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Dr Naba Goswami

Naba da is a ‘Laureate Cardiologist’ conferred by the American Board of Cardiology and Honorary Faculty of IIT Guwahati. He has been long involved with various community upliftment projects in Assam and working with Axomiya Entrepreneurs.
He is keen to share his invaluable experience and successes with young entrepreneurs and start-ups.



Managing Director, North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Ltd (NERAMAC) and concurrently Head (A&C, BFC, MOVCDNER), North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd. (NEDFi). Former Director, Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE). Member, High Level Committee on Implementation of New education policy, Assam.


Prafulla Saika is Retd Addl. Director of Industries & Commerce . After his retirement he has been working as Investment Consultant Under Govt Of Assam . Now he is working as Special Executive Officer with Food Corporation Of India

He has been a great visionary in the field of Assamese entrepreneurship. He has helped many at an individual and community level. 
His knowledge about the export- import of agro-economics is unparalleled. GAEF is indeed, grateful to have Mr Saikia on board as a Mentor to help the budding entrepreneurs on their journey.

Krishna Hazarika

With over 15 years of IT executive experience, Mr. Hazarika has served many sectors such as Business Analytics, Oracle ERP, Web and Networking Technologies for Federal, State Government and commercial clients. Before founding Aeglesoft, he oversaw delivery and operations in a Senior Leadership position at IBM, GDIT, NGC, and Optum QSSI. Apart from holding Board of Directors and Treasurer roles at GAEF, Mr. Hazarika is also a Board member of Asian American Inter Community Service (AICS) and Executive member of Shilpi Sewa.



Sometimes it needs a calamity to realise your true grit and resilience.

Based in London, Dr Bhaskar Bora is a retired doctor (due to ill health), and entrepreneur in real estate, hospitality and healthcare. He is the first Assamese to launch a Bar & Restaurant in London. 
More recently, following a spinal cord injury, that led to permanent disability, he has become a Disability campaigner, Cancer warrior, Philanthropist, author of ‘The Second Chance in Life‘ book and a motivational speaker. 

He is mentor for several doctors and is keen to share his knowledge and experience in entrepreneurship roller coster, particularly in the hospitality industry and also in soft skills.


Siddartha Choudhury is a well known entrepreneur and senior Executive, based in USA, experienced in leading, developing, and growing successful technology, engineering, and healthcare firms globally.

He has been in the forefront of mentoring and helping several budding Assamese entrepreneurs.

Dr Sriparna B Baruah
Nurturing entrepreneurs, catalysing entrepreneurship

Dr Sriparna B Baruah is a Development Professional with 35 years of work experience in Management Education and in Small and Medium Enterprise Development. Apart from playing a pioneering role in promoting Management Education in N.E India during her initial ten years of working with the Assam Institute of Management, her involvement for more than two decades with the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship 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.

A beautiful person with a beautiful heart, someone who probably needs no introduction to Assam, Garima Saikia Garg.

Proud to announce Garima as a GAEF Mentor and Liason with Assamese artisans. A successful entrepreneur in her own right and a vast area of expertise in her field, she is a great asset to GAEF’s purpose of providing practical guidance and knowledge to upcoming Assamese entrepreneurs.

To avail of her mentorship, knowledge and experience, please complete the mentorship from on www.gaefnortheast.org


The only line that matters is the bottom line.

Who would better known that than our wonderful new Mentor Dr Samir Baruah (da).

With over 40 years of banking experience all over the country with a contribution large enough to be recognised with a doctorate in finance, Samir da specialises in Capital, Equity, Investment funds and Angel funding.

Access to Finance for young Entrepreneurs is his key work area. For any funding related questions, he is the man.

To avail of his skills and experience, please register with www.gaefnortheast.org and request his mentorship.

Welcome onboard Dr Samir Baruah da.

Based in Bahrain as the Chief Business Officer of an eminent company, working across the Middle East and the USA, Jay is committed to working towards the welfare and upliftment of Assamese Entrepreneurs. 

His expertise is in Brand building, Construction, Media and Publishing. He is looking forward to mentoring Assam Startups and helping them expand to the Middle East. 

To avail of his experience and expertise, please contact GAEF via the website or email info@gaefnortheast.org


Savvy, result-oriented IT professional with 22 years of experience in diversified domains. Poised to contribute a unique blend of technical, team management, customer relationship management, combined with international experience.Well versed with Startup ecoSystem and intricacies associated with it. Core competencies include – Project/Program/Operation management, Product Development and architectural knowledge of Information & Communication Technology. Interested to work as a mentor for Startups in the following domains: Tourism, Sustainable Development ( Waste Management). Tea Industry, Handicraft & Handloom, IT.

Bhaskar is keen to mentor Assamese Entrepreneurs and Startups within his field of expertise. You can contact him via the GAEF website



A symbol of successful women entrepreneurship.

Tara Bhuyan is a successful fashion designer of international repute and founder of Tara Bhuyan Couture.
She is the latest mentor to join the GAEF mentoring program and is keen to help Assamese entrepreneurs and start-ups to grow further.
To access her as a mentor, please get in touch via the GAEF website www.gaefnortheast.org