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Mr. Nadir Burjor Godrej is the Managing Director of Godrej Industries Ltd and Chairman of Godrej Agrovet Ltd. He holds a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has been a Director of several Godrej companies since 1977 and has developed the animal feed, agricultural inputs and chemicals businesses of Godrej Industries Limited and other associate companies, and has been very active in research.

Mr. Godrej's outside commitments include

1. The Alliance Francaise De Bombay, President
2. CII National Council, Member
3. CII National Committee on Chemicals - Chairman
4. Indian Hotels Company Limited, Director
5. Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, Director
6. Member on the India Advisory Board of Harvard Business School

Mr. Godrej has been awarded Chevalier de Legion d'Honneur, Globoil Life Time Achievement Award - 2012, OTAI Life Time Achievement Award - 2012, Chemtech CEW Leadership & Excellence Award -2013, and Chemexcil Life Time Achievement Award - 2013. He also received the Porter Prize 2013 for Creating Shared Value awarded to Godrej Industries Limited.

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Mr. Ashok Vishwanath Hiremath is the Managing Director of Astec LifeSciences Limited. He brings with him over 37 years of experience in the Chemical Industry. He has a Masters degree in Engineering from University of Oxford and a Post Graduate Diploma in Chemical Engineering from University College, University of London. He founded Astec LifeSciences Limited in 1994. He has been actively involved in the affairs of the Company and has played a key role in the growth of the Company. He was awarded the Dombivli Giants Award for Industry in 2008 and the Udyog Rattan Award by the Institute of Economic Studies in 2010 and several other awards for his excellence in chemical Industry.

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Mr. Balram Singh Yadav is the Managing Director of Godrej Agrovet Limited, one of India's foremost diversified agribusiness companies. He also serves as Managing Director of Godrej Tyson Foods Ltd. He is the Former Chairman of CLFMA of India, an Association of Livestock Industry and also a member of the Managing Committee of All India Poultry Breeders' Association. In addition, he is a Director of numerous companies including ACI Godrej Agrovet Private Limited (Bangladesh), Creamline Dairy Products Limited and, Polchem Hygiene Laboratories Private Limited. He began his career with Godrej Group in 1990 and over the years he has handled roles of increasing responsibility across businesses and regions in the company.

He became the business Head in 1999 when he was asked to establish and lead the Integrated Poultry Business. He established the Real Good Chicken and Yummiez as the leading processed poultry brands in India.

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Mr. Vijay Kashinath Khot is a Science Graduate from the University of Mumbai and was associated with Godrej Group from September 1973 till 2011. He has worked in Animal Feeds for 26 years in the State of Gujarat and was also instrumental in introducing Godrej agri products in the said State in the year 1986. Since the year 2000, he was associated with Poultry business and was looking after the sales of Real Good Chicken (RGC) mainly in the metro cities of Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. Mr. V. K. Khot was also a Director of Bahar Agrochem And Feeds Limited, Goldmuhor Agrochem & Feeds Limited and Anamudi Real Estates Limited. As a trainer, Mr. Khot imparts training to sales personnel in his professional capacity.

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Mr. Rakesh Dogra is Head, Agri Input Business, Godrej Agrovet Limited. He is also an active member of the Crop Care Federation of India, Indian Association of Plant Growth Products, Chemical Exports Promotion Council and Pesticide Manufacturers and Formulators Association of India. Mr. Dogra has over two decades of experience in the Agri Business industry across diverse functions including Sales, Marketing and Business Development. He has worked with leading multinationals like Bayer, Chemtura and domestic agribusiness companies like Biostadt. Mr. Dogra is a graduate in Agriculture with a specialisation in Entomology from the Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, Palampur.

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Dr. Brahma Nand Vyas has completed graduation B.Sc. Agriculture in 1971 from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur and post graduation M.Sc. Agriculture with Honours in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry in 1973 from the University of Udaipur, Rajasthan. He worked with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Trombay, since 1974 till 1987, and then joined Godrej Soaps Limited. He obtained Doctorate in 1980, while in service in Chemistry from University of Gujarat, Ahmedabad. At BARC, Dr. Vyas worked on the Behaviroural aspects of most Toxic Radionuclides Plutonium -239 and Americium-241 in soils and Soil-Plant systems.

At Godrej Soaps Limited initially and later at Godrej Agrovet Limited, he led R&D for nearly two decades, and was responsible for the development and Launch of first ever Commercial Neem based Urea Coating Agent, the country's first CIB Registered Neem Insecticide, the world's first Homobrassinolide based Growth Promoters for grapes initially and later for other crops, and most recently very Unique Post Emergence Selective Herbicide for Cotton, based on Pyrithiobac sodium. During the R&D assignments, he has published more than 60 scientific publications in International and National Journals of High repute, besides presentations at International Seminars. He is the holder of more than 25 patents including international patents.

Dr. Vyas is currently a Life Member of Indian Society of Soil Science, Indian Society of Agronomy, Fellow Member of Oil Technologists Association of India, Fellow of Indian Society for Nuclear Techniques in Agriculture and Biology. He has held the position of President of the Indian Society for Plant Growth Products, Mumbai for 12 years, and is currently the President Emeritus of IAPGP. Also, he is currently the Designated Partner in Neem Wave Exhibitions LLP and Vice Chairman of Neem Foundation, Mumbai.

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Dr. Vinod Malshe, has a Bachelor of Science (Chemical Technology) degree from Kanpur University and a Master's of Science (Technology) degree from University of Mumbai. He has also been awarded a PhD in Technology. He brings with him 40 years experience in the chemical industry. He retired from the position of Professor of Paint Technology and Head of the Department of Surface Coatings Technology, University of Mumbai, and Institute of Chemical Technology. He has written two books and published nearly 50 research papers. He was a member of ISI (now BIS) committees and was also one of the interview panelists for promotion, project evaluation, and examiner of PhD thesis of various universities. He has guided 19 PhD and 12 Masters Students. He is on the editorial board of 5 international journals.

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Mr. Arijit Mukherjee is looking after Pan-India Marketing operation of Agri Input Business, Godrej Agrovet Limited. Mr. Arijit is a graduate in Agriculture and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Agri Business Management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

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Dr. Leena Raje has M.Phil & PhD from S.N.D.T. University, Mumbai. She has been working as an associate professor, teaching food science & nutrition for last 28years in P.N.Doshi College,Mumbai. Currently she is the Principle of the college. She has also guided 12 students for M.Sc & has been recently approved for guiding PhD students.

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Mr. Rishinaradamangalam Ramakrishna Govindan, aged 65 years, is a Commerce graduate and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). He has more than 35 years of corporate work experience in Finance, M & A, Green Field projects, independent management of JV relationship and management of Agri Verticals. He served as the General Manager of Finance & Systems of Godrej Foods Limited and Godrej Agrovet Limited from April 1999 to November 2004. He served as the Managing Director of ACI Godrej Agrovet Private Limited, Dhaka (Bangladesh) from November 2004 upto February 2008. He then served as the Vice President (Plant Group Vertical) of Godrej Agrovet Limited from February 2008 to February 2012 and as the Executive Vice President

from March 2012 onwards, till he superannuated on 30th April, 2015.

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Mr. Nandkumar Dhekne has four decades experience in diverse areas such as Field services, Operations Management, Sales/Marketing & General Management. He is a recognized growth leader in Asia Pacific.

In his recent assignment, Mr. Nandkumar was Vice President – Asia Pacific for Solenis, USA (JV between CD&R and BASF), a global leader in paper making and industrial water treatment chemicals based in Shanghai.

He has held several senior leadership roles in his career for the business growth and performance in over 10 countries including China, Korea, Japan, ANZ, Indonesia, Thailand,

Vietnam, Malaysia and South Asia including India and was based in Shanghai since 2007. He was the Chairman/Board Member of several Hercules, Ashland and Solenis entities in Asia Pacific and their JV's in India (Chembond Chemicals), China (Hercules-Tianpu Chemicals), Korea (Hoimyung) and Malaysia (Drew Ameroid). He was Managing Director SEA for GE Water and process Technologies (2001-2004) and President & CEO of GE Energy SEA during 2004-2007. When in GE, he was a Board member of GEPSIL and GE-BHEL JV’s in India. During 2007-2009, he was the Director – Asia Pacific, Hercules USA. From 2009-2014, he was Vice President – Asia Pacific, Ashland USA and led their Speciality chemicals business based in Shanghai.

Mr. Nandkumar is a Chartered Engineer and the Honorary Fellow-Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers. He was the Chairman of American Chambers of Commerce, Bangalore, Chairman of the Energy Committee – Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce and an active CII Committee Member, Delhi. He has served as the Chairman of GE Elfun in India and was on the Board of AICM and ENACTUS in China which are non-profit organisations. He continues to be an active YPO member in Bangalore.

Mr. Nandkumar holds a graduate degree in Chemical Engineering and is a distinguished alumnus of Institute of Chemical Technology (UDCT) Mumbai. He is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School, Boston (AMP).

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Ms. Anjali Rajesh Gupte, aged 50 years, is a B. Com. Graduate, Chartered Accountant & Cost Accountant with 25 years’ experience across a varied range of industries from media to financial information, to manufacturing and real estate. She was the Head of Finance, South Asia & Director for Thomson Reuters India Private Limited from April 2008 to May 2014. She also held the position of Finance Manager, South Asia & Director at Thomson Reuters India Private Limited from November 1997 to March 2008. Ms. Gupte has worked as a Finance Manager in Godrej Properties & Investment Limited from April 1995 to October 1997. She has formerly worked as a Finance Executive in Gujarat Godrej Innovative Chemicals Limited from September 1993 to March 1995.

Currently, she is working as Chief Financial Officer, South Asia & Director of Grey Worldwide (India) Private Limited since August 2016.

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