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Shishir Joshipura

CEO and MD Praj Industries Ltd


Equipped with a degree from BITS Pilani in mechanical engineering and an Advance Management Programme (AMP) from Harvard Business School, Shishir started his professional journey as a trainee engineer in Thermax. After 26 years at Thermax he transitioned as CEO of SKF India in 2009. From 2nd April 2018, Shishir has taken over as CEO and MD of Praj Industries Ltd., a Pune based Industrial Biotech major.

Shishir was also named as one of the 'most valuable CEOs' of India by Business world magazine in the year 2013 and listed amongst ‘India’s Top 100 CEOs in 2013’ by Business Today magazine.


  • Served on board of Process Plant and Machinery association of India (PPMAI) as Director and Chairman in 2007-2009.
  • Founding Director for Alliance for Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE) - an industry think tank and policy advocacy organisation for energy efficiency in India.
  • Served as Chairperson of CII Pune Zone 2015-16.
  • Served two terms as Independent Director on board of SBI Mutual Funds, 2012-2017
  • Speaker at Harvard Business School India Forum on two occasions
  • Chairman, CII Sustainability Council Western Region – 2019-20


  • Co-Chair the CII National Committee on Bio-Energy (including Ethanol) for the year 2022-23
  • Member, Governing Board of The Council of EU Chambers of Commerce in India 
  • Member, Academic Council of Navarachna University