Mr. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu - a chartered accountant who holds a degree in law- is the Minister of Trade and Industry, Government of India.
During his short term in office as Minister of Trade and Industry, he has placed emphasis on areas such as dissemination of trade and investment, promotion of local industries and institutionalization of fact-grounded policies, targeted to a specific strategy. Some of the measures being taken to address these areas are an export-oriented agricultural policy, the creation of investment forums, the implementation of a plan for Make in India 2.0 and the establishment of a data analysis unit.
Before taking office as Minister of Trade and Industry, he was Railway Minister. After being a dormant giant, the latter turned into a quick, receptive organization during his leadership. Some of his success stories include a claim settlement mechanism on the social networks, an innovative funding project harnessing extra-budgetary resources, a quantitative leap in the creation of infrastructure, and sustainability as a part of the core strategy of the Railway Ministry.
He was also appointed Sherpa to the Prime Minister, the official spokesperson for the Prime Minister of India at the G20 from 2014 to 2015.
On four occasions he was a member of the lower house of Parliament, and currently represents the province of Andhra Pradesh in the upper house. As Minister of Energy he transformed the energy sector in India by introducing the flagship Electricity Law in 2003. He was elected president of the Task Force on the Interlinking of Rivers in India. Known for his passion for environmental conservation, he was also Minister for the Environment and Forests. He was moreover Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, and Minister of Industry. At the advent of his career, he was chairman and director of Saraswat Bank, being the youngest person appointed to the post. He was also elected as chairman of the Maharashtra State Finance Commission.
Mr. Prabhu is known as a world visionary and renowned thought leader. He has traveled to over 100 countries and participated in different international forums. The Asia Week magazine of Hong Kong, in its front-page story “Giant on the Move” featured him as one of the three future leaders of India. He has been actively involved in a number of social and cultural organizations as well as co-ops. He also chairs Manav Sadhan Vikas Sanstha, an NGO which advocates for people’s empowerment.see all Speakers