Dr. Vishwapati Trivedi took charge as Chairman, National Shipping Board, on 1st December, 2014. Prior to this he was Secretary, Ministry of Shipping from July 2013 to November 2014. He was also the Chairman of Inland Waterways Authority of India from September, 2012 to June 30, 2013. He also held charge of Secretary, Ministry of Mines for a brief period from November 2011. Dr. Vishwapati Trivedi has held the post of Special Secretary/Additional Secretary in Ministry of Home Affairs. Dr. Trivedi was also Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Airlines till it was merged with Air India. After that he was Joint Chairman of Air India. He was Joint Secretary in Deptt. of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry in 2005. Dr. Trivedi held some very important posts in the State Government of Madhya Pradesh and was Commissioner, Sales Tax and Managing Director of the M.P. Financial Corporation. He was Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industries Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh.
Dr. Trivedi worked in the International Monetary Fund, Washington DC from 1994 to 1998.
Dr. Trivedi is a graduate in Economics (Hons.) from St. Stephens College, Delhi in 1973 and completed his M.Sc.(Economics) from London School of Economics in 1975. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1977 and was allotted to the M.P. cadre. before joining IAS in 1977, Dr. Trivedi was a Lecturer in Economics in Delhi University. He has done Ph.D. in International Finance and Economics from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.
He has written many discussion papers at London School of Economics as a student of Prof. Amartya Sen, Noble Laureate and renowned journalist in economics.
Dr. Trivedi is also a keen sportsman. He is the Senior Vice President of the Badminton Association of India.