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23 - 24 November 2021
AmsterdamAlso available online via live streaming and on-demand

Shri Amitabh Kumar, IRS
Director General of Shipping & Additional Secretary to Government of India Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, India at Directorate General of Shipping


Amitabh Kumar is a career civil servant belonging to the 1987 batch of Indian Revenue Service (IRS).  He has completed his Graduation and Post-Graduation from Hindu College in Delhi University, and Masters in Business Administration from Southern Cross University, Australia. He has also pursued short courses in ‘Advanced Management’ from Maxwell School of Public Policy in USA and ‘Leadership and Change Management’ from Wharton Business School in USA.

Shri Kumar took over as Director General of Shipping & Additional Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India on 7th Jan 2019. Before that he worked as Additional D.G. Shipping & Joint Secretary, GoI, from 15th September, 2015.

Since his posting in the Directorate General of Shipping, he has been instrumental in drafting of new Merchant Shipping Bill & Multimodal Transportation of Goods Bill. He has introduced digital reforms in Maritime Administration by rolling out e-gov. platforms like e-migrant software, training module, Recruitment and Placement Service Module, Examination Module, Swatch Sagar, Biometric Seafarer Identity Document, Digital Certificates for Watch Keeping, DC endorsement, E-Learning, Virtual Classrooms, Online Exit Exams and Digital Certificates for training, Online Ship Registration modules, etc.

He has shown exemplary leadership in facilitating crew change of more than 2,00,000 seafarers since national lockdown on 24th March, 2020 on Indian ports through charter bubble and Vande Bharat flights.

He has gathered vast experience Government functioning while working in the Ministry of Home Affairs from 1997 to 2004, and in Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.

He is one of the five recipients of G-files Governance Award 2014, across all civil services, for his Exceptional Contribution for changing the orientation of Tax Administration from enforcement to Tax Payer Service and for introducing several innovating schemes in the field of tax administration. He has been awarded 3 awards from Finance Minister on the occasion of 150 years of Income Tax and 7 recommendations from CBDT.

Agenda Sessions

  • Flag State Forum: Safety and security at sea in 2022