Brief Profile of Board of Directors for Rotary Year 2016-17 (July ’16 – June ’17)

Aslam Merchant, 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 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 eight years. He was the Club Secretary during the Rotary year 2010-11. Aslam has also contributed significantly towards Club’s weekly bulletin, roster and banner, website, e-communication and social media initiatives. As President of Rotary Club of Bombay West, Aslam sees his role as a facilitator for his team of directors and committee chairs / members to plan, fund and implement service projects. His vision is to look beyond one year and help formulate strategies for the Club to face the changes and challenges of the years ahead. Aslam says, “Rotary is a unique organization which gives us so many opportunities to give back to society through time, talent or treasury, to make lasting bonds with people from diverse professions, to hone our leadership and public speaking skills and to enjoy life to its fullest through fellowship programmes. This is what makes me passionate about Rotary.”

Shirish Rege, Immediate Past 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 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. 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 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 who 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.’’

Harmindar Singh Patheja, President Elect & Director – Club Service I (Membership, Fellowship, Programmes and Administration)

Harmindar Singh 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 Bensons Group of Companies involved in Manufacturing, Trading, 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 Clubs 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 Paul Harris Society Member. He has served our Club as Secretary in 2012-2013 and continues to be in the Board since then. Harmindar says, “I am passionate about rotary because it gives me immense opportunities to give back to society and meet like-minded people to interact with and make friendships for life.”

Dr. Usha Jaychandran, 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, Dr. 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 2014-15. Besides her academic and professional pursuits, Dr Usha is also a trained singer and artist and dabbles in both of these in her spare time. Usha says, “Rotary is a two way enabling platform – committed and sincere work as well as superb fellowship and social interaction. It channelizes my efforts and energies giving me a deep sense of satisfaction with all the work I do.’’

Shefali Shah, Joint Secretary

Shefali Shah is Commerce Graduate from Pune University with a Diploma in Economics and Finance. She acquired a Teaching Degree from Mumbai University and a Certificate in Counselling. She is trained to teaching English as a Foreign Language from TEFL Corporation Language School, UK. Shefali has experience in the teaching field for over 10 years with The American School of Bombay. Shefali joined Rotary in the year 2012 and has been actively involved in various Literacy Projects. Shefali says, “I am looking forward to my role as Joint Secretary and Editor of Flying Carpet. Rotary to me is like a very supportive second family, which has given me the opportunity to make friends with like-minded people and work together to make a difference.”

CA Shalin Divatia, Treasurer

CA 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. CA 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 forums including Indian Merchants Chamber, Seminars conducted by Institute of Chartered Accountants and Management Institutes. He has also contributed articles to Economic Times and other publications. CA Shalin serves as a Director on Board of various companies and is associated with Educational Institutions in an honorary capacity. CA 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. Shalin says, “I cherish the friends I have made in Rotary and that makes me want to get involved and do something together for society.’’

Dr. Anand Gupta, Vice-President & Director – Club Service II

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

Dr. Anand Gupta has been in the construction business for the last thirty six 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 organizations 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 has been honoured with Honorary “Doctorate in (Construction Industries)” from a renowned open International university. Dr. Anand, a Major Donor and a Paul Harris Society Member, has served the Club’s Board for three years handling various avenues including literacy, rural development. Anand says, “Rotary is a platform where I have met many interesting and enterprising professionals from various fields. Working in rural and Adivasi projects gives me an opportunity to understand pain and needs of economically and socially weaker people and gives me immense satisfaction to be able to work for their upliftment.’’

Minoo Lalvani, Director – Community Service I

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

Minoo Lalvani is a graduate in Commerce and Law from Gujarat University and a Chartered Accountant with 33 years of experience. Minoo is presently working for AFCONS Infrastructure Limited and is designated as Executive Vice President. Minoo is a specialist in the areas of taxation and his current assignment includes responsibilities in direct, indirect as well as international taxation for Indian and overseas projects. Minoo has served on various taxation committees of Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Construction Federation of India. Minoo joined our Club in April 2012 and has been an enthusiastic participant in Club activities. Minoo says, “I would like to make the various Committees under CS 1 more vibrant by more participation and interaction between Committee members and encouraging active involvement from relatively newer members, Rotary Anns and Rotaractors. I would also consider doing some Global Grant Projects in collaboration with other Rotary Clubs. Rotary is a forum where I meet like- minded people who believe in “giving back”. Rotarians devote not only their time, energy and money towards Rotary activities but are also great organizers and excellent human beings. It is always a pleasure interacting with them personally and together doing projects.’’

