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Dr. Meenesh Shah appointed Chairman, IRMA

Dr Meenesh Shah, Chairman & Managing Director, National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), has been appointed Chairman of the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA). He is also a member of IRMA’s Society and Board of Governors and has been unanimously elected by the Board as its Chairman.

Assuming the position, Dr. Shah said, “I feel proud to be given this responsibility and thank the Board of Directors and the Society members for bestowing faith in me. This is a privilege to handle the responsibilities of Chairman of IRMA which was set up in 1979 under the leadership of Dr. Verghese Kurien with financial support from NDDB, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, Government of India, Government of Gujarat and the erstwhile Indian Dairy Corporation.”

Dr. Meenesh Shah further said, “Over the last four decades, IRMA has continued to play a pioneering role in rural management space giving the country the finest rural management professionals who are traversing a path less travelled and are contributing to the rural prosperity and nation building. I am looking forward for bringing about positive changes while working with all the stakeholders.”

Dr. Shah is the first alumnus from IRMA to take over as Chairman IRMA. He is a Dairy Technologist and has recently been felicitated with the prestigious Dr. Kurien Award and is the recipient of an Honorary doctorate degree by Kamdhenu University for his exemplary contribution to the Dairy Sector.

Dr. Shah has an illustrious and multifaceted career of more than 38 years in NDDB. He has been a great proponent of innovations and has been instrumental in conceptualising, planning and implementation of several interventions in dairy and allied sectors for bringing about efficiencies, effectiveness, sustainability and more importantly enhancing the income of small and marginal dairy farmers.

Dr. Shah is also the Chairman of Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt Ltd, Indian Immunologicals Ltd, IDMC Ltd, NDDB Dairy Services, NDDB Mrida Ltd and NDDB Calf Ltd, which are furthering the objectives of NDDB and catering to various value chains of our dairy sector from animal & human health, dairy machineries, institution building, marketing of milk & milk products to manure management. He also chairs Pristine Biologicals, New Zealand, Anandalaya, Animal Breeding Research Organisation and NDDB Foundation for Nutrition.  He is also on the Governing Boards of many premier institutions like NCDFI, Vidya Dairy, Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), North East Dairy and Foods, Bharatiya Beej Sahakari Samiti Ltd, National Cooperative Organics Ltd and Dairy Sustainability Framework etc.

He is the Member Secretary of Indian National Committee of International Dairy Federation (INC-IDF), Member of the Standing Committee on Dairy Policies and Economics of IDF. He has spearheaded successful organisation of the World’s largest Dairy Conference IDF-WDS 2022 in India in September 2022. He also ensured successful implementation of the World Bank funded Central Sector Scheme ‘National Dairy Plan Phase I’.

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