Vinod brings in 25 years of hands-on experience in Plant Operations and Engineering, where he managed Strategic Business Units and headed Mega Plants, along with experience in identifying new business opportunities.
During his previous stint at the Vedanta Group, he led the business across locations and developed a new business vertical for Waste Product Management. At Samta Mines, his passion for people management and technological advancement works in synergy with the organization’s commitment to innovation and excellence.
A true change agent, Vinod strives to constantly raise the benchmark for performance through his knowledge of sustainability frameworks and innovation for cost optimization.
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.
Anil has more than two decades of executive experience in the Metal Manufacturing industry. He has mastered the implementation of productivity-boosting initiatives for projects and leads with a proactive approach towards work.
In his previous role at Konkola Copper Mines, his holistic approach led to the implementation of safety measures and complete eradication of fatal incidents while increasing productivity. He believes in growth through sustainability and has self-funded and executed development initiatives in Biodiesel and Agricultural projects.
Anil is an advisory board member for the Copper Belt University in Zambia and a member of the Engineers Institute of Zambia. He has been awarded the Platinum Award in IMEA for three consecutive years and has also been a recipient of various awards by Qualtech, CII, and ASQ.
A visionary, entrepreneur, philanthropist and above all, a social reformer, his entrepreneurial endeavor, Ajanta Pharma, has today become a highly successful pharmaceutical empire, operating over 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 under-privileged 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.
Vinay brings with him over 25 years’ 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 the Samta Group.
His strength includes leading the Core Functional Leadership Team comprising of Accounts, Finance, Commercial, Compliance including Taxation, Legal, Secretarial, Info-Tech & Logistic. He has been passionately involved with startups and green field projects as also with Mergers, Acquisitions & Joint Ventures. He is an active member of CII CFO Forum.
Rashmi 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 & Enzymology. She has a Doctorate degree in Enzymology and a Post-Doctoral in Proteomic and Molecular Biology. She is also an entrepreneur and is actively involved in the strategic decisions made in the company.
Being a firm believer in social responsibility, she constantly works on developing quality solutions and products that are beneficial to society. 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. Naidu has under his belt 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.
Sharata has over 30 years of experience in Mineral Exploration and Development & Operations of mining projects across the globe. He has held various senior leadership and operational roles across Gold, Diamond, Copper & Cobalt and 3Ts (Tin, Tantalum & Tungsten) metals in different parts of Africa.
Prior to joining SMML, Sharata has been Group COO for RioZim where he played the pivotal role in commissioning of BIOX plant at CAM & Motor Gold Mine and expansion of other gold mines in Zimbabwe. He has been associated with Somika Group as Group Executive Adviser and with Chemicals of Africa (CHEMAF) as Director (Mining and Exploration) and taking care of entire gamut of exploration and mining operations for Copper & Cobalt and Tin & Tantalum in different parts of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
He holds a Master of Technology in Applied Geology from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee and in Mineral Exploration from Indian Institute of Technology (ISM), Dhanbad, India.
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, Geotechnical Investigation, and so on. He holds a Post Graduate 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: Project Planning, Execution, Engineering, Monitoring, Controlling, Billing and Operation and maintenance of projects.
Socially conscious, he has been an important part of the Tree Planting project at the Solar Plant.
Vinod is a synthetic biologist with 16 years of experience in the fields of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetic Engineering, Enzyme Engineering, Enzymology, and Biocatalysis. He is well-versed in Cloning, Mutagenesis, Library Creation, Assay Development, Screening, Structure-function Relationship, Structure-guided Rational Design, Protein Expression, and Protein Purification.
Prior to Gencrest, he was with Reliance Industries Ltd., where his work resulted in a patent application and publication. He also worked as a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Germany.
On the academic front, Vinod did his PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands and his MSc in Chemistry from IIT Delhi. He has 15 publications and 4 patent applications to his name.
Amit is an exploration specialist with skills in Geological Modelling. He has more than 20 years of global experience spanning 20 countries.
He has managed projects from reconnaissance to resource stages in a variety of occurrences, such as porphyry gold-copper, epithermal and orogenic gold, sedimentary uranium, kimberlite diamonds, and iron ore. Some of his major accomplishments are, an iron ore discovery in Guinea for WAI Capital, Canada and a gold discovery in Tanzania for NMDC Ltd. India.
He has a Doctorate degree in Structural Geology from Banaras Hindu University, India and was awarded the prestigious Dr. K.S. Krishnan Fellowship by the Department of Atomic Energy. Amit also founded MPXG Exploration, India and GeoExploration LLC, USA.
