Board of Directors

Last updated on: 17 November 2021 12:30:00 PM

The Company is managed by the Board of Directors, which formulates strategies, policies and reviews its performance periodically. The Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) and Six Whole-Time Directors viz. Director (Onshore), Director (Technology & Field Services), Director (Finance), Director (Offshore), Director (Exploration) and Director (Human Resource), manage the day-to-day business affairs of the Company under the overall supervision, control and guidance of the Board.

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CMD and Functional Directors

Dr. Alka Mittal Director (HR) and Chairman & Managing Director - Additional Charge
Dr. Alka Mittal

Dr Alka Mittal has joined as Director (HR) of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited on 27.11.2018. Dr Alka Mittal is a post graduate in Economics, MBA (HRM) and Doctorate in Commerce and Business Studies, she joined ONGC as a Graduate Trainee in 1985 and brings with her an extremely rich experience spanning over three decades.

Dr Mittal is the first woman to hold the charge of a full-time Director in ONGC’s history. She is also on the board of ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Limited (OMPL) as ONGC nominee Director since August 2015.

Prior to joining as Director (HR), Dr Mittal held the post of Chief Skill Development (CSD) of the Company. In her capacity as CSD she streamlined the activities and brought in uniformity in the working of the Skill Development Centres of ONGC. During this period, she has also implemented the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) in ONGC engaging more than 5000 apprentices across all work centres. 

Previously she worked as Head CSR at Corporate Office and took up major CSR projects across India.

Earlier, she has led the HR-ER functions in various capacities across regions including Vadodara, Mumbai, Delhi and Jorhat, and was also the Head of Corporate Communications of ONGC during 2009.

She has a special penchant for training and mentoring, and has trained more than 11000 GTs of ONGC since 2001 on “Corporate Governance” as part of their induction program.

As a senior HR specialist, Dr Alka Mittal has made rich contributions in various professional forums and bodies. She is an Executive Committee member of NIPM (National Institute of Personnel Management), and was President of Forum for Women in Public Sector (WIPs) Northern Region till recently and heads the Women Development Forum of ONGC.

Dr Mittal has always strived to foster the philosophy of equal opportunity employer and has contributed towards creating an inclusive workplace ecosystem in ONGC.

Rajesh Kumar Srivastava Director (Exploration)
Rajesh Kumar Srivastava

Mr. Rajesh Kumar Srivastava assume the charges as Director (Exploration) of the Company on 02.08.2019. Mr. Srivastava acquired Master of Science(Geology) from Lucknow University and Master’s Degree in Engineering Geology from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Mr Srivastava joined ONGC as Geologist in 1984 at Krishna Godavari Basin, Rajahmundry.

With over 35 years of experience, Mr Srivastava is an expert in up-stream hydrocarbon exploration from well site operations, development geology, seismic data interpretation to monitoring and planning of exploration.

Mr Srivastava began his career as an Exploration Geologist from geologically complex KG-PG Basin. At Institute of Reservoir Studies, Ahmedabad he was considered as one of the best hands in the trade of Reservoir Modelling for preparation of field development plans, simulation studies for production forecasts and techno-economic evaluation of prospects. He is credited to have introduced art/science of Geocellular Modeling in ONGC, Neelam being the first full field fine scale Geocellular Model for dynamic modelling for redevelopment.

During his tenure at Exploration and Drilling Directorate, he was closely associated with the exploration and development activities of Assam & Assam-Arakan Basin, MBA Basin and Krishna-Godavari Basin and Cauvery Basin.

He played a key role in the formulation of ‘Hydrocarbon vision-2030 for North East India’ driven by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. He has also evaluated several exploration and development blocks of Egypt & Sudan. As an acknowledgement for his contributions towards field development and hydrocarbon exploration, Mr Srivastava was honored with the National Mineral Award in year 2009.

Om Prakash Singh Director (T&FS)
Om Prakash Singh

Mr Om Prakash Singh has taken over charge as Director (T&FS) on 1 April 2020. A Mechanical Engineer with more than 32 years of experience, Mr Singh has built a deep industry understanding and proven management experience across the technical and commercial roles he undertook during his career.

Mr Singh has a distinguished track record as a drilling engineer and has demonstrated dynamic leadership and vision, as he progressed through various roles within the company. He is well-versed with national and international Exploration & Production business and carries an extensive experience of offshore and onshore operations.

