Anthony deSa, has assumed charge as Chief Secretary of the State of Madhya Pradesh. He belongs to the 1980 batch of the IAS.
De Sa was born in Bhusaval, Maharashtra, where his father Charles de Sa, a freedom fighter in pre-Independence British days, was later the Mayor forthree terms.
He graduated from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, where he was a gold medallist, and later attended Harvard University in the USA where he took a Master’s degree, topping the University and being honoured with the Littauer Fellowship, one of Harvard’s highest awards.
During a long and illustrious career, De Sa served as Collector of Chhindwara, Bilaspur (now in Chhattisgarh), and Jabalpur. He has also been Housing Commissioner of Madhya Pradesh. In the Central Government, he has served as Director in the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Controller of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai, and Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, where he was in charge of India’s WTO negotiations.
He was deputed to the United Nations for five years, and developed and implemented many projects in Africa and in the former Portuguese colony of Timor Leste (East Timor).
Known as ‘Tino’ to friends, Anthony is a poet and writer too.