Ajay Bhadoo: Vice-Chairman and CEO, Gujarat Maritime Board

Vice-Chairman and CEO, Gujarat Maritime Board

A 1999 batch Indian Administrative Service officer, Ajay Bhadoo is vice chairman and chief executive officer (CEO), Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB). With over 17 years of notable service in public administration, Bhadoo brings to the table dynamism and leadership skills honed by working in different departments. Over the years, he has gone from strength to strength and has held top positions such as secretary to the chief minister of Gujarat, municipal commissioner and collector.

Having left his personal stamp wherever he has worked, Bhadoo was the recipient of the Best Collector Award twice (2008 and 2010) for his outstanding performance. A biometric attendance system at the zilla panchayat office in Bharuch and the modernisation of the Bahucharaji temple complex, undertaken at his initiative, were hailed as the best projects in Gujarat. He also had distinguished tenures with key departments of the state government, such as CEO, Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board and Dholera Special Investment Regional Development Authority, and managing director, Gujarat Industrial Corridor Corporation Limited and Dholera International Airport Company Limited. In these positions, he has taken significant regulatory, developmental and strategic initiatives for improving administrative efficiency and public welfare.

According to Bhadoo, there are immense untapped opportunities in the maritime sector. Ever since taking over at GMB in September 2016, he has initiated several innovative measures such as the formulation of a future-ready port policy to complement the current maritime and economic scenario, launch of roll-on, roll-off passenger services between Dahej and Gogha, development of automation systems in port operations and internal business processes, approvals for developing a maritime university and maritime clusters, and business promotion through strategic tie-ups. As part of his forward-looking vision, GMB has been participating in the government’s flagship programmes such as Sagarmala and Make in India to cash in on the benefits of these programmes.

Despite his hectic schedule, Bhadoo is an enthusiastic traveller, a keen sports enthusiast, a cinema buff and an avid reader. His favourite books include 100 Years of Philosophy by John Passmore, The Stranger by Albert Camus, Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson and The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh. Whenever time permits, he would like to write a book on project management for infrastructure projects.