Brief Profile of Board of Directors for Rotary Year 2015-16 (July ’15 – June ’16)

Shirish Rege, President

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 and thereafter, has been involved with District activities, mainly in IYE and TRF related areas.

Shirish is a B.Tech. from IIT, Bombay and an MBA from IIM, Bangalore. He has had over 32 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. Kavita Rege is the Principal of Sathaye College. She too has served as District Officer in various capacities. Both are Multiple Paul Harris Fellows. Shirish and Kavita are both fond of traveling, 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.

Mohan Joshi, Immediate Past President

Mohan holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from BITS, Pilani and is a Management Graduate from University Business School, Chandigarh. Mohan is a hard core professional with global experience of over 3 decades across diverse regions and business environments. He has recently retired as President of German Multinational SCHOTT Glass but continues his association with the company as Strategic Advisor. Mohan is now engaged as an independent Management Advisor in areas of Negotiation, Strategy, and Leadership to some German and Indian companies. He is well acknowledged as Mentor to managers and owners of Family Managed Businesses. Mohan is often invited as Speaker and Guest Faculty by Industry associations and leading Management Institutes. Mohan joined Rotary in 2001 and has been a part of various Boards since 2003.

Aslam Merchant, President Elect & Director – Club Service I

(Membership, Fellowship, Programmes and Administration)

Aslam is an 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 Canadian Securities Institute, Toronto. A retired banker, Aslam was a Group Vice President at DCB Bank having over 40 years of experience in banking, merchant banking and financial services fields.

A member of the Club since 2005, Aslam has served on the Board of the Club for 7 years. He was the Club Secretary during the Rotary year 2010-11. He is closely associated with  several community service projects of the Club including Mahila Madat Yojana, Bhavishya Yaan and rural support initiatives. Aslam has also contributed significantly towards club’s website, weekly bulletin, roster and banner,  e-communication and social media initiatives.

Aslam is married to Shahin, a Science Graduate from Bombay University.  She is a trained teacher from The Yoga Institute, Santacruz  East also holding Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Yoga from Bombay University.  She has also done several certificate courses in Yogic Counseling. Shahin is a Senior Yoga Instructor and a Counselor running her own Yoga Centre at Juhu, Mumbai.

Kamal Narsaria, Secretary

Kamal Narsaria holds a diploma in commerce from a reputed institution in Mumbai. After completing his studies, Kamal was enaged in the textile industry for more than 18 years. Later, he shifted to financial services industry where he has rich experience of over 14 years. Presently, Kamal is a professional financial advisor and channel partner of Motilal Oswal Securities. Kamal also offers real estate advisory services to his esteemed client-base.

Kamal Narsaria was invited to join Rotary in July 2012. Since then, Kamal has been taking very keen interest in the community service projects of the Club. During the rotary year 2014-15, Kamal will also be chairing the Canteen Committee and Roster and Banner Committee apart from being a an active member on the Vocational Loan Scholarship Committee.

Dr.Usha Jaychandran, Joint Secretary 

Dr Usha Jayachandran is a PhD in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and is a practicing Development Economist. She has worked on the myriad issues of child rights and human development with various United Nations agencies, NGOs as well as government organisations. She has also worked with publishing houses such as SAGE as a Copy-editor for their Economics text books. With a knack for writing and being the Lead Author of two State Human Development Reports for India, Rtn Usha has also been the Editor of the Club Bulletin the Flying Carpet for two years in a row, leading the Club to also bag second place in the Narendra Ballal District Bulletin Award  in the 2014-15.  Besides her academic and professional pursuits, Rtn Usha is also a trained singer and artist and dabbles in both of these in her spare time. She is married to Manoj Viswanathan and they have a seven year old daughter Vaidhehi.

Rtn Usha joined Rotary Club of Bombay West in January 2006 and has been actively involved in various Club projects.

Shalin Divatia, Treasurer

Shalin is a B.Com, LLB, FCA, FCS and is a partner of S R Divatia and Co., Chartered Accountants . His areas of special focus are Taxation, Corporate matters and Esops. Shalin has Co-authored a book on Employee Stock Options (Esops), published by Bombay Chartered Accountants Society and has delivered lectures on Taxation, Mergers and Takeovers and Esops and Economic issues, at various fora including Indian Merchant Chambers,  Seminars conducted by Institute of Chartered Accountants and Management Institutes. He has also contributed articles to Economic Times and other publications. Shalin serves as a Director on Board of various companies and is associated with Educational Institutions in an honorary capacity.

