Mentor For You

Garje Marathi Global’s Mentorship program is for connecting today’s prominent, successful and high achievers Marathi (Mentors) with tomorrow’s prominent successful and high achiever Marathi (Mentees)

Scope of our program is limited to persons of Marathi descent

Our mentors are our elite members who earned significant achievements in their journey called 'Life', professionally and personally. They are more than happy to help others to select the path and guide to achieve their aims. Garje Marathi Global (GMG) Mentoring program is a unique and carefully designed offering. GMG does not charge any fee to connect you with Mentors and they too are not expected to charge any remuneration for interactions. However, if you decide to work with your mentor on your ideas, projects and need their continued guidance, there could be a commercial arrangement between you and mentor which Garje Marathi Global would never know or will never ask.... Read more


Mr. Madhav Joshi


Working as Advisor to Tata Teleservices Limited for last 7 years.Before that worked with them for 13 years President Legal and Regulatory.Worked as Executive Director with Bayer Industries for 5 years.Worked as CFO,Company Secretary with Klockner Windsor India Limited.

total 40 plus years in corporate field.

Was president of Thane Manufacturers Association,ABTO and AUSPI (mobile operators'association).

Have set up own charitable trust Shree Laxminarayan Sanstha in 2001.It helps in education,medical help,environment protection activities,water cup related activities.It provides help  to organisattions conducting educational and cultural activities.

Have been office bearer of many NGOs.

Instrumental to form a trust of 46 NGOs Nagari Abhivadan Nyas in Dombivli to acknowledge services of veterans who have worked for Dombivli town.

Founder president of Dombivli branch/chapter of Inst of Co Secretaries.

Involved in mentoring yong generation.

Write articles in news papers.



Professor (Dr). Sudhir Kalé

Gold coast, Queensland ,

Sudhir Kalé has spent more than three decades as a professor, consultant, and researcher. He is currently the Founder and CEO of GamePlan Consultants, a boutique consultancy which has advised clients on five continents. Dr. Kalé combines scientific rigor with hands-on practitioner experience to provide cutting-edge solutions to his clients. He brings a very strong academic and research background with over 4,000 citations of his work. Prof. Kalé has conducted over two hundred and fifty executive development seminars across five continents on topics such as CRM, Customer Experience Management, Customer Experience. NLP, and Corporate Culture. His consulting and research spans the areas of customer experience, service quality, loyalty programs, branding, organizational culture, business transformation, employee engagement, CRM, cross-cultural management, service blueprinting, casino marketing, and responsible gaming. Dr. Kalé has published over 100 articles on gaming management and marketing. While he primarily consults for the gaming industry, Prof. Kalé also advises family businesses on matters relating to succession, governance, and family offices. Several startups have sought his help in bringing their products to market.

Dr. Kalé's ideas, analysis, and opinions have been quoted in top media including The Australian, Bloomberg, Australian Financial Review, New York Times, New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, ABC News, the Sydney Morning Herald, and several others. He has also appeared on several TV programs such as The Project and Insight in connection with topics related to Gaming and Addiction.

Professor Kalé has lived and worked in India, U.S., Singapore, Macau, and Australia. An eloquent, insightful, and sometimes provocative speaker, he is often invited to address high profile industry conferences and industry retreats.


Mr. Madhav Dabke

Frankfurt am Main

 Master’s in Management Accounting and International Economics, Mumbai University

• Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Banking and Finance

• Certified SAFe Agile Professional, SAFe Agile Institute

• Certified in Advanced Program Management – eCornell University

• Certificate in Strategy Management – I.I.M., Ahmedabad

• Certificate in Design Thinking

Madhav is currently associated with Infosys Limited, based out of Frankfurt, Germany as a leader responsible for delivering IT transformations and consulting for various clients across Europe and North America. His expertise in the banking domain, however not limited to. He has been managing large transformations across geographies including APAC, LATAM, Europe, and the Americas. His consulting engagements have proven useful to many clients, he practices design thinking principles to bring innovation and user experience to the next level for organizations. He was also associated with Tata Consultancy Services, AXIS Bank, and other reputed organizations in India with total experience over 24 years.

Madhav has been guiding his clients and teams to drive innovations in banking. He has also been leading teams to drive incremental innovations and strategies using design thinking techniques and approaches to find the problems. He was recently invited to deliver a speech on “innovation and digital trends in banking”, organized by one of the public sector banks in India. He was also a keynote speaker at “Innovate IT”, a regional conference for bankers held in Jordan. Madhav has been guiding management students on the topic of innovations as a guest faculty at various institutes. In the early days of career, he was also associated with Chanakya Mandal’s, an organization that is instrumental in developing young professionals with national characters. For a brief period of time, he was a lecturer in one of the leading colleges in Mumbai.

He is a motivational speaker and has been mentoring young professionals in their careers. Regular trekker, cyclist, passionate about fountain pens (and tuning them), a certified advanced motor driver (rally sports) is a personal side of this professional. A super optimistic approach to life, high energy levels, ability to empathize with others and a ‘friend in need’ makes him approachable and well-networked human.


Mr. Vikrant Jawharkar



Current Status:

I belong to middle class SC family, but with high values. My parents always supported me and only because of their blessings today i am successful in life

I am settled in China from last 18 years, doing my own Import Export business “Fortune Exports Ltd”

China or India I am always engaged in Social Work/Noble Cause

After my graduation, In 2003 I shifted  to China and started working for one company, worked for 5 years and in 2007 I opened my Own Firm “Fortune Exports Ltd”, and as I got capable of something soon by 2009 I started involving myself in Social Services for society

Social Activities in India:

  • 2009-2012 – I adopted poor girl Education through “Jeev Sewa Sansthan”
  • 2009-2011 – donated substantial amount to help for many poor girls Marriage through “Help for Kanyaadan”
  • 2012-2013 – donated money for many elders Eye Operation through “Your Gift of Sight” Sewa Sadan Eye Hospital

Social Activities in China

I have continuously kept engaging myself in many  other Activities in China as well:

  • Adopted poor Chinese girl Education
  • Weekly visit Orphanage and visit Old Poor people from different villages and donate them Food and other useful household Stuffs
  • Yearly we organize Voluntary Blood Donation Camp (which is highly appreciated by Yiwu Government) because in all foreigner community, we (Indian Association) were the one who started this Blood Donation Camp in Yiwu in year 2015 and now after 4 years there are almost 20+ communities (Chinese and Non-Chinese) together under one roof for this Noble Cause .

2003 I took up an employment in China and started working as QC in “Taipan Exports”. Soon, I was promoted as Sales Manager, and I worked on the same post till 2007.
2007 end I started my own Firm “Fortune Exports Ltd”
I started with only 2 clients from Panama and  used to ship hardly 10-15 containers per Year, and now after 12 years of hard work and grace of god, I have more then 30+ clients all around the world and I export more than 300 containers per year to South America (Panama, Chile, Brazil, Colombia) Dubai, South Africa and India.

By grace of God – now we have offices in China, Hong Kong, Colombia, Panama, Liberia and India

In 2015 when our honorable PM Modi Ji visited 1st time China, same period our Indian Association was also formed in Yiwu, China

2016-2018 (President of Indian Association Yiwu) –My good, hard and honest work and dedication towards betterment of Community was appreciated by all.  I was elected as a President of Indian Association Yiwu,

As President of Indian Association of Yiwu:

Every year Indian Association of Yiwu,  organizes many meaningful activities for bringing Indians together.
We regularly organize Kids Fiesta, Diwali Bash (invited many famous personalities like Badshah, Kanika Kapoor, Zharen Khan, Kapil Sharma show etc), Eid e Milan Party, Indian Festivals, Blood Donation etc.

Every year we organize Cricket Tournament named “YPL” Yiwu Premier League, in which many teams from all over china participates . I feel this is a very big achievement, because through cricket many Indians from different parts of china come together.
This is very famous tournament and also supported by local government

On my personal level –

I invited honorable Sri Shyam Ji Jaju (BJP Vice President) to Yiwu City, to meet Indians in Yiwu and some Chinese to visit India and invest for Make in India

In Modi Ji china’s visit he said let us work together for Make in India and every year we (Indians living in china) should try to bring some Chinese in India for investment or open factories or business – And from last 2 years I have managed to get few Chinese companies to invest in India in various manufacturing activities.  (This is my small contribution towards our Country)
I want to be a bridge between China and India (to make both country more strong business and relation)

Thanks to my social work, I am been honored many times by Yiwu government, and there are many news articles and TV interview
Also I also hold honorary potion as a Executive committee member in many Social organizations.

Recently I am been appointed as CEO of “International Volunteer Service Club”
this is very honorable moment for me, as through this platform not only me, but my many friends can come together and do Noble Cause


India or China, I always want to be a good citizen, and I always involve myself in social cause.
I want to be a bridge between China and India to share each others strengths for mutual benefit.


Now India is picking up the pace and offering a glimpse of its true potential


Life is a journey and allowing yourself to change and be an open-minded part of that journey will make your life more vibrant and free. Don’t let people decide who you are or what you will be and if they do, break free from those people until they can appreciate your path. Be down to earth and respect everyone


Dr. Vijay Gosavi


Dr. Vijay Gosavi is an international consultant on projects idea to implementation ,and management. Also specialized in marketing research,marketing strategies and corporate planning ,project management ,entrepreneurship development, global strategies development for international business. over 35 years of expertise and visited over 150 countries globally for business consultancy

worked as vice president of Kirloskat organization in corporate and global consultancy work on various projects and setting collaborations over 18 years and then was invited by Oman Government as an Expert Advisor to Government of Oman Muscat in the Ministry. to develop non oil sector in Oman ..he was awarded Gold Medal for Oman Economic Development in the non-oil sector by AIB USA. he was felicitation by then Prime-Minister of India Dr Man Mohan Sigh during his visit to Muscat in year 2012 for extra-ordinary work put up as the best NRI.


Mrs. Urmila Diwekar

Crystal Lake

President and Founder, Vishwamitra Research Institute, Crystal Lake, IL
Vishwamitra created an alternate universe; so did Dr. Urmila create Vishwamitra Research Institute (VRI) as her alternate universe.
Dr. UrmilaDiwekar carries out research in the areas of energy, environment, and sustainability.  Recently, she has also started working on biomedical engineering.

Dr. UrmilaDiwekar is the president of the Vishwamitra Research, a non-profit research institute that she founded to pursue multidisciplinary research in the areas of Optimization under Uncertainty and Computer-aided Design applied to Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.  From 2002-2004, she was a Professor in the Departments of Chemical Engineering, Bio-Engineering, and Industrial Engineering, and in the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  She has a special formal arrangement with UIC where she remains as the main advisor for her Ph.D. and M.S. students and teaches a course on optimization.  From 1991-2002 she was on the faculty of the Carnegie Mellon University, with early promotions to both the Associate and the Full Professor level..

Dr. Urmila is the recipient of AIChe national ward 2018, for separations research for her batch distillation research.

Dr. Urmila says, “This is my third national award and I am morehappy about it because it is related to my Ph.D. work which I did it in India.   There are very few who got 3 national awards from AiChE.”

(The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is a professional organization for chemical engineers.[1] AIChE was established in 1908 to distinguish chemical engineers as a profession independent of chemists and mechanical engineers).

Clarence (Larry) G. Gerhold Award 2018

Recognizes an individual’s outstanding contribution in research, development, or in the application of chemical separations technology. Starting in 2010 the award will be presented in even years to nominees from industry or non academic entities, and in odd years to nominees from academia. Nominees can indicate in which category they want to be considered. The criteria used for selection shall be consistent with the category.

The Energy and Sustainability Award 2015

The Energy and Sustainability Award shall be given to individuals in industry, teams from industry, or entire companies who have accomplished significant energy savings, improved the sustainability of chemical processes, or developed innovative technologies for energy generation or delivery that hold significant promise of favorable economic or environmental impact.

Cecil Award for Environmental Research 2011

This is the most prestigious environmental award within AIChE and is given by the Environmental Division in recognition of an individual’s outstanding chemical engineering contribution and achievement in the preservation or improvement of the environment.

This award recognizes an individual’s outstanding chemical engineering contribution and achievement in the preservation or improvement of the environment. The recipient must be a member of AIChE, have 15 years of chemical engineering experience in the environmental field, and demonstrate leadership in research, teaching, engineering, or regulatory activities in either the public or private sector.This award recognizes an individual’s outstanding chemical engineering contribution and achievement in the preservation or improvement of the environment. The recipient must be a member of AIChE, have 15 years of chemical engineering experience in the environmental field, and demonstrate leadership in research, teaching, engineering, or regulatory activities in either the public or private sector.


Dr. Srikant Mane


Professor of Genetics,
Executive Director of Yale Center for Genome Analysis,
Director, Yale Center of Proteomics,
Principal Investigator, Yale/NIH Centers of Mendelian Genomics, Yale University School of Medicine, Connecticut, USA
Dr. Mane’s work involves the discovery of genes and genetic changes responsible for various human diseases, and to develop appropriate genomic technologies necessary to make these discoveries.

Coming from a low-income family of sugar-cane farmers in a small village called Rahimatpur near Satara, Dr. Shrikant Mane has established himself as a leading geneticist in USA. He founded Yale Center of Genome Analysis, one of the most renowned and scientifically accomplished genome centers in the world, that has attracted more than $300 million funding to carry out genomic research at Yale.

Dr. Shrikant Mane did his PhD from Tata Cancer Institute, Mumbai and went to USA as a post-doctorate fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. After the fellowship, he was offered a junior faculty (instructor) position at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. But in those days, federal funding for research was getting scarce and he ended up moving to a biotechnology company. He worked there for four years and received three patents for growing bone marrow stem cells outside the human body and development of a replacement of blood vessel using ePTFE (Teflon) material.

However, he was not content with the industrial environment as there was a lack of freedom to pursue his own research ideas. He decided to pursue research and accepted an offer from Yale University, Connecticut. At Yale, he was hired to establish a then cutting-edge microarray technology to support genetic research.   Looking back, he feels that Yale provided him with the best possible support and they also believed in his abilities.  He had total freedom and full financial support.  He worked very hard and immersed himself completely in research.  His group published the first article in 2005 discovering a gene for age related macular degeneration.  This publication received an instant recognition as the landmark study that started the beginning of current genomic and precision medicine era.   Later that year,he also received a prestigious and extremely competitive $7.5 million grant from the National Institute of Health to establish a national Center to study the genetics of neuroscience.

