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Mr. Atul Hatode


I am from Mumbai staying in US over 10 years

20 years of IT experience.
Domain Expertise on Pharmaceutical, Insurance, Banking and Telecommunication Industries. Worked in multiple Geographical locations -- USA, Australia, UK and India


Mr. Sameer Marathe

Jersey City

I am currently employed in software engineering at Goldman Sachs. I am originally from Kalyan in India


Mr. Arjun Wankhede


Hello I am Arjun and I am from Aurangabad. I moved to the states in 2017 and am currently working in the automotive industry here in Michigan.


Ms. Priya Kothari

Washington dc

Social Chang maker


Ms. Priya Kothari

Washington dc

Social Chang maker


Mr. Kiran Magar


Director of IT working in the US for last 17 years. I would love to help the Marathi community in the field of SAP


Mr. Aniruddha Khandekar


Hi to all my Marathi (and non-Marathi) friends

My name is Aniruddha (Anir), and I live in Phoenix with my wife and two daughters. We are actively involved in the local Marathi community and association, and enjoy participating in committee activities and functions.

I am an entrepreneur and founder of a IT Consulting firm based in Scottsdale AZ. Prior to this I was a Data Architect for many years.

I enjoy reading, travelling, good food and all things Indian.

Happy to connect with the fellow Marathi community and all folks sharing common interests.


Mr. Mayur Kamalakar


I am very honored to be the part of Garje Marathi group.

I have my bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Pune and Masters in Solar Engineering from UMass Lowell - Massachusetts.

I am a Senior Solar Engineer by profession with a renowned solar company in the USA and also work as an Adjunct Faculty in Mechanical Engineering department at University of Massachusetts.

I am an active member of Boston Rotaract group.


Mr. Aashay Thatte


Hello I am an Electrical Engineer with a masters degree from Michigan Technological University currently working at GE Energy Management Systems in Washington.

I have been in the US since 2017 and before that I graduated with Bachelors of Engineering degree from Mumbai University.

I have volunteered for National Association for the Blind. have been practicisng Reiki since 2018 and I am an avid reader.

I love hiking as well as writing in my free time. I connect with Classical Indian music because it runs in my family.

Feel free to reach out to me for connecting better.


Mr. Saurabh Pethe

NJ - Parsippany

I am owner of a security and technology firm since 2016.

Have worked in transportation security and technology since 2002.

Looking forward to meeting people and helping with GMG initiatives.


Mr. Rajesh Hatkar


Happy to help our Marathi community as always

Accomplished leader in project portfolio, program, and people management with over 27 years of robust experience in IT and Business in Finance industry. Exceptionally delivering innovative technology solutions driving business growth and revenue. Strong ability to partner with global high-performing, diverse and talented teams. Excellent communication within the organization across all levels as well as with the external key clients while implementing top class quality products and services.


Mr. Deva Bodas

Federal Way

I worked in the technology field for 35 years. I worked at Intel, Cirrus logic and Telex Computer products.

Now I am the owner of three businesses.

1. For over 12 years I have been a private money lender. I make loans for construction projects.

2. The last 5 years I have been engaged in research and consultations in technology areas related to computing, data centers and semiconductors. I have delivered close to 300 consultations to investment managers at hedge funds, capital management groups and financial institutions.

3. I have a startup that now has product proposals in the area of security for packages and automobiles.

I am a graduate of COEP Pune, and Virginia Tech, USA. I live in the Seattle area.


Mr. Rohan Divekar

Canton MI

Hi, my name is Rohan Divekar. Born an brought up in Pune Maharashtra. Been in the US for 10 years now. Working in the automotive robotics and the self driving vehicle development. Currently working for the Ford motor company.


Ms. Pooja Bhatia

Mountlake Terrace

I am a hands on mom to a naughty little 2 year old Ira, who motivates me to innovate and stay updated.

I assist start-ups, innovators and entrepreneurs to convert their ideas and innovations to IP, effectively protect and commercialize IPs and scout for IP.

I am also the Global Chairperson of the *Global Council of Technology and IP Licensing & Acquisition*.

I aim to be a mompreneur sailing two boats at the same time.

I hold an MBA degree in Technology Management, two internally recognized credentials: Certified Licensing Professional, Registered Technology Transfer Professional and am a registered patent agent with the Indian Patent Office.

I was earlier heading Innovation-Technology Transfer Office (i-TTO) of the Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT) in New Delhi, India, as the Chief Manager.

I have worked with academia, startups and incubation centres for innovation management and technology transfer. My work entails innovation management, technology transfer, marketing, strategic partnership, industry engagement and policy development.

I serve on various committees including the CLP Exam Development and Maintenance committee.

I am a recipient of Global Women Leader Award 2021, Best Woman Mentor Award -International Inspirational Women Awards 2021, runner up to Women Power Impact Creator 2021 and WIPF Powerful Women In IP 2021.


Mr. Payas Parab

Los Angeles

I am a product strategist at TikTok that has resided in Los Angeles for the past few years.

Prior to TikTok I was a quant trader at a 400M hedge fund and before that was a technology investment banker.

I attended the University of California Berkeley where I received 3 degrees in economics and business and computer science.

I am excited to join this community of marathi folks around the world.


Dr. Rahul Sasane

Basking Ridge

A pharmacist by training and a Health Economist by profession I’m currently working for a startup biotech company after having worked in several large multinational pharmaceutical companies for almost 25-years. I completed my B.Pharm. in Pune and my post-graduate work at The University of Texas At Austin. I live in Basking Ridge NJ with my wife. Our older son is a senior at George Washington University in Washington, DC and the younger one is a senior in high school.


Mr. aniruddh vaishampayan


Over 22 yrs of professional experience within technology and business .Have extensive experience in leadership roles in client delivery and financial services industry. Initially worked in mechanical field designing small equipment and machines. Besides work other interests include sports social service poetry traveling etc.


Mr. Prafulla Nabar

Short Hills

More than three decades of experience in financial services industry in various areas including fixed income and equities mostly focused on quantitative analysis and research, in the U.S., Europe and globally. Assignments related to trading, banking, risk, analytics and clients. Now retired, looking forward to contribute through Garje Marathi.


Mr. Prafulla Nabar

Short Hills

More than three decades of experience in financial services industry in various areas including fixed income and equities mostly focused on quantitative analysis and research. Assignments involved work with trading banking risk analytics client support and more. Now retired looking forward to contribute through Garje Marathi.


Mr. Sunil Madan

East Lansing MI

MY Name is Sunil Madan Currently I serve at Michigan State University as an Academic Specialist- International Outreach and Engagement. I completed my Eduction in France and India.


Mr. Kedar Dagadgunde

Parsippany ,New jersey

Hi I am staying in Parsippany NJ from 2014 and I would like to be a member of this group . 

Excellent and in-depth working skills in SAP Technical Developments like Adobeforms, Smartform, Reports, Module Pool Programming, RFID Programming, BDC and BAPI with a four end-to-end implementation project.10 years of development experience in ABAP programming with business domain in MM, PM, SD, SCM,WM,EWM,GTS & PP modules. Trained from SAP India in the areas of MM & PP module as a part of implementation. Work well as self-managed individual and as team member. Know the value of sharing knowledge and have enjoyed a constructive and effective relation with client/user base and my technical peers.

Specialties: EWM , RFID programming and Forms (Adobeform,Sapscript and smartform)

Worked on GTS module.


Mr. Anoop Datar


With a BE from Mumbai University and MBA from Purdue

I currently work in the product management area in the education technology field and am contributing to the field of education in any way is satisfying.

I lived in the US for 11 years and currently on a 1 year stint in Canada with my wife and 2 kids.


Mr. Anoop Datar


With a BE from Mumbai University and MBA from Purdue I currently work in the product management area in the education technology field. Contributing to the field of education in any way is satisfying. I lived in the US for 11 years and currently on a 1 year stint in Canada with my wife and 2 kids.


Mr. Sameer. Deshmukh.


Vice President, Global Strategic Sourcing

Accomplished Global sourcing & quality executive with over 20 years of operational experience in Automotive, Agricultural & Heavy machinery Industries, Excellent project manager accustomed to dealing with demanding internal clients and stakeholders, as well as external suppliers, Outstanding ability to predict and identify opportunities for operational improvement via structured problem solving. University of Chicago Booth - MBA


Core Competencies include Supply Chain management (Sourcing, Negotiations, Cost reduction projects, Supplier Audits & development, logistics) Project management & New Product development (NPI) , Operations Management, Cost optimization projects, Strategic planning & Execution, Restructuring & transformation projects, Project Valuations, P&L & Budgeting, Organizational set up, Lean Manufacturing, SAP & ERP , Business process restructuring

Willing to help while learning more from fellow Indians especially marathi community


Mr. Nachiket Torwekar


Technology leader Angel investor Advisor to startups


Mr. Shashank Abhyankar


A professional with 20+ years of experience in the Ed-Tech industry enabling digital education to the higher education industry


Mr. Manoj Kulkarni


I am Managing Director at Barclays and has been in the industry for last 30 years. Passionate about education and mentoring and I am currently charter member of Tie Pune


Mr. Nilesh Mhatre

Livingstone NJ

CIO - Americas and IMEA. Corporate Vice President & Digital IT Officer - Americas and IMEA at Henkel AboutAbout ▪ Leadership and Management: 30 years of solid experience in leadership positions working in various industries such as Automotive, Engineering, Airline, Construction and IT ▪ Transformation: Extensive international working and living experience (8 years in Switzerland, 6 years in Asia- Mainland China and Hong Kong, 6 years in USA) ▪ Proven track record in Program and Project Management of global SAP implementations and Digitization. ▪ Strong experience in business transformation projects, organizational change management and Business Process Improvement


Mr. Ajit Ketkar

New York

Portfolio Manager (PM) for Global Real Estate Securities portfolios at AllianceBernstein with current Assets under Management (AuM) of ~$3B.

Track record of almost 300bps of outperformance over 1, 3, & 5 years sourced almost entirely from bottom-up stock selection and while neutralizing impact of macro factors on relative performance. Portfolios are therefore seeing strong in-flows as a result.

Significant prior experience in management consulting and banking across US, Europe, and Asia.

Ajit, "I am blessed to have the life of opportunity I have had. I hope to learn as well as give back via Garje Marathi."


Mr. Gautam Naik


*Father- Tech Hospitality and Media Entrepreneur with M&A track record -

*IIT Kharagpur alumni -

*Round Tabler-

*Built schools Trustee charitable trusts-

*Blogger- Times of India-

*Drama and Music enthusiast- Traveller -Comedian


Mr. jayawant dhumal

Alpharetta GA

IT Professional and working in US for the past 26 years in Atlanta GA from Mumbai and founder of an IT consulting company looking forward to connect with the community.


Mr. Viraj Raut


Innovative and resourceful software solution provider, an engineer by education and entrepreneur by profession.

I have built products for customers, am detailed oriented, value time and try to make best use of resources.

My company provides software products in the domain of real-time collaboration, Health-care, Security and Data-center deployments and can provide custom and scalable solutions.

I am also happy to advice and mentor.


Mr. SandhiprakashSandhi Bhide


Sandhi is a cofounder, investor, and board director of FleetNurse, Inc. and has been instrumental in its launch since its very inception in May 2018.

Besides this assignment, Sandhi serves as the Director of Oregon Executive MBA Consulting Corps which helps local startups and non-profit organizations to launch new businesses.

He is the President of Anwaya Consulting LLC which provides strategic business and technology consulting to IOT and other high tech industry.

He is the CEO of a recent startup Balak Drishti (Child Vision), a startup that focuses on making good quality, low cost, durable glasses for children of the financially challenged families in the developing countries.

Sandhi is an expert judge and member of the steering committee for the Edison Awards and Edison Universe responsible for recognizing outstanding innovations around the world.

In 2020, Sandhi was the interim-CEO of a stealth bio startup that dealt with SARS-CoV-2 detection and mitigation.

Most recently Sandhi became the Member Advisor, Edison Lightbulb, Edison Electric, Edison Telegraph of Edison Universe Advisory Solutions LLC.

Prior to that Sandhi worked at Intel for 20+ years in many leadership positions and was the Senior Director of Innovation/CTO/GM of a CEO-funded IOT platform startup called Light Lake at Intel.

He is an inventor of world’s first true smart light bulb and has many patents to his name.

He has 40+ years of experience in high tech and is recognized as an innovator/visionary in leading the development, implementation of new products, services, and business innovations.

His current focus areas are healthcare services, IOT, Smart Objects, ambient computing, smart/advanced sensors, and developing technology for most common problems facing the mankind, mostly related to clean energy, clean water, pollution, food, health, blindness, and education.

Sandhi has a BE in Electronics and Telecommunication from the University of Pune, India , MS in Computer Science from the University of Wyoming, and an Executive MBA from the University of Oregon.

He is a sought out speaker at many conferences worldwide. He is a founder, coordinator, singer of a Bollywood Music Charity Group which has risen over $400,000+ over the last ten years for the Seva Foundation (Berkeley, CA) to help restore eyesight to thousands of blind, visually impaired, and financially disadvantaged pediatric patients in rural India.

Sandhi is an avid hiker, photographer, amateur astronomer and loves to travel the world. Sandhi and his wife Anjali have lived in Beaverton since 1984 and are blessed with a handsome son and a beautiful daughter.


Mr. SandhiprakashSandhi Bhide


Sandhi is a cofounder, investor, and board director of FleetNurse, Inc. and has been instrumental in its launch since its very inception in May 2018. Besides this assignment, Sandhi serves as the Director of Oregon Executive MBA Consulting Corps which helps local startups and non-profit organizations to launch new businesses. He is the President of Anwaya Consulting LLC which provides strategic business and technology consulting to IOT and other high tech industry. He is the CEO of a recent startup Balak Drishti (Child Vision), a startup that focuses on making good quality, low cost, durable glasses for children of the financially challenged families in the developing countries. Sandhi is an expert judge and member of the steering committee for the Edison Awards and Edison Universe responsible for recognizing outstanding innovations around the world. In 2020, Sandhi was the interim-CEO of a stealth bio startup that dealt with SARS-CoV-2 detection and mitigation. Most recently Sandhi became the Member Advisor, Edison Lightbulb, Edison Electric, Edison Telegraph of Edison Universe Advisory Solutions LLC. Prior to that Sandhi worked at Intel for 20+ years in many leadership positions and was the Senior Director of Innovation/CTO/GM of a CEO-funded IOT platform startup called Light Lake at Intel. He is an inventor of world’s first true smart light bulb and has many patents to his name. He has 40+ years of experience in high tech and is recognized as an innovator/visionary in leading the development, implementation of new products, services, and business innovations. His current focus areas are healthcare services, IOT, Smart Objects, ambient computing, smart/advanced sensors, and developing technology for most common problems facing the mankind, mostly related to clean energy, clean water, pollution, food, health, blindness, and education. Sandhi has a BE in Electronics and Telecommunication from the University of Pune, India , MS in Computer Science from the University of Wyoming, and an Executive MBA from the University of Oregon. He is a sought out speaker at many conferences worldwide. He is a founder, coordinator, singer of a Bollywood Music Charity Group which has risen over $400,000+ over the last ten years for the Seva Foundation (Berkeley, CA) to help restore eyesight to thousands of blind, visually impaired, and financially disadvantaged pediatric patients in rural India. Sandhi is an avid hiker, photographer, amateur astronomer and loves to travel the world. Sandhi and his wife Anjali have lived in Beaverton since 1984 and are blessed with a handsome son and a beautiful daughter.


Mr. Nachiket Deo


I\'m Masters student at UConn in Computer Science. I\'m enthusiastic about tech and would like to connect with mentors for professional growth , project guidance and networking


Mr. Omkar Lahurikar

Auburn Hills

I work at the intersection of Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Science. Currently working on On-Demand Manufacturing startup MeruDynamics. 


Ms. Amruta Ambre

Milpitas California

Hello Garje Marathi Team,
This is Amruta Ambre, born and brought up in Mumbai. Parle Tilak Vidyalaya Alumni, BE (I.T) from the University of Mumbai (Bharati Vidyapeeth COE). A Supply Chain enthusiast, passionate about Digital Transformation, and Information Systems Graduate from Georgia State University with 4 years of E-commerce Business operations. Back in India worked in Academics as an Assistant Professor in Engineering School and worked in Software development.

Mentored students from underprivileged schools (BMC), created innovative teaching aids with pictures and helped in other curriculum activities such as drama, and dance competitions. It is so exciting to see the pool of Marathi professionals with dynamic skills and to be a part of it. I am so impressed by the mission of GMG Inc, especially 'Saksham'. If given the opportunity, I would like to contribute and do my best.



Dr. Mihir Khambete

Mountain View

Hello everyone. My name is Mihir Khambete and I was born and brought up in Mumbai, India.

With respect to my educational background, I have completed my M.Pharm and PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Institute of Chemical Technology (erstwhile UDCT), Mumbai. Currently I am working as a Postdoctoral Associate in Department of Chemistry at Yale University.

Before coming to the US, I was associated with SVKMs Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Pharmacy, Vile Parle, Mumbai as Assistant Professor in the deparment of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and have also worked as visiting faculty for several other institutes.

Apart from my professional activities, I am pasisonate about teaching and mentoring students.

My hobbies include reading, listening to music (especially Indian classical music), marathi poetry recital and watching marathi plays. I love to meet new people and I hope through Garje Marathi platform I can interact and connect with others and learn from these interactions. 


Mrs. Suparna Pawar



Ms. Aaditi Gokhale


Currently I am living in Mississauga, Canada. Due to personal reasons I am looking into options that include working from India and Canada. I am a Canadian Citizen and also have an OCI, so working from India and Canada is not an issue. I do need to be able to frequent India and stay extended periods, along with travelling back to Canada.

As far as my Professional space is concerned, I am: Proactive Quality Assurance / Training and Development professional with high analytical abilities driven to deliver exceptional Quality Programme set up and management. Extensive exercise in feedback, mentoring and monitoring sessions. Vast experience in successfully creating, coordinating, developing and implementing OCM strategy, Quality and Training Programs which results in high employee satisfaction, involvement and improved productivity.

• Extensive exercise in CRM and using Salesforce
• Implementing OCM strategy / Quality metrics analysis / Reporting
• Testing quality measures and updating accordingly
• Training - Quality, product and systems training
• Mentoring and monitoring sessions
• Developing and setting Key Performance Indicators.
• Recruitment, using quality as a base measure
• Development of modules / SEO / Blogs - Client specific
• Content writing for various target audiences
• Creative writing


Mrs. Karishma Girase

San Jose

Hello Garje Marathi team!

Karishma Girase here!

I am an RF design and test engineer.

I was working at Qualcomm till last week and will be working at NXP semiconductors from March 7th as RF systems and applications engineer.

I have a good experience in RF design tools. 
I have learned a lot of skills during my job search journey and I would love to help our community by sharing my experiences.


Mr. Karishma Girase

San Jose

Hello Garje Marathi team!

Karishma Girase here!

I am an RF design and test engineer.

I was working at Qualcomm till last week and will be working at NXP semiconductors from March 7th as RF systems and applications engineer.

I have a good experience in RF design tools. 
I have learned a lot of skills during my job search journey and I would love to help our community by sharing my experiences.


Mr. Saket Rajput



I am Saket, based in Boston-MA since last couple of years and I head Sales and Operations of an engineering firm from Germany which specializes in design-build-supply of Research Labs across US.

Personal information:

I was born and raised in Aurangabad Maharashtra and was based in Mumbai since beginning of my professional career. My wife and I keep doing our bit towards welfare of child education in rural parts of MH, India. Feel free to reach out if you want to join us for the cause.

I would love to connect with people from our motherland and be of use to the community whenever I can.


Mr. Saket Rajput



I am Saket, based in Boston-MA since last couple of years and I head Sales and Operations of an engineering firm from Germany which specializes in design-build-supply of Research Labs across US.

Personal information:

I was born and raised in Aurangabad Maharashtra and was based in Mumbai since beginning of my professional career. My wife and I keep doing our bit towards welfare of child education in rural parts of MH, India. Feel free to reach out if you want to join us for the cause.

I would love to connect with people from our motherland and be of use to the community whenever I can.


Mrs. Kalpana Shedge.


Hello All,

Was happy to hear about this platform through a friend.

Interested in connecting, learning from one another, professional development and giving back to the community!!



