The Khetan Industrial Group is headed by Dr. Murali Dhar Khetan, a visionary entrepreneur in the power industry, whose business success began with High Tension Electricals way back in 1959. Over the years, the group has expanded into additional companies like Neccon Power & Infra Ltd., North East Cable Pvt. Ltd., Brahmaputra Infrapower Pvt. Ltd., and North Eastern Educare and Research Pvt. Ltd. The entrepreneurial ventures have contributed significantly to the society and economy of the region, winning several national awards for industrial excellence such as the Best Productivity Performance Award (1997) and National Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurship (1999).
Sri Basant Khetan is a prominent entrepreneur of Northeast India with exceptional success in Hightension Electricals and electrical goods. Their products exceed exports worth 25,000 lacs INR through their strong network in India and abroad. He is associated with multiple ventures such as Director, Lower Seijusa Hydel Power Company Pvt Ltd, Director, Neccon Power & Infra Ltd, Director, Topline Finvest Pvt Ltd, Additional Director, Brahmaputra Infra Power Pvt Ltd, Director, North Eastern Skills Ventures Pvt Ltd and many others. He is personally connected with many social organisations of Assam and Northeast India to inspire and change lives of people.
Vice Chancellor, The Assam Kaziranga University and President of NEKF, Dr. Prashanta Kr. Mishra, is a PhD in Chemistry from Utkal University, Odisha. A renowned educationist and well known for his highly established network of dedicated professionals nationally & Internationally in the field of education. Dr. Mishra is also the co-founder of KIIT University – the largest private university in Eastern India and served as its first Pro-Chancellor from 2004 - 06.
Dr. Prashant Goswami is the former Director, CSIR-National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), New Delhi. With an M.Sc. in Physics from Gauhati University, Dr. Goswami obtained his PhD from the Indian Institute of Science in 1982, after which he completed his post-doctoral studies at the Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, IISc. He is the recipient of the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Earth and Planetary Sciences, in 2001 for his fundamental contributions to the field and was an Invited Professor (2001-2003) at ENS, France at LMD. Dr. Goswami also acted as a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Chance Assessment Report 5, Working Group I. Dr. Goswami has served as Chairman/Member of many Institutional and Research Committees in India.
Shantikam Hazarika is the Founder-Director of the Assam Institute of Management. He serves as the Chairman of Gauhati Stock Exchange Ltd. and has been an Independent Director of NHPC Ltd. and neepco Ltd. since 2012. Shri Hazarika has also served as an Independent Director of Lower Assam Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. as well as the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd. He is a member of the Assam State Electricity Board and has served as a Non-Executive Independent Director of Hindustan Copper Ltd. from 2008 to 2011. He holds a BE in Electrical and PG Diploma in Management from IIM, Ahmedabad.
Sri Mahanta is an entrepreneur – Infrastructure Advisory, Tourism & Hydropower Implementation. He is also a Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer at MMS Advisory Pvt Ltd, promoter of Patkai Energy Company Ltd, Director, Assam Power Generation Company, a state owned power generation company with a mandate to facilitate implementation of new power projects. Formerly he was Asst Vice President at IL & FS, employee of NEDFi. He writes for vernacular newspapers of Assam and involves in TV talk shows on issues of economy, infrastructure development including promotion of cultural heritage in North East India.
Ms. Rainy Khetan is the Director of Administration, The Assam Kaziranga University, and is the Trustee of the North Eastern Knowledge Foundation (NEKF). Actively involved in the development and promotion of education in the region, Ms. Khetan is one among the few young business entrepreneurs of North-East India. Ms. Khetan obtained her Bachelor's degree in Business Management, with a specialization in Marketing, following which she completed an MBA in Media and Entertainment, specializing in Event Management, Advertising and Digital Marketing. She has worked with leading event management companies in Bangalore, India and has successfully worked on several Industry projects as well.
Mrs Geetima Das Krishna, a research analyst and PhD scholar in the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), is currently working as an Adviser in Policy Monks. Mrs Das has extraordinary experience in research and has been part of many reputed companies as a Research analyst. Some of the leading journals and newspapers (like; Deccan Herald) have also published her articles. Along with this, she has been a great scholar and has completed her education in respects like; BE in Electronics & Communication (Guwahati University), MS in Computer Engineering (Florida Institute of Technology, USA) and MBA in Finance and Investment (Baruch College, USA).
Dr Gayatri Vasudevan, Co. Founder and Chief Executive officer LabourNet, is among the top businesswomen today. She was also awarded "Entrepreneur of the year in the social business category" by Forbes India, 2018. With being a great speaker and a visionary, she has a doctorate in development studies with 30 publications in areas of Labour, Employment and gender issues. She has also been an advisory member of several governmental bodies like; Aadhaar Subcommittee on registration (UIDA), Recognition of Prior Learning Project, MoLE, etc. Currently She is a member of Rashtriya Mahila Khosh (RMK).