P. Uma Shankar is an Independent and Non-executive Director at Philips Lighting India Limited. He is a retired senior IAS officer who has held several notable positions in the past including Ex-Secretary of Ministry of Power and Ex-Chairman of Rural Electrification Corporation. He is also an independent director on the boards of Jaypee Infratech Ltd, IMP Powers Ltd. and Ravindra Energy Ltd. He served earlier on the boards of ONGC Ltd and Shipping Corporation of India Ltd as independent director.
He joined the Indian Administrative Services in 1976 and has more than three decades of leadership experience in the Government of India spanning district administration, rural development, finance, housing and urban development, rural and agro-industries, municipal affair and power.
P. Uma Shankar holds a Master's degree in Mathematics from IIT, Madras and a Master's degree in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics. He is currently associated with IIT Chennai in the development of an innovative approach for providing a certain minimum uninterrupted power supply to homes thereby eliminating blackouts.