Mr. Amit Limaye


An Analyst at heart and a Business Leader in Management and Technology Consulting by profession. Experience in building and leading GoToMarket organizations in Manufacturing, Automotive and Supply Chain industries. 

Love to coach budding professionals as they look to build their careers. 


Ms. Ketaki Gujar


Hello everyone,

I am Ketaki Gujar. I am from Pune, India. I have recently shifted to the US (Champaign, Illinois) in August 2021.

Currently, I am pursuing my Master of Science in Information Management from UIUC. I am in my second semester and I am actively looking for Summer 2022 internship opportunities for Data Analyst/ Business Analyst/ Business Intelligence Analyst/ Marketing Analyst or similar roles. I would appreciate it if you could help me out with any connections, opportunities, or even a piece of advice about the same would be very helpful. ( LinkedIn - )

Apart from academics, I love to explore, be it food or places. I am the first from my family to come to States and I would love to connect with you all. I am a proud Maharashtrian and I am miss speaking in Marathi ever since I have shifted to the US.

I love interacting with new people and I look forward to networking with you all!




Mr. Saket Wakharkar


My name is Saket Wakharkar. I am a proud Maharashtrian living in Rockwall, TX which is a suburb of Dallas, TX. Used to work in SAP for over 10 years in corporate America. Got tired of it and then have started several companies. Currently, I have a startup and a real estate portfolio(SFR and MF). I will be happy to serve our community in any way I can.



Mr. Soumitra Damle


Currently I work  as a Regional Manufacturing Engineer at the Cleveland Cliffs, I am responsible to control and implement process improvements, establish and sustain lean procedures and activities, assist Operations and Production with developing KPIs and productivity initiatives on plant-level as well as corporate level to drive savings to the bottom line. Also, I use various designing and analyzing software to support production and lean manufacturing team corporate wide to implement improvements over the conventional process. With some of the key projects I have driven over $250K savings in 2020-21 for the plant and opened up a potential of $1Million saving corporate wide.  As Mechanical Engineer at Omni Tool Limited, I designed, analyzed, developed and commissioned automated systems and assembly machines. I have been involved with numerous automation projects from commencement to successful commissioning. This reflects my experience with mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic and automation devices. Some of my professional experiences include assembly machine calibration, CNC machining, basics of CMM programming, workshop process flow, continuous improvement, lean manufacturing and project management.  Prior to completion of Master of Mechanical Engineering (University of Windsor) where I was in top 15% of the class, hence leading to my nomination for Golden Key International Honor Society, I worked as Jr. Production Engineer at Shree Industries. Using my thesis research on ‘Ergonomic improvements in foundry for prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders’, I worked on improving process layouts and assisted in foundry layout designing while improving the ergonomic aspect of the whole process. Tools such as SolidWorks and AutoCAD were used for designing the layouts of foundry. 


Mr. sandeep Tawde

Santa Clara

My name is Sandeep Tawde, I am an engineering by education and profession. I have been working in the Software industry for more than 25 years.

I am interested in joining this group as I am aligned with the four goals of this organization.

I am looking forward to learning from and contributing to those four goals.

Thank You!


Mr. Sarang Tarare


I am currently pursuing MS in Management Science at the University of Texas, Dallas.
I had earlier been a product manager with a fast-growing company in the IoT and Telecom domains. I had the opportunity to coordinate with cross-functional, cross-domain teams to deliver products in time and meet the product requirements. I am deeply passionate about frontier technologies, consumer insights, international relations.
I am looking forward to finetuning skills required for developing, managing products, and working synergetically with product organizations.

Linkedin link:


Mr. Mahesh Kate


Myself Mahesh H Kate from Solapur, Maharashtra. Working in USA from last 10yrs in various automotive OEM like Honda,Ford, Toyota, Canoo,,,.I strongly believe in Garje Marathi mission & giving back to root & society.


Ms. Anita Patankar


Hello, I am from Pune, India and have education in IT and Management. I

took lot of breaks in my career and now planning to continue working and grow in my career.

I attended 1 presentation from Garje Marathi and it feels so good to connect with Marathi people. Looking forward to meeting more people from Garje Marathi.


Mr. Swapnil Anekar


I am a Chemical Engineering Master's Graduate from University of Florida currently working as Engineer at Intel.


Mr. Kaustubh Purandare

San Jose

Working a Director of SW engineering at Nvidia Santa Clara in the area of AI /ML. I hold several patents in the area of AI / ML.

I am from Pune natively and relocated to Bay Area few years back. I have experience guiding and mentoring starts up in related technology.



Ms. Ishwari Alve

New York

I am pursuing my master's in Technology Management from New York University. I am originally from Mumbai, India. Currently, I am looking for internships in the US.


Ms. Ishwari Alve

New York

I am pursuing my master's in Technology Management from New York University. I am originally from Mumbai, India. Currently, I am looking for internships in the US.


Ms. Varsha Jagdale

Sunnyvale California

Hello, I'm Varsha. I believe connecting with another human is an experience that enriches life. That's what drives me to join this community. I hope to develop and nurture synergetic connections. I'm open to connecting over a range of topics - human centred software, user research, psychology, business models, art of research, design thinking, literature, writing, storytelling, interior design, wood working, and buddhism.    


Mr. Charudatta Mhasde

Brooklyn New York

This is Charudatta Mhasde, I have started my journey from a small Village, Padali and Wadivarhe from Igatpuri Tahasil, Nashik, Maharashtra. I stay with my parents and family in Nashik. I had experience Teaching undergraduates engineering students for more than 12 years. I worked as an Entrepreneurship development center coordinator along with the Industry cell coordinator and Mentor for Change at Atal Innovation Mission. In my tenure, 5 successful startups got launched in my institute out of which one Startup on water management and budgeting got International recognization. Currently, I am pursuing a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering in New York USA.


Mr. Anand Chouthai

Edison New Jersey

I am from Pune.

I have been with US for 32 years.

I have two Masters, ( Technology Management and Computer Science).

I am currenlt working as an Associate Partner at Kyndryl (previously IBM Global Technology Services)


Ms. Sheetal Deshmukh



Mr. Tushar Kad


My name is Tushar Kad and I am originally from Pune.

I consider myself lucky to have worked in and with teams in various international geographies including India, USA, Canada, Mexico and UK.

Currently a Director of Human Resources for a global technology company based out to Atlanta, Georgia USA.

I also like to conduct educational sessions for universities as well as for the business community. 


Mr. Aniket Breed


I am a seasoned professional in the Semiconductor Industry and reside in the beautiful town of Folsom near the capital of California (Sacramento).

I was born in Mumbai and have always possessed an entrepreneurial mindset. Looking to connect and contribute

Jai Hind, Jai Maharashtra!


Mr. Prasad Phadke

Cupertino California

For Profit ,Social Entrepreneur

|Plasticarian|Eliminating Chikunguniya-Dengue-Malaria-Zika|Digital Pathology|Disrupting 💩(Poop)-Literally!.|ex-Autodesk|HP|NVIDIA.


Mrs. Pranali Ubale



I am located in bay area,CA and would love to be part of this community. I am interested in professional and cultural networking.

In past for 4.5 years I have worked as Marathi and Hindi RJ where I initiated one Marathi radio show in texas where there was none. I have written for articles for magazine and also running youtube show for Womens called as "Womens Special Express". I would be interested in mentoring, finding about setting up NGO's and looking forward for collaborations for it. Also, interested to seek more and pair with right mindsets for professional excelling networking in computure/software side.

I am ready to mentor and join good team for good cause!


Mr. Yamini Bhaskar


Techno Marketing Salesforce Professional from Mumbai .Currently in Toronto.


Mr. Adwait Ambaskar

Rohnert Park CA

I was born in Mumbai, although my parents are from Nagpur. Spent most of my childhood from pre-school to highschool in Kuwait and later spent the next 4 years in Tamil Nadu for my Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering at NIT Trichy. Moved to the US to pursue a Masters degree in Acoustics at Penn State University.

Currently working at my first job after college as a consultant in an acoustical consultancy - Illingworth & Rodkin, Inc. in Cotati, CA (Sonoma County) where I work on projects related to Highway traffic noise, Construction Noise & Vibration, Architectural Acoustics and Hydroacoustic impacts on fishes and marine mammals.

You can contact me at : and +1 (908) 340 9444.


Dr. Alpana Thorat

Groton Connecticut


Enthusiastic and team-oriented researcher.
Polymorphism and Crystallization
Continuous Crystallization
Additive/excipient choice in the formulation and particle engineering
Protein and small molecule lyophilization


Ms. Sanyukta Bhide


Sanyukta is an entrepreneur and engineer with a passion for disruptive ideas that create meaningful lasting change. Ms. Bhide has worked in hardware engineering teams at the cutting edge of technology at Fortune 50 companies like Intel and Boeing, as well as startups in enterprise hardware. She has deep experience in solving hard problems with technology and building products with a high level of reliability. She has a deep interest in using A.I to solve problems that to bring about positive social impact. She has M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virgina, and a B.E in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mumbai. She is a graduate of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program at University of Washington, Seattle. She is a part of the Women in AI accelerator ’21 cohort, and USA Women’s Entrepreneurship Cooperative 2021.

Currently, Sanyukta is the Founder/CEO of Mivera Technologies, a startup that is applying AI to helping families coordinate care for their aging parents by letting the machines take care of the 'busy work', allowing the loved ones to maximize social interaction.


Mr. Sharad Wankhade


I am a Clinical Scientist and work in a pharmaceutical industry.


Mr. Nilesh Pharate

San Francisco

Computer engineer by profession and passion. Completed masters from UT Dallas. Working with SAP for last 3 years in the San Francisco bay area. 

S𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗸𝗲𝘆 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲:

• 4 plus years of backend engineering experience.
• worked on scalable distributed systems.
• hackathon winner for consecutive 3 years.
• passionate about security and pen testing.


Mr. Kaiwalya Telang

Minneapolis MN

I am a Punekar and currently in Minneapolis Minnesota. Last 16 years have been a great journey so far in the US and I am content the way I have evolved myself professionally and socially. There is still a long way to go, and I believe the journey ahead will be just as wonderful.

I did my Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and then entered this entirely new area of the building façade engineering. I did not know about the curtain wall/ building facade when I entered the industry 11 years back, I was fascinated with the novelty each project brought and the iconic existence of the worlds finest structures I can contribute to designing. I started as a 3D designer in the industry and now work as a technical project Manager for one of the renowned Curtainwall contractor in the US.

Back in Pune I was a Marathi natak/drama enthusiast and had participated in Purushottam karandak representing my college PVG’s COET. I am proud to nurture the same hobby/ passion of mine here in the Marathi association of Minnesota. I have directed few plays and acted in a few and love the group activity and the process.

I am glad to be on this global platform of Garje Marathi. I am looking forward to connecting with all the successful individual around the globe and curious to know more about them and share something of mine along the way.



Dr. Atul Sagade


Dr. Atul Sagade graduated in Mechanical Engineering, Post-graduated in Energy Technology and done PhD research in Energy Engineering. He involved in teaching, entrepreneurial and administrative works at Engineering Polytechnic and the engineering level for more than fourteen (14) years. After completing the early career stage of 7 years in teaching, he accepted a challenging role as Principal/Director of the engineering polytechnic institute for more than seven (7) years.

Along with the teaching and research in the field of renewable energy and mechanical engineering, as a principal, he has administrative experience in overall campus administration, laboratories establishment and development, curriculum and course development, management of students and faculty of various engineering disciplines, facing and handling of administrative, quality education and assessment and accreditation committees of different academic and government bodies, students and faculty grievances.


He has research experience in solar thermal systems focus on the development of innovative designs of solar cookers, geysers, air heaters, high-temperature solar water heaters and steam generators. He has expertise in the design and development of solar geysers and air heaters with the help of concentrating collectors for instant water and air heating for diverse low-temperature industrial heating processes in laundry, restaurants, and hotels.

            Based on his research projects, he published more than 30 research papers in the internationally reputed journals/books published by the publishers such as Elsevier, Taylor and Francis, Springer and several conferences such as ISES solar world congress, IEA-SHC heating and cooling, supported by IEEE and Springer.       

During the tenure of Principal/Director, he worked as a chief officer for the admission receipt center and examinations and actively involved in admission and exam related works. He had experience in Industry-Institute interaction and played a vital role in various MOUs with industries for different educational, training and placement activities. He contributed to organizing several student and faculty centric activities such as workshops, seminars, training and faculty development programs, fundraising proposals and scientific meetings etc. He played a vital role in diverse faculty and student development activities over the years.

In 2015, Dr. Sagade established his research laboratory named Solar Energy Research Laboratory (SERL) in India and tried to contribute his experience and research knowledge to the community and societal development. Also, this lab provides testing services of solar thermal devices especially solar cookers, dryers and water heaters. Under this lab, Dr. Atul and his team conducted several awareness and training programs on different areas, such as dissemination of science and technology to the rural communities, solar cooking and other solar and renewable technologies to the diverse community groups of women, school students, and uneducated and non-technical background people. Also, several technical and entrepreneurship workshops and programs had planned and conducted successfully for the engineering students and faculties under this lab.

Dr. Sagade was invited and involved in workshops on the development of Technology Roadmap of solar heating and cooling 2050 by International Energy Agency under its Solar Heating and Cooling Program (IEA-SHC). This roadmap was published in 2012. Also, he is active member of European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC-ETIP) and other several international institutes and societies.


Mr. Angad Patole


I was working as Assistant Professor (Pharmacology) at IPER, Wardha for over 11 years, 3 years as Lecturerer at Sanjivan College of Pharmacy, Dausa, Rajasthan and RD College of Pharmacy, Bhor, Pune. In September 2019 immigrated to Canada as permanent resident (Nominated as biology and related scientist).


Ms. Rachana Deshmukh


I'm Rachana Deshmukh, currently working in Hitachi Boston USA. Bachelor in Computer Science from Northeastern University Boston (Class of 2017). Studying MS in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology.


Dr. Avinash Bansode

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

I am Dr Avinash Bansode, presently working as a postdoctoral scholar at Wake Forest University North carolina. My resresea are is alzialzheim and cancer research. 

I am origenally from shirdi maharastra. 

Mahesh dabal ji recomended me to join this organisation


Dr. Tejas Nikumbh


Hello, I'm a husband, son, brother, friend and physician by profession. Working in the healthcare field. Currently in Indianapolis. Grateful that I can help the society through my profession. Lucky that I had mentors who helped me get out of my comfort zone. Like patient centric and equity based medicine. Life long learner, interested in innovations and science; passionate about travelling. Have realised that social determinants play a major role in the overall health of community. Looking to connect through GMG, to collaborate, grow and help the youth to rise to their full potential.




Mr. Varun Kelkar

Champaign IL

I grew up in Pune and currently live in the small town of Champaign, Illinois ~200 km south of Chicago, USA. I do research in the field of computational imaging, currently pursuing a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). We work on making imaging better by integrating advanced signal processing and AI algorithms with imaging physics. I completed my masters from UIUC in 2019 and B.Tech in Engineering Physics from IIT Madras. 

I am an Indian classical music enthusiast and have been trained Hindusthani music on the harmonium. I have also dabbled a bit in Carnatic violin when I lived in Chennai, (but didn't get beyond playing some squaky notes!). I'm also interested in food, and reading/watching about world history. 


Ms. Poorva Diwekar

Mountain View

I have about 10 years of experience spanning across the banking and technology industry, associated with major multinational banks and global technology companies.

I worked as a trusted finance partner to business, providing support for value-added decision making. Through strategic planning & analytical skills, I learnt to measure financial performance, forecasts, trends and enable revenue driving decisions. The study of market/industry behavior, competitor benchmarking analysis helped me present and analyze key takeaways for discussion with the executive team.

I hold the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA ®) designation, Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) credential. I am a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and have a Bachelors in Commerce (B.Com.) graduate degree from the University of Mumbai (India).

I also have a keen interest in music, dance and art forms. Happy to connect with the group here. Thanks! 


Ms. Shreya Dokhale


Hi my name is Shreya Dokhale and I am a student researcher through an accelerated advanced program of research offered within my high school. I have done multiple research projects within the healthcare field, particularly focused on how certain pharmaceutical treatments can be effectively administered to patients with a wide range of disorders. Currently I just finished an academic research style paper that looks at The Efficacy of Buprenorphine as a Treatment in Opioid Overdose Patients in Comparison to other Pharamceutical Medications. Over this summer, I hope to work with a mentor to either continue this project or develop another within the healthcare/biopharma/biotech/medicine and am seeking a mentor to help guide me through the research process. Please contact me at (781)-492-0384



Mrs. Sayali Mokate-Jog

Cedar Park TX

Software professional with 15+ years of experience, a freelancer, Information Technology engineer.

Managing business development (USA) of a software startup. Company provides a wide range of tech solutions covering Web and Mobile application development, Cloud services and third party integrations. A reliable service provider with an excellent track record for customer satisfaction.


Dr. Deven Dandekar

Fishers IN

Deven Dandekar, Ph.D., is the founder of the consulting company; Blue River Drug Development, LLC and has over 20 years of experience in toxicology as a hands-on Study Director at a Contract Research Laboratory (CRO), Bayer’s Toxicology Laboratory and as part of the Management team for a spin-off CRO divested from Bayer’s toxicology laboratory.  During this time, he has designed, conducted and reported several safety assessment studies and interacted with the applicable regulatory agencies (FDA and EPA).  In May 2021, Deben joined  Chorus/Lilly at Lilly Headquarters in Indiana.  Deven is managing all phases of the Toxicology and ADME plans for all assigned assets (internal Lilly and external assets), including creation of the preclinical safety assessment strategy, obtaining functional experts to assist in plan development, implementing the preclinical safety assessment project plan, and managing changes to the plan (timeline, budget, scope).  Deven is also responsible for the toxicology/ADME plans for multiple assets in the Chorus portfolio.


Mr. Satya Saste

Portland Oregon


originally from Pune and been here in USA for 17yrs. Have worked in investment bank as a quant strategist and have branched out to start my own fintech 


Dr. Sunil Badwe


Originally from Ambajogai, Marathwada. Graduated from COEP (BE and ME). Currently in Pittsburgh, PA working as Chief Metallurgist for a start up called 6K Inc.


Mrs. Sayali Mokate

Cedar Park TX

Software professional with 15+ years of experience, a freelancer, Information Technology engineer.

Managing business development of a startup company which provides a wide range of tech solutions covering Web and Mobile application development, Cloud services and third party integrations. We have established ourselves as reliable service provider with excellent track records for customer satisfaction.



Mr. Tushar Patwardhan


Technologist and Global Innovation and Automation Leader for DXC Tecnology. Loves to teach Marathi to little ones! Passionate about Marathi Culture, Food, and Principles.  


Ms. Darshana Deshmukh Nikam

Usa California

This is Darshana, I am from Maharashtra Auraungabad, but from 9 years out of India now past 6 years in USA & before I was in Singapore. 
I would like to contribute in your Mission.. because I have social platform of Global network .. and as social entrepreneur giving entrepreneurship guidance to ladies & Youth empowerment

above ☝️My page link 

let me know if I can contribute anything from my side towards to our country & Maharashtra 

Thanks & Regards,

Darshana Nikam Deshmukh 



Mr. Anand Mahurkar

North Chelmsford

I grew up in a tiny town in the interior of the state of Maharashtra in India. With both the parents’ teachers and the only option to be an engineer or a doctor, I chose to study engineering. Though I secured more marks for the biology group because my older brother convinced me that four years of graduate engineering would give me much-needed earnings right out of college. I did my undergrad in mechanical engineering and got a job in a very reputed forging company. That job was a dream come true, but I quickly realized that I am more interested in managerial positions than a shop-floor assignment. During those first couple of years, I also developed a strong urge to start my own business. While working on the shop-floor in the forging plant, I had an opportunity to work with a few German engineers who were implementing a robotic forging line. Looking over their shoulders, I started developing an interest in computer engineering. So after working for about nine years, from 1990 to 1999 in manufacturing, finally I got a job in a mid-size banking software company as a regional manager. That was my first managerial and computer engineering assignment.

I also did an executive MBA for three years and graduated in business administration. I started excelling in my career, got married, and had our first child. Being in the computer industry got me exposure to the global market. In 2003, my then employer asked me to relocate to the United States to support an acquisition they did of a small company in Billerica, Massachusetts. My wife, Prachi, daughter, Ketaki, and I traveled to the United States with two suitcases with the plan that we would return to India in a couple of years.

