2nd Opex in Chemicals Summit 2017


Ashish Dagade

Vice President- Operations (Crop protection)

Hikal Limited

A Chemical engineering graduate from Institute of chemical technology (ICT, earlier UDCT), Matunga Mumbai. Comes with 26 years of industrial experience in fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals exposed various functions like projects, technical services, operational excellence and overall operations Has worked companies such as Aarti Drugs group, Clariant Chemicals, Aqauapharm Chemicals, Arch Pharmalabs, UPL Ltd, Currently working as VP manufacturing head of operations in Hikal Ltd. Being inclined towards technical aspects developed differential skills and expertise in - Waste reduction, Waste recycle, converting waste into value added byproducts, Process intensification to simplify the complex processes, Cost saving measures, Debottlenecking & capacity enhancement.

Bappa Bandyopadhyay

Director Operations and Projects

Henkel Adhesives, India

Bappa Bandyopadhyay joined Henkel in 2013 in his current role and in addition to being responsible for the 9 adhesives manufacturing sites across India, has led the development of the green field adhesives manufacturing site from scratch. This will be the largest adhesives manufacturing site in India and boasts of being best in class in safety, health & environment, quality, efficiency and productivity. In his career spanning over 25 years, Bappa has worked in various capacities and has a well-rounded experience in Engineering, Safety, Health & Environment, Production, Projects and Sales and Marketing. He is currently in the Board of Directors of Henkel Adhesive Technologies India Private Limited and Henkel Anand India Private Limited, the latter being a joint venture between Henkel and the Anand Group.

Bappa started his career in 1991 with the Thapar Group followed by stints in ICI and Indian Explosives Limited. His most recent assignment prior to joining Henkel was with Lanxess as Vice President – Manufacturing and played a pivotal role in the integration of Gwalior Chemical Industries Limited consequent to its acquisition by Lanxess.

Bappa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Universities in India. He currently resides in Navi Mumbai with his wife Neha, a school teacher, son Aditya and daughter Aditi, both school going.

Prof. B. N. Thorat

Head & Professor of Chemical Engineering - Department of Chemical Engineering

Institute of Chemical Technology

Started his career as a scientist with the National Chemical Laboratory(NCL) before joining the university. His interest areas are - Chemical Engineering, Sustainable Technology, Entrepreneurship and Environmental Engineering. Has under his belt numerous awards and recognitions some of the prominent ones being: Gunther Oertel Startup Innovation Award for Microbutor Innovation, Covestro 2017, NOCIL AWARD for excellence in design of new equipment and process, 2015, The VASVIK Award for the year 2012 in the field of Chemical Sciences and Technology, 2015. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Award forInnovative Cassava Dryer, 2013.Has had the experience of being associated with various Government committees such as Member CAC Advisory Committee, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, July2017 onwards and was also a Member of the State Environment Appraisal Committee (SEAC-I), Govt of Maharashtra, between Feb 2014 to October 2016. Has 4 patents under his name and has 58 International peer reviewed publications from 1998-2013.

Ettore Luigi Gislon

EHS Regulatory Expert


Shortly after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in white biotechnologies while also gaining some experience in the patent litigation field, he began working in Selerant as a member of the EHS team. There he developed expertise in the EHS regulatory field in both general and specific aspects by developing internal regulatory expertise to be implemented in EHS solutions, conducting presentations in various events nationally and internationally, providing customers with EHS assistance and training, and managing EHS software demos.

Gaurav Saran

Senior Manager - Process Visualization, Process Technology Group

Tata Steel Limited

Gaurav Saran is a Senior Manager working at Tata Steel & has a career spanning 23 years. Since last 10 years he has been an integral part of Process Visualization team & has gained rich experience in the field of online database connectivity & data acquisition from Raw Material & Iron Making plants for purpose of analytics, diagnostics & Process modelling. His earlier assignment includes a decade long rich experience in Electrical maintenance field in HT & LT switch-gear, PLC & drives in Cold Rolling Mill & Blast Furnace areas. He has also worked in commissioning of Sinter Plant Bedding & Blending area as O&M Manager & primarily responsible for smooth ramp up of facility & instrumental in reducing chemical variations within a Base-Mix Pile.

Harshal Joshi

Head Operational Excellence (South Asia)

BASF India Ltd. (Tentatively confirmed)

Chemical Engineering graduate from LIT Nagpur, 1986 batch.

30 plus years in chemical process industry in various disciplines. Have had exposure to Over all responsibility of Plant operation, Manufacturing/operations management, Manufacturing site management, Cost optimization, Green field and brown field Projects, Project evaluation, Legal clearances for new projects, Commissioning, Process Engineering, Process Safety, EHS (Environment, Health and Safety), Asset utilization process, Capital Deployment Process, supply chain, Liaising with government bodies, SAP (ERP- Entrepreneur Resource Planning), Operational Excellence etc.

