Vivek Atray is an Author, Advisor, Mentor, Motivational Speaker and Independent Advisor. He retired voluntarily from the Indian Administrative Service.
His areas of expertise include: e-Governance, Digital Governance, Smart Cities, P.R., Communication, Investment Promotion, Technical Education, School Education, Event Management, Tourism, Creative Writing, Public Speaking and Sports Management.
He has inspired thousands of youngsters to adopt a cheerful, positive and multi-dimensional approach to their lives.
He is an acclaimed orator and has spoken at events organised by NASSCOM, CII, TIE, MAIT, PHDCCI, NCGG, LBSNAA Mussoorie, IIFT, ISB, Vibrant Forum and numerous universities, Colleges, Schools and Corporate houses including Infosys, Maruti, Hindustan Times and Axis Bank.
He was the recipient of the “Leaders Who Inspire Award for Motivational Speaking” from the Media Federation of India MFI in 2018.
He speaks on the Inspired Living, Nuances of Leadership, Life skills, Public Speaking Skills, Emotional Intelligence, Work-Life Balance and Calmness.
He has four TEDx talks on the “Ingredients for being an All-rounder in life”, “Being Indian in a Global Era”, “Living a simple but superb life” and “Life and its real goals”. His novels “Move on Bunny!” & “Dubey ji Bounces Back” proved highly popular. He is now writing a book on Life Skills for Young Indians.
He writes a popular fortnightly column- Random Forays- for the Hindustan Times and Middles for The Tribune. He hosts a Talk show called Delicious Conversations.
Vivek Atray won much acclaim for his role in developing the Chandigarh IT Park, when he was the Director IT. He also spearheaded the national award winning e-SAMPARK project- a multi-service, single window e-Governance initiative. He was also instrumental in the up-gradation of PEC Chandigarh to the level of a Deemed University, and the setting up of the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology. He also took far reaching initiatives as the Director of Tourism, to propel Chandigarh onto the heritage tourism map.
As Deputy Commissioner of Panchkula he initiated innovative projects such as Aadar Samman (Respect for the Elderly) & Village Mentoring. He streamlined single window services for the benefit of the public.
He also worked as Advisor for KPMG & PwC on a sabbatical from the Government for two years.
He organises the annual All India JP Atray Cricket Tournament since 1992. Over 2000 players including stars like Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni, Saurav Ganguly, Virat Kohli and Virender Sehwag have played in the tournament over the years. Vivek himself was an under-19 cricketer at the national level, and played the CK Nayadu Trophy twice.
He is the co-founder of the Vibrant Networking Forum, the Chandigarh Literary Society & Co-Convenor of INTACH Chandigarh.
He graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Kurukshetra. He also has a diploma in French Language from Alliance Francaise.
He believes in promoting positivity and creativity in society through his writings and Talks. His favourite book is the Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.