Nara Lokesh serves as the Minister for Information Technology, Panchayati Raj and Rural Development in the Andhra Pradesh Cabinet. He is currently working to position Andhra Pradesh as a technology hub of the future and is working to create an innovation driven environment. By taking several radical decisions in the Rural Development sector, he has accelerated the reach of development benefits including roads, LED lighting, water piping, etc. to the remotest of villages across the state.
He had previously served as Vice President at Heritage Foods Limited and was instrumental in doubling the revenue and foraying into major Tier I and Tier II cities in South India. He is credited to have laid the foundation for a comprehensive operations framework to deliver best-in-class customer service, drive innovation and ensure the high level of quality that Heritage Foods is today known for. He continues to serve as Non-Executive Director of Heritage Finlease Limited. During his earlier tenure at World Bank from August 2004 to January 2006, Lokesh was involved in several World Bank supported capacity building Projects in e-governance, connectivity solutions etc. across the globe.
Lokesh earned an MBA from the prestigious Stanford University Graduate School of Business and holds a BSc. with specialization in Management Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University.