Shri. Samir Shantilal Somaiya, Chancellor - Somaiya Vidyavihar University


  • Godavari Biorefineries Limited (GBL)
  • K J Somaiya Institute of Applied Agriculture Research (KIAAR)
  • K J Somaiya Trust
  • K J Somaiya Medical Trust
  • Girivanvasi Pragati Mandal
  • Girivanvasi Education Trust
  • Research Innovation Incubation Design Laboratory (RIIDL) (Technology business Incubator)


  • Godavari Biorefineries
  • Kitab Khana

Leadership roles

  • Indian Sugar Mills Association – President 2009(Current Committee Member)
  • Indian Chemical; Council – Chairman (W. Region) 2006-08 (Current Committee Member)


  • Indian Merchants Chamber
  • Visiting Instructor & Current Committee Member-School of Chemical Engineering, Cornell University
  • Advisory Board, School of chemical Engineering, Cornell University, USA
  • PAPSAC, Harvard University, USA
  • Council of Religious Leaders – Astana, Kazakhstan


  • Harvard University: Master of Public Administration
  • Cornell University: MBA
  • Master of Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering


  • American Institute of Chemists Award (1990)
  • American Institute of Chemical; Engineering’s Award for Scholastic Achievement (1989)

Godavari Biorefineries Limited (GBL)

This is a Bio refining company with Rs. 1400 crores ($200 million) in sales The Company is engaged in the manufacture of sugar, ethanol, renewable energy, chemicals, biogas & compost from agricultural resources. The company also works extensively with 20,000 small farmers over 200 villages to improve productivity, yields & standard of living. The company’s products find use in food, fuels, solvents, cosmetics, fragrances, pharmaceuticals, mining, agriculture and variety of different applications. The products are of high quality and global demand.

Somaiya Trust and Somaiya Vidya Vihar (SVV) University

This is a trust involved in education, healthcare & rural development in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka & Gujarat. The trust manages over 30 different educational institutions of learning extending from elementary to Ph.D. The education is imparted in diverse areas such as medicine, engineering, the arts and sciences, religion, vocational studies, education, languages etc. There are over 39,000 students and 1,500 faculty. There is also an urban teaching hospital with 650 beds & rural hospital with 40 beds. The trusts jointly run eight schools, six of which are in rural Maharashtra and Karnataka.