Brief Profile of Board of Directors for Rotary Year 2017-18 (July ’17 – June ’18)
Rtn. Harmindar Singh Patheja, 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.Aslam Merchant, Immediate 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 eight years. 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, fund and implement several successful service projects. Shahin is a trained yoga instructor and enjoys teaching the same. She is interested in singing, music, travelling and reading. Their son Sameer is settled in Toronto and works for a finance company.
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.
Rtn. Anand Gupta, President Elect and Director Club Service – I
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. Samapti Patel, Vice President and Director Club Service II
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 the District as WOW Dist. Co-Chair for Bhavishya Yaan Zone III and District co-chair for Youth 16-17. Sampati has also been associated with the 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 has won several awards for her selfless community service. She is also an active member of Inner Wheel Club of Bombay West. Her daughter Payal is settled in Seattle and works for an IT company there. Her son Nupur handles the overseas part of the family business while his wife Pinali is a pre-primary school teacher. Nupur and Pinali have two lovely children Krina and Vivaan.
Samapti likes to listen to old classical songs, is fond of dancing, loves to spread smiles and enjoys reading, needlework, as well as Bonsai.
Being a Rotarian for Samapti means changing the future of our children,making better the world we live in & saving Mother Earth.
Rtn. 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. He has co-authored a book on Employee Stock Options (ESOPS), published by the Bombay Chartered Accountants Society and has delivered lectures on Taxation, Mergers and Takeovers and ESOPS and Economic issues, at various forums including the Indian Merchants Chamber and seminars conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Management Institutes. 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.Aditi Divatia is currently pursuing a PhD in the area of Business Analytics with BITS Pilani and is a Professor at S.P.Jain Institute of Management & Research in the area of Information Management. Her hobbies are dance, music and trekking and she likes to stay fit with Yoga and Walks. Their son Shaishiris pursuingan integrated Law program at NUJS Kolkata. Their second son Hrushitwill be starting college in July this year at the School of Law – NMIMS.
Shalin enjoys reading, travelling, trekking and tries to stay fit with swimming.
For Shalin, being a Rotarian means adding value whenever present.
Rtn.Shefali Shah, 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.Manit is a businessman and trades into stocks and real estate. He loves travelling, reading as well as humour. Their daughter Niihaa is in her second year of Fine Arts, is fun loving and enjoys travelling too. She along with Manit are food connoisseurs too!
Shefali enjoys reading, travelling and every kind of humour, she has a funny bine and loves to smile which is infectious too!
Shefali as a Rotarian wholeheartedly resonates with the theme ‘Connect and Commit’, which according to her is what Rotary signifies.
Rtn. NileshSamant, Joint 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. Neesha is a practicing 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.Ashok Deorah, Sargeant-At-Arms
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 thecommunity. 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. Ameet Shah, Director Community Service – I
Ameet Shah has done his Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics from Bangalore University and has been Managing Director of the Tasaa Group of Companies, involved in Information Technology and Software business. He has been member of our Club since 1991 and served on the Board of Directors for several years and is also a Paul Harris Fellow. Forum is an elegant and sophisticated lady and a home maker. Her favourite pastime is swimming. Their son Rushabh works at Larsen and Toubro Infotech and their daughter Neeti just finished her graduation in Communication Design from Germany.
Ameetloves to read, play chess, listen to music and travel.
For Ameet, being a part of the Rotary movement along with the fellowship and commitment to serve the community brings a deep sense of fulfilment.
Rtn. Y Srinivasa Rao, Director Community Service – II
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.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. Hima Dalal, Director Community Service – III
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 fouryears. 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 has held a District post for the last five years and has been a Co-Chair for the RYE for the past three years.Jayesh is into real estate and is an avid reader and traveller. Their daughters Pooja and Priyal are both settled abroad. Pooja works as HR Manager for 20th Century Fox and lives in Santa Monica. Priyal is and interior designer and is based in London. Hima and Jayesh also have an angel granddaughter Ava whos is nine months old.
Hima enjoys travelling and reading.
Hima feels as a Rotarian she would like to serve the community selflessly and meet different people from across the globe.
Rtn. Sandeep Vasani, Director Vocational Service
A post graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University, USA, he is presently the MD of Bentec, a speciality chemical manufacturing company and a leader in manufacturing of organoclays in India. A member of the Board and responsible for the Vocational Services Avenue, he is Chairman of the Sports Committee of the Club for several years. A member of the Dist 3140 Cricket Team, Sandeep has participated in various tournaments in India, Sri Lanka and South Africa and has won several accolades for his performances and sportsmanship. Sandeep is married to Prakruti, Past President of Inner Wheel Club of Bombay West. Prakruti is an established fashion designer by profession and loves singing, reading and designing. Their daughter Priyanshi is an MS in Innovaion Management from the London School of Art while their son Rahul is in his IInd year of an Integrated MBA at NMIMS.
Sandeep loves sports, is an ardent cricket player and also enjoys travelling.
Sandeep enjoys Rotary for the platform it gives him to engage in social work and make a difference.
Rtn. Apurva Nanavati, Director Youth Service
He is a B.Com fromMumbai 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 three 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.
Rtn. Tejas Sura, Director International Service
Tejas Sura, International Service: (International Youth Exchange, World Community Service and TRF): Tejas is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in managing construction projects. He is engaged in project management, turnkey contracting, structural audits and repairs of buildings and corporate training. Tejas holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Management Graduate from the University of Mumbai. Tejas joined Rotary in 2012, is a Paul Harris Fellow and has been actively involved in Service 16 projects and International Youth Exchange services.
Tejas loves reading, travelling and listening to music.
As a Rotarian, Tejas sees himself ashumble, truthful and sincere to act for a better world.
Rtn. Satish Ruia, Director Rotary Seva Abhiyan
Satish Ruia joined Rotary in 1982 in R.C. Calcutta Midtown and served as Chairman Rotaract & PR and won district awards. In the early 70s, he briefly served as the Fund raising Chairman of Lions Club & Organised a successful ‘Mukesh Night ‘ raising double funds than the target given. Satish has served as an Honorary Member of the Bombay Medical Foundation of Bombay Hospital, having helped thousands of patients needing open heart surgeries. He also organised probably the first ‘TV Films Award Night ‘ in 1987 which was a great success!! In the 1980s, Satish was Chairman/Director of Warren Tea Ltd which owned some of the best tea gardens in Assam. Satish has been the Chairman/ Managing Director of Ruia Exports Limited, recognised with the Star Exports House status by the Government of India. He has also been a leading exporter of Silver from India. He has been a Paul Harris Fellow four times. For the Rotary Year 2017-2018, he has taken the responsibility to represent Bombay West as the Lead Club for the District Program ‘Women’s safety &Empowerment’. His hobbies are travelling and photography.
Satish enjoys travelling, cricket, forging friendships and advancing public relations.
Satish feels that he to be a true Rotarian and a true human being one needs to understand, and practice the motto SERVICE ABOVE SELF!’
Rtn. Rajendra Ruia, Director Global Grants
Invited to join our Club in November 1987, Rajendra Ruia, a major donor & 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 decadeand 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. Sarita is an amazing bonsai enthusiast and an adoring mother. She loves to also practice yoga, cook, swim and enjoy life to the fullest. Their son Vedant is a Rotarian, a member of the Rotary Club of 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 Advisor on Business Transformation and Joint Ventures. 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 likes 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 speciality chemicals. They have a lovely five year old grandson Advay. Their son Sachin is currently in London and worlds for Infosys while their daughter-in-law Smaranika works for google
Mohan says that while his current profession is coaching, mentoring is 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.