November 9, 2020
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Visionary business leader
Sanjaya spearheads OmniActive Health Technologies Ltd. as the Chairman and Managing director. The said group is into branded Natural APIs and PFIs for nutrition, health, and wellness products.
His previous managerial positions include Managing director at Kancor and the CEO of the botanical extracts division of Bombay Oil Industries Ltd. Sanjaya led both the companies to grow significantly under his prudent leadership, operating globally and becoming leaders in their field of natural ingredients, extraction, isolation and purification, covering ingredients for food, personal care, and health care.
In 2015, Sanjaya sold his stake in Kancor and concentrated on OmniActives’ expansion. Having grown Omni, he has now taken steps to professionalize the management team and has stepped out of the operational management. Besides, he is associated as a Director and Mentor in many of his family companies, including Autohangar India P. Ltd., the largest Mercedes Dealership in India, and VKL.
He has always played significant roles in furthering the cause of the industry. Some of his associations are:
He was instrumental in introducing online trading activities at India Pepper & Spice Trade Association while he was the President. He is also on the Board of several companies and has successfully promoted and closed a venture capital business. He has presented numerous papers at different forums and institutions. Currently, he is the Chairman of FICCI’s task force on Nutraceuticals and has recently floated AHNMI – Association of Herbal and Nutraceutical Manufacturers of India. He also represents the Indian Industry on the board of Natural Products Association in the USA and the Council for Responsible Nutrition in the USA.
A Commerce and Economics graduate, Sanjaya did his Diploma in Tax Management from J. Bajaj Institute of Management. With the zeal to learn more and outgrow at every level, he has also done Executive Education programs at IIM-A and Stanford University Graduate Business School.
He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Nandana, and two children, Niharika and Nihal. A wine connoisseur, a voracious reader, and a wildlife photographer by passion, Sanjaya, also takes a keen interest in art and golf.
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Professor of strategy, Indian Institute of Management — Bangalore
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