Speaker's Profile 

P K Taneja

Director, SAARC Disaster Management Centre

Director General, Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management in India

PK Taneja is currently Director for the SAARC Disaster Management Centre and Director General for Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management in India.

Taneja has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications from the Indian Institute of Technology–Roorkee. He joined the Indian Administrative Services in 1984. Prior to this, he worked with the Government of Gujarat as Additional Chief Secretary of Industries and Mines Department, Additional Chief Secretary of Home Department, Additional Chief Secretary of Forest and Environment Department and several other assignments at senior administrative positions with Government of India, Government of Gujarat including MD/CEO of several Government of Gujarat Public Sector Undertakings.

Having rich experience working in all several frontline departments like Industries Home, Forest & Environment, Health, Energy, Water Supply with Government of Gujarat, and as Director in Department of Electronics and Information Technology and Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers in Government of India, Taneja has acquired understanding of resources, capacities and SOPs of responding departments. As Collector and District Magistrate and District Development Officer, Taneja has rich experience of implementing Disaster Prevention & Mitigation programs and executing effective Disaster Response at the grassroots level.