My primary role was to support the sales team in Billerica from the pre-sales technology side. In 2009 I became the President of the company, managing large teams, customers and made a couple of acquisitions. On the personal front, by then we had our second child, Revati, and the chances of returning to India started looking very slim. There was not a single day during these almost 20 years of a reasonably rewarding career that I did not think of starting my own business. An idea dawned on me while driving back from one such review meeting where a customer, who always acknowledged my team’s hard work but was never happy with the technology outcome, expressed concerns about what they are getting out of the data warehousing technology. The customer was looking for “ability to find information” while we were providing structured data reports. And a word popped up — Findability, which was not a widely used word in 2010. I decided to quit my rewarding job to build technology that will help businesses find information quickly and thus I started Findability Sciences. I got my first customer within the first six months, and my dream of becoming an entrepreneur began to come to reality just after 20 years. After starting Findability Sciences, I realized the world was in deep recession from the subprime crise. I didn’t give up, and I grew Findability Sciences from a single-person company to about 60 team members with no external funding or help for about six years. Technologically, we progressed a lot and built multiple layers of technologies on the initial platform, becoming an AI solutions company. In 2017 SoftBank of Japan offered to take Findability Sciences technology to Japan by forming a joint venture. They also invested in Findability Sciences, and it provided the right kind of support for business development and expanding our AI technology portfolio. We now have a presence in the United States, India, Japan, and Canada. Inc 5000 ranked Findability Sciences as the 1157th fastest growing company in 2020!


Mr. Kedar Palsule

San Jose

My name is Kedar Uday Palsule and I'm born & brought up in Pune. I'm one of 3 brothers, one twin and a younger brother. I'm married and have a 3 year old son. My father was a captain in Merchant navy before he retired and afterwards he started several companies the last one being Spear Logistics where I  got the chance to work with him and my brothers. My mom was in banking before she had us and after we grew up she taught in Montessori schools for years.
I graduated in electronics engineering from Pune university in 2005, worked in logistics for a few years before I came to USA in 2009 to pursue my Masters in ISyE from Georgia institute of technology. I had a graduate research assistantship and worked as a lifeguard while I completed my masters. After that I worked in automotive components manufacturing industry in logistics & supply chain for several companies like Faurecia, SAS and Adient before I switched verticals to get into semiconductor industry with Applied Materials where I'm currently at where I also volunteer as an ERT (Emergency response team).

I believe in the power of continuous education and having a positive outlook on life and relationships. I feel that keeping an open mind is the best advice I got from my father. By the grace of my parents I have enjoyed the success I have had so far. I want to pay it forward and make a better future for our planet, and our children. 


Mr. Mohan Shetye


My name is Mohan Shreedhar Shetye.

After completing my graduation in BTech Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1970, I came to the US to pursue my master’s in mechanical engineering from University of Buffalo.

Since then, I have been living in Buffalo. I almost finished PhD in Electrical engineering but could not complete it because I decided to chase my dreams of innovating end-user-oriented software. Hence, I started my own company and over the years developed series of products-

1. Data Business Management System.

2. RDMS relational management system.

Currently I am the founder and CEO of Integral Information Systems, LLC.

We have developed an end-to-end business intelligence product “Pinpoint”- Built on a cube less architecture and zero coding platform helping different industry verticals by transforming data into actionable insights by performing descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive analytics.

Recently we have developed an advanced version called Touch Analytics which completely transitions from reporting to pure analytics. This will help the C-suite to derive insights by just looking at the
visuals with just a click.

I have 40 plus years of expertise in product development and hence my goal of joining the group is to offer mentorship on topics related Data Management and Business Intelligence and explore ways of possible collaboration to help decision makers make strategic decisions by transforming data into actionable insights.


Mr. Mohan Shetye


My name is Mohan Shreedhar Shetye.

After completing my graduation in BTech Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1970, I came to the US to pursue my master’s in mechanical engineering from University of Buffalo.
Since then, I have been living in Buffalo. I almost finished PhD in Electrical engineering but could not complete it because I decided to chase my dreams of innovating end-user-oriented software. Hence, I started my own company and over the years developed series of products-
1. Data Business Management System.
2. RDMS relational management system.

Currently I am the founder and CEO of Integral Information Systems, LLC.

We have developed an end-to-end business intelligence product “Pinpoint”- Built on a cube less architecture and zero coding platform helping different industry verticals by transforming data into actionable insights by performing descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive analytics.

Recently we have developed an advanced version called Touch Analytics which completely transitions from reporting to pure analytics. This will help the C-suite to derive insights by just looking at the
visuals with just a click.

My goal of joining the group is to offer mentorship on topics related Data Management and Business Intelligence and explore ways of possible collaboration to help decision makers make strategic decisions by transforming data into actionable insights.


Mrs. Asmita Pandit



I am born and bought up in Mumbai and moved to the US in 2011 and currently living in Buffalo, NY with my husband Amol Pandit and my 5 yr old son Saish.

I am working as a business data analyst @ Integral Information Systems,LLC  providing end to end Business Intelligence Solutions to varied industry verticals.

I want to join this group so that I can connect to industry experts here, seek their guidance and to help transform data into actional insights to make real-time business decisions with our zero code platform.



Mr. Ashish Kulkarni..

Nashville TN

28+ years of experience in information technology in various industries including manufacturing, defense, and healthcare. Extensive knowledge of healthcare information technology product design and development, data flow and process mapping, major software and systems implementations, clinical applications, infrastructure engineering, business continuity and disaster recovery, and project management.  

I performed various roles leading IT operations at healthcare provider organizations and also spent 10 years building software solutions for healthcare focused on laboratory and inpatient pharmacy.

I am an Indian Air Force veteran.  


Dr. Vaijinath Mane


Hi, I am Vaijinath Mane. I have a Ph.D. in Chemistry from IIT Bombay. Currently, I'm working as a Postdoctoral fellow in drug discovery in Toronto. 


Mr. Amol Wankhede

Los Altos CA

High-tech Information tech proffesional and mentor, enterprenuer. Currently working at Google research in mountain view CA. Origianally from Pune, MS in India.

Having mentored number of startups and innovative product innovations, I am here to conenct with fellow members and earn a different perspective.

More at


Ms. Ashwini Joshi


Sr. Dev Manager at Oracle America. 

From Dapoli , Kokan MH. 

Interested in giving back to society in any form. 


Mr. DheerajChandrakant More

São Paulo

I'm a textile technologist Born in Mahad, Dist. Raigad, placed in Saõ Paulo, Brazil having own business in consultancy / outsourcing for Latin American customers from Far East based vendors from India, Indinesia, China, Thailand, Turkey etc. Extensife traveling between Brazil, India and China.

Deal mainly in textiles and non textile items.


Mr. Abhijit Oka


Hi I am Abhijit Oka ( Oak).  I work as a Data Scientist in Atlanta Georgia from past 8+ years. I have varied interests in Classical Music , Dance and Languages. 


Mr. Vaishnavi Joshi



This is Vaishnavi Joshi. I have been bought up in the City of Mumbai. I did my Bachelors in Engineering in Packaging and Printing Technology from SIES Graduate School of Technology. I currently reside in Richardson, Texas. I did my Masters's in Supply Chain Management from the University of Texas at Dallas. I am currently working as a Procurement Specialist at Regali Inc. 


Vaishnavi Joshi


Dr. Girish Poré


I am a practicing Gastroenterologist in Atlanta, Georgia. 


Mr. Amit Ambegoankar


Amit Ambegaonkar is the International Best-Selling Author, Business Mentor, and Certified Success Trainer who specializes in helping business owners structure their business for maximum profit.

Amit is the founder and President of Your Profound Solutions Inc.

He has co-authored books with leading industry experts -Brian Tracy, Robert Allen, and Raymond Aaron. He has been featured on Rogers TV, Canada One, and various podcasts.

He has been featured on the front cover of the Canadian Real Estate Wealth magazine and has been interviewed and published.

As a professional speaker, he has shared stages with legends like Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy, Robert Allen, and Raymond Aaron.

Amit has been nominated for the International World Civility Ambassador.

Amit has been named as one of the top 100 authorities by Influence and In the Know Magazine. 

Amit is a mentor with Futurpreneur Canada where he provides business advice as well as support and encouragement to help young entrepreneurs.

Amit has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs build and expand their businesses through his seminars, coaching, workshops and trainings.

Amit offers Business Consultation, Seminars, and Training that guarantees results for growth and expansion through strategies that are used by several Fortune 500 companies. He specializes in Sales and Business Leadership training.




Amit Ambegaonkar is the International Best-Selling Author, Business Mentor, and Certified Success Trainer who specializes in helping business owners structure their business for maximum profit.

Amit is the founder and President of Your Profound Solutions Inc.

He has co-authored books with leading industry experts -Brian Tracy, Robert Allen, and Raymond Aaron. He has been featured on Rogers TV, Canada One, and various podcasts.

He has been featured on the front cover of the Canadian Real Estate Wealth magazine and has been interviewed and published.

As a professional speaker, he has shared stages with legends like Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy, Robert Allen, and Raymond Aaron.

Amit has been nominated for the International World Civility Ambassador.

Amit has been named as one of the top 100 authorities by Influence and In the Know Magazine. 

Amit is a mentor with Futurpreneur Canada where he provides business advice as well as support and encouragement to help young entrepreneurs.

Amit has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs build and expand their businesses through his seminars, coaching, workshops, and training.

Amit offers Business Consultation, Seminars, and Training that guarantees results for growth and expansion through strategies that are used by several Fortune 500 companies. He specializes in Sales and Business Leadership training.


Mrs. Varsha Padwalkar


We have a small startup which has team located in Canada, US and offshore in Pune. We have artificial intelligence, data science, data engineering, web technologies, cyber security services in Life science domain. 
do let us know if there are any possibilities in our Marathi group. 


Mr. Sandeep Mahajan

San Jose

I am working in IT organization, love traveling doing photography... i have been playing dhol for Ramanbhag for long time.


Mr. Gaurav Joshi


Consultant working in the biopharma and retail space 


Dr. Swaroopa Paratkar


11+ years in Biopharmaceutical Industry with experience in CMC-Regulatory affairs and Biologics drug development and commercialization. 


Mr. Yugandhar Mankar


Hello. I am a student at Penn State University. I am majoring with a bachelor's degree in Information Science and Technology along with a minor in Finance. I would be graduating in May 2021.

I am interested in business and finance. I run a company in India where I am arranged a major Korean award show in India and I am now in the process of creating an OTT platform for Korean content to be distributed around the world.

Along with continuing to run my business, I want to work on the Wall Street in New York.

My hobbies include playing chess and I am an internationally rated chess player.


Dr. Amit Joshi..


Chemical engineer with 12+ years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. Extensive experience in core procurement skills; supplier relationship management; project management; strategic sourcing for cell and gene therapy, biologics, small molecules and conjugates; drug substance and drug product development and scale-up.


Dr. Girish Chowdhary


Girish Chowdhary is an associate professor and Donald Biggar Willet Faculty Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the director of the Field Robotics Engineering and Science Hub (FRESH) at UIUC and the Chief Scientist on the Illinois Autonomous Farm. Girish is affiliated with Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. He holds a PhD (2010) from Georgia Institute of Technology in Aerospace Engineering. He was a postdoc at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS)of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(2011-2013), andan assistant professor at Oklahoma State University’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department (2013-2016). Healso worked with the German Aerospace Center's (DLR's) Institute of Flight Systems for around three years (2003-2006). Girish’s work on AI and adaptive flight control has led to several key advances to flight-control and his Dave Ward memorial award by Aerospace Guidance and Controls committee. Some highlights include creation of an autopilot that can handle severe failure cases mid-flight in real-time. Girish is the author of over 90 publications in autonomy and robotics, and PI on NSF, AFOSR, NASA, ARPA-E, and DOE grants, and an ONR MURI. He is the winner of the Air Force Young Investigator Award, and several best paper awards, including a best systems paper award at RSS 2018 for his recent work on the agricultural robot TerraSentia, which has since been heralded as the device that can usher in a new era in high throughput phenotyping.He is the co-founder of EarthSense Inc. (, working towards making sustainable farming profitable with ultralight field robots.


Ms. Pooja Deshpande


I am Pooja Abhay Deshpande, currently living in Michigan.

I came to USA in 2018 to pursue higher education. My previous work experience encouraged me to pursue higher education and after research I chose USA. My Mom-Dad have always inspired me to dream big and have been very supportive in this decision.

I am grateful to have such great parents and loving friends who have guided and mentored me. Personally i believe in continuous learning personally and professionally.

I have not mentored anybody so far but I try to help others by sharing my experiences / learnings. I like to read and my favourite genre includes fiction, self-help books and psychology... 


Mr. Aashish Sathaye


I am a .Net Developer. We have been in Irving TX since 2007.

I am looking to grow Sales for a Startup based out of Pune, India.

Company Website: Company website:

In brief they provide the following services and more:

  • DevOps
  • Web/ Mobile app development (MERN/MEAN/ J2EE, open source technologies)
  • Cloud migration services to global clients.
  • Salesforce
  • AI/ML


    They are into US healthcare, knowledge management, social, finance, insurance domains 
    and have evolved software delivery processes (primarily Agile).




Mr. Amit Bole

San Francisco

Passionate about Marathi history, music (shastrokta, natyasangeet, bhavgeet, bhaktigeet, lavni)  literature, food - in short anything Marathi! 

Learned tabla, mridang, dholki, and dimdi from Shri Sudhir Ranade, who was tabalji to Shri Sudhir Phadke (after Shri Anna Joshi) for almost 20 years but haven't played for almost 20 years! Learned classical with Pandit Neelkanthbua Abhyankar and later with Pandit Chandrashekhar Swamy (Mewati gharana). My mother was a shishya of the great Pandit Jagannathbua Purohit (Gunidas) 

Grandfather was Raobahadur Sitaram Keshav Bole, president of the Hindu Mahasabha, and friend of both Swantryaveer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, and Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar

I live in San Francisco but my heart lives in my bungalow on Prabhat Road, Erandawane, Pune - i look forward to my body joining my heart! 

Currently Managing Director (Partner) at Accenture in the Salesforce Business Group 



Mr. Lalit Mahadeshwar


A serial entrepreneur having multiple successful ventures in various verticles involving technology.

Currently focus is on Biometric identification. Founded and managed Iritech Technology India Pvt Ltd. A fully owned subsidiary of Iritech Inc a US company and a global leader in Iris identification. In India, Iritech captured over half of the market for Aadhar card Iris authentication.

Lalit also coaches Executive MBA course in Kenan Flagler, Business School of UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Founder President of NC based India centric Think Tank, India 3-2-1. Served on many social bodies in USA and India. 


Mr. Sameer Neve

Jersey City

Ph.D. Student in Environmental Engineering 


Mr. Shashank Pathrudkar


Currently, I am pursuing my Ph.D. at Michigan Technological University. I am born and brought up in Pune. 


Mrs. Sharmila Deshpande


I'm a technology leader who leads teams for design, development and  delivery of software programs to client satisfaction 


Mr. Ganesh Joshi

Rockville Maryland

Compliance Officer at FDA (Food and Drug Administration)

Worked as a Quality Assurance professional in pharmaceutical / biotechnology industry in various capacities for over 25 years.

Microbiologist by education.

Bombay University alumnus.


Mr. Atul Kulkarni


I am a Software Professional with 15+ years of profressional experience, I work for Amazon focusing on AI / NLP (Alexa) as a Software Development Manager now and have been recruiting Software Engineers and Data Scientists for many years in the past.

I am keen on helping non-CS background folks (students, recent PhDs, etc.) get into this lucrative field via mentoring and community coaching.

I am also a perpetual student and a practicioner of AI & NLP and would like to join the professional circuit of that in the organization to network and help spread the word in our community.


Mr. Ranjan Marathe

Denver Colorado

MES Solutions Architect


Skills : ASP .Net MVC, C#, .Net Framework, Javascript, jQuery, Kendo UI, SSIS, SSRS, Silverlight, WCF, SQL Server 2008, IBM Message Broker
Responsibilites : Onsite development anchor, offshore development anchor 

Here to learn. 


Mr. Swanand Limaye


Strategy professional with mechanical engineering masters and MBA. ~8 years of experience with mostly Industrial / automotive firms in India and US.

I come from small town in western maharsahtra and very interested in this platform to connect with different people professionally and personally to get and offer mentorship. I truly believe that we can leverage accomlishments of each other to further progress community. 

My LinkedIn - 



Mr. Upendra Belhe

New Jersey

Dr. Upendra Belhe, President, Belhe analytics advisory

Dr. Upendra Belhe leverages his 25+ years of experience in data and advanced analytics to advise businesses on how to drive business outcomes through data driven insights.  He recently served as Global Chief Data and Analytics Officer at Gen Re, a Berkshire Hathaway company.  Upendra joined Gen Re from Chubb Insurance, where in the newly defined role of Chief Analytics Office, he led the Global Strategic Analytics agenda for the world's largest publicly traded Property & Casualty insurance company.

​Prior to joining Chubb, Dr. Belhe was a National Director of Information Analytics Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he helped clients design and execute their most critical business decisions based on the appropriate use of data and analytics. Prior to PwC, Upendra led the insurance analytics group at the Hartford Financial Group, where he helped business areas leverage internal as well as external data to create actionable business insights. Upendra was a repeat recipient of the Hartford Chairman’s inventor recognition award.

Dr. Belhe is particularly passionate about driving business outcomes through cross-pollination of data and insights across the enterprise.  Upendra’s expertise in solving complex business problems leveraging multiple computational and statistical techniques has allowed him to serve as an analytics leader for more than twenty years. He has built and mentored analytics teams across the geographies from ground up. He continues to leverage his core competency in guiding interdisciplinary teams to drive actionable business insights with the use of advanced statistical and predictive modeling methods, optimization and machine learning techniques.

Upendra holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of Iowa and has published in several international journals.


Mrs. Bhagyashree Suryavanshi


I'm Bhagyashree Suryavanshi, currently working as a software engineer at Accenture LLP(USA). I hold  Computer Science Masters degree from Pune University. I was a part of Rotary Club of Pune in 2015.



Mr. Shreyas Gaikwad


I am a graduate student pursuing PhD. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Department of Immunotherapeutics and Biotechnology, Texas Tech University. My research focuses on cancer biology, drug repurposing and bioprinting.


Dr. Ajit Sapre.


I received my BChem from ICT Mumbai, PhD in Chemical engineering from U. of Delaware, and MBA from Cornell University.

I have more than 40 years of experience in the petroleum refining/ petrochemicals business, technology development/ deployment and general management. I'm also actively engaged with various start ups in renewable energy, biotechnology and synthetic biology space.

My experience includes technical and managerial assignments in research, engineering, licensing, business, manufacturing units and corporate planning. I worked in the US with ExxonMobil for 28 years in various capacities, before returning to India to join Relaince industries and has been working for the past 13 years. Although my work currently is in Mumbai, I frequently travel to the US, as my home base is in Tampa, Fl. 

I have published more than 100 technical papers, one book and has more than 50 U.S. patents to my credit.

In my spare time I support my wife, who is quite active in education and women empowerement, especially for poor communities in India.


Mr. Abhay Paranjape


35 years of experience at various technical, program management, business development, and executive level positions in the Aerospace and Defence industry.  Helped development of Aerospace industry in Australia and Canada 2002-2008, and set up a supply chain for F35 military aircraft.  Development, manufacturing, and sustainment of C130 aircraft for Indian Air Force from 2008-2012.  Led the development of a supply chain for Aerospace industry between India and US, business development for Lockheed Martin, and setting up a joint venture between Lockheed and Tata.  Established and expanded operation of Tata Lockheed JV as COO from 2017 to 2020.

Started and executed a program at the JV for girls from below poverty line and rural backgrounds to enter manufacturing 2018-2020.

Retired from LM in October 2020, now operating in an advisory role for Indian companies in the Aerospace and Defence sector.

Involved in mentoring and guiding multiple students, young employees from disadvantaged backgrounds, and enterpreneurs in India. 

Residing in the US, will be spending 3-4 months every year in Pune.  Available for mentoring, general guidance, and support for youngsters.