To understand the research work of Dr. Mane, let us understand what is ‘Genomics’ and what its role in ‘Precision Medicine’ is. In his own words, as Dr. Mane explains, “Genomics is the study of genes and how they function.  We all know that the genes control our development and bodily functions.  Genes are made of DNA and are the basic physical and functional units of heredity. A complete set of DNA, including all of its genes is called a genome. Our genome contains approximately 20,500 genes and is passed by parents to their kids from generation to generation, which explains why children tend to look like their parents and have similar tendencies.  Genes act as a set of instructions, directing our body to make all the proteins that control and perform all our bodily functions. The information in DNA/Genes is stored as a code made up of four different kinds of chemical bases. Human DNA consists of about 3 billion bases, and more than 99 percent of those bases are the same in all people. The less than 1% differences or variations in the DNA make each individual unique.  The order, or sequence, of these bases determines the information available for building and maintaining an organism, similar to the way in which letters of the alphabet appear in a certain order to form words and sentences. The DNA sequence of a gene can be altered or mutated in a number of ways. Some of these genetic mutations result in faulty genes, causing it to alter the function of proteins leading to many human diseases.  By ‘sequencing’ or ‘reading’ the human genome, we have opened a goldmine of valuable information about the faulty genes that give rise to certain diseases”.

Dr. Mane says, “The current medical practice is a “one size fits all” practice. It is identical to what doctors would hand over to essentially anyone with the same illness. That is because medicine as we know it today revolves around “standard care”, the best course of prevention or treatment for the general population.  However, the same treatment may not work for everyone and the side effects of the medication vary from person to person depending on his specific genetic code. But slowly, we are now entering the new era of “Precision Medicine” that tailors medical care to individuals based on their genetic makeup. New innovations in genomics will allow us to more precisely predict, diagnose, and treat conditions in individual patients, instead of having to settle for the current one-size-fits-all approach. This is more useful in case of early diagnosis and treatment of the diseases like cancer, AIDS, diabetes, and cardiac diseases. For example, a person’s genomic information could indicate a higher than average risk of developing diabetes or particular form of cancer. Armed with this information, that person could make life style changes or take prescribed medication to better regulate the aspects of health and wellness, which will help counteract the genetic risks. This is where my research of Genomics comes into picture”.

After receiving the extremely competitive and prestigious grant from the National Institute of Health in 2005 to study the genomics of nervous system, Dr. Shrikant was interviewed by the Associated Press.  His interview appeared in major newspapers in the US as well as around the world. Later in 2008, he was probably the first scientist to receive a $ 1.2 million grant to purchase Illumina Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology.  His collaborative efforts were paid big time when Yale received more than $45 million funding through President Obama’s stimulus package.   Yale also recognized Dr. Mane’s contribution by honoringhim with the task of founding the Yale Center for Genome Analysis with generous $10 million funding from the Provost.

Dr. Shrikant Mane reached another mile stone in 2009 when his group published the article describing the development of whole exome sequencing technique that is now being used all over the world for both research and clinical applications. This was also the first report describing the use of powerful NGS technology for the clinical diagnostic purpose.  These studies strengthened the precision medicine approaches he had initiated in 2005. The precision medicine is the future practice that will completely revolutionize the way medicine is practiced today. President Obama announced the precision medicine initiation with more than $250 million funding and empowered Dr. Mane’s mentor and ex- supervisor Richard Lifton to implement it in the United States.   It is already being practiced for cancer and few other diseases.

In 2011, Yale Center for Genome Analysis thatDr. Mane founded was awarded another prestigious $11.5 million grant by NIH to study Rare/Mendelian Disorders. The studies conducted through this funding identified genetic factors for several human disorders including, congenital heart diseases, skin disorders, abnormal brain development, kidney and immunological disorders.  These studies led to the publications of more than 25 articles in prestigious journals including Science, Nature, Cell, New England Journal of Medicine and Nature genetics.  This success led to another successful award of $12 million in 2015 by National Institute of Health(NIH) to continue his studies with rare disease.  The Genome Center founded by Dr. Mane has emerged as one of the most scientifically productive genome centers in the world and has attracted more than $300 million funding to carry out genomic research at Yale.

Dr. Shrikant feels, “I suppose my leadership at Yale has enabled me to establish a world-renowned genome center that has discovered genes responsible for numerous human diseases, attracted millions of dollars of funding and achieved worldwide recognition for both myself and my university.”

Dr. Mane says from an early age of 8, he wanted to be a scientist and go to America to do the research. That is why even if his parents wanted him to be a medical doctor, he kind of rebelled and went for pure science and did PhD and later postdoctoral research in USA. He says, “My parents were not very pleased with my choice of my professional career. They very much wanted me to become a medical doctor. Despite feeling the tremendous pressure and burden of their expectations, I rebelled and decided to follow my dream of becoming a scientist.  They continued to be very displeased with me for most of my early career until I received a $7.5 million grant from the National Institute of Health in 2005 to study the genomics of nervous system.  .I value this achievement most in my life because then on, my parents realized the importance of work I was doing and were proud of my achievements”.

Childhood and Schooling:

Shrikant was born in March 1957 in a small village called Rahimatpur near Satara in India. Despite his family’s humble beginnings, Dr. Shrikant Mane’s parents were dedicated to making things better for their children. His family had a strong belief in the importance and power of education. His grandfather was a principal of a primary school and used to teach him arithmetic in the evenings. His father was a dedicated and accomplished high school math teacher who not only taught during the day, but also participated in his farming duties before and after school hours. He actively promoted education for girls, poor and minority students in particular during a time and place when addressing the needs of these vulnerable groups was not common. Shrikant’s father made sure that most of the girls in their extended family received at least a bachelor’s degree. Both of Dr. Shrikant’s uncles were educated abroad and set a good example for him. His sisterSanjivani completed her master’s degree in languagesand herself became a driven and caring principal of a girls’ high school in another town. HisbrotherSudhir received a civil engineering degree and has now risen to a high position in the agriculture department of state of Maharashtra. Shrikant’s mother Shankuntalawas a house wife who helped his father with the farming and of course looked after her kids.  Shrikant’s both parents were very hardworking, honest and principle-minded.  Above all, they focused on their children’s education and wellbeing by sacrificing almost everything in their own lives to save money for kids’ education. They also instilled in them good values such as respect for teachers, honesty, and the importance of hard work over material wealth. His father was very active in the Boy’s Scout’s equivalent in India and earned medals for the school at the state level in various activities. He also taught swimming and math to many interested children during summer vacation. In addition to academics, his parents exposed Shrikant to extracurricular activities such as sports, drama acting and exercise- they taught the very important lesson of not being ashamed to work hard and play hard. On weekends and summer holidays, Shrikant used to assist his parents in various farm activities.

Dr. Shrikant says, “My childhood was very happy since I was the first grandchild in a large family of 25 people and thus, I received a lot of attention. I was very witty and was very inquisitive. Due to my curiosity, I used to ask lots of questions almost about everything.  Since I was the eldest in the family my parents and close family members and also some townsfolk used to call me “Dada” which means “elder brother” which they still do. As a child, I was very mischievous and used to get into many fights with other school children.  Hence, I got another nickname- ‘Bhim” (From Mahabharata). Thankfully, as I grew up I lost my combative nature and actually became rather shy and quiet”.

“My uncles tell me that even at the age of 10, I somehow knew that I would be doing research and one day be in the United States.  Looking back at my life I think this trajectory/road opened for me automatically, as if it was my destiny”.

“I attended primary school and high school in Rahimatpur.  Every morning I used to go the teacher’s room and bow to each and every one of them. The teachers were fond of me because I was an obedient and diligent student. Thanks to the many schoolyard fights I was involved in,I received lots of scolding and beating from the teachers as well as from my parents. One of my earliest memories of primary school involves collecting cow-dug every Thursday morning, and spreading it on the classroom floors to smoothen them”.

“My parents wanted my siblings and me to excel in academia and more importantly learn life-long good habits.  Since I was the eldest in the family, they particularly focused on my studies and behavior. They specifically instructed my teachers to be strict with me and to not hesitate to punish me for my inappropriate behavior.  Due to all this attention and discipline, around the age of 7, I turned into a very quiet and shy person.  I was respectfully frightened of my parents. Sadly, this came at a price, as fear of my parents caused me to lose the opportunity to become close to them”.

“I attended AdarshHigh School in Rahimatpur.  This was a brand new high school and I was in the first batch of 8th grade students.  The school had no funds and hence no facilities.  Our first class was conducted in an abandoned chicken wire cage.  People who had large houses offered rooms to conduct classes.  Despite poor conditions, I was very content as a student since teachers were loving and dedicated.   The school had a hard time finding a good English teacher in particular – the one the school hired had a history background and was making efforts to teach us English, but it was not adequate. When my father realized this, he requested one of the retired English teachers in next town to teach me three days a week.  My love of knowledge and school, combined with my natural ability were recognized and special attention was paid towards my education.  I loved science and math especially and excelled in my studies as well as sports – I was a captain of the school cricket team.  Despite my talent in sport, my parents did not provide much encouragement since they wanted me to focus on my studies instead. My father was our math teacher, and he was a very dedicated and good one.  However, he was very strict and all students, including me, were afraid of him.  At that time, fear was the mantra and catalyst that motivated students to learn. My father and most of the teachers utilized fear unapologetically to make sure students paid attention and behaved well”.

“I used to always stand first in the class and was therefore respected by my teachers.Yet, during my high school days, I was very quiet and inhibited from expressing myself since I was afraid of my father. I felt that he and other teachers were constantly watching me since they had lots of lofty expectations from me.   To make things worse, I was honored in tenth grade with the title of the “ideal student” of the entire school.  Despite receiving this accolade, I was not thrilled with this honor since it put even more pressure on me to never deviate from my father’s expectations. This childhood fear and pressure never truly left me, and I feel it robbed me of the spontaneity and fun of a childhood. Now looking back, I feel a good life is not one that exclusively focuses on studies and awards; it is equally (if not more) important to cherish the fun, the adventures, and more loving aspects of family and life”.

“My leadership qualities were evident during my school days.  I was interested in sports, especially cricket. I convinced a few of my friends to form a team. However, we were poor and had no money to purchase an expensive cricket bat.  I came up with the idea that we should collect donations from the wealthy town members.  None of my friends believed in me. However, I went door to door and convinced several people to donate enough money to purchase all of the required cricket accessories.  These efforts led to the formation of a formal cricket club in my town which conducted several matches with neighboring towns”.

University Education:

Shrikant’s bachelor’s studies were completed at the Science College at Karad, affiliated with Shivaji University. Going to college was a big step for him, as he had to leave his small hometown behind and move to a large, metropolitan city.  The first six months of college were thus difficult; he struggled being away from home for the first time and found it challenging to adjust to all-English lectures. However, he recovered after a few months mostly due to the company of good friends.

He was an outstanding student in college.  He was also a great cricket player and was the captain of the college team. During his third year of college, he came in close contact with one of his Zoology ProfessorsProfessor RameshChandak who was an exceptionally good genetics teacher.  He recognized Shrikant’s potential and introduced him to the research world and gave him Scientific American and other journals to read.  He was mainly responsible for developing Shrikant’s interest in genetic research. Dr. Shrikant says, “I will never forget his contribution to what I am today and have kept in touch with him over the past 40 years”.  Shrikant graduated from the Shivaji University with distinction and ranked in the first three in the university.

Shrikant wanted to do his masters at the same university. But one of the professors, who later became the vice chancellor of the university, suggested that he should join the Institute of Science in Mumbai instead.  With his recommendation Shrikant was admitted at the Mumbai University to study animal physiology at the well-known institute of Science. He also was able to secure a prestigious Daxina fellowship for the master’s program.  This fellowship offered a generous allowance that covered all of his expenses. He secured a master’s degree with distinction.

It was Shrikant’s childhood dream to specialize in cancer research and become a biomedical scientist in the United States. He applied for PHDprograms at the Mumbai University and at the Tata Cancer Research Institute.  While he was waiting to know the outcome of his PHD applications, he worked at the Khalsa College in Matunga as a lecturer in genetics and cytology.  He quit this job after six months when he secured an admission for PhD program at the Tata Cancer Institute. Due to his position as one of the university’s top students and his keen interest in research, he was selected by the director of the instituteDr. Deo as his protégée.

Dr. Shrikant says, “I think this was my true lucky break since my PhD advisor was an incredibly talented and devoted scientist. Importantly he had a very positive attitude and provided lots of encouragement and support to me during my PhD work. During my first year at Tata I was very fortunate to come in close contact with Dr George Kohler, who went on to win a Nobel Prize for developing monoclonal antibodies. He was a PhD student when he visited my institute. My PhD advisor asked me to pay special attention to Dr Kohler; the two of us spent two weeks together during which he taught me the technique of raising monoclonal antibodies. I was very impressed with Dr Koehler’s simplicity and his passion for science.  From Dr. Kohler, I learned the very important lesson of being humble and true to science”.

“During the course of my PhD, I discovered a growth factor that was later identified as the Transforming Growth Factor (TGF). TGF plays a very critical role during development and several physiological processes in human body.  My research work was so impressive that I was honored to present an annual institutional seminar even though I was still only a first year graduate student”.

Dr. Shrikant left India in 1985 immediately after receiving a Ph.D.  At that time, it was very difficult to get a research scientist position in India.  Moreover, funding was not adequate for the type of research he wanted to do.   Besides, it was his lifelong dream to go to USA to do the research.  He got an opportunity to do a post-doctoral fellowship at one of the best universities-Johns Hopkins- in the world and he felt like the destiny was inviting him to USA.

However, Dr. Shrikant’s life journey was not always smooth. He did face setbacks a few times. He said, “I suffered a major depression attack when I was in the last year of college. These attacks continued on and off for the next 20 years turning me into a helpless person on occasions.  Medication was not an option since they did not work for me. I studied psychology and meditated regularly to cope up with it.  Today, with the help of meditation, I am completely depression free”.

