About Kapil Mohan

He is the Principal Secretary and Chairman of BESCOM, HESCOM, CESCOM and PCKL. He also holds the concurrent charge as the Principal Secretary for Ports Infrastructure and Inland water transport.



He did his MBA from Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie and he attended the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, USA, as a McNamara Fellowship in the areas of public policy and science, technology, and environmental policy. He is a management graduate with a background in science.


Indian Administrative Service

He is a 1990 batch IAS officer of the Karnataka Cadre. He held the charge of Youth Empowerment and Sports Department which oversees youth affairs and sports development in the state. He held the charge of Education department which looks after primary and secondary education in the state.

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He also worked as Managing Director of Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Limited, a Govt. of Karnataka Undertaking. KBJNL is responsible for the development, operation, and maintenance of irrigation and maintenance of irrigation systems in Upper Krishna Project area. It is responsible for operation and maintenance of 6.07 lakh hectares of the command area.


His awards and citations have all been towards working for the environment and urban development. He has played pivotal roles in international organizations like LEAD and has been the recipient of highly acclaimed awards.

  • 2001

    St. Andrews Prize

    Kapil Mohan won the prestigious St. Andrews Prize on environment awarded internationally competitive basis.

  • 2004

    Fellow of Leadership in Environment and Development (LEAD)

    Kapil Mohan became Fellow of Leadership in Environment and Development (LEAD), an international organization working in area of promotion of leadership in fields of environment and development. He was also elected as Director of LEAD in 2005. (

  • 2008

    IFMR Award

    Kapil Mohan received Massachusetts Institute Technology – IFMR award in an international competition on original work in urban development. (

  • 2009

    Eisenhower Fellow

    I was selected as Eisenhower Fellow from India on energy issue. The selection committee in India was headed by Mr. Kumarmangalam Birla and in USA by Gen. Colin Powell. (

  • 2013

    Eisenhower Fellow

    Kapil Mohan was selected as one of the 60 Fellows who have made the transformational impact in 60 years of Eisenhower fellowship existence in 2013.


Over a span of three decades, Kapil Mohan has garnered profound experience of working at the top level of various Government Organizations.