Arbind Kumar has taken charge as Director, Rail & Transit Systems, South Asia at the global professional services corporation, Louis Berger.
Kumar is a civil engineer with more than 37 years of extensive experience in railway civil engineering, teaching, planning, project study, design, bid process management, project management and quality assurance for several kinds of railway projects, both domestic and international. In his new role, Kumar will be responsible for the improvement of operational efficiency of various ongoing and upcoming metro projects.
He will also be responsible for managing the financial parameters of the rail and transit system projects to increase revenue, an early collection of dues and improve profitability along with managing the niche talent pool of metro experts at Louis Berger for better productivity. Besides, he will be steering risk management and ethics, while supporting new business development activities at Louis Berger.
Welcoming him in this role, Kshitish Nadgauda, Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Asia, Louis Berger said, “We are extremely pleased to have Arbind Kumar, with his stellar industry experience and impressive track record, on the Louis Berger team. His leadership and contributions have already proven to be invaluable as we continue to strengthen and expand our metro rail and rail projects across the country”.
Commenting on his journey, Kumar said, “I am honoured to be working with Louis Berger bringing my experience to deliver greater business value to clients to provide solutions for a better world.”
Before joining Louis Berger, Kumar served as Director of Projects at RITES Ltd., where he was also on the company’s board. Heading the infrastructure wing, he played a pivotal role in the development of the transport infrastructure sector with projects in India and abroad. Earlier, he also served as a railway expert with the Government of Oman, where he was instrumental in the planning of the 1,051 km long Oman National Railway System that was planned to connect to the planned Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) rail network.
He has also served as an Institute of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) probationer with the Eastern Railway.
Kumar has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Bihar University and has published more than 20 technical papers at seminars and technical bulletins in India and abroad. He has also provided training to Indian Railway officers at IRICEN (1996-2001) as a professor and holds a diploma in management studies from the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).