Another struggle was for funding of his research in USA. He said, “Due to funding challenges I kept losing job after job for few years. In order to make a living I was separated from my family for a long period of time.  I missed my family and struggled with loneliness. Instead of getting depressed, I focused on my work with more determination and passion to make an impact on human life. During these times, I was touched by the compassion and support from many of my American and Indian friends”.

Later while Dr. Shrikant was establishing a genome center at Yale in 2009, his both parents fell seriously ill and needed frequent hospitalization.  For a period of four years, Dr. Shrikant ended up spending 3 to 4 months every year in India taking care of them.  He had a demanding and high-profile job at Yale. Besides, taking care of two sick people was physically and mentally exhausting for him.  He used to spend his day time taking care of his parents and did his work and attended conference calls during night. He recalls, “Several Indian doctors and friends rushed to help me.  My superiors and colleagues at Yale were also supportive and understanding. Many of my doctor colleagues went out of way to evaluate my parent’s health and suggested new treatment options.Even though it was extremely challenging for me to take care of my parents while maintaining my high stressjob in USA, I was and am very happy and thankful to God for giving me the opportunity to take care of my parents”.

Dr. Shrikant feels grateful towards his parents, grandfather and his teachers who not only gave him the immense knowledge but also helped him develop his character and attitude. He wishes to thank his wife, children and uncle who believed in his abilities and provided constant encouragement, especially during his down periods. He says, “My lovely two daughters have provided me the strong incentive for not succumbing to the depression and made me focus on my work”.

Dr. Shrikant is still in constant contact with his roots. In his own words- “I am still in contact with all my relatives, friends and teachers from my home town.  I still enjoy being in my home town and spend time at my father’s farms.  It makes me feel at home.  During my trips to India I make efforts to meet the people and teachers who believed in me and provided inspiration.  In the past few years I have been visiting India several times a year to give seminars and share my knowledge.   The incidence of some rare diseases is very high in India due to marriages between close relatives.  I am trying to develop collaborations with Indian scientists to identify causes of these diseases. I am also trying to develop several collaborations with the prominent hospitals to bring them up to date with the genomics and its clinical applications”.

“Since 2010, I have been trying to transfer exome sequencing technology to India.  I met with DrPratap Reddy, Apollo Hospital several times to make this happen.  I also interact with the Indian Council of Medical Research, prominent geneticists and several hospitals to share my experience and offer to provide training to clinical geneticists and scientists.  I participate in several international conferences in India to give seminars and share knowledge.  After I retire I am planning to volunteer for teaching and improving health practices. I also offer guidance to young students who are trying to come to USA for further studies”.

Dr. Shrikant is very optimistic about his outlook towards India. “Indian economy is growing at a very high rate now.  I think India has a great future since significant resources are now available to do the research in the areas that matter the most.  Theinfrastructure is being built and most importantly public attitude towards corruption is changing.  India is going to be one of the superpower very soon due to these changes.  The world has always recognized the spiritual leadership of India.  Recent research effort is providing more insights into meditation, yoga and other spiritual practices. Indian doctors, scientists and entrepreneurs shine in the western countries due to the opportunities and environment.  India’s environment is changing and more opportunities are being created due to large amount of investments. Because of these activities I am confident that India will provide a scientific/technological and spiritual leadership to the world.”

Advice to Youth:

Dr. Shrikant thinks, “Passion, dedication and perseverance were the key for my success.   Be patient, do not get discouraged by setbacks since everything goes in cycles- good days follow the bad days.  Proper attitude and positive thinking surely result into a big success”.

His advice to youth is, “Don’t give up. Persevere! Does not matter how small you begin and how often you feel knocked down, dust off, stand up, believe in yourself and move on!”


Dr. Shrikant Mane is married to Suneeti who was also a doctoral student with him at Institute of Science and at Tata Cancer Research Institute. He says it is a funny story how he met his life partner.

“It’s a funny story. After graduating from an out of town university, I attended the University of Bombay for my Master’s degree. It turned out that the students from Bombay Uni. did not think much of us outsiders!This fact became very obvious when one day after one of my classes at the Institute of Science; as I a class at Institute of Science as I was walking out of the building I heard someone call my name. I looked back and found a girl trying to catch up with me. She asked me if I just took theadmission for MSc and asked me what my score was.  She was surprised to see me in that class. When I told her my score she was not convinced and atfirst asked me which university I got my education from.  Then when she came to know that I received these good grades from a university other than University of Bombay, she just said, ‘Oh that University!’ and left!

Obviously, there was no reason for her to linger.  We were classmates for two years and I believe she did not think much of me.  As luck would have it, we met again in the same graduate school as Ph. D students. Thankfully she changed her opinion of me when she heard me give a talk about my research.  She was also present at this seminar. However, after witnessing my seminar performance she eventually changed her opinion.  This led her to fall and fell in love with me.

Many years later, I found out that she had thought of me simply as the villager’s simple son and a small-town guy lacking in sophistication. Of course, according to her the two years doing Masters in Bombay University had significantly ‘improved’ me! Even today, she lovingly takes a stick in the hand to correct my English.

Dr. Shrikant and Dr. Suneeti are blessed with two daughters.

My elder daughter, Aparna received a law degree and now is working as a public defender in Arizona.  My younger daughter, Aditee completed her Master’s in Business from University College London and is now working as an account manager in a  private video technology company in London, UK.  My wife completed her PhD at Tata Cancer Hospital and moved to US with me in 1985. She is currently working at Roche Pharmaceutical as a project leader.


Mr. Shishir Pitre


Leadership in Architectural Management and Design Architect + Planner + Mentor
“An Architect with 25 years of progressively responsible professional experience in all aspects of Architecture – design, presentation, construction & project management. Competence and experience encompass other disciplines like Interior Design, Urban Planning, Landscape Design, Adaptive Reuse, CAD Management and Digital Art.”

As one of my longest tenure of 14 years in EO, I had led a team of over 25 – Architects, Interior & Landscape Designers for execution of over 3000 projects for the Royal Family.

I believe in continuous learning and have recently completed courses –

  • ‘Hotel Planning & Design’ – Cornell University (Oct 2019)
  • ‘Design Thinking’ – MIT Sloan University (Jan 2019)

I am an avid listener of Hindustani Classical music. I have performed as a stage artist during college and in ‘Aamdar Saubhagyawati’ play in Dubai and Pune.I enjoy reading Marathi literature and my favourite authors are P. L. Deshpande, V. P. Kale and C. V. Joshi.

I was born on 20 Feb 1970 in Kolhapur. My father Shrikant Gajanan Pitre is Chartered Civil Engineer and had illustrious career in India and the Middle East. My mother Sunila Shrikant Pitre is a home maker.

Both my parents are actively involved in social work as a medium to support deserving NGO initiatives. Their outgoing nature, selfless service and will to give back something to the society has led to large friend circle from fields like arts, music, business, finance, Marathi film and drama faculty, political leaders, etc.

My younger sister and brother are well settled in Kolhapur and Dubai respectively. I stayed with my grandparents from early age of 3 years. So, both have had big influence on my initial upbringing.

Having moved from one school to another quite frequently,I amable to quickly adjust to changing environment. My career after graduation has somewhat evolved on principles of continuous learning and honing of new skills.

I believe blessings from parents and well wishes of family, relatives and Guru is of utmost importance for success in life. I am blessed.

I had the privilege of working as Associate Architect with Charles Correa – one of India’s greatest Architect.The natural progression after that experience was to expand horizons outside India. Moving to Dubai-UAE was easy as it was the nearest shore that I had grown up on.

My wife Neha (Aparna Phadke) is from Girgaum, Mumbai. After B. Com., she majored in Shipping Management from Mumbai University. She was working in Dubai as Executive Manager – Maersk Shipping – world’s premier shipping company.

She let go of her stable career to take care of our two daughters. Because of her constant support at home, our both daughters have excelled in academics and extra-curricular fields.

Sakshi, my elder daughter,is doing Bachelor of Architecture course in USA.

Anushree, who is in grade 7, is practicing 4th year Ballet program of Royal Academy of Dance, UK. Both have been student leaders since young age.

My wife and my daughters have been by my side in whatever I have achieved so far. Sometimes my hectic work schedules meant less family time on weekends but they have been very understanding. Their unconditional love means a lot to me and I do my best to be there when they need me.

I would love to travel throughout India and see it in all its glory.

I try to give back something to the society and underprivileged by supporting social causes. However, I want to do more – both financially and through sharing of skills and experience.


Dr. Sham Navathe


Ph.D. in Industrial and Operations Engineering (University of Michigan),
M.S. Computer Science (Ohio State University),
B.E. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 1968

  1. Sc. University of Pune, 1965.

Professor of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology
Head of Database Systems Research Group, Georgia Institute of Technology,
Co-Author “Fundamentals of Database Systems” (First edition 1989, seventh edition 2016)
Connoisseur and Organizer of ShastriyaSangeet (Indian Classical Music)
Outstanding achievements as a student:


  • Stood second in Maharashtra at SSC , 1961
  • First rank at examinations in Hindi – one and two – (Maharashtra RashtrabhashaSabha), 1959,1960.
  • First rank,German Language Examinations– one and two (Univ of Pune), 1963, 1964.
  • First rank at B.Sc. (Physics) – Univ of Pune, 1965
  • Gold Medal, Indian Institute of Science, (Electrical Communications Engg) – 1968.

Mr. Sanjay Jejurikar


Co-Founder & CEO of an Ed-tech company, InPods

Shri. Sanjay Jejurikar has always followed his passion and taken different path in his life rather than conventionally following the path pursued by his parents and siblings. Now, he wants to help the gen-next to follow their hearts and realize their dreams!


•             Co Founder of Northwest Construction Pvt Ltd. (2007 – present). This is a real estate development company looked after by Sanjay’s cousin.

•             Co Founder of Indibite – an Indian grill (2007 – 2012). In USA, Italian or Mexican food is available and served in a very professional manner at number of high end places, malls etc. There are few Indian outlets like Kailash Parbat etc but second generation Indian Americans do not get Indian food outside. Indibite is a quick service restaurant. It was managed professionally with standardized recipes and all processes documented.

•             Life Science Instructor at Bellevue College. (April 1994 – Present). He is involved in curriculum designing, teaching, assessment and E- learning.

•             An Advisor and Investor for many IT companies like:

A Four Technologies Pvt Ltd., Pune

Unify Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad

Health services company – Bengaluru

•             On board of trustees of ‘Forest Ridge School’, 100 year old girl’s school run by Sacred Heart Society.

•             On steering committee of BMM in 2007 in Seattle, USA.

•             He and his work was acknowledged by –

Silicon India – ‘Educational and Technical Startup’ of the year with focus on learning analytics.

Business Week – Featured a cover story on InPods

OS Seattle Times – Covered a story on ‘Disha’.


Dr. Rajeev Raje


Rajeev R. Raje is a Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science (CIS) and is currently serving as an Associate Dean in the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Dr. Raje’s research interests are in the fields of distributed and service-oriented software systems, programming languages, and software engineering. Dr. Raje is a Senior Member of the ACM and IEEE and co-directs the software engineering and distributed systems (SEDS) group in the CIS department.

*Author/co-author of 130+ research papers. Research selected for an entry in the 2016 Compendium Industry-Nominated Technological Breakthroughs for the NSF (National Science Foundation)

Dr. Rajeev Raje is passionate about education and Computer Science, and is committed to his research and his students. He is also committed to his family and friends.

On India and world future. Take on Mankind

Dr. Rajeev thinks India does have a bright future. If it can get rid of its vices (e.g., corruption, lackadaisical attitude, stagnant educational system, etc.) and enforce the scientific thinking in its population, specifically young generation, then it can reclaim its glorious position in the world.

Dr. Rajeev is also very optimistic about the future of the world – despite the current uncertainty and chaotic scenarios all across the globe, he thinks the human spirit of “never-giving up” and ingenuity will prevail. Many exciting innovations in science and technology, when properly merged with arts and humanity, will lead for a much better tomorrow for the entire human-kind. In his words, “the problems that we are going to face (e.g., water and food shortage, climate change, super-bugs, etc.) are going to require a multi-pronged and cooperative approach for us to succeed. We all will really have to go back to the philosophy of ‘vasudhaiva kutumbakam’ (the concept that the whole world is my home) to be able to not only survive but to achieve success of unprecedented scales.”

Dr. Rajeev’s words of advice to fellow Indians and young generation: “We should never forget our roots and traditions.Any civilization that tries to only imitate others (perhaps as a fad or due to onslaught of the never ending marketing gimmicks!) is a rudderless ship! Do learn and imbibe good things (e.g., scientific thinking, discipline and cleanliness from the western world) from other cultures and try achieving a symbiosis of these new things with your own roots.”

He always remembers and is dedicated to the path shown to him byhis teacher and mentor Prof. Kulkarni:Athato Brahma Jijnasa – now is the time to inquire about the absolute/ ‘Here starts the quest of Truth’.



Mr. Prashant Ranade


Co-Chairman, Syntel.

Engineer at heart, health and sport enthusiast, passionate about Leadership Development, Community Social Responsibility and social entrepreneurship and also Co-Chairman at Syntel

Syntel having 22,000+ employees and $924Millions revenue as of FY 2017, is a leading global provider of Information Technology and Knowledge Processing services. The company helps global enterprises evolve their core IT applications, infrastructure and business processes by leveraging intelligent automation, scaled agile development and cloud computing solutions. Their digital services enable clients to engage their customers, discover new insights, and create more connected enterprises.

Prashant Ranade is an experienced corporate leader that has risen up through the ranks — from entry level to top leadership roles — due to his diligence, dedication and thirst for new learning and experience.

Giving Back

The value of education was deeply ingrained in Prashant from his earliest days, and today it is the area to which he devotes most of his free time.

Both he and Seema are dedicated to working to advance the work of S’Prayas, a Syntel CSR initiative where volunteers provide quality educational opportunities for disadvantaged children.

Enactus is also close to Prashant’s heart. It is a global community of students, academics and business leaders who use entrepreneurship to transform lives and make a difference. Enactus India is one of the largest Enactus country operations, and works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders.

