Board of Directors

Shri. Devdas Chhotray IAS (Retd.): Chairman
-Shri. Devdas Chhotray was educated in the erstwhile Ravenshaw College, Cuttack (now Ravenshaw University) and Cornell University, USA. After joining the IAS in 1971, initially allotted to Union Territory and later to Bihar Cadre, Devdas Chhotray had worked in the states of West Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, as well as in Government of India, New Delhi. He was the District Officer in Dhanbad and Santhal Parganas in the erstwhile Bihar. He had worked in the Departments of Personnel, Finance, Revenue, Industries, Health and Home in the State Governments, and in the Ministries of Industries, Coal, Department of Justice and Department of Home Affairs in Government of India.He had worked as the Director of Orissa Film Development Corporation (1983-89 & 1996-98), Chairman of the Publication Committee in Fifth International Children's Film Festival (1987), and later as Vice President of the Governing Council of Film and Television Institute of India at Pune (1999–2001). In 2006, Devdas Chhotray took voluntary retirement from Government service, while working as a Secretary to the Government of India to become the first Vice-Chancellor of the Ravenshaw University. He is also an acclaimed writer in the oriya language is widely known for his four decades of poetry and lyrics, which have been translated into several Indian & foreign languages.

Mr. Ketan Sheth
-A visionary with demonstrated capability, having over two & a half decades of global experience in the Information Technology space. He constantly introduced various innovative yet cost effective services and solutions to enhance, enable & integrate IT with domains such as Finance, Capital & Commodities Market, Telecom, etc. Mr. Sheth's entrepreneurial stint has been hallmarked by his foresightedness, determination & integrity with a unique blend of excellence in execution by attracting and retaining best of the talent, innovation and ability to accept change, smart marketing & clear product positioning.
 
Smt. Neela Gangadharan IAS (Retd.)
-Smt. Neela Gangadharan, a  1975-batch IAS officer of the Kerala cadre is a Post Graduate in Economics from the University of Madras. She has held several senior positions in Government of India and State Government which include    Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development and Secretary ,Department of Justice , Joint Secretary (agriculture), Government of India, and Chief Secretary ,Home Secretary, Agriculture Production Commissioner ,Land revenue Comissioner and Excise Commissioner in Government of Kerala . She had also been official  Director in the Boards of  various State and Central Government Public sector undertakings. Her international experience includes serving as Minister(Agriculture) in the Embassy of India ,Rome Italy for over three years. She also headed  a unit of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN in Rome  dealing with Agricultural  policy  support  from  2003 to  2008.

Mr. A Ramkrishnan IAS (Retd.)
-Shri. A. Ramkrishnan is a post graduated in physics from IIT- Madras and MBA from IIM - Ahemadabad. He also holds a degree in Law. Shri. A. Ramkrishnan worked in the  government as the member of Indian Administrative Service. He held important position the level of Managing Director, Secretary and Joint Secretary in the State and Central Government across Industries, Tourism, Food, Consumer Affairs etc. After voluntary retirement from the IAS, he was CEO Akruti City Ltd. Mumbai a listed real estates company. Since 2008, he is working as an independent management consultant to Public Sector and Private Sector companies.

Mr. G Chandrashekhar : The Hindu Business Line.
-Mr. G Chandrashekhar ('The Hindu Business Line') is an economist and journalist with passion for agriculture, agribusiness and commodity markets (including energy and metals) as well as international trade and developmental issues. He is M.A. (Economics) and LL.M. (Constitution and Administrative Law), Bombay University. He is credited with providing policy inputs for various Governments.

Besides being a gifted speaker at national and international fora, he also holds public positions in chamber of commerce, trade associations, B-Schools etc. He has been spearheading a nationwide stakeholder awareness and education program on risk management in commodity markets. He was part of a World Bank team of Consultants for the Government of India – World Bank joint project called National Agriculture Innovation Project that looked at Indian agriculture prospects and challenges till 2030. For the first time in India, in 2002 he conceptualized, designed and conducted numerous training programs for stockbrokers, bankers, trading houses and other stakeholders to enter commodity futures market for price risk management under the auspices of BSE Training Institute. He was also coordinator of two international workshops sponsored by World Bank/UNCTAD and the Government of India on commodity futures trading; and authored reports for the Government on structured financing and warehouse receipts system. He is also associated with various cultural and social activities.
 
Mr.Kamal Verma : Sr. Executive Director (F & A) - IFFCO
-Mr. Kamal Verma is presently working as Sr. Executive Director (Finance & Accounts) at Corporate Office, New Delhi. Born on 6th Aug 1953, he is Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) from Delhi University and is also fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Mr. Verma has joined IFFCO in the year 1978 as Junior Manager (Accounts) and has about 34 years of experience in different positions in the Organization. Mr. Verma has worked in almost all departments in various positions at corporate office and operating units. Prior to joining IFFCO, he had a brief stint with a leading Indian newspaper – 'The Statesman Ltd'. Mr. Verma has attended various programs on Finance and General Management in India and abroad. Being a part of internal faculty member for imparting training to employees, he has organized various training programme for IFFCO's accounts personnel. Mr. Verma was deputed to Oman to work as Financial Controller cum Secretary to Board of Directors in IFFCO's Joint Venture Fertilizer Project named 'Oman India Fertilizer Company (OMIFCO)', where he made significant contributions towards profitability of the Company and worked extensively towards development of Omani nationals. Presently as Sr. Executive Director(Finance & Accounts), he is responsible for the financial matters of the Society and assist Jt.MD in finance functions.

Mr. V.Ramakrishna Rao : Executive Director - NABARD
-Shri V Ramakrishna Rao presently holds the position of Executive Director of NABARD, Head Office, Mumbai overseeing the key functional departments concerned with credit planning & dispensation, business and supervisory portfolio.  He holds a Master's degree in Commerce and Masters in Business Administration (Finance) and  started his career in  Reserve Bank of  India.  Shri Rao served in various capacities in NABARD since its inception and was the Regional Head for the States of Rajasthan, Punjab & Haryana  and Andhra Pradesh.  He was Member of various  Committees concerned with agriculture sector and rural credit institution development including the  Priority Sector Committee constituted by RBI. He participated several international  seminars and conferences  held in India and abroad.

Mr.D.S Ahluwalia : Executive Director (Finance) -REC Ltd.
-Shri Devinder Singh Ahluwalia, 55 years, is Executive Director (Finance) of Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) since August, 2011. He has done B.Com (Hons.) from Delhi University. He is also a Member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI). He has rich and varied experience of over 30 years in finance/power sector. Prior to joining REC, he had worked as Chief (Finance) in NHPC Ltd. at Corporate Office as well as various project offices under different roles. After serving NHPC Ltd. for over 25 Years, he joined REC in March, 2007 as a General Manager (Finance). He is also a Nominee Director on the Board of Lanco Anpara Power Limited on behalf of REC since July, 2008
 
Mr. Praveen Pillai : MD & C.E.O.
-Mr. Pillai brings along a rich and varied international experience in strategic management  consulting covering SBP & Matrix management, mergers & acquisitions, new business initiatives, process, quality, Human Relationship Management, etc. He has extensive exposure in the design & implementation of systems and business processes in Capital Markets, IT and Services, Rubber, Paint, Auto Ancillary and Pharmaceuticals Industry. In the past, he was associated with Information Technology Group in leadership positions and LHRS as Principal Consultant, CD TVS , etc in various capacities. Mr. Pillai has successfully completed PGDM, MDCA and Masters in Labour Laws & Labour Welfare (MLL & LW) from Symbiosis, Pune.