He has a vast industry knowledge and global business experience. He has played major roles in handling the challenging deepwater drilling project in India and overseas projects in Vietnam, Iran, Qatar and Brazil.

Mr Singh’s tenure as Head Nhava Supply Base has been very impressive. In challenging conditions, he exhibited a leading role with enthusiasm, clarity and discipline; thereby transforming the performance of the Nhava Supply Base.

With a focus on performance metrics and a continual drive for excellence, Mr Singh spearheaded Tripura Asset as the Asset Manager. During his tenure, the Asset made significant improvements – as he was instrumental in a number of initiatives and enhanced the overall performance of the Asset by fast-tracking projects and synergizing resource mobilization and its utilization.

Mr O P Singh has an open-minded and forward-looking approach, with firm belief in team-work.

Anurag Sharma Director (Onshore) and Director (Finance) - Additional Charge
Anurag Sharma

Mr Anurag Sharma has taken over the charge of ONGC Director (Onshore) on 1 June 2020. Mr Sharma is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from NIT Allahabad and holds a Masters in Business Administration from FMS Delhi.

Mr Sharma’s ascent signifies his passion, commitment and hard work. He has a career spanning over 36 years of outstanding contribution in the company in various positions including those of Asset Manager of Cauvery Asset. During his tenure, the Asset made significant improvements which resulted in highest ever oil production in last two decades.

Mr Sharma spearheaded the flagship ‘Make in India’ and ‘Start-up India’ initiatives in ONGC. He has a distinguished track record for delivery of the projects and has contributed significantly to improve drilling operation in Ankleshwar, Jorhat and Cauvery Assets.

Mr Sharma has vast industry knowledge and global business experience and he has made major contributions in Business Development and Project Management for ONGC Videsh in CIS and SE Asia. He has also handled the challenging Vietnam project and headed RIG Russia.

Industry wide, Mr Sharma is well regarded and known for international skills.

Mr Anurag Sharma holds 3,618 equity shares in the capital of the Company and he is not related to other Directors on the Board.

Pankaj Kumar Director (Offshore)
Pankaj Kumar

Shri Pankaj Kumar has taken over charge of Director (Offshore) of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) on 4th September, 2021. As Director (Offshore), he is responsible for the entire gamut of Offshore Fields contributing around 70% of Oil and 78% of Natural Gas production of ONGC.

Shri Kumar is a thorough Oil & Gas industry professional with more than 34 years of experience across ONGC’s business functions varying from Operations Management of Offshore and Onshore fields, Well Engineering, Joint Venture Management, Corporate Strategic Management and Asset Management.

During this period he has held key positions as Chief of Crporate Strategy & Planning group of ONGC and Asset Manager of Cambay Asset and Ahmedabad Assets. Sustainable production enhancement from mature fields of Ahmedabad & Cambay is another testimony to his impeccable Asset & Project Management skills.

He is known for his visionary approach and dynamic decision making with excellent performance records. During his stint in Joint Venture (JV) Operations Group, Shri Kumar was instrumental in exceptional turnaround of CB-OS/2 Offshore JV block by making it profitable with almost 100% increase in production and delivering complex offshore projects in Panna-Mukta & Tapti block, on-time and within allocated budget. Shri Kumar’s immense contribution in formulation of ONGC’s Long Term Growth Strategy: Energy Strategy 2040 as Chief Corporate Strategy & Planning is remarkable.

During his tenure as Asset Manager of the largest onshore Asset of ONGC at Ahmedabad, Country faced worst ever Pandemic and the lock down situation. Under his dynamic leadership during severe lock-down conditions Asset having 67 installations continued operations on round the clock basis and maintained production

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee) and Master’s degree in Process Engineering from IIT Delhi. He completed Advance Management Program at IIM, Bengaluru and Leadership Development Program at IIM, Calcutta.

Government Nominee Director

Amar Nath Additional Secretary (Exploration) - MoP&NG
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Mr. Amar Nath, Additional Secretary (Exploration) Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas is the Govt. nominee Director and joined the board on 28 June 2016.

Mr. Amar Nath, an IAS Officer (1994 AGMUT Cadre) is a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) from National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, Kurukshetra University and MA (International Development Policy) from Duke University, USA. Shri Amar Nath was Secretary to the Department of Health, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi prior to the present assignment. He has held the positions of Administrator of Union Territory of Lakshadweep, Chief Executive Officer of Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board, and Chief Executive Officer of Chandigarh Housing Board in Chandigarh.

