A career civil servant with over 37 years of experience, both at the national and state level, Shri Gireesh B Pradhan was born in Mumbai on 20th December, 1952. He did his schooling from St. Xavier’s School, Jaipur, Rajasthan (1969) and Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History (1970-73) from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. He holds a Master of Arts (History) degree (1973-75) from Delhi University, Master of Public Administration (MPA 1984-85) from the School of Public Administration, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and Masters in Strategic Studies from the National Defence College (NDC 1992), New Delhi. Besides formal academic programmes, Shri Pradhan has attended a number of in – service programmes in various fields.
He was also closely associated with the setting up of the new district of Sindhudurg in 1980-81. Later he worked as the Member and Secretary of the Maharashtra State Electricity Board. Shri Pradhan has also been the Municipal Commissioner of Pune and Additional Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai. As Director General of YASHADA, he was instrumental in making that institution a premier civil services training institute of the country.He also has a monograph to his credit on civil services reforms in independent India. .
At the national level, Shri Pradhan has worked in the Ministries of Food & Civil Supplies, Home Affairs and Power. He has served in the office of the President of India from 1992 to 1997 both as Director and then Joint Secretary to the President. He also served as Secretary to the Speaker of the LokSabha 2002 to 2003.
Shri Pradhan joined the Ministry of Power, as Joint Secretary, in November, 2003 where he was handling diverse subjects including Planning, Coordination,Energy Efficiency, Transmission and OM. He was promoted as Additional Secretary in January 2008 and looked after Policy & Planning, Transmission including matters relating to Power Grid Corporation of India Limited and their Central Sector projects, Power Trading Corporation, Power Finance Corporation, Operation & Monitoring, Coordination, International Co-operation, Climate Change and the Information Technology Division of Ministry of Power. He also served as Chairman of the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC)..
Shri Pradhan was promoted as Special Secretary in the Ministry of Power from 1st February, 2011 and took over charge of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in October 2011.
Besides the above, Shri Pradhan has been responsible for a number of crucial reports on the power sector. He has also had one of the longest involvements (12 years) with the power sector at both state and central level. He was actively involved in the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) a mission under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) which aims to establish India as a global leader in solar energy.