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Mr Baijayant 'Jay' Panda, Trustee

Baijayant 'Jay' Panda is a Member of Parliament of India, Lower House (Lok Sabha), representing the Kendrapara constituency, Odisha since 2009. He was re-elected from Kendrapara with a margin of over 2 lakh 9 thousand votes in May 2014. Earlier Jay Panda had been twice elected to Parliament, Upper House (Rajya Sabha) in 2000 and 2006, also from the State of Odisha. He is a member of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) party.

He graduated from the Michigan Technological University and, with a background in Engineering and Management, worked in the corporate sector before joining politics. He assisted the late Biju Patnaik and subsequently Naveen Patnaik, who founded the Biju Janata Dal party, which has found strong acceptance from the people of Odisha and has been repeatedly voted back in elections.

Jay Panda has been associated with the India-USA Forum of Parliamentarians and is its Chairman. He was given an award for best parliamentary practices by the Hon'ble Chief Justice of India in 2008. Since its inception in 2007, Jay Panda has been associated with the Citizens' Alliance Against Malnutrition, an advocacy group including many parliamentarians across parties, civil society activists, non-governmental organisations, Bollywood actors, and other celebrities. The Citizens' Alliance has undertaken numerous initiatives to battle child malnutrition in India, including field visits to rural districts in several states, continual engagement with media organizations to highlight the issue, repeated interactions with the Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition, Chief Ministers and other political leaders to raise the priority given to this critical area.

In his earlier corporate career, Jay Panda was active in industry organizations like the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the International Chromium Development Association. In the past he has also been associated with the Govt. of Odisha's Industrial Advisory Committee and been a Director on the Industrial Promotion & Investment Corporation of Odisha (IPICOL). As a parliamentarian, he has been a member of many important committees like the Parliamentary Standing Committees on Finance, Home, Energy and Urban Development.

In Parliament and public life, Jay Panda passionately espouses the cause of his home state Odisha as well as other national issues close to his heart, such as economic development, education and information technology. Panda takes a keen interest in India's foreign affairs and is involved in a number of Track 2 dialogues with the US, Japan, China, Pakistan, South Korea, etc. He frequently participates in national television discussions and writes op-ed pieces in newspapers. He holds a Private Pilot's License for aircraft and helicopters and enjoys adventure sports like skydiving and bungee jumping.

Currently, he is a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Undertakings, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Finance and the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home.

Credits: Eden