Shri Hardeep Singh Puri
Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs was born in Delhi on 15 February 1952. He did his BA (Hons) History from Hindu College, University of Delhi and was placed first in order of Merit in 1971 and completed his MA(History) 1973 in the First Division.
He served on three occasions as a member of India’s delegation to the GATT/United Nations in Geneva including as Ambassador and Permanent Representative from 2002 to 2005.
He was President of the United Nations Security Council in August 2011 and November 2012 and Chairman of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee in 2011-2012.
Currently, he is also serving as the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Shri Durga Shanker Mishra
IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Shri Durga Shanker Mishra is currently the Secretary of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. He is a 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre. He is also the Chairman of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
He has undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and an MBA from the University of Western Sydney. Mishra also holds a postgraduate diploma in public policy from International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. In addition, Mishra holds a postgraduate diploma in human resource management.
Mishra has served in various key positions for both the Government of India and the Government of Uttar Pradesh during his career.
Shri Kunal Kumar
Mission Director(Smart Cities), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Shri. Kunal Kumar, IAS presently holds the position of Joint Secretary & Mission Director (Smart Cities Mission), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India since May 2018. Earlier, he was Municipal Commissioner at Pune Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra for close to 4 years. He has been working in the State of Maharashtra since 1999 and has served across various cities of Maharashtra.
Mr. Kumar has worked as District Collector in three districts of Bhandara, Jalgaon and Aurangabad and has also worked as Municipal Commissioner in Kolhapur Municipal Corporation. Besides travelling, he has an avid interest in reading and follows sports across the world.
He is an Electrical Engineering graduate from IIT Roorkee, and has successfully completed his Masters in Public Management from National University of Singapore jointly conducted with Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, USA. He was awarded by the Prime Minister of India for excellence in AADHAR Governance award during his stint as District Collector of Aurangabad.