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The BAPL Board Members

Great Development begins with Great Minds!

At BAPL, strategic and skilled team-work is the prime force behind all our creations. We have built a superior leadership team that is rich both in terms of industry experience and individual expertise – ranging from international business to scientific backgrounds. Together, they have helped BAPL create a firm place in the global business arenas!


M r. Alapan Bandyopadhyay is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer, who is presently the Chief Secretary of West Bengal. Prior to taking over as the Chief Secretary, Mr Bandyopadhyay had served as the Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Information), Government of West Bengal and in various other senior administrative positions in the Government of West Bengal.


Mr. Manoj Pant joined Indian Administrative Service in the year 1991 and has held various positions in the state of West Bengal. He is currently Principal Secretary of Land and Land Reforms and Refugee Relief and Rehabilitation Department and Land Reforms Commissioner, West Bengal.

Mr Pant was Senior Advisor to the Executive Director for India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka at the World Bank in Washington DC during 2011 to 2014. He also served as Private Secretary toHonb’le Minister of Finance , Government of India during 2009 to 2011. Mr Pant is a Gold Medalist in Master of Technology in Applied Geology from University of Roorkee, now IIT Roorkee and also Masters in Public Administration from Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University, USA.


A Masters in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Ms Vandana Yadav joined Indian Administrative Service in 1998. She is also a M.SC in Public policy and Management from Kings College, London. In her professional career as an IAS officer, spanning, nineteen years, she has worked in general administration as district Magistrate, in Urban Development and Planning as Secretary and Special Secretary of Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority(KMDA) with the Government of West Bengal. She has also served in Department of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, gaining experience of international trade issues, negotiations and promotion. She also worked as Deputy CEO of the India Brand Equity Fund.

Ms. Yadav is presently working as Managing Director of West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation Limited (WBIDC) under Commerce and Industries Department of Government of West Bengal. She is also the Export Commissioner for the state. WBIDC is the premier nodal agency of West Bengal government for conceptualizing, development, growth and facilitation of industry, investment and infrastructure in West Bengal. The corporation acts as a catalyst for bringing investment and industry in West Bengal through its promotion and marketing as an investment destination.


Mr. Eugene Gan is Managing Director, Asset Management at CAI. He is responsible for driving the business and operating performance of airports in CAI’s investment portfolio; and ensuring that they adhere to business and operating plans, profitability targets and eventual timely divestment.

Mr Gan is an industry veteran with more than 20 years’ experience in airport investments and management, and aerospace operations. Since joining CAI in 2001, Mr Gan has held various leadership positions in investments and consultancy, where he was responsible for the origination and execution of investment deals, management contracts and consultancy assignments in airports worldwide.

Mr Gan has led the investment teams to successfully secure projects at Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd, India; Aeroporti di Roma, Italy; Beijing Capital International Airport, China; and China-Singapore Airport Management Academy, China.

He also led the efforts in clinching and implementing major management contracts and consultancy projects at Abu Dhabi International Airport, United Arab Emirates; King Fahd International Airport, Saudi Arabia; and airports in Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Nanjing, Kunming and Qingdao in China.

He has served as Director on the boards of airport companies in Brazil, China, India and Russia.

Mr Gan began his career as an engineer with the Republic of Singapore Air Force, and subsequently with Messier-Dowty, the world’s largest aircraft landing gear company. He had also worked in the Singapore Economic Development Board.

Mr Gan holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Master of Science in Financial Engineering from the National University of Singapore. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship that is established by the Lien Foundation to promote the mutual development of Singapore and China.


Dmitry Pochekuev is Associate Director, Asset Management of Changi Airports International (CAI). He has been actively involved in acquisition analysis and management of airport assets in Russian, Brazil, India, among others.

Dmitry has more than twelve years of professional work experience in project development, project finance and M&A across oil and gas and infrastructure space. His most recent experience includes partnerships building, assistance in structuring equity consortium and ensuring bankability for ECA covered project financing. He was previously engaged with both sell side financial advisory and buy side M&A team, responsible for financial analysis and modelling, valuation, deal structuring and due diligence across SEA, Russia and CIS.

