Director General

Mr. Upendra Tripathy

The International Solar Alliance is headed by the Director General, who leads the operations and carries out the functions of the ISA Secretariat and is responsible to the ISA Assembly. The Director General has a term of four years and is eligible for re-election. H.E. Mr. Upendra Tripathy holds the office of the Director General presently.

Previous Postings

Mr. Tripathy served as Secretary to Government of India in the Ministry of New and Renewable energy before taking the responsibility as Director General of ISA. Before joining Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, he was Adviser (Trade) in the Indian Embassy in Brussels. He held the post of Additional Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, Joint Secretary, Minority Affairs and Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas in the Central Government. In the State of Karnataka, he has worked in several areas—Revenue Administration, Agriculture &Horticulture, Rural Development, Environment & Transportation.

Education & Training

Mr. Tripathy has done his Master’s Degree both in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Public Administration from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He has undergone various training programme in areas of programme implementation, financial management, sustainable development, quantitative methods and operational research for public policy and management and egovernance. He has also undergone a six weeks SIDA training programme in Sweden in areas of environmental management.


Mr Tripathy was awarded Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration in individual category during 2009.

Citizen Extraordinary Award-2008 for contribution in introducing innovtive changes in Bangalore, India.

Silver Award for having brought fundamental changes in Transport system in Bangalore, India.

International Star Millennium Award under Persons of Indian Origin Conclave-Invest in India.

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