Mr. Agarwal has been in the Indian Civil Service since 1997 in the Indian Defense Accounts Service. He studied Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur and was awarded a Bachelors of Technology degree in 1994. During his career, Mr. Agarwal has been involved in diverse areas of government ranging from procurement, audit and finance; the preparation of the Central Government Budget, the implementation of UNDP funded projects in India, multilateral cooperation in SAARC and bilateral cooperation with countries in Asia and Russia. Currently, he is a Director in the Department of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Finance in New Delhi. Mr. Agarwal plans to continue serving in the government for the next 20 years and he expects that by pursuing a one year mid-career Masters in Public Affairs Program, he would be equipped with new knowledge, critical thinking, and tools for effective policy analysis, including design, advocacy and evaluation.