Mr. Pravin Margale



16+ years of experience in application-development life cycle phases and consulting to Fortune 500 companies in Hi-tech, healthcare, Public Sector (Local/state Government and Non-Profit), and manufacturing industries. Possess strong and focused understanding of business processes, interpreting customer needs into functional system design and recommending industry best practices. His areas of expertise include leading large scale digital transformation initiatives, program management, business and functional analysis, application / Integration architecture and design using and Oracle CRM packages along with other Digital platforms.


Mr. Prasad Panwalker


Hello, my name is Prasad Panwalker and I am staying in Austin, TX for 15 plus years. I came to the USA as a student and did my MS from University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Recently we have started a Home Health Care business and our goal is to assist the aging population.

For additional information, please visit our web-page: 


Mr. Rushikesh Sable


Rushikesh Sable, PhD

I am a Biomolecular Scientist, working in the Cancer Immunotherapy area. Currently, I am working at the National Institutes of Health USA. for designing new drugs for Pancreatic Cancer. 


Mr. Swapnil Relekar


I am a recent graduate in mathematical finance from UNC Charlotte. I am originally from Thane, India. I am currently seeking full time opportunities in the areas of financial risk management and data analytics.


Dr. Udayan Apte

Kansas City

I am a board certified toxicologist and a scientsts. 

I am an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutic at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Focus of my research is on liver diseases and adverse effect of chemicals on the liver.

I teach toxicology to medical students and to PhD students. I have so far trained 5 PhD students and currently mentoring 2 more. 2 of them are of Marathi origin.

I have published over 75 research articles and severeal book chapters. I have also edited a book on Liver Regeneration published by Elsevier.

I am passionate about mentoring students to enter basic biomedical research. 


Mrs. Reema Kamat Sakhalkar

Sidney OH

I'm a business leader, working at a manufacturing company in the HVAC industry.

I enjoy driving results, communicating with and influencing others, and spending time with my husband and son.


Mrs. Reema Kamat Sakhalkar

Sidney OH

I'm a business leader, working at a manufacturing company in the HVAC industry. I enjoy driving results, communicating with and influencing others, and spending time with my husband and son.


Mr. Bhalchandra Kulkarni

New Jersey

I'm from Mumbai, studied Economics at the Sydenham college at Churchgate and got into Banking, moved to IT and M & A divisions. I'm based in the US since 2001, presently live in Lyndhurst (NJ). During my M & A & consulting days, I saw many startups with incredible ideas and brilliance (increasingly well-funded too) and it was always gut-wrenching to see so many of them crash and burn. While everyone's story was different, some patterns started forming in my mind and I started helping, mentoring (& even investing in a few) startups and it was a highly rewarding experience to take them, quickly and efficiently, to a place where they could mitigate resistance, fly faster, and minimize energy usage. In 2014, I set up my own startup advisory firm, 

Our essential contributions are on the product (ideation to maturity), governance (to build a sustainable organization that will pass the muster of your customers and auditors), product mix and portfolio management, preparing for due diligence by customers and investors, and partnering/ecosystem/exit strategies. 

Among my pro-bono activities are advisory board positions with universities for curricula development, setting up and running incubators, mentoring (one-on-one and group settings) and always happy to help young entrepreneurs in any corner of the world realize their dreams. 


Mr. Vish Kulkarni

San Ramon

I am originally from Mumbai and moved to the US as a student in 2001.

Since then, I have lived in 4 states in the country and have been fortunate enough to explore different parts of the country. 

My educational background is in Engineering and received my MBA few years ago from Kellogg School of Management. 

Currently, I lead the Global Product Management function at a Cepheid, a molecular diagnostics organization based in the bay area. 

Would love to connect with everyone in this group and hear their stories. 


Mr. Manish Meshram


I am SAP consultant experience implementing mobile solution for S/4 , SCM and EAM.


Mr. Vijay Ratnaparkhe


Graduated in Chemical Engineering from UDCT(Now ICT). Licences Professional Enginer in the Province of Ontario. 

13 years of industrial experience in India. Retired from City of Toronto, Water Division in December 2020.

Started and managed the only mandatory Pollution Prevention program in Canada for Toronto Water. Strong believer in sustainable development and reducing/ stopping pollution at source


Mrs. Poonam Gad


Clinical research professional with 4 years of experience in clinical research. Knowledge of Canadian Food and Drug Regulations, strong understanding of ICH-GCP, clinical trials, regulatory requirements and applicableSOPs. Also familiar ICH-GCP guidelines from conducting Phase I to IV trials and clearly understands the responsibilities of a clinical research and regulatory affairs professional.
Highly motivated, excellent communication and interpersonal skills while working as an effective team member.
Seeking an opportunity to transfer and demonstrate my skills in Clinical research and regulatory affairs to ensure that drug development processes and clinical trials are conducted in accordance with the applicable local and federal regulatory requirements.


Mr. Chinmay Sapre


Hello, I am Chinmay Sapre, graduated from Virginia Tech with Masters in Civil Engineering with specialization in Construction Engineering and Management in December 2020. I am also a lover of Hindustani Classical Music and have passed 2 examinations. I am currently looking for full-time opportunities in the Construction Industry starting from Feb 2021.


Mr. Prashant Wadkar


I am a great believer of the proverb “Your attitude will determine your altitude” and take pride in my skills, credentials, and experience. I have a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s Degree in Business Administration from India. Apart from this I have also obtained the Supply Chain Management Professional Designation (SCMP) from Canada, which is one of the highest achievements in the field worldwide.

I am a senior executive in Procurement and Supply Chain fraternity with 25+ years of experience from 5 countries of 3 diverse geographies. I am working outside of India since last 20 years including from the Middle East and North America regions. Although now I am a Canadian Citizen, my ultimate destination will be back to India in the near future.

Along with one of my ex-colleagues and an exceptionally good friend, I have recently promoted a private limited company in India with a manufacturing facility in Chincholi MIDC near Solapur, Maharashtra. Our goal is to grow this company multifold by offering low cost, state of the art manufacturing options from India to our global clients. Also, it will be our modest contribution to the collective efforts of the people of India to bring employment, development, and prosperity to the motherland.

Apart from this, my wife and I have an immense inclination for the mother nature, and we have a dream of developing a project in India encompassing sustainable farming and agrotourism. We believe farming is the future of the world. Right now, we are in the process of acquiring prerequisite land for this project in one of the naturally blessed and most beautiful pockets of Maharashtra.  We will be incredibly happy to share more details of our project in due course.

My wife and I are both animal lovers and staunch opponents of cruelty against animals. We are planning to also start some sort of animal charity when we return to India in the coming years and will be EXTREMELY interested to connect with like minded people.

Finally, about my hobbies and interests:

I am a mentor, educator by nature who has a passion to help others succeed. I am immensely proud to mention that I have been mentoring new immigrants and other career aspirants in Canada and worldwide since past 7 years. I am glad to have made my little contributions to a few people all these years in their future careers and businesses. I have been guest speaker and guest faculty at several events, institutes, and other forums.

On the sidelines both me and my wife love activities like Hiking, Walking, Running. We also love Reading Marathi Literature and listening to Marathi and Hindi Music.  We are World Travellers, Social Workers, interested in Charity and Animal Welfare.

My LinkedIn Profile:

My Twitter Handle: @prashantwadkar

My Facebook Profile:

My Blog Address:

My Personal Website:

My Company Website:


Mr. Rohit Bhapkar


I grew up in Pune and studied at COEP. I have 13+ years of manufacturing research experience in different industries and am currently working in consumer electronics manufacturing sector. Looking forward to network with like minded people.


Technical Manager with over 13 years of global experience of introducing new products and leading commercialization of several advanced manufacturing technologies in the areas of precision metal removal and digital manufacturing. Recognized track record of execution of programs with high uncertainty and aggressive timelines. Consultant for greenfield projects, re-manufacturing, re-structuring and development of a global supply base. Proven problem solver, technical negotiator and mentor with applied innovative solutions – filed as patents, corporate standards and trade secrets. 


Mr. Prasad Bhangale

Cary NC

I am Prasad Bhangale, currently working as Dynamic systems simulation engineer with John Deere at Cary NC. I am looking forward to connect with fellow Marathi people.


• Multibody dynamics of vehicles, mechanisms, agriculture and construction equipments, implements and systems along with vehicle dynamics of off-highway vehicles
• Experienced in various multibody dynamics softwares like LMS Virtual.Lab, MSC ADAMS and familiar with other CAE softwares.



Mr. Rajesh Pradhan

Lawrence NJ

Simple Marathi manus ..... like to travel ..... have travelled around the world for work ..... normally settled in Pune, India; here in US for last couple of years. 



Mr. Milind Sahasrabudhe


IT professional with more than 20 years of experience. Serving as Application Development Senior Manager in "Accenture".

Born and raised in Thane, India. Post education moved to USA in 2005 and then in Canada in 2015.

My family has private trust in India; which owns and governs "Ram Mandir" in Bhaskar Colony, Thane. The temple was initially established in 1971 and recently renowated in March 2020.

Father: Mukund Sahasrabudhe

Mother: Madhavi Sahasrabudhe

Currently I am stayin in Mississauga with wife Manasi and daughter Priya who is Grade 10 Student.





Ajit Potnis is a Mechanical Engineer, having acquired a Post Graduate degree - M.E. (Mech.) and is a registered Licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario (P. Eng.). He has extensive professional experience spanning over thirty years and two continents. He has headed R & D, production, maintenance, quality assurance, engineering, budgeting, projects and environmental management at different points in his career.  

A polyglot who is fluent in several languages, Ajit loves reading, music, repairing and fixing things in his spare time. As a technocrat, he has travelled widely, and has made technical and other presentations to different audiences around the world.

Ajit has made Canada his home for the past 18 years and lives in Brampton, Ontario with his wife and daughter. He is the Engineering Manager of a global automotive parts manufacturer. He believes in preserving the environment and is passionate about retaining his culture and language in a foreign land.


Dr. Manoj. Kulkarni.


Manoj Kulkarni completed his MSc in Agriculture from Marathwada Agricultural University Parbhani (1998) and Ph.D. Biotechnology from Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded (2007). He has worked extensively in the Indian Seed industry as a plant breeder for seven years.

He was Research Scientist and Faculty at Vidya Pratishthan’s School of Biotechnology, teaching and researching plant molecular biology and genetics at VSBT (2005-2007).

Manoj then moved to Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Israel (2007-2009) to research dryland agriculture and drought tolerance. He worked on various projects to do breeding for water stress tolerance in crops.

From 2009-2018, Manoj worked at National Research Council, Saskatoon, as a Research Scientist in crop molecular breeding and genomics research in wheat, canola, and flax. He has experience in various crop research -from breeding to genomics to genome editing. He was project co-lead and project lead in various government and provincially funded projects (more than 10 million CAD).

After completing his MBA (Food and Agribusiness Management ) from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada ) in 2017, Manoj worked as Chief Science Officer for plant genomics, tissue culture, and crop science research (2018-2020). He is the founder and CEO of two companies in science education and health food genomics.

Manoj thus brings his rich experience in crop breeding, genomics, food security, and business management. His interest includes health food, genomics, and crop research for global food security.

Manoj wishes to use this platform to connect with industry, investors, and mentor the younger generation of scientists and entrepreneurs.



Mr. Kumar Mohile


I am a I.T professional with 20+ years of experience, working in Project Management for Data Protection & SAN Storage

Extra Curricular : Event Management for musical shows and drama by Indian artist.

                             Wedding Planner.


Dr. Medha Joshi


Medha D. Joshi, Ph. D., M. Pharm, B PharmAssociate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Midwestern University College of Pharmacy-Glendale, Arizona:

Dr. Joshi received her Ph D from Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai University, India. 

She held a DAAD fellowship for post-doctoral studies in Free University, Berlin, Germany. 

She was also a post-doctoral fellow in Utrecht University, The Netherlands. 

Dr Joshi worked as a research scientist for Ocean nanotech, AR for brief period before joining MWU. Dr Joshi has expertise in lipid-based drug delivery systems including solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN), micro emulsions, self-emulsifying drug delivery systems (SMEDDs), nanosuspensions, and liposomes etc. targeted drug delivery. Her research program at Midwestern university is focused on application of nanoparticulate targeted delivery a) to neurogenetic peptides for their delivery to the blood brain barrier and b) reduction of maternal-fetal toxicity of drugs across the placental barrier.

She has more than 30 peer reviewed research articles, 2 patents and 3 book chapters to her credit.

She has been a Principle Investigator and co-investigator on several intramural and extramural grants such as Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery foundation, NIH AREA grant etc. 

Dr Joshi teaches Calculations and Pharmaceutics in the Pharm D program. 


Mr. Sarang Vaidya


Sarang Vaidya completed his Bachelor of Pharmacy (Gold medalist) from the University of Pune and then completed his Masters in Clinical Research. After gaining significant experience and moving to a management role, he completed his Masters in Business Administration and Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Research.

Sarang brings more than 13 years of experience in Clinical Operations, Project Management - Life Sciences / Healthcare Research. He has worked with multi-national clients in various therapeutic areas such as cardiology, oncology, endocrinology, psychiatry, immunology. He has handled trials right from pediatric to ICU studies.

While completing his basic education, Sarang was fortunate to learn Hindustani Classical music (vocal and harmonium) under the tutelage of renowned Classical musicians of the Jaipur Atrauli Gharana. He completed his Sangeet Visharad in both classical vocal and harmonium from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalay in 2007. 

Sarang is also a registered Naturopathic Doctor and Reiki Grandmaster. He has taught Reiki to more than 185 students to date and is a globally renowned Reiki practitioner. Sarang heads the Reiki Abhyasdham Pune chapter. At the age of 25, Sarang has authored the book Reiki-Ek Pravas which was published by the renowned publisher from Pune - Prasad Prakashan, and this book has received many acclaims internationally with a total sell of more than 1000 copies globally.

Sarang also is an accomplished Music Therapist and has to date published 25 research papers on music therapy and presented his papers nationally and internationally with receiving a special award from Hon. Vice-President of India Mr. Hameed Ansari for distinctive work in Music Therapy. 

Sarang is also an astrologer and palm reader with many renowned personalities being his clients.

Sarang wishes to use this platform to spread his knowledge and pass on this rich heritage to the younger generation.


Mr. Sanjay Wadge


Founder, Eternity Systems, Inc. USA, providing IT Services in an Enterprise Applications space. Technology Entrepreneur,   believes in spirituality, win-win for everone.

Sanjay is an Entrepreneur and founder of Eternity Systems, Inc. Sanjay has over 25 years of global IT Services experience. Sanjay has successfully delivered to a charter to scale the companies he worked for, build the culture of thought leadership and foster innovation as the primary differentiator to create benefit to the customers. Sanjay has spent most of his professional life in front of the customers and is very passionate about working with customers, creating simple and innovative technology solutions to complex business problems. With his deep understanding of current, future, technology and design trends, and excellent ability to evaluate their relevance in context of the problem domain, he has repeatedly displayed proven problem solving abilities, mentoring and coaching abilities to build high performance technical teams, ability to persevere and persuade development teams on technical visions/solutions, and commitment towards ensuring that the technical visions are successfully implemented.

Prior to starting Eternity Systems, Sanjay served a global premier IT/Product Engineering Services firm, Xoriant Corporation where he successfully managed CRM practice and implemented complex solutions for fortune 500 customers such as Cisco Systems, Charles Schwab, 21st Century Insurance, APL etc. Before joining Xoriant, Sanjay worked as Scientist at National Informatics Center, Govt. of India.

In addition to his day to day responsibilities, Sanjay is also associated with multiple non-profit organizations. He has been voluntarily serving Silicon Valley Indian Professional Association (SIPA), a prominent non-profit professional organization as a board member for last 10+ years and served as President from 2007 till 2009. 


Mrs. Leena Deodhare


Making her move from Mumbai to North America in 1985, Leena began her journey as an advocate for Marathi culture in a home away from home.

Being integral to many movements including working on the BMM executive committee, Leena initiated the Marathi Shala Project and saw it through to execution.

After moving to Toronto, she has been active in organizing and participating in Toronto's Marathi Bhashik Mandal. Associated with this community, she began organizing and participating in events that showcase local and international Marathi artists' dance, drama, music, and literature.

Leena herself has acted in a Marathi movie as well as Marathi theatre. Currently, working on creating awareness for Mental Health in the General Toronto Area, she hopes to create a safe space for not only the Marathi Community but all those needing one. 




Mr. Chinmay Phadke


A passionate advocate of scrum methodology with 9+ years of experience in software development life cycle.

currently, working as a business analyst with Sunlife financial, part of client experience office responsible for proactively communicating clients on sunlife's various digital products.

I have been very interested in coaching teams on using agile methodologies, guiding product teams on effective product management.


Mr. Prasad Marathe


I've a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University with focus on information systems and statistics.

I've been in the US since 2012. I am a data geek and currently work as a data scientist. I enjoy working in this field because it is at the interesection of technology, business, statistics, math and computer science + challenges me to solve business problems using my technology, analytical and domain specific skills!

Although am living in the US right now, I believe that the world is my oyster and I do think of myself as a global citizen. In the last few years I have travelled a lot across the US, mostly visiting National Parks and exploring the culture. All travel credits go to my wife who is a travel junkie. I must say that my travel time increased exponentially after meeting her! I'd like to use the platform of Garje Marathi for networking, share ideas & meeting fellow Marathi folks, if possible.

Fun Fact : I lived in Johannesburg, South Africa for almost 3 years, before coming to the US. I was part of South Africa Marathi Mandal for a short stint and participated in some of their cultural events. 

Social: Connect me on LinkedIn here


Mr. Pawan Sutar


I have recently graduated from Purdue Univeristy with an MS in Mechanical Engineering. I also have over two years of research and internship experience. My master's thesis was focused on numerical simulation of unsteady flow field in the blades of turbomachinery. During my internship in 2018, I have participated in four industrial energy audits, contributing to the energy cost saving of over $50,000. I have solid academic background in Thermal Science, Fluid and Gas Dynamics and Numerical Algorithm Development. I like to work on different innovative concepts and specialized topics in the domain of Mechanical Engineering. It has really helped me to build a multidisciplinary engineering profile.


Dr. Balaram Takale

Santa Barbara

Through GMG, I am looking forward to meeting you all, sharing ideas, and transferring any skill which could be useful for the community, and most importantly, learning from all of you!

-I am originally from a small village located 10 km away from Panvel-Mumbai, on Mumbai-Goa highway. I belong to a farmer family, and in fact I was involved in farming until my PhD in ICT, Mumbai. 

-As a son of a farmer, one of the things that I was always curious about was ingredients or chemicals involved in agricultural products as well as in life saving medicines.

-The curiosity shaped in pursuing PhD in this field, and ultimately becoming a scientist in making molecules.

-After PhD, and spending a year in Japan, I learned that chemistry is more than making molecules, it's my motivation, energy booster, you call it! It is one of those things that kicks me out of bed to go to work. 

-What excites me about my current role as a project scientist at University of California, Santa Barbara is how we can make medicines, in highly efficient, faster and cost effective ways so that every human on the planet could access it, if need be.

-Apart from this, I enjoy investing (market), running, biking, and putting a tent in wild California.


Mr. Pankaj Daramwar


I am a PhD in Biotechnology from NCL, Pune. Currently, I am working as a Research scientist at a pharma company in Vancouver, Canada.


5+ years of pharmaceutical industry experience involving customer outreach, creating awareness of company’s business, providing solutions to clients’ challenges and generating business opportunities.
• Experienced to dwell in multi-disciplinary scientific environment with PhD in Biotechnology.
• Expertise in leading and executing CRO small molecule synthesis projects for nanoparticle assisted drug delivery, pilot plant scale synthesis in API research, with patentability knowledge and problem-solving attitude (including ~3 years of Canadian CRO industrial experience).
• Multi-tasking ability in project management, report preparations, presentations, maintaining communication with clients through teleconferencing and update discussion meetings.
• Working knowledge of analytical instruments.
• Hands on experience with natural products isolation, enzyme assay development, biotransformation with cultured cells, and gel electrophoresis techniques.
• Supervisory and leadership abilities focusing on teaching, team-building, collaborative progress.
• Excellent technical, scientific writing and verbal communication skills. 


Mr. Krunal Shimpi


A simple IT professional with close to 20 yrs IT experience.

I was born and brought up in Vile Parle (E), Mumbai. Did my computer engineering from Sardar Patel College of Engineering

Right now I am working for Infosys as Senior Manager and enjoying IT career.