He has extensive experience of working in various Departments of Government at senior management positions such as Finance, Economic Planning, Tourism and Industrial Development in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Pondicherry, Chandigarh and Delhi. Before joining IAS in 1994 he worked with State Bank of India and Steel Authority of India.

Independent Directors

Amitava Bhattacharyya Former Central Information Commissioner
Amitava Bhattacharyya

Shri Amitava Bhattacharyya is appointed as an Independent Director on the Board of ONGC w.e.f. 19.07.2019.He was Central Information Commissioner during 2016-18 before he retired from the civil services as the Chairman, Staff Selection Commission, Government of India on 31.12.2015.

Shri Bhattacharyya acquired his graduation in physics from Presidency College, Kolkata and post-graduation from University of Delhi. Later, he served in National Physical Laboratory-CSIR, before joining the Indian Administrative Service in 1980. Subsequently, he did a course in Human Resource and Public Administration from Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse, USA.

He served for Government of Gujarat in various capacities both in the field as well as in the Secretariat. Later, he served for about two years in the UPSC as Secretary.

During his service, Shri Bhattacharyya was In-charge of Internal Finance Division of Ministry of Labour, Government of India and was acting as Chief Finance Officer & Financial Advisor of Employees Provident Fund (EPF). He was also on the Board of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC).

In early 90’s he worked under the then Ministry of Environment & Forest, Government of India and was involved in several important issues of cross country dimensions, including  Global Warming, Biodiversity Protection, Ozone Depletion. He was also the Mission Director for Water Conservation and Sanitation from 2006 to 2009.

Shri Bhattacharyya is associated with an NGO on a voluntary basis and working in the area of anti-trafficking of women and children in India and other south-east Asian countries.

Syamchand Ghosh Independent Director
Syamchand Ghosh

Mr Syamchand Ghosh has a Master's Degree in Economics from North Bengal University; and B.Ed. (Bachelor's in Education) from North Bengal University.

Mr Ghosh is a social worker and Educationist. Being a teacher/ Head Master, Hostel Superintendent and also member of School Managing Committee, under his dynamic leadership school progressed very well. Mr Ghosh joined as assistant teacher with a High School in 1981. He was promoted and worked as Head Master of the School during April 2010 to July 2017, till superannuation. He also worked as part-time NCC Officer.

As a teacher, Mr Ghosh has been helpful to students and nurtured underprivileged students with free tuition and books/ stationery. He is also President of Malda Zilla Yadav Samity (a non-political organization), which organizes various welfare activities like blood donation camps, free clothes donation, etc. Mr Ghosh is also Secretary of Sarada Shishu Mandir, a Nursery School, established for providing quality education to underprivileged of the locality at minimal fees.

V Ajit Kumar Raju Independent Director
V Ajit Kumar Raju

Mr V Ajit Kumar Raju is a practising Chartered Accountant with more than 21 years of professional experience. He is a Partner at M/s. D M Associates, a firm of Chartered Accountants.

Mr Raju is B Com. (Hons.) with First Division from Berhampur, Orissa, a Chartered Accountant and also FICO in SAP.

He is an avid traveller and has hobby of reading.

Manish Pareek Independent Director
Manish Pareek

Mr Manish Pareek is a Practicing Advocate, a writer and a dynamic debater. He is a Law Graduate and also Masters in Business Administration from Rajasthan University, Jaipur. In addition, he holds Post Graduation Diploma in Labour Laws.

Mr Pareek is Former Deputy Mayor of Jaipur and has also served as the Councillor for more than two terms of Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC). Being a Councillor, he served as the Chairman of Bylaws Committee and Head of Sanitation Inspection Committee of the JMC.

He has rich experience in law-making. Under his initiatives, various sanitation drives were also conducted

Reena Jaitly Independent Director
Reena Jaitly

Ms Reena Jaitly is Graduate of Arts from Gurunanak Dev University, Punjab. She was Nominee Director/ Chairperson of Punjab State Forest Development Corporation Ltd, a Punjab State Government Company.

She is a social worker and has been the President of Nav Shakti Welfare Association (since last 13 years), Chairperson of Mahila Seva Sangthan (for more than 15 years) and Member of AK Prayas (for more than 15 years).

Dr Prabhaskar Rai Independent Director
Dr Prabhaskar Rai

Dr Prabhaskar Rai is an educationist and has been working as the Principal in a Degree College in Uttar Pradesh for the last three years. He has a Doctorate in Psychology and Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy.

Mr Rai does not hold any share in the capital of the company.