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AG&P Pratham is driven by the shared pursuit of excellence. Our commitment is led by visionary leaders who guide and inspire us. Explore further to know about our board of directors, management, and regional team.

  • Board Of Directors
  • Management Team
  • Regional Team
Board Of Directors
  • Amitava Sengupta

    Director

    Amitava Sengupta has over 35 years of experience in the oil & gas, and power sector. Earlier in his career, he held senior positions at Exxon Mobil. He was also a Director of Petronet LNG. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession and a pioneer of LNG in India.

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  • Sayantan Lahiri

    Director

    Sayantan Lahiri is an MBA graduate from IIM Lucknow. He started his journey as an investment professional in UTI Mutual fund and for 9 years he held important positions in the industry. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors at Think Gas & AG&P.

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  • Abhilesh Gupta

    Managing Director and CEO

    The MD and CEO of AG&P Pratham comes with an experience of 27 years in the commercial finance industry across the LNG, city gas, and power domains in India and Singapore. A Chartered Account with B.Com graduation from Rajasthan University, he has worked with top names in the industry post completion of his education. He was the Group CFO of Asia Genco.; he was a part of Petronet LNG as the General Manager (Finance). During his tenure as the GM at Petronet LNG Limited, he played a pivotal role in the financial closure of India’s first LNG terminals for receiving and regasification at Dahej, Gujarat, and Kochi, Kerala. He has also worked at IGL, Delhi’s city gas company in finance.

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  • Jainendra Trivedi

    Director

    Jainendra Trivedi is an accomplished professional, renowned for his transformative leadership in the low carbon energy sector. With a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay and an MBA in Finance from EDHEC Business School, Jainendra brings a unique blend of technical expertise and commercial acumen to the table. His career spans successful stints at prominent organizations, where he has consistently delivered groundbreaking results. At Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific (AG&P), Jainendra played a pivotal role in driving the company's global expansion, steering it towards becoming a leading LNG and gas logistics entity. With a keen eye for opportunity and a knack for strategic partnerships, he has secured significant investments and orchestrated multimillion-dollar projects across diverse markets. Jainendra's proficiency in deal structuring, negotiation, and project management has been instrumental in the company's exponential growth trajectory. Prior to AG&P, Jainendra held key positions at Swan Energy Limited, where he demonstrated exceptional leadership in spearheading LNG import facilities and oil refinery projects. His strategic foresight and operational prowess have earned him accolades in the industry. A seasoned professional with a proven track record, Jainendra Trivedi continues to be a driving force in shaping the future of the low carbon energy landscape.

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  • Rituraj Mathur

    Director

    Rituraj Mathur is Senior Vice President, Corporate at AG&P. He is responsible for building AG&P’s new businesses and strengthening the company’s global gas expansion strategy. Before joining AG&P, Rituraj worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C, USA, advising Latin American and Middle Eastern governments on fiscal and monetary policies. Rituraj has extensive experience in international investments, capital-raising, and commercial negotiations. He returned to AG&P following a successful stint as CEO of a Family Office in Switzerland. Rituraj received his MBA from the University of Chicago and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, US.

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Management Team
  • Abhilesh Gupta

    Managing Director and CEO

    The MD and CEO of AG&P Pratham comes with an experience of 27 years in the commercial finance industry across the LNG, city gas, and power domains in India and Singapore. A B.Com graduate from Rajasthan University, he has worked with top names in the industry post completion of his education. He was the Group CFO of Asia Genco.; he was a part of Petronet LNG as the GM, Finance. During his tenure as the General Manager of Finance at Petronet LNG Limited, he played a pivotal role in the financial closure of India’s first LNG terminals for receiving and regasification at Dahej, Gujarat, and Kochi, Kerala. He has also worked at IGL, Delhi’s city gas company in finance.

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  • Chiradeep Datta

    Chief Operating Officer

    Chiradeep Datta is the Chief Operations Officer at AG&P Pratham, India. He brings 33 years of experience in operations, project management, process safety, and commissioning of cross-country gas pipelines. He is responsible for the delivery of CGD projects while at the same time leading the operations and maintenance of AG&P’s CGD networks across India. Before joining AG&P, Chiradeep was the Chief of Operations at Reliance Gas Pipelines Limited for four years and the Vice President & Head of Technical Services at Reliance Gas Transport Infrastructure for 7 years. He has also worked in GAIL for 19 years as Chief Executive Assistant to Director (Projects) GAIL and assisted in commissioning the DVPL and DUPL projects.
    Chiradeep successfully commissioned the 484-kilometer-long high-pressure Dahej-Nagothane Ethane Pipeline and executed the Ethane Dispatch Terminal Project at RIL, Dahej. Chiradeep holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

