RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das Honored as Governor of the Year for Exceptional Leadership and Crisis Management

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das has been conferred with the ‘Governor of the Year’ award at the Central Banking Awards 2023, held in London on Wednesday (14th June). This recognition has been bestowed upon him for his decisive decision-making and effective management during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The organizers issued a statement saying, “The RBI Governor has made many crucial decisions. During his tenure, he has rapidly expanded the Unified Payments Interface (UPI), making it a leading global platform. He has led India during challenging times.”

Shaktikanta Das has been honored with the ‘Governor of the Year’ award at the Central Banking Awards 2023, held in London on Wednesday (June 14th). He faced the challenge of dealing with the first and second waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine. Under Das’s leadership, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) implemented significant reforms, launched innovative payment systems, and provided support during the pandemic. Additionally, recently they made the decision to phase out the 2,000 rupee notes.

Das is the other RBI Governor who is being honored with this award.

Das is the second RBI governor to be honored with this award, with Raghuram Rajan receiving the ‘Governor of the Year’ award in 2015.

Das is an officer of the 1980 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS)

Das is a 1980 batch IAS officer. Shaktikanta Das is a post-graduate from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi and belongs to the 1980 batch of IAS officers. Until May 2017, he served as the Secretary of Economic Affairs. On December 12, 2018, he took charge as the 25th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He was appointed as the Governor after the resignation of Urjit Patel.

During the demonetization in November 2016, Das was at the forefront. He also served as the fifth member of the Monetary Policy Committee. Das has represented India in forums like BRICS, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and SAARC.


Governor Shaktikanta Das is recognized as the Governor of the Year for his outstanding leadership and commendable contributions to the Reserve Bank of India. His remarkable achievements and effective management have positively impacted India’s financial sector, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Das remains a driving force in ensuring stability and fostering innovation in India’s economy.

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