Participating students form teams and apply business concepts to develop projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Through the Enactus India National Competition, teams present the results of their projects, which are evaluated by business leaders serving as judges.

“It’s the perfect blend of leadership and social responsibility,” says Ranade.

Prashant also plays a part in supporting the Marrow Donor Registry of India (MDRI) through Syntel. MDRI drives spread awareness which can help people suffering from life-threatening diseases, a cause he believes we should all contribute to.

Tinkerers’ Laboratory is an innovative idea that enables students with theoretical knowledge to get the practical experience they need for the future. The lab is set up so students can go in and play around with the resources available, to build or create whatever they wish without a specific project at hand. He and many of his IIT batch-mates support the very successful lab at IIT Bombay, and they are looking at rolling it out to several other engineering colleges.


Mr. Prakash Bhalerao

San Francisco

Prakash Prahalad Bhalerao Chairman and CEO of Various IT Companies. Prakash Prahalad Bhaleraois a giant in the field of Venture Capital. Today he is one of the leading Venture Capitalists working out of the US but having interests across the globe.

We have heard about Midas touch. It will not be  an exaggeration to refer to  Mr.  Prakash as  the  Midas of IT Industry. Many of his successful ventures were able to raise huge funds through their Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) of shares and they were later acquired by giants in the Global IT industry. That is why we refer to him as the Midas.

Mr. Prakash Bhalerao plays role in the industry as a serial entrepreneur and angel investor and by virtue of his investments he hold top positions on the board of many enterprises. When he invests in a company, or a start-up and the company is at very early stage Mr. Prakash takes position as a CEO or Chairman. As the company makes progress and also becomes financially capable of hiring CEO then Mr. Prakash opts to get out. By this fact, Mr.Prakash’s permanent job is not a chairman or CEO. Over years he has been CEO and Chairman of many companies. Likewise he was Chairman and CEO of Verismo Networks, Inc, till the time the company was sold. At the time of this writing Mr. Prakash is General Partner at Rainbow Enterprises LP, Cupertino, LA. During past two decades as Angel Investor, Serial entrepreneur Mr. Prakash has served as a Strategic Director of AvantCom Network. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ambit Design Systems, Inc. (synthesis solutions for chip design), till it was acquired by Cadence Design Systems, Inc. in October 1998. He also served as a Director of ECTone Inc.andAvantComNetwork,Inc.andAmber Networks, Inc. He served  as  Chairman of Sapphire Design Automation Inc. and was Chairman and Director of Alopa Networks, Inc., a Silicon Valley startup company specializing in broadband subscriber solutions for the cable, DSL, and wireless industries.


Dr. Nirmal Koshti


Dr. Nirmal Koshti was born on 8th Oct 1956. He did his schooling at Parle Tilak Vidyalaya. He got his bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy in 1977. He was a bright but was not a studious student.

“Till my B.Pharm, to study, to read college books was nothing but compulsion for me. None of the subjects really appealed me but for chemistry. In Pharmacy curriculum, Chemistry was just one of the many subjects. I took a bold decision and did what I should have done from first year of college. I got admitted to Institute of Science under mentorship of Prof. J.R. Merchant and shifted to pure research in chemistry. Then on till now, life is joyful ride for me” Says Dr. Nirmal.

Dr.Nirmal is a Ph. D. in organic chemistry (Mumbai University) and has several years of post-doctoral research experience in academia (University of East Anglia, England, New Mexico State University, and Texas A & M University, USA).

Dr. Nirmal Koshti has been Head of Innovation Process at Galaxy Surfactants Limited since June 21, 2010. Dr. Koshti joined Galaxy Surfactants in April 1984, set up the R&D facility and nurtured the same as Principal Scientist till May 2007. In June 2007, he was appointed as Head of Specialty Chemicals Business Creation (America) in Galaxy Chemicals Inc. where he was looking after new business creation of Galaxy innovative products in North America.


Mr. Nikhil Deshpande


Chief Digital Officer, State of Georgia. Atlanta, Georgia
As Chief Digital Officer for the state of Georgia, USA, Nikhil Deshpande leads the Office of Digital Services Georgia under the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA).

Nikhil envisioned and led state government’s transition to an enterprise web-publishing platform based on Drupal, an open source content management system hosted in the cloud. The platform currently supports over 80 state agency websites. Under his direction, Georgia became the first state in USA to use Drupal across its enterprise and meet special needs of constituents with a range of disabilities affecting vision, hearing, motion and cognition.

Nikhil strongly advocated the use of social media for when using social media for government was not common, and established a presence for the state on Facebook and Twitter to quickly address citizens’ questions and concerns.

Nikhil has scaled great heights at very young age. There is no doubt that future holds great accomplishments and honours for him. He is going to make Maharashtra and India very proud. The story of this young man in his own words:

“I am honored to be included in this edition of Garje Marathi and am thankful to Shri Anand Ganu. He requested me to write a few inspirational words about my career path for the aspiring youth. I remembered a challenge I faced a couple years ago. In 2016, the Atlanta Business Chronicle honoured me with their prestigious “40 under 40” award. Every year they select 40 people, under the age of 40, from a pool of about 800 nominees. These awardees have made significant contribution in their field that benefits society. At the awards ceremony, I was asked what advice I would give my 20 year self. I’m not professional at giving life or career advice but I’d love to share what helped shape my journey.”

“In my school days, I heard an ancient Chinese saying. “If you make two bucks for a living, spend a buck on food, and spend one on flowers. Food will keep you alive and flowers will give you a reason to live”. I heard this at a tender age and didn’t understand the depth of the message until I went through the next couple decades of my life. As a school kid, I was more interested in life lessons than academia. I did not fit the proverbial persona of a “studious” student. Someone who excelled in academics, and aspired to be an engineer or a doctor. Instead I loved drawing and illustrating solutions for visual problems. The creative space appreciated by very few people fascinated me. I am a big believer in the school of hard knocks. When I wasn’t selected for our school’s “special computer class”, I taught myself basic programming through books and by watching the person who developed my father’s business applications. He gave me the needed guidance and made me go through hundreds of lines of code across several files. I found it amusing that I could help my friends in our school’s computer program with their homework. My parents were appreciative of my passion for art and always showered unconditional love. They also worried about my future knowing I am not a mainstream student. They provided a caring environment to pursue any career and supported me when I decided to get into visual art.”


Dr. Milind Dhamankar


Senior Clinical Affairs Specialist at Siemens Healthineers

Current status:
As a Clinical Affairs Specialist, I align product development and regulatory strategies for marketing new MRI scanners. I support clinical trials involving investigational devices and new clinical claims for existing products for Siemens Healthineers in the USA. To expand my leadership role beyond my company, I am the Vice Chair for MR Section MITA (Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance), (2016-2018) – an industry consortium for MRI vendors.
For the past 25 years I have been with Siemens Healthineers. I started my professional career with Siemens India, relocated to Siemens Headquarters in Germany before finally settling in the USA in Wayne, PA.
I travelled extensively around the world, training healthcare professionals with the drive and expertise to establish clear, effective communication on complex innovative technologies that help advance medicine. I supported hospitals, radiologists and technologists training them to use MRI systems.
I played a key role in product launch teams for more than a decade. As Sr. Director MR Marketing USA, I oversaw 5 new MRI system introductions in 5 years. My education, experience and creativity helped me define product specifications relevant to customer needs, execute marketing strategies that beat the competition, train my team to ensure high performance, and successfully carry out marketing campaigns. I was a part of the team that innovated and introduced cutting edge MRI scanners, that has made Siemens Healthineers the market leader in MRI.

Childhood/ young days:
• Date of Birth: June 1966, Mumbai
• My childhood was spent in Phirojsha Nagar, in Vikhroli, Mumbai. I studied at Udayachal Schools. Self-esteem and patriotism are some of the qualities imbibed in Udayachal students. I learnt “Batik” from my Art teacher Mrs. Kothari when I was in fourth grade and I have continued with that art till date.
• My father Mr. Dwarkanath Narayan Dhamankar and mother Mrs. VijayalaxmiDwarkanath Dhamankar worked in Godrej & Boyce Ltd.
• My parents allowed me and my sister (Mrs. ManaseeBhaskar Javdekar) to experiment and be independent decision makers. Importantly, they instilled into us values such as respect, open mindedness, hard work and trust by setting an example themselves.
• They provided insights into Santa-Vangmay and influenced my philosophical comprehension. Simple messages given by the saints in Maharashtra have been of immense support to me in various stages of my life. Dasbodh by SamarthaRamdas and “HachiSubodhGuruncha”-Shri GondavalekarMaharaj, Gondavale are two significant examples.
• I studied at LokmanyaTilak Municipal Medical College and after completing my M.B.B.S. and internship, I enrolled for M.C.A at V.J.T.I., Matunga, Mumbai. I secured first position with distinction at the University in 1993.
Beginning of Career :
Back in 1990s I had a unique combination of medicine and computer applications. I started as MRI Applications Specialist for S.E. Asia with Siemens Ltd., India. Soon, I was promoted to be in a research project in Germany and I relocated in Erlangen, Germany. Working hard in R&D, contributed to launch a new generation of MRI scanners in 2003. I lead marketing efforts for the product I help build. This opened my doors for opportunities in Siemens USA.


Being detail oriented, collaborative and a contributor thru quality work has helped me in my career. I am a life-long learner and I keep up with developments in Medicine and MRI technology while learning corporate and social leadership skills. Business Certificate course from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2010), gave me good insight into HR and Finance to coach and guide my team. This helps me be a better leader.

On the personal side – I support social and educational institutions locally. Bhutanese American Organization in Philadelphia (BAOP) is one such organization where I work with high-school students and refugee women to make Diwali kandils and sell them across the USA. I am an Advisory Board member for a local non-profit – Foundation for Learning In Tredyffrin Eastown (FLITE) to help reduce the resource gap for financially challenged students in Tredyffrin Easton (T/E) School District. I teach batik and art projects at the local Art Club and Tredyffrin Public library.

I married Minal Manohar Talekar in 1997. She had done her M.B.B.S. After completing her diploma in Ophthalmology from K.E.M, Pune we moved to Germany in 2000. Mihir was two years old when we moved to the USA. Minal requalified, passing USMLE exams and E.C.F.M.G. certification. She is now Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology and Hematology Board Certified. She is a practicing Hematologist and Oncologist. While both of us were striving to better our professional life, our parents supported Mihir. I am indebted to my in-laws for their dedication. That was a great way to keep Mihir grounded to Marathi and Maharashtrian culture while being brought up in the US. “One of the significant benefits of being collaborative within the family – “Unity” a characteristic that needs to be fostered much more if we need to progress.

Outlook :
“Humans are unique in terms of their ability to make conscious choices. India has given the world so much for self-awareness, for finding ones purpose of life and to be happy, yet so many Indians look outwards for happiness. Many are not aware of the treasure they can tap from. It is critical to not forget who you are. That insight will help you comprehend your connection to your roots and then everything starts falling in its place. Self-esteem and inner peace are critical and the rising stress levels are having negative impact on these important traits. India has challenges with infrastructure, technology and basic education. Media has significant impact on people’s mind and it will take some conscious effort on each individual’s part to sort the clutter and focus. I don’t see any systematic approach to help the youth to handle chaos. Strong value system, effective parenting and basic life skill education is a need. There is no point in bathing in past glory. Things are changing and we all need to adopt in order to progress. Unity, sharing and supporting one another is a mandatory requirement for collective progress.


Dr. Kedar Hardikar

New York

Ph.D. Solid Mechanics Brown University

M.S Mechanical Engineering Syracuse University

B.E Mechanical Engineering Mumbai University


Professional with experience in Semiconductor capital equipment Industry, Solar Industry and Consumer Electronics Industry.

– Experienced researcher and organizational leader with structured problem solving as core strength.
– Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems with structured approach and lead projects in previously unfamiliar domains.
– Continued academic involvement as an adjunct faculty member pursuing teaching as passion and positively influencing student careers.
– Demonstrated contribution to product development, product design, product reliability and intellectual property in semiconductor capital equipment industry, solar industry and consumer electronics industry.
– Demonstrated contribution to product reliability, product improvement and process development through analysis, participation in task forces and consulting in the form of suggesting experiments and collaborating on them.
– Experience in development of new processes in R&D through collaboration and transitioning them to production.
– Demonstrated leadership in establishment and management of offshore team as well as management of outsourced projects.
– Expertise in computational modeling with significant experience in stress analysis, heat transfer, computational fluid dynamics and applied mathematics.

Specialties: Bringing structure to seemingly unstructured complex problems, Establishing processes enabling operational and technical excellence in an organization, Exceptional teaching skills, Development of new test methodology for product reliability, Stress, Flow and Heat transfer modeling, Analysis of fracture and delamination in thin films, Feature-Scale modeling, Development and implementation of computational methods. Project management, Process development through collaboration.


Mr. Himanshu Dasare


LLM Corporate Law Nottingham Law School

Himanshu advises across the full spectrum of Intellectual Property rights including both contentious and non-contentious matters. He trained with partners from McDermott Will & Emery and Clifford Chance.



Mr. Harshawardhan Bhave


Managing Director: Berg+Schmidt Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

Director: Berg+Schmidt India, GIIAVA India, GIIAVA Singapore & Hightech Energy India

Mr. Harshawardhan established his name globally in functional lipid group, with major focus on food & animal feed industry. Established ‘functional lipids’ manufacturing facilities and two business groups.

Mr. Harshawardhan Bhave is a chemical engineer turned into an entrepreneur who established two business groups with manufacturing plants in India, Singapore and Malaysia. The key to his success is his love of functional lipids & his enterprise.

Mr. Harshawardhan Bhave hails from Aurangabad. He comes from a middle class family where education & sincerity were considered paramount values. His father, Shri Waman Bhave was a mechanical engineer who started an electrical business after doing a job for a few years. Mr. Harshawardhan says he learnt early lessons of business from his father. Harshawardhan has an elder sister Rajashree who is staying in Pune after her marriage. His younger brother Shriwardhan is an electrical engineer and now works as managing partner in Mr. Harshawardhan’s business.He contributed substantially to Indian part of business.

