A career bureaucrat belonging to the 1984 batch of the Indian Administrative Service, Malini V Shankar has had an illustrious career spanning over three and a half decades. Her last assignment was Director General Shipping, on the rank and pay of Secretary to the Government of India.
She is currently the Chairperson of the National Shipping Board (Government of India) and a Member of the Government-appointed Board of Directors of the IL&FS group of companies. She obtained her doctoral degree in Institutional Economics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (India), and her Management degree from the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines. She also holds a Master's Degree in Chemistry from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA. She had her professional mid-career training at the IIAP (Institut international d'administration publique) in Paris, France, where she obtained a diploma in International Economics.