Would be happy to mentor freshers/Software Developers/Project leads and Project Managers to build career in IT.



Mr. Rajendra Dixit


I am Rajendra Dixit, a qualified Chartered Secretary with degree in Law and Payroll professional of Canada.

Also I am an Indian Classical Vocalist and Gradedvocalist of AIR and TV. I also teach Indian classical music in Canada and give my performances  in North America.

presently I am working in a health care industry as Head of Payroll for Canada.


Mr. Shashikant Shete


Born and brought up in Solapur till Matriculation, then did engineering in IIT, Mumbai, worked in Hindustan Aeronautics in their Nasik and Bangalore plants. Afterwards Migrated to Canada, worked for Bombardier and now retired.

My interests are in reading, singing, playing harmonium.

Hindi film music and Marathi music are my favourites.



Mr. Uday Mathkar


Self employed. Providing Sales management services to various industries & organizations in Canada & USA. (for the last 4 years)


Past experience (33 years): Worked in senior management and leadership positions with Oracle, SAP, SAS, Microsoft, ICL. All in the Information Technology fields.

Uday is a seasoned IT executive with comprehensive management skills within IT Industry across the globe. International profile includes working for diversified IT leaders (SAP, SAS, Oracle, SYBASE/PB Distributor, Microsoft VAR) in Indonesia, India, Africa, Middle East and in South East Asia for the last 34 years. Currently residing in Canada and working in Canadian & US IT market in leadership capacity.

Uday offers a collaborative management style which is underscored by leadership attitude based on 'integrity', 'fairness' and 'team first' principles. Uday's versatile skill set encompasses sales, business management, P&L responsibility, Revenue Generation, Motivating teams to Exceed Goals, Aligning People with Expectations augmented by an articulate, refined and engaging communication style while dealing with internal/external stakeholders across all hierarchical levels in an organization.

Business and IT competencies include:

□ IT & Business Strategy and Execution
□ Multimillion-Dollar Revenue Creation
□ Double-Digit Profit Delivery & Growth
□ Software Project Co-ordination/Management
□ CRM- Contract, Outsourcing, Partnerships
□ ERP, BI, EPM, HRMS, DW, Project Consulting
□ New Product/Service Launch & Management
□ Sales & Business Development for an ERP Principal
□ International Team Building & Leadership
□ Organization/Operation/Maturity Management
□ Start-up, Transformation & Culture Change
□ Process, Performance & Quality Improvement
□ Program/Profile Management & Program Rescue

ATREUS Global: Director for their BI, Hadoop Practice
ORACLE : Managing Director for 5 years
SAS : Managing Director for 3 years
SAP : Territory Director for 7 years
ORNCS : Oracle reseller GM for 3 years
SYBASE, PB, ORACLE Consulting in Middle East for 3 years
Microsoft Reseller in Kenya for 3 years
India : Worked with different SIs, S/W houses for 10 years

Lived in Kenya, UAE, Indonesia, Canada. 

Travelled to many countries on business and have an extensive network with Indians, South East Asians, NRIs, Africans, North Americans.

Hobbies: Instrumental music, Golf, Tennis



Los Angeles

I am Balasaheb Budhekar, Mechanical Engineer with 14 years of Automotive design experience. I have been working in the USA since 2011 for various Automotive manufacturers like Honda Motors, Nio USA and Canoo Inc.
Besides Automotive design, I am passionate towards the Internet of things, Self driving vehicles and Electric vehicles technology.
Also, Marathi literature is always very close to my heart.

I feel honored to join Garje Marathi and look forward to contributing my small portion towards its initiatives and also connect with the Global Marathi community.  



Mr. Nikhil Sathe


Thought Ledaer and Transportation & Logistics Industry Expert, with many years of international experience at C level.

Nikhil is currently Managing Director of high profile Logisyn Advisors, Investment Bank out of Chicago, catering to North American mid-market M&A in T&L Vertical.

Nikhil has been asscoiated with Non Profit organizations as part of community service for many years as well as mentoring newcomers coming into North America.

Nikhil is a visionary leader, who has consistently demonstrated keen sense of marketplace especially in Supply Chain Industry. Nikhil has many years of experience as CFO and COO in growth oriented Logistics Companies, and is considered subject matter Industry expert in private equity space.

Borne in Mumbai and spent most of formative years in Mumbai and Pune, Nikhil has always been a strong supporter of our culture, heritage and Marathi! 


Mr. Tejas Dandekar


I am a Mechanical Engineer by profession and have worked in the manufacturing sector in India for the past 10+ years.

I am in the US pursuing my MBA at the prestigeous Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana.

I would like to be a part of this initiative with a focus on networking. 


Dr. Ravindra Kolhe


Vice Chairman, Pathology. Physician | Scientist | Educator.

Augusta, Georgia, United States


Executive Profile:
Experienced physician-scientist and educator who creates unique value by providing outstanding laboratory medicine services and developing innovative complex molecular diagnostic tests. I am actively involved in business development, formulating marketing strategies, and developing strategic alliances with organization leaders to effectively align and support key business initiatives.

Care Philosophy:
As a Board Certified Pathologist, it is my goal to render not only the most accurate diagnosis but also to provide and develop the highest quality predictive and prognostic tests as a part of personalized medicine.

Breast Pathology
Molecular and Genetic Pathology
Cancer Cytogenetics.
Molecular Pathology workflow, operations, and process improvement. 


Dr. Rahul R Deshmukh

Tampa Bay Area

I received my Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from University of Pune and Master of Pharmacy degree from Bharati Vidyapeeth University in India.

Subsequently, I pursued a Master of Science degree at University of Maryland and my primary research project focused on evaluating second generation ERK2 docking domain inhibitors as potential anticancer agent.

I thereafter pursued my Ph.D. degree at Wayne State University and completed my thesis entitled “Proteasome Inhibition as a Potential Anti-breast Cancer Therapy: Mechanisms of Action and Resistance Reversing Strategies”.

Research for my thesis was performed at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan.

After completing of my Ph.D., I joined the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Wayne State University as a Post-Doctoral Fellow where I studied novel, targeted nanoparticles for the treatment of cancer.

Currently, I am the Director of Student Services and Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at a Pharmacy School in Florida.

I have over 10 years of research experience in Pharmacology and drug discovery for cancer. My research interests include Pharmacology, specifically the use of natural products in drug development and repurposing FDA-approved drugs for cancer to enhance efficacy and reduce toxicities.

Additionally, I would like to continue my research on novel treatments for cancer and designing novel combination therapy.


Dr. Ameya Kirtane


I am pharmaceutical scientist trained in the areas of drug delivery, cancer therapy, infectious diseases and global health.

I was born and brought up in India (Mumbai and Ahmedabad), and received my undergraduate training in pharmacy in Gandhinagar.

I moved to the US to pursue my graduate education. Following my PhD at University of Minnesota,

I moved to Massachusetts Institute of Technology to conduct my postdoctoral training.

I am now an Instructor in Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

I reside in Cambridge, Massachusetts with my wife and son. 


Mr. Makarand Phadke


I am vision-focused professional with strong business and commercial acumen and 21+ years' global success spearheading substantial revenue and profit growth for renowned organizations, including i3 International, Samsung, and Sony.

Throughout my career, I have established a reputation as a transformational leader who is able to challenge the status quo with bold strategies and transform objectives into measurable deliverables. My expertise encompasses all aspects of business strategy, development and management, from controlling costs and maximizing revenues to harnessing team strengths to improve companywide performance. Further, my ability to build consensus among executive teams and stakeholders to promote transparency and influence positive change has been repeatedly proven. Furthermore, I offer essential intangibles such as an engaging and collaborative management style, persuasive negotiating talents, and clear foresight to navigate around potential operational risks.  


Mrs. Jaya Date

Dallas Fortworth

Success-oriented, organized professional acknowledged for delivering large cross-functional, transformational projects. PMP and Scrum certified with extensive IT project management experience.

Planned and successfully delivered multi-million dollar end-to-end projects including web portals and mobile applications. Excels in collaborating with cross-functional global teams; analyzing and solving complex problems; demonstrates excellent communication, interpersonal and coaching / leadership skills. An accomplished portfolio manager and consultant with a strong track record of leading teams to deliverables on-time and under budget. Excels in MS Office.


Prof. Amol Janorkar

Jackson Mississippi

Amol V. Janorkar received his B.S. in chemical engineering from University of Mumbai Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT) in 2000 and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Clemson University in 2005. Subsequently, he did a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship with a joint appointment at the Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Shriners Hospital for Children.

He joined the faculty of the Department of Biomedical Materials Science, School of Dentistry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in August 2007 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Janorkar was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor (with tenure) in July 2013 and then to the rank of Professor in July 2017.

Dr. Janorkar currently serves as the Chairperson for the Department of Biomedical Materials Science.

With his training and experience in the field of biomaterials and tissue engineering over the past 19 years, Dr. Amol Janorkar leads a research group that focuses on cell-biomaterial interactions to direct cell morphology and ultimate cell function. The Janorkar Lab uses chemical and physical modification of biopolymer substrates to create three-dimensional in vitro tissue models that achieve enhanced survival and biological function versus conventional cultures for liver, adipose, and bone tissue engineering. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Health (NIDCR and NIBIB), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Dr. Janorkar has published 55 journal articles and 54 conference proceedings. Dr. Janorkar and his students have made over 100 conference presentations. Recognizing these research accomplishments, the University of Mississippi Medical Center has awarded Dr. Janorkar the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medallions for Research Excellence.

Dr. Janorkar serves as the Director of the summer research program that has trained 170+ dental and undergraduate students over past 13 years. Recognizing his contributions to dental research, he has been inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society, which rarely inducts non-dentist faculty members. Dr. Janorkar also served as the Director of the Ph.D. graduate program with focus on Biomedical Materials Science from 2016-2020. He continues to serve as the director and course faculty for several dental and graduate courses.

Dr. Janorkar has mentored graduate (6), undergraduate (36), dental and medical (10) students, and post-docs (2). His students have won 36 awards for outstanding research at local and national levels. Recognizing his teaching and mentoring, Dr. Janorkar was awarded the TEACH (Toward Educational Advancement in Care and Health) Prize, the highest award given to an educator by the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He has also been inducted into the Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence.

Dr. Janorkar is a senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and a member of the Society for Biomaterials (SFB) and the American Associate for Dental Research (AADR).


Mr. Ashish Nachane


I am a US resident since 1998. Currently live in Livingston, NJ. I have been in touch with our Marathi roots always and found my calling to serve the community while in Chicago Marathi Mandal under the leadership of Nitin Joshi. I have since been a member and President of Marathi Vishwa. 

I am a consultant with Citi Bank and also teach as an adjunct professor at Rutgers, the state university of NJ. Looking forward to connecting with fellow Marathi speaking members. 


Mr. Sachin Chonkar


I am a Commerce graduate and a Chartered Accountant originally from Mumbai, India. I have been working in the Finance Function in the corporate sector for 30 years and since last 15+ years I am working for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. I worked in their Global Headquarters in Basel, Switzerland for over 5 years and since last 6 years I am working in Novartis Oncology Division in the US based in New Jersey as Finance Head of Medical.


Mr. PJ Juvekar

Livingston NJ

My name is Prashant Juvekar. I did my undergraduate in chem engineering from UDCT, Mumbai. Also finished MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. I am currently working as Managing Director as Head of Global Chemical and Fertilizer research at Citi Inc in NYC. 




M.Tech. (Aero) IIT Bombay.

Worked (30+ yrs) in NPI and engineering research for Helicopters, Aircraft Engines, Gas Turbines, Wind Turbines and Thermal equipment. Work roles as individual expert and team leader in large companies in US and India. Functional expertise engineering design, BI, data modeling, Finite element analysis.

Interested in mentoring student projects in related fields.

Interested in learning and working in new areas such as data analytics, machine learning


Dr. Shirish Kulkarni

San Francisco Bay Area

Dr. Shirish Kulkarni is currently working as a CSO for Pharmwell Global at San Francisco Bay area with a primary focus on developing innovative and novel pharmaceutical dosage forms.  He came to Canada in 1991 for his master's degree and to USA in 1993 for his Ph.D. studies. After completion of Ph.D., he worked in a few pharma companies in USA prior to returning to India in 2006. In India, he worked for Lupin in Pune where he established Innovation Cell and contributed significantly to Lupin's phenomenal growth during that period. In 2013, he joined Sun Pharma and spearheaded R&D and contributed to development of several Pharmaceutical products. In 2019, he again moved to USA to establish Pharmwell Global. He has been honorary member of Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi scientific organizations. He has over 55 patents, 30 scientific publications and presentations in various international journals and conferences. Currently, he lives in Bay area with a wife and two children, a daughter and a son. Both children are working in Bay area as well.


Mr. Sandeep Sakhale


I am pursuing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in the department of crop sciences. I am basically from Aurangabad, India. Previously worked in India at the Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, and Also in the Philippines for part of my Ph.D. at International Rice Research Institue (IRRI).


Mr. Chaitanya Khare


Chaitanya Khare is the Continuous Improvement Leader in Dow’s Ethylene Envelope.

Chaitanya joined Dow in March 2007 and has helped make sustainable advancements for the reporting in the Capital Projects area. During Chaitanya's time at Dow, he has been instrumental in the widespread adoption of Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) at Dow and has led key EMI implementation projects. Chaitanya developed and led the Hydrocarbons EMI project team for Manufacturing Analytics and actively leveraged his learnings to other projects.

Chaitanya has successfully developed a conference helping digitization and gaining manufacturing intelligence from 2018. Chaitanya has received the Manufacturing Leadership awards in 2015 and 2016. Chaitanya holds an Executive MBA from Quantic School of Business and Technology. Chaitanya holds a B.E. in Petrochemical Engineering from Pune University and a Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) in Chemical Engineering from Twente University and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.


Dr. Sham Nikam


Dr. Sham Nikam PhD

Co- Founder Chief Strategy Officer at ARTham Therapeutics, Inc


Scientific leader with more than 35 years of drug discovery and early development experiencein top-tier multinational pharmacos. Promoted innovation and entrepreneurship to deliver excellent clinical candidates and help launch several biotechs. Cofounded a biotech newco, ARTham Therapeutics.
- A global, strategic thinker, with demonstrated ability to deliver successful clinical candidates within stringent timelines and resources
- Leadership through motivation, cultural awareness and encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship
- Acknowledged as a creative leader focused on advancing projects in multiple therapeutic areas
- Optimized drug discovery and early development process through external innovation, process improvements and scientific problem solving.
- Identified unique repositioning ideas that led to divestment opportunities of signficant value.
- Created entrepreneurship culture and responsible for the creation of biotech newcos as a new R&D strategy
- Cofounded a new biotech venture, ARTham Therapeutics to maximize the value of preclinical and clinical assets with high potential to be 'medicines that matter.'
- Recognized ability to lead, recruit, energize, mentor, reward and retain talent across different cultures

- Entreprenuership and External Innovation; Champion a new R&D model through launch of biotech Newcos with innovative technologies/assets.
- Identify divestment opportunities for past and current assets through strategic partnerships.
- Consistent delivery of clinical candidates and maintain a portfolio with high technical feasibility that have high potential for successful human POC;
- Discovery and early development Projects: Portfolio Management; Strategize Drug Discovery resources; Strategic partnerships in Pharma R&D, Outsourcing management; People management: Change management, succession planning and mentoring.


Mr. Ketan Patwardhan


After spending 8 years with corporates like GE (India) and Zensar Technologies, I co-founded InvestHR, Inc with my wife - Komilla Chawla.

InvestHR, Inc (IHR) - is an Executive search company HQed in Naperville, IL (Chicagoland). IHR facilitates Revenue i.e. Sales centric roles across Digital, Data Analytics, Infrastructure, IT, BPO, Engineering Services across Americas and UK.

I enjoy sports,be it watching or playing. Needless to say, playing is restricted to a few like Squash & Golf. 

My view on professional work life has been: "Behave/Action & Expect exactly how you yourselves will in a Team Sport"...this will lead to success of all around instead of just self.



Mr. Anup Mulay


Aspiring Computer and Information Science graduate student at Purdue University Indianapolis. After completing my Bachelor's Degree in  Computer Engineering from Mumbai University in 2017 I acquired 2 years of industrial experience working as a Software Analyst at Capgemini India Limited. I would like to pursue a Data-Driven software Development career in the United States. 

I am first-degree Karate black belt (Shotokan Martial Arts).

Also, I am fond of Hindustani Classical Music; keen learner Percussionist (Tabla - Visharad) Certified by Sugam Sangeet Samiti, Pune, India.

Looking forward to globally connecting people to learn from their experiences. 


Mr. Aditya Jadhav



I am a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, Indianapolis. I have a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Shivaji University, Kolhapur. I have also worked in the automotive manufacturing domain for 2 years. I hail from Kolhapur, Maharashtra. 

I am fond of photography and I have an Instagram page dedicated to my love for photography ( I love music, hiking, swimming, working out and playing online games. I have immense respect for Shivaji Maharaj and I always like hearing and reading about his glory, courage and other immensely impressive qualities. 

I currently live in Indianapolis, Indiana. I look forward to connecting with people here and build a good network. I am also looking for full time opportunities. 

I believe GarjeMarathi will be a great platform to connect with people from different spheres of life from Maharashtra who reside all around the world. 


Mr. Pritam Sakhare

Arlington TX



Princeton Jct

Ashwin Chaudhari is a visionary entrepreneur who brings a positive mind-set, strategic planning, and resolute courage that empowers undertakings. His unparalleled team building skills has been a key factor to many success stories. Ashwin is a motivational mentor, coach, and adviser to many professionals and startups.

Currently, Ashwin is the CEO of IMATMI, a company that helps clients in a business transformation process. Ashwin also has founded a not-for-profit company, Art of Success, that helps students by being impactful in their lives. Ashwin brings 25 years of experience in executive management from companies such as Goldman Sachs, and his strong, proven conceptualization, innovation, out-of-the-box thinking, and adaptability will continue to empower enterprises to manage industry challenges.

Ashwin has an MS in Computer Science from BITS Pilani, and BE in Computer Engineering from PICT, University of Pune, India. He has also earned certifications from Harvard Business School and The Wharton School.


Mr. Rajeev Thorat

New York

Experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated performance working in the information technology and financial services industry. Expert in Application Outsourcing Delivery with Global Delivery model. Skilled in Customer Relationship Management, Business Process Improvement and Software Project Management. 

Currently, working out of NYC, Rajeev has been with Accenture over 14 years and having played client engagement roles in USA, UK and Switzerland. 

Before joining Accenture, Rajeev has worked with Deloitte, PwC and Yokogawa. Rajeev earned his Masters Degree in Management and Engineering Bachelors Degree, both from University of Mumbai, India. 


Mr. Sujit Telang

San Antonio

Sujit is a Chemical Engineer by education, having completed his BTech from India's first institute dedicated to Chemical Engineering, the 78 years young, Laxminarayan Institute of Technology, Nagpur. After a brief stint in industrial sales of filtration technologies, Sujit joined as a faculty in Chemical Engineering at the Datta Meghe College of Engineering, Navi Mumbai under the University of Mumbai. Later on, in 2004, due to his interest with computers and technology, he moved on to ERP system consulting with SAP and has been in the SAP consulting domain since.

Sujit is based out of San Antonio, TX and works for Valero Energy Corporation in their I/S division, developing new applications and supporting Valero's commercial marketing and distribution business.


He is also pursuing a post-graduate course in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at the University of Texas, Austin, TX.


Mr. Udayan Deshmukh


I live in Ottawa, Canada.

I'm an Engineer (VJTI, Mumbai, 1985) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA Canada, 2012) by training.

Originally from Aurangabad, I migrated to Canada in Jan, 2002.

For the past 12 years I have been with IBM in Canada & US. Reading management literature, racket sports, music are among things I enjoy. Helping with improvement of girl's educations is my passion. I enjoy helping friends/colleagues get their retirement investment portfolios in better shape.


Mr. Sanket Warudkar

Katy TX

Specialties: Retail & CGP, Platform agnostic Datawarehosing Design Consultant, Data modelling expert, Global rollout for BI solutions, Solution architecting, Project Management, Transition lead, SAP BW Hands on, Change management, Scope management, Certified Sun Certified Java Programmer, Sun Certified Enterprise Architect, Project planning and estimation, People management, Mentoring new talent, Customer presentations on solutions,Pre-Sales Specialist 

Sanket has 19+ Years of Enterprise application development and consulting experience. He has managed large IT Transformation programs. He advises customers on Technology Roadmap, Client Migration, Business Intelligence and Application Modernization, Cost Optimization Initiatives. He has special expertise in modernizing SAP Data and Analytics using modern Cloud and Analytics Platforms. Extensive experience in implementing Analytics solutions for several CPG and Retail Companies (Fortune 10).


