Dr. Sanjeev Chopra is an IAS officer of the 1985 batch. Originally from Kapurthala, Punjab, he has served in multiple capacities with the central and state governments in India. He is also a primary patron and honorary consultant to a premier literary festival, the Valley of Words International Literary Festival, held annually in Dehradun, India. He writes extensively in various publications on public policy, development interventions, agribusiness, and rural economy. He is currently the Director of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration. Immediately prior to this, he was the Additional Chief Secretary to the Government of West Bengal, in charge of Industry, Commerce and Enterprises Department and Director General of ATI, Kolkata.