Brief Profile of Board of Directors for Rotary Year 2018-19
Rtn. Anand Gupta, President
Dr. Anand Gupta is Chairman & Managing Director of AYG Realty Pvt. Ltd. and Executive Director of A. A. Estates Pvt. Ltd. Under his stewardship, these companies have executed large townships and prestigious buildings throughout India. He actively holds posts with various organizations as Vice-President of the Remaking of Mumbai Federation, Past Vice President of the All India Khandelwal Mahasabha, Past Hon. Secretary, Khandelwal Yuvak Sangh, Mumbai and the Trustee & Treasurer of the National Council for Senior Citizens.He has been the recipient of many prestigious awards. He has been Chairman of Mumbai Centre BAI from 2006-2008, Hon. Secretary 2008 – 2010, & 2012-2014, Treasurer for 2010-2012, Spokesperson 2014-2015, for All India Builder’s Association Of Indiaand has led a study team for the construction industry to China and the UAE. He has been honoured with a Doctorate in “Construction Industries” from a renowned open International University. He is a major Donor and a Paul Harris Society Member and has served the Club’s Board for five year. Anita is a home maker, a great cook and enjoys travelling. Their elder son Tarun and his wife Nisha are architects. Their younger son Varun has done his MBBS and just completed his MS in Ophthalmology.
Anand enjoys travelling a lot as well as taking part in social upliftment activities.
As a Rotarian, Anand is specially inclined towards active involvement in rural and adivasi development for the upliftment of the economically and socially deprived, as doing so makes him feel complete.
Rtn. Harmindar Singh Patheja, Immediate Past President
Harmindar is a Commerce Graduate from Mumbai University with Diplomas in Business Management and Export Business Management. His vast experience of over thirty six years in international and Indian Markets as Chairman of the Bensons Group of Companies involved in manufacturing, trading, advertising and branding has brought many laurels tohis group companies. He has been an active member of Bombay West since 1993, after his eventful membership of Jaycee International from 1976 to 1992 and as President in 1988 of the North Bombay Jaycees – one of the largest Jaycee Clubs in India. His involvement in community projects and individual development courses started from a very young age. He was also the Vice President of the students union at R. A. Podar College (1975-1976) and was adjudged the best student of the college in the same year. Harmindar is a Paul Harris Society Member. He has served as our Club Secretary in 2012-2013 and continues to be in the Board since then. First Lady Manpreet is the Creative Director of her Ad agency and is superbly talented. Sons Rajdeep and Manjot have joined the family business with Harmindar and are social and sporty.
Harmindar is a tennis player, loves to socialise with his friends, is a happy traveller along with being a sincere supporter of social work.
As a Rotarian Harmindarsees himself as friendly, approachable, sincere and committed to the Rotary movement. He enjoys the friendships and fellowships of Rotary that connects and brings everyone together as one big happy family.
Rtn. Samapti Patel, President Elect and Director Club Service I.
(Membership, Fellowship, Programmes and Administration)
Samapti Patel is a BA, LLB from Mumbai University. An Advocate and Certified Mediator, she is also a Chairman of an Inspection & Testing Company called TCRC.
Samapti’s social work started with her association with the Giants Group of Juhu and Juhu Jaycees Ladies Wing. Her several key positions in these organizations included Trustee and President of Giants Group of Juhu (2010 & 2011). She is also an active member of the Inner Wheel Club of Bombay West.
A Paul Harris Fellow, Samapti has served the Rotary Club’s board for nine years, mainly handling the Youth Service Avenue. She has been the Director of the Club for Community Service III, Chairman for Literacy, Fellowship and Programme Committees and Interact clubs. She has served as an RCC for Youth (2014-15). She was Co-Chair for Bhavishya Yaan Zone III during the WOW year, District co-chair for Youth in 2016-2017 and District Chair for “TEACH LITERACY” for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.
Her driving factor is the immense joy and humility received while serving the community. She has earned several awards for various programs while serving different positions in the club including the DG’s citation and best director of the year.
Samapti started performing in dance ballets since the age of 5 and learned Manipuri dance in her teenage years. She likes to listen to old classical songs, dance to various music, read and do Bonsai gardening.