Dmitry has a degree in Banking and Finance from Finance Academy in Russia and a Master's degree in Financial Engineering from ESSEC Business School in France and Singapore. He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) full member and Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) MQE candidate.


Mr. Oh Gim Guan, Jimmy, is General Manager, Brazil, Asset Management, at Changi Airports International Pte. Ltd. (CAI) with extensive experience in airport investment and business development.

In March 2006, Mr. Oh joined CAI after five years in the electronics industry as a product engineer. In December 2006, Mr Oh secured a landmark deal for CAI to manage Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA). Since then, he has also successfully secured several more airport consultancy projects related to airport master planning, operations and service improvement in Abu Dhabi, Jordan, Brazil and Italy.

Mr. Oh was the project manager for CAI’s first investment in India in 2009, responsible for financial close for a Greenfield airport city project in the state of West Bengal. He was also the lead manager for CAI’s investment in Rome airports in 2010 and successful divestment in 2013.

In 2013, he was the project manager for CAI in the bid to manage Galeão International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Following the bid, he was responsible for leading CAI’s effort to set up the joint-venture airport management company in Rio de Janeiro. Mr. Oh is a member of the Board of Directors at both the investment holding company and the airport company. Mr. Oh also leads a team of technical experts from Singapore to assist in the transformation of Galeão International Airport under private management.

Mr. Oh holds a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class) and Masters in Engineering from the National University of Singapore, and also an MBA from Imperial College London.


A renowned pioneer in the investment banking space from Eastern India, Utsav Parekh advises top business houses such as the Birlas, Goenkas and Bangurs. He was instrumental in setting up SMIFS Capital Markets Ltd, which has grown to become one of the foremost investment banking companies in Kolkata. He is now the Chairman of the Company.

He is also among the first private equity investors in the country, with investments in a host of companies across sectors as diverse as IT, Real Estate, Entertainment and Telecommunications. He is a Director, in his personal capacity, of several reputed Indian companies such as Mcleod Russel (India) Ltd and Xpro India Ltd and is also a veteran board member of The Indian Chamber of Commerce.

Not being confined to business and commerce, Mr Parekh is also the Honorary Consul to The Czech Republic. A keen sportsperson, who once represented his alma mater and his state in table tennis, he's a member of several illustrious sporting and social clubs such as Royal Calcutta Football Club, The Calcutta Cricket & Football Club, The Tollygunge Club, Cosmopolitan Club and The Saturday Club.


Mr. Modi is the Chairman and Promoter of Citystar Infrastructure Ltd, the flagship company of the Kolkata-based Citystar Group. The Group, through its various companies, is engaged in the development of myriad projects across residential and commercial realty asset classes in and around Kolkata.

Mr. Modi is a leading entrepreneur with over 31 years' experience in finance, investments and real estate. His maiden project, City High, is one of the finest examples of residential design and development and has played a significant role in establishing Citystar's preeminent credentials in Kolkata's real estate market. Mr. Modi's clarity of vision and his nuanced reading of future business and economic trends have enabled the group to make giant strides.


Mr. Shah is the Managing Director of SMIFS Capital Markets Ltd and looks after investment banking operations that include mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, mobilisation of resources through equity placements, underwriting, loan syndication and advisory functions. Previously, he held senior positions at Bata India Ltd, Shaw Wallace & Company Ltd, Assam Brook Ltd and CD Capital Markets Ltd. He has more than 33 years of professional experience.

Mr. Shah, an ACA and ACS, secured first class in BCom (Hons) and stood 4th in the University of Calcutta. He stood third in India and first in Eastern India in the CA Final examination and received AF Ferguson's prize for the best paper in auditing in India. He has also cleared every examination at The Institute of Cost and Management Accountants, UK and is a member of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India.

Situated right at the Golden quadrilateral near Durgapur, the Skycity, or aerotropolis, is a spectacularly well-connected futuristic township, where industrial and commercial opportunities and state-of-the-art residential facilities have been combined seamlessly.

He has co-authored four books and is a frequent speaker at seminars.

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