Utkarsh Palnitkar | KPMG | GLOBAL

Utkarsh Palnitkar

Partner, Head – Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare

KPMG in India

With a career spanning 25 years, Utkarsh has extensive experience in infrastructure, government and the life sciences sector with respect to policy development and India entry strategy for some of the leading global life sciences entities, apart from funding, human resources development, and investment promotion. He is on the board of a number of life sciences related trade bodies and has chaired several committees on policy making in India. He has been associated with pioneering initiatives, such as the country’s first and largest biotech cluster – Genome Valley, the creation of Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) under the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), and the country’s first biotech incubator. He has also advised a leading European biopharmaceutical company on its entry strategy and public private partnerships (PPP) in India.

Utkarsh has assisted multiple real estate clients in conducting feasibility studies and business plan development for setting up commercial projects. Additionally, his experience with state and central government/departments in India and overseas encompasses policy development, concept development, and detailed feasibility studies for setting up industrial parks. Further, he has led one of the country’s largest investment promotion initiatives – Vibrant Gujarat.


Areas of expertise

Strategy planning, feasibility studies, business and financial modelling, Public Private Partnership (PPP) structuring for health sciences, large infrastructure projects, policy advisory, knowledge-driven infrastructure projects, impact assessment studies, and investment advisory and promotion.    

Education and qualifications

  • Advanced Management Programme, Harvard Business School

  • Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)

  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Mumbai

Professional associations

  • Member of Committee on Access and Affordability, Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI)

  • Co-Chairman of the Review Committee for Biotech Parks, DBT, Government of India (GoI)

  • Member of the Executive Committee of Association of Biotech-Led Enterprises (ABLE)

  • Member of Vision Group on Biotechnology, Government of Karnataka

  • Member of Committee on FDI in Pharmaceuticals set up by DBT, GoI

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