Her daughter Payal is settled in Seattle, USA, and works or as a Program Manager for an IT company. Her son Nupur handles the family business while his wife Pinali is a pre-primary school teacher. Nupur and Pinali have two lovely children Krina and Vivaan.
Being a Rotarian for Samapti means changing the future of our children, empowering women & saving mother earth.
Manoj Patel Dr., Vice President and Director Club Service II
(Club Bulletin, PR, Roster & Banner, Archives and Rotary Information)
Dr.Manoj Patel, an MD and MBBS from KEM Hospital, is a renowned consulting physician, practicing since 1980 in Mumbai. He is associated with several reputed hospitals including Nanavati, Arogya Nidhi and Hinduja Healthcare. He also runs his own clinic at Santacruz West.
Over the years, Dr.Manoj has been associated with several medical and social organizations and held important positions, some of them are – Past President, IMA Mumbai West, CWC Member of National IMA, Hon.Treasurer of AMC, Mumbai, Trustee Vile Parle Medical Club Public Health Trust, Past President & Trustee of Santacruz Medical Association, Hon.Treasurer, Consultant Assocaiton of Nanavati Hospital, Past Treasurer, Homeopathic Education Society, Past Treasurer of Juhu Jagruti, Founder Director of Interact Club of Sarla Sarjan School, Founder Director & Past President of Leo Club of India.
Married to Dr.Bhavna Patel, a Practicing Pathologist by profession, running her own Pathological Laboratory at Santacruz West. She is also associated with Rotary’s Medical Centre since last over 10 years.
Rtn. Nilesh Samant, Secretary
Nilesh is a Chartered Accountant and also a Law graduate. He has more than 25 years of experience and has worked with reputed organisations like NOCIL(Petrochemicals), Sony Music (Entertainment) and Novartis (Healthcare). His last assignment was as Chief Financial Officer of Novartis India Ltd – OTC Division. Currently he is involved in voluntary financial literacy training session with an NGO in Mumbai and also getting involved with Rotary projects.
He is very interested in sports and has participated in Sports quiz programs on TV on three occasions. Nilesh is passionate about helping people and Rotary has given him the opportunity to work on community service projects. In the future he wants to get more actively involved with Rotary movement.
His wife Neesha is a practising Chartered Accountant and is Senior Vice-President with Kotak Mahindra Bank. She enjoys singing, music, reading and spirituality. Their son Rohan is doing his Chartered Accountancy with Deloitte and is also a national level tennis player.
Nilesh enjoys sports, music and travelling. Nilesh feels that Friendship transcends colour of the skin or size of the purse and this is what Rotary has given him and this is he as a Rotarian always tries to return.
Rtn.Nandivardhan Jain, Joint Secretary
Nandivardhan Jain, Founder & CEO of Noesis Capital Advisors, India’s leading hospitality investment advisory firm having its operations in more than 60 cities of South Asia and advising to more than 68 international and national hotel chains like Marriott, Taj, ITC, Hyatt, Lemon Tree, Hard Rock, Accor to mention few. He has expertise in planning, undertaking demand assessment studies and transaction services including marketing strategies based on technical hospitality market analysis, feasibility studies, program requirement derivation & fund, private equity, debt syndication, portfolio management and investor sourcing. Over the period of last ten years he has advised to more than 1900 hotels and working with a vision to migrate 70% unorgansied Indian hospitality industry to organised space.
An alumni of Punjab University, from where he did his B.Com (Hons) in Financial Management, and then later pursued Masters in Business Administration from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai where he received, in 2007, “Student of the Year” Award.
Nandivardhan is also Trustee of RKSJ Foundation, trust he founded in the memory of his beloved grand mother. This Trust’s focus is on education and healthcare projects for the underprivileged.
His wife Deepali is a financial management graduate and currently pursuing her PhD from Mumbai University. They are blessed with a two years old Son name Krishiv.
Nandivardhan likes to travel and advising to startups.
