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Mr Rajiv Agarwal, Managing Director and CEO

Mr Agarwal is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Cost and Works Accountant and Company Secretary and has over 25 years of rich and varied experience in industries like Retail, BPO, Telecom, Manmade fibres, Shipping and Logistics., and has successfully led businesses as CEO since 1992, mainly in telecom services and shipping, logistics and ports sectors.

Mr Agarwal was the CEO of Modi Champion during 1992-94 and Joint Managing Director of Modi Korea Telecom during 1994-97. He joined the Essar Group in 1997 as Chief Operating Officer in Essar Telecom. Mr Agarwal has served on the Boards of public listed companies in India and the United States. He has held the position of Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director on the Board of this Company during 1998-2002.

Mr Agarwal was the President of IndoRama Synthetics Limited during 2002-2004. He held the position of CEO and Director of The Mobile Store Limited and created a well-recognised and strong Indian telecom brand in just two years.

Mr Agarwal has won a series of accolades and awards including CEO of the Year Award – 2009 Asia Retail Congress; Retail Professional of the Year: 2008 at Franchise India; and Best Retailer in Telecom Segment – over two years at the India Retail Forum.

Mr Agarwal is also a Director on the boards of various other Indian companies.

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Mr K K Sinha, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Sinha has done his B.Sc (Engg) in Mechanical Engineering from BIT, Sindri and has obtained his Masters in Business Administration from FMS, University of Delhi.

Mr Sinha has over 32 years experience with industry majors such as Petronet India Ltd., Indian Oil Corporation and Bokaro Steel Ltd.

Prior to joining Essar, he was Managing Director at Petronet India Ltd, a position he held since 2000.

Mr Sinha has served Indian Oil Corporation for over 27 years in various capacities. As Executive Director, he was responsible for implementation of the entire pipeline project of IOC.

Mr Sinha is also a Director on the boards of various other Indian companies.

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Mr A.S. Bali, Director Finance

Mr AS Bali has done his B.Com. (Hons) from Delhi University and obtained his Masters in Business Administration and MS (Finance) from Northern Illinois University, USA.

Mr Bali has over 25 years of rich and varied experience in financial markets with Fortune 100 Companies such as American Express Bank Limited, GE Capital, Standard Chartered Bank PLC, etc in Canada, USA, Indonesia and India.

Mr Bali joined Essar Services India Limited as Head – Investor Relations, Asia, and was responsible for establishing new and deepening existing investor relations.

Mr Bali is also the Promoter Director of Fore Consultants (P) Limited, a boutique advisory and consulting firm engaged in strategy and financial management of mid-sized companies in tourism infrastructure development. 

He has also been associated with Standard Chartered Bank PLC in various capacities as a senior banker. In addition, he was with GE Capital Services (India) for five years as Vice President, Commercial Finance.

Mr Bali was also Director in Corporate Banking at American Express Bank Limited, prior to which he was associated with Vilas Investment Inc., Illinois, USA and Markham Computers Inc., Canada.

Mr Bali is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and certified Risk Professional.

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Mr Dilip J. Thakkar, Director

Mr Thakkar, a practicing Chartered Accountant since last 46 years, is a Partner of Jayantilal Thakkar & Co. and Jayantilal Thakkar Associates, Chartered Accountants, Mumbai. MrThakkar has vast experience in the fields of Accounts, Finance, Taxation, FEMA etc.

Mr Thakkar is also a Director on the boards of various Indian public limited companies.

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Mr Deepak Kumar Varma, Director

Mr Deepak Kumar Varma is B.E. (Mechanical) and MBA by qualification and is a Management Consultant and Arbitrator by profession and is a member of the Indian Council of Arbitrators.
                        
Mr Varma has held various senior management positions in Steel Authority of India Ltd; was the Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Shipyard Ltd; Chairman and Managing Director of Cochin Shipyard Ltd; Managing Director of National Ship Design & Research Centre (NSDRC); Chairman and Managing Director of Rashtriya Chemical & Fertilizers Ltd; Chairman and Managing Director of Fertilizers & Chemicals (Cochin); Director & Group Leader of Oman India Fertilizers (OMIFCO); and Chairman of the Standing Conference of Public Enterprises, the apex body of all Central PSUs.

Mr Varma has rich experience in the fields of Construction, Project Implementation (Marine, Shipping, Shipbuilding & Offshore Construction), Oil Field Equipment Manufacturing (Steel, Chemical and Fertilizer / Petrochemical), Communication and Corporate Governance.

Mr Varma is also a Director on the boards of various Indian public limited companies.