Shri Waman Bhave shifted to Dombivli from Satara when the three children were very young. Harshu (as he is fondly called) did his primary schooling at Saraswati Bhuvan, Aurangabad. From grade 5th to 11th, Harshawardhan attended the S. V. Joshi High School in Dombivli. In Dombivli, other children in the school used to make fun of him because he had an accent that he had picked from Aurangabad. Initial few years Harshwardhan suffered from inferiority complex because of his village accent. He says, two teachers from his school, Mr. Godbole and Mr. R.B. Kulkarni really helped him and supported him. Godbole sir instilled some confidence in him by telling him, “your accent is not bad or inferior. It is just different. Don’t pay attention to others’ teasing and concentrate on your studies.” Slowly and steadily Harshawardhan’s grades improved and he started shining with his original brilliant qualities. He shed his accent and started speaking like everyone else and earned his place at the top.

Harshawardhan attended Ruia College, Matunga and did so well that he secured admission in University Department of Chemical technology (UDCT) in the faculty of Chemical Engineering as he wanted to. UDCT was then and even today is a prestigious educational institute to get into, and doing chemical technology there paved the career of Mr. Harshawardhan.

After completing his graduation from UDCT in 1980, Mr. Harshawardhan joined Bombay Dyeing as a management trainee. That time there was a state –wide textile strike being called by a union headed by Datta Samant. Mr. Harshawardhan narrated a terrible incidence that took place towards the end of 1980. He as a management person (although he was just a trainee) was beaten up twice by union members and the second time he had to run for his life for six kilometers until he reached the highway. From there, he returned home never to report again on his Bombay Dyeing job. He quit that job because he felt his life was at risk.

He still wanted to do management. He joined the management institute of Symbiosis at Pune. Another reason that helped him take this decision was the offer he got from Mr. Dhamankar, owner of Hico Products, to do an optimization project for him at Khopoli as his project for the management training. That was a perfect opportunity for Harshawardhan because Optimization was his elective for M.B.A. course. The Optimization elective was offered only by Pune University and Symbiosis being affiliated to Pune University, all the pieces fell together, and things worked out very well. He was also paid for that project and that enabled him to have a comfortable life even if he was MBA student. The Optimization project Mr. Harshawardhan carried out was in functional lipids. So it turned out as a breakthrough for him. It was the foundation of his career. While considering what the applications of the Optimization Products were, he realized that marketing functional lipids would be equally enjoyable as manufacturing them.

After Mr. Harshawardhan completed his MBA in 1983, he joined Sandoz a branch of which was dealing in functional lipids that had applications to Leather, Textiles, and Paper Ind. & Oil field drilling. His boss at Sandoz, Mr. Rastogi, Managing Director, was also ex-student of UDCT. He supported Mr. Harshawardhan. Harshawardhan worked at Sandoz until 1989 and rose from being a management trainee to the post of Marketing Manager.

Mr. Harshawardhan’s wife, Manjusha (Married on 31st December 1983) is also his business partner. She is B E Mechanical from Walchand College & M B A from University Hulls, UK. She is from his relation. Both the families knew each other well. He knew her since childhood but the financial status of the two families was vastly different. Manjusha was from a better off family. Mr. Harshawardhan expressed his love to her when he was doing MBA. He proposed to her & she accepted. They were married in 1983.

In 1990, he got an offer for a job in Pan Century Malaysia which was a Birla undertaking. It was an expatriate senior job with much higher salary & benefits. The job offered him a salary of $5000 every month which was a huge sum then. From 1990 to 1996, he worked in Pan Century Malaysia. There he had the great opportunity of working with Mr. Aditya Birla. Mr. Harshawardhan says he is greatly inspired by the great industrialist Aditya Birla and something Aditya Birla used to say is deeply embedded in his mind. Mr. Aditya Birla used to say, “A businessman is like a musician. His enjoyment, his career, as well as his income comes from his business.” Mr. Harshawardhan got to observe Aditya Birla and he realized that these big and successful businessmen cherish their business and enjoy the work-related challenges. In Pan Century, he rose from Marketing manager to Vice President, global head, functional Lipid Division.

After Aditya Birla’s sad and premature demise, his son Kumar Mangalam Birla decided to divest some of their business in Malaysia. A small branch of their business producing the functional lipids was taken over by Mr. Harshawardhan in June 1996. He needed funds for that. Mr Volkmar Wywiol, a German, believed in the ability of Mr. Harshawardhan & decided to invest 6 million dollars in Functional Lipid Business.  From 1997, Mr. Harshawardhan became ‘sweat share holder’ of the company & runs the functional lipid food & animal feed business along with German Shareholders. Mr. Harshawardhan also feels grateful towards Tan Sri T Y Lim, Malaysia, who believed in his ability & decided to invest in functional Lipid manufacturing facility along with Mr Volkmar Wywiol. ‘Tan Sri’ is the highest federal honorary title in Malaysia.


Dr. Gauri Naik Gholap


Dr. Gauri Gholap is a serial entrepreneur having expertise in building businesses in digital healthcare. She was the co-founder & Principle Scientist of BioImagene Inc., which was acquired by Roche Diagnostics for 100M USD.

Govt. of India and Maratha chamber of Commerce felicitated Dr. Gauri with prestigious “Women Entrepreneur Award ”. Rotary International club awarded her“ Women Achievers Award”.



Mr. Dinesh Keskar


President, Boeing India; Sr. Vice President (Asia Pacific), Boeing International.

21st July 1969, 1.48 am, India time!  The entire world was listening on radio to the greatest drama of human history being unfolded. Man on moon! Neil Armstrong walking on moon was a giant leap for mankind. A small high school boy of 15 was all ears while listening to that thrilling radio commentary in a small town of Amravati in India. He was of an impressionable age, and this event made such a deep impact on him that he decided to become an Aerospace Engineer, and meet Neil Armstrong one day. Well, he didn’t just meet his Hero, but studied under him, and is proud that he is mentored by his hero, Neil Armstrong.

Dinesh was born in Rajkot in a middle-class familyin July 1954.  Dinesh’s grandfather too was a brilliant academician, and had written books on the subject of Statistics. Dinesh’sfather Mr. AchyutYashwantKeskarwas an educationist teaching Chemistry in DharmendraSinghjiCollege in Rajkot.Dinesh was the second born of the three sons of Nalini and AchyutKeskarWhen Dinesh was five, Sri Achyutdecided tomove to some place in Maharashtra and chose Amravati over Mumbai as the place to settle, so that his sons could study in Marathi, their mother tongue.

Dinesh went to ManibhaiGujrathi high Schoolin Amravati. He was thetop merit student in his final year of high school, and stood 8th rank in entire Maharashtra. His father bought a two-wheeler scooter for Dinesh in appreciation of his excellence in the final year of his school education. Then a sad tragedy befell Keskar family when Dinesh’s father died in an accident while he was in Mumbai. Dinesh was only 16 years old boy; and the family underwent a trauma, but eventually managed to get by. Dinesh’s mother looked after the family and educated her three sons very well. Dinesh fondly remembers among other memories how he and his father had kept awake at night and had together listened to the radio live-narrating Neil Armstrong’s moon-landing. He feels saddened that his father wasn’t there to see the good things Dinesh did in his life.

Dinesh joined VishveshwarayaRegional College of Engineering at Nagpur and received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a Gold Medal in 1975. He was the Best Scholar, the Best All-rounder, and the Magazine Secretary. He stayed in the hostel for five years.He made some life-long close friends and he still is in regular touch with them. His friends visit him when he is in India for work.

After his B.E., Dinesh wanted to study further in the field of Aerospace Engineering. Unfortunately at that time there wereno colleges in India offering any such course. Dinesh wanted to go to USA to pursue further studies. Because of his Gold Medal excellence, he could get admission in many universities in US, but he chose University of Cincinnati mainly because Neil Armstrong taught there.Young Dinesh took this decision all by himself as there was nobody to guide him. He received Tata Scholarship, known as J.N.Tata Endowment Scholarship which was basically a student loan to be returned after completion of studies and when one starts working. It was a prestige to get this scholarship.

Neil Armstrong was not only an expert Space-Mission Commander, but he was a great human being as well. Dr. Dinesh reminisces that his classes in the University used to be very interesting. Armstrong used to teach flight testing. At that time, there were no text-books on this subject and no internet. He just used to talk from his experience as a flight test pilot. Students would find references from some books in the library. Dinesh received his master’s and doctorate degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1976 and 1978, respectively, under the guidance of Neil Armstrong. To complete master’s degree in one year although somewhat rare is still not so uncommon. However, to complete PhD. in two years under the age of 25 is absolutely an outstanding feat. And to have Neil Armstrong as one’s mentor is definitely the most unique feat anybody can boast of.

Because of Neil Armstrong, Dinesh could do the practical training in Flight Test and Control System Design etc. at NASA during his PhD candidature. This is where he was spotted and was offered a job at Boeing Co. after completion of his PhD. At Boeing, from 1980 to 1986, he was responsible for research and consultation in the areas of system identification, digital signal processing and modern control theory. Dr. Dinesh developed the techniques to conduct flight tests and analyze flight test data to obtain airplane math models for the Boeing 737, 747, 757 and 767 flight simulators.


Mr. Dilip Jeste

San Diego

A global thought leader in the fields of psychiatry and aging,

Pioneering a new clinical approach to medicine, called “Positive Psychiatry”

Geriatric neuro-psychiatrist, who specializes in successful aging, neurobiology of wisdom as well as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders in older adults.

Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care

Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging

Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences

Director, Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging

University of California San Diego

Trustee for the Dr. N.S. Vahia Foundation, Mumbai


Mr. Deepak Shinde


Head-Supply Chain Management(China/Korea), Larsen & Toubro Power, LTHE & HED IC

After working for 12 years in India, Thermax Ltd, I shifted to China for procurement of various equipment for Thermax and later for L&T. I take care of procuring large equipment for Power and Hydrocarbon business of  L&T Group. Prestigious world business magazine covered my thoughts on Procurement, best cost buying, understanding Chinese business ethos etc. I have traveled extensively to various parts of China from large metro cities to small villages at remote places. I have actively participated in various blood donation drives for last 7-8 years,

I am a firm believer in carrying forward our rich culture.

Born in TalukaKhed, Dist :Ratnagiri.

My parents were of middle class financially but with high values.

My most of the family members served in armed forces mainly in Maratha Life Infantry. Father fought in all major war 1961 Goa, 1962 China, 1965 and 1971 Pakistan  and Bangladesh.

It was but natural my family always followed strict discipline, dedication and determination.

I did my schooling at Army Public School, Pune.  During my school years I was influenced by School teacher Ms.Raibakar and Nair Sir. During my growing years I was highly influenced by defense personal life, doing for others, dedication, disciplines in whatever we do.

I started career with Kirloskar Electric, and then moved to Thermax Ltd. Initial days of career gave me opportunity to gain lot through actual working on shop floor as well with great mentors in Industry. While working in TL, I got an opportunity to work with world’s top business consulting firms Boston Consulting Group and Mckinsey& Co. Such experience gave me a border outlook to understand and find solutions for various needs and issues in Supply chain/Procurement.

After successful working in India, management selected me to post overseas to add further value in procurement from Best Cost Countries like China/Korea. Till date, I enjoyed a quite exiting career journey, and was able to contribute to numerous organizations to achieve various goals.

My future plans is to lead procurement group of large engineering Group,  in any parts of the world. I wish to contribute to our society by sharing knowledge or experience that I have achieved till date.

Ours is small . close knit family unit . My wife Neera, daughter Nidhi-16, son Nandan-9, studying in International school in Shanghai. I have wholehearted support of my family members at every crucial juncture.



Dr. Ashok Khandkar


Inventor, Entrepreneur, and an accomplished medical device executive. Founder of start-ups of ground-breaking medical devices. Avid mountaineer and marathoner.

Dr. Ashok Khandkar is currently the CEO of two companies: Xenocor, Inc. that has launched the world’s first disposable HD laparoscope and second company Elute, Inc. that is developing the world’s first bone void filler with controlled and sustained release of therapeutics.

Core Belief:

Dr. Ashok says, “I believe that we each have unique talent and ability: we therefore should harness that to make the world a better place.  For me that comes in the form of [1] being an optimist and envisioning a better world, [2] being creative and thinking of solutions that might make the world better, and [3] having the discipline to bring the solution to reality.  This may require collaboration with others”.


1985-1999   - VP Technology Ceramatec, Inc.

2000-2009  - Founder, President & CEO of Amedica Corporation

2006-2009  - Chair, State Advisory Council on Science & Technology

2010-2014 - Founder, CEO and CTO, Bloxr

2015- till date  - CEO of Xenocor Inc.

2016- till date - CEO of Elute, Inc.


Mr. Ashok Joshi


Doctorate North Western University

Post-Doctoral fellow Pennsylvania University

Technopreneur, investor, philanthropist, Scientist, and Prolific Inventor

Founder and President  Microlin L. C.

Ex. Owner and Ex President Ceramatec Inc

Director at Technology Holding LLC, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Past Board Member Industrial Research institute , Arlington, Virginia

About 2 decades ago, internationally acclaimed scientist Dr. Joshi told himself, ‘Giving back will give me the biggest happiness.’ He started in India at first, funding a mobile library that relied on people with bicycles to rotate books weekly between 21 schools in rural villages. From there he began building and expanding schools, including one in Wai that serves mentally-challenged children. Dr. Joshi says, “These children are not getting learning opportunities. Well, that’s not acceptable to me. Those children are God’s children. I did what I could.”

What began in India, spilled over into Dr.Joshi’s involvement locally with colleges and their students whom he still mentors today on an individual basis. He has funded trips for students in Salt Lake City to India to help out in schools and villages, including with women for whom he helped start small businesses with microloans. He is also engaged actively in many charitable, educational and societal development endeavors, both in his home town Utah as well as in India.

Dr. Ashok Joshi returned to USA in year 1984 and took a job of an engineer in Ceramatec Inc. He progressed rapidly and in year 1996 he was CEO of the company.

As a CEO, he realized that everything was not right in the company. The company faced too many problems and often landed into troubles. There were too many lay-offs and far too many appointments. Dr. Ashok found that under the control of the then Board of Directors, the company can never function profitably. He advised the Board that they should mend their ways or sell off the company. Though Dr. Ashok was confident that he can turn around the company, the board was not. The Board told Dr. Ashok that they want to sell off the company. Dr. Ashok was given assignment of finding a right buyer. Unfortunately there was none.

