Kolkata-native Dr Sawar Dhanania took over charge as the Chairman of the Rubber Board on July 22, 2019. He has been functioning as the member of the Rubber Board since May 2017. He completed his Masters degree in
Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, as a gold medalist for securing first position in order of merit, in 1976. Further to this, he took PhD in Rubber Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He took up his family business of manufacturing rubber goods for supplying to the Indian Railways and later started
manufacturing Cycle tyres and Rickshaw tyres.

Dr Dhanania served in many capacities such as Eastern Region Chairman of All India Rubber Industries Association (AIRIA), Convener of India Rubber Expo -2009, Convener of National Rubber Conference (AIRIA-Eastern Region)2016 and Co-Convener of First National Workshop on Guayule Natural Rubber (GNR 2015). He is Convener of Education Committee and Member of Management Committee, AIRIA, Mumbai. He has Co-authored many papers in peer-reviewed international journals and also presented papers in national conferences related to polymer and rubber technology.