Leadership Team

Founder Director

Mr. Debopam(Dave) Mukherjee - He has a very successful entrepreneurial record. Before starting Astral in 1995 he co founded Angine Ltd (a hardware contract manufacturing unit) in 1989. In 1993 Dave set up a Color monitor manufacturing unit. Both the units were sold to a leading Chinese Hardware manufacturer in 1999.

In 1995, he founded Astral Systems Inc. Under Dave’s leadership, Astral Group has created innovative technology solutions configuring on a server class high availability platform that extends enterprise telephony features and functions to IP packet telephony network devices using the H.323 protocol. The core technology of VoIP was sold to a leading Internet Telephony Service provider in 2001.

In 1998, he started Atesto Technologies. The Atesto Solutions Suite, designed to transform real world testing and performance management for web applications, is a key component in the implementation and realization of his vision. The company's marquee customer base includes Microsoft, Beyond.com, Marimba, Planet Web, HCL Technologies, i2 Technologies to name a few. Atesto is acquired in a cash and stock deal by INFOVISTA (NASDAQ).

Currently, Dave’s initiative (Artison Investments Ltd, approved by SEC, USA) is to develop and produce Glue Board, PB, MDF and OSB by using Bamboo as an alternate to all the applications where wood is being used. First factory is planned to set up in India followed by four similar factories in Asia, Europe and in the Americas. He intends to start production facilities for more value added green products to replace wood based applications in Asia, the USA and Europe by using Bamboo and empower lives of thousands of people located in tribal areas & nearby villages.

Dave has been focusing in renewable energy and global warming as a broad space; he is also an angel investor in start up and had sponsored first Business Plan Contest in India in 1998 to 2001 in association with IIM Calcutta.


Prabal Banerjee - He is a Mechanical Engineer with 20 years’ experience. He has hands-on experience of managing mechanical, electrical and control engineering systems. He did his MBA from Cranfield School of Management, a leading business school in the UK. He also completed PG Diploma in International (Maritime) Transportation Law from London Metropolitan University. Project Management, Engineering, Logistics and HSEQ (Health, Safety, Environment and Quality) are his area of expertise.

Bhoomika Kalam - BHOOMIKA KALAM is having 10 years of main stream developmental journalism carrier in Dainik Bhaskar and Rajasthan Patrika Group. Design a page devoted specially on agriculture. By initiated Patrika agro club she connected 2.5 lacks Farmers in Madhya Pradesh. Here farmers were interacting for sustainable model for farming by created Agro forestry models at there farmland.

Advisor Members

Mr. Ram Agarwal – He is present chairman of West Bengal State Council, CII and Director S R Batliboi & Co & E&Y. He is a Chartered Accountant in practice having extensive experience of more than 3 decades in field of taxation, audit and accounting. He has also led several arbitration cases to settle disputes between business and family offices. He is one of the advisor members on advisory panel of the Company to counsel upon issues related to finance & taxation.

Dr. R L Banik – He is ex-head of INBAR, South East Asia. He advise upon matters related to networking and technical know-how.

INBAR is an intergovernmental organisation established in 1997 to improve the social, economic, and environmental benefits of bamboo and rattan among some of the world’s poorest communities.

With regional offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America, INBAR draws on expertise from around the globe in assisting government, business and local communities in over 50 countries, to identify new and innovative uses for bamboo and rattan.

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