Ms. Nayantara Palchoudhuri
Nayantara Palchoudhuri, is an Independent Director of the Company. She is a fourth generation Tea Planter with more than two decades of experience in successful operation and management of family owned Washabarie Tea Co. Ltd. She is currently serving as the Honorary Consul for Norway in the Eastern Region, looking after trade development and Consular matters. She was honoured with the prestigious King’s Order of Merit for her outstanding services to strengthen the relationship between India and Norway.
Ms. Palchoudhuri obtained her M. Phil from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) and was the recipient of Metcalfe Scholarship. She was awarded the Gold Medal and National Scholarship by the Jadavpur University. She was Calcutta University Senate Member. At present, she is Executive Council Member of Netaji Subhas Open University. She had the privilege of becoming the first Lady President of the 120-year old Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BNCCI). At present, she is Chairperson of Indian Tea Association and Vice-Chairperson of Tea Research Association as well as Member, Executive Committee, Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Member, National Executive committee of FICCI. Ms. Palchoudhuri is socially very active and is a Past Governor of Rotary International District 3291. She is a member of leading Social Clubs in Kolkata- Bengal Club, Calcutta Club (First Lady Member), The Royal Calcutta Golf Club- Prima Donna, and Tollygunge Club Limited- one of the most prestigious country clubs in India, where she was inducted in the General Committee for 5 years. Ms. Palchoudhuri was awarded the “Banga Samman”, and the “Nari Samman Award”, and the FICCI 2008 “Woman Achiever Award.” With her business acumen, she has been part of many leading international business delegations to South and South East Asia.
Ms. Palchoudhuri is a Chairperson of Nomination and Remuneration Committee and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, member of the Audit Committee, and member of the Stakeholder Relationship Committee of the Company.