Mr Atul Chandra, a Petroleum Engineer, joined India’s National Oil Company, ONGC and reached the board level at a very young age. Besides managing oil field operations and establishing a technical research and development institute, he was responsible for the successful implementation of multi-billion dollar World Bank and Asian Development Bank Projects. He also managed ONGC operations in the North Eastern region of India during the worst period of insurgency and went on to establish the highest performance figures, records which still stand today. From 1975 to 1977, as Head of Production Operations with IMINOCO, a joint venture in Iran, with Phillips Petroleum, Agip, the National Iran Oil Company and ONGC, he was responsible for two offshore oil fields in the Persian Gulf. As Managing Director ONGC - Videsh, a subsidiary of ONGC, he turned it around into one of the top profit-making companies in India whose valuation rose from US$10 million to approx. US$10 billion, when he superannuated in 2004. He was responsible for India’s highest multi-billion dollar overseas acquisitions, including Sakhalin - 1; the Greater Nile Oil Project, Sudan, at that time.. He also resolved serious contractual issues for the Nam Con Son Project, Vietnam.
Post superannuation, he assumed the charge of President International Operations with Reliance Industries Ltd and in a very short span of time, the company has been able to commence petroleum exploration projects in a number of countries, He has served Oil Industry for over 46 years.
The International Upstream Weekly identified him amongst top ten oil men of India.