Our Board of Directors

Prashant Ruia - Director and Non-Executive Chairman

Prashant is part of the second generation of the Ruia family that founded Essar. Essar was founded in 1969 by his father, Shashi Ruia and uncle Ravi Ruia. Prashant has been an integral part of EGFL’s operations and management since 1985 and has been a key driver of the Fund’s growth, diversification and value creation both within India and internationally. He is respected for his project execution skills, financial expertise and people management capabilities.

Prashant holds key positions on several prestigious regulatory and professional boards.  He is a member of the UK India Business Council and a member of the India-Indonesia CEO’s Forum.


S. Thangapandian - Director

S. Thangapandian was previously Group Director at Gulf Petrochem and is an oil and gas professional with around 35 years of experience in sales, marketing and trading of petroleum products in India, the Middle East and Nigeria with PSU, MNCs and private sector companies in India and abroad. Mr Thangapandian has previously worked at Essar Oil Limited as CEO – Marketing & IST where his responsibilities included, Retail Sales, Direct Sales, Retail Network Expansion, Sourcing Crude, Trading of Petroleum Products and Supply & Distribution for the company in India and Kenya.

During his career he also established PetroFina in India and was part of the team that launched Gulf Oil in India post opening up of the market. Having started his career with HPCL, he has also worked with National Oil Nigeria, Reliance Industries Ltd., TotalFinaELF and Gulf Oil India. Mr Thangapandian was Chief Executive Officer at Essar Oil UK from March 2017 to January 2020.


Kuthoore Natarajan Venkatasubramanian - Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. K. N. Venkatasubramanian was appointed to the Board of Directors of Essar Oil, India, on November 29, 2000. He has over 51 years of experience in the oil & gas and petrochemicals sectors having worked for IPCL, IOCL and Gulf Oil Limited.

He has previously served as Director, Marketing and Director, Operations of IPCL, Chairman and Managing Director of Engineers India Ltd., Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Oil and as Chairman of Gulf Oil Ltd. He is currently Chairman of Times Technoplast Ltd. He is a Chemical Engineer from A.C. College of Technology, Chennai and an M.Tech from IIT, Kharagpur.


Bhuwan Chandra Tripathi - Non-Executive Director

Bhuwan Chandra Tripathi has over 36 years of experience in the Oil & Gas sector including board level experience of more than 12 years with 10 years as Chairman and Managing Director of GAIL (India) Limited.

He has previously served as Chairman for Brahmaputra Cracker & Polymer Ltd, Member Board of Directors for Petronet LNG Limited, Chairman of the Board for Mahanagar Gas Limited, Chairman of the Board for Indraprastha Gas Limited and Director for Gail Global Singapore PTE Limited. Bhuwan received his Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Mechanical Engineering from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology.