Shri Mukesh Ambani
Chairman and Managing
Trustee, GERMI
Chairman & Managing Director Reliance Industries Ltd
Shri D. Rajagopalan
Vice Chairman and Managing
Trustee, GERMI
IAS(Retd), Retired Chief Secretary Government of Gujarat
Dr. Sunil Khanna
Director General,
Director , School of Technology, PDPU

He is the Chairman of the Board of Governors, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University in Gujarat. He is a Board Member of the Interpol Foundation, and a member of The Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum. Mr. Mukesh Ambani is an elected Foreign Member of the prestigious United States National Academy of Engineering. Only nine other Indians have received this honour. He is the Chairman of Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited and Reliance Retail Ventures Limited, and a Director of Reliance Foundation and Reliance Europe Limited. At Reliance Industries, he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Finance Committee.

Mr. Ambani is also a member of the following forums:

  • Indo - U.S. CEOs’ Forum
  • India Advisory Council of The British Asian Trust (as Chairman)
  • International Advisory Council of The Brookings
  • McKinsey & Company International Advisory Council
  • Global Advisory Council of Bank of America
  • The Business Council
  • India Advisory Group of the London School of Economics

Shri D. Rajagopalan IAS (retired) served as Principal Secretary of Industry and Mines Department, Government of Gujarat. Mr. Rajagopalan has vide administrative and corporate experience. He served as Managing Director of Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation, Gandhinagar as well as of State Transport Corporation of Gujarat.

He served as Vice President of Legal, Company Secretary and Legal Advisor at Celstream. During his tenure with the Central Government, he served as the Import and Export Secretary with the Commerce and Industry-Ministry, Govt of India. He served as an Additional Director of Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd from July 25, 2008 to February 19, 2010. He served as Additional Director of Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers Co. Ltd. from June 17, 2008 to January 21, 2009. He served as a Director of Gujarat State Petronet Ltd. from March 19, 2007 to March 12, 2010 and Gujarat State Petroleum Corp. Ltd. from March 13, 2007 to March 8, 2010. He served as a Director of Gujarat Themis Biosyn Ltd. until June 2008. He served as Director of Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Limited from July 31, 2002 to May 19, 2008.

Mr. Rajagopalan served as a Director of GHCL Limited (formerly, Gujarat Heavy Chemicals Limited). He served as a Director of Gujarat Lease Financing Ltd. until May 29, 2008. He served as a Director of Gujarat Gas Co. Ltd. until March 16, 2007. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. Mr. Rajagopalan holds a Bachelor's degree in Law. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in Science and a Post Graduate diploma in Economics from Madras University.

Dr. Anirbid Sircar is a geophysicist by training with an M. Tech in petroleum exploration and a PhD in Reservoir Tomography from the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. He also hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu. He is the recipient of several awards such as indira Gandhi Shiromani Award from the India International Friendship Society, New Delhi.

Dr. Sircar's interests lie in the field of petroleum exploration, especially in India. He is passionate on the topic securing India's oil and gas supplies through the application of science and technology in the field of exploration.

Prof. Sunil Khanna, Director General, GERMI is also the Director of School of Technology at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), Gandhinagar.

He started his career as a Graduate Research Associate in Waite Agricultural Research Institute, University of Adelaide, South Australia in 1979 and then moved to work as a Research Fellow in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funded project with Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Division, University of Cincinnati, Ohio in January 1983. In September 1985, he joined TERI as Area Convener &Fellow and worked at that position till March 1992 to be promoted as Dean, Biotechnology in April 1992 till January 1996. He moved to Tata Energy and Resources Institute, U.S.A as Vice President in Feb 1996 till June 1999. He came back to India in July 1999 and was associated with TERI as Principal Investigator for their research projects.

Prof. Sunil has held various positions with Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET), Patiala from October 2000 to July 2005-Dean, Resource Generation and Planning (2003 onwards), Executive Director, Science & Technology Entrepreneurs Park (STEP), Coordinator, Centre for Relevance and Excellence (CORE), Head and Professor, Department of Biotechnology and Environmental Sciences. He then joined NIIT University in 2005 as Dean, Planning, and Professor of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics and was promoted as Vice President in 2012.

In terms of his educational background, Prof. Sunil is Ph.D. (Biochemistry), 1983 from Waite Agricultural Research Institute, Adelaide, Australia. He did his Masters in 1978 from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India after completing his graduation in Botany (Hons) in 1976 from Delhi University.

Prof. Sunil is a fellow of the Association of Microbiologists (FAMI) and was the President of the Association of Microbiologists of India in 2016. He is a member of a number of societies in India and abroad, and has also worked as Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Journal of Microbiology from 1993 to1996. His publications include 75 papers in peer-reviewed journals/books, 85 papers in conference proceedings/meetings, 20 technical reports, 3 reviews in books, and 2 books. Prof Sunil has also completed 24 research projects as principal investigator funded by Bilateral (UNDP, Ford foundation, IDRC Canada, NEDO Japan) and National institutions (MNRE, DST, ONGC and DBT). He has supervised 24 research scholars for their doctoral degree.

Smt. Sunaina Tomar, IAS
Additional Chief Secretary
Govt. of Gujarat
Energy & Petrochemicals Dept.,
Shri Sanjeev Kumar, IAS
Managing Director,
Gujarat State Petroleum
Corporation Ltd.
Dr. R. A. Mashelkar
FRS, President, Global Research Alliance & CSIR Bhatnagar, Fellow, National Chemical
Shri Parimal Nathwani
Group President - Corporate Affairs, Reliance Industries Limited, Ahmedabad
Shri Shashi Shanker
Chairman & Managing Director
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd
Shri Ravindra Agrawal
Group Executive Director (Gas Business), GSPC Group
Shri Samir Biswal
Director (Exploration) GSPC