Ms. Chinmayee Kulkarni


I recently completed my master's degree from Clemson University in Industrial Engineering. I am originally from Pune, India. Currently, I am looking for full-time opportunities in the US. 


Mr. Chinmay Soman


Chinmay Soman is the co-founder, CEO, and co-inventor of core technologies at EarthSense, Inc. At EarthSense, he is leading the creation of a robotics and machine learning platform for transforming agricultural productivity and sustainability - starting with helping crop scientists accelerate crop breeding. Chinmay co-founded EarthSense while he was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign through NSF’s Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability program. During his post-doctoral research centered on soil microbiomes, he developed new ways of understanding plant and soil microbiomes, studied the effects of agricultural management practices on agricultural microbiomes, and invented new ways of optimizing plant-microbiome interactions. Chinmay was previously also the Lead Engineer and co-inventor of key technologies at Soil Diagnostics, Inc. and founder and CEO of Movable Objects, Inc. - a mobile sensing and computation startup.


Mr. Akshay Dehadray

Los Angeles CA


My name is Akshay Dehadray and I am currently pursuing PhD in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics in Los Angeles CA. Prior to that I have three masters in field of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Information Systems and MBA in Business Statistics and Data Analytics. I have been in CA for 7.5 years now and in US for 10 years. Prior to CA I was in FL for my first masters. I am originally from Mumbai India where my family is also based out of. I have future plans of moving to Canada. Looking forward to connect with the community. Feel free to reach out to me if I can be of any help to anyone.


Ms. Aparna Deshpande

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Hello all,

    A bit about myself - Like everyone else , I came here for a job opportunity and for my grad school ( in Computer Engineering) here. I am an IT professional and have been living in US for last 24 years now.  Currently working as a Product Manager|Strategic analyst| Team lead capacity as a consultant.

 I have been in living in Milwaukee Wisconsin for 23 yrs now, which you can say I live on an iceberg :). I am born and brought up in India - Pune Maharastra. I am quite independent, strong and happily single woman :). I have never been married and have no kids. Albeit have not been lucky in that personal department,  I am quite content with my life.

Besides that, I am into meditation, yoga, Ayurveda. Like travelling a lot. Love indian classical music. I am also a coach - volunteer ( similar like life coach). Coaching involves - giving pointers/direction for professional or any personal issues that people might be going through. I am big into volunteering. I also volunteer at the nature center by me , whenver I get a chance.

Looking forward to meet you all. If anyone have any questions, feel free to reach out to me -


Ms. Aparna


Mr. Tushar Deshpande


I am Tushar Deshpande.  I have a PhD in Computer Science (2013) from the State University of  New York at Stony Brook under the guidance of Dr. Scott Smolka in the Cybersecurity area mainly on modeling DNS attacks.

I am a senior member of the enterprise cybersecurity software group for seven years at CA Technologies, a Broadcom company.  Overall, I have more than 9+ years of commercial enterprise software development experience, primarily in Java and C++ with large codebases.  I have been effective team player and solo contributor.

My interests are towards the emerging landscapes such as Cloud-native, Serverless, and Edge Computing.  These are becoming essential for IoT, Data Science, Machine Learning, and Distributed Ledger Technology.  I have done a few side projects in these areas, the details of which can be found on my LinkedIn page,




BFA Advertising (Sir J J School of Art)

Master of Design (M’Des) Design and Visual Communications (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay)

MFA, Interactive and Broadcast Design (Savannah College of Art and Design)

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.”

“I got accepted and joined Sir J.J School of Art to study advertising design. It was refreshing to be amongst a college full of students who shared the same passion towards art. I belonged there and found my community. The constant feeling of being different than others and being on the fringe slowly disappeared. Studying advertising also taught me the nuances of visual and written communication. The importance of tailoring your message so it is heard loud and clear apart from the rest of the noise. J.J, as we fondly refer to the college, introduced me to my wife Gauri at the age of 16. After graduating from J.J, she encouraged me to pursue higher education and introduced me to the Industrial Design Center at I.I.T Bombay. I was fortunate to be one of the 14 students selected amongst the thousands of applicants to pursue a masters in visual communication and design. IIT’s program fuelled my passion for problem solving and I found myself lucky to learn from world class faculty. As a project, I worked on a documentary to highlight Aured, a special needs school in Mumbai. They work with hearing impaired children to bridge their journey to mainstream schooling. This documentary was recognized at the Savannah Film Festival and the Savannah College of Art and Design offered me Morris Sheer Fellowship to pursue their Master’s program.”

“It was a hard decision to move across continents to pursue something that was not on my long term plans. While I wanted to experience a life of independence, I knew I was signing up for something that needed a paradigm shift. I will have to relearn several elements of existence to understand a new culture and people. I saw myself climbing down the pyramid of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my parents and my wife. Schooling in a new country taught me life lessons at every step. The safety net I had under me in India, suddenly disappeared and I was on my own. Independence has its challenges and I was getting ready for it. Working odd jobs to make ends meet, staying with several roommates, rationing my wish-list and friends helping each other with our day to day struggles made the new life bearable and fun”.

“After graduating, I worked in several capacities; interface designer, experience analyst, front-end developer, usability tester, and digital strategist to name a few. All geared towards one goal; that technology should be an enabler and not a barrier. If the promise is to make life easy for people by the use of technology, then technology itself should not be a challenge in itself. The tech landscape evolves much faster than what people can cope with. My focus on problem solving, fulfilled through my several roles, helps me in my current role as the Chief Digital Officer for the State of Georgia. My charter is to formulate digital strategies for interactions between citizens and services offered digitally by the state. Georgia’s population is around 10.5 million and almost every resident interacts with the state systems via phones, kiosks, and computers. Technology makes systems and processes efficient but my focus is to insert the human element to make sure services consider the struggles of people from all walks of life. Atlanta is one of the major U.S cities and brings in a lot of diversity. This poses a challenge for systems designed to cater to a monolithic population. My focus is to make sure any person regardless of language, mental or physical ability is able to use technology services without a struggle. This includes people with physical limitations who access facilities that able people enjoy every day. I have built teams with the focus of user centred design and we work towards a common goal of simplifying technology.”

“In the last few years, my team’s work has been noticed by national media. This makes me happy and proud as a leader. As we keep elevating to the higher tiers of the Maslow pyramid, we realize our responsibility towards the society grows. When our decisions impact millions of people, it turns you into a humble and responsible leader. In 2018, StatesScoop Magazine honoured me with the National Leadership Award recognizing my contribution towards civic technology. It is not about the accolades, awards, or recognition. As we focus on our work and if it gives us pleasure, we don’t feel the fatigue of working. Going forward I plan to focus on giving back. Giving back to the society that built me. I have helped and consulted with several start-ups springing up in India. It is assuring to experience the passion and the enthusiasm of young entrepreneurs working relentlessly towards a better society.”

“As the earlier saying stated, food and flowers are equally important for an all-rounded life. Find your passion and if possible, turn that into work. Surround yourself with people who share your values, morals, goals, and passions. Psychologists say we are an aggregate of the 5 closest people that surround us and spend most time with us. Choose them wisely. Make sure you support each other to earn your food and enjoy together when it is time to smell the flowers.”



Greater Boston Area

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 2006
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 2004
B.Tech. Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, 2002

Associate Professor July 2012 – present Massachusetts Institute of Technology

World’s leading Nanotechnology Expert

“My mantra for success is follow your heart, do your best, trust in life to take care of the rest,” says Dr. Rohit Karnik.

Dr. Karnik is globally known for his work in the area of micro- and nanofluidics for applications in water, health-care and energy systems. He has developed devices for control of nanoscale fluid flows including the nanofluidic diode, transistor, and sensors. His group has advanced novel nanoporous membrane materials for water filtration and gas separations, and obtained fundamental insights into nanoscale fluid flows. They have made membranes from graphene that are only one atom thick, which could be used for efficient water purification and other applications. They have moreover, developed new technologies for microfluidic separation and analysis of cells, and have created microfluidic devices to better control and optimize nanoparticles for drug delivery. Dr. Karnik has furthermore, played a crucial role in the development of the Micro and Nanoengineering Laboratory class for undergraduate students at MIT.

Rohit was born in 1980 at Pune to Mr. Nandkumar Madhukar Karnik and Mrs. Shubhada Nandkumar Karnik. His father is a chartered accountant (retd.) and mother is a housewife. Rohit attended Vidya Bhavan High School and Modern College in Pune, after which he joined IIT Bombay and completed B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering in 2002. His B. Tech. thesis was Finite Element Analysis of 3D Cracks, performed under the guidance of Prof. S. K. Maiti.

From his undergrad days at IIT Bombay, Dr. Rohit Karnik particularly remembers working at nights on their ‘bottle filling’ machine for the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Student Design Competition, while doing regular class-work during the day. Dr. Rohit says,“I also have many fond memories of my friends and teachers at IIT Bombay, who played an important role in shaping my character and destiny.”Dr. Rohit Karnik was awarded the Institute Silver Medal by IIT Bombay in the year 2002.

Immediately after his graduation from IIT, Rohit took admission at the University of California, Berkeley, to do M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering under the guidance of Prof. Arun Majumdar. His thesis for MS was ‘A Microfluidic Platform for the Study of Millisecond Biochemical Kinetics in Crowded Solutions.’Dr. Rohit got his MS in year 2004 and in 2006 Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at University of California, Berkeley. His Ph.D. thesis was, ‘Manipulation and Sensing of Ions and Molecules in Nanofluidic Devices.’ In 2006, Rohit did postdoctoral work at MIT under the guidance of Prof. Robert Langer in Chemical Engineering. He joined the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 2007. Dr. Rohit Karnik has delivered invited lectures in different parts of the Globe and has over 80 research papers to his credit. He has filed over 20 patent applications and has supervised numerous theses at undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels.

Plant-based water filter for rural Indian communities

Dr. Rohit Karnik is developing plant-based water filter for rural Indian communities

In a paper published in the journal PLoS ONE, co-author Associate Professor Rohit Karnik and a team of researchers demonstrate that a small piece of sapwood can filter out more than 99 percent of the bacteria E. coli from water at the rate of up to four litres of drinking water a day – enough to quench the thirst of a typical person. They say the size of the pores in sapwood – which contains xylem tissue evolved to transport sap up the length of a tree – allows water through while blocking most types of bacteria.

Dr. Rohit Karnik says, “Sapwood is a promising, low-cost, and efficient material for water filtration, particularly for rural communities where more advanced filtration systems are not readily accessible. With my student Krithika Ramchander and collaborators at MIT D-Lab, we are working to develop useful filters that could be affordable to people.”

Awards & Honors

He is a proud recipient of several awards and honours. Some of his recent awards are:

  • Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Excellence in Teaching, MIT School of Engineering (2016)
  • Young Alumni Achiever Award, IIT Bombay (2014)
  • Department of Energy Early Career Award (2012)
  • Keenan Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education (2011)

Positions Held:

  • Undergraduate Officer July 2016 – present Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Associate Professor July 2012 – present Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • D’Arbeloff Assistant Professor July 2008 – June 2012 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Assistant Professor Sept. 2007 – June 2008 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Postdoctoral Associate Oct. 2006 – August 2007 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Graduate Student Researcher Aug. 2002 – July 2006 University of California, Berkeley

Besides Teaching, Dr. Karnik takes keen interest in photography, astronomy and traveling.He currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife.


Mrs. Siona Benjamin

New Jersey

Current Status: Artist/painter

Siona Benjamin
US-Israel Fulbright scholar 2016-17
Fulbright-Nehru scholar 2011

Childhood / Young Days: Childhood in Bombay and my grandparents lived both in Bombay and in Pune.

Beginning of Career: For graduate studies

Till today:

Future: To continue to make art!!

Family: Family now mostly in Israel

Outlook: My art making process gives me the opportunity to make social political change especially about issues of identity.

Advice: I am a proud Indian, a proud Jew and now a proud American. Be true to who you really are.

Important Link: Plz see video and press listing on website:

Major Acheivements & Honors: Plz see CV on website:



Dr. Suresh Nayak

San Jose

Current Status:

I have been in private practice as a Board Certified Obstetrician & Gynecologist for the last 40 years in San Jose, CA.

Childhood / Young Days:

I was born the eldest son of Ramabai Ramnath Nayak & Ramnath Keshav Nayak in a fisherman’s village called Versova, on the outskirts of Mumbai. I was the eldest child and never did I imagine I would one day live in the USA. My father had 3 brothers and we all lived together as a joint family of 19 people. It was a full household with a lot of kids my age to keep me company. When I was young, my mother always said that she wanted me to be a doctor and help people. Neither of my parents went to college, but still they had high hopes for what I would grow up to be. My mother, especially, placed high importance on getting a good education. After my high schooling at St. Xavier’s high school in Vile Parle, I studied pre-med at Bhavan’s college Andheri. I went on to do my Medical schooling at Topiwala Medical College, attached to Nair Hospital in Mumbai. Unfortunately, my mother passed away when I was in my pre-med program from complications related to her chronic asthma and never got to see me achieve this dream of attending medical school. I was lucky to have close family around and my mother’s cousin, Balakrishna Bhat, & her uncle, T.N.Rao, were most influential & supportive, emotionally & financially, in me becoming a doctor. Without their help, I don’t think I would have been able to finish my medical schooling. I had already left India when my father passed away and the same joint family raised my younger brother & sister.

Beginning of Career:

After graduating in 1973 from medical school, I was not able to find a residency in Ob/Gyn in Mumbai, as at that time, there were too many applicants and not enough positions. I heard about the shortage of applicants for the residencies in the USA and decided to apply. While I was waiting to get in to a residency program I did a registrar’s post for just one month at Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Parel, Mumbai. I think fate made me go there just to meet my wife, Rekha, who was working at the same hospital. It was love at first sight and the rest is history. Needless to say, there was opposition initially to our alliance from both our families since I am Konkani and she is Marathi. Eventually, both families agreed and we were married in April of 1975.

Till today:

In July of 1975, I was selected to join the Ob/Gyn residency at St. Joseph’s hospital in Chicago. I was extremely lucky because I would not have been able to even afford the plane ticket, but the hospital loaned me the money for it. It was decided that Rekha would remain in India until after Ganesh Chaturthi as it was her first one as our family’s new daughter-in-law. This also gave me the chance to earn enough money to buy her a plane ticket. I arrived in Chicago with 8 dollars in my pocket (the maximum allowable by Reserve Bank of India at that time). Chicago was hard. There were hardly any Indians around, no friends or family, and only one Indian grocery store. Rekha joined me in Chicago in September of 1975 and we soon experienced our first Midwest winter. We learned how to dress for below-freezing weather and wind so strong it would almost knock us over; quite a difference from living in Mumbai. It was a huge adjustment to move to a new country without any supports but luckily, we were able to slowly start to build a network of good friends who soon became like family. We were all experiencing this new country for the first time, without any relatives close by, and we quickly formed bonds that would last a lifetime. While I was completing my residency, Rekha worked at the State Bank of India.


After four grueling winters in Chicago, we decided to move to the Bay Area, where we have been settled ever since. I started my Ob/Gyn private practice in San Jose in July of 1979. Practicing medicine was so different then. The hospital would page me and I would have to look around for a pay phone to call them back. Things have come a long way since then. Now, I can see the fetal monitoring strip, of my patient in labor, on my cell phone. Ever since I started my practice, Rekha has been the most supportive person in my life. Without her support & understanding, I would not have been able to have the thriving practice that I have had for forty years, delivering over 6000 babies so far. She also worked with me in my office for 7 years. Delivering babies has been my passion and nothing can replace the gratitude and happiness that I see in the eyes of new parents, after I have delivered their baby. I see the same gratefulness in couples, who had trouble conceiving, after helping them conceive.


Rekha has always been artistic and has done many craft projects over the years, big and small, ranging from baby blankets to wedding backdrops and fancy antarpaths. She always believed in the importance of having hobbies and loves finding new and creative books and art supplies.
In 1989, Rekha acted in her first full-length Marathi play without ever having acted before. The play, Suryanchi Pille, was directed by Arun Londhe and the cast was full of incredibly experienced actors, including Arun and Veena Londhe, Mukund Marathe, Sudhir Alekar, and Nutan Bhiwandkar. Rekha describes the experience of working with such talented actors as having been so powerful, that she fearlessly performed her role with the same confidence as them. Since then, she has acted in numerous plays and went on to direct three plays, making her the first female director of a full-length Marathi play in the Bay Area.
One very special experience was when she got to be a part of the filming of a movie. The film actor, Mr. Ananth Mahadevan, was directing a movie called ‘Me Sindhutai Sapkal’ and the actress playing this role was denied a visa to come to the U.S. for the filming. Because of this, she was given the unique opportunity to be the stand-in for this role in the scene showing when Sindhutai Sapkal first arrives at the airport in the U.S. This was a very memorable experience for Rekha and she continues to value having being given that opportunity.
Currently, she remains busy at the India Community Center in Milpitas, taking yoga classes, teaching skits and dances to senior citizens, and volunteering her time whenever help is needed. She also helps host ICC’s talent shows once or twice a month.
We have two lovely kids, Vishal & Radhika. Vishal did his Bachelor’s at UC Berkeley & Master’s in Multimedia Arts and Technology at UC Santa Barbara and works as a software engineer on flight simulation software at Aechelon. Vishal’s wife, Neha Marathe, also did her Bachelor’s at UC Berkeley and attended law school at UC Davis. Neha is now a lawyer who advocates for children and youth at Law Foundation. They have 2 adorable sons, Shreyas & Sidharth, whom we love to babysit and spend time with. Radhika did her Bachelor’s at UC Santa Cruz in Psychology and received a Master’s in Social Work at Boston College. Radhika is now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and works at Satellite Healthcare, a dialysis company. Both Radhika & Neha learned Bharatanatyam and have done their Arangetrams. Vishal started learning tabla at the age of five and still enjoys playing.


An unrelated venture that I was involved with in the past for many years (both financially & time wise) was the manufacturing of a device, called ‘ignition interlock’ which, when installed in the car of a person convicted of drunk driving, would not allow him to start the car without breathing in to the device. This would have helped save numerous lives killed by drunk drivers. Unfortunately the company, ‘Autosense International’ went under due to lack of political backing to the DUI law. This is one of my big disappointments. Hopefully, someday the installation of that device will become standard in cars and save many lives. I was happy when I heard that the California legislature recently passed a law making it mandatory for all DUI convicted drivers to have the device installed in their car.


My humble advice to young adults is, no matter what you do, do it with passion & dedication and success will follow.

Important Link: My practice website is

Major Acheivements & Honors:

  • I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
  • I was Chairman of the Department of OB/GYN at Regional Medical Center, San Jose CA for twelve years, until 2017 and am currently vice-chairman.
  • I belong to the medical associations AMA, CMA, SCCMA & CAOG and am a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists



Mrs. Vidya Sapre

New York

विद्या हर्डीकर सप्रे

  • शिक्षणाने वैज्ञानिक,
  • व्यवसायाने संगणकतज्ञ,
  • वृत्तीने साहित्यिक आणि सामाजिक कार्यकर्ती.

साहित्यात समाजाचे प्रतिबिंब पडते, तशी समाजात सामाजिक कार्याबद्दल जागृती निर्माण करण्याची ताकद साहित्यात असते. या ताकदीचा उपयोग आपल्या लेखनात जाणीवपूर्वक करण्याचे प्रयत्न.त्यामुळे साहित्य प्रवास , सामाजिक कार्य आणि बृहन्महाराष्ट्र मंडळाचे कार्य हे एकमेकात गुंफलेले आहे.  वेगळा विचार करता येत नाही.

साहित्यिक या नात्याने

१.महाराष्ट्रातीलआणि अमेरिकेतील अनेक नियतकालिकात विपुल लेखन. १९१६ मध्ये लोकसत्ताच्या देशोदेशी या सदरात एक वर्ष लेखमालिका.अनेक इ-नियतकालिकात लेखन.