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  • Vinukumar Balakrishnan

    Chief Marketing & Commercial Officer

    Vinukumar Balakrishnan is the Chief Marketing & Commercial Officer at AG&P Pratham. An alumnus of BITS, Pilani, and NIT, Tiruchirappalli, he has over two decades of experience working in the Indian Oil and Gas industry.
    Vinukumar started his career in marketing petrochemicals in the states of Karnataka and Kerala and then switched to a gas marketing profile as a part of GAIL’s central marketing team. He has also managed gas marketing and pipeline capacity marketing in Karnataka, Kerala, and Western Tamil Nadu. Additionally, he was responsible for industrial and CNG sales and marketing in Bangalore’s City Gas operations.

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  • Manoj Kapoor

    Chief Procurement Officer

    Manoj Kapoor is the Chief Procurement Officer of AG&P’s City Gas operations in India. He is responsible for procurement, contracting, and managing inventory for the overall requirements across all AG&P GAs.
    He is a senior management professional with extensive experience of 30 years in executing various prestigious EPC infrastructure projects in Power Transmission, Railways, Power Generation (Gas, Combined cycle, Coal, Hydro, Renewable projects), etc.
    An engineering graduate from Dayalbagh Educational Institute, a PGDBA, he holds operations expertise with well-rounded skills in Equipment and Services Procurement & Contracting, Project Management, Tendering support, Technical Support, Construction supervision, P & L Management, pre-investment diligence, and operational leap.
    Before joining the AG&P’s City Gas team, Manoj held leadership roles at reputed MNCs like ABB, ALSTOM, Voith Siemens, Everstone, KEC, and Suzlon.

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  • Nishant Nehru

    Chief Financial Officer

    Nishant Nehru is the Chief Financial Officer for AG&P and is responsible for fund raising and fund management, banking relationships/treasury operations, and strategic initiatives for new business avenues. With a rich experience of 15 years, Nishant has an investment banking background in the oil and gas sector with a focus on fund raising, M&A, and strategic advisory.
    Prior to AG&P, he worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and SBI Capital Markets Limited (SBICaps) and advised numerous blue-chip companies on project set-up, funding strategy, and M&A, both domestically and internationally. During his investment banking career, Nishant has been a part of various marquee fund-raising transactions and raised funds more than USD 11 billion for both greenfield and brownfield projects.
    Nishant is an alumnus of IIM Lucknow and the YMCA, Faridabad.

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  • Susheel Jad

    President & General Counsel - India

    Susheel Jad is the President & General Counsel for AG&P (India). With a 30+ years of experience in different fields of law, he has handled litigations in various Courts/ Tribunal/ Forums/ Regulators/ Statutory and Administrative Authorities. He has extensive experience in consumer, labour, arbitration, M&A, taxation, insolvency law, land acquisition, regulatory work, diligence, etc. He has also handled many high stakes international arbitration matters under ICC.
    Before joining AG&P, Susheel held several senior roles. He was the Legal Head at Indraprastha Gas Limited for 15 years and Legal Head at National Fertilizers Limited Vijaypur Unit for 15 years. During his previous role, Susheel has successfully dealt in various regulatory matters and was instrumental in setting aside the network tariff regulations of PNGRB. He is the alumnus of Department of Laws, Panjab University, Chandigarh and holds a Master’s Degree in Commercial Laws.

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  • Neeru Bhalla

    Chief Compliance & Company Secretary

    Neeru Bhalla is the Vice President, Company Secretary at AG&P. She is responsible for the Indian branch’s corporate secretarial and compliance functions. She comes with an experience of more than 17 years in corporate governance, corporate secretarial, legal & compliance, and advisory function in various industries including telecom. Before joining AG&P, Neeru worked with Adidas, Beetel, and British Telecom, and headed their Governance, Secretarial and Legal functions.

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  • Dilip Lote

    Head - HSSE

    Dilip Lote is the HSSE Head at AG&P Pratham. He has industrial experience of more than 39 years with 27 years of dedicated HSSE Management experience in various CGD industries like Mahanagar Gas, GSPC Gas, Gujarat Gas, etc. He has also looked after the Operations of LPG Bottling Plants.
    He has worked in L&T Power Division for the construction of a 3 X 660 MW power plant.
    He is an Electrical Engineer with a post-graduation in industrial safety.

