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Praj Industries Limited,
"Praj Tower" 274 & 275/2,
Bhumkar Chowk-Hinjewadi Road,
Pune : 411057, INDIA.
Phone : 020-71802000 and


Board of Directors

Directors (Executive)

Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman, Praj Industries Limited, Chairman, Praj Group

Pramod Chaudhari, is Executive Chairman of Praj Industries Ltd. As a first generation techno-entrepreneur, he 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).

Pramod 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


Pramod has received many awards and recognitions for entrepreneurship and excellence. Some of them are:

  • The ‘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.

Mr. Sachin Raole

Mr. Sachin Raole is a CFO & Director - Finance & Commercial at Praj. He is a Cost Accountant and Chartered Accountant with twenty two years of experience in varied fields of finance and accounts. He has worked in the areas of divestment, mergers & acquisitions, financial restructuring, treasury, accounts and taxation. He has very rich experience in the wide spectrum of finance across industries; manufacturing, project, financial services and pharmaceutical. Additionally he also has an experience in heading Human Resources, materials, IT, legal & secretarial.

Directors (Non-Executive)

Mr. Berjis Desai

Mr. Berjis Desai is a law graduate from the Mumbai University and a post-graduate in law from Cambridge University, U.K.

Berjis works as an independent consultant. He has worked as Managing Partner of J. Sagar Associates, a national law firm having offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore and Hyderabad. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, derivatives, corporate and financial laws and international commercial arbitration. Berjis has been on the Board of Praj since 1993.

Some of the other listed companies in which Berjis is a Director are Sterlite Industries (India) Limited, The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited, Edelweiss Capital Limited and Adani Power Limited.

Mr. Daljit Mirchandani

Born in Karachi, Daljit Mirchandani graduated in Electrical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology.

His professional career began as a Graduate Trainee Engineer with the Kirloskar Group of Companies . Over a period of 28 years with the Kirloskar Group , his experience covered functional and leadership roles in different businesses . In 1992, he was appointed Executive Director of Kirloskar Oil Engines. Between 1992 and 1997 he set up and established the first-of-its- kind, Pig Iron plant.

In 1998, he joined Ingersoll-Rand India as the Chairman and Managing Director. During the tenure at Ingersoll Rand India till 2008 ,when he retire, besides establishing a leading position for all the businesses , he set up the first Global Engineering Center in Bangalore.

He has been the Chairman of the Karnataka State Council of CII. He has also served as the Chairman of the National Task Force formed by the Ministry of Agriculture, to examine and recommend policy interventions and set technical standards for the formation of the Cold Chain Infrastructure in India for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables.

At present he is on the Statutory and Advisory Boards of various Indian and MNC companies in the field of bio fuels, water treatment , infrastructure development, infrastructure finance , auto components and energy management.

In 2012 he entered the Social Sector by setting up a Foundation to partner with the Government of Maharashtra for innovating a sustainable and replicable model that would improve the Enrollment , Retention and Quality of Learning in Zilla Parishad Schools in Maharashtra .

Mrs. Parimal Chaudhari

A Director on the Board of Praj, Parimal Chaudhari is also the Managing Trustee of Praj Foundation. She steers the CSR wing of the company.

She is a communication consultant and a journalist by training. She has taught at the Department of Communications and Journalism at the Pune University for six years.

As a recipient of Fulbright Fellowship, she has acquired her MS at Syracuse University, New York, USA. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Arts with majoring in English, followed by a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism and Communications.

She was also awarded the Rotary fellowship for group study exchange program to study media institutions in Austria, Germany and erstwhile Czechoslovakia. She has completed core courses in creative writing at Cambridge University, at Cambridge, UK.

Mr. Rajiv Maliwal

Rajiv Maliwal is Co-founder and Manging Director of Sabre Capital. He is an IIM and BITS Pilani Alumni with vast experience in investing and managing large businesses in financial service industry. Mr. Maliwal is currently the Chairman of the Spring Healthcare Fund, a Sabre Capital initiative in the healthcare services industry and serves on the boards of several portfolio companies. He is actively associated with two charitable organizations in India.

Mr. Sivaramakrishnan S. Iyer

Mr.Sivaramakrishnan S Iyer is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He is a partner of Patel Rajeev Siva & Associates which specializes in corporate finance and advises companies on debt / equity fund raising, mergers / amalgamations, capital structuring for new / expansion projects etc. The firm also carries out due diligence work for various companies.

Ms. Mrunalini Joshi

Ms. Mrunalini Joshi, Executive Director of Nichrome India Limited is a Science graduate by education. She has a rich business experience spanning over 15 years in the packaging machinery industry. In addition to market research for various industries, she has expertise in international marketing, branding and corporate communication. She is also actively involved in several social initiatives around Pune district.