Shri I. S. Jha (58 years), (DIN: 00015615) is Chairman & Managing Director of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited since November 2015. Prior to his present assignment, he successfully served as Director (Projects) of the Company from September, 2009 and was responsible for planning, engineering, project management, monitoring and implementation of all transmission and distribution projects. An Electrical Engineer from NIT, Jamshedpur, he is a well-known Power System Professional having more than 36 years of rich and varied work experience. He began his professional career in 1981 as an Executive Trainee in NTPC. He has been associated with POWERGRID since its inception in 1991 and has been part of many departments. He has worked as Executive Director(ED)-North Eastern Region, ED of Engineering and Corporate Monitoring Group of the Company. While working at various projects and Corporate Office of NTPC and POWERGRID, he was involved in conceptualization, planning, design, engineering, monitoring and implementation of projects of National importance.
He has spearheaded development of robust National grid in the country integrated with State-of-the-Art technologies as well as Green Energy Corridors for integration of renewables. The commissioning of one of the largest high capacity +/- 800kV Champa-Kurushetra HVDC bipole and other transmission schemes which further strengthen National Grid capacity significantly enabling development of vibrant electricity market are some of his recent benchmark contributions to the Indian power sector.
He is known for his technological prowess and people-centric leadership. He is member of Governing Body of CPRI, Bangalore and President, International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) – India and other professional bodies. He has published/ presented numerous articles, technical papers in the field of power system in various international and National Journal/Conferences.