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  • S. Senthil Kumar

    Head - Human Resources and Administration

    Senthil Kumar is the Head of HR & Admin for AG&P, India. With a post-graduate degree in MBA in Human Resource Management from Annamalai University, Senthil holds over 22 years of comprehensive experience in managing the entire gamut of Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Training and Development, Compensation and Benefits, Industrial Relations, Strategic Planning, HR System and process, General Administration, Public Relations and Land Acquisition.
    Before joining AG&P, he was the Group Head – HR at TVS Group Turbo Energy Limited, Chennai, where he led all aspects of corporate and Pan India unit HR/IR functions. He also headed the HR and admin functions of Venkys Group, Pune.

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Regional Team
  • Brajesh Kumar Singh

    Mysuru, Mandya & Chamarajnagar(MMC) , Chikkamagaluru, Hassan & Kodagu (CHK) and Uttara Kannada, Haveri & Shivamogga (UHS) GA,
    Zonal Head

    Mr. Brajesh Kumar Singh, Senior VP & Zonal Head, AG&P Pratham is heading the crucial role of developing the City Gas Distribution (CGD) infrastructure and business functionality in South Karnataka area. He has 30 years of rich and diverse experience in Infra Set-Up, Business Development, Operations and Large-Scale Natural Gas / CGD / LPG Projects with reputed Central / State PSUs and Start-ups delivering operational, profit and customer service excellence. Prior to joining AG&P, Mr. Brajesh Kumar Singh was heading Punjab at THINK Gas and has played a lead role in building a team and robust asset base there. He has also headed Geographical areas in Gujarat Gas for seven years. Prior to that, in the 18th year long tenure at Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, he has had diverse experience in various roles in Marketing & Business Development, Operations and Maintenance in Oil & Gas business. He is an honours graduate in Mechanical Engineering from NIT (Erstwhile REC), Durgapur, West Bengal.

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  • Somil Kumar Garg

    Jodhpur, Barmer and Jaisalmer (BJJ) GA,
    Regional Head

    A graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Jamia Millia Islamia and an MBA student from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Mr. Garg brings knowledge of business development to the table, along with 25 years of industry experience. He had been a part of Project and Development India Limited for over 10 years and Indraprastha Gas Ltd. (India’s Premiere Joint Venture of GAIL, BPCL, and Govt. of Delhi for the business of City Gas Distribution) for more than 15 years before joining AG&P Pratham.
    Mr. Garg possesses a vast multi-domain experience in the energy and utility industry, has effectively managed different types of teams (unskilled and skilled manpower/engineers/managers), and met organizational objectives efficiently.

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  • Chirag Patel

    Anantpur and YSR (ANK) GA,
    Deputy Regional Head

    Mr. Chirag is a dedicated and seasoned professional with 26 years of comprehensive experience in the Oil & Gas sector, specializing in City Gas Distribution. Before joining AG&P Pratham, he was associated with Adani Total Gas Ltd & Haryana City Gas. His strategic leadership and hands-on approach have contributed significantly to the success and efficiency of projects throughout his extensive career across PAN India and abroad. He has a proven track record in leading multifaceted teams, ensuring project success from planning and execution to maintenance of steel and PE pipelines, CNG & LCNG stations and DPNG, CPNG, IPNG facilities.
    Mr. Chirag's expertise extends beyond the operational aspects, encompassing a holistic approach to ensure the highest standards in project execution, quality assurance, and seamless coordination across diverse functions.

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  • K R Venkatesan

    Kolar and Vellore GA,
    Regional Head

    Mr. K.R. Venkatesan is the Regional Head of Vellore & Kolar GA and has over 23+ years of experience in Project Management, Contracting, Procurement, and Business Development in India’s Oil and Gas industry.
    He was responsible for the development of the world’s largest City Gas Distribution network. His passion for the CNG and PNG projects in the Delhi and NCR region at Indraprastha Gas Ltd is appreciated to date.
    He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering in Instrumentation and Control from St. Joseph College of Engineering, and an MBA in Production Planning, Control/Maintenance, and Quality Management from Annamalai University. Mr. Venkatesan has also played a key role at Reliance Industries Ltd.

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  • Arun Nayak

    Mysuru, Mandya and Chamarajnagar (MMC) GA,
    Regional Head

    Mr. Arun Nayak is the Regional Head of Mysuru, Mandya, and Chamarajnagar Districts GA and has more than 25 years of experience in India’s leading City Gas Distribution companies. He has experience in liaising, engineering & planning, project management, and operations & maintenance of city gas distribution/process industries.
    Mr. Arun has led the operation and maintenance of CNG dispensing stations at IOAGPL, Indraprastha, and Mahanagar Gas. He has rich experience in the design, installation, operations, and maintenance of DBS and Virtual CNG stations. His experience also includes land identification, gas line route survey, detailed feasibility study, and liaising for approvals and permissions.

