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Pramod Kumbhar

CTO

Praj Industries

• After working for 20+ years in petrochemical (hydrocarbon) industry made a shift to biotechnology led renewable chemicals (carbohydrate) industry.

• Working with Praj Industries, as Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President for last 6 years. Focused on driving innovations in biotechnology to make biofuels and bio chemicals.

• Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Institute of Chemical Technology (formerly UDCT), Mumbai.

• Post-doctoral stints at CNRS laboratories in Montpelier and Institute of Catalysis, Lyon in France.

• Fellow of Maharashtra academy of sciences

• Received the ICI process development award from Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers.

• Worked at General Electric R&D Centre in Bangalore and SI Group (formerly Schenectady chemicals, USA) in various positions including last assignment as R&D director for Asia Pacific.

• 30+ International patents

• Received Bronze and silver medals from GE for patent filings.

• More than 25 publications in peer reviewed scientific journals

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