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Suresh Prabhu
Indian emissary to the G20 & G7
In office
24 June 2019 – 7 September 2021
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Succeeded byPiyush Goyal
Minister of Civil Aviation
In office
12 March 2018 – 30 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byAshok Gajapathi Raju
Succeeded byHardeep Singh Puri
Minister of Commerce and Industry
In office
3 September 2017 – 30 May 2019
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byNirmala Sitharaman
Succeeded byPiyush Goyal
Minister of Railways
In office
9 November 2014 – 3 September 2017
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byD. V. Sadananda Gowda
Succeeded byPiyush Goyal
Minister of Power
In office
30 September 2000 – 25 August 2002
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byRangarajan Kumaramangalam
Succeeded byAnant Geete
Minister of Fertilizers & Chemicals
In office
13 October 1999 – 29 September 2000
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byOffice raised to Cabinet rank
Succeeded bySunder Lal Patwa
Minister of Environment and Forests
In office
19 March 1998 – 13 October 1999
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded bySaifuddin Soz
Succeeded byT.R. Baalu
Minister of Industry
In office
16 May 1996 – 1 June 1996
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Preceded byK. Karunakaran
Succeeded byMurasoli Maran
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
15 May 1996 – 18 May 2009
Preceded bySudhir Sawant
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
22 June 2016 – 21 June 2022
Preceded byNirmala Sitharaman
Succeeded byR. Krishnaiah
Constituency Andhra Pradesh
In office
29 November 2014 – 21 June 2016
Preceded byRanbir Singh Parjapati
Succeeded byDr. Subhash Chandra
Chairperson, Task Force for Interlinking of Rivers
In office
Prime MinisterAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Personal details
Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu

(1953-07-11) 11 July 1953 (age 70)
Bombay, Bombay State, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party (2014–present)
Other political
Shiv Sena (before 2014)
SpouseUma Prabhu (m. 1984)
Residence(s)Mumbai, Maharashtra
Alma materUniversity of Mumbai
ProfessionChartered accountant Chancellor, Rishihood University[1] Professor, London School of Economics[2]

Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu (born 11 July 1953) is an Indian politician and chancellor of Rishihood University who was the[3] Minister of Civil Aviation, Railways, Commerce & Industry in the First Modi ministry.[4]

He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). From 1996, Prabhu retained the seat as a Member of Parliament for the Rajapur Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra as a member of the Shiv Sena (SS) political party. He resigned from Shiv Sena and joined the BJP on 9 November 2014. Since June 2016, he has represented Andhra Pradesh and Haryana in the Rajya Sabha.[5][6] He is also the founding Chancellor of Rishihood University.[7] He is also a visiting professor at London School of Economics.[2] He is also a chairman of National Cooperative Policy.[8]

Education and career

Suresh Prabhu completed his schooling from Sharadashram Vidya Mandir, Dadar, Mumbai, followed by a Bachelor in Commerce with Honours from M. L. Dahanukar College, Vile Parle, Mumbai.[9] He received a Bachelor in Law degree from the New Law College (Ruparel College campus), Mumbai.[10] Prabhu is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He was All India 11th (eleventh) rank holder in CA exams.[9][11][12]

Prabhu has held several government and semi government positions, which includes the Chairmanship of Maharashtra State Finance Commission, Saraswat Co-operative Bank, National Cooperation Policy[13] Member of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Board, among others. He is a part of 16 global organizations and 9 strategic dialogues which include:

Currently, he is a member of the Board of Advisors of India's International Movement to Unite Nations (I.I.M.U.N.).[14] He is a chairman of the National Cooperative Policy[15]

Early political career

He was, at various times during the Premiership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee from 1998 to 2004, Industry Minister, Minister of Environment and Forests, Minister of Fertilizers & Chemicals, Power, Railways, Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation. He has been a Member of Lok Sabha in the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Lok Sabha between 1996 and 2009. His constituency comprised the district of Sindhudurg and parts of Ratnagiri district in the state of Maharashtra on the western coast of India. He was also a Member of Rajya Sabha representing Haryana and Andhra Pradesh.[16][17]

Union Cabinet Minister

Union Minister for Industry (1996)

As Industries Minister, brought about greater transparency in functioning and fuel clearance of pending works.[18]

Union Minister For Environment and Forests (1998-99)

Left a lasting imprint in areas like:

Environment Clearances[22]

Legislative Initiatives

Conservation of Natural Resources

Union Power Minister (2000-02)

As the Union Minister for Power, he won praise for his performance from The Indian Express.[30] As Minister of Power, he ushered in transformational policies in Power sector with thrust on rural-electrification, T&D reforms; encouraged big ticket investments and batted for Sustainable Power Development, etc. mentioned as under:

Power Generation Augmentation

Policy Measures

Chairperson, Task Force for Interlinking of Rivers (2002-04)

Union Railway Minister (2014-17)

Prabhu taking charge as the Union Minister for Railways, in New Delhi on 10 November 2014

On 9 November 2014, he was sworn in as Cabinet minister in the Narendra Modi government. He was the Union Railway Minister of India from November 2014 to September 2017.[45][46]

  1. Jaldoot water trains were sent to drought hit areas of Maharashtra[48]
  2. Roll on Roll off was used to address fuel crisis in the North East[49]
  3. Food grains were supplied in the form of ready to eat food packets to major parts of North East and most parts of Assam[50]

Infrastructure Creation: Grave traction to speedy Creation of Infrastructure in Railways

Union Commerce & Industry Minister (2017-19)

Prabhu taking charge as the Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, in New Delhi on 4 September 2017

He has been the minister of Commerce and Industry since September 2017. He was elected as Rajya Sabha member from the state of Andhra Pradesh on 3 June 2016.[80] During his tenure, he took several steps to boost manufacturing in India. Details of few major reforms are as under:

Boosting domestic manufacturing at the district level to achieve US$5 trillion economy

Trade promotion: Taking steps towards a more focused approach towards export promotion

Pivoting multilateralism on India

Investment Promotion

Pillar of Support for Indian Manufacturing

Committed to Technology, Innovation skills and known for path breaking initiatives, particularly in Railways and Power

Forward looking Policy Making

Union Civil Aviation Minister (2018-19)

Policy Making

Initiator of Investments in Aviation

Awards and recognition

In 2024, Suresh Prabhu won and accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at EPG's 16th Annual Political & Public Life Awards at the House of Commons.[120]

Suresh Prabhu received the Goud Saraswat Brahmin Samaj Maharatha Award on 18 August 2016.[121][122]

He has constantly featured in the list of top five ministers in India from 2014 to 2017 in terms of both performance and accessibility in nationwide surveys conducted by various institutions.[123][124]

Published works

Social Work and interests

See also


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  125. ^ "Coming Soon".
  126. ^ "Manav Sadhan Vikas Sanstha".
  127. ^ "Governing Council".