Leadership​

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Shri Rakesh Sharma

President-EDII
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
IDBI Bank Ltd. Mumbai

“Entrepreneurship awareness must permeate into folds of every section of society; and one way of achieving this is by disseminating its advantages through the medium of training and education. EDII understands this well its success stories are the testimonies of this phenomenon.”

Shri Manoj Mittal

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
IFCI Limited
New Delhi

Shri B. Sankar

Chief General Manager (SME & Supply Chain Finance)
State Bank of India
Mumbai

Dr. Rajiv Gupta, IAS

Additional Chief Secretary
Industries & Mines Department
Government of Gujarat
Gandhinagar

Shri B. B. Swain, IAS

Secretary (MSME)
Ministry Of Micro, Small & Medium Entreprises, Govt. Of India
New Delhi

Dr. Sailendra Narain

Former Chairman & Managing Director
SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank Of India)

Shri S. Ramann

Chairman and Managing Director
Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)
Mumbai

Dr. Milind Kamble

Founder Chairman
Dalit Indian Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (DICCI)
Pune

Dr. Achyuta Samanta

Founder & Mentor
Kalinga Institute Of Industrial Technology (KIIT), KIIT University
Bhubaneswar

Ms. Rajshree Paatil

Executive Director (Business Development)
Surya Group
Chennai

Shri Anil Bhardwaj

Secretary General
Federation Of Indian Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME)

Dr. Sunil Shukla

Director General
Entrepreneurship Development Institute Of India
Ahmedabad

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Dr. Sunil Shukla

Director General, EDII

Well-groomed and trained entrepreneurs have opportunities galore and immense options to make it big. So for anyone who decides to pursue entrepreneurship in the present times, it would be a rewarding decision. The prospects for first generation entrepreneurs are indeed brilliant. And for this it is important to create awareness about learning entrepreneurship like any other discipline and adopting it as a career. It is important to understand that pursuing entrepreneurship is easy with the environment more conducive today and with support from Government, associations, venture funding and educational institutions.

 

Today, there is certainly good awareness in people about the advantages of entrepreneurship as a career. The myth that people with a strong financial and business background can set up own enterprises are fast getting replaced by facts that entrepreneurship can be learnt like any other discipline.

 

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) is the first National Resource Institute in entrepreneurship training, research, education and institution building. It has successfully brought about a change in the way entrepreneurship is perceived and functions in an exclusive space.

 

What I feel is that the entrepreneurial fervour is experiencing an upsurge, more so; with certain new initiatives in place, such as those of; Make in India, Start Up India, Start Up Village, Smart cities, Swachh Bharat and Digital India. EDII intends to give a boost to the start-up wave by intermediating creatively among stakeholders such as; new age potential entrepreneurs, existing entrepreneurs, incubation centres, and venture capitalists.

 

My advice to all wannabe entrepreneurs that ‘let your dreams soar and see what others are unable to see. But before taking the plunge, be prepared. See that you have an ethical business mindset, knowledge and competencies of an entrepreneur. EDII is always there for you, so if entrepreneurship is your passion, go for it’.

Former Presidents

M K Jain

Shri M. K. Jain

2017 – 2018

Kishor Kharat

Shri Kishor Kharat

2015 to 2017

M S Raghavan

Shri M.S. Raghavan

2013 – 2015

R M Malla

Shri R.M. Malla

2010 – 2013

Yogesh Agarwal

Shri Yogesh Agarwal

2007 – 2010

V P Shetty

Shri V.P. Shetty

2005 – 2007

M Damodaran

Shri M. Damodaran

2003 – 2004

P P Vora

Shri P.P. Vora

2001 – 2003

S K Kapur

Late Shri S.K. Kapur

2001 (Acting President)

S K Chakrabarti

Shri S.K. Chakrabarti

2001 (Acting President)

G P Gupta

Shri G.P. Gupta

1998 – 2000

Late Shri S.H. Khan

1993 – 1998

S S Nadkarni

Late Shri S.S. Nadkarni

1985 – 1993

M R B Punja

Shri M.R.B. Punja

1983 – 1985

Former Directors

Dr.  Dinesh N. Awasthi

2003 – 2015

An Economist with vast experience in entrepreneurship education, research and training. 


His areas of interest are policy research, cluster development, sub-sector analysis, social entrepreneurship, rural entrepreneurship and NGOs.

Late Dr. V. G. Patel (Padma Shri)

1983 – 2003

An eminent economist and international figure in the sphere of entrepreneurship, small industry policies and growth management, Dr. Patel had held several key positions in his career.

 

He was  honoured with the Padma Shri in 2017 for his contribution to development of entrepreneurship in India.

