Mr. Samir Somaiya

Profile
CHAIRMAN & MANAGING DIRECTOR
Godavari Biorefineries Ltd.
PRESIDENT
Somaiya Vidyavihar
CHAIRMAN
K. J. Somaiya Trust, K. J. Somaiya Medical Trust, K. J. Somaiya Institute of Applied Agriculture
Research and The Girivanvasi Pragati Mandal
CHAIRMAN
Research Innovation Incubation Design Laboratory (Riidl) (Technology Business Incubator)
OWNER
Kitabkhana
VISITING INSTRUCTOR & CURRENT ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
School of Chemical Engineering – Cornell University
PAST OFFICES HELD
1. Indian Sugar Mills Association – President 2009 (Current Committee Member)
2. Indian Chemical Council – Chairman (W. Region) 2006-08 (Current Committee Member)
COMMITTEE MEMBER
1. Indian Merchants Chamber
2. Cornell University Council, USA
3. PAPSAC, Harvard University, USA
4. Council of Religious Leaders – Astana, Kazakhstan
Education
Harvard University: Master of Public Administration (2005), Cornell University: MBA, (93)
Master of Chemical Engineering (92) and Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (90)
Awards
American Institute of Chemists Award (1990) and American Institute of Chemical Engineer’s
Award for Scholastic Achievement (1989)
About The Godavari Biorefineries Limited
This is a Biorefining company (http://www.somaiya.com/). The company is engaged in the manufacture of sugar, ethanol, renewable energy, chemicals, biogas, and compost – all from agricultural resources. The company also works extensively with 20,000 small farmers in over 200 villages to help improve productivity, yields, and standard of living. The company’s products find use in
food, fuels, solvents, cosmetics, fragrances, pharmaceuticals, mining, agriculture, and a variety of different applications. The products are sold worldwide.
About The Somaiya Trust, Somaiya Vidyavihar and Ayurvihar
This is a trust involved in education, healthcare, and rural development (http://www.somaiya.edu/ ) in the States of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat. The Trust manages over 30 different educational institutions of learning extending from elementary to Ph. D. The education is imparted in diverse areas such as medicine, engineering, the arts and sciences, religion, vocational studies, education, languages, etc. There are over 39,000 students and 1,500 faculty. There is also a 600 bed urban teaching hospital.
Samir is married to Amrita, and has three children – Gayatri, Meera and Madhav. He lives in Mumbai, loves to play squash, do yoga, swim and has a 2nd dan black belt in Taekwondo.