Rtn.Sandeep Parikh, Treasurer
CA Sandeep Parikh, B.Com, LL.B, FCA and CWA, is a practicing Chartered Accountant and Cost Accountant. He is a senior partner with M/s.P.Parikh & Associates, Chartered Accountants. Sandeep has acquired specialization in mergers and acquisitions, company audits, bank audits, project reports and project financing and taxation.
Sandeep is fond of playing cricket, listening to music and travelling.
His wife Tejal is Past President of Inner Wheel Club of Bombay West.
Rtn.Aslam Merchant, Sergeant-at-Arms
Past President Aslam is a Post Graduate in Commerce from Bombay University, a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB) and holds a Certificate in Professional Financial Management from the Canadian Securities Institute, Toronto. A retired banker, Aslam was a Group Vice President at DCB Bank having over 40 years of experience in the banking, merchant banking and financial services fields.
A member of Bombay West since 2005, Aslam has served on the Board of the Club for nine terms. He was the Club Secretary during the Rotary year 2010-11. Aslam has also contributed significantly towards the Club’s weekly bulletin, roster and banner, website, e-communication and social media initiatives. As the President of Rotary Club of Bombay West 2016-17, Aslam facilitated his team of directors and committee chairs / members to plan, conceive, fund and implement several successful community service projects, including large global grants in collaboration with Rotary Clubs in USA and Germany.
His wife Shahin is a trained yoga instructor and runs her own Yoga Centre at Juhu. She is interested in singing, music, travelling and reading.
Aslam enjoys singing, travelling, reading, still photography and computers of any kind! As a Rotarian, Aslam considers himself as creative, tech-savvy, supportive and focused on serving humanity through Rotary.
Naresh Merchant, Director Community Service I
(Community Enrichment, Literacy, Senior Citizen, Value Education, Culture and Activity Forum)
Naresh Merchant an ex Air Force fighter pilot joined RCBW in 1975. Was Hon.Secy of RCBW in 1978-79. Has served in the BOD for several years. By profession, he is a garment technologist and has planned and Commissioned several export oriented apparel units in India and overseas .
Naresh Merchant is a senior Rotarian, having joined our Club in 1975. He was joint Secretary in 1977-
78 and Secretary in its Silver Jubilee year 1978-79. He had served in successive Boards ever since till he took up an assignment in Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka he was a member of Rotary Club of Colombo. On his return from Sri Lanka, he rejoined our Club. He again took up an assignment in UAE and had to resign from our Club as there was no Rotary in Dubai. He however rejoined the Club on his return to India from UAE. He is one of the two Rotarians of our Club who have been inducted thrice. He started out to be a fighter pilot with the Auxiliary Air force (AAF) but AAF was disbanded after a couple of years and he forayed into Garment manufacturing and marketing. Today he is a consultant to garment manufacturers in setting up new units and/or upgrading the existing units. He is happily married to Dr. Rajani who is a Past President of our Inner Wheel Club. Their daughter Sonal has been a Rotary Exchange student and the Merchants have hosted students from USA and Australia.
Rtn. Y Srinivasa Rao, Director Community Service – II
(Medical Centre, Medical Camps, HIV/AIDS Counselling and TB Clinic)
Srinivas is a senior management professional with over 28 years of experience in leading business houses. Expertise in start-ups and setting up Greenfield Projects. Presently associated with a leading steel group for their upcoming steel plant.Rotary is an organisation which gives him immense opportunities to give back to society, to make new friends from diverse professions and to buildstrong networking. Srinivas was the Director – Community Service II (Medical) during 2017-18 and performed exceedingly well leading to improved medical facilities and higher footfalls at the Club’s Medical Centre.
Padmavati is a housewife and culinary expert. In her free time she loves to dabble in jewellery and clothes. She keeps busy managing the children and their studies and other activities. Their son Tarun is in std. X and is a professional level football player while their daughter Vibha is in std. VIII and is a professional tennis player having won the under 12 title in tennis.
Srinivas loves to travel, meet new people and experience as well as understand new cultures. He also loves to do market analysis.
For Srinivas, being a Rotarian means “Serving Society”.
