EEPL’s board includes business and industry veterans who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, who are paving the way towards a sustainable tomorrow.
Prashant is part of the second generation of the Ruia family that founded Essar. Essar was founded in 1969 by his father, Shashi Ruia and uncle Ravi Ruia.
Prashant has been an integral part of EGFL’s operations and management since 1985 and has been a key driver of the Fund’s growth, diversification and value creation both within India and internationally. He is respected for his project execution skills, financial expertise and people management capabilities.
Prashant holds key positions on several prestigious regulatory and professional boards. He is a member of the UK India Business Council and a member of the India-Indonesia CEO’s Forum.
Mr Tripathi is the Non-Executive Chairman of Essar Exploration & Production Ltd Mauritius. He drives the portfolio strategy for the E&P vertical and plays a key role in providing strategic direction to EGFL.
Mr Tripathi is a transformational leader with over 38 years of experience in the hydrocarbon sector. He steered the gas sector in India and played a key role in accelerating the country towards a low-carbon economy. He has over 12 years of board experience, with 10 years as Chairman and Managing Director of GAIL (India) Ltd.
He has also served as the Chairman for Brahmaputra Cracker & Polymer Ltd; Member Board of Directors for Petronet LNG; Chairman of the Board of Mahanagar Gas Ltd; Chairman of the Board of Indraprastha Gas Ltd; and Director of Gail Global Singapore PTE Ltd. He has diverse experience of managing various joint venture and subsidiary companies.
Mr Tripathi is one of the foremost energy strategists of the country and is credited with transforming GAIL into a multi-asset multinational portfolio company. During his tenure as Chairman and Managing Director, the physical assets of the company increased three-fold, turnover rose 300% and PAT increased 200%.
Mr Tripathi is an active participant and speaker at various global conferences and forums including the World Economic Forum, Gastec, Ceraweek, etc. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Allahabad.
Mr Gujadhur, Director, EEPL, is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK, and a founder member of the International Fiscal Association IFA, Mauritius branch. Mr Gujadhur has over 40 years of experience in the fields of auditing, taxation, consulting and structuring. He has extensive experience of advising both local and international firms across business sectors including investment funds seeking listing on the Mauritius Stock Exchange. Between 1986 and 1994, he provided advisory services to projects funded by the World Bank/ African Development Bank in certain African countries.
Mr Gujadhur also served as a Director on the board of UTI Funds in Mauritius till 2008. Currently, he holds a senior advisory position in the Mauritius Commercial Bank, Mauritius, one of the largest banks in Africa; Warburg Pincus Asia Ltd, Mauritius, among the largest private equity funds. Mr Gujadhur is on the Board of Essar Capital Ltd, Investment Manager, Essar Global Fund Ltd, a Cayman Islands Fund, with investments worldwide.
Mr Pankaj Kalra is the Chief Executive Officer of Essar Exploration and Production Limited, Mauritius. Pankaj’s vision and experience in Exploration and Production is invaluable. It will complement our leadership team and the company as we embark on implementation of key value drivers in Vietnam and India, and foray into Energy Transition viz., Biogas and liquefaction.
Pankaj will spearhead the exploration and production business globally. He will be developing and driving business strategy and growth, achieving profitability in operations while enhancing and creating shareholder value.
Pankaj has nearly 25 years of experience, with a demonstrated track record of success, working across multiple sectors, including Oil and Gas where he gained a third of his experience. He has led M&A, raised capital (both debt and equity), led operational and business finance and procurement. Prior to joining Essar, Pankaj was the CFO of Cairn Oil & Gas, and has previously worked with Reliance, Aircel, Idea, American Tower and EY.
Pankaj is a rank holder Chartered Accountant, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the prestigious SRCC, Delhi University, Delhi.
Born in 1973, Sharmil holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics with Accountancy (Hon’s) from Loughborough University, UK and a Master in Business Administration from University of Wales, Cardiff.
He is also a member of STEP and on the board of STEP (Mauritius) Limited since 2012. He has a strong background in banking and insurance. His extensive experience was acquired in Kenya in senior roles with First National Finance Bank Limited and General Accident Insurance Co. Kenya Limited. He joined Rogers Capital Corporate Service as Supervisor in 2000. He is currently the head of Corporate Administration.
Sandeep Fakun, is a fellow of the chartered and Certified Accountants of UK, a full member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners of UK and a member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors.
He started his career in the public sector and then moved to De Chazal Mee & Co. (the then representative of Arthur Anderson – Worldwide) where for 8 years he worked on several audit and consultancy assignments for companies ranging from manufacturing, distribution, agriculture, banking, and insurance.
Prior to joining the Cim Group in December 2008 as Senior Manager, Sandeep has worked as consultant for Multiconsult Ltd and as “Director – Trust and Company Administration” for Dale International Trust Company Ltd, where he was extensively involved in the structuring, setting-up and administration of Trusts and Global Business entities.