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Salman F Rahman VICE CHAIRMAN – BEXIMCO GROUP

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Mr. Salman F Rahman is the Vice Chairman of the Beximco Group, the largest private sector industrial conglomerate in Bangladesh. The Group has interests in Textile, Pharmaceuticals, Ceramics, Real Estates, Jute, IT Sectors. In recognition of its export performance Beximco was awarded President Export Trophy Class-I for many years. The Group employs about 45,000 persons. The Group turnover is BDT 45 billion. Beximco comprises of four publicly listed companies. These are Bangladesh Export Import Co Ltd, Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Beximco Synthetics Ltd and Shinepukur Ceramics Ltd. In addition Beximco Group has ten private companies. Beximco’s shares constitute about 3% of the total US$ 27 billion market capitalization of Dhaka Stock Exchange.

Mr. Salman F Rahman is the Chairman of IFIC Bank Limited.Mr. Rahman is the Chairman of the Board of Editors of the Independent, the leading daily English-language newspaper published from Dhaka. Also he is the Chairman of Independent Television Limited, a leading news channel of the country.Mr. Rahman is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Bangladesh Enterprise Institute, a private think tank organization.He is the Chairman of the Abahani Krira Chakra which is the country’s leading premier division sporting club in football, cricket and hockey.He is also President of the Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries.Mr. Salman F Rahman was the President of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry (1995-97) which is the apex trade organization of the SAARC region. He was President of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (1989-90).He was also the President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (1994-95). Mr. Rahman was the Chairman of Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (1999-2001). He was also the President of Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (1992-2000).

Samit Ray CHAIRMAN – RICE GROUP

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Leveraging his teaching skills to help government job aspirants crack various competitive exams, Samit Ray founded Roy’s Institute of Competitive Examination or the RICE Group in the Indian state of West Bengal in the year 1985. RICE Group has emerged as a name of trust for all those who aspire to enter government services. Samit Ray showed the attributes of a leader from the beginning of his professional journey. He was instrumental in setting and managing the franchisee operations of Computer Maintenance Corporation in Eastern India during its initial days in 1992. But it was the RICE Group with which Samit Ray established himself as a true visionary for making government jobs accessible to the masses.

He had a flair for solving complex mathematical and geometrical problems. In 1984, he taught mathematics to a group of students for cracking an exam for government job openings. Out of the 40 students trained by him, 38 cracked the exam. Enthused by the success, he planned to set up an institute to train government job aspirants.

Starting its journey with just a single classroom and a bunch of students in northern fringes of Kolkata, RICE Group today is a brand to reckon with. Around 80,000 candidates have managed to secure government jobs, thus benefitting from the expertise of the RICE Group in guiding candidates for competitive exams. It now has a large footprint in West Bengal.

His other interests are in the fields of IT, advertising and real estate. In 2001, he established Rice Infotech Education in Kolkata. The institute offers programmes in IT, IT Enabled Services, multimedia, hardware and networking. Many of its programmes are affiliated to the West Bengal State Council for Technical Education.

Sensing that the North 24 Parganas district doesn’t have enough educational facilities, Samit Ray started the Adamas International School in the year 2004. His next venture was the Adamas Knowledge City at Barasat, Kolkata. An educational township with a variety of learning centres from play school to post-graduation college, Adamas Knowledge City has a sprawling campus stretching over an area of 100 acres. Its flagship institutes include Adamas Institute of Technology, Adamas World School and Adamas Institute of Professional Training. Adamas Knowledge City has plans to open a law college, a management college, a dental college, a nursing college and a medical college in the near future.

Prateek Gupta VICE CHAIRMAN – USHDEV INTERNATIONAL

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Time makes us grow old; it is the acceptance of responsibility that makes one grow up in life. Prateek Gupta is one such name in the world market platform. Today as the Vice Chairman of Ushdev International Ltd, this man has turned the tide for his organisation from the day he joined. Initially an apprentice under his father, he was nurtured by following the principle of practicality. He began his career with UIL in 1996 as a trainee, moving positions, doing everything that was required while learning the business. With his ambition back then, to impress his father, his zeal transformed him from a man who seldom asked ‘why not?’ to a man who today asks, ‘why?’ – The perfect embodiment of the new India entrepreneurial spirit. His business acumen can be judged from a whooping statistic – between 1997 and 2013, the time during which he led the change in UIL’s business model and the company grew about 1500 times. His genius was proven in 1997, when, within a year of training he became a key member in completing a wind power project of 11 wind mills in Tamil Nadu in an unbelievable record time of 67 days. His concrete belief which states that to achieve great heights he would need an endless support in terms of key skills, knowledge and general awareness has today made him a leader which not only promises a bright future for his organizational family, but has also enabled him to envisage greater challenges and also accumulate a vast pool of talent. What makes all this even more vital is his ability to interact with the entire team at a personal level, making it a success worth their time.

Key Attributes that make him A leader

It was his deliberate steps in making this business succeed which led them to the prestigious list of Forbes Asia as the best under a billion dollar company in the year 2010.

His expertise also led him to the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry as the co-chairman of their high profile Power and energy Conservation Committee in 2005.

It was his ability to envision growth that their resence in the international markets was acknowledged. UIL was awarded as the ‘Best Trader-exporter (Large) at the eCGC- D&B Indian exporters’ excellence Awards in the year 2012.

Post FY 2009, his acumen helped diversify the business into the trading of non-ferrous metals. As a result of the slow-down in the steel industry, this diversification fetched higher trading margins, which has helped UIL maintain eBIDTA margins in spite of drop in margins of ferrous flat products. This strategic change led to 100% growth in sales and UIL was ranked 6th by Business India magazine in their December 2009 issue.

As an initiative from 2005 until 2013, the group under his leadership has led the charge of setting up to a total installed capacity of 95 MW in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra & Rajasthan. These projects have been awarded as the best performing wind farms in the 2 MW categories by the Indian Wind Power Association for several years in a row.

Aloke Lohia CEO – INDORAMA VENTURES PCL (IVL)

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Aloke Lohia is the Group CEO of Indorama Ventures PCL (IVL). He has lived in Thailand for over 20 years, during which time he has built IVL into the world’s leading global polyester value chain company. IVL operates in the chemical intermediates sector and is the world’s largest manufacturer of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), largely used in food and drinks packaging, with 55 plants and over 14,000 employees spread across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Following its listing, the company was named to the FTSE SET Large Cap index for Thailand and the MSCI for Thailand. The company’s revenue is $7.5 billion.

Mr. Lohia has been named one of the ICIS Top 40 Power Players in the chemical industry and has earned IVL a place in the Forbes Fab 50 twice. The Boston Consulting Group hailed IVL as one of its Global Challengers in 2011.

Mr. Lohia was educated at Delhi University and holds an honorary doctorate from Rajamangala Institute of Technology Krungthep in Thailand. He is married to Suchitra, who runs the packaging arm of IVL, and has three children.

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