Updesh Kumar Sharma is a former Adviser (Infrastructure and S&T) Planning Commission and NITI Aayog. He is an Electrical Engineer, MBA and MA (Public Policy & Sustainable Development). He has played a key role in setting up Atal Innovation Mission at NITI Aayog for radically transforming innovations and entrepreneurship eco-system in the country. He has also worked with NHPC and BHEL in various capacities and been on the Board of Central PSUs. He has participated in various academic and training programmes at leading Universities of US, Australia, South Korea.