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Dr. Sriparna Bhuyan Baruah

Former Director i/c Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship
Advisor (Livelihoods & Entrepreneurship, North East Handloom Handicraft Development Corporation)

Dr Sriparna B Baruah is a Development Professional with 35 years of work experience in Management Education and in Small and Medium Enterprise Development .Dr Baruah was associated with the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship as Head (Centre for Industrial Extension) and as Director i/c. Dr Baruah is curently associated with the North East Handloom and Handicraft Development Corporation (NEHHDC) as Advisor (Livelihoods and Entrepeneurship)

During her career span of 35 years, in the initial ten years when she was working with the Assam Institute of Management,Dr Baruah played a pioneering role in promoting Management Education in N.E India .Later when she joined the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship her experience for more than two decades has been on Entrepreneurship and Livelihood Promotion . Dr Baruah has extensive experience in action research and projects relating to development of livelihood clusters specifically in all the eight states of North Eastern Region of India. She took up cluster development on a mission mode and the impact created through various need-based interventions resulted in development of sustainable development models for the region.

Dr Baruah has also been working towards developing the eco-system for promoting women entrepreneurs and start-ups in the social sector. For the last five years, she has been actively involved in facilitating creation of a start-up eco-system in North East India and has been regularly mentoring and handholding existing and potential start-ups in opportunity guidance and scaling up. Her strong academic experience and background has helped in contributing towards documenting case studies of various successful livelihood initiatives. She has also presented papers and shared Indian experiences of small enterprise promotion in both national and international forums.

Dr Baruah has represented NE India in various international forums and lead Business Delegations delegations globally. She has also represented the country as a speaker in international conferences in countries like Latin America and Malaysia She regularly provides academic and consultancy support to MBA departments of all major universities of North East India ,institutions like TISS, NIRD,AASC etc.Dr Baruah has been a member of the Board of Management of the School of Vocational Education (SOVET) IGNOU , the North East Network(NEN), the Cancer Research Foundation (CRF),BRTC A BIRAC-KIIT-TBI initiative, India Women Network, Council for Social and Digital Development (CSDD),Margdarshak Advisory and is actively involved with various industry associations like CII, FICCI and FINER.Dr Baruah is an independent Director in the board of IIT Guwahati Technology Innovation and Development Foundation and S M Corporation Ltd.

Dr Sriparna B Baruah received the ‘BHARAT VIKAS AWARD’ for her contribution to the Livelihood Sector from the Institute of Self Reliance on 19th November 2017. She is also a recipient of an award from JUNIOR CHAMBERS INTERNATIONAL for her contribution to the education sector . She also received the lifetime achievement award for her contribution to the field of entrepreneurship development and livelihoods from NFED (National Foundation for Entrepreneurship Development) on 8th March 2022.