Vinai Kumar Saxena is an Indian businessman who is appointed as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi on 26 May 2022. He has been nominated as a member of Padma awards selection panel for 2021. He is the Chairman of the Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC), an organization under the Ministry of Medium, Small, and Micro Enterprises of the Government of India responsible for creating jobs in rural regions through the implementation of Khadi & Village Industry programmes.In 1984, he joined the well-known J K Group in Rajasthan as an Asst. Officer and worked in the White Cement Plant for 11 years in various capacities. In 1995, he was transferred to Gujarat as General Manager to oversee a proposed port project. He quickly ascended through the ranks to become CEO and subsequently Director of the Dholer Port Project. He is noted for his elegant and sophisticated persona as the Director of Port Project and the Founder-President of the globally acclaimed NGONCCL.In 1991, he created the National Council for Civil Liberties, a non-governmental organisation that eventually took on Narmada Bachao Andolan campaigner Medha Patkar. Patkar was one of the most outspoken opponents of the Sardar Sarovar Project, which was being pushed by the Modi-led Gujarat government at the time. In 2004, his NGO in Ahmedabad established Mission ENDURE (Ensuring Dust Reduction), which received the UN-Dubai Habitats International Award..Saxena is the Founder-President of the widely regarded NGO-NCCL (National Council for Civil Liberties), which formed a formidable opposition for Medha Patkar of the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) for the welfare of Adiwasis. NCCL has also done considerable relief work in Gujarats earthquake-affected districts.In 2008, he won the International felicitation by United Nations Decade of Sustainable Development (UNDESD), UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP in association with International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP), USA, (UN NGO) and Social Organisation for Health Human & Management (SOHAM) for Outstanding Contribution to Environment Protection and Water Security.Saxena has injected vibrancy and established a slew of new and daring marketing efforts, including involving corporates for marketing convergence and establishing MoUs with Raymond, Arvind, ABRFL, NIFT, Globus, and others. He has also aggressively promoted Khadi with Public Sectors and Government Departments, obtaining large orders from Air India, ONGC, REC, PMO, Railways, Ministry of Health, Department of Postal and Telegraph, and others. He has also introduced e-governance into the Khadi sector, as well as e-portals for subsidy distribution to entrepreneurs, Khadi institutions, and craftsmen, bringing transparency and ease of implementation. Opening up Khadi for sale through franchises, malls, and retail chains has also been one of his primary goals, and Khadi has already found a home in Khadi Korners at Globus, NOIDA, Chennai, and Ahmedabad, with the help of the Retailer Association of India. Khadi Korners are also being opened in Apna Bazars around the state, and discussions with Future Group, Shoppers Stop, and others are underway.From 2016 to 2020, the Honble Prime Minister nominates Vinay Saxena as a member of the Empowered Committee for the evaluation of Prime Ministers Awards for Excellence in Public Administration. The Cabinet Secretary chairs this High-Powered Committee, which also includes the Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, the CEO of Niti Aayog, and the Secretary of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances.On 18 March 2019, the Honble President of India nominated Mr Saxena as a Member of University Court of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, for three years in his role as Visitor of the University. This is the Institutions Highest Body.Vinay Saxena was appointed to the Research Council of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology on 9 September 2020. The Research Council is the institutes highest decision-making body, with the mission of boosting bio-economy through sustainable utilisation of Himalayan bio-resources and discovering, developing, and commercialising processes and products from Himalayan bio-resources using cutting-edge science and technology.Vinai Saxena was nominated by the Government of India to serve on the High Powered Padma Awards Selection Committee for the year 2021 in November 2020. The Committee is in charge of reviewing the nominees for Padma Awards.