Mohapatra, who moves from the position of Joint Secretary in the Department of Commerce for the Indian government, took up his new role last week.
He has worked extensively in the power sector, urban development and industry, where he was involved in comprehensive reforms in the power sector and restructuring of the Gujarat Electricity Board into several commercial entities.
Mohapatra is also said to have "a rich and varied experience" in the chemicals and fertilizers sector, having previously worked as the managing director of Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd (GACL) and managing director of Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers Company Limited (GNFC).
He worked as a Municipal Commissioner in Surat from 1999 to 2002, during which he was actively involved in the process of converting Surat into one of the models of urban governance with its thrust on solid waste management, quality infrastructure and sound financial management.
In addition AAI's new man at the top has also worked as a municipal commissioner in Ahmedabad for more than three years, during which he was instrumental in developing such projects such as Sabarmati Riverfront, BRTS, Kankaria Lakefront and Heritage Promotion.