Atul Bali is an Electrical Engineer from Delhi College of Engineering and has a Masters in Technology in Management and System from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He has nearly three decades of rich experience in the power sector. His experience spans design, engineering, monitoring, and successful implementation of SCADA/EMS/DMS projects. He has worked in NHPC, POWERGRID, PFC, and the Navratna Public Sector Undertakings of Ministry of Power, Government of India. He has been associated from concept to commissioning of Unified Load Despatch & Communication Scheme and has also supervised the implementation of IT-based distribution reform projects under the prestigious Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (RAPDRP) in India. The RAPDRP Programme aimed at the establishment of reliable and automated systems for sustained collection of accurate baseline data by adoption of information technology along with strengthening of power distribution system leading to self-sustaining distribution utilities. Presently, he is working as Deputy General Manager in National Smart Grid Mission which has been established by the Government of India to plan and monitor the implementation of policies and programmes related to smart grid activities in India.