GUWAHATI: An industrialist from Assam has joined an elite list of influential leaders by winning the prestigious “AsiaOne 40 Most Influential Leaders of Asia under the age of 40” award in London on Tuesday.

The global honour was bestowed upon industrialist and youth icon from the state, Dr Ghanshyam Das Dhanuka, the managing director of the G R Dhanuka Group.

Conferred for driving positive changes in the social and business sector, this honour is a massive recognition and has previously been given to industry captains such as Eduardo Saverin, Parth Jindal, Pranav Adani, Ananya Birla, Anant Goenka, among others. 

The achievement by Dr Dhanuka has not only made the country and Northeast proud, but will also inspire budding entrepreneurs and industrialists to move ahead and be recognised globally.

This year’s ceremony was held as part of the 17th Asia-Europe Business and Social Forum 2022 and was attended by business and social leaders from Europe, Asia, USA and Africa.  

Dr Dhanuka is an industrialist leading multiple ventures in pharmaceuticals, hospitality, green energy, real estate, infrastructure development, oil and food sector.

He took over the century-old family business from his father Ashok Kumarji Dhanuka and is carrying forward the legacy with new energy and vision.

Educated at LSE and LUMS, he has done leadership programmes with Harvard Business School and IIM-Ahmedabad and also holds an LLB degree.

He believes India’s social and economic empowerment is not a one-time event, but a journey in itself and is a true epitome of the “Think Global, Act Local” ideology.

Dr Dhanuka is also the Chapter Chair of the YPO (Young Presidents’ Organisation), North East India, the Secretary of LUB, North East India, Danveer Member of Marwari Hospitals and the founder member of the EO (Entrepreneurs Organisation), Assam. 

He has received the Indian Achievers Award, and has been recognised as the “Visionary Leader in Assam and North East” by the TIMES Group in the year 2020 besides bagging numerous other awards and certificates of excellence.

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