Ajai Puri is American national and was born in 1953. He holds a Ph.D. in Food Science from the Universtiy of Maryland and an MBA from the Crummer Business School, Rollins College, Florida.
Ajai Puri is presently a member of the Supervisory Board of Nutreco N.V. (Amersfoort, The Netherlands), a leading global animal nutrition and aquaculture company. Additionally, he serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Britannia Industries Limited (Bangalore, India), India’s largest independent food group.
Ajai Puri has a broad know-how and experience in the fields of Management, R&D/Innovation, Marketing and Manufacturing, Product Safety and Quality Assurance which he gained during his assignments with the companies Cadbury Schweppes PLC, The Minute Maid Company / The Coca-Cola Company and latest with Royal Numico N.V. in the Netherlands. During his career Ajai Puri held a variety of positions of global scope including that of Senior Vice President Technical (Science and Technology) at The Minute Maid Co in the U.S., and President – Research, Development and Product Integrity at Royal Numico in the Netherlands.
Ajai Puri is furthermore co-founder of P.A.N.I., a self-funded charitable foundation dedicated to improving the lives of the under-privileged in India. The focus of the foundation is education for children and women, and cleft lip surgical corrections.