Dr.  Dinesh N. Awasthi

2003 – 2015

An economist, Dr. Awasthi has several research papers and books, besides a number of research studies on SMEs and Entrepreneurship, to his credit. His areas of specialisation are entrepreneurship, strategic management and fundamentals of social development. Areas of his professional interest include evaluation studies, development and growth of micro, small and medium enterprise (SMEs), cluster development, strategies for poverty alleviation and employment creation and non-government organizations.

Prof. Awasthi was a Member of the Working Group on Small Scale Industries for the XI Five-Year Plan, Government of India; Member of the Working Group on Growth Poles, National Commission on Informal/Unorganised Sector Enterprises, Government of India and National Committee on Small Scale Industries set up by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). He was also Member of the Core Group on Urban Poverty, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, Member of the National Advisory Committee on Incubators, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, etc.

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Late Dr. V. G. Patel (Padma Shri)

1983 – 2003

An eminent economist and international figure in the sphere of entrepreneurship, small industry policies and growth management, Dr. Patel had held several key positions in his career. He was the Chief Economic Advisor to Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation; Founder Director of Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, Gujarat and Managing Director at Gujarat Industrial & Technical Consultancy Organization Ltd. Dr. Patel’s work towards inclusion of entrepreneurship in the formal education system, sensitization of support system, entrepreneurship research in addition to routing several other developing countries on the trajectory of entrepreneurship has been widely recognised. The Government of India also incorporated the EDP approach as a part of its self employment schemes. The Central Government’s ‘Rojgar Yojana’ incorporated entrepreneurship training, based on work done by Dr. Patel.   He was  honoured with the Padma Shri in 2017 for his contribution to development of entrepreneurship in India.

Dr. Patel has authored several books and reports on entrepreneurship and small industries related subjects. His book, ‘The Seven Business Crisis & How to Beat Them’ (reissued as When the Going gets Tough) is a best seller.

Shri Rakesh Sharma

Shri Rakesh Sharma

President-EDII and

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

IDBI Bank Limited

Mumbai

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

Shri Manoj Mittal

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

IFCI Limited

New Delhi

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 B Sankar

Shri B. Sankar
Chief General Manager (SME & Supply Chain Finance)
State Bank of India
Mumbai

Shri B. Sankar is the Chief General Manager (SME & SCF), State bank of India since June 2021.  Shri Sankar completed his MMS in Finance and joined SBI in 1988 as a Probationary Officer. He has worked in various capacities in Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. He has been handling the entire Chennai Circle comprising 1261 Branches and 169 other offices as Chief General Manager from June 2020. Shri Sankar is credited with introduction of several innovations in the banking sector. His lead role in significant tasks and in diverse capacities have recast several banking structures and processes to become even more outcome-based

Dr. Rajiv Gupta

Dr. Rajiv Gupta, IAS
Additional Chief Secretary,
Industries & Mines Department, Government of Gujarat
Gandhinagar

Dr. Rajiv Gupta, with vast national and international experience, has held various senior positions, including those of Collector & District Magistrate, Executive Director of Sardar Sarovar Nigam, Managing Director Tourism, Secretary (Water Resources), Commissioner (Higher & Technical) Education and many more. He has been Advisor in GAP Project, Prime Ministry, Turkey.

Dr. Gupta also holds charge of Managing Director, Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd. Dr. Gupta is a Gold Medalist and Ph.D. (International Law), in addition to having pursued specialized courses in Law, International Trade and Environment from United Nations University, Tokyo and University of Melbourne. He has also been associated as an expert on ‘Water Law’ with Institute of International Law at International Court of Justice, The Hague, Netherlands.
Shri B B Swain

Shri B. B. Swain, IAS
Secretary (MSME)
Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
Government of India
New Delhi

Shri B.B. Swain (IAS) assumed charge as Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. Prior to this, Shri Swain was serving as Special Secretary in the Commerce Ministry. He is a 1988, batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.

Sailendra Narain

Dr. Sailendra Narain
Former Chairman and Managing Director
Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)
Mumbai

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

Shri S. Ramann
Chairman and Managing Director
Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)
Mumbai

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.

Milind Kamble

Dr. Milind Kamble
Founder Chairman
Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DICCI)
Pune

Padma Shri 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 Dr. 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.

Achyuta Samanta

Dr. Achyuta Samanta
Founder & Mentor
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT)
KIIT University
Bhubaneswar

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.

Rajshree Paatil

Ms. Rajshree Paatil
Executive Director (Business Development)
Surya Group
Chennai

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.

Anil Bhardwaj

Shri Anil Bhardwaj
Secretary (General)
Federation of Indian Micro & Small and Medium Enterprises (FISME)
New Delhi

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 institutions

Suni Shukla

Dr. Sunil Shukla

Director General

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

Ahmedabad

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. 

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