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Ravi graduated with Masters in International Management degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and returned to India following an internship with the global marketing team of Sanofi, New Jersey, USA.
He joined Ajanta Pharma, where he oversaw Marketing and Joint Venture Operations in the CIS region and later headed the international business development division. During his tenure, the company saw its brands move up to the top 10 categories and expansion to 8 countries in the CIS region.
Ravi has over 2 decades experience in Life Sciences, Infrastructure Industries and Sustainable Energy. He is passionate about promoting and mentoring new businesses across several verticals such as Energy, Mining, Biotech and Information Technology which includes companies like Gencrest and Infinichains, both start-up technology disruptors.
A visionary, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and above all, a social reformer, Mr. Purushottam Agrawal’s entrepreneurial endeavor, Ajanta Pharma, has become a highly successful pharmaceutical empire, operating across 30+ countries including the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The company has a market capitalization of about US$2.0 billion and a footprint that spans the globe.
His simplicity and ethical business approach, coupled with genuine societal concern, particularly for the underprivileged, has led him to start his philanthropic venture, Samta Foundation, which reaches out to over a million underprivileged individuals every year.
A veteran with over 37 years of rich experience across the Oil & Gas, Cement, and Machinery Manufacturing industries and has worn many hats.
As a Chartered Accountant & Company Secretary and a Senior Commercial & Operations Executive Mr. Bansal has handled Commercial Functions, Operations, the complex regulatory environment of Excise and Customs for SEZ, EOU, and domestic territory areas and has executed refinery projects as well. He has previously been associated with Reliance Industries.
As CEO of the Mining vertical of Samta Group in Africa, he currently oversees the mining operations in Uganda and DR Congo.
Mr. Vinay Gupta brings with him over 25 years of experience, with the last 15+ years in strategic management roles. His journey has seen him associate with leading brands such as Tata General, Monsanto (Solutia), Pall, InterWrap, and Skechers, before joining Samta Group.
His strength includes leading the Core Functional Leadership Team comprising of Accounts; Finance; Commercial; Compliance including Taxation, Legal, Secretarial; Info-Tech; and Logistics. He has been passionately involved with start-ups and green field projects, along with Mergers, Acquisitions, and Joint Ventures. He is an active member of the CII CFO Forum.
Dr. Rashmi Mishra Chowdhary brings with her a mix of leadership skills, commercial acumen, and technical expertise. She has 2 decades of experience in various sectors such as Biotherapeutics, Clinical Research, Microbial Engineering, and Enzymology. She has a Doctorate degree in Enzymology and a Postdoctoral in Proteomic and Molecular Biology. She is also an entrepreneur and is actively involved in making strategic decisions for the company.
Being a firm believer in social responsibility, she constantly works on developing quality solutions and products that are beneficial to society. Dr. Rashmi also takes time out to volunteer at a non-profit center for cancer patients every weekend. Aside from work, she is involved in several socio-economic causes such as women’s health, public education, and animal welfare.
Starting as a Purchase Clerk in 1973, today Mr. Satish Naidu has over 45 years of experience with multinational companies in the Procurement and Commercial space, ensuring the company gets the best deals when it comes to Industrial Purchase.
He is currently the Secretary of the Rotary Club of Thane Imperial and is actively involved in the Joy of Serving Humanity (JOSH).
With over 24 years of experience, Rajesh has been involved in Operations Management, Business Development, Production, Project Management, Trading of Minerals, Logistics, Materials Management, Laboratory and R&D, Exploration, and of course, Mining. His achievements include setting up entire business operations from the inception for Samta Natural Resources at Congo, heading the Operation and Exploration team in DRC and Uganda, as well as planning and implementing Logistics.
Dr. Ravindran Kanningat holds a Doctorate degree in Management - Pharmaceutical R & D and comes with over three decades of industry and academic experience. He has worked in various capacities in Sales, Marketing, Strategy, and Business Development across different industries, spanning India, UAE, Congo, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
His academic stints include teaching at the ICRI-Cranfield University (UK) in India, Edgewater College in the Republic of Ireland, and many other management institutions in India. In addition, Dr. Ravindran is a Trainer at the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) City & Guilds, UK. He also holds an honorary diplomatic position as the Vice Consul for the Republic of Zimbabwe in Mumbai.
