K.M. Chandrasekhar is a former IAS officer of the 1970 batch, who served as the Cabinet Secretary of India from 2007 to 2011. In a career spanning five decades, he has traversed many sectors—district administration, public finance, taxation, national security and international diplomacy, among others. He was the Founder Chairman of the Spices Board, India's Ambassador to the WTO and the Union Revenue Secretary. He was Vice Chairman, Kerala State Planning Board, and has also held the position of Secretary for Industries and Finance departments in the Kerala government.