FICL - Bio

Dr. S.B. Mitra


Former Executive Director (Law & HR) and now Advisor at GAIL India Ltd.



  • He is an MBA, LL.M and also holds a Ph.Din Strategic Human Resource Management and currently pursuing Ph.D(Law) on Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism. He has authored numerous research papers/ articles published in various reputed journals.
  • Has an overall experience of more than 36 years and is currently designated as Executive Director (Law & HR), heading Legal and HR Department of GAIL (India) Limited, a Maharatna Public Sector Undertaking under the administrative control of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Currently also on the Board of GAIL Gas Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GAIL as Director (Non-Executive).
  • He is an ardent negotiator and expert in strategizing and dealing with Trade Unions/ collectives for long term settlement, resolution of industrial disputes and also exhibits strong leadership to lead the cross-functional team for settlement of commercial disputes through Conciliatory mechanism. He is known for pioneering in formulating several policies in the field of HR and Legal, which are being followed by the industry for a system-driven approach in the resolution of many complex/ commercial issues.
  • He is an Associate Member on the Governing Body of the Indian Council of Arbitration under the aegis of FICCI. He is also a Chairman of the Legal Standing Committee (comprising of the legal heads of CPSEs) for legal matters and a Member of the Steering Committee on RTI in SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises). Also, currently a member of the task force constituted by CII for advising judicial reforms in the country.
  • Conferred Fellowship of NIPM (National Institute of Personnel Management)and instrumental in obtaining Gold Trophy/Citation of SCOPE Meritorious Awards for RTI from President of India. He is also a key member of many progressive professional institutions like AIMA, SHRM, ISTD, National HRD Network, etc.
  • He is one of the most sought after speakers in the areas of HR/ HRD initiatives, Dispute Resolution Mechanism, labour laws/ compliance issues etc. He is also a visiting faculty to many Industry Forum, B-Schools and Law institutes/ Universities including IIMs.
  • Has been featured twice in the top maiden General Counsel Power-list for India, published by Legal 500, a leading global legal directory (for the year 2016 and 2018). Also awarded ICCA’s excellence award for the year 2019. Also, featured in Trailblazers - a publication on the country’s finest in-house counsels compiled by ICCA.