Ramesh Damani, Director – Community Service II

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

Ramesh is a Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary. He has been a Corporate Professional for last 22 years and has been working with Reliance Industries Limited since last 10 years working in Corporate Strategies, Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance. Currently, he is the Chief Financial Officer of TV18 Broadcast Limited. He Joined Rotary in 2012. Ramesh is a Paul Harris Society Member. Ramesh says, “Rotary provides the perfect platform for combining fellowship with social service. The service projects undertaken by the RCBW make an impact on the lives of the needy and deserving group of the society. I get an opportunity to participate in such projects with the added advantage of bonding with like-minded people.’’

Hiralal Suthar, Director – Community Service III

(Rural Support, Environment, Immunization and Micro Credit)

Hiralal Suthar is a Commerce graduate from Chinai College at Andheri, Mumbai and thereafter pursued law from Government Law College at Churchgate, Mumbai. He started independent Law Practice in the year 1982, mainly practicing in Co-operative Societies Law. He has associated with several professional and social organizations actively participating and leading group discussions in seminars and workshops. He is providing free educational and management training to the Managing Committees of Co-operative Housing and Premises societies. Hiralal is currently a Legal Advisor to M/s. Anant Strata Consultants Private Limited, who has pioneered ‘Management & Back office Services to Co-operative Housing and Premises Societies’. He is an active Rotarian and has also participated in Giants Group of Jogeshwari. Hiralal says, “His current role as Chairman of Rural Development gives him an opportunity to closely work with the rural and tribal population for their education and other facilities.’’

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 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. In the very first year as a Rotarian, her project to improve school infrastructure at Village Waki in Dist. Palghar was acclaimed as the 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 five hundred adivasi students. Rajul says, “Rotary is a platform that enables me to return goodness to society through good work and working with experienced Rotarians from different fields.’’

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 four years, mainly handling Youth Service Avenue. She was also Director of the Club for Community Service III, Chairman for Literacy, Fellowship and Programme Committees. She has also served as Chairperson for Rotaractors & 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. Samapti says, “My current role in Rotary is to inspire youth right from ages 6 to 40 in the form of EARLY ACT, INTERACT & ROTARACT. Rotary has given me the platform to serve society at large. I enjoy networking with Rotarians in my Club as well as globally.’’

Hima Dalal, Director – International Service

(International Youth Exchange, World Community Service and TRF)

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 was the Club Secretary in 2013-14. She has also served the District as Zonal Co-ordinator for International Yourth Exchange (IYE) Programme for the last four years. She has zealously driven the IYE Programme for the Club and the district. During 2014-15, Hima was associated with the Dist. as Co-Chair – Youth RYE. Hima says, “Rotary gives me an opportunity to serve in the community. It is also a wonderful platform to meet professionals of different age groups and from across the globe.’’

Arjun Hardasani, Director – Thrust Areas

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. In 2014-15, Arjun served as Pulse Polio Area Coordinator in Dist 3140. Arjun says, “Serving the community and working for humanitarian purposes gives me great satisfaction and I also enjoy fellowship in Rotary.’’

Krishna Kejriwal, Sergeant-at-Arms

Krishna Kejriwal is the Past President (2013 – 2014) of our Club. A Senior Rotarian, he has held several positions including Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. He is a Major Donor and a Paul Harris Society Member. He is the Managing Director of Remsons Industries Ltd., a pioneer and leading manufacturer of Control Cables in India. With six manufacturing units he is a major supplier of Control Cables and Gear Shift assemblies to automobile companies. A recipient of many awards, he was conferred the First ACMA Technology Award in 1985. He is the past President of ACMA and Bombay Industries Association. Krishna says, “Rotary is an organisation where I have connected with professionals from diverse backgrounds. Over the years I’ve built strong friendships and enjoyed working together to address various needs of our community.’’

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 Advisor on Business Transformation and Joint Ventures. Mohan joined Rotary in 2001, his wife Geeta was the Secretary of Inner Wheel in 2004-05. Mohan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from BITS Pilani and is a Management Graduate from the University Business School, Chandigarh. Mohan says, “For me, Rotary is about fellowship followed by service to the community. Weekly meetings and many events of Rotary give me an opportunity to meet professionals and entrepreneurs from diverse areas. Rotarians are now close friends and Rotary gives us a strong platform to strengthen our friendship bond.”

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