On the social front, he counsels parents, conducts sessions on children’s upbringing, and organizes motivational sessions, particularly for students.
As a Human Resources professional, practitioner, and consultant, Aarti Kumar Rhai brings with her 18+ years of leadership experience in various industries that include but are not limited to Pharma, FMCG, Manufacturing, Engineering, and BFSI. A certified “MBTI practitioner,” she holds a Master’s degree in Management. She has assayed various roles in the past including Head of HR (Commercial Operations), Sandoz India. Aarti has also been associated with organizations such as Mahindra and Mahindra, Pepsi, Novartis, and Plethico.
She has handled multiple assignments like Job Evaluation, Performance Management, Competency Mapping, Assessment, Organization Restructuring, Talent Pipeline (TMS), Leadership Development, Succession Planning, HRIS, Business HR, Campus Hiring, Employee Engagement Surveys, Leadership Hiring, Bulk Hiring, and more.
Sunil brings to the table over 18 years of experience in the field of Infrastructure Development including Roads, Major & Minor Bridges, Commercial and Residential Buildings, Special Economic Zone (SEZ), Solar Power Infrastructure Development, Topographical Survey and Geotechnical Investigation. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Quantity Surveying & Valuation from the prestigious Annamalai University, Chennai. Sunil holds a life membership as an Approved Valuer from the Institution of Valuers (AMV) and is an Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers (AME). His capabilities include the following: Project Planning, Execution, Engineering, Monitoring, Controlling, Billing and Operation, and Project Maintenance.
Socially conscious, he has been an important part of the Tree Planting project at the Solar Plant.
The world’s appetite for strategic minerals is poised to grow voraciously. Samta Mines & Minerals (SMML) is strategically placed to extract and produce these precious raw materials to feed this demand.
SMML, based out of Mumbai, is the mining arm of Samta Group. With subsidiaries located in Uganda and Congo, the company currently holds over 3200 sq km of mineral exploration area, which consists of more than 25 mineral licenses. All explorations here are carried out under strict international guidelines. Since mining has a significant environmental impact, we aim to earmark budgets to invest in afforestation right at the beginning of the project rather than at the end.Visit website>
From Sustainable Fibres to Bioethanol, Gencrest believes in developing gentle solutions for a better tomorrow.
Gencrest is a research-driven Biotech company with its headquarters and R&D centre in Mumbai, and a tie-up with the University of Pennsylvania (USA), with its R&D centre in Philadelphia. Gencrest has also invested in another research-based company in Bangalore.
The company is part of a revolutionary progression from synthetic formulations to natural, sustainable biotechnology solutions. Gencrest is in the process of bringing to the market innovative and optimized enzymes along with associated applications across a range of products. By identifying the needs of the industry, Gencrest aims to be a disruptive player in the biotech industry.Visit website>
InfiniChains is an entrepreneurial initiative in the IT domain with an emphasis on transformational blockchain and artificial intelligence technology. Based in San Francisco and Pune, the company is spearheaded by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to provide end-to-end traceability and an authentication system across the value chains of the finance, textile, mining, and food industries.
For InfiniChains, blockchain is what the future is all about – a technology that helps businesses and brands deeply engage with their users and build lasting trust through transparency.Visit website>
Quantumzyme is focused on clean and green chemistry. The company's lab based in Bangalore, India, delivers custom-designed enzymes to ensure increased performance and stability leading to increased production efficiency.
Quantumzyme has developed a proprietary workbench module to deliver these unique projects to its clients.Visit website>
What is fantastic about the sun is that while the earth may run out of coal and oil, the world will always have the sun’s energy. Samta Energy was conceived to participate in India’s mission to achieve its target of energy sustainability in a clean and green way.
The company has commissioned a 25-MW plant in Surendranagar, Gujarat, India. It is one of the most efficient solar power plants in the country with a 99.9% uptime record. The future for solar power is indeed bright.Visit website>
Phyllozyme is a research-based group company working on a unique technology to express enzymes in plant chloroplasts. With a lab based in Philadelphia, the company has been established to validate, scale-up, and commercialize non-therapeutic enzymes using revolutionary, disruptive, and patented Chloroplast Transgene Technology (CTT).
Holding the power to disrupt the entire industry, this environment friendly and sustainable technology can deliver stable enzymes at a much lower cost than currently available microbial sources.Visit website>
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