Tom Jose IAS
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Indian Administrative Service, 1984, Kerala
Certificate: Syracuse University, USA, 2010 (Topic: Public Administration)
MBA: University of Cochin, 1982 (Major: Business Management & Electives: Marketing Management, Marketing Research, International Marketing & International Trade)
B.Com: University of Kerala, 1980 (Major: Commerce, Accounting, Economics & Banking.Elective: Cost Accounting)
Proven Administrative and Managerial Capability:
I have 31 years of administrative, managerial and diplomatic experience in various posts at state, national and international levels as an IAS officer. I have proven skills in strategic planning, policy development and coordination, and marketing.
Experience and Ability in Financial Management:
As Director of Industries and Commerce of Kerala and later on as Counsellor Co-ordination for Military Technical Cooperation between India and Russia in Moscow ,I have independently formulated budgetary proposals and handled financial matters. Besides as Principal Secretary PWD, I also undertook financial structuring of several infrastructure projects in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.
Proven Project Management Experience:
I have planned, developed, and implemented various projects at different levels over the years. These include the Kochi Metro Rail Project, Kerala State Transport Project and Trivandrum City Road Improvement Project among others.
Expertise in the Field of Infrastructure:
I have led organizations in various infrastructural fields, such as roads and bridges, construction and maintenance, water and public transport. In addition, as Director Air@ Ministry of Defence, I have also handled air space management and air security.
Successful Track-Record in Working with Organized Labour:
I have experience in working successfully with organized labour. Over the years, as the Managing Director of highly unionized enterprises, such as Inland Navigation Corporation, Civil Supplies Corporation, Rubber Mark, and Construction Corporation, I had to dealwith trade unions on a day to day basis in an effective manner.
Proven Record in Coordination:
I have the ability and track record of coordination with variousagencies such as StateGovernments, the Law and Orderauthorities, different agencies ofCentral Government such asCustoms, Railways, Ministry ofLabour etc.With 25 years in various departments, PSUs and a stint in thediplomatic service, I can confidently coordinate with any agency on any issue. When I wasPrincipal Secretary, Public WorksDepartment, Government of Kerala, I hadcoordinatedwith various departments of State Government, CentralGovernment, National Highway Authority of India, WorldBank and Cochin Port on several matters relating todevelopment of infrastructure in the country.
The Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala
Presently serving as the Chief Secretary of Government of Kerala.
Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala Labour & Skills Department
Significant achievements during my tenure include hosting the first ever Skill Summit& Fiesta in India, initiating labour reforms by making suitable changes to various labour acts and laws, setting-up Centers of Excellence in various sectors/trades in the Public-Private- Partnership mode and setting up the first infrastructure & construction academy in the state.
Chairman & Managing Director, Government of Kerala Kerala State Inland Navigation Corporation
The Kerala State Inland Navigation Corporation provides cargo services to various companies in and around Cochin. We have started bunkering for supplying petroleum products to ships passing through Cochin port. Successfully built and launched a vessel called “Ocean Breeze’ and are building the first theme cruise vessel named ‘Nefertiti’ in Kerala.
Managing Director, Kerala State Government of Kerala Industrial Development Corporation
Significant achievement includes establishing a Life Sciences Park in Trivandrum.
Managing Director, Kochi Metro & Government of Kerala Secretary Transport
As the founding-MD of Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL), I had the privilege of planning the Metro Project in Cochin city which is plagued by transport congestion issues. I established KMRL for the government with a capital outlay of INR 2000 crores within a time frame of three months; recruited the first batch of managers and workers, set up office and obtained approvals for launching the Kochi Metro Project, the dream project of the Kerala Government within the span of nine months. In addition, I successfully negotiated with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for launching the civil works for the project. The initial works costing Rs. 156 crores were also successfully undertaken my me. In addition, I coordinated with the local Corporation of Cochin and the Police to plan and implement alternate transportation routes as we repaved some of the local roads in preparation for the metro project.
Principal Secretary, Government of Kerala Public Works Department(PWD)
As the Principal Secretary, who is the administrative head of PWD, I oversaw one of the largest departments of the Government of Kerala. The objective of PWD is to develop and maintain public infrastructure. Translated into practice this means:
1. Construction and maintenance of highways and other major roads
2. Construction and maintenance of bridges
3. Construction and maintenance of buildings for the Government
4. Implementation of other infrastructure development projects.
As PWD Secretary, I created the departmental budget, oversaw budgetary expenditures, and coordinated with various agencies, including the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for various schemes implemented by them. I also handled sourcing of external financing for variousinfrastructure development projects. I was also the Chairman of Kerala StateConstruction Corporation, a public limited company createdfor implementing civil projects and Member Secretary of theKerala Road Fund Board, a statutory authority for facilitatingtransport projects in the State.
Counsellor, Coordination Embassy of India, Moscow, Russia
The job consisted of handling matters related to military-technical cooperation between Russia and India. I coordinated the acquisition of strategic weapon systems for India, acted as a link between defense and intelligence setup of both the countries, and coordinated visits of Indian dignitaries, such as the President, Prime Minister, and Defense Minister. I was part of the team that gave shape to the Central Asia Military Policy for India.