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Mr T. S. Narayanasami, Director

Mr Narayanasami has over 40 years experience in the field of Banking and Finance and is currently the Managing Director & CEO of United Stock Exchange of India Ltd and Chairman of Experian Credit Information Company of India Pvt Ltd.

Mr Narayanasami was associated with Bank of India as Chairman and Managing Director. Prior to that he was the Chairman & Managing Director of Indian Overseas Bank. He was also the Chairman & Managing Director of Andhra Bank. He has served as Executive Director of Punjab National Bank. He began his carrier with Union Bank of India and was General Manager prior to moving to Punjab National Bank.

He has held various positions as Chairman of Managing Committee of Indian Banks' Association; Director General - Insurance Corporation of India; President of the Governing Council of Indian Institute of Banking and Finance; Chairman of the Governing Board of Institute of Banking Personnel Selection; Member of Board of Trustees of Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises; Member - Governing Council, Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology; Member - Governing Council, National Institute of Bank Management; and Member - Primary Market Advisory Committee, Securities and Exchange Board of India.

Mr Narayanasami is also on the boards of various public limited companies.

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Mr P. K. Srivastava, Director

Mr Srivastava has done his M.Sc. (Physics) from the University of Lucknow and M.A. (Management Studies) from University of Leeds (UK) and has been consistently placed in First Class / Distinction in academics.

Mr Srivastava has a rich experience of 45 years in various commercial organisations in India and abroad (mainly Public Sector undertakings in India and in Saudi Arabia).He was Director on the Board of Shipping Corporation of India Ltd for 15 years and 10 years as the Chairman and Managing Director of the company, which is a group "A" Public Sector Undertaking with an annual turnover in excess of USD 1 billion.

Mr Srivastava then joined Emirates Trading Agency L.L.C., Dubai, UAE, as Group Advisor (Trading & Shipping Division).  He was responsible for the overall management of large business enterprises mainly in the fields of Shipping, Oil Transportation and Infrastructure Development.

Mr Srivastava was the President of the Indian National Shipowners' Association  and the Association of Multimodal Transport Operators of India.

He was also the Chairman of Irano-Hind Shipping Company Ltd and Indian National Committee of American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Member of ABS and its council.  He was also a Director on the Board of Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Ltd (SMUL), London; Indian Register of Shipping; and Cochin Shipyard Ltd.  He also held the position of Chairman of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ceylon Conference.  Mr Srivastava was also a member of the Institute of Public Enterprises, Hyderabad,  Board of Governors and World Maritime University and National Shipping Board.

Mr Srivastava is currently a Director on the board of Essar Ports Limited, Vadinar Oil Terminal Limited and Essar Bulk Terminal Limited.

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Mr Michael Pinto

Mr. Michael Pinto is graduated in BA (Political Science) from University of Madras and M.A. (Sociology) from University of Delhi and has done his MPA (Master of Public Administration) from Harvard.

Mr. Pinto began his working career as a management trainee with Hindustan Lever in 1966. On his selection into the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) he joined the Government and served with them till his superannuation in 2003.

The several assignments that Shri. Pinto held included:

  • CEO of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC)
  • VC and MD of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation
  • CMD, Handicrafts and Handlooms Export Corporation of India (HHEC)
  • Chairman of the Central Cottage Industries Corporation (CCIC)
  • MD Maharashtra State Finance Corporation, Minister (Economic) Embassy of India, Paris
  • Chairman, Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB)
  • Director General (Shipping) Govt of India
  • Chairman Jawaharlal Nehru Port and
  • Secretary (Shipping) Govt. of India.

The blend of experience, in the private sector where he started his career, as well as the several public enterprises, both at the state and the centre in which he served has given him a unique insight into private public partnerships and how they can be harnessed to increase welfare and improve economic conditions especially in developing countries.

A few among the many acheivements of Mr. Pinto are as under:

At MSEB, Mr. Pinto assisted a special committee, appointed by the Government of Maharashtra, to re-frame the outlines of the Dabhol Power Project in a form that was more acceptable to the authorities concerned. All this was accomplished at a time when private power generation and the guidelines under which it could be allowed were still in their infancy.

As DG Shipping, Mr. Pinto was nominated to head a National Shipping Policy Committee to formulate a long term perspective plan for Indian shipping. The report led to several new policy initiatives, notably the opening up of training in the maritime sector to private investment and also created an environment in which development and growth of the Indian fleet was placed on top of government's agenda.

Mr. Pinto's next assignment was with the Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNP). Both as Chairman of JNP as well as the Indian Ports Association (IPA) Mr. Pinto played a stellar role in opening the port sector to private investment and in popularising the concept of the landlord port. Thanks largely to these efforts, a sector that was long considered to be a government monopoly has attracted private investment, both private and foreign, of more than $ 2 Billion. Mr. Pinto also headed a committee of management that successfully negotiated a settlement with workers of all major ports. For the first time in the history of the port sector, the agreement was for 10 years instead of the customary 4.

