Sumita Dawra

  • Sumita Dawra

    Principal Secretary to Government - Transport, Roads and Buildings Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh

    Ms. Sumita Dawra, a 1991 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer, is presently serving as the Principal Secretary to the Government of Andhra Pradesh in Roads, Transport and Buildings Department. She previously served as the Principal Secretary of the Department of Higher Education in Andhra Pradesh, where she was instrumental in successful implementation of key Higher Education reforms in Andhra Pradesh, including impressive flow of private investments to the higher education sector, positioning AP Universities in International Rankings, establishing collaborations between AP State Universities and foreign Universities, and so on. Ms. Dawra formerly held the diplomatic position of Minister/Counsellor in the Embassy of India in Beijing, China, for three and a half years, from 2011-2014. She has also held other important administrative positions including (i) Director in Finance Ministry, Government of India, (ii) Managing Director of Urban Finance Infrastructure Development Corporation, Government of Andhra Pradesh, (iii) Collector and District Magistrate in naxalite effected Karimnagar District in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, among others. She has authored two significant books on public policy, (1) 'Poor But Spirited in Karimnagar: Field Notes of a Civil Servant,’ published by Harper Collins India, Oct 2012, a best seller that chronicles her experiences during her years in the IAS and her experience as Collector; and more recently, (2) a book on the Chinese economy titled, ‘China-Behind the Miracle,’ published by Bloomsbury, in Nov 2015, which chronicles the economic story of China and analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the Chinese economy. Both her books have been widely reviewed, and an international edition was also launched for her book ‘China – Behind the Miracle’.