Techstain Technologies is an early stage start-up floated by IITB alumni which is completely focused on sustainability based application of technologies. The company is committed to develop and disseminate cutting edge sustainable technologies by collaborating with academia, governments and NGOs.
Dr Biplab Ranjan Pattanaik
Founder Managing Director - Life Link Eco Technologies Pvt. Ltd
Dr Biplab Ranjan Pattanaik is the Founder Managing Director - Life Link Eco Technologies Pvt. Ltd - a social business initiative for promotion of green technologies established in 2001.
He did his B.Tech. in Bio-Chemical Engineering from HBTI Kanpur and PhD at IIT Bombay. His seminal work at IIT Bombay involved development of an engineering design approach which can be applied to Natural soil – plant ecosystem principles for processing wastewater. He has co-authored 4 Patents (2 Indian and 2 US), 9 technical article to his name published in referred journals, National and International conferences based on the above work. The patented process is now commercially known as "Soil Biotechnology” (SBT).
Considered to be an Eco-friendly wastewater treatment technology SBT system addresses some of the basic challenges with existing systems of wastewater treatment associated with experience of poor quality of treated water and inefficient and unreliable operations. He founded his technology start up LIFE LINK in 2001 primarily for popularising green technologies beginning with commercial use of SBT. Waste water treatment systems based on SBT has been set up for gated communities, industries and public institutions across the country – some of them are now in field use for more than 15 years.
SBT set up by him at Govardhan Eco village (GEV) at Galtare village, Wada, Maharashtra, demonstrates a Live Model for zero discharge water conservation measure for implementations in typical rural set up. SBT systems also deployed for conversion of organic solid waste to high quality slow-release bio-fertilisers in a farm-like environment.
As Technical Advisor, he supports Venu Madhuri Trust working for integrated rural development work based on traditional wisdom. Despite his entrepreneurial involvement, Dr. Patnaik continues his research interest in the area of public sanitation and water quality improvement through collaborative work with IIT Bombay and mentors students willing to delve into experimentation and active field work.
He was recognised for an award as one of the “ 50 most impactful leaders of world in water and water management” at the World Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) congress in 2016 held at Mumbai.
Bijay has over 28 years of experience in leadership positions in leading National and Global corporations. He specializes in the areas of Organisation Strategy, Human Resource Management, Leadership Development, Skills Development and Employability. He is currently the Group President – HR working with the Chairman, Mr. Mukesh Ambani for talent and transformation of all existing and emerging businesses of Reliance such as Reliance Retail, Jio Infocomm, Payment Bank, Media and E-commerce. Prior to this role, Bijay was the Global Head HR of Wipro Technologies. He was also member on the Board of Wipro Spectramind (BPO Company). Prior to Wipro, Bijay was the Principal Consultant in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he was the leader of the HRM consulting practice of the Management Consulting Division of PwC in India and South Asia. Prior to PwC, he was the Head HR of IDBI Bank. He was for over 5 years the Chairman of Conference Board’s HR Council in India and Chairman of HR council of Retail Association of India.
Bijay is the Founder Chairman of RASCI i.e. Retail Skills Council of India, promoted by leading Retail Companies with grant from NSDC and Govt. of India. Under Bijay’s leadership RASCI has trained and certified over 2,00,000 people ready for employment. He is the Co-Chairman of FICCI Skills Development Forum (SDF) and member representative from FICCI side for the State Council of Vocational Training (SCVT) society. He is the Chairman of Skills Development committee and Co-Chairman of HR committee and Management Committee member of Indian Merchants’ Chamber. Bijay is a member of Mentor Councils for Skills Development formed by Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India. He is currently working as a member of the BRICS Business Council Working Group as a Skills Development expert.
He is the Founder Chairman of “Demographic Dividend Research Foundation (DDRF)” focusing on Talent Equilibrium by seamlessly developing skills in emerging technologies and facilitating mobility of the talent and skills across the world. Bijay is the Chairman of Lokavidya Technologies, a Tech start up from IIT Mumbai focusing on applications of ICT for education and skill development of villagers, farmers, craftsmen and Artisans.
He was appointed as the Chairman of Indian Skills Delegation in UK and Speaker in Joint Working Group for Skills Development organized by JETCO in UK in January 2015. He led Skill India Mission as part of IMC delegation to Germany in April 2015 to study Dual Vocational Education and Training system of Germany.
He serves on the Governing / Advisory Boards of many reputed Universities and Educational Institutions e.g. KIIT, Lal Bahadur Shashtri Institute of Management, Centurion University, Ramaiah Institute of Management Studies and JKIU. He is also on the Advisory Council of India CHRO Forum.
Bijay is on the advisory board and mentors incubation center of K.J. Somaiya for promoting start-up companies in the space of Mobile Internet, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and 3D Printing. He is an angel investor in some of the emerging technology start-ups.
Bijay has been a regular writer and speaker in various global forums in the areas of Technologies, Talent, Economy, Education, Skills Development and Employability.