Srinivas brings with him more than 24 years of experience in managing different ore commodities of Mineral Process Plant Operations, Project Commissioning, Finance, Environment, Logistics, and liaising with corporate and external agencies. He holds a Masters in Technology - Mineral Processing.
Fura Gems Inc. and Hindustan Zinc Ltd. are some of the reputable organizations where he has worked and succeeded in achieving cost reduction, evolving production engineering techniques, and creating a teamwork environment to accomplish business targets. Notably, he was also recognized for implementing Six Sigma projects in a beneficiation plant.
Srinivas has obtained a fellowship at the Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers. He is an active member of the Indian Institute of Metals, Kolkata and the Indian Society for Training and Development.
Praveen is an accomplished strategist with more than 33 years of experience in the Mining business. He has expertise in the areas of Mine Construction and Mine Expansion, Mine Design, Beneficiation, and Smelting.
He is well-versed in Strategy Formulation, Cost Reduction and Budgeting, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment, Asset Optimization, Behavior-based Safety Management, and Project Management. Praveen has been part of the management teams which brought positive transformations at Hindustan Zinc Ltd., India and AGRC, Armenia (Vedanta).
He played a key role in getting the Rampura Agucha Open Cast Mines recognized as a world-class operation. Praveen was also actively involved in reviving the Rajpura Dariba Mines in 1994.
Inspired by the ethics of Purushottam Agrawal and his late wife, Samta Agrawal, Richa takes a hands-on approach to managing the activities of Samta Foundation. Attending camps in rural and tribal areas, she has witnessed first-hand the gap in availability of better healthcare and educational facilities. She is driven to provide access to these services and envisions the Foundation to be synonymous with efficiency and quality.
Richa is a mother of two, a commerce graduate and a painter. She launched Samta Foundation’s Art Initiative, which helps tribal artists and craftsmen gain financial independence and provides them with training and guidance from senior artists and professionals.
Nurturing a strong desire for service, she not only hails from a family of philanthropists, but also believes that Samta Foundation gives her a platform to contribute meaningfully.
Mragank brings with him 28 years of experience in the field of Project Management. He is proficient in the Operations and Engineering aspect of composite textile units. His skills lie in the areas of Implementation and Maintenance of Quality Systems, Buyer Compliances, Inventory Reduction, and energy-saving practices in the textile industry.
As the Head of Operations and Projects at VHM Ind. Ltd., Mragank oversaw a greenfield composite textile project based in Amravati, Maharashtra where he managed to plan and execute the project in record time.
He was also in charge of Engineering and Utility of two units at Morarjee Textiles Ltd., where his team got recognition for undertaking successful energy-saving initiatives.
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 DR 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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At its very core, the Samta Group is formed on three pillars of intentions:
1. An innovative and disruptive mindset
2. Environment friendly and sustainability approach
3. Social responsibility and ethics
INNOVATION & DISRUPTION: A NEW WAY TO LOOK AT THE CONVENTIONAL
At the Samta Group, we are looking at how to change the game through innovation and new lines of businesses. Accordingly, you will find that everything we are doing is new and disruptive – almost everything has an element of “first” in it. We want to challenge the status quo so that it leads to new solutions. Even when we are performing the smallest or simplest of tasks, we consider “What can be done differently?” As a result, our Samta Group verticals were born out of opportunities that we actively created.
ENVIRONMENT AND HUMANITY ARE DEEPLY INTERCONNECTED
We take care of the environment while undertaking every project and are aware of our responsibility to protect it. Before a new venture is launched, we always ask ourselves “Is it a sustainable idea? Is it a renewable source?” We make business decisions using this prism and make sure all proposals or projects follow this belief that is crucial for our future.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS
We believe that social responsibility and ethics is a mindset one lives with 24×7 and is integral to all our decisions. Our work through Samta Foundation is as professionally and systematically run as any of our business ventures, which is crucial to ensure that the aid we provide reaches exactly where, when, and how it is needed and create value for our society by applying real-world solutions.
Enzyme engineering is paving the way for a future where chemical reactions are quicker, generate less waste, and are environment friendly. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence technologies are expected to accelerate enzyme engineering and further its real-world impact.
In future, advances in technology and processes will lead to the next generation of bio-refineries systems with low-cost conversion of lignocelluloses into biofuels and biochemicals, which will pave the way for a sustainable future.