Being very confident of what he can do, Dr. Ashok found an investor who had full faith in Dr. Ashok’s capability. In year 1999, Dr. Ashok himself became owner of Ceramatec Inc.

Under Dr. Ashok Joshi’s leadership, CeramatecInc. grew 300% over a short time span of 8 years. Ceramatec Inc. was acquired by CoorsTek, the largest technical ceramics company in the world.

Dr. Ashok Joshi’s Entrepreneurial activities can be summarized looking at his 8 Spin Off Companies.

  • MaxTek – Long life oxygen sensors
  • Microlin – Control release technologies
  • Activ O – Back pain relief device
  • LoTek – Low thermal expansion ceramics
  • Aplion – Positive pressure drug delivery
  • Kalypto – Negative pressure drug delivery
  • Shunt Power – Iontophoresis drug delivery
  • Technology Holding – Synthetic Biology

Mr. Ashish Mahabal

Los Angeles

Astronomer and Senior Computational Scientist at Center for Data-Driven Discovery, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, California, USA.

Astronomer, Data Scientist, Science Fiction author.

Converting data to knowledge using machine learning, whether it is at the scales of galaxies or cells.

Dr. Ashish Mahabal is a Senior Research Scientist at the Astronomy Department of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), in Pasadena, USA. He got his PhD at IUCAA, Pune in 1998, and after a one-year postdoc at Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmadabad, he moved to Caltech.  He has participated in several large area sky surveys. His main area of expertise is data-mining for and classification of transient astronomical sources. He actively collaborates with astronomers in several continents for follow-up observations. He was one of the founder members of the US National Virtual Observatory (NVO) and continued to be involved in the Technology Assessment and data-mining aspects of the Virtual Astronomy Observatory (VAO) into which NVO evolved. More generally, he is interested in informatics, virtual worlds and educational outreach.

Ashish has a PhD in astronomy. He has been working on data from large sky surveys for close to 20 years starting from Digitized Palomar Observatory Sky Survey, Catalina Real-time Transient Survey, and Large Synoptic Survey Telescope etc. He was part of the Catalina Real-time Transient Survey (CRTS). The parent survey - Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) has been looking for Near Earth Asteroid, asteroids that could endanger Earth. The survey has discovered thousands of asteroids. To recognize his work in the field, an asteroid has been given his name, Mahabal(discovery name 90472 - 2004 CT99).

Besides the scientific papers and popular science articles, Dr. Ashish has been writing science-fiction in Marathi for the last few years. He writes short-stories, mostly hard sci-fi, and they have been published in leading Marathi magazines as well as well-known online sites, and a few anthologies. He has also written some travelogues, including a few that are predominantly picture-based.

Dr. Ashish has served on the Maharashtra Mandal Los Angeles (MMLA) committee, and was a founder trustee. The mandal ran a Marathi library for several years that Ashish helped initiate with the help of few others, including Anu.

He is a founder member of LAMAL, a group that has been meeting once every two months for over ten years where members write in Marathi on a predefined topic.

He is also part of sci-fi katta, an online group of Marathi sci-fi authors (mostly from Maharashtra, only 2-3 from outside). He fondly talks of the feedback received from this group that has helped his fiction writing, and thanks Meghashri Dalvi for keeping the group on its toes. Dr. Bal Phondke introduced him to the group. Niranjan Ghate has encouraged him to write more, and Subodh Jawadekar has helped him through various discussions.

Dr. Ashish has dabbled in creating music through software, and is interested in watching and identifying birds wherever he travels. This hobby, interestingly, started in Ahmedabad. Though an arid region, the Navrangpura area that they lived in was like an oasis and attracted tens of species.


Mr. Anirudha Sumant


(Electronic Science), University of Pune 1998, M.Sc. (Electronic Science), University of Pune 1993

Materials Scientist at Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory.


Current Status:

Dr. Anirudha Sumant is a Materials Scientist at Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory and leading the research on nanocarbon materials including CVD-diamond, carbon nanotube, graphene as well as other 2D materials.

He is a leading expert on energy-efficient systems based on nanocarbon materials. His recent work on demonstrating superlubricity (near zero friction) at engineering scale opened a new era in solid lubrication technology and is expected to revolutionize the existing lubricant industry.

He has more than 25 years of research experience in the synthesis, characterization and developing applications of carbon based materials. His main research interests include electronic, mechanical and tribological properties of carbon based materials and other 2D materials, surface chemistry, micro/ nano-scale tribology, and micro-nanofabrication.

He is the author and co-author of more than 120 peer reviewed journal/proceedings publications, 2 book chapters, and has 23 granted patents, 15 pending.

The list of his awards include :


  • Diamond proves to be useful material for growing Graphene
  • Four R&D 100 awards, NASA Tech Brief Magazine Award, and
  • Three TechConnect National Innovation Awards.
  • He is the first researcher in the history Argonne National Laboratory to receive two R&D 100 awards for two different technologies in the same year.

    He recently co-developed a nanotechnology educational kit “Next Gen STEM kit” for high school students in collaboration with United Scientific Supplies Inc. which is now available to high schools across the nation, that gives students introduction to nanotechnology and first-hand nanofabrication experience right in the their classroom. He was recognized by Pinnacle of Education Award from Board of Governors of UChicago/Argonne LLC for this achievement.


Mr. Amit Waikar


Mr. Amit is an active social organizer who is friend of everybody, and treasures the friendship with everybody. He was President India Association, Shanghai for two terms and now he is Senior Board Member.

India Association, Shanghai was founded in 1997 as a way for Indians living in Shanghai to meet each other and organize events and charity functions as a community. Amit’s first interaction with the Indian Association was relatively innocent, the result of meeting some Indian expats. He then met some more Indian people and attended events such as Diwali, the festival of lights. Amit was immediately struck by how well everything was done with close to 800 people in attendance. After several years working in a volunteer capacity with the association, he got the opportunity to run for election. With enough backing, and the much-needed support of Aparna; his wife, Amit ran and won in 2012, humble in his victory. While the association had around 700 members at the time of the election, Amit was far from satisfied. He points to the Indian Association’s reputation of being an elite, high-end organization most Indians knew nothing about.

This is what sparked his interest to run for the leadership position. “I wanted it to be inclusive — for every Indian to come to. I wanted to get the common man, the hard-working man, into it.” Amit can safely say he’s achieved that goal. Since his election, membership has increased by multiple folds.
He was the main organizer behind the ceremony held to host Honorable Prime Minister Modiji when he visited Shanghai. The function was attended by more than 6000 Indians and was a great success. That is the power of Mr. Amit to unite people for a cause. His organizing power is based on two fundamental principles, humility and transparency.
Born in July 1975, Mr. Amit was raised in Nagpur. His father late Dr. Vinay Waikar was a well-known writer & literary figure. His two Ghazal collections ‘Aaina- e-Ghazal’ and ‘Ghazal Darpan’ are well- known among the Ghazal lovers. Amit’s mother Veena Waikar too is a doctor. Amit has two sisters, Manisha and Pallavi, both doctors & married to doctors. “You can see I am a black sheep, the only non-medico in the family,” he quips with slight amusement and goes on to say, “but I had full support for everything that I did”. Mr. Amit feels blessed for being born in a house where love for arts and literature and focus on education were of paramount importance.
Mr. Amit grew up with his parents and grandparents in the family’s ancestral house in Nagpur. Their house used to be always abuzz with distinguished guests like the Ghazal singers Ali Sardar Zafri, Jagjit Singh, and Chitra Singh. Many renowned Marathi writers and literature stalwarts like V. P. Kale and Vidyadhar Gokhale used to frequent their house and Mr. Amit’s childhood was enriched with the inspiring memories of such visiting guests. Music and literature made wonderful impressions on Mr. Amit’s young mind from his childhood experiences.
Amit attended Somalwar High School which is renowned in Nagpur for producing record number of merit students. Amit graduated with B.Sc. from Science College in 1996. While in college, Amit was the President, Science College Literature and Cultural Forum (LACF). This is where Mr. Amit learnt his first lessons in public relations and team motivation while also learning how to always keep a happy face. In 1998, he completed management program at Nagpur University with a MBA degree. He also graduated as B.A. in English Literature.
When he was in 12th grade, his father suddenly met with an accident, was in coma for two days and had lost his memory for next six months. Mr. Amit says that it was the period of his life that taught him a bitter lesson and also revealed to him who were true friends and who were not. Friends and friendship meant a great deal to him at every stage of his life.
Mr. Amit is Regional leadership professional in flavors, fragrances, and food and beverage ingredients with more than 15 year experience in Sales, Business development, Market setup and Account Management.
He possesses in-depth experience of selling, promoting and marketing flavors, fragrances and beverage ingredients to customers and key accounts in Europe, Indian subcontinent, South Asia, China and Australia-New Zealand.
Mr. Amit is a commercially focused team player and a leader with excellent communication and inter-personal skills. He is a seasoned manager, been responsible for setting up legal entities in markets like Indonesia, Thailand, and managing P&L and of recruiting team members in these regions. He is a skillful decision maker, self-directed, result oriented and resourceful individual. He has people-management and leadership skills both in the professional sphere and also at social / community arena. He has a proven track record in developing new markets, ability to take on cross-functional roles and manage multiple responsibilities. His ability to adapt and succeed in different geographic locations such as Europe, India, Greater China region, South Asia, Australia and New Zealand is unique.
Amit has recently been appointed as Executive Director, India Film Studios, a fast growing Indian company engaged in professional film making and cinemas.


Dr. Ajay Rane


Recipient of ‘Order of Australia Medal’ (OAM).

MD, University of Poona India,

FRCOG, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists London,

MSc UroGynaecology, Liverpool University England,

FRCS Ed, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh,

PhD, James Cook University


FRANZCOG, Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists  Melbourne.

Professor, Chair and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology James Cook University School of Medicine & Dentistry.

Making a difference world-wide in women’s health issues

Dr. Ajay has devoted his life to better the conditions of women world over. He is working relentlessly with a focus on improving women’s pelvic health. He says the problems women face in developed countries are different from those faced by women in developing countries. He has striven to give his inputs in India as well as in Australia. He does that by working in three different areas. Firstly, create awareness about the women’s health problems and about the female infanticide issue. Secondly, he has engaged in training the surgeons and gynecologists world over as to how to pay more attention to women’s health concerns. Thirdly, he has opened a hospital in Chennai that treats women with the ailment of Fistula. He says that his wife Paula has taught him how to ‘give’.

Dr. Ajay says that women suffer from injustice all over the world. The occurrence of female infanticide is so very common in India and Indian subcontinent that it has changed the gender ratio of population. The women number much lesser than the men in population of India.

Dr. Ajay describes women’s life as ‘womb to tomb’. He says, “When a girl fetus is in womb, somebody is trying to kill her. If she is born, then also somebody is trying to kill a girl-child. If she survives that, then she may suffer from child abuse, early child marriage or child trafficking. If she scurvies that, then she may suffer because of the genital mutilation (female circumcision) that is carried out in some parts of Africa. If she survives that, then she suffers during childbirth. Several women lose life during childbirth. If she survives that, then she suffers from a horrible disease called fistula.” Dr. Ajay says that even women tend to neglect their own health issues giving priority to looking after their children and husband. They suffer in silence.


Mr. Abhijeet Gholap


A pioneer player in Digital health Space. Chartered Member TiE, Silicon Valley. Alumnus of Stanford University and IIT Mumbai

He is board member of TiE, EPPIC and member of Sand Hill Angels.

Optra Health, OptraSCAN and Optra Systems are three bio-imaging companies that Abhi Gholap owns. All three companies have operations in California and in Pune, Maharashtra, and sales office in Holland. Abhi is trying to promote the new approach in dealing with cancer, all around the world. The concept is relatively new and yet it has very encouraging response from all over the world.

Abhi, the Entrepreneur….

Abhi has started four companies with his wife Dr. Gauri being co-founder. The first company was BioImagene.  Gauri’s expertise is in Biotechnology and Abhi’s specialization was biomedical imaging and so the name BioImagene was coined. This point onwards, in every company Gauri is co-founder. This was the point when Optra group of companies was formed in late 2006.

Abhi and Gauri are cofounders and co-owners of three operating companies under Optra Group, namely, Optra Health, OptraSCAN and Optra Systems.

Abhi says, "Optra is a brain child of hard core techno-preneurs. So, technology and innovation are at the roots of our company."

Abhi, the film producer….

Abhi is producer of national award winning films Deol and Bhartiya.

Abhi, the Philanthropist….

After the death of mother and father, Abhi has started a foundation called ‘JijiBhau foundation’ (Abhi used to call his mother Jiji and father was called Bhau).

JijiBhau foundation is dedicated to help anyone who is fighting cancer and seeking financial, clinical or psychological help. Virtually everyone in the world, in some way and at some point, will be touched by cancer. The foundation aims to provide supporting initiatives that encompass each and every moment when cancer touches people’s lives. This ranges from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and survivorship.

32 cancer patients are taken care of by the foundation in three years.  The Foundation takes responsibility of patients below the age of 18 and with good prognosis. It takes care of therapy, accommodation and guest house while the therapy is in progress, and helps the patient settle in life.

Advice to Youth:

The advice Abhi would like to give to the youngsters is that they should be hungry for innovations, knowledge and should not give importance to luxuries and comforts. He says, “Young Indians do not have the craze to travel/settle abroad as it used to be 2-3 decades ago. This is very good. But our younger generation does not have hunger for innovation which is the most essential factor in today’s world. Only through innovation new business opportunities get generated.”

“If you consider the innovations over past few decades, be it internet, telephone, telecommunication, aerospace or even concept-cars like Tesla, you will see that the Silicon Valley or USA on the whole nurtures these innovative people. And if you look at past 2-3 decades, most of the breakthroughs are taking place in USA. New generation in India has new ideas and new ways of thinking; and from that one can get new breakthroughs. We have talent and brains, and these breakthroughs can easily occur in India if we create conducive atmosphere.”



