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Samir Somaiya, ’90, MS ’92, MBA ’93 & chairman of Godavari Biorefineries Ltd., to speak at Johnson, May 4


Somaiya will discuss how his organization, a giant in the alcohol-based chemical space, leverages renewable energy within the value chain to benefit its bottom line

Samir Somaiya, ’90, MS ’92, MBA ’93, chairman and managing director of Mumbai-based Godavari Biorefineries Limited and visiting instructor of Chemical Engineering at Cornell University, will deliver a talk entitled "Godavari Biorefineries, Renewables, Innovation, and the Triple Bottom Line," Wednesday, May 4 from 4-5 p.m. in B09 of Sage Hall.  Sponsored by Johnson's Emerging Markets Institute and Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Somaiya's talk is free and open to the Cornell Community.   

About Somaiya:

Samir Somaiya is the chairman and managing director of Godavari Biorefineries Limited and chairman of the Board of Trustees of Somaiya Vidyavihar and The Somaiya Trust. He was the president of the Indian Sugar Mills Association in 2009, and the chairman-Western Region of the Indian Chemical Council from 2008-09. He was also a committee member of the Government of India - New Millennium Indian Technology Initiative for Polymers from Renewable Resources, and presently serves as a committee member of the Indian Sugar Export Corporation.  A visiting instructor at the School of Chemical Engineering at Cornell, he is also the chairman of the Education Committee of the Indian Merchant’s Chamber for the year 2010-11. In addition to his Cornell University degrees, he holds a Master of Public Administration (2005) from Harvard University.