Beena Paradin


I am pursuing my old dream of doing business and living between Europe, where I was brought up, and India, where I was born.

I have launched two ventures so far. My first one, Nilgiri Partners, is a consulting company helping French companies to develop business in India and vice versa.

I am also the founder of Beendhi, a food brand inspired by Indian cuisine.

Meanwhile, I have developed my passions for food and photography. I am the author of three cookbooks on Indian food: the last one got the "Best Foreign Cookery Book in the World Award 2009" by the Gourmand Award. I am also working as a photographer and regularly exhibit my work.

Prior to my entrepreneur life, I graduated from ESSEC MBA and was a banker at Société Générale for two years and a business consultant at Arthur D.Little and A.T. Kearney for 7 years. I then joined Conforama, a European retailer, specializing in furniture, as head of strategy.

Beyond food and photography, I love architecture, design, gardening, yoga and scuba diving.

I live in Paris with my beloved husband and spend a significant part of my time in India.