The Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI Bank Ltd.), a public-sector apex financial institution which had evinced keen interest in the Gujarat experiment, was joined by the Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India (ICICI Bank Ltd.), Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI Ltd.) and the State Bank of India (SBI) to sponsor an institution of this kind, and the Government of Gujarat expressed its willingness to support the same. While the four financial institutions agreed to provide capital and create a corpus fund sufficient to generate adequate interest-income to meet the minimum requirements of the proposed institute during its gestation period, the Gujarat Government pledged a 23-acre land for its physical facilities on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city.The sponsoring agencies were, however, absolutely clear that an institution committed to creativity and innovation must have a culture of creativity and hence, must enjoy maximum freedom in its internal functioning, conducive to exploration and experimentation. EDII was, therefore, set up as a wholly autonomous body under the Societies Registration Act on April 20, 1983. Since its inception, EDII has functioned under its own independent Board.
IDBI Bank Limited
(to be nominated)
Additional Chief Secretary
Industries & Mines Department, Government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar
Shri Rakesh Sharma, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of IDBI Bank Limited has vast experience in banking spanning over three decades. Before joining IDBI Bank, Shri Sharma served as MD & CEO of Canara Bank and Lakshmi Vilas Bank. Shri Sharma began his career in State Bank of India and worked in various areas such as retail and wholesale banking, corporate credit, international banking, asset liability management, loan syndication, industrial and human resources over his tenure.
Shri Manoj Mittal has a track record of over 3 Decades in propelling organizational growth and profitability through strategic leadership, multi-functional expertise, building / optimizing organizational processes. His key roles include being a part of the development of SIDBI Vision 2.0 and its successful implementation to emerge as a financially stronger impact institution. Shri Mittal played a lead role in restructuring of dues of Banks to MFIs during the A.P. MFI Crisis in 2010 and implementation of responsible leading initiatives. He also has comprehensive experience in design, management and impact evaluation of various sustainability and development programs funded by multilateral agencies / Government of India. He is a Strong Votary of Credit Plus approach for holistic development with expertise in extending capital (Dept and Equity) and development support to MSMEs / Startups, financial intermediaries – Banks / Non-Banking Finance Companies / Micro Finance Institutions, Alternate Investment Funds.
Shri A. S. Paul is a seasoned banker, with rich experience of more than 28 years in various capacities in State Bank of India. He is a Postgraduate from Allahabad University.
He has worked in various positions in the bank, such as; Branch Manager of District Headquarter branches, Regional and Network Head. He has also had a stint abroad at the Hong Kong branch of SBI.
He currently occupies the position of CGM (SME & SCF) at SBI Corporate Centre, Mumbai, handling the SME portfolio of around Rs 3.34 trillion of the Bank.
Ms. Mercy Epao, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, GoI, has served Govt. of India in various capacities across the Ministries/ Departments for the past 25 years. Some of her important postings inter alia are Ministries of Finance, Housing & Urban Affairs and Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) etc. During her service, she handled different subjects viz. Agriculture and Allied Sector in DoNER, externally aided projects for the NER, Pay related matters, Cadre review of All India Service (AIS), works related HR and Administration.
As Joint Secretary, she is in charge of implementation of various Schemes pertaining to Small and Medium Enterprises. In the Ministry, she also looks after the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), National Institute of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (NiMSME), which is CPSE and an Autonomous Organization. She also handles Media vertical which gives wide coverage of the Schemes/initiatives of the Ministry on all Social Media Platforms. ‘Insider’ which is a monthly magazine is also brought out which is shared with all Udyam Registration holders. For supporting the Women entrepreneurs, WEC has been set up to handhold women. In addition, she also looks after coordination vertical in the Ministry which handles Vision India @2047, Toy Manufacturers Hub, Swachhta Campaign. She is also Director in the Board of Autonomous Bodies.
Dr. Sailendra Narain, Former Chairman and Managing Director, Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), is a national expert on SME policies and programmes. Dr. Narain helped us forge a strong alliance with SIDBI. He is actively involved in giving direction to EDII on the research work that it undertakes as also the project to promote entrepreneurship in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
Shri S. Ramann, 1991-batch Indian Audit & Accounts Service officer, was the CEO of National E-Governance Services Limited, India’s first Information Utility. Earlier, he was appointed as the Principal Accountant General, Jharkhand, The C&AG of India.
