Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Shri Arvind Agarwal, IAS

Shri Arvind Agarwal, IAS (Retd.)

Chairman and Managing Director

Shri Arvind Agarwal joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1984 in the Gujarat cadre. In a span of 36 years in the IAS, he served in various prominent positions in the Government of Gujarat – District Development Officer and Collector & District Magistrate of Bharuch district, Commissioner of Labour, Transport, Higher Education, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Commissioner of Industries, VC&MD of GIDC, Managing Director of Gujarat State Financial Corporation, Chairman of Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), Additional Chief Secretary of Industries & Mines, Forest and Environment, and Finance Departments.

Arvind has rich experience in Industrial Development, Finance and Administration. He is currently posted as Chairman & Managing Director of Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited, Vadodara.

A post graduate in Commerce, Arvind did CA Articles with Price Waterhouse, Mumbai and completed CA (Intermediate).

During his tenure as District Development Officer of Bharuch, Arvind authored a book ‘Panchayat Parichay’ in Gujarati.

Shri Pankaj Joshi, IAS

Shri Pankaj Joshi, IAS

Director

Shri Pankaj Joshi is a senior lAS Officer with distinguished academic background of B.Tech in Civil Engineering, M.Tech in Water Resource Engineering and M.Phil in Defence & Strategic Studies.

Having joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1989, he has held various important positions in the Government of Gujarat in various departments like land revenue, personnel and general administration, urban development and education department for about 20 years.

He has also worked with the Union Government in various departments like Urban Development, Social Justice and Empowerment, Public Transport, etc. for about 6 years.

He has wide experience at the senior level in public administration and policy in various areas.

Smt Sunaina Tomar, IAS

Smt Sunaina Tomar, IAS

Director

Smt. Sunaina Tomar is a senior lAS officer, with an academic background of M.A. (Psychology). Having joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1989, she has held various important positions in the Government of Gujarat in various departments for about 20 years. She has a wide experience in public administration. She has held distinguished positions in the Government of Gujarat in various departments including National Rural Health Mission, Land Reforms, Women & Child Development, Social Justice & Empowerment, Welfare of SC & BC, Education Department, Ports & Transport, etc. She has also worked with the Union Government as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textiles. She also holds Directorship of various government companies. Presently, she is the Principal Secretary to the Energy and Petrochemicals Department, Government of Gujarat.

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Prof. Ravindra Dholakia

Director

Prof. Ravindra H. Dholakia, a retired IIM Ahmedabad Professor of Economics, has more than 43 years of experience in research, teaching, training and consulting in the fields of macroeconomic measurements and policy, regional development and sectoral issues like health, education, rural development, labour, etc.

He has provided consultancy to state and central governments, public and private sector companies, and international organisations such as WHO, UNICEF, ADB, World Bank, etc. He has worked as a member of several, high powered committees constituted by the Central and State governments. He has published more than 140 research papers, 23 books and 51 monographs.

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Shri Tapan Ray, IAS (Retd.)

Director

He has served in the IAS for thirty five years, in the Ministries of Defence, Textiles, Power, Science &Technology, and Planning in the Government of India. He has served as Principal Secretary, Finance Department, Government of Gujarat. He has corporate experience of over 12 years in various companies of Government of Gujarat and Government of India, and was the Managing Director of the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation group of Companies for about 5 years. He has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of Finance, Economics, Technology, Law, Capital Markets, Management, Foreign Trade, Public Policy and Administration. He was Additional Secretary, Department of Electronics and IT, and held charge as DG National Informatics Centre (NIC), Government of India, before taking over as Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs. He has served on the board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). After retirement, he has been appointed as the Non- Executive Chairman of Central Bank of India. Currently, working as Managing Director and Group CEO of GIFTCL, Gandhinagar.

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Smt. Gauri Kumar, IAS (Retd.)

Director

Very wide experience of working in various Government Departments both at State Government level and with the Government of India.

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Dr. Sudhir Kumar Jain

Director

Dr. Sudhir Kumar Jain is an active academic and a passionate academic administrator. He is currently serving his third term as director of the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN), which he joined as founder director in June 2009. He was on the faculty of IIT Kanpur for 35 years from 1984-2019. Dr. Jain holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Roorkee, and Masters and Doctoral degrees from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. He has served as President of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering during 2014 to 2018. He was elected Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2003, and was conferred Padma Shri by the President of India in 2020.

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Smt. Jayaben Thakkar

Director

Smt. Jayaben Thakkar was the member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. She represented the Vadodara constituency of Gujarat and is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

She was appointed as member of member of consumer disputes redressal commission, Vadodara for a period of five years. She had also been appointed as chairperson of GNFC.

She also held the key positions as Member at Joint Committee for Women Empowerment and its Sub-Committee on Education and Health Programmes for Women. She was also appointed as Member of Consultative Committee, Ministry of Tourism, Gujarat State.

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