Siddharth was appointed as the Group Chief Sustainability Officer at Tata Sons in June 2019. Prior to that, he was a civil servant for more than two decades, starting his career with the Government of India (GOI) on 12th October 1992.
He has handled important assignments in key ministries of the GOI such as the President’s Secretariat, Finance, Urban Development & External Affairs. After serving as the Internal Financial Advisor to the 13th and 14th Presidents of India for almost six years, he took voluntary retirement from the Government of India in February 2018 and subsequently transitioned to the Tata group in 2019.
Siddharth possesses a deep insight and knowledge of the Indian Financial System, having worked in the Ministry of Finance in different stints. He was a key member of the top management team of the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Of India (PFRDA), the pensions regulator, during 2007-09, and in that capacity oversaw the expansion of the National Pension System (NPS) to the unorganised sector, insurance & banking sectors and the State Governments.
He spearheaded a pilot project for transitioning Government of India from cash to accruals, while in the Ministry Of Urban Development (2006), extensively researching the financial systems of the UK and Canada for this purpose.
An avid public speaker and debater, he was Secretary of the Debating Society at Shri Ram College of Commerce (87-88), from where he graduated with an Honours degree in Commerce in 1989. He has also co-authored along with Dr. Urjit Patel, a seminal document on GOI’s Pensionary Liabilities, which laid the framework for the movement from a defined benefit to a defined contribution pension system and led to the eventual introduction of the National Pension System.