Convenor- Culture and Awards- eXcellerate North East Summit
Convenor- eXcellerate North East Summit
Raj K Pathak
Raj K Pathak is the CEO SMBConnect. Additionally, he is the Chairman of India Entrepreneur’s Club (Delhi NCR) and Advisor to EAZY Business Solutions. He is extremely passionate about promoting SMEs & Start-ups through media platforms. He has been instrumental in producing many entrepreneurship-based television shows such as SME CEO’s Knowledge Series launched at the hands of Late Dr APJ Kalam and televised on CNBC NETWORK. He is well known for conceptualising and producing BUSINESS MANTRA TV SHOW which successfully ran for 100 episodes.
Raj also has a rich network with many ministries of Government of India, especially MSME and Commerce & Industry ministries, Industry Associations, International Trade Chambers, Embassies, etc.
Travelling is his another passion and he has travelled to 40 plus countries across the continents.
David Laitphlang is the President of Megahlaya Press Club and is one of the most reputed and experienced journalists in the North East Region . He has been working with Hindustan Times and has been a Chief of Bureau of Eastern Chronicle.
Mr. Atul Kumar is the President of Indian Importers Chambers of Commerce & Industry (IICCI). As the President of IICCI, he has led many official delegations to international forums like:-
a) Select USA Summit b) Morocco Investment etc.
He has travelled to more than 40 countries and is actively involved in improving trade relations between SAARC countries.
Recently, he had visited Russian Federation and has been appointed as Trade Representative for South Asia by the Leningrad state.
Mr. Atul Kumar is a commerce graduate from Delhi University and did his specialisation in foreign trade from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi.
Besides this, he has done various specialised diploma/certificate courses in marine insurance, international banking, documentation etc. He is equipped with over 14 years of experience working with corporate giants like Birla, Thakral Group, Fortune International, etc. At present, he is the Chairman of two companies which are into international trade.
Sir John Martin Chairman of IICCI EU, Milan, Italy
Sir John Martin is a multi-faceted professional, with the following to his credit-
Chairman of the Save Indian Royal Heritage Trust
Chairman of Ortus Einfra Pvt. Ltd.
Chairman & MD of APT EnergyX Pvt Ltd.
Managing Director of Talesun Solar Energy AG
Chairman of ZT Solar Energy India Pvt Ltd.
Founder & CEO of IESD srl – Milan, Italy
) Founder & President of SBC srl Bologna, Italy
Mr. T K Pandey is the Director of IICCI and the main coordinator for all international operations of the Chamber’s offices globally. He has 30 years’ of experience in corporate world working with large organisations such as Fortune International, etc. He is an engineering graduate and has travelled to more than 30 countries, leading important delegations to Canada, France, Italy, Vietnam, etc.
Princess Avantika Kumari
Princess Avantika Kumari did her schooling from The Lawrence School, Sanawar (among the top most elite boarding schools of India). She obtained Grade A from St. Annes School, Windermere. She was awarded as the best foreign school performer for Kathak (classical dance performance) in Cumbria, Manchester, UK.
She pursued a course in history of art from London University Summer School. She did Jewellery designing and diamond grading course from IDI Surat (diamond capital of India). She is a certified instructor in Yoga from Iyengar school.
Princess Avantika Kumari is fluent in English and Hindi speaking and writing and other 7 regional languages of India. She also has a certification in Spanish language.
She has experience in star career management, television and film production as creative director and freelance designing for Notandas jewellers, Mumbai.
Sandipan Ray founded SMBConnect in 2012 with the aim to strengthen and boost SME ecosystem in India by deploying prerequisite solutions. Within 7 years of its existence, SMBConnect has organised over 150 events pan India including four successful seasons of Start Manage Expand Knowledge series and Advaita women entrepreneur awards. Today, it has more than 1 lakh SMEs in its network and approximately 55 mentors.
Sandipan is also the Director of Redefine Marcom Pvt Ltd- a 360 degree marketing services provider based in three prime locations in India- Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. He has more than 20 years of corporate experience at his command and his areas of specialisation include database services, direct marketing, and events and marketing communications.