An Engineer by qualification, an IAS officer by profession and a champion of Information Technology by choice, Ajay Sawhney is an experienced Technocrat Administrator. He is currently working as Principal Secretary, Health, Medical &Family Welfare Department, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh.
Commencing his career in the Indian Administrative Service in 1984, Sawhney played a key role in the success of the Total Literacy Campaign in the district of Nizamabad. Appointed as Managing Director of A.P. Technology Services Limited in 1995, he became a strong advocate of technology and led a programme for computerisation of data pertaining to more than 45 million voters. As Special Officer for International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad, he was responsible for shaping the conceptual model, setting up the Institute in 1998 and catalysing its emergence as a pre-eminent institute in IT Education & Research. From 1999 to 2005, he was involved in the development of IT vision, architecture and e-Government projects of Andhra Pradesh as Secretary, Information Technology. From 2005 to 2010, he was Joint Secretary, Training, Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India.
As President and CEO, National eGovernance Division, Media Lab Asia, Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY), Government of India from November 2010 to August 2012, he was responsible for formulation of core policies, design of shared service delivery platforms, technical appraisal of all NeGP projects and various capacity building initiatives, including the setting up of State eGovernance Mission Teams.