Shalin joined the Rotary Club of Bombay West in 1996 and has Chaired the Vocational Award committee . He was the Hon. Secretary of the Rotary Public Service Trust of the Rotary Club of Bombay West for several years

Harmindar Patheja, Vice President & Director – Club Service II

(Club Bulletin, PR, Roster & Banner, Archives and Rotary Information)

Harmindar is a Commerce Graduate from Mumbai University with Diplomas in Business Management and Export Business Management. His vast experience of over 36 years in International and Indian Markets as Chairman of Bensons Group of Companies involved in Manufacturing, Trading and Advertising and Branding has brought many laurels to his group companies.

A Member of our club since 1993, after his eventful membership of Jaycee International from 1976 to 1992 and as president in 1988 of North Bombay Jaycees – one of the largest Jaycee Club in India, Hence 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 in 1975-1976 and the best student of the college same year.

Harmindar is a major Donor and his family is member of the Paul Harris Society.

He has served our club as Hon. Secretary in 2012-2013 and continues to be in the Board since than and has accepted the responsibility to be President in 2017-2018.

Hima Dalal, Director – Community Service I

(Community Enrichment, Literacy, Senior.Citizen, Value Education, Culture and Activity Forum):

Hima Dalal is a science graduate in microbiology from the University of Mumbai. She is in the business of travel solutions and also has rich and diverse experience in real estate development and information technology.

Member since May 2004, Hima has been on the club’s board for several years, mainly handling International Services. She is club secretary in 2013-14. She has also served the District as Zonal Co-ordinator for International Yourth Exchange (IYE) Programme for the last 4 years. She has zealously driven the IYE Programme for the club and the district. During 2014-15, Hima will also be associated with the Dist. as Co-Chair – Youth RYE.

Arjun Hardasani, Director – Community Service II

(Medical Centre, Medical Camps, HIV/AIDS Counselling and TB Clinic)

A science graduate, Arjun Hardasani is into the manufacturing of Flush Doors and allied products which are also exported. A Rotarian since 1983 and a Paul Harris Fellow he is keenly interested and involved in the Pulse Polio Program. He has been the Chairman of this committee and Area Coordinator for the Pulse Polio Immunization Program of District 3140 for several years. During 2014-15, he will also serve as Pulse Polio Area Coordinator in Dist 3140.

Hemant Joshi, Director – Community Service III

(Rural Support, Environment, Immunization and Micro Credit)

Hemant Joshi is a Chemical Engineer from BITS Pilani and a Post Graduate in Industrial Engineering. Over a career of nearly 35 years he worked in the areas of Manufacturing, Management Consultancy and Financial Services. He retired from CRISIL Ltd, a Standard & Poor’s Company, in 2009, as an Executive Director and MD & CEO of its subsidiary CRIS Ltd.

Hemant was invited to join Rotary in the year 2008 and has since been active in various committees as Member and Chairman. He was the Hon. Editor of our weekly bulletin ‘Flying Carpet’ during the year 2012-13 & Director Community Service I in 2014-15. Hemant continues to be engaged in the financial services sector through a few Board/Committee positions.

Rajul Doshi, Director – Vocational Service

(Loan Scholarships, Career Counselling, Excellence Awards, NMIMS Chair in Mgmt and 4-Way Test)

Rajul Doshi, an M.Com, LL.B from Bombay University has varied experience of several decades, having started off as a Banker with a nationalized bank and later venturing into entrepreneurial initiatives in direct mailing and as a ‘Shelters’ franchisee of Citibank.  She then moved on to family business – Sampoorna Group of Companies – who are essentially into recruitment for IT and Telecom verticals and are currently a well-established 25 year old brand with 6 offices across India.

