Saroj Kumar Poddar


Saroj Kumar Poddar is also the Chairman of the Adventz Group. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from St. Xavier’s College, University of Calcutta. He has served as the President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and was also appointed as a member of the Board of Trade and a member of the Court of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore by the Government of India. He was also on the Advisory Council of N M Rothschild (India) Limited. He is also a recipient of the Rashtriya Samman award from the Central Board of Direct Taxes.

N Suresh Krishnan

Managing Director & CEO

Narayanan Suresh Krishnan is an alumnus of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani. He is member of the Board of Directors of Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited (ZACL), Fertiliser Association of India (FAI) and International Fertilizer Association (IFA). In his career of over 30 years he has been associated with Fertiliser, Energy, Sugar and Cement sectors. His corporate experience spans Manufacturing , Project Execution and Corporate Finance. He has been in leadership roles in the Indian Fertiliser Sector for over a decade. He is an active proponent of resource-efficient agriculture.

Dipankar Chatterji

Independent Director

Dipankar Chatterji passed the final examinations held by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in 1969 and became a fellow thereafter. He is currently a senior partner at L B Jha & Co., Chartered Accountants. He was a member of the working group constituted by the RBI to review the system of on-site supervision over banks. He has served as Chairman of the Auditing Practices Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the audit committee of the board of directors of Union Bank of India. He has also served as a director on the board of SBI Home Finance Limited.

Kiran Dhingra

Independent Director

Kiran Dhingra holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in English Literature from Meerut University. She is an experienced Civil Servant, retired from Indian Administrative Services (IAS), batch of 1975, UT Cadre. Skilled in Public Policy, Government Administration, Strategic Planning, Industrial Development and Management, she has several years of corporate experience, having served as Chairman, and as Director on the Board of several CPSUs, and supervised their functioning. She retired in the rank of Secretary to Government of India in 2013.

Marco Philippus Ardeshir Wadia

Independent Director

Marco Philippus Ardeshir Wadia holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Bombay University. He is a member of the Bar Council of India. He has been a practicing advocate since 1986 and, is currently a partner at Crawford Bayley & Co. He has over 30 years of experience in the legal profession having specialised in corporate matters and mergers and acquisitions.

Satyananda Mishra

Independent Director

Satyananda Mishra holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from Utkal University. He retired from Indian Administrative Services (IAS), batch of 1973. He was previously the Chief Information Commissioner of India and Secretary, Ministry of Personnel and Training, Government of India. He has served as Chairman of the Multi-Commodity Exchange of India Limited and as an independent director of SIDBI. At present, he is serving as a director on the boards of REVA University, Bangalore and the National Foundation of India.

Soual Mohamed

Non-Executive Director

Soual Mohamed holds an engineering degree in the electronics stream from the National School of Civil Aviation, Toulouse, France. He has also completed a certificate programme in accelerated general management from HEC Paris, France. He currently holds a full time position as the Adviser to the CEO and Chief Economist of OCP, Morocco.

Karim Lotfi Senhadji


Mr. Karim Lotfi Senhadji is a nominee Director of Zuari Maroc Phosphates Pvt. Ltd, a Joint Venture between Office Cherifien des Phosphates (OCP), Morocco and Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited, the flagship company of Adventz Group. He holds full time position of Chief Financial Officer in OCP, Morocco.

Karim Lotfi Senhadji joined OCP in 2010 as a Director in charge of management control. Then he held the position of Vice-President Shipment & Logistics before his appointment as CEO at OCP Africa. Prior to OCP, Mr Lotfi Senhadji held several management positions within several Moroccan and international companies, such as Holcim Group, Altadis Morocco and Méditelecom. He holds an Executive MBA ESSEC & Mannheim Business Schools and graduate form the Royal Air Forces School of Marrakech where he got his degree in aeronautical engineering and trained as a pilot.

Subhrakant Panda

Independent Director

Mr. Subhrakant Panda is Managing Director of Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Ltd which was established in 1961 and is today the country's leading producer of value added ferro alloys with own chrome ore mines and captive power generation.

He is currently Senior Vice President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), India’s apex business chamber, having earlier served as Chairman of the Odisha State Council and the National Manufacturing Committee. He is a Past President (2017-18) of the International Chamber of Commerce - India Chapter and is also only the third Indian to have been elected President (2013-15) of the Paris-based International Chromium Development Association (ICDA).

Mr. Panda graduated with honours summa cum laude from the Questrom School of Business, Boston University in 1993 with a dual concentration in Finance and Operations Management.

Ujjwal Kumar

Government Nominee Director

Mr Ujjwal Kumar is Deputy Secretary, Department of Fertilizers, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizer. He is appointed as Government Nominee Director on the Board of our Company. Mr. Kumar is a graduate in Mathematics from Ranchi University and a CSS Officer. He has over 28 years of work experience in various Ministries of Government of India including Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Ministry of Finance. He has handled a range of subjects while handling portfolios of varied nature relating to infrastructure development, policy formulation, scheme implementation, drafting legislation and work of regulatory nature.