Balasubramanian Munuswamy

With more than 18 years of experience, Balasubramanian M is skilled in strategising, establishing operations, and directing major initiatives from concept to execution at scale.
Balasubramanian M is a Policy leader Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance, EUI Florence, Italy. He holds an MBA and has a sustainability partnership specialisation from University of Cambridge. Currently the Senior Head at National Skill Development Corporation, Balasubramanian was previously the Chief Operating Officer at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP.) At the UNDP, Balasubramanian led the policy and programme implementation of Government of India’s employment linked Skills Development Scheme DDUGKY, aimed at skilling youth and women globally relevant workforce. His expertise lies in systematic private sector development approaches like CSR and sustainability, M4P, Investment climate, social expertise, impact incubation, and investments of inclusive and sustainable businesses.


Awards and Recognitions
YourStory’s 100 Emerging Voices of 2019
With the unemployment rate at a 45-year high, and peaking at 7.6 percent in April 2019, Balasubramanian has mostly written about how the Indian government should take a cue from the successful European Union’s blueprint - ‘Youth Guarantee’ framework, which addresses the high unemployment rate and offers services to enhance and engage the economic and educational engagement of the youth. Balasubramanian gives an overview about how the potential India’s Youth Guarantee programme would look and work. He says that the Youth Guarantee could be a public-private partnership arrangement at the district-level, managed by district magistrate or at the municipality-level, governed by the Commissioner. Furthermore, for the Youth Guarantee programme to work, it needs the full cooperation of the national, state, and local authorities, as well as public employment services, skills training providers, education actors and participants from business and third sector.