२.बृहन्महाराष्ट्र वृत्तावर संपादक, सहसंपादक, सल्लागार या नात्यानी काम.

३.ईग्रंथाली दिवाळी २०१२; बृहन्महाराष्ट्र मंडळाच्या रौप्य महोत्सवानिमित्त प्रसिद्ध झालेल्या विशेषांकाचे संपादन.

४. आत्तापर्यंत  पुढील सातपुस्तके प्रकाशित. :

स्वलिखित:  “संवादने”,  मांजरफन, अमेरिकन मराठी: जन मन अधिवेशन

संपादित: निरंतर, ल्याले ऐलपैल

               अनुवादित: अमर्त्य भारत.( मूळ लेखक : आमिश त्रिपाठी)

सामाजिक कार्यकर्त्यांसाठी कौशल्य प्रशिक्षण ( टाटा एन्स्टिट्यूट ऑफ सोशल सायन्स पाठ्यक्रमासाठी पाठ्यपुस्तक)


५. २०१०च्या  पुण्यातील मराठी साहित्य संमेलनात ‘अनिवासी मराठी साहित्य’ या परिसंवादाचे संयोजन व  उत्तर अमेरिकेतील मराठी लेखकांची प्रतिनिधी या नात्याने सहभाग.

६. महाराष्ट्र फौन्डेशनचे निधिसंकलन कार्यक्रम,  मराठी मंडळे आणि  अधिवेशनातील  काही कार्यक्रमांच्या संहिता लेखनाचे काम.

७.स्थानिक लेखकांसाठी ‘शब्दांच्यां संध्याकाळी’ ‘अभिव्यक्ती’ असे उपक्रम सुरु करण्यात पुढाकार.

२००१च्या बृहन्महाराष्ट्र मंडळाच्या  अधिवेशनात ‘साहित्यक्षेत्रातला सन्मान’.


सामाजिक कार्यकर्ती या नात्याने 

१.महाराष्ट्र फ़ौन्डेशन, एकल विद्यालय अशा अमेरिकेतील भारतीय संस्थांची पदाधिकारी म्हणून काम आणि महाराष्ट्रातील अनेक समाज सेवा संस्थांबरोबर काम. महाराष्ट्रातील सेवाकार्यांचा परिचय अमेरिकेतील मराठी समाजाला करून देण्यासाठी “एकता“ या नियतकालिकात  १० वर्षे लेखमाला लिहिली. अमेरिकेतील काही अमेरिकन स्वयंसेवी संस्थात स्वयंसेवक म्हणून काम.

२. “खेडे दत्तक योजना”( Social Reform of a village) या योजनेची संकल्पना अमेरिकेतील मराठी मंडळाना समाजावून देऊन महाराष्ट्रातील चार खेड्यांच्या विकासाचे स्वप्न साकार ( नियोजन ते उपयोजन) करण्यात सक्रीय सहभाग. त्यासाठी विविध   निधिसंकलन कार्यक्रमांचे आयोजन.  या सर्व खेड्यांच्या कामाचा गेली २५ वर्षे मागोवा.

३. बृहन्महाराष्ट्र मंडळाच्या सल्लागार समितीचे अध्यक्ष म्हणून काम. पंधरा अधिवेशनात विविध नात्यानी स्वयंसेवक म्हणून सहभाग. उत्तर रंग उपक्रमात सक्रीय सहभाग.

४. बृहन महाराष्ट्र मंडळाच्या  अनेक अधिवेशनात महाराष्टातील सेवाकार्याबाद्द्ल परिसंवाद आयोजित करण्यासाठी परिश्रम.

१९९९च्या सान होजे येथील बृहन महाराष्ट्र अधिवेशनात समाजसेवेबद्दल सन्मान


पुस्तकान्विषयी तपशील 

संवाद्ने :

स्वभावजन्य उर्मी, कौशल्ये आणि कर्तव्ये यांची सांगड घालत; एक संवेदनाशीलतेचा पंख आणि दुसरा सामाजिक जाणिवेचा घेऊन केलेला सामाजिक कार्याचा प्रवास आणि त्याबद्दल अमेरिकेतील मराठी लोकांशी केलेला संवादसंग्रह.   ( ग्रंथाली प्रकाशन, मुंबई)

अमेरिकन मराठी जन मन अधिवेशन:

अमेरिकेतील मराठी समाजाची गेल्या ५० वर्षाची वाटचाल (ग्रंथाली,मुंबई)


ग्लोबलायझेशनच्या रेट्याखाली तणावयुक्त जीवन जागणाऱ्या मराठी माणसाचे निव्वळ मनोरंजन करणारे ललित लेखनाचे पुस्तक !(ग्रंथाली, मुंबई)

अमर्त्य भारत:

भारतातील आजच्या तरूण वाचकात विशेष लोकप्रिय असलेले; शिवा ट्रीयालोजी गाजलेल्या तीन    पुस्तकांचे लेखक आमिश त्रिपाठी यांच्या  Immortal India या लेख संग्रहाचा मराठी अनुवाद

निरंतर , ल्याले एल पैल :

उत्तर अमेरिकेतील मराठी लेखकांना एकत्र करून कथा संग्रह व लेखसंग्रह संपादन.


सामाजिक कार्याचे तपशील :

  • महाराष्ट्र फौंडेशन:

१९८१पासून संस्थापक यशवंत आणि विजया कानिटकर यांच्याबरोबर काम.

कार्यकारिणीवर अनेक वर्षे काम : सदस्य, उपाध्यक्ष, वितरण समिती अध्यक्ष.

निधिसंकलन उत्सव: न्यू जर्सी, वॉशिंग्टन डी. सी., शिकागो, लॉस एन्जेलिस, बे एरिया.

नियोजन ते  सांगता आणि मागोवा ( फॉलो अप )

वार्तापत्र, वार्षिक अहवाल, विशेष वार्तापत्रे, जाहिराती : संपादन, लेखन ई.

विद्यार्थी अनुगृहीत योजना: ( sponsor a child) : संकल्पना, कार्यवाही, मागोवा, आणि अशा मुलाना प्रत्यक्ष दरवर्षी भेटून प्रगतीची पहाणी.

  • .“खेडे दत्तक योजना”( Social Reform of a village) प्रत्येक मराठी मंडळाने एक खेडे दत्तक घेऊन त्याच्या विकसनाची जबाबदारी घ्यावी अशी संकल्पना: ही संकल्पना अमेरिकेतील मराठी मंडळाना समाजावून देऊन महाराष्ट्रातील चार खेड्यांच्या विकासाचे स्वप्न साकार ( नियोजन ते उपयोजन) करण्यात सक्रीय सहभाग. त्यासाठी विविध निधिसंकलन कार्यक्रमांचे आयोजन.  या सर्व खेड्यांच्या कामाचा गेली 25 ते 30  वर्षे मागोवा. ( सणसवाडी, हराळी, मांगवली, चिखलगाव)
  1. सणसवाडी : प्रायोजक : न्यूजर्सी मराठी समाज

कार्यवाहक: ज्ञान प्रबोधिनी ( पुणे)

  1. चिखलगाव ( दापोली) : प्रायोजक: बे अरियातील मराठी समाज

कार्यवाहक: लोकमान्य पब्लिक चॅरिटेबल ट्रस्ट (दापोली)

  1. मांगवली ( सिंधुदुर्ग तालुका) : प्रायोजक: लॉस एञ्जेलिस मराठी समाज

कार्यवाहक: कोकण विद्या प्रसारक मंडळ

4 हराळी: ( ता. उमरगा, मराठवाडा) प्रायोजक: लॉस एञ्जेलिस मराठी समाज

कार्यवाहक: ज्ञान प्रबोधिनी, सोलापूर व हराळी

  • महाराष्ट्रातील ३०० संस्थांची माहिती : संकलन, आभ्यास, प्रकपासाठी निवडी.
  • महाराष्टातील संस्थाना भेटी: ५० चे वर.
  • महाराष्ट्रात ज्ञान प्रबोधिनी संस्थेतर्फे चालविल्या जाणार्‍या महिला बचतगट मोहिमेस मदत.
  • १९९३ खिलारी भूकंप: निधिसंकलन, वितरण, मागोवा. हरळी गावाचे पुनर्वसनात सहकार्य व त्यां गावाचा गेली 27 वर्षे मागोवा. त्यावर अनेक लेख लिहून देणगीदारांना आवाहन. हरळीशाळेच्या ग्रंथालयाचे संगणकीकरण करण्यास मदत.
  • कोकण विद्या प्रसारक मंडळ,  लोकमान्य पब्लिक charitable trust ई. संस्थांच्या सल्लागार समितीवर काम.
  • एकल विद्यालय: लॉस एन्जेलिस भागात १ वर्ष कार्यकारिणीवर काम, व अनेक वर्षे स्वयंसेवक.
  • प्रथम : लॉस एन्जेलिस भागात स्वयंसेवक. प्रथमच्या सहकार्याने हराळी गावाच्या विद्यार्थी व शिक्षकासाठी प्रकल्प.
  • बृहन्महाराष्ट्र मंडळाच्या सल्लागार समितीची अध्यक्ष आणि विविध अधिवेशनात विविध नात्यानी स्वयंसेवक म्हणून सहभाग.
  • ७. उत्तर रंग:उत्तर अमेरिकेतील भारतीय आणि विशेषत: मराठी लोकांच्या उत्तर आयुष्याचा विचार करण्यासाठी असलेल्या अशोक सप्रे यांनी संस्थापित आणि सुस्थापित केलेल्या उत्तररंग या उपक्रमात साहायय आणि बृहन्महाराष्ट्रवृत्तात उत्तर रंग हे सादर चालविण्यात पुढाकार.


बृहन महाराष्ट्र मंडळाशी  सम्बंधित कार्याचे तपशील :

  • वृत्त: ( १९८५ ते २०१५)
  • संपादक , सहसंपादक, सल्लागार, लेखक, स्वयंसेवक. सदर संयोजन,( उत्तर रंग, या नोकरीत मला काय आवडते, ऐसी अक्षरे रसिके, व्यक्तिविशेष, मराठी लेखकाबद्द्ल सादर इ.) अशा नात्यांनी संबंध.
  • कार्यकारिणी : १९८५ ते १९९१ : सदस्य ( वृत्त संपादक या नात्याने )

२००७ ते २०११: सल्लागार समिती/ अध्यक्ष.

समितीसाठी process documents तयार केली. घटना दुरुस्ती समितीचे काम, पुरस्कार समितीवर काम

२००९ : निवडणूक अधिकारी

‘मराठी तितुका मेळवावा’ हे बोधवाक्य ठरवण्यात पुढाकार.

  • अधिवेशने: संयोजन सहभाग, स्मरणिका संपादन, अधिवेशन सल्लागार, कायर्क्रम सूत्रधार, सांगता समारंभ संहिता लेखन, अधिवेशन घोष वाक्य निवड समितीवर काम, स्वयंसेवी संस्थांसाठी प्रदर्शन दालन ( booth sponsor), ‘तेजोमयी’ : समाजावर कार्तुव्त्वाचा ठसा उमटवलेल्या स्त्रियांवर प्रदर्शन, चर्च सत्रे संयोजन ( विशेषत: महाराष्टातील समाज कार्याबद्दल).

अधिवेशनात नव्या प्रथा : पुस्तक प्रकाशन ( 2011) आणि उत्तररंग परिषद (2015)

चर्चा सत्रे संयोजन व सहभाग: उदा: रचनात्मक कार्ये, एकता साहित्यिक मेळावा, कविसंमेलने, सामाजिक प्रश्न,  उत्तर रंग इ.

  • मैत्र: २००० : मैत्र अधिवेशनात ‘तेजोमयी’ प्रदर्शन, व चर्चासत्र.


  • उपक्रम:
  • मराठी शाळा: स्थानिक शाळात मदत. सक्रीय सहभाग.
  • उत्तर रंग: ही संकल्पना व चळवळ बृ म मंडळाचा भाग बनवण्यात पुढाकार.

अनेक ठिकाणी एक ते २ दिवसाच्या परिषदा करण्यात अशोक सप्रे याना मदत.

२०१३: उत्तर रंग नामदर्शिकेत अशोक सप्रे आणि मोहन रानडे याना साहाय्य

२००४ ते आज: बृहन्महाराष्ट्र वृत्तात उत्तर रंग हे सादर चालवण्यात सहभाग.

२०१५: अधिवेशनास जोडून उत्तर रंग ही स्वतंत्र एक दिवसाची परिषद घडवून आणण्यात पुढाकार .

  • मार्ग:लॉस एन्जेलिस मराठी मंडळात हा हेल्प लाइन उपक्रम सुरु केला व अन्य मंडळांनी करावा म्हणून प्रयत्न.
  • खेडे दत्तक योजना: एक मराठी मंडळ एक गाव !



झेपावणाऱ्या पंखाना क्षितिजे नसतात

——विद्या हर्डीकर सप्रे, कॅलिफोर्निया

“यंदा बृहन्महाराष्ट्र मंडळाचे अधिवेशन आहे” … अशी प्रस्तावना जेवणाच्या टेबलावर केली जाते, आणि गरम गरम जेवण गार होईपर्यंत गरमागरम चर्चा  चालू रहाते.’मराठी भाषेतील पहिला शब्द’ याबद्दल ‘गुगल’चं काही का मत असेना; मुळात मराठी भाषा निर्माण झाली तेव्हाचा पहिला शब्द होता चर्चा आणि दुसरा होता वाद!  ( संवाद , परिसंवाद हे शब्द संस्कृत बरंका !) या वादात मराठी विषयक अनेक विषय येतात पण प्रारंभ होतो, “ आपण यंदा अधिवेशनाला जायचे का नाही?” या मुद्द्याने.

“जाऊ या ना. कार्यक्रम काय मस्त असतात !”

“ काहीतरीच काय, मागच्या अधिवेशनात तो शेवटचा कार्यक्रम किती भिकार होता!”

“गाणी किती सुंदर म्हणतात!”

“ मग त्यासाठी तिथे कशाला जायला पाहिजे ? इथं घरात “अलेक्सा अमेझॉन” ला सांगितलं की तीसुद्धा लता मंगेशकर ची गाणी म्हणते!”

“ तिन्ही त्रिकाळ मस्त जेवण चापायला मिळतं !”

“ मस्त काय, त्या तमक्या अधिवेशनात पुरणपोळीवर तूप सुध्दा नाही मिळालं !”

“ आपली मित्र मंडळी नाही का भेटत ?”

“ भेटतात कसली , नुसतीच  धावताना दिसतात!”

“ पण पारदर्शक साडीतल्या विमुक्त पाठ्दर्शक मैत्रिणी किती छान दिसतात!”…. इ. इ. इ.

अशी वादावादी वाढतच जाते. कारण एक शिवाजीमहाराज सोडले तर मराठी माणसात कोणाबद्दल आणि कशाबद्दल एकवाक्यता नसते म्हणे. ( नवराबायकोच्या बहुमतात पास होणारे दुसरे कदाचित ‘पु.ल.’ असावेत असा अंदाज आहे.)

या सर्वावर चर्चा करताना लक्षात आले की  अमेरिकेतल्या मराठी माणसांचा गेल्या ५० वर्षाचा आढावा घेऊन कोणी त्यावर पुस्तक लिहिलेले नाही.  तसे पुस्तक लिहिणे हे ऐतिहासिक दृष्टिकोनातूनही आवश्यक आहे.  म्हणून मी आणि माझ्या नवऱ्याने  (अशोक सप्रे) एकमताने अमेरिकन मराठी: जन , मन, अधिवेशन’ हे पुस्तकच लिहिलं आणि ते अभ्यासू ,जिज्ञासू आणि अज्ञासू ( म्हणजे अभ्यासू ,जिज्ञासू असा आव आणणारे) अशा सर्व मराठी लोकाना अर्पण कराव, असं ठरवल.(  हे पुस्तक ग्रंथाली प्रकाशनाने २०१५च्या मराठी अधिवेशनात प्रकाशित केले,याची सर्वसूनी नोंद घ्यावी.)

या पुस्तकाचीअर्पणपत्रिका लिहिताना जाणवल की गेल्या ५० वर्षात उत्तर अमेरिकेत झेप घेऊन आलेल्या हजारो  मराठी स्वयंसेवकानी आपले धन, लाखो क्षण नव्हे तर लाखो तास देऊनआपले मराठीपण जपण्यासाठी ‘तन मन धन पूर्वक’ केलेले प्रयत्न कौतुकास्पद आहेत.  प्रत्येक मराठी माणसाला अभिमान वाटावा असे!या सर्वानी  उत्तर अमेरिकेत मराठी संस्कृतीची सेवा केली. विविध प्रकारे जोपासना केली आणि अजूनही करत आहेत. त्यानी उत्तर  अमेरिकेतील मराठी संस्कृतीत तर  योगदान केलेच. पण महाराष्ट्रासाठी आणि अमेरिकेसाठीही ही केले. त्या सर्व  मराठी जनाना मन:पूर्वक प्रणाम केला पाहिजे.

त्या पन्नास वर्षान्ब्द्द्ल काय सांगता येईल ? 

गेल्या पन्नास  वर्षात अमेरिकेतील मराठी सामाजिक प्रवाहाला अनेक वळणे लागली. विसाव्या शतकाच्या सत्तरीत महाराष्ट्रातल्या गावागावातले चुळबुळते सरदेसाई‘पर’देसाई होऊन अमेरिकेतल्या गावोगावी येऊ लागले होते!  स्थलांतरितांची नव्या भूमीत रुजण्याची कहाणी तेव्हा सुरु झाली. एकीकडे झेपेच्या कवेत घेणारं आकाश आणि त्या आकाशात पाय टेकताना जमीन नसण्याची भावना असा संघर्षही त्या कहाणीत असतो. आपली वाट आपणच निर्माण करण्याची ती लढत असते.यशस्वी जगण्यासाठी लागणारा अमेरिकन यंत्रणेचा सामाजिक टेकू होता पण त्याबरोबर मराठीपणा चा मानसिक टेकू हवा होतां ! त्यासाठी सुरु झाली मराठी मंडळे….

त्यानंतर मराठी समाजाला नवे प्रवाह येऊन मिळाले. अमेरिकेतही बदल झाले. आता तर आपण सारे विश्वात्मकतेच्या लाटेवर स्वार झालो आहोत. गेल्या  पन्नास वर्षातील बदलती अमेरिका अनुभवताना आम्ही मराठी समाजाचे अनेक बदलते प्रवाह जवळून पाहिले. अनेकवेळा त्यात झेप घेतली. खळाळतेचा थरार अनुभवला. काही मराठी मंडळांचे जन्मसोहोळे, बृहन्महाराष्ट्र मंडळाचा उगम, मराठी अधिवेशने आणि वृत्त, उत्तर रंग सारखे  अन्य उपक्रम; या सर्वात आमचा प्रथमपासून सक्रीय सहभाग आहे. तसेच काही उपक्रमांचे आम्ही जवळचे साक्षीदार आहोत. आपलं, यश आणि आपल्या आकांक्षा बरोबरीने अनुभवाव्या…कलाकृतींचा आनंद एकत्रित पणे घ्यावा.. सुचलेल्या कल्पना एकमेकांना सांगाव्यात..आपल्या अडचणी एकमेकांशी बोलाव्यात..काही उपाय संघटितपणे शोधावेत.. नव्या मैत्राचे सूर जुळावेत..  या साठी आहे हा  बृहन्महाराष्ट्र मंडळाचा मंच !आजच्या परिभाषेत “नेट्वर्किंग हब”! कल्पना जागरण (Brain storming),माहिती प्रसारण (Reach out),सेवा मदत (Help),प्रेरणा (Motivation),नव्या कल्पनांचे स्वागत वेगळ्या वाटेने जाणाऱ्या लोकांचे आणि संस्थांचे स्वागत या सर्वांसाठी असलेले हे व्यासपीठ !!

यामुळे महाराष्ट्राबाहेरचा मराठी समाज म्हणून आपल्याला एक आत्मस्वरूप ( आयडेण्टीटी), आत्मभान आणि अस्मिता मिळाली. त्यातून अनुबंध ( नेटवर्क) निर्माण झाले.