He holds a Master’s degree in Financial Regulations from London School of Economics and Political Science, and Master of Business Administration from Faculty of Management Studies – University of Delhi. He also holds Bachelor’s degree in LLB from Mumbai University, and in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.
Before his present assignment, he has held the positions of Executive Director of SIDBI from August 2011 – July 2013 and Chief General Manager, ISD from December 2006 – August 2011.
Padmashree Awardee-2013 Dr. Milind Kamble, a civil engineer by profession, is the Chairman of the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI), a Pune-based non-profit community organization, which he founded to bring together entrepreneurs from among the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and to promote the culture of entrepreneurship among them. It is his passion to follow in the footsteps on Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar in promoting economic empowerment of Dalits. In 2003 he founded the SC/ST Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a first of its kind in history, as an umbrella organisation of entrepreneurs from these sections. Later, in 2005, he renamed it as the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Within a few years Mr. Kamble has brought DICCI into the national mainstream. In 2012, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) gave clearance to setting up a DICCI SME Fund which is aimed at providing Dalit entrepreneurs with requisite capital and managerial skills.
Prof. Achyuta Samanta defeated all odds and adversities to not just obtain his Doctorate Degree in Social Science but went on to create the prestigious Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in 1992-1993. While KIIT has become one of the most acclaimed and recognized Indian Universities that provides Professional Education to 27,000 students from India and abroad, KISS has become world's largest tribal educational institution. It is a home to 25000 poorest of the poor tribal children who are given free education from Kindergarten to Post graduation along with other avenues of Comprehensive Development. Prof. Samanta’s initiatives have become the pride of Odisha, India and the world today. He strongly believes that his cause is not only about providing opportunities and arranging certain facilities for the deprived but aim at bringing about complete transformation among children. Besides Education, Prof. Samanta’s primary domains of intervention have been Rural Development, Women Empowerment, Social Service, Low-Cost Health Care Facilities, Art, Literature, Media, Culture, Entertainment and Spiritualism.
Ms. Rajshree Paatil is Executive Director, Business Development with the Surya Group, Pune. Ms. Paatil is a renowned professional in the field of training & development and Administration. She is skilled in planning, organizing, and leading training programs and ensuring proper execution at all levels. Her areas of specialization include Goal Setting, Team Building, Motivational skills, Positive Thinking, Time Management, Leadership Qualities, Situational Leadership, Stress Management, Planning and Prioritizing, Conflict Management, Smart selling, Competitive Intelligence, Interpersonal Skills, Presentation Skills , Business Communication, Effective Communication & Mind Power. EDII intends to draw great learning from Ms. Paatil’s expertise.
Shri Anil Bhardwaj is Secretary General of Federation of Indian Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME). He has worked extensively in the fields of international trade and SME development. He has advised or led several SME development projects supported by multilateral and bilateral donor agencies in India. Initially, he was involved in international trade and subsequently began working on SME issues at FISME. He is currently leading the SME development projects supported by prestigious international insitutions.
Dr. Sunil Shukla, Director General of Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad, has been closely working, for more than three decades now, in entrepreneurship education, research, training and institution building. Dr. Shukla has envisioned and designed innovative, outcome based programmes and developmental interventions in ‘entrepreneurship’ and ‘intrapreneurship’, that have ensured sustainable results in terms of increased efficiency and performance, for varied target groups including students, faculty, business executives, bankers, managers, disadvantaged sections, family business successors, administrators and business counsellors. The application-oriented post graduate, full-time education programme in entrepreneurship, launched by him, has been hugely appreciated and awarded, nationally and internationally. An entrepreneurship exponent, Dr. Shukla’s work has also left an indelible impact on the grounds of Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries, Asia, Africa, America, Iran and Uzbekistan. His research work has led to notable policy advocacy and decisions. He leads the largest and the most prestigious annual study of entrepreneurial dynamics in the world - the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) India Chapter. Today several organizations and departments are benefitting from his guidance and mentorship by having him on their Boards.