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Role Players 2024

Prof. Sasmita Samanta

Founder and Chairperson
Sustainable Outreach Universal Leadership (SOUL) Limited

Prof. Sasmita Samanta is an accomplished academician and a leader par excellence with more than two and half decades of experience in strategizing for building sustainable institutions and systems. She is a visionary, researcher, motivator, teacher, author, voracious orator and engaged leader with a deep commitment to creating a sustainable ecosystem for all stakeholders in her sphere of involvement.

Prof. Samanta’s intellectual capabilities are manifested in distinctions as a Post-doctorate in Indigenous Leadership from Taiwan, PhD in Management, a Stanford LEAD Alumna and Stanford Distinguished Scholar, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, USA; Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA, UK); and Fellow of Computer Society of India (FCSI, India). She has been trained in leadership at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO), USA., and the CSC Leaders program, Common Purpose Charitable Trust, and Commonwealth Secretariat, UK. Her academic areas of interest and specialisation include Education, Organisational Behaviour, Human Indian Commerce Association Development, Spiritualism, and Leadership.

She had held leadership roles in heading large institutions like KIIT and KISS as Vice-Chancellor and conceptualizing and spearheading many more institutions like the Business Incubation Centre, initiatives like Education for All, Rehabilitation Training to Displaced Workers, Occupational Health and Safety, Public Policy etc. She has led many big professional bodies in the country in the capacity of President of the Indian Commerce Association, Operation Research Society of India, Bhubaneswar Chapter etc.

As the Founder and Chairperson of Sustainable Outreach Universal Leadership (SOUL) Limited, she has been committed to adding value to system processes and institutions, assisting in formulating and effective execution of policies. She has been actively involved in technological innovations and execution to increase inclusiveness in nation building process.

She is the Founder and President of the World Leadership Academy, which serves as a platform for global leaders to address issues from diverse domains with intellectual freedom. The organization is also functioning to encourage diversity in research, teaching, and publication from all researchers and scientists. It plans to engage with the government, NGOs, institutions, businesses and provide solutions to diverse issues, and create a positive impact.

Prof. Sasmita Samanta is a prolific public speaker, who has delivered more than 500 keynote addresses and lectures in diverse fields of education and human development at different conferences, seminars, and faculty development programs, including Human Resource Development Centres of UGC. She has authored, co-authored, and edited many books and has contributed several research articles in national and international journals and periodicals.

SOUL Limited, founded by Prof. Samanta in 2021 focuses on IT and ITES enablement, covering business solutions starting from infrastructure services to IT-enabled services covering Digital, Robotics, Analytics, and IoT.