Have had chance to work with Corporates like NOCIL, DE_NOCIL crop Protection Ltd. (Now, Dow Agro sciences) Rohm and Haas, Rockwood Lithium (earlier Chemetall Lithium), and presently working with BASF as Head of Operational Excellence (South Asia).

Jambunathan Gowrishankar

Solutions Director – Energy, Process and Utilities Industry

Siemens Industry Software

Has 26 years of experience in the domain of CAx and Product Lifecycle Management solutions with exposure to various functions like projects, technical sales & services, strategy, operations and business development.

He began his career with Southern Petrochemical Industries Corp as an Engineering and Management Services professional and gradually moved into the PLM domain with Siemens where he has worked with customers in diverse industries such as Automotive, Aerospace and Energy, Process and Utilities, with focus on engineering & manufacturing automation and lifecycle management solutions.

Over the last 7 years, he has been a part of a global team that defines the Industry Business & Solution Strategy for Energy and Utilities Industry, with the goal of aligning the broad Siemens software portfolio of engineering automation and lifecycle management solutions to the needs of customers in his Industry.

He has done his MBA from NMIMS and BE from Coimbatore Institute of Technology.

Jas Kamaljit Singh Bhuie

Vice President (Manufacturing)

Jubilant Agri & Consumer Products Ltd

A Business Administration post graduate and a NEBOSH certified Chemical Engineering graduate with over 20 years of experience in managing value across manufacturing, operations and supply chain in Coatings/Paints(Decorative, Automotive, Powder, Protective, Marine, Coil, Packaging and Refinish), Chemical, FMCG and Construction Chemicals Industry.

A focused team leader sensitive to organization culture with hands on approach, systems thinking, process orientation, analytical and conceptualization skills. Communicates and interacts well with all stake holders and possesses ability to inspire, train, involve and motivate the team.

Adept in functioning as a change agent with successful track record of developing strategic competitive advantage, building culture, seamless integration of new business acquisition, benchmarking and transfer of best practices from across the globe to India and orienting functional performance to strategic, financial and business goals. Widely traveled in Asia Pacific and UK.

His specialties range from proven competency to handle complexity of operations involving multi-location manufacturing units (including Job Workers/third party manufacturers) with multiplicity of raw materials, packing materials and finished goods SKUs. Proven capability of continuously improving performance of the units in quality, productivity, cost, delivery and HSE.

Jayant Kamat

Head of Operations - India and ASEAN

Foseco India Limited

Jayant is a chemical engineer from IIT Powai and has wide and rich experience with various chemical industries for the past 30 years. He has also done his DBM from Welingkar Institute, Mumbai.

He has worked with reputed companies like Gharda Chemicals Ltd, Hindustan Ciba Geigy Ltd, Finolex Industries Ltd, Rohm and Haas India Pvt Ltd and is currently working with Foseco India Ltd as Head of operations – India and ASEAN for the past 8 years at Pune.

He is responsible for end to end operations for Foseco Foundry India and ASEAN - from customer order receipt to customer order delivery. Thus, he is responsible for customer service, procurement, production, HSE, engineering, lean manufacturing, quality, logistics and general management at Foseco. Apart from his functional responsibility, he is part of top management team of the company responsible for determining the future path, strategies, business performance, balance sheet and growth.

Foseco India Ltd is a UK MNC manufacturing foundry consumables and offers solutions to the foundries.

During his career, he has worked extensively in production management (batch and manual to large petrochemical automated processes), project management (greenfield, brownfield and modifications), R & D, technical sales, applications and product development, HSE management, ISO systems, lean manufacturing and general management.

Dr. L.N. Rao Atchutuni

Vice President – Manufacturing

Indofil Industries Limited

Mukul Dixit

President & Site Head

Indo Rama Synthetics Ltd.

Mukul Dixit, is a Chemical Engineering Honours Graduate from IIT, Roorkee (formerly University Of Roorkee). Awarded with the ‘Thomason Memorial Gold Medal’ for Best Engineering Design Project at the Undergraduate level, he possesses over three decades of experience at Leadership & Strategy levels across the Chemical Process & Allied Industry.

His expertise domain covers Refineries & Petrochemicals, Fertiliser, Chemicals & APIs and Textiles. His key strengths have been in areas of Manufacturing, Capital Projects Portfolio Management, Revamping & Debottlenecking Process Technologies, Supply Chain Sourcing & Procurement, Process Investigation and Development and Process Engineering, Mukul has presented papers in numerous Conferences, Seminars and Workshops on subjects of Project Management & Governance, Business and Operations Excellence, Process Scale Up, Process Safety, Environment Management and Revamping & Debottlenecking Process Technology.

Rakesh Goyal

Vice President – Operations

National Peroxide Ltd.

