Vikram Singh Mehta

Vikram Singh Mehta, Executive chairman of Brookings India and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, has spent most of his career in the petroleum sector. In 1980, after working with the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) for two years, Mehta joined Phillips Petroleum in London as a senior economist. In 1984 he returned to India to work for the government company Oil India Ltd. as advisor for strategic planning. Four years later, he went back to London to work for Shell International in different capacities (managing director of Shell Markets and Shell Chemical Companies in Egypt starting in 1991 and chairman of the Shell Group in India starting in 1993), retiring from Shell in 2012.
Mehta was chairman of the Hydrocarbon Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and a member of the CII’s National Council. In addition to his positions at Brookings India and the Brookings Institution, Mehta is an independent director of several companies including Larsen & Toubro Ltd. (the leading engineering and construction conglomerate in India), Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (the largest tractor and SUV manufacturer in India, among other activities), Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, and Colgate Palmolive India Ltd. He has a regular column in the Indian Express and Financial Express (two leading Indian newspapers), and he is the author of many published papers.
He was honored as Asia House’s Businessman of the Year in 2010, and he received the Asia Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability’s Best Independent Director award in 2016.
Mehta is a member of the Board of Advisers of The Fletcher School and the Board of Governors of the Pandit Deen Dayal University of Petroleum. He was formerly chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Duke of Edinburgh’s award for India and a member of the Board of Governors of Doon School.
He holds a B.A. mathematics honors degree from St. Stephens College, Delhi University, a B.A./M.A. economics honors degree from Magdalen College, Oxford University, and a postgraduate degree from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.