New Delhi: Alok Sharma is set to be next Director (Research & Development) of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), a Maharatna oil marketing PSU under the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG). He has been recommended for the post by the Public Enterprises Selection Board Panel (PESB) on Tuesday. Presently, he is serving as Executive Director (R&D) of the same organisation.
Sharma has been recommended for the post of Director (R&D) of Indian Oil from a list of eight candidates, who were interviewed by the PESB selection panel. Out of eight candidates seven candidates were from Indian Oil and one candidate was from Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL).
Sharma joined Indian Oil R&D as Chemical Engineer and is a M Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. He was also a member of first batch which completed the Hybrid Management Program from U21 Global Singapore. He has over 30 years of experience in R&D and Refinery in the areas of process, projects and production. He went to Gujarat Refinery on deputation and has worked for three years in India’s first Hydrocracker Unit from 1994-97. Upon return from JR, he worked towards conceiving in establishing the Hydro-processing lab and Resid Block at Indian Oil R&D.
Before joining CHT, Sharma was leading the research in the area of new and renewable energy at R&D centre of Indian Oil and looked after new energy areas like Gasification, Hydrogen & Fuel Cell, Battery, CO2 capture, Biofuels etc.
He is also a member of International Association of Hydrogen Energy (IAHE) and Treasurer of Hydrogen Association of India (HAI).