D V Shastry

Executive Director - GAIL

Mr. D V Shastry, M. Tech (Energy Systems Engg) from IIT, Bombay with PG Diploma in Management & an Advanced Certificate in HRM (ACHRM) has over 35 years of experience in Hydrocarbon Industry, with Human Resource Function for almost two decades. Presently, he is working as Executive Director (Training, R&D and Start Up), GAIL (India) Ltd. Immediately prior to this position, he was working as Director (Personnel) on the Board of Electronics Corporation of India Ltd. (ECIL) (December 2018 to May, 2019). Before that, he worked as Executive Director (HRD), GM (HRD), GM (Training) and in various other positions in GAIL (India) Ltd. (April, 2013 - November, 2018).

His Key Roles & Responsibilities and experience include Human Resource Planning & Talent Acquisition, Career Progression & Placements, Training & Leadership Development, Performance Management, HR Policy, Employee Relations, Employee Engagement, Organization Development, Industry-Academia Interface, etc.

His achievements include introduction of Mentorship framework, New initiatives viz. E-Learning, ASME (USA) Certificate Courses, Cost Optimization through innovative practices (QMS, EMS, Six Sigma, “The Toyota Way”, etc) leading to transformation of organization culture, etc., GAIL Women Employees Award Scheme, Conceptualizing Knowledge & Experience Sharing Seminars, Implementing Assessment Centres, followed by customized Leadership Development Programs at Premier Management Schools and Transformation of GAIL Training Institute as World Class Centre of Excellence in Natural Gas sector.

Prior to pursuing his passion in HR/HRD function, he has had an experience of several years in the technical field which includes Project Management (preconstruction, construction & commissioning activities pertaining to cross country natural gas pipelines), operation and maintenance of Natural Gas Compressor Station and the Gas Processing complex, etc. of GAIL (India) Ltd..

He has received as well as contributed to various awards (as individual & as team member) e.g. ISTD “Emerging HRD Thinker Award", "Best HR Strategy in line with Business “ Award [World HRD Congress], National award for innovative training practices, Golden Peacock Award, Greentech Award, ‘Sword of Honour’ [British Safety Council], ‘Sarvashreshth Suraksha Puraskar’ [NSC], NPMP Award for DVPL Project, etc.

He has deep interest in spirituality, ancient Indian literature/scriptures, music and yoga, etc. He is also an erudite writer and has several publications to his credit. Recently, he has been conferred with “Distinguished Scholar” award by ISOL Global Foundation at Chicago, USA. He is actively involved with various professional bodies/institutions like Member on the Board of Trustees of Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT) Society, Member, Board of Studies-AIMA, Member of the Jury for FICCI Higher Education Excellence Awards, Member, Governing Council for FICCI-BSTARS, Leader of the Task Force-NAFOG under MoPNG and PNGRB-for identifying skills gaps for workforce in Oil & Gas/CGD Sector, etc.. He is a sought after orator and has been invited as speaker in various reputed national and international institutions in prestigious events. He is the member of several professional bodies like SHRM, NHRDN, NIPM, ASME, IE etc.

He has also widely travelled within India & to countries like USA, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Turkmenistan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore etc. in pursuit of his professional activities.