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Rohit Kansal is chief of staff to the Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah. He has also headed the office of P. Chidambaram, earlier Finance Minister of India. He has been district magistrate and collector in some of the most difficult terrorist infested areas in the states of Jammu and Kashmir. As collector of Jammu in 2002 during Operation Parakram, he oversaw the relief and temporary resettlement of over half a million villagers displaced by the massive security build-up on either side of the Indo-Pak border. He has also been the additional chief executive officer (ACEO) of the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine (Board) at Katra, India. A management postgraduate from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kolkata and a mechanical engineer from the Thapar University in Punjab, Rohit Kansal is also the recipient of the Chevening Gurukul fellowship at the London School of Economics. He has lectured on IPR issues for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Geneva. He has also been invited by the Yale Law School and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore amongst others for talks. He has published case studies on administrative and strategic matters and has also written on tourism, economic and general issues. He is a Fellow of the third class of the Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.