Board of Directors

Dr. Rahul Mirchandani

Chairman and Managing Director
Date of Appointment: 04.04.2017
Date of Joining as 02.02.1994

Dr Rahul Mirchandani has 23 years of experience as Director of Aries Agro Limited

Ranked amongst the 30 Most Innovative CEOs in India in 2014, he has pioneered several unique marketing processes and brand management tactics at Aries. These include launching India’s first loyalty programme in agribusiness, India’s first Agri business flash sale (earning a Limca Book of Records), insurance-based customer retention programmes for farmers, executing the first nationwide single day launch for a specialty fertilizer brand as well as several shock-and-awe brand building programmes to sustain and grow 65 rural brands with zero mass media advertising. Many of these strategies are being documented and taught as case studies in customer relations management at leading Indian business schools.

He holds a Doctorate in Management Studies from NMIMS University, Mumbai and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds an MBA from the University of Canberra, Australia. Rahul has delivered sessions on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Oxford University, UK and has lectured at over 50 B-Schools in India. A Past National Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Young Indians (CII-Yi), he is the architect of Yi’s Farmers Net program and has served on the CII Agriculture, Innovation, International Policy and India@75 National Councils. He has been the Chairman for the Yi’s Next Practices platform and has also chaired Yi’s International Relations and Partnerships and is the Founder of the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs- Asia (CAYE-Asia). He is the recipient of the Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Shakti Award 2010 in recognition of outstanding achievements towards Youth Empowerment and Inclusive Growth.

Recognized as one of the world’s foremost achievers in his field, Rahul is listed in the Who’s Who in the World 2013 and has been invited to Receptions at Buckingham Palace, the International Labour Organisation, the Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings, High Commissioners Banquets, Association of MBAs Global Deans conference, amongst many others. Rahul was a member of the Global Jury for the UN Habitat Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Awards 2016. Rahul is a Fellow of the 4Sight Class of Ananta Aspen’s India Leadership Initiative and member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Dr. Jimmy Mirchandani

Date of Appointment: 15.01.1976

Dr Jimmy Mirchandani is a Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry from Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth-Agri University. He has been conferred “Bachelor of Laws” by Mumbai University. Dr Jimmy Mirchandani is with Aries for almost 26 years; more particularly involved with the development of new products. He looks after the day to day operations of the Company. He was instrumental in propelling Aries Research into the chelation area. He was also the president of Indian Micro Fertilizers Manufacturers’ Association of India (2001-2005).

Prof. R. S. S. Mani

Independent Director
Date of Appointment: 16.08.2004

Prof. R.S.S. Mani is a HRD & Management Strategy expert, associated in value added interventions to many reputed Companies in the domains of HRM, Institution Building, T&D, OB, OD, and such. Prof. Mani has been associated in training & consultancy activities with a large number of corporates such as Wockhardt, L&T, M&M, TATA Group, RIL, Thomas Cook, Aditya Birla Group amongst many others in their strategic HRM projects. Prof. Mani (a gold medalist from TISS) was also a full time faculty member of TATA Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) associated with the personnel management department. He was incharge of conducting training programmes for many organizations throughout India. He has been the Advisor - Career Development for the SIES group of institutions in Nerul and is also a visiting professor at TISS. Prof R S S Mani was recently bestowed the SAMAJ SHAKTI AWARD for his outstanding contribution in the sphere of education. He supports several educational charities in Mumbai & is also the Hon Director of the Computer Education & Library of the SHHPBS. He is also acknowledged as an eminent career guidance specialist & has mentored several executives shape their careers. He is the Chairman of Audit Committee.

Mr. Chakradhar Bharat Chhaya

Independent Director
Date of Appointment: 29.10.2009

Mr. Chakradhar Bharat Chhaya, aged about 65 years has more than 45 years of experience in the field of banking and finance. He completed his Bachelor of Commerce from University of Bombay in the year 1963. He is a Fellow of Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India. He is also a CAIIB (Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers). He began his career in the year 1964 with Bank of Baroda. He worked at various positions before retiring as Managing Director of BOBCARDS Limited, a subsidiary of Bank of Baroda in 2003. The various designations held by him during his career were Zonal Head and Convener of State Level Bankers' Committee of Rajasthan and Nagar Rajbhasha Samiti of Jaipur (Banks), Deputy General Manager - Corporate Banking, Assistant General Manager – Central Inspection Division, Regional Manager - Jamnagar / Junagadh & Rajkot regions and Principle Officer for Sultanate of Oman Territory. At present, he is practicing as a Cost Accountant and undertakes corporate and NBFC advisory assignments. He is also a Director in an NBFC engaged in the Business of offering students' loan for higher studies and Independent Director of Texmo Pipes & Products Limited.

Mr. Bhumitra V. Dholakia

Independent Director
Date of Appointment: 13.11.2012

Mr. Bhumitra Vinodchandra Dholakia, aged 63 years, is an Independent Director on the Board of our Company. He holds a Bachelors degree in Arts (Economics) and Laws obtained from Gujarat University and is a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers. He holds a certificate of practice as company secretary and is a fellow member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, New Delhi. He has more than 32 years of experience as a company secretary and has been in whole time practice for 28 years. He was earlier associated with Precision Fastners Limited. Mr. Bhumitra Vinodchandra Dholakia is the proprietor of M/s. Dholakia & Associates, Company Secretaries since April, 1984. He is also a Partner of M/s. Shah Dholakia & Associates, Company Secretaries, rendering Company Law, Secretarial and Legal Services on Retainership basis to our Company till October, 2012. He is a Member of the Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee of our Company.

Mrs. Nitya Mirchandani

Date of Appointment: 30.05.2014

Mrs. Nitya Mirchandani is a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Swami Vivekananda College of Commerce, Arts & Science, Mumbai and holds a Diploma in Human Resource Management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. She has completed a diploma in Advertising from the British Council, Mumbai and has interest in Children’s Education and Counseling Psychology.