data and smart KPIs/ data points. 

Mr. Kumar enjoys reading non-fiction and is a yoga amateur. He enjoys his daily brisk morning walks and playing the occasional round of golf.