Director, Air Ministry of Defense, Government of India
I looked after policy, strategy, operations, intelligence, security, air space management, infrastructure development, and personnel and administration related to Indian Air Force in the Ministry of Defense. The job consisted mainly of generating, processing and critically analyzing policy papers and files for exercising the powers of the Union Government in defense matters.
Managing Director, Kerala State Construction Corporation, Cochin
The company was engaged in the construction of buildings and bridges for Government departments and other organizations. As Managing Director of the company, I was responsible for attaining its strategic and operational objectives ensuring sustained growth.
Managing Director, Rubber Mark, Cochin
The objectives of Rubber Mark were to buy, hold and sell rubber in the open market to ensure a reasonable price for the produce of small and marginal farmers. Achieving this objective to the satisfaction of growers and consumers alike was the responsibility of the Chief Executive.
Secretary, Board of Revenue, Trivandrum
The job involved supervision of the work of the District Collectors who head the district administration. It also involved functioning as an appellate authority for settling disputes related to land, land tax, land acquisition, usage etc.
Director, Department of Industries & Commerce, Trivandrum
Implementing various schemes of Government designed to attract industrial investment was the chief responsibility of the Director of Industries & Commerce. Job also included management of a number of industrial estates, monitoring performance of Government companies and disseminating information about investment options in the industrial sector.
Collector & District Magistrate, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala
The job description included implementing the policies and schemes of the Government, maintenance of law and order, collection of taxes, protocol functions and acting as the chief spokesperson for the Government. Thus it involved coordination, mediation, negotiation and dispute handling among various departments as well members of the public. I was the chief coordinator of every activity and every event in the district.
Commissioner, Corporation of Cochin
Cochin is the biggest city in Kerala and as Commissioner of the city corporation I had a challenging task of providing civic amenities to the people, collecting city taxes and regulating the lives of the city residents. Being the cutting edge, negotiation, mediation and coordination were everyday challenges of the job.
Managing Director, The Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation, Cochin
The job of the Chief Executive of one of the biggest companies of Kerala allowed me an opportunity to preside over the largest public distribution system in the state. The company was involved in distributing essential food materials and POL to the citizens and operated the largest network of chain stores, nearly 600, and supermarkets in the state. As Chief Executive, I was the chief coordinator having accountability for the entire activities of the organization.
Significant Training Programmes Attended:
  • Quantitative Techniques, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
  • Strategic Leadership, University of Cambridge
  • Public Administration, Administrative Staff College, Hyderabad
  • Managerial Efficiency, Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi
  • General Administration, Lal BahadurShastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie
Academic Publications, Presentations, and Reports:
 “Environmental Sustainability: Perceptions and Prescriptions from Kerala, India,” presented at the International Conference on Poverty and Sustainable Development, 2014, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with Dr. Anita Jose. (Double Winner of the First Prize for Paper & Presentation)
 Jose, T. & Jose, A. (1999). The Battle of the Bug: Y2K. Business Intelligence, 5: 5-13.
 “Codes of Ethics: A View from the United States,” in Kampits, P., Kokai, K., & Weiberg, A. (Eds.), Applied Ethics: Contributions of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, Proceedings of the 21st International Wittgenstein Symposium on Applied Ethics, 1998, V. VI (1), pp. 312-317, with Dr. A. Jose.
 Jose, T. & Jose, A. (1997). Globalization of Business: Evolving New Strategies for Small Business Enterprises. The Indian Manager, 22(3): 109-125.
 “Kerala in Crisis: An Investigation of the Agricultural Crisis in Kerala, India, and the Lessons that can be learned from the Kerala Experience Regarding Agricultural Trade Liberalization,” presented at the Ninth Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, 2002, in Las Vegas, Nevada, with Su, Y., Lakhey, S., Tarpeh. & Jose, A.
 "Business Ethics: An Oxymoron or Organizational Strategy?”, presented at the Global Conference on Small and Medium Industry and Business, 1996, in Bangalore, India with Dr. A. Jose.
 ‘The impact of World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) on the economy of Kerala’ with Dr. A. Jose.
 “Environmental Management Practices in India: Evidence from the Private and Public Sectors.”
Selected Defense Conferences Attended:
 “America and the NESA Region: The Changing Strategic Environment”: October-November 2002, Washington DC. Organized by Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, Washington DC.
 “Peace Operations, Special Issues and Lessons Learned Seminar”: September 2002, Hawaii, Honolulu. Organized by the Center of Excellence in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance, United Nations and United States Pacific Command.
 “Asean Regional Forum: Second Seminar on the Law of Armed Conflict : The Relevance of LoAC to Peacekeeping”: August 2001, Bangkok, Thailand. Organized by Asean Regional Forum, International Committee of the Red Cross and United Nations.
Non-Academic Presentations and Speeches:
Frequently invited speaker on the topics of administration and management, public infrastructure, urban transportation, and globalization and its impact.
Other Notable Achievement:
Founder-president of a modern housing cooperative society for Central Government officers and construction of a 40 condominium complex in Trivandrum, Kerala.
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