Manish Kumar


NSDC, India


Dr. Manish Kumar is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of National Skill Development Corporation. He is responsible for providing a strategic vision to NSDC in ensuring that the team moves cohesively towards achievement of Skill India Mission.

Prior to joining the NSDC, he was working as Country Coordinator and Senior Institution Development Economist, The World Bank. He was Task Team Leader for USD 1.5 billion Bank’s loan to India for “Swaachh Bharat”. He earlier worked for the Bank in Middle East and North African countries covering Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria, etc.

Manish holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mining Machinery from IIT (ISM), Dhanbad, a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard University, USA, and PhD in Public Policy from The George Washington University, Washington DC, USA. He has to his credit a number of research papers published in national and international journals, focusing on institutional economics, public private partnerships, and economic development issues.


Manish earlier served in the Indian Administrative Service, occupying many responsible positions, his last being Secretary to Government of Tripura, Power & Home Departments. As a field officer, serving as District Collector and Sub Divisional Officer, he was responsible for conceptualizing and implementing economic development tools for overcoming insurgency in Tripura. He was selected as a Mason Fellow at Harvard University for his leadership in empowering tribal women from remote hills of Tripura.