Rajul has been associated with the Club as a R/Ann since 2001 and as a Rotarian since 2012.  In the very first year as a Rotarian, her project to improve school infrastructure at Village Waki in Dist.Palghar was acclaimed as a best community service project.  Later, she has been associated with organizing successful Career Guidance Fairs and with a project to build a multi-purpose hall at an Ashram Shala at Village Kosbad, Dist.Palghar benefiting over 500 adivasi students.

Samapti Patel, Director – Youth Service

(Rotaract and Interact Clubs, RYLA, MUNA and MIPS)

Samapti Patel has done her Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor for Law (LL.B) from Mumbai University. She manages an Inspection & Testing Company set-up by her late husband Rtn.Bhupendra Patel.

A Paul Harris Fellow, Samapti has served the club’s board for 4 years, mainly handling Youth Service avenue.   She was also Director of the Club for Community Service III, Chairman for Literacy, Fellowship, & Programme Committees. She has also served as Chairperson for Rotractors & Interactors Committees of the Club. During 2014-15, she was associated with District as WOW Dist.Co-Chair for Bhavishya Yaan Zone III.

Sampati has also been associated with Giants Group of Juhu and Juhu Jaycees Ladies Wing. She has held several key positions in these organizations including Trustee and as President of Giants Group of Juhu.  She is also an active member of Inner Wheel Club of Bombay West.

Samapti likes to listen to old classical songs, is fond of dancing and loves bonsai.

Anand Gupta, Director – International Service

(International Youth Exchange, World Community Service and TRF)

Anand Gupta has been in the construction business for the last 36 years and is Chairman & Managing Director of Choudhury & Choudhury (I) Ltd., and Executive Director of A. A. Estates Pvt. Ltd. which under his stewardship have executed large townships and prestigious buildings throughout India. Actively holding posts with various organisations including being the Vice-President of the Remaking of Mumbai Federation; Past Vice President of All India Khandelwal Mahasabha; Past Hon. Secretary, Khandelwal Yuvak Sangh, Mumbai; Trustee & Treasurer of National Council for Senior Citizens; he has been the recipient of many prestigious awards. He has been Chairman and General Treasurer of the Builders Association of India, Mumbai Centre and has led a study team to China and the UAE. Presently he has been appointed as Spokesperson of Builder’s Association of India for the year 2014-2015.He have been honoured with Honorary “Doctorate in (Construction Industries)” from a renowned open International university.

Anand, a Major Donor and a Paul Harris Society Member, has served the club’s board for 3 years handling various avenues including literacy, rural development, etc

Naresh Merchant, Director – District Thrust Area

(Sukhada, TB Prevention & Awareness, Rotary TEACH Mission, Gram Kalyan)

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 U A E 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 3 times.

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 Consulting 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 Merchants have hosted students from USA and Australia.

Dr.Tushar Shah, Sergeant-at-Arms 

Dr.Tushar Shah was invited to join Rotary in 1983.  He was President of the Club for rotary year 1993-94.  He has held several key position in the District 3140 including District Chairman – International Youth Exchange and Asst.Governor.  He is recipient of Rotary International Award for Four Avenues of Service.

Dr.Tushar was a Trustee of Rotary Service Public Charitable Trust from 2009-14 and was Chairman of the said Trust for 2014-15. He is Multiple Paul Harris Fellow. His hobbies include photography and travelling .

Dr.Tushar Shah is a Practicing Gynecologist last since  34 years. He is happily married to Dr.Pallavi Shah, Past President of International Inner Wheel (2010-11). 

Rajendra Ruia, Club Trainer 

Invited to join our Club in November 1987, Rajendra Ruia, a Major Donor & Paul Harris Society Member, has 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 manufacturing, services and real estate. He is active in several and apex industry associations. In the Club is actively involved in the Loan Scholarship Programme, Rotary DG Goenka Blood bank, Clubs social media groups. He is the Club Trainer and has successfully designed very effective training programs. He also leads the Membership Committee. He is also presently serving as a Trustee of 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, he also served the District Secretary for the year 2009-10. Along with being the architect of the Rotary World Peace Fellowship Programme in District 3140, he has been its Chairperson for more than 10 years now. He is also serving as ‘Reader’ to evaluate the applications received at the TRF level for the World Competitive Selection. In 2015-16 he is the Avenue Chair – Peace Scholarships in RI District 3140.

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