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  • Rangarajan Seshadri

    Kalaburagi & Vijayapura (KV) GA,
    Regional Head

    Mr. Rangarajan Seshadri is the regional head of Kalaburagi and Vijaypura GA.He has over 28 years of experience in oil and gas-related projects, especially in the areas of cross-country pipelines, city gas distribution, CNG outlets, and LNG regasification,across domains including pipeline integrity, gas utility operation management, process safety, cathodic protection, regulatory affairs, FEED, engineering and project construction, procurement, and contracting and coordination.
    Having worked with companies such as Mahanagar Gas Ltd. and Reliance Gas Transportation Infrastructure Limited in diverse capacities, Mr. S. Rangarajan also has expertise in Operations and Project Management encompassing planning, monitoring, and controlling projects, establishing, and maintaining pipelines, asset integrity with reference to risk, quality, change control, communications, and resources.

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  • Goswami Vishalgiri Jitendragiri

    Chikkamagaluru, Hassan & Kodagu (CHK) and Uttara Kannada, Haveri and Shivamogga (UHS) GA,
    Regional Head

    Mr. Goswami Vishalgiri is the regional head of Chikkamagaluru, Hassan & Kodagu (CHK) and Uttara Kannada, Haveri and Shivamogga (UHS) GA and has more than 26 years of experience in the field of Pipeline Project Management. He specializes in the field of oil and gas specifically in the planning and project management of pipelines.
    Mr. Goswami is responsible for the implementation of the approved Detail Feasibility Report and the establishment of CGD assets at the CHK GA. He is in charge of developing and driving the GA team.

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  • Ajith V Nagendran

    Alappuzha, Kollam & Thiruvananthapuram (AKT) GA,
    Regional Head

    Ajith Nagendran, Regional Head AG&P, Kerala, is heading the crucial role of developing the CGD infrastructure and business functionality for Alappuzha, Kollam, and Thiruvananthapuram.
    Ajith, a Mechanical Engineering Graduate from T.K.M. College of Engineering Kollam, University of Kerala, has more than 30 years of rich and diverse exposure in the oil and gas sector, encompassing design and engineering, project management, construction management, and O&M, which allowed him to gain insight and knowledge across multiple functional areas.
    Prior to joining AG&P, Ajith has been associated with Dubai Petroleum, Dubai Supply Authority, UAE, Tebodin & Partners, Muscat, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), and ILF Consulting Engineers, Abu Dhabi.
    Now Ajith is leading the efforts to create natural gas ecosystem infrastructure for the sustainable development of Kerala.

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  • Esakkimuthu Poomari

    Ramanathapuram GA,
    Regional Head

    Mr. Poomari E is the Regional Head of Ramnad GA and has over 40 years of experience in City Gas Distribution in Mumbai. He was responsible for developing CGD networks in South Mumbai and Mathura. He was also actively involved in establishing 100 CNG stations in Mumbai. He contributed significantly to developing the CGD network in the Pimpri Chinchwad area of Pune.

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  • Gautam Anand

    Nellore, Chittoor and Tirupati GA,
    Regional Head

    Mr. Gautam Anand is the regional head of Nellore, Chittoor and Tirupati GA. He has more than 17 years of professional experience and before joining AG&P Pratham in November 2019, he was associated with Mahanagar Gas Limited.
    Mr. Anand has executed critical crossing jobs of Creek Crossing as well as multiple Railway and Highway crossing jobs using Trenchless techniques at various locations.
    Mr. Anand has also driven value accretive initiatives in quality assurance, project management, planning, and corporate Project monitoring.

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  • Thirukkumaran. N.T

    Kancheepuram GA,
    Regional Head

    A graduate in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur, and an M.Tech in Pipeline Engineering from University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun, Mr. Thirukkumaran N T has been allied with the oil and gas industry for more than 16 years. He has been associated with Adani Gas Ltd (Now it is Adani Total Gas Ltd) for over 10 years and with Indian Oil Adani Gas Pvt Ltd for about 4 years prior to joining AG&P Pratham.
    Mr. Thirukkumaran possesses a vast multi-domain experience in the energy and utility industry in business development, project execution, liaison, and planning. He has effectively managed different types of teams (unskilled and skilled manpower/engineers/managers) and met organizational objectives efficiently. He is also skilled in knowledge management, operational efficiency, and process formulation

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