K. M. Abraham (civil servant)

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K. M. Abraham
Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala
In office
August 2017 – December 2017
GovernorP. Sathasivam
Chief MinisterPinarayi Vijayan
Preceded byNalini Netto IAS
Succeeded byPaul Antony IAS
Personal details
Born3 May 1957
Alma materIIT Kanpur
University of Michigan
Financial Analyst
AwardsSatyendra K. Dubey Memorial Award

Kandathil Mathew Abraham (born 30 December 1957) is a retired Indian IAS officer who is serving as Chief Principal Secretary of Chief Minister of Kerala, Chief Executive Officer of KIIFB and Chairman of Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council.[1] He retired as the Chief Secretary of Kerala in December 2017.[2] He belongs to 1982 batch of IAS. He was instrumental in bringing out Sahara Group Scam when he was a member of Securities and Exchange Board of India.


Abraham did his B. Tech in Civil Engineering from University of Kerala and did M. Tech in Industrial Management from IIT Kanpur. He completed his Ph.D from University of Michigan and also a Certified Chartered Financial Analyst.


Abraham started his career as Assistant Collector. He was District Collector in Alappuzha and Ernakulam Districts. He was Secretary in Finance, Education an Housing Department. He was whole time member in Securities and Exchange Board of India from 2008 to 2011. During his tenure at SEBI, he exposed the financial irregularities at Sahara Group and subsequently led to the closure of Sahara Group. He then served as Principal Secretary in Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer department, Science and technology department and Higher Education department. He served as Additional Chief Secretary in Finance, Higher Education and Social Justice Department before being appointed as Chief Secretary. He succeeded Nalini Netto as the Chief Secretary of Kerala.[3] He retired in December 2017.[4] He was instrumental in setting up KIIFB, and till day serving as the Chief Executive officer.[5] In May 2021, he was appointed as the Chief Principal Secretary of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He was awarded Satyendra Dubey Memorial Award in 2016 by IIT Kanpur. He was visiting faculty at IIT Kanpur and Professor of Finance, Asian School of Business.


  1. ^ Radhakrishnan, S, Anil (2021-05-25). "Dr. Abraham appointed Chief Principal Secretary to CM". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  2. ^ "K.M. Abraham is Chief Secretary". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 2017-08-30. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2021-06-17.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "Dr K M Abraham, new Kerala Chief Secretary - The New Indian Express". www.newindianexpress.com. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  4. ^ "New chief secretary assumes office". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  5. ^ ":: KIIFB :: KERALA INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT FUND BOARD ::". kiifb.org. Retrieved 2021-06-17.