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Author, IAS, AGMUT Cadre, 1983
Chief Executive Officer & Secretary, Coffee Board of India, Government of India
Founder Managing Director of Brickwork Ratings

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Wednesday Wed, 12 Jun 2019


Bangalore International Centre
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Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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100 Ideas to Improve Governance in India is the culmination of a series of letters written by the author, JK Dadoo in 2017, for initiating practical improvements in day-to-day governance. These thoughts had been churning in his mind for several years, based on his intensive experience of about 35 years as a member of the Indian Administrative Service, posted in 5 different Union Territory governments and 2 long stints with the Government of India.

Classified into 24 groups, these 100 ideas have been carefully selected from the 300 suggestions created by him in 2017 through his letters. They cover a wide range of subjects, touching every sector of the economy. The book is at once, both a wish-list and a ready-reckoner, that will be of use to educationists, members of the uniformed services, administrative services, foreign service, trade bodies, policy makers, civil services aspirants, and the corporate sector.


JK Dadoo

Author, IAS, AGMUT Cadre, 1983

JK Dadoo retired from the Government of India in 2017 as Secretary. He belongs to the 1983 IAS batch. He did his schooling at St. Columbus, Delhi, his Economics undergraduate at St. Stephens, Delhi and post graduation from IIM, Ahmedabad. He has undergone training at Columbia University and Harvard Kennedy School.

In his government career, he has worked across trade, industry and commerce, environment and energy, tourism and island development, defence and finance. He has also served in the Union Territories. His longest tenure was with the Department of Commerce.

Currently, JK Dadoo works in the private sector as a Consultant and is an independent Director in two large firms. His book ‘100 ideas to improve governance’ was well received. He is a regular columnist in Business world with a fortnightly column ‘Global Dynamics’.

Srivatsa Krishna

Chief Executive Officer & Secretary, Coffee Board of India, Government of India

Srivatsa Krishna, IAS is Chief Executive Officer & Secretary, Coffee Board of India, Government of India. He topped National Civil Services Examination (1st out of 500,000 candidates) in 1994 and joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). He went on to become the first serving IAS officer to complete the Harvard Business School MBA and is an alumnus of Oxford University, JNU and SRCC. He was thereafter part of the core IT team of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu that developed Cyberabad in the late 90s and more recently was Secretary IT, Biotechnology and Science & Technology, and Secretary- EGovernance, Government of Karnataka.

Prior to that, he served in the Strategy, Finance and Risk Management Vice Presidency of The World Bank Group in Washington DC from 2003-2008 investing their proprietary private capital fund across asset classes.

He was awarded the World Economic Forum “Global Leader for Tomorrow” Award in 2003 and the prestigious Thinkers50 or the “Oscars of Management Thought” in 2013.

He writes for many prominent national and international publications including Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Hindu, Times of India.

Vivek Kulkarni

Founder Managing Director of Brickwork Ratings

Vivek Kulkarni is the Founder Managing Director of Brickwork Ratings, a SEBI registered & RBI accredited credit rating agency.


Vivek has over 35 years of experience in Business and Government. As the Information Technology & Bio-Technology Secretary, Government of Karnataka, he was instrumental in building world-class IT & Biotech institutes and events in Karnataka. During his tenure as IT Secretary, every week Bangalore has seen one new 100% foreign equity firm setting their office.

As Finance Secretary (Resources) of Govt. of Karnataka, he was instrumental in preparing the state budget with exemplary expenditure management. He set up the Infrastructure Development Corporation of Karnataka, a unique joint venture between the Government and the IDFC; designed a comprehensive online computerization project for the State’s 225 treasuries.

He has the experience of working as Division Chief of SEBI He also worked as Head of Advisory Services in CRISIL. He was the Independent director as well as Chairman of the Technology Committee on the Board of the Bombay Stock Exchange.

He is the visiting faculty of Finance at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and at the Defense Institute of Advanced Technologies, Pune. Also, he was the adjunct faculty at Boston University and IIMB. He set up Brickwork Finance Academy – a non-profit financial educational institute and conceptualized the certificate program – Banking & Financial Analyst, a nine-month advanced finance course.

Vivek is a gold medalist in Bachelor of Engineering from Karnataka University and also an MBA in Finance & Information Systems from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Awards and Honours

  • Vocational Excellence Award in 2001 and 2003 – By Rotary International
  • Personality of the Decade – Awarded by KG Foundation, Coimbatore in May 2003
  • Directors List Honor at the Wharton School and Gold Medalist at the Karnataka