Anurag Goel Professor of Practice


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Mr. Anurag Goel is a Career Civil Servant (IAS 1972) turned Futurist & Governance Architect. He has two global firsts to his credit: a) being the key instrument in saving a big MNC (Satyam Computers) after a major fraud (US $ 1.50 billion), the one and the only such case in the world, and b) creating the first model & strategic architecture in the world for implementation of SDGs, which was appreciated by the UN Secretary General himself. He also has two national firsts to his credit: a) successfully introducing the first major e-governance system (MCA 21) in the country for which he was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Administration, and b) developing & designing the first comprehensive Future Ready Governance Model, which is being currently implemented by the Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir with him as the Guide & Advisor. Apart from advising Govt. of J & K on governance, currently Mr. Goel is also Advisor to GoI’s Department of Science & Technology for preparing Technology Vision 2047, a futuristic document to guide development of Technology (with emphasis on Exponential Technologies) in the country for the next 24 years and provide the technological foundation for actualization of India Vision@2047. He is Professor, National Law University, Meghalaya to mentor its growth into a “University of the future, for the future”, and also Advisor, IIT, Jodhpur. As Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors, New Delhi, he regularly gives talks to Boards, Board Members and Senior Executives (CEOs, CFOs, CTOs, CHROs etc.) of listed companies on “Strategic Foresight for Sustainability in Business “.

Mr. Anurag Goel joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1972 and retired in 2009 as Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, after working in six ministries in the Government of India, which included Defence, Home, Civil Aviation, Health, Finance & Corporate Affairs; and serving in various interesting assignments in the State of Uttar Pradesh, including as District Magistrate, Kanpur City, Director, U.P. Academy of Administration, and Principal Secretary to the then Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh, Sri Kalyan Singh. He was Member, Competition Commission of India (CCI) for five years (2009-2014). Earlier he was also Ex-Officio Member of Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for more than three years (2006-09).

Mr. Goel setup a think-tank ‘Shaping Tomorrow Consultants LLP’ in 2014 with the Vision to “Invent the Future to Shape a Better Tomorrow”. Its initial activities were focused on developing new models for implementation of SDGs, which were recognized/ appreciated by United Nations agencies & governments, and involved innovation and application of technology. Over time it has developed an excellent knowledge bank of exponential technologies and their application for growth and problem solving. It is also India’s leading Foresight Adviser, to assist in policy/ strategy formulation using AI, Analytics and Machine Learning based Strategic Foresight, for visualizing alternate futures, selecting preferred future, and using back casting (coming back from the future) tools for achieving it. He has a powerful network of international Foresight experts for support, as expert consultants on this are not easily available in India.