|Director Nehru Memorial Museum & Library|
5 October 2015 – 4 October 2019
|Born||11 May 1957|
|Died||4 October 2021|
New Delhi, India
|Occupation||Civil servant (IAS)|
At the time of his death, he was Director General of the International Buddhist Confederation and Honorary Director, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Policy Research and International Studies (AIPRIS), M.S.University of Baroda, Gujarat.
Early life and EducationEdit
Shakti Sinha had his early schooling in St. Xavier's School, Ranchi. He subsequently moved to Delhi where he completed his B.A. (Honours) in History in 1976 and his M.A. in History from the Hindu College, Delhi in 1978, specializing in contemporary Chinese history & politics, and modern Indian history. He also obtained an M.A. in International Commerce & Policy from the George Mason University in 2002.
Shakti Sinha was of the 1979 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). Over the course of his administrative career, he served in various capacities in the states and Union Territories of Delhi, Goa and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Amongst other postings, he served as the Principal Secretary (Finance & Power), Government of Delhi, and Chief Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He also headed the governance and development section of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) .
Shakti Sinha served as the Senior Advisor to the Executive Director representing India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka on the Board of the World Bank from January 2000 to June 2004. He served in various senior capacities in the UN programmes in Afghanistan, including UNAMA and UNDP, from April 2006 to April 2009.
He was a Visiting Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi from April 2005 to March 2006 and a Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore in 2009.
He was closely associated with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, whom he got to know in the eighties. He first served as his secretary when Vajpayee became Prime Minister in 1996 and continued serving as private secretary after he became leader of the Opposition from June 1996 to January 1998. He again served as Joint Secretary to the Prime Minister from March 1998 to November 1999 during his second premiership. A book recounting his experiences, Vajpayee The Years That Changed India, was published to general acclaim in December 2020. 
Books and publicationsEdit
- Shakti Sinha, https://penguin.co.in/book/vajpayee/ Vajpayee: The Years That Changed India, 2020, Penguin, ISBN 9780670093441, 300 pages
- "Ex-IAS officer Shakti Sinha is new Nehru Memorial director". Indian Express. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
- "Condolence notice on the demise of Shakti Sinha, Director General". International Buddhist Confederation. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
- "Ex-bureaucrat and Vajpayee aide, Shakti Sinha dies at 64". Indian Express. 5 October 2021. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
- "CV Shakti Sinha" (PDF). Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Policy Research and International Studies. The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
- "Delhi Finance Secy Shakti Sinha decides to quit". Businessline. The Hindu. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
- Sinha, Shakti (16 August 2018). "'The uncompromising patriot': Shakti Sinha on working closely with Atal Bihari Vajpayee". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
- Kumar, Ashutosh. "'Vajpayee: The Years That Changed India': A Ringside View Of The Political Saga In 1996-1999". The Wire. Retrieved 5 October 2021.