Guwahati: Eminent business leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist of Assam, G D Dhanuka has been conferred the “Visionary Leader in Assam and North East” for the year 2020 by TIMES Group on Friday. The award was announced under the TIMES Stellar Brands and Icons Awards for Assam and North East.
Born in Assam, Ghanshyam Das Dhanuka is a true epitome of the “Think Global, Act Local” ideology. Educated at LSE and LUMS (U.K.), he pursued Leadership programs with HBS and IIM 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.” Taking over century-old family traditions from his father Ashok Kumar Dhanuka, he is engaged in Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics (GRD Pharmaceuticals), Hospitality (Hotel Millennium), Green Energy, Real Estate and Food Industries.
His philanthropic initiatives include providing free Ayurvedic treatment and medicines, facilitating free education for underprivileged girls, being a Danveer Member (Marwari Hospitals), providing shelters for animals (Shree Gauhati Gaushala). He is also the founding member of EO, Assam and YPO, NE India. A firm devotee of the almighty, he believes in “doing his best and leaving the rest to God.”
GD Dhanuka introduced the first alcohol based handrub – Handuser-C, produced from the northeastern region and he did it way back in 2012. when COVID-19 outbreak happened, GRD Pharmaceuticals was leading from the front in providing with hand sanitizers in keeping with WHO specifications.
GD Dhanuka is from Assam but his thinking, his vision and his business acumen is at par with any global business leader.
He believes “India’s Social and Economic Empowerment is not a one-time event, but a journey in itself” and is considered to be an epitome of the “Think Global, Act Local” ideology.
He was the only industrialist from North East India to be invited as a panel speaker in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Forum at the Global Investors Summit, “Advantage Assam”.
Besides this year’s TIMES award, his contributions have been recognised with numerous other awards and certificates of excellence by various organisations and partners.