Rtn.Dharmendra Sharma, Director Community Service -III
(Rural Support, Environment, Immunization, Women Empowerment and Micro Credit)
Dharmendra Sharma is a Professional Management Trainer, Strategy Consultant and Visiting Faculty to Premium B Schools. He has20 years of industry experience with Multinationals.Heis Bsc (Mathematics) from Rajasthan University,MBA from NMIMS &a recipient of “Best Student Award”. He is one of the founder members of NMIMS Alumni Association&holds the position as Directorsince 2012.He has knowledge of six languages that includes Hindi, English, French, Italian, German and Japanese.
Dharmendra is on the mission to empower professionals through training and development&is expending his horizons for serving the community at a higher pace by joining Rotary International. In his first year of Rotary Journey he received STAR Rotarian status and was appointed as project coordinator for Organ donation Awareness project of RCBW. He is also serving district 3141 as district officer for the year 2018-19 under Medical II.
His wife Arti isa social activist &actively involved in community service for women empowerment and upliftment of underprivileged children and also runs an NGO named Khushi Foundation. Dharmendra & Arti are the proud parents of talented Khushi who studies in class10thIGCSE.
Rtn. Apurva Nanavati, Director Vocational Service
(Loan Scholarships, Career Counselling, Excellence Awards, NMIMS Chair in Mgmt and 4-Way Test)
He is a B.Com from Mumbai University and is engaged in his family business of construction. Belonging to the Nanavati family, Apurva is an Executive Trustee of Dr. Balabhai Nanavati Hospital, Shri Chandulal Nanavati School and Smt. Maniben Nanavati College for Girls. Invited to join Rotary in 1995, Apurva has served as a Director on the Board of the Club for four terms, handling various avenues of service including International & Youth Service.
He is married to Usha and they have two daughters(Anusha& Tanisha). Usha is a keen bonsai and ikebana enthusiast and loves gardening and listening to music too. They have two lovely daughters Anusha and Tanisha. Anusha has done her Masters in Architecture from the Architectural Institution U.K. Tanisha is a BMS with a degree in Fashion Business Management from Parsons.
Apurva is a passionate cricket player and enthusiast and enjoys listening to music. Rotary for Apurva means a great opportunity to engage with social upliftment work and forge friendships through the fellowships.
Rajul Doshi, Director – Youth Service: (Rotaract and Interact Clubs, RYLA, MUNA and MIPS)
Rajul Doshi, an M. Com, LL.B from Bombay University has varied experience of several decades, now managing family business – Sampoorna Group of Companies – who are into recruitment for IT and Telecom verticals and are currently a well-established twenty five year old brand with six offices across India. Rajul has been associated with the Club as an R/Ann since 2001 and as a Rotarian since 2012.
An active Rotarian since inception, she has implemented several worthwhile projects mainly in rural areas and under Vocational Service Avenue, changing lives of several thousand families. She is blessed with son Sameer who is in family business and daughter Poorna, a member of Rotary Club of Mumbai Coastline. Poorna was an exchange student sponsored by the Club and her relationship with the host rotary family in USA gave us the vital break in raising funds for the Global Grant E-Learning Project.
Rtn. Tejas Sura, Director International Service
(International Exchange, World Community Service and TRF):
Tejas is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in construction projects with multinational organisations. Having worked in a multicultural environment, he is engaged in project management, turnkey contracting, structural audits and repairs of buildings, corporate training and software development. He serves as a Global Director for the Project Management Institute (USA), world’s largest professional association for project management. Tejas holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Management Graduate in Finance from the University of Mumbai. Tejas joined Rotary in 2012, is a Paul Harris Fellow, has been involved in the Board of RCBW since July 2016 and is also serving on the district RYE team (2018-19).
His wife Keyuri is an accomplished Architect and has a flair for Interior Design and Architecture having designed many projects of repute during her over 20 years of experience. Elder daughter Nidhi is pursing electronics engineering whereas younger daughter Haley is aspiring for the medical profession.
Tejas enjoys his family, reading, travel and music.
As a Rotarian, Tejas sees himself as humble, truthful and sincere to act for a better world.
Rtn.Ashok Deorah, Director – District Thrust Areas
Rtn Ashok Deorah is a Past President of our Club and was invited to be a member of our club in July 2000 with a classification of Financial Consultancy. An engineer from theInstitute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Ashok has experience of various industries for more than 35 years in various capacities. In 1987, he received the best Mine Safety Award from the President of India.
