Jitinder Kohli is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington DC where his work focuses on government efficiency, regulatory reform, and economic issues.
Until late 2009, Jitinder worked as a senior civil servant. Most recently, he served as the Director General of Strategy and Communications for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. Between 2005 and 2009, he was Chief Executive of the Better Regulation Executive where he was responsible for regulatory reform for the United Kingdom. Whilst there, he led a major program to reduce the administrative burden of regulation by 25 percent over five years.
Previously, Jitinder was Head of Productivity and Structural Reform in HM Treasury, where he led major reforms to the microeconomic framework in order to improve underlying productivity performance. His areas of focus there included: skills, housing, regulatory policy, small firm finance, competition law, and immigration. Jitinder also worked on social policy, leading the Government Directorate responsible for the relationship with the non-profit sector and setting up a new unit responsible for improving community cohesion after major disturbances in three Northern English towns in 2001. He has also worked in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and the Cabinet Secretariat.
Jitinder has played an active role in the third sector. Prior to moving to Washington, he was chair of the EPIC Trust, a leading provider of social care services in England, and on the board of Circle Anglia Housing Group, a major housing association. Earlier in his life, Jitinder was Co-ordinator of the Oxford Access Scheme running a small student-led charity which worked to broaden access to higher education for young people from inner-city areas.