Balachandra Iyer is an Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) officer on deputation to the Institute. He has done his B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering (1983-88) from the College of Engineering, Trivandrum and has an MA in Governance and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex.
Iyer was a shopfloor maintenance engineer in Bhilai Steel Plant, SAIL for five years and a Technical Officer in a nationalised bank for a year before joining the Civil Services. His Railway postings have been at Kharagpur, Adra (Purulia District), Visakhaptnam, Bilaspur and New Delhi. He has also served on Central Deputation in the UPSC and under the Cabinet Secretariat.