An active and involved Rotarian, Ashok has held various positions in our club including Club Secretary and Director International Service, Club Service. Ashok has started an NGO “Sparsh” with a mission to impact the lives of young children from low-income communities. He is also involved with various other NGO’s which are doing yeoman service to the community.
Ashok is married to Nirmala, Past President of Inner Wheel club of Bombay West. Nirmala is a home maker and is exceptional at bonsai’s besides having interest in singing, music and social service. Their daughter Asmita and her husband Sunit have opened 12 schools in Gujarat, Delhi and Maharashtra. Asmita and Sunit have two sweet children Zoya and Anay. Their son Kashyap, an alumnus of IIT Mumbai has floated his own company called Hypertrack after successfully selling 30 companies. Their daughter in law Shruti, also an IIT Mumba alumnus, is Special Advisor to the Government of India for Renewable Energy.
Ashok enjoys traveling, reading and social service.
Ashok considers himself an active and ordinary Rotarian
Rtn.Milind Sambhare, Director – Special Projects
Milind is the Proprietor and Principal Architect at G. D. Sambhare & Co., an established architecture, urban planning and development consultancy firm in Mumbai working on a wide array of projects for diverse clients such as leading real estate developers, corporate groups, government bodies, community trusts, institutions, etc. He graduated from Sir J. J. College of Architecture in 1975 and is registered with the Council of Architecture, in addition to being a Fellow member of the Indian Institute of Architects, Fellow member of the Institution of Valuers, and Associate member of the Institute of Indian Interior Designers. He is also presently serving as the Chairman of the Brihan Mumbai Centre of the Indian Institute of Architects.
Milind is married to Meenal who is a Past President of the Inner Wheel of Bombay West. Their younger son Akshay resides and works in San Francisco following his MBA. Their elder son Advait is also an architect actively working in G. D. Sambhare & Co., following his post graduate studies in the US. Advait’s wife Shivani works as Head of Development at FremantleMedia.
Milind is a yoga and trekking enthusiast, enjoys visiting places of historic interest and is a proud member of Rotary Club of Bombay West.
Rtn. Rajendra Ruia, Advisor & Chair Global Grants
Invited to join our Club in November 1987, Rajendra Ruia, a Major Donor level 2 & Paul Harris Society member, served as the President of the Club in 2001-02.
An MBA from USA, he is the Chairman of the Arco and Schori group, a diversified business group engaged in manufacturing, services and real estate. He is active in several important and apex industry associations. .
He has been the Club Trainer and very successfully designed effective training programs. He has been a Trustee of the Rotary Service Public Charitable Trust.
He has served as the District Chairman of the Matching Grant Projects, Project Visits and Vocational Scholarships and many other positions at the District level and has also served as the District Secretary in the year 2009-10. Along with being the architect of the Rotary World Peace Fellowship Programme in District 3140, now 3141, he has been its Chairperson for more than a decade and has been instrumental in its superbly effective success. He has also served as ‘Reader’ to evaluate the applications received at the TRF level for the World Competitive Selection.
He has worked on several Matching Grant and Global Grant projects successfully.
For his work in the programs of The Rotary Foundation he has been awarded the Rotary Foundation District Service Award many times and the prestigious Rotary Foundation Citation of Meritorious Service [2nd highest TRF award for Rotarians]. He has been the recipient of “4 Avenues of Service Award” and “Club Builder Award” by Rotary International.
Sarita an active member of Inner Wheel Club of Bombay West is a bonsai enthusiast and an adoring mother. She loves to also practice yoga, cook, swim. Their son Vedant is a Rotarian, a member of the Rotary Club of Mumbai Coastline and is engaged in the family business. Their daughter Pooja is setting up her own Production Design company. Both Vedant and Pooja are into rose horticulture as well.
Rajendra is fond of travelling, reading and Rotary!
For Rajendra, Rotary is his passion.