As Secretary to the Govt. of India Mr. Pinto helped shape maritime policy and ensure a greater role for private investment in this sector. He forcefully articulated India's stand at several international fora like the IMO, the OECD and the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH). He has been a speaker on port and shipping related matters at several international seminars. Mr. Pinto was the first (and so far the only) Indian to be elected as Vice Chairman of the council of the IMO.

After his retirement from government in 2003, Mr. Pinto was requested by the Government of Maharashtra to chair an expert group to prepare the case of the state government for enhanced assistance from the 12th Finance Commission. After this assignment was successfully completed, he was requested to chair the Maharashtra Board for Reconstruction of State Enterprises which he did till April 2005.

He was, till recently, the Vice Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities in the rank and status of Union Minister of State.

In addition to these activities Mr. Pinto had been appointed as an independent director on the boards of many public limited companies.

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Dr. Jose Paul

Dr. Jose Paul is graduated in M.A. (Political Science) from University of Mysore and has done his PhD in Port Management from University of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Dr. Paul is also a Fellow of the British Institute of Management (FBIM) and Chartered Institute of Transport, London (FCIT).

Dr. Paul has also published a number of papers on port and shipping in national and international magazines and journals.

Dr. Paul has won many awards and prizes, to mention a few, First Prize and the "Akiyama Award" in the International Essay Competition organised by the International Association of Ports and Harbours, Tokyo, Japan in 1986, Silver Medal and a Scroll at the World Port Conference held in Seoul, South Korea in May 1987 and LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD instituted by EXIM INDIA Shipping Times received at Taj Coromandel, Chennai on 31st July 2010 from Secretary (Shipping), Government of India for significant contribution made in the Maritime sector.

Dr. Paul was the Deputy Chairman, New Mangalore Port Trust from 1989 to 1994, Deputy Chairman & Acting Chairman, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, New Mumbai from 1994 to 1997, Chairman, Mormugao Port Trust, Goa from 1997 to 2001 and Member, Executive Council, Indian Maritime University, Chennai for the period 1st April 2009 – 31st March 2011.

He was the only speaker invited from India by the International Association of Ports and Harbours to speak in the 21st World Port Conference held in May 1999 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and again in the 22nd World Port Conference held in May 2001 in Montreal, Canada.

On the invitation of the UNCTAD, Dr. Paul attended the Expert Group meeting on globalisation of port logistics: opportunities and challenges for developing countries held on 12th December 2007.

Dr. Paul was also a part-time Lecturer, Department of Maritime Studies, University of Wales, Cardiff, UK (1985 – 1987) and Visiting Professor to Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, Illinois, US and prepared a profile of a research project on US legislation on advance presentation of vessel cargo manifest (May to July 2003).

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Mr N. C. Singhal

Mr. Singhal is a post graduate in Economics, Statistics & Administration and is professionally educated from IIM, Ahmedabad and Kolkata and IIT, Kanpur. Mr. Singhal founded the erstwhile SCICI Limited and served as its Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director. Mr. Singhal has also served as a Senior Executive of The Industrial Credit & Investment Corporation of India Limited (since renamed as ICICI Limited) for 15 years and Oil & Natural Gas Commission. He has vast experience in the field of Banking and Finance.

Mr. Singhal has been a Banking Expert to the Industrial Development Bank of Afghanistan, Kabul and Consultant and Management Specialist with the Asian Development Bank, Manila.

Mr. Singhal is currently a director on the Board of many public limited companies.

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Mr. Jesper Kjaedegaard

Mr. Kjaedegaard has more than 35 years of experience in shipping and ports industry and was CEO of the Maersk Company UK Ltd. before he left the A. P. Moller Group in 2008. He was thereafter appointed as the President of the British Chamber of Shipping and Chairman of Maritime UK, an industry body representing ports, ship owners and companies, maritime insurance, brokers, classification societies and all other aspects of shipping in the UK.

Parallel to this he also joined several Boards as a Non-Executive Director/Chairman of both listed (FTSE) and privately owned companies in UK, Norway, Denmark and Brazil.

Mr. Kjaedegaard started his own Maritime Consulting business in 2008 and now works extensively with ports and investors around the world to build and develop port assets.

Mr. Kjaedegaard has deep experience with projects in India where he served on the Board of Maersk India Pvt. Ltd., for many years and was deeply involved in the development of both Gujarat Pipavav Port Limited in Pipavav and Gateway Terminals in Mumbai. He was also the first Chairman of the Board of Gateway Terminals.

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