Presidency College, Kolkata, University of Manchester, UK and World Bank Institute, Washington DC, Chatterjee also possesses a diploma in French language.
Beginning her career as a city magistrate in West Bengal in 1982, she became district magistrate of Hooghly in the late 1980s. In West Bengal, she handled a number of key posts including in urban development, rural development and tourism departments.
At the Centre, she had two innings in the ministry of environment and forests, first in early 1990s and then as additional secretary in 2011-12. She had a couple of foreign postings too – as a representative of the World Health Organisation and then as adviser to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Ms Chatterjee was also Director General of CAPART, and has been working as member secretary of the National Commission for Women since December 2013.
She will retire in June 2017.