Rtn. Mohan Joshi, Club Trainer
Mohan G. Joshi is Past President (2014-15) of our Club and is a Paul Harris Society Member. After retiring from German Multinational SCHOTT Glass as President, Mohan is now an independent international consultant on sales and leadership, author and speaker. Mohan holds a bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from BITS Pilani and is a Management Graduate from the University Business School, Chandigarh.Mohan joined Rotary in 2001, his wife Geeta was the Secretary of Inner Wheel in 2004-05. Geeta is a home maker and she like to indulge in cooking, knitting and keeping close contact with relatives. Their daughter Radhika resides in Barcelona and their son-in-law Saurabh is in the family business of specialty chemicals. They have a lovely six-year-old grandson Advay. Their son Sachin works for Infosys while their daughter-in-law Smaranika works for google
Mohan says that his current profession of business and leadership consulting is also his hobby along with travelling to meet relatives and friends.
As a Rotarian, Mohan feels it is all about providing service through Rotary’s unique platform of fellowship of diversified professionals.
Dr.Ramesh Oza, Advisor
Rtn. Ramesh Oza joined Bombay West in 1973. In June 1973 Bombay West Rotary Institute for Deaf was started (Shruti School) with nine children. He was Chairman of Dist. Committee for Deafness in 1974. He was President of the Club during its Silver Jubilee year in 1978-79. The foundation stone pooja for Shruti School was performed by him and late Ann Usha. In 1982 he was GSE Team leader and visited Arkansas with team of four members. In 2008 he was awarded Vocational Excellence Award and in 2012 Life Time Achievement Award by our Club for his outstanding service in the field of Speech & Hearing and for the hearing impaired in India.
He is known as Father of his field of specialization, i.e Audiology & Speech Pathology. He introduced this speciality in India in 1963. He has received several awards nationally for his contribution in clinical work. Oration has been instituted in his name by the Indian Speech & Hearing Assn., of which he is also founder member. His contribution in his work for Cochlear Implants was rewarded with Oration by the national organization for Cochlear Implant (CIGICON).
Dr.Tushar Shah, Advisor
Dr.Tushar joined Rotary in 1983 and the Board of Bombay West in 1984. Since then, he has actively served several terms as member of the Board as well as Chairman of various committees. Dr.Tushar led the Club as its President in its 40th Year (Ruby Year) in 1993-94 – the year in which the Club achieved a new high in fellowship programmes. At the District level, Dr.Tushar has held several positions including that of GGR or Bombay East and Bombay Seacoast. He has been honoured with 4-Avenues of Service Award. A Multiple Paul Harris Fellow with all his family members as PHF, Dr.Tushar has been instrumental in promoting programmes of The Rotary Foundation.
Dr.Tushar likes to singing, travelling, cricket, wild life and partying. Married to Dr.Pallavi who was elected as 3rd International Inner Wheel President from India and 1st from our District. They are blessed with 3 daughters, all married and have 4 grand-children.
Shirish Rege, Advisor
Shirish’s association with Rotary started in 1989 when he was selected to visit Iowa, USA as a Group Study Exchange team member from the then Rotary District 314. Later, in 1996, he was invited to join Rotary. He served on the Board of the Club from 1999 to 2003, from 2013-2017 and was President in 2015-16. He has also been involved with District activities,in RYE, TRF and District Thrust areas. In Miracle Year, Shirish is District Chair- Skills Development.
Shirish is a B. Tech from IIT, Bombay and an MBA from IIM, Bangalore. He has had over thirty two years of experience with various Indian and multi-national corporations. He retired as the Regional Director – South Asia of Datacard Corporation, USA.
His wife Dr. KavitaRege is an Educationist. She recently retired after being the Principal of Sathaye College for 16 years. She too has served as District Officer in various capacities. Both are Multiple Paul Harris Fellows. Shirish and Dr. Kavita are both fond of travelling, music and other cultural activities. Their children Priya and Rohun have been Rotary Youth Exchange Students to USA. The Reges have hosted Exchange Students from USA, France, Canada and Belgium.
Shirish says, “I am passionate about Rotary because it has given me great friends from diverse fields and varied age groups with whom I share passion for service and have a lot in common. Rotary also gives me a chance to give back to society, at least in partial measure, what I have received over the years.’’