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India Exposition Mart Ltd was incorporated on April 12, 2001 at New Delhi as ‘India Exposition Mart Limited’, a public limited company The foundation stone was laid on 26th March 2003, by the then deputy Hon’ ble PM, Shri L K Advani and venue was inaugurated on 6th January 2006, by Shri Manmohan Singh, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. Steadfast to have an enduring functional independence, essential to elevate the Handicrafts and hospitality sector and export promotion, Mr. Rakesh Kumar Sharma envisioned an expansive, futuristic, multipurpose events exhibition venue and export centre with seamlessly connected Mart and Exhibition & Conferences areas, with well-appointed acoustics and innovative facilities at the then upcoming integrated industrial township of Greater Noida, primarily objectivized to fill the gap of infrastructural requirement of international standard shows in India that could cater needs of the exporting fraternity as well as serve and boost the nascent MICE trade in India.


Planned as a special purpose vehicle (SPV), IEML was predominantly funded by exporters, meticulously planned, collectively fostered and ardently supported by Indian handicraft exporters’ fraternity and other government and non-government bodies as a “Public Private Partnership project” (PPE). Followed by a detailed feasibility study, and with the initiative of Government of India, Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority and the exporting community, the India Expo Centre & Mart – a Rs. 700 crore project was commissioned. With the phase wise completion of PPE ahead of stipulated timelines, IEML became India’s first state of the art project for improving the vast potential of Indian handicraft exports through ‘Round ‘O’ Clock International Marketing’


Today it is very satisfying to see that IEML finds significant mention among international business travelers who now also recognize Greater Noida as a vantage business and travel junction with over INR 1,000 million turnover and almost no replications of such a grand concept of being a  rare combination of technology merged with world-class facilities and safety standards, suitable for hosting international B-B events acting as a centralized contact point for overseas buyers and the cottage-based manufacturer exporters for conducting business. Accolades are in place for setting up of the facility of such magnitude and grandeur and looks forward to exploiting the huge potential this facility has to offer.




December 27, 2021 at New Delhi: Mr. Rakesh Kumar Sharma (Executive Chairman – IEML) announced today that IEML has appointed Mohammad Fahad Ikram, Mr. Pradip Navnitlal Muchhala, Mr. Rajesh Kumar Jain, Ms. Snighdha Saluja, Mr. Sunil Sikka and Mr. Nirmal Bhandari as independent directors to its Board of Directors with effect from December 27, 2021 at 11th Extraordinary General Meeting of the company.


Further Mr. Sharma briefed about new independent directors as:


Mohammad Fahad Ikram:


Mr. Ikram holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts from De Montfort University. He is having rich and diverse experience in the Metal Export and Travel Industry. Currently he is associated with M/s Haq Brothers and Euro collection as a partner. He is also leading M/s ETC Enterorises Private Limited as a director of the company.


Mr. Pradip Navnitlal Muchhala:


Mr. Muchhala holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Bombay University. He is having rich knowledge and experience of Fashion Market. He is also having 44 years’ experience in Export Business of Handicrafts, Fashion Jewellery and Fashionable Accessories since 1975. He was also on the Board of EPCH.


Mr. Rajesh Kumar Jain:


Mr. Jain is Chartered Accountant and Cost & Management Accountant and also holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from St. Xaviers University, Kolkata. He is associated with various organizations like Exmart International, New Delhi, Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts, India, TPF Organization and JITO, New Delhi Chapter.


Ms. Snighdha Saluja:


Ms. Saluja holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University. She has excellence skills of flair reading and writing which makes her a freelance journalist. Later, after her marriage she joined her family business and started an Export venture in 1995 by the name of M/s Encore Exports. She was awarded with “The Women Entrepreneurs award” by EPCH. Now, she also started a venture into the Hotel industry in the US.


Mr. Sunil Sikka:


Mr. Sikka holds post graduate degree from Delhi University. He is a promoter director of leading hotels chain across India. He has vast experience of more than 37 years in export trade.


Mr. Nirmal Bhandari:


Mr. Bhandari holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Jodhpur University. He has vast experience and knowledge of Manufacture and Exports of Wooden, Iron handicrafts, Furniture & Accessories. He is associated with M/s Bhandari Exports and M/s G.K. Exports (Exporter of Handicrafts/ Furniture items of Wood Iron Brass Etc.) as proprietor. Also, he was Ex- President of Ummed Club, Jodhpur Handicrafts Exporters Association, Jodhpur, Ex-Vice President of Export Promotion Council for handicrafts, New Delhi and Ex-COA-Member of Export Promotion Council for handicrafts, New Delhi.


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