Dr. Abhay Satoskar



Professor and Vice-Chair, University Pathology Services Endowed Anatomic Pathology Professor
Departments of Pathology and Microbiology, Wexner Medical Center
The Ohio State University; USA

Dr. AbhaySatoskar has developed a vaccine for a deadly disease ‘black fever’. The parasitic disease, also known as ‘Kala Azar’ is associated with high mortality; it kills more than 100,000 people each year.  Dr. Abhayhopes that black fever disease will one day get completely eradicated just like small pox.


Patents:  (a) Naturalantileishmanial compositions extracted from Pentalinonandrieuxiifortreatment of parasitic diseases such as leishmaniasis (b) Isoxazoline compounds in type 2 diabetes and other maladies.


2015 – to date Visiting Professor, Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan
2014 – to date University Pathology Services Endowed Anatomic Pathology Professor
2014 – to date Expert Educator, Lead Serve Inspire Foundation Program, OSU College of Medicine
2014 – to date Visiting Scientist, School of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
2013 – to date Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Pathology, Wexner Medical Center, OSU
2010 – to date Professor, Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics            (MVIMG), The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2010 – to date Professor (tenured), Departments of Pathology and Microbiology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Mr. Arun Joshi


Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Social Ventures

Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

If a person, who has been globetrotting, establishing one successful organization after another, tells you “anything for the community,” you know you have met a man with convictions. When Arun Joshi was further asked, “is it not rather narrow-minded to give priorities to your community?”  He answered “My community is my identity. When I get involved in the community, I am giving back.  My horizons can be limitless, but that does not take me away from my roots”.

In 1977, an emergency ruling by Indira Gandhi in India brought Arun on the streets.  While being out of engineering college and now working as an engineer in Godrej, he spent evenings and nights demonstrating against the emergency ruling, holding meetings, collecting funds and singing in the streets on the songs of the re-released movie ‘Albela’.

Arun feels that getting involved in the community has to start at an early age; our lives need to move through the “purpose journey from cradle-to-grave, rather than traditional sayings like retirees feeling a need to give something back.”

Along with his community work, Arun started showing the flare for business early in college. He and his buddy Mahendra, both negotiated several spots around Mahim, Dadar to install ‘Neera Stalls.’ While in VJTI engineering college and staying in the dorms in Vadala, he and his friend kept managing the stalls and making small side money from the endeavor. Eventually, around their graduation, they decided to give up the ownership to the worker/operators of the stalls.  Arun’s few months of first employment, before leaving to U.S. was in Godrej & Boyce, as it was called then; this gave him ample opportunities to show his leadership skills and attitude to make changes on the factory floors. He organized floor cleaning campaigns, built and distributed dustbins using color codes, streamlining operations, and eventually getting kudos from Mr. Jamshed Godrej.


Landing in Kansas in late seventies to work on his Masters was rather a typical thrill. But he still can’t forget the adventures of selling encyclopedias and books door to door as a summer job in small towns in and around Valdosta, Georgia. Keeping a mild but apprehensive immigrant smile, slightly accented opening lines, wearing Bata shoes to put that right foot in cracked open door just to make an entry, well, these were all life learning lessons.  He thinks about it now every time a salesman knocks on his door.  Arun likes to tell that his summer job is worthy of a movie script. The hot sun, miles of walking with the heavy case of books, while making friends in every neighborhood got him through the summer, selling more than $10,000 worth of books and buying a $500 used car. He thinks it was his best introduction to the real America.


His early years in Intel were highly inspiring for his career and character building, as the founder President Mr. Andy Grove imbibed Intel culture into the workplace which was results-driven and highly productive.  Arun picked up global business knowledge, got experience on large scale projects and people management skills. He still remembers showing off his Bar Code project for the whole factory when Mr. Grove came to visit Intel’s Oregon facility, and Arun got the chance to tour him around. He made a bar code name badge for Mr. Grove and allowed him to scan it wherever he stopped.  Later in 2010, during an alumnus gathering, Arun spoke with Mr. Grove about it. Arun feels that his real entrepreneurial journey began during his early years at Intel.


Mr. Ravindra Gadgil

Milton Keynes

ERP Cloud Transformation Consultant Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Master in Computer Management University of Pune

Master In Management Science University of Pune

Ravindra comes from a humble background with excellent academic qualifications. He is an Electrical Engineer with post-graduation in Computer Management and Management Science. Ravi worked with L & T in India as a Marketing Professional for 14 years. Ravi moved to the UK in 1997 and has been engaged in launching and running several independent ventures including an investment club and two matrimony websites catering to targeted market segments such as the US and Canada. Ravindra was encouraged to embrace an entrepreneurial spirit from childhood by his parents, and that spirit is also reflected in his enthusiastic participation in several social and charitable initiatives across the UK. Ravindra is a keen sportsman having played Hockey since childhood. He is also an avid badminton player and has been personally responsible for motivating more than 100 Maharashtrians to take up badminton for fitness and well being.


Mr. Avinash Kale


Pursuing Passion & Dares to Dream – More than just a job!

  • A seasoned ambitious individual raised in a multi-cultural environment with international living and working experience of more than two and half decades (25+ years) in India, China & Europe.
  • He has high affinity towards Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Passion in delivering cutting edge technologies with successful track record in setting up new business initiatives at TATA, Satyam (Intel), DELL & Philips Healthcare.
  • He is currently based in Netherlands, Europe with his family and actively contributes with his wife Mrs. Sonali Kale in below initiatives
  • Indo-Dutch Association Initiatives,
  • Marathi Mandal Community Initiatives,
  • Charity Initiatives:
  • Contributed to grow Marathi Mandal in Shanghai, China

Avinash was born on 9th June 1972, Pune, Maharashtra. He is born & raised in Pune in middle-class family background were his father served for Philips, India for 35 years having Mechanical Engineering background. Avinash started his career in Pune after completing Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics & Telecommunication) from Pune University.


  • Avinash’s industry experience started in year 1992 with Industrial robotics start-up, followed by setting up automated plant at TATA Motors having 100+ industrial robots for 1stIndian car (Indica).
  • His international career began establishing Embedded Systems Center of Excellence for top Indian IT firm in Shanghai, China heading ODC for Intel & GE, followed by leading first seven generations of All-In-One PC R&D portfolio at Dell, China.
  • He was instrumental in launching first value segment MRI System for Philips Healthcare, China and most recently business productivity initiative at Philips Healthtech, Netherlands before founding Bambi Medical, Netherlands.
  • As Ex CTO & Co-founder at a medical device company, Netherlands Avinash Kale is building the foundation and paving the way for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit


  • Avinash wishes to contribute to purposeful and impactful innovations – which help people lives suffering from illness and who look to medical technology with hope and trust.
  • To bring the value to home country community from global experience and network and help, guide aspiring young next generation talent to achieve their dreams.
  • He aims to contribute towards mission of Garje Marathi Global platform and grow the awareness in Netherlands and around.



Mr. Sameer Padhye

San Jose

Sameer Padhye, Founder and CEO of FixStream Networks Inc., founded Fixstream Networks Inc. in May 2013. FixStream Networks Inc. is an Operational Analytics and Visualization platform company that focuses on visualizing an end-to-end datacenter/Cloud environment thru “Single Pane of Glass” and real-time assurance capabilities.

In his previous role, Mr. Padhye, served as Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Service Provider Line of Business, was responsible for driving services and support business and strategy across worldwide Service Provider market for Cisco Systems Inc. He was also Lead council member of Service Provider Business council and Chairman of Service Provider Services Board within Cisco. In this capacity, he was responsible for over $ 5B in revenue and profitability for Cisco’s Services Provider business.

Prior to that he worked as Vice President of Service Provider Marketing, and was responsible for marketing Cisco Systems® products, services, and solutions to a worldwide base of service provider customers.  In addition, he was the company’s primary spokesperson for the service provider market when addressing Cisco’s customers, members of the press, industry analysts, and investors.

Mr. Padhye joined Cisco in 1993 and has developed a broad base of cross-functional, cross-geography experience during his tenure.

He has held many key positions as Customer Engineer, Critical Account Manager, Business Development Manager for Japan, Director of Field Operations and Solutions Engineering for APAC region while he was based in Singapore, Vice President of Service Provider Line of Business and Sales in the Cisco Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region while he was based in London.

Currently he is based in Cupertino, California, where he is responsible for FixStream Inc.


Dr. Vijay Joshi


The recipient of Australia’s highest civilian award ‘Order of Australia Medal’ (OAM).

Dr. Vijay is the first one to use Iron slag, an industrial waste material, in building roads and runways.  This is an achievement highly recognized by the Australian government and established him as an innovator. He was bestowed upon the highest Civilian award- “Order of Australia Medal” (OAM). Dr. Vijay paved his own way in life just as he paved the runways and roads.

Dr. Vijay’s professional career includes employers like Tata and Jacob Engineering,( for their prestigious projects) Reliance Petrochemicals, Rasayani, and Deepak Fertilizer, Taloja. He worked for a few years in Muscat, Oman. In New Zealand, he was involved in research for road building, and his recommendations were incorporated in specifications of New Zealand’s roads/highways building authority (National Roads Authority, New Zealand). In 1991, he applied for immigration in Australia and has been staying in Australia ever since.

Australia, year 1992. He was new in the country and went for his first job interview. He learnt that the company had come into existence just the previous day.  The company was formed to explore how slag which is a waste by-product in steel-making could be effectively put into use.  He asked the company’s General Manager, Peter Henley, “What do we do with slag?” The answer he got was, “You tell me”.  The General Manager was appointed the previous day and hardly knew anything about slag. Anyway, long story short, Vijay was the only civil engineer being hired at Australian Steel Mill Services (ASMS) as a Product Development Engineer and was asked to find a use for slag. The challenge was the use of old stockpiles of slag (millions and millions of tons) and future incoming of two million tons of slag per year.

Dr. Vijay spent the next three years testing and analyzing the material in order to identify its properties. He started thinking ‘Outside the Square’ how these properties could be used in – Civil Engineering applications, particularly in construction of roads and airport runways. What transpired thereafter became known as a great engineering innovation of which Dr. Vijay was the father (originator) and which later earned him the highest civilian award in Australia.

Dr. Vijay started his job in this new company and started studying and experimenting with this product Iron slag. The Australian continent is rich with many minerals. Mining of Iron ore and other metal ores is the biggest industry in Australia. The waste product after the Iron smelting is called slag and the steel industry faced the problem of how to get rid of this waste. ASMS Company was formed to explore the use of slag. Vijay realized it’s potential. He was the first one in the world to realize that slag has potential for replacement of natural stones to build roads. He already had experience in building roads in New Zealand. He decided to build an experimental road in front of his company office using iron slag. That turned out to be a great success. The road was tested by making several trips of heavy duty trucks carrying the slag over it. The road held strong over a long period confirming Dr. Vijay’s theory was correct that it would. This was the beginning of a great saga.

Vijay was so thrilled by this success and felt so keenly interested in this product of Slag that he decided to do PhD in this subject. He also felt the need for extensive study of the product and experimentation. He approached Wollongong University, 70 Km south of Sydney and applied for admission for PhD course. The University officials told him that they do not have anybody who had done any research in this subject and so nobody could guide him. They dismissed him. He didn’t give up. He reasoned with them and said, “Let someone from a related field be my adviser and let him at least monitor, mentor, and guide me as to whether my approach is right and whether I am following the right steps, strategy and procedure.” Finally, after several discussions and deliberations they enrolled him as a student for doctorate degree course offering a renowned geotechnical expert Dr. Richard Arenicz as his adviser and guide. Vijay started his studies and research for a doctorate degree at the University of Wollongong’s Department of Civil and Mining Engineering. Also, he convinced them that since his work at his company was basically involving a lot of research on the product, he should be allowed to be a full-time employee as well as a full-time PhD student. University officials agreed to that too.  However, Dr. Vijay was informed that his thesis would be assessed by an overseas expert. The PhD admission was done in consultation with the General Manager of his company. Initially, his company did not approve of him pursuing a PhD. His G.M. brought to his notice that a doctorate degree was not a requisite for the company job and the company wouldn’t offer Vijay any more remuneration just because of his PhD degree in a challenging topic. He gave Vijay the permission to pursue his higher degree without allowing any reduction in his working hours, and on a condition that the company would have all the rights to the results of his research.  Vijay didn’t mind that; as he was happy to pursue the PhD as he had wished. This was second time he made his company as well as the university flex their rules to accommodate his call. This is how Vijay once again paved his own way on his own terms when none seemed possible.

Many countries like Japan, USA, and Thailand are using this technology.  India is now interested in the technology developed by Dr. Vijay Joshi. Dr. Vijay is discussing and has met a number of times the honorable Central Government Minister Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis regarding the use of his technology in India.


Mrs. Suneeta Ganu

San Francisco

Founder and Chief Administrator: Garje Marathi

Suneeta Ganu is responsible for all activities at Garje Marathi. She is particularly involved in the upkeep, maintenance, and promotion of Garje Marathi. She manages the contents of Suneeta has prior experience working in Zambia, Africa at Chipata General Hospital (1980-84). She was also taught Pharmacology at the Nursing School of Chipata General Hospital. She has been the proprietor of a pharmaceutical company, ‘Apothecar’s’ (1987-97). She has worked as a Director, ‘Sunand Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd’ manufacturing injectables. (1992-2006). She was an honorary lecturer at Nallasopara Ayurvedic Medical College (1996-2006).


