Ashok Chawla is chairperson of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and a distinguished civil servant, with over 40 years of experience in various sectors of the economy at federal and provincial government levels, key regulatory bodies and of handling economic issues in the Indian Embassy in Washington, DC and international multilateral agencies. He holds a Master’s degree in economics from the Delhi School of Economics and joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1973.
In view of his rich and diversified experience, after his retirement from civil service he was appointed as chairperson of the CCI in 2011, with tenure until January 2016. His current role is to enforce the Competition Act, 2002 in order to promote and sustain competition in Indian markets, a key component of India’s economic reforms. His duties include presiding over the CCI hearings for cases as well as overseeing all administrative matters of the CCI. He is also responsible for interacting with the government, parliament, economic regulators, businesses and consumers.
During his last three years at the CCI, he has accorded high priority to building the CCI as an effective competition agency with trained and knowledge-oriented staff. He has also brought a renewed vigour to the speedy disposal of cases, integrating economic analysis in the orders, issuing quality orders and targeted advocacy especially with the government. He places great importance on aligning CCI’s processes and orders with good international practices by getting the CCI exposed to deliberations of OECD, ICN, UNCTAD and so on, and developing links with mature competition jurisdictions.