आपली स्वप्ने साकार करण्याचं सामर्थ्य या अनुबंधात आहे हे उमजलेल्या काही  मराठी लोकांनी

  • महाराष्ट्रातील सामाजिक आणि सांस्कृतिक क्षेत्रातआणि मराठी भाषा, साहित्यात आपले योगदान ( काँत्रिब्यूशन्) केले.
  • काही मराठी लोकांनी अमेरिकेतील मराठी समाजासाठी श्रम घेतले आणि घेत आहेत.
  • तर काही अमेरिकन समाजासाठी आपले योगदान करत आहेत.

या तीन चाकी रथाची गती आपल्याला व्यक्ती आणि समाज म्हणून प्रगतीपथावर नेत आहे.


१९७०च्या सुमाराला आलेल्या मराठी लोकांनी पायवाट निर्माण केली, तसे त्यानंतरच्या आलेल्या पिढ्यांचे मराठी त्यावाटेवरून पुढे जात महामार्ग निर्माण करीत आहेत. आणि करतील अशी अपेक्षा आहे. मराठ


Dr. Ashok Sapre


  • Profession:  Engineer/Scientist
  • Worked for General Motors and Hughes Electronics
  • Published many papers.


मराठी समाजासाठी योगदान:

  1. डेट्रॉईट मराठी मंडळाचे एक संस्थापक
  2. एकल विद्यालय फाऊंडेशन साठी स्वयंसेवक म्हणून काम
  3. महाराष्ट्र फाऊंडेशन आणि ईतर संस्थानसाठी कॅलिफोर्निया मध्ये निधिसंकलन कार्यक्रमांचे आयोजन करण्यास मदत
  4. “अमेरिकन मराठी जन मन अधिवेशन” या पुस्तकाचे विद्या हरडीकर सप्रे यांचेबरोबर सह लेखन या पुस्तकात अमेरिकेतील मराठी समाजाचा गेल्या 50 वर्षांचा आढावा असून हे पुस्तक मराठी समाजाच्या दृष्टीने ऐतिहासिक म्हणून महत्त्वाचे  आहे.
  5. उत्तररंग या संकल्पनेचे शिल्पकार . 1991 पासून यावर कार्य
  6. बृहन्म्हा वृत्तात 2004 पासून उत्तर रंग हे सदर चालवत आहेत.
  7. अधिवेशनात 2015 मध्ये सपूर्ण दिवसाची उत्तररंग परिषद आयोजित करून यशस्वी. त्यानंतर पुढील 2 अधिवेशनात या परिषदेची प्रथा असावी यासाठी प्रयत्न आणि सल्ला व सहभाग.
  8. 1991पासून मराठी आणि भारतीय समाजात उत्तररंग विषयक जागृतीचे कार्य विविध मार्गानी चालू: उदा:


      2005:  2 दिवसांची उत्तर रंग विषयक पाहिली भारतीय परिषद.

       2007, 2013 2018 : संपूर्ण दिवसाच्या 4 परिषदा अनुक्रमे :    न्यू जर्सी, लॉस एञ्जेळीस, ऑस्टिन आणि कनेक्तिकट 

       2005 ते 2018 : लॉस एंजेलिस, सान होजे, शिकागो, बोस्टन , कनेक्टिकट, नॉर्थ बे एरिया मराठी मंडल ईत्यदि ठिकाणी उतररंग विषयावर जनसभा ( townhallmeetings)

              शिवाय फ्लॉरिडा येथील शांतिनिकेतन मध्ये 2 परिषदा.

9: बृहन्म्हाराष्ट्र मंडळासाठी पुढील बोधवाक्य तयार करण्यात पुढाकार :


एकमेकांचे धरुनी हात | सुखशान्तीची शोधू वाट ||

चला राहू आनंदात | आयुष्याच्या उत्तररंगात ||

10: उत्तर रंग नामदादर्शिका तयार करण्यात विद्या व मोहन रानडे यांचेबरोबर पुढाकार. (2013)


 उत्तररंग आणि डॉ.अशोक सप्रे : संकल्पना आणि कार्य

कीर्तनात जसा पूर्व रंग असतो आणि उत्तर रंग , तसेच आपले आयुष्याचे दोन भाग.

आपले आतापर्यंतचे आयुष्य जसे रंगले तसेच आपले यापुढचे म्हणजे साठीनंतरचे आयुष्यही  सुखशांतीचे ,आनंदाचे , अर्थपूर्ण आणि इंटरेस्टिंग कसे करावे या विचारांची देवाण घेवाण  करण्यासाठी उत्तर रंग आहे. उत्तर रंग हा सर्व वयाच्या लोकांसाठी आहे. डॉ.अशोक सप्रे हे या संकल्पनेचे वकार्याचे शिल्पकार.

व्यवसायाने इंजिनियर वृत्तीने संशोधक आणि कृतीने कुशल आयोजक.

  • डॉ.अशोक सप्रे यांच्या नावावर अनेक व्यावसायिक पेपर्स प्रसिद्ध झाले. तसेच त्यांनी मराठीतही लेखनप्रयोग केले आहेत. उदा: २०१५ मध्ये ग्रंथालीने प्रसिद्ध केलेल्या अमेरिकन मराठी : जन मन अधिवेशन या पुस्तकाचे सह लेखन त्यांनी केले आहे. अमेरिकेतील मराठी समाजाचा गेल्या पन्नास वर्षाचा आलेख या पुस्तकात आहे.
  • डॉ.सप्रे यांनी भारतातील सेवा कार्यास मदत करणाऱ्या एकल विद्यालय आणि महाराष्ट्र फौंडेशन या संस्थांच्या लॉस एन्जेलिस भागातील अनेक  निधिसंकलन कार्यक्रमाच्या नियोजनात आणि ते यशस्वी करण्यात पुढाकार घेतलेला आहे.

जनरल मोटर्स या प्रख्यात कंपनीत नोकरी चालू असतानाच,  १९९१च्या बृ मा मं च्या अधिवेशनात उत्तर रंग या विषयावर  एक चर्चा सत्र आयोजित करून त्यांनी हे काम सुरु केले. त्यानिमित्त या विषयाचा मराठी आणि भारतीय लोकांच्या दृष्टीने सर्वांगीण विचार त्यांनी केला.  अनेक वर्षे या विषयाशी संबंधित संस्थाना व निवृत्त वसाहतींना  भेटी दिल्या. नियतकालिके आणि पुस्तके वाचून अभ्यास केला.  स्वत: व्यवसायातून निवृत्त झाल्यावर  लॉस एन्जेलिस भागात या विषयावर विचार करण्यासाठी गट सुरु केला.

२००४ पासून मराठी समाजात लोकजागृतीसाठी वृत्तात उत्तर रंग सादर सुरु केले. ‘उत्तर रंग’ हे नाव ;ही अशोक सप्रे यांचीच कल्पना.

२००५ मध्ये अशोक सप्रे यांच्या नेतृत्त्वाखाली लॉस एन्जेलिस येथे या विषयावर दोन दिवसांची राष्ट्र्यीय  परिषद झाली. अमेरिकेत झालेली ही पहिली भारतीय उत्तर रंग परिषद. त्याचा लाभ १६ राज्यातील १०० भारतीय लोकांनी घेतला.  या परिषदेचा बोलबाला झाल्यामुळे या विषयाचे महत्त्व  पटलेले काही लोक संपर्क आले. त्यांच्याशी झालेल्या विचार मंथनातून पुढे फ्लोरिडा मधील शांतीनिकेतन ही भारतीयांसाठी असलेली पहिली निवृत्त वसाहत सुरु झाली.

डॉक्टर सप्रे हे National Indo-American Association for Senior Citizens(NIAASC) या संस्थेच्या संचालक मंडळावर सध्या  काम करतात. 

त्यानंतर २००६ ते २०१४  या काळात सान होजे, लॉस एन्जेलिस, ऑस्टिन, न्यू जर्सी, शिकागो, टोरांटो, मराठी वैभव रेदिओ, बोस्टन ई. अनेक ठिकाणी या विषयावर परिषदा, सभा, चर्चा सत्रे अशा विविध प्रकारे उत्तर रंग या विषयावर लोकजागृतीचे कार्य डॉ. सप्रे करत आले आहेत. . त्यातून काही  स्थानिक उत्तर रंग गट सुरु होत आहेत. बृहन्महाराष्ट्र मंडळाने प्रसिद्ध केलेल्या उत्तर रंग नामदर्शिकेचे सहसंपादन  डॉ. सप्रे यांनी  मोहन रानडे व विद्या हर्डीकर सप्रे यांच्या बरोबर केले.

२०१५ मध्ये लॉस एंजेलिसच्या बृहन्महाराष्ट्र मंडळाच्या मराठी अधिवेशनास जोडून संपूर्ण दिवसाची उत्तर रंग परिषद अशोक सप्रे यांच्या नेतृत्त्वाखाली यशस्वी झाली.बृहन्महाराष्ट्र मंडळाच्या इतिहासात प्रथमच.या परिषदेमुळे अधिवेशनातील  उत्तर रंग परिषदेची प्रथा सुरु झाली.  यासाठी बोधवाक्य तयार केले त्याचे सह कवित्वाचे श्रेयही अशोक सप्रे यांनाच जाते.

उत्तर रंगासाठी २५ वर्षाचे परिश्रम, सातत्य आणि भविष्याचा वेळोवेळी घेतलेला वेध हे अशोक सप्रे यांचे वैशिष्टय आहे. प्रत्येक मराठी माणसाला उत्तर रंग जिव्हाळ्याचा वाटला पाहिजे हे सूत्र आहे.

एकमेकांचे धरुनी हात | सुखशान्तीची शोधू वाट ||

चला राहू आनंदात | आयुष्याच्या उत्तररंगात ||

हा मंत्र त्यांनी बृहन्महाराष्ट्र मंडळासाठी तयार केला आहे.


Mr. Vinayak Fadnavis

San Francisco

Owner, Noble-Tech Consulting Services

Current Status: 

Currently working as Solution Architect for Enterprise Software (SAP and related) Projects.

President -Maharashtra Mandal Bay Area(MMBA), 

Committee Member and Active Volunteer for various initiatives related to mental illness awareness .

Honor Member of VNIT Nagpur Alumni Association.


World’s future and India’s future is good as long as I am ready to provide my small contribution on consistent basis. For that I need to actively associate myself with like-minded groups and be ready to be a small part of big vision.


Learn various social skills along with your academic and professional skills. In long run, these skills are more fruitful for you and the society around you.




Lead Engineer, Non-destructive Evaluation Engineering at NASA Johnson Space Centre

STEM YOGI (Science, Technology Engineering, Math)

Dr. Ajay says, “Reaching your goals is incidental and obvious. Just don’t shy away from work. Learn at deeper level and demonstrate your expertise through your work. Leave positive legacy of your work”.

Dr. Ajay Koshti holds B.Tech., M.S., and D. Sc. degrees; and Professional Engineer (PE) certification in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds ASNT level III certification in five Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) methods. He worked as an NDE engineer on NASA Space Shuttle Program (SSP) for 23 years at different locations including, Rockwell Facility in Downey and Palmdale, California, NASA KSC and NASA JSC.
Post Columbia accident, he led the project of developing and implementing infrared nondestructive testing of Space Shuttle wing leading edge and nose cone for pre-flight ground processing. He chaired NASA Orbiter NDE Working Group and contributed to development and implementation of nondestructive methods used on Orbiter hardware such as vertical tail lug joints, main propulsion system (MPS) flowliners, MPS valve poppets, composite pressure vessels, midbody boron-aluminum struts, payload bay doors, laminated and honeycomb composite structures.
He also worked as Orbiter Ground Support Equipment (GSE), including Orbiter Handling Equipment (OHE), Engineer for six years. He led the implementation of ultrasonic preload measurements on some Space Shuttle critical joints such as Orbiter to ET umbilical disconnect bolts, Orbiter to Boeing 747 attachment bolts and Orbiter vertical tail forward attachment bolts. He helped in resolution of issues of Orbiter GSE such as the Orbiter mate/demate slings, jacks, tow bars, and orbiter transporter. He designed Orbiter towing lines at NASA KSC.
Since 2004, he has been working as lead NDE engineer at NASA JSC. Since the end of SSP, he has been supporting the International Space Station (ISS) program, Orion MPCV Program, and Commercial Cargo & Crew Program (CCCP). He co-chairs the NASA Orion MPCV NDE Working Group and NASA SpaceX NDE Working Group. He authored or co-authored over 45 research papers and reports, some of which have been cited in other research papers and patents. He has three patents in infrared thermography.



Mr. Swapnil Ghodge

San Francisco

Senior Scientific Researcher

“I am working as a senior scientific researcher in the early discovery biochemistry department of Genentech, South San Francisco. This role allows me to explore the fundamental and exploratory biochemistry involved in the drug discovery process.I have always been fascinated by disease mechanisms and the process by which drugs targeting life threatening diseases have been discovered. Working at a large biopharmaceutical company like Genentech provides me the opportunity to contribute toward discovering and making available new life-saving drugs for patients.”

Summary of experience:

Sr Scientific Researcher, Genentech Inc.

Post-doctoral research associate, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Research and teaching assistant, Texas A&M University

LinkedIn profile:

NIUS fellowship for undergraduate research - 2006

Cotton Memorial Travel award  - 2012

IGSA executive award - 2013

Phi Lambda Upsilon travel award - 2014

Dow Chemical Scholar award for excellence in graduate research - 2014


Mr. Ram Hibane

San Francisco

Solution Architect in San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Associated with HSS (Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA),Fremont Chapter .
  • Associated with Sewa International.

After worked initially in india, Shri. Ram Hibane moved to UK (London),Australia & US for various project work & is working in Bay Area since 2016.

  • SAP Certified Professional in SAP Ariba , SAP SRM and SAP MM
  • ITIL Foundation V3 Certified
  • Currently working as a Solution Architect-SAP P2P at One of the Global IT Company.
  • SAP Experience : 14+ years SAP-P2P Consultancy experience in SAP Implementation, Global Template Development, Roll out, Global Support Projects & Support Transition in P2P Module
  • Played various roles such as Track Manager, Change Manager, Project Lead, Team lead, Onsite-Offshore Co-coordinator



Mr. Amol Navathe


On 24 may 2019, Amol Navathe, has been named to a three-year term on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, or MedPAC

Dr.Amol Navathe is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Medicine and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics. Prior to joining UPenn, he served as a Medical Officer and Senior Program Manager for the Comparative Effectiveness Research program, in the US Department of Health and Human Services. Amol is a practicing physician, health economist, and engineer with a deep expertise in delivery transformation and policy design. His work on the utilization of advanced health data analytics and technology to improve healthcare delivery has been implemented at numerous large health systems. Amolcompleted his medical training at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine, his residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and obtained his PhD in HealthCare Management and Economics at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Amol’s expertise is focused in two core areas: (1) clinician and healthcare organization economic behavior and behavior change, including incentive design, and (2) applications of informatics to address health services research questions. These streams include a mix of pragmatic clinical trials and observational data analyses. His research currently focuses on bundled payments, applications of behavioral economics to physicians and non-physician clinicians, optimal use of performance feedback in healthcare, and design of predictive models to drive behavior change.

His thought leadership led to the founding of a new disciplinary academic journal “Health Care: the Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation (Elsevier)” where he serves as its Co-Editor-in-Chief.He is alsothe Founding Director of the Foundation for Healthcare Innovation. His work on improving healthcare costs and quality has been published in numerous leading journals including The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Healthcare, and other leading academic journals.

Amol is inspired to transform healthcare delivery for his patients. As a practicing physician, he sees the complexity and hardships of healthcare financing and delivery in a very personal way. He is inspired by his patients on a day-to-day basis and hopes that his work will improve their lives and those of Americans nationwide.

Amol is also an avid tennis player. He played on his high school team and was ranked in his age group among the top 30 players in Georgia. His wife Reshama is also a physician, who specializes in high-risk pregnancy care. They met at UPenn in the medical school. They have two children, Ayush and Diya .


Mrs. Sue Pats

San Francisco

Current Status: Provide access to a business team who can provide 360 degrees mentorship in starting the online business; either as a side hustle or full time.

Childhood / Young Days: Born in Mumbai India.
Love Spirituality and travel the world.

Beginning of Career: Got married and came to USA.

Till today: From IT to Entrepreneurship

Future: Be a blessing for a fellow human being.
Help millions of people in a positive way.
Travel whole world.
Teach people to own a business.

Family: Husband and 2 girls

Outlook: Outlook is very positive since I trust God.

Advice: Become mentally tough.

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Major Acheivements & Honors: Double masters and Ph.D work.


Mr. Pushkar Kulkarni


Senior Research Scientist at Northeastern University, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences Boston, MA

Childhood / Young Days: Place of Birth: Dombivli, Thane, Maharashtra, India

Beginning of Career: I came to Boston, for my Post-Doctoral research work in Jan 2011.
I did my Ph.D. (Tech) in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from UICT, Mumbai in 2010

Future: Work in Industrial setup

Family: I am married and live with my wife and daughter in Boston. 


Mr. Prathamesh Prabhudesai

San Francisco

Current Position: Co-founder and COO at SafeBVM Corp.,

Venture Partner at F50 Ventures

Current Status:

  • Prathamesh Prabhudesai  born in 1993, is a physician entrepreneur with a passion for building technology solutions for providing high quality and affordable healthcare.
  • He completed his medical training at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India and conducted translational research in pulmonology at the University of California, San Francisco under Dr. Daya Upadhyay.
  • Later he completed a professional master’s program in Biomedical Innovation and Development from Georgia Tech and Emory School of Medicine.

During his 2nd year of MBBS, Prathamesh observed that technology was changing at a very rapid rate, but healthcare as a sector was mostly unaffected. Advancements in engineering could address problems associated with low doctor-patient ratio, access, training, and cost-efficiency similar to the way they had affected other sectors historically. He reached out to mentors and industry leaders working at the intersection of healthcare and technology. Later he started visiting the BETiC Lab at IIT Bombay, in his free time during medical school and internship. After working and learning with extremely talented computer scientist and engineers, his assumptions about technological trends were validated. Prathamesh wanted to advance his skills in the commercialization of technology ventures further. So he joined the Biomedical Engineering Program at Georgia Tech because of the university’s reputation and for strong engineering programs.

Prathamesh co-founded SafeBVM as a spin-off from his master’s thesis with a mission to improve the quality of care and reduce healthcare expenditure with cost-efficient innovation. The startup focuses on preventing human-errors/provider associated complications that increase the utilization of healthcare resources and worsen patient outcomes. SafeBVM’s first product is a safety accessory to a commonly used medical device in the Emergency Medical Services, the Bag-Valve-Mask (BVM). The Class II medical device assists providers to deliver safe and optimal manual ventilation non-invasively to patients with cardiac arrest, respiratory distress, and under the influence of general anesthesia.

Prathamesh is also affiliated with venture capital firms- F50 Venture and FundRx- that invest in early-stage startups.

The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is thrilled to have the following entrepreneurs in its Milestone Maker accelerator program. The Milestone Maker program is the Nasdaq Center’s flagship program, providing individualized mentorship and executive coaching, as well as access to the Center’s vast network of industry experts to help each founder with his or her milestone. Entrepreneurs in the program were hand selected after a competitive application process. Read more at:


Mr. Mohan Damle


Practicing Chartered Accountant and Entertainment industry advisor

Current Status:

  • Currently in Tax practice with Global client base.
  • Currently practicing as a Tax advisor for HNW clients of major banks and financial institutions.
  • Actively consulting Hollywood entertainment with studios in LA and Toronto.
  • In past connected with several non profit organization Globally

100 % self made.

Born and bought up in Bombay. I respect everyone who crossed my life.

  • Wilson high school
  • H R College.
  • K C Law. LL.B
  • University of Bombay
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
  • Institute of Company Secretaries of India
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Canada


  • Indian CA articled with Sharp & Tannan Bombay
  • Management staff – Philips India
  • Director of Financial Analysis – KODAK
  • CFO – South African Consulate – A Foreign service engagement
  • Currently Tax practice and consulting engagement with entertainment industry

Till today: Fairly good career path, not very many regrets mostly been there and done that but want to learn and practice Golf

Family: Education is of prime importance:

Wife – in Information Technology
Both Sons Chartered Accountants


India’s problems and solutions

Population–Control it

Politics-Get rid of it

Religion-All “being” are equal


Absolutely do not believe what others say.

Listen to your own heart and achieve what you want

Ignore all criticism, stay focused and deploy military precision.

“If someone needs help and advice, I can be approached”




  • Associate Director, Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), DRDO 1982 – 2012

  • Director of Armaments, