Pramod Chaudhari

As a first generation techno-entrepreneur, Pramod founded Praj in 1983. He dreamt and developed Praj into a world-class engineering company specialized in agri-processing opportunities.

With strong belief in principle of triple bottom-line, his business model is inherently scalable, replicable and sustainable. Praj fostered the emergence of advanced technologies in certain bio-energy and allied space.

Deeply passionate about environment, Pramod is committed to develop clean and green technologies. As a champion of the powerful premise that innovation and entrepreneurship can change the world for better, he has been a tireless crusader in propagating spirit of entrepreneurship.

Pramod is a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Bombay (1971) and an alumnus of Harvard Business School (AMP 1995).

He has been associated with many eminent organizations holding responsible positions from time to time. He is –

  • President of Maharatta Chamber of Commerce, Industries & Agriculture (MCCIA) Pune for 2016-18
  • Member of the Board of Entrepreneurship Development Center at NCL, Pune
  • Member of the Board of Governors of National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE)
  • Founder Trustee of Pune International Center (PIC)
  • Founder Member of Indian Federation of Green Energy (GREENFED)
  • Founder Member of Inter Institutional Inclusive Innovations Center (i4c)
  • Member on the Advisory Boards of reputed academic institutes of Engineering, Technology and Management, strongly promoting Industry – Academia interaction, leading to Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Awards and recognitions

Some of the awards Pramod has received for entrepreneurship and excellence are –

  • Distinguished Alumnus Award and Distinguished Service Award by IIT, Bombay
  • BioSpectrum Leadership Award for his remarkable work in promoting the cause of Biofuels in the past three decades
  • Empresario Most Inspiring Entrepreneur Award by National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai
  • Lifetime Achievement Award by Sugar Technologists’ Association of India
  • Maxell (Maharashtra Corporate Excellence) Life Time Achievement Award by Maxell Foundation, Mumbai
  • Life Time Achievement Award by Army Institute of Technology, Pune
  • National Level Entrepreneurship Award by Jagatik Marathi Chamber of Commerce.
  • Outstanding Contribution through Innovation Award by Chemtech Foundation for leading Praj into developing innovative technologies
  • Arya Chanakya Maharashtra Rajya Udyojak Shreshtha Puraskar 2016 (for best practice of Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility) by MAEER’s MIT School of Government, Pune
  • Voted amongst Globally Top 100 People in BioEnergy space by Biofuels Digest, consecutively for three years