A dynamic professional with 23 years of rich experience in Manufacturing, Technology Transfer (New product introduction) / Scale-up (Process Development), Quality Management, Sales and Marketing. Presently working with National Peroxide Limited as Vice President – Operations. Expertise in managing functions related to Manufacturing, Process optimization & control, Process remediation for quality assurance, standardizing production norms, lab practices and documentation. Adept in the implementation of techniques for improving operational efficiency and achieving cost savings.

Worked across the globe, Charlotte (USA), Shanghai (China), Mapthaput (Thailand) and Cilegon (Indonesia) supporting proprietary Dow technology transfer. An effective communicator with excellent relationship management skills and strong analytical, problem solving & organizational abilities.

At National Peroxide he is responsible for leading a team of professionals for safely delivering quality product from India’s largest Hydrogen Peroxide Plant. Maintaining Industrial relations and negotiating settlement with Workmen Union. Meeting business targets and leading capital projects.

R G Krishnan

Joint President - Chief Technology Officer & Head Projects (Chemicals Fertilisers Insulators sector)

Grasim Industries Ltd

R G Krishnan is a Manufacturing Business Leader with more than 26 years of experience in Technology and Projects handling global customers. A Chemical Engineer from LIT Nagpur with an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, he has worked in World Class Organisations like Saint Gobain Group as Business Head, Briggs of Burton Plc as Project Director and is presently CTO & Head Projects at Aditya Birla Group – Chemicals Business for its 7 different verticals in India and abroad.

He has additional certifications in Project Management, EHS, Legal Compliance and WCM apart from citations in Business Control, Customer Centricity projects. His contributions include very successful industry academia Global Projects partnering with reputed institutes like ICT, VJTI , CFTRI among others carrying the flavor of Make in India.

His current area of working includes Technology Transfer, Chlorine Products, Waste to wealth creation, Process Intensification, Zero Liquid Discharge systems for Chemicals Industry. He has been an active industry faculty member and speaker at public forums on aspects of Sustainable Technologies and Project Management and has delivered many lectures in India and abroad.

S Vaidyanathan

Assistant Vice President – Corporate Business Excellence

Hindalco Industries Ltd.

Mr. S Vaidyanathan is manufacturing operational excellence and business excellence professional – current assignment as Head - Corporate Business Excellence, Hindalco Industries Limited –Non ferrous metals major, predominantly Aluminium and Copper. He is a Chemical Engineer, post Graduate in Industrial Engineering from National Productivity Council and has a MBA in Marketing Management.

In his present assignment he leads the operational excellence and business excellence initiatives at Hindalco Industries, India consisting of 20 manufacturing locations and 9 mining locations. He is closely engaged in Digitalization of manufacturing processes targeted towards next level of operating efficiency.

He has more than three decades of well-rounded experience in Process Excellence consulting. He had working assignments with Aditya Birla Group Corporate, National Productivity Council, KPMG, ETA ASCON Group.

He is a qualified assessor for EFQM award, Dubai Quality Award and IMC-RBNQA award. Also he is Registered Assessor for QMS, EMS and OHSAS from Indian, German and UK accreditation boards for ISO management systems.

Sunil Kumar

Associate Director – SMS Transformation

Sanofi India Limited

Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Lean Sensei with multi continents international experience at different sites and corporate levels. Has a rich experience of 14 years of project execution, operations and people management experience. Led & Supervised multi-sites in process & quality improvement, with a strong focus on financial return. Has worked with various sector like - Pharmaceutical, FMCG (Foods and Chocolates & Confectionary) , EMS (Electronics Manufacturing & Servicing), Mobile Technology, Tele-communication, Tele power and Electrical (Mobile Towers)

Vinay Joshi

Senior Director – Operational Excellence

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories

Currently Working in Dr Reddy’s from last three years as senior director and head of Operational Excellence department. Leading team of CI across all formulation unit of Dr. Reddy’s.

His previous profile was General Manager Manufacturing (SLIM) in Zydus cadila India Ahmedabad office for implementing Lean and six sigma across all manufacturing locations. Holding a post graduate degree in Pharmacy from Nagpur University and Post Graduate Management Certification from Indira Gandhi National Open University, He global qualified trainer for Lean sigma and for Design of Experiment (DOE). Also, possess hands on experience in manufacturing and packaging of pharmaceuticals for about 21years and worked in reputed pharmaceutical companies like E Merck India & GSK India etc. he is a Black belt in Lean and six sigma Before joining Zydus he took lead in Operational excellence as a Black Belt at GSK Nasik. He was involved in driving OE in MFG for GSK as a global initiative. Various Award and recognition for all these projects were from CII, IMEA, Frost & Sulivan, Kaizen India, GSK CEO recognition, Chairman’s recognition etc.