Mr. Vinod Dhall
Mr Vinod Dhall entered the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1966 and retired as Secretary, Government of India.
During his career, his special experience was in the fields of Finance, Corporate Affairs, Industry, and Commerce, in which he worked for about 27 years. This includes experience of the banking and insurance sectors including insurance reforms, industrial financing, economic regulation including capital markets, competition law and policy, industrial development and investment promotion, corporate governance and corporate law reforms, and international experience. He also had direct management experience as CEO of two PSUs and has been Chairman /Member of Board of Directors of public sector banks/ development banks / financial institutions / insurance companies / Joint Sector undertakings.
Currently, Mr Dhall heads proprietary law firm, Dhall Law Chambers, which provides services in competition law, and other corporate and regulatory laws. He also advises on corporate governance issues and lectures on competition law and policy and corporate governance.
Some of the positions held by Mr Dhall in the above areas in Government were:-
In Government of India
v First Member and actg Chairman, Competition Commission of India for about 5 years
Secretary, Department of Company Affairs (now Ministry of Corporate Affairs) and ex-officio Member, SEBI
v Special Secretary/Additional Secretary, Insurance Division, Ministry of Finance and ex-officio Director of LIC and GIC
Director (Industrial Financing), Banking Division, and ex-officio Director of two public sector banks.
Resident Director, Indian Investment Centre, Frankfurt, Germany
In Government of Madhya Pradesh
Additional Chief Secretary and (earlier) Secretary, Finance Department, and ex-officio Chairman of MP Financial Corporation
Secretary, Commerce and Industries Department and (earlier) Commissioner of Industries, and Deputy Secretary, Commerce and Industries Department. As Secretary he was also ex-officio Chairman of MP State Industries Development Corporation, MP Mining Corporation and of certain Joint Sector companies.
v CEO of two PSUs
Consultant / Adviser, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation for over 5 years.
As Special / Additional Secretary, Insurance Division, Ministry of Finance, Mr Dhall undertook measures for insurance sector reforms for opening the sector to private enterprise and establishment of the Insurance Regulator. Earlier, he was ex-officio director on the Boards of commercial banks.
Mr Dhall was earlier Additional Secretary, Department of Expenditure handling expenditure management.
As the first Member and actg Chairman, Competition Commission of India, Mr Dhall initially set up the Commission and undertook the ground work for the full functioning of the Commission once the relevant sections are notified by the Government.
As Secretary, Department of Company Affairs (now, Ministry of Corporate Affairs), Mr Dhall’s work related to corporate governance, and corporate laws and regulation. It included company law reforms, promoting corporate governance practices, introduction of new corporate insolvency law, and competition law and policy. He conceived and initiated implementation of the E-governance project, MCA21.
Mr Dhall has been member of various juries for selection for awards in areas like corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, innovation and quality management.
In the field of economic regulation and reform, Mr Dhall has worked as ex-officio Member of the Board of SEBI; Secretary, Department of Company Affairs; Special Secretary (Insurance) in Ministry of Finance; and head of Competition Commission of India.
Industry and Management
Mr Dhall held a number of posts related to industrial development, investment promotion, foreign collaboration and management including Secretary/ Commisioner of Industries, and government nominee director in private / joint sector undertakings.
Mr Dhall has worked as Resident Director, Indian Investment Centre, Frankfurt. In his work with UNIDO for over 5 years, he helped developing countries prepare the institutional and policy framework for foreign investment, industrial development, SME development, etc.
Academic Career and Awards
Mr Dhall has a Law degree from the University of Delhi and a Masters degree in Mathematics from the University of Allahabad. At the University of Allahabad, he was conferred several awards including:
Chancellor’s Gold Medal for the (all round) Best Student in the University;
Chancellor’s Silver Medal for the (all round) Best Student in the Post-Graduate classes of all faculties;
Chancellor’s Bronze Model for the (all round) Best Student in the Bachelor’s Degree Course in Science;
Six other Medals / Awards for academic and other achievements.
He was also Captain/ Member of the University Table Tennis for a number of years.