Eminent personalities

Our Board

Mr. Baijayant 'Jay' Panda

Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda is a former member of Lok Sabha from Kendrapara constituency, Odisha. Previously, he has also served two terms in Rajya Sabha. As a parliamentarian, he has been recognized for his many contributions. In 2008, he was given an award for best parliamentary practices by the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India. He has served on Parliamentary Standing Committees on Home Affairs, Finance, Energy and Urban Development. He also chairs the India-USA Forum of Parliamentarians. Within Parliament and outside, he has championed various causes such as fighting chronic malnutrition in India and tackling human and social costs of tobacco consumption.

Mr. Baijayant 'Jay' Panda

Mr. Subhrakant Panda

Subhrakant Panda has been the Managing Director of IMFA since 2006. Mr. Panda is the President of Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), India Chapter and is an active member of the National Executive Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) besides being Chairman of FICCI’s Odisha State Council. He is only the third Indian to be elected President (2013-2015) of the Paris-based International Chromium Development Association (ICDA) and, having been acknowledged as an expert on ferro alloys, is invited to speak at various international conferences.

Mr. Subhrakant Panda

Ms. Paramita Mahapatra

Paramita Mahapatra is the Managing Director of UMSL Ltd, a premier infrastructure development company, and a Director on the board of IMFA. She oversees the activities of Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT), established by IMFA in 1974. The trust contributes to various social causes and has instituted the annual Sarala Award for Odia literature as well as Ekalabya Puraskar for encouraging Odisha sports talent. Ms. Mahapatra is the President of the Bhubaneswar Chapter of National HRD Network. A passionate patron of art, activist, and promoter, Ms. Mohapatra is the Founder Trustee of Ila Panda Centre for Arts (IPCA), an interactive platform for Odia artists, and a key player in the promotion and conservation of Odisha’s visual arts.

Ms. Paramita Mahapatra

Ms. Nivedita Ganapathi

Nivedita Ganapathi is the Chief Executive of Palios Corporation. Based out of Palo Alto, California, which specializes in developing hardware and software as well as technology implementation across various industries and sectors including microelectronics, solar systems, RFID sensors, and advanced water filtration, and recycling systems. She has an LLM from Harvard Law School and has practiced in New York and California.

Ms. Nivedita Ganapathi

Mr. D P Bagchi, IAS (Retd.)

Mr. D P Bagchi is a former Chief Secretary and Chief Development Commissioner of Odisha with extensive experience in the government industrial relationship and corporate governance. He has held various positions with the central and state government including Principal Advisor, Planning Commission, and Chairman Tribal Development Corporation. He has provided his experience to several educational institutions and is presently on the Board of several leading organizations.

Mr. D P Bagchi, IAS (Retd.)

Dr. Aurobindo Behera, IAS (Retd.)

Dr. Aurobindo Behera has served Odisha as a District Collector, Revenue Divisional Commissioner, Secretary to Chief Minister, Secretary - Departments of Forest and Environment, ST and SC Development, Rural Development, Public Works Department, and Water Resources Department etc. He was also the Managing Director, Odisha State Disaster Management, Additional CMD, Industrial Development Corporation of Odisha and Member, Board of Revenue. He is associated with several civil society initiatives in the area of education, tribal affairs, and sanitation.

Dr. Aurobindo Behera, IAS (Retd.)

Ms. Shaifalika Panda

Shaifalika Panda joined IMFA as the Chief of Corporate Social Responsibility (Special Initiatives) with the mandate to enhance focus. She spearheaded the formation of the Bansidhar & Ila Panda Foundation to engage, educate and empower the marginalized and is especially sensitive to issues concerning women & children. She has been the co-chairperson of FICCI Young Leaders from 2014-2016 and serves on the advisory board of FICCI Social Economic Development Foundation. She has also been a member of the Inclusive Governance Council at FICCI from 2015-2016.

Ms. Shaifalika Panda