Foundation for Innovative Packaging and Sustainability (FIPS) was envisioned by Prof. Dr N.C. Saha, Former Director and Principal Executive Officer, Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, India’s premier Institute in Packaging Technology. He is an internationally acclaimed professional with 36 years of rich experience in Packaging Science and Technology.

Along with him, one of his professional colleagues enthusiastically shared his vision:

Mr Mrinal K Banerjee, an innovator with 56 patents to his credit (out of 156 patents applied globally) and a thought leader in the field of laminated and extruded tube packaging and allied polymer conversion field including of printing and decoration over three decades.

On September 07, 2020, The Foundation for Innovative Packaging and Sustainability (FIPS) was established with the combined vision of above mentioned two experienced packaging professionals.

FIPS is registered as a non-Government, non-Profit organization under Section 8(1) of the Companies Act, 2013 (CIN: U85300MH2020NPL345503).

The FIPS Team

In order to fulfil the Vision and Mission of this Foundation, we feel privileged to have with us the following eminent Mentors:

  • Mr Rajani Ranjan Rashmi, IAS (Retd) and Former Chief Secretary, Manipur and Distinguished Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Delhi
  • Dr U. Venkaeshwarlu, IAS (Retd) and Former Chief Secretary, Tripura, and now, based in Hyderabad.

In addition, we are equally honoured to have eminent experts and industrialist to help us to promote innovative packaging and Circular Economy, as the member of Advisory Board. namely:

  • Dr Swaminathan Shivaram, Padma Shri Awardee and Former Director, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune ( 2010-2015) and now, Professor Emeritus and INSA Emeritus Scientist at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune.
  • Prof. Rajagopaln Vasudevan, Padma Shri Awardee and Professor, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai, Tamil Nadu. He is popularly known as “Plastic Man of India”
  • Prof Pradyumna Vyas, Former Director, National Institute of Design, India’s premier Institute in Design, Ahmedabad
  • Dr Lakshmi Raghu Paty, Former Director, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Visiting Professor, TERI School of Advanced Studies, Delhi.

We are also fortunate to have eminent experts from the industry in the field of Innovative Packaging and Circular Economy as Thought Leaders namely

  • Mr Deepak Mehta, Managing Director, Leevam INC, Baroda, deals with Plastics Recycling Machineries.
  • Dr Sameer Joshi, Co- Partner, Knoesis Enterprises, Pune deals with the Injection moulding for the manufacturing of Plastics components and a visionary Mentor in Circular Economy.
  • Mr Deepak Manchanda, Former Head, Packaging Development in FMCG companies with more than 40 years rich experience in packaging with specialization in Package design and settled at Delhi.
  • Mr Praveen Bhatia, Board Member, Swiss Group- Wyfag- Polytype India Marketing Pvt Ltd with 25 years experience in Tube packaging, Delhi
  • Mr Alpesh Patel, Founder and Managing Director, Knack Packaging Pvt Ltd, Ahmedabad, deals with Multi-color Printed BOPP laminated PP woven bags.
  • Mr Ravi Fotedar, Chairman & Managing Director, Advance Catalyst Pvt Ltd, deals with speciality additives, master batch for plastic processing and based in Mumbai.
  • Mr Sriman Banerji, Head of packaging & commercial devices at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Mr Aditya Gupta, Director, Narsingh Dass & Co, New Delhi, deals with manufacturing of paper based Flexible Packaging and Speciality Paper.

In addition, we do have three academicians as Associates, namely

  • Dr Sushmita Dey Sadhu, Associate Professor, Bhaskar Acharya College of Applied Sciences, University of Delhi.
  • Dr Biswajit Panda, Associate Professor, Pillai College of Engineering, Mumbai University.
  • Dr Meenakshi Garg, Associate Professor, Bhaskar Acharya College of Applied Sciences, University of Delhi.

It is expected that with such a varied and vastly experienced Team, the Foundation would be able to chart a precise road map with a clear vision for the overall benefit of the packaging industry as well as social strata at all levels.