Professor (Dr). Ganpati Yadav


Garje Marathi is blessed to have Prof. Ganapati D. Yadav as our ‘Guiding Star’ 

Professor Ganapati   D.  YADAV

B. Chem. Eng. Ph.D. (Tech.), D.Sc. (Hon. Causa, DYPU), D. Eng. (Hon. Causa, NIT-A)FTWAS, FNA, FASc, FNASc, FNAE, FRSC (UK), FIE (India), FISTE , FIChemE (UK), FIIChE, FICS


J.C. Bose  National Fellow (Govt. of India)

Former Vice Chancellor and R.T. Mody Distinguished Professor and

Tata Chemicals Darbari Seth Distinguished Professor of Innovation and Leadership


Padmashri Awardee

Conjoint Professor, University of New Castle, Australia

Adjunct Professor, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

Adjunct Professor, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Founding Chair, ACS India International Chapter

President, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences

Former President, Catalysis Society of India

Former President, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers

Council Member, Indian National Science Academy (2019-)

In top 0.2% of researchers in Physical Chemistry in the World, at No. 66 (Stanford Uni Nov 2020)





Professor G.D. Yadav is one of the topmost, highly prolific and accomplished engineering-scientists in India. He is internationally recognized by many prestigious and rare awards as an academician, researcher and innovator, including his seminal contributions to education, research and innovation in Green Chemistry and Engineering, Catalysis, Chemical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, and Development of Clean and Green Technologies. For 10.5 years,  he served as the Founding Vice Chancellor and R.T. Mody Distinguished Professor, and Tata Chemicals Darbari Seth Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Innovation at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai, which is a Deemed-to-be-University having Elite Status and Centre of Excellence given by State Assembly on par with IITs/IISc/IISERs. He currently holds the titles of Emeritus Professor of Eminence and J.C. Bose National Fellow in ICT. He serves as the Adjunct Professor at University of Saskatchewan, Canada, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia and Conjoint Professor, University of New Castle, Australia.  He was conferred Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour, by the President of India in 2016 for his outstanding contributions to Science and Engineering. He has been recipient of two honorary doctorates: D. Sc. (Hon. Causa, DYPU) and D. Eng. (Hon. Causa, NIT Agartala).  As the Vice Chancellor he created many records.


In the recent November 2020 survey of Stanford University, where Indian scientists in top 2% of those in the World are honoure, Professor Yadav is number one in India in Physical Chemistry which is within 0.2% of the world scientists and is ranked at 66, which is remarkable. He is a chemical engineer, but his research is in the field of catalysis science and engineering which is counted as part of physical chemistry.


His research productivity is phenomenal with supervision of 101 Doctoral and 122 Masters Theses; which is the first record in ICT and for any Engineering Professor in India. Besides,he has supervised 37 post-doctoral fellows, several summer fellows and research staff. He has published  463 original research papers, 118 national and PCT patent applications (78 granted); 3 books; h-index of 60, i10 index of 275;  13,000+ citations in journals, patents, books and monographs. He is still actively involved in guiding doctoral students, patenting, publishing, consulting, and transferring technologies to industry.


Under his dynamic leadership, ICT  made phenomenal progress having been declared as Category I institute, having started 23 new academic programmes, 5 new Departments and several Centres of Excellence, and establishment of two off-campuses in Bhubaneswar with total support of IOCL and Marathwada with total support of Govt. of Maharashtra, and collected phenomenal funds. The ICT is listed in top 100 institutes in the Developing World by Times Higher Education Ranking in 2019. The Atal Innovation Ranking of MHRD has placed ICT as number 1 among Govt. funded Universities. He has personally won over 125 national and international honours, awards, fellowships, editorships, and several Life Time Achievement Awards by prestigious industrial organizations. He is an elected Fellow of Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, India, Indian National Academy of Engineering as well as The World Academy of Sciences, Trieste (TWAS). He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Indian Chemical Society, and Indian Society for Technical Education, among others.  He is currently the President of the Indian Chemical Society and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the ICS being published by Elsevier.


The American Chemical Society (ACS) published a Festschrift (special issue) of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research (2014) in his honour with 65 original research papers from scientists from all over the world. He is the Founder President ACS India International Chapter. He is on editorial boards of prestigious journals like: ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Green Chemistry, Applied Catalysis A: Gen, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chem., Catalysis Communications, International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, Current Catalysis, etc. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Catalysis in Green Chemistry & Engineering (2017, Begell House, USA).

 He has  been a member or chaired  several national and international committees  of   MHRD, DST, DBT, UGC, AICTE, CSIR, the PSA’s on Green Chemistry, the Planning Commission’s Pan India S&T Committee, and the Government of Maharashtra’s Rajiv Gandhi S&T Commission Peers Group. He was Chairman, Research Council, CSIR-CSMCRI, member of RC of IICT Hyderabad and NIIST Trivandrum. He has served as a Chairman/member of Selection Committees of directors of many CSIR labs. He serves as Independent Director, on four renowned public limited companies: Aarti Industries Ltd, Godrej Industries Ltd, Meghmani Organics Ltd, and Bhageria Chemicals Ltd; and one private limited companies, Clean Science and Technology Pvt Ltd.


He is also a member of Apex Council of Indian Oil R&D; Expert Advisory Committee, ONGC Energy Centre (OEC); Glexcon India Advisory Board on Process Safety and the Governing Council DBT-IndianOil Energy Centre, and member of the DBT-Pan IIT Centre for Bioenergy. He is Chairman of DST’s National Expert Advisory Committee on Innovation, Incubation and Technology Enterprise,  member of  Advisory and Screening Committee of the Common Research and Technology Development Hubs of DSIR, Chairman, PAC of International Programmes in Chemical Sciences and Engineering, DST and Chairman, Expert Committee,  Waste Management Technology, DST. He is a member of the Maharashtra Govt’s Expert Committee on NEP 2020.

He had the honour of addressing 3 Convocations of renowned universities. He is fond of literature, etymology, and Sanskrit. The ICT’s University song is written by him. There are 53 video clips including documentaries on his life on YouTube.     


Mr. Uday Bodhankar


Garje Marathi Global is blessed to have Dr. Uday Govindrao Bodhankar as our ‘Guiding Star’  

  • Executive Director COMHAD – UK

  • Deputy Chaiperson CHPA – UK

  • International  Council Member ASPR – Japan

  • Adjunct Asso Prof of Pediatrics -Sydney University

  • Nodal Officer  for RCPCH – DCH UK

  • Former Hon Prof Paediatrics IGMC Nagpur

  • Former  Standing Committee Member IPA

  • Former  International  President ISTP

  • Former  National President IAP

  • Former  Member Advisory Council Govt. of India

Designation   : Executive Director

Institution     : Common Wealth Association for  Health and Disability, UK

Area of Interest: Social Paediatrics –  Neonatology,   Immunization

Publications   :Editor – National & International Journal

Orations         : Late Dr Udani oration, Late Dr. Shirole oration

                        : Dr Ramesh Prasad oration,  IAP – AHA oration

                        : Late Dr Shantilal Seth oration of CIAP – Pedicon

Awards          : FIAP (1999), FNNF (2010), FRCPCH – UK (2018).

Executive Director of Commonwealth Association for Health and Disability UK

Deputy Chairperson of Common Health Professional Alliance UK

International Council Member Asiatic society For Pediatric ResearchJapan

Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics Sydney University, Australia.

Nodal officer for RCPCH DCH UK

Honorary Professor Of IMA INDIA

Chairman and Professor Indian College of Maternal and Child Health

Former Honorary Professor of Pediatrics, IGMC, Nagpur.

Former management council member MUHS

Former Chairman MUHS UNICEF IMNCI project

Former Chairman INSPCAN INDIA

Former Standing Committee Member IPA International Pediatric Association.

Former President ISTP International Society of Tropical Pediatrics.

Former National President Of IAP Indian Academy of Pediatrics.

Academic ( Pediatric Teaching)

 RMO in Pediatrics – Mumbai – Two years ( Feb. 1978 – March 1980)

 Lecturer in Pediatrics – GMC, Nagpur – Six & half years (7/1981 –1/1988)

 Hon. Associate Prof. Pediatrics – IGMC, Nagpur – Five years (7/1999 –6/2004)

 Hon. Prof. of Pediatrics – IGMC, Nagpur – Five years (June 2004 – June 2009)

 Adjunct Associate prof. pediatrics – Sydney Uni versity -seven years( 2010 – 2017)

 Chairman – Indian College of Maternal & Child Health Pediatric( 2000 -2016)

 Nodal officer for RCPCH DCH uk India since 2017 -19

 Honorary professor of IMA -India (2019 – 21)

Editorial Board Member

( National / International Pediatric Journal )

 Indian Pediatrics – Publication of IAP.

 Indian Journal of Practical Pediatrics – Publication of IAP.

 National neonatology forum journal – Publication of NNF.

 Pediatrics – American Academy of Pediatrics. (USA)

 Pediatrics In Review – Publication of AAP. (USA)

International Awards & Honors

(For Pediatric Welfare Activities)

Outstanding Young Person Of World Award by JCI International USA(1992)

Invited as a Citizen Ambassador – University of Florida, USA. ( 1993)

Invited by Hon’ble Minister of Health, Republic of China. (1994)

Invited by American Academy of Pediatrics USA. (1995)

Regional Advisor – Association of Pediatric Societies – SEA. (1996)

Regional Advisor 9th ACP Hongkong. (1997)

Scroll of Honor by ISTP during 5th ICTP – India. (1999)

International Adviser – 10th ACP Taiwan. (2000)

Member Research Board – American Biographical Institute USA.

Invited by Hon’ble Minister of Health Bhutan for exchange visit (2001)

Invited by Common Wealth association, South Africa. (2001).

Invited by UNICEF for high level South Asia Child meet Nepal. (2002)

Invited by UNICEF for UN session on Children NY USA. (2002)

Scroll of honor during 5th ICTP Turkey. (2002)

Executive Member International Holistic Medical Society USA. (2003)

Invited by WHO as COMHAD for World Health Assembly Geneva. (2004)

Guest Faculty at IPA congress in Mexico. (2004)

Guest Faculty at Pakistan Pediatric Association, Lahore. (2004)

Key note address in 7th World Congress NARCHI. (2004)

Invited speaker International Child Health Seminar, Ethiopia. (2005)

Guest Faculty at ASPR Congress Tokyo Japan. (2006)

Delivered Oration on Child Health at Syracuse University, USA.

Guest Faculty at ISTP Congress, Egypt.

Guest Faculty at 8th ICP Teheran, Iran.

Guest Faculty at SEA Regional Congress, Sri Lanka

Guest Faculty at AAPA Congress at Colombo.

Guest Faculty at 12th APCP Congress Colombo, Sri Lanka (2007)

Guest Faculty at ASPR Conference, Taipei Taiwan.(2009)

Honour of invitation by Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth, UK (2009)

Invited by University of Sydney, Australia, as Faculty. (2009)

Awarded Outstanding Pediatrician of Asia Award China. (2009)

Invited Guest Faculty at ASPR Congress Taiwan. (2012)

Dr.Albbert Schweitzer International Award for Child Care. (2012)

Elected International President COMHAD, Bangladesh. (2013)

Guest Faculty at International Conference COMHAD, Bangladesh. (2013)

Org. committee member clinical nursing Conf. Austrelia (2014)

Advisiry board member- ActaMedica International. (2015)

Elected International President COMHAD UK. (2016-18)

Awarded prestigious fellowship of RCPCH (Royal college) UK – 2018

Global Association of Physicians of India Origin – GAPIO Award for Social Welfare


Mr. Bhushan Gokhale


Garje Marathi Global is blessed to have Air Marshal Bhushan Nilkant Gokhale  as our ‘Guiding Star’  

Air Marshal Bhushan Nilkanth Gokhale, PVSM AVSM VM was commissioned into the Indian Air Force in June 1968 in the fighter stream.  He has flown over 3500 hours on a variety of combat and trainer aircraft. The Air Marshal has seen active operations during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, on both Eastern and Western fronts.  He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and Fighter Combat Leader from the prestigious Tactics and Combat Development Establishment.

Air Marshal Gokhale has held a variety of operational command and staff appointments during his career. His operational assignments include command of a frontline fighter squadron in which he took an active part in the Siachen Operations and was awarded Vayu Sena Medal. Later he commanded a premier airbase during the Kargil Operations. The staff appointments include tenure as Directing Staff at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and as Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations) during Op Parakram, launched after the attack on Parliament in Dec 2001.

The Air Marshal has had assignments abroad as Flying Instructor in Iraq from 1977 to 1979 and as the Defence Adviser at Indian Embassy in Egypt from 1994 to 1998. He has functioned as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Training Command prior to taking over as the Vice Chief of Air Staff at Air Headquarters.  During this tenure he had served as a nominated Member on the Boards of two Defense PSUs, namely Bharat Electronics Ltd and Bharat Dynamics Ltd. Air Marshal BN Gokhale retired as the Vice Chief on 31st Dec 2007.

The Air Marshal is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College and is M Sc, M Phil from Madras University. He is also an alumnus of the Air War College, USA and a Fellow of Aeronautical Society of India. He is a recipient of the Presidential awards, ParamVishishtSeva Medal, AtiVishishtSeva Medal and the Vayu Sena Medal.

On retirement, Air Marshal Gokhale has been appointed Consultant to the Principle Scientific Adviser to the Government of India and also to Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO). For his post-retirement contribution in the Indigenous development of Strategic systems and those for Low-Intensity Conflict, he has also been awarded the prestigious Agni award on 11th May 2013, known as the National Technology Day. He has also worked in the National Security Council and is a visiting Member to the Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi. Recently, he has been appointed as Independent Security Advisor in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

In May 2010, the Air Marshal was detailed as the Chairman with full judicial powers, to investigate into the tragic Air India Express accident at Mangalore, in which 158 lives were lost. For the past 6 years since May 2011 the Air Marshal had functioned as a Member of the All India Council for Technical Education, Western Region.


Mr. Narendra Kale


Garje Marathi Global is blessed to have Shri. Narendra Kale as our ‘Guiding Star’ 

Mr. Narendra Harihar Kale, Acharya of India’s IT software products revolution.

B.E. E&TC (COEP Pune), M.Tech- Comp Sc. (IIT Kanpur),  AMP (Harvard Business School),

Serial Entrepreneur, Co-Founder Kale Logistics, Founder Chairman Kale Consultants Ltd.

Co-Founder Bhau Institute of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership 



A highly respected entrepreneur with a keen eye for opportunities in “niche areas” for Service segments and arrive at solutions for internationally applicable adaption. Started and built software product and services companies from scratch with minimum capital and built them into multinational multi-million dollar operations. His company has 120+ airlines as its customers worldwide.
Built innovative technological solutions with a lot of “FIRSTS” in the software technology and application products arena. He and his company have won several accolades and awards for pioneering software solutions for the Airlines and travel industry.

Combines professional passion with social compassion to apply modern technological alternatives to solve social issues and harness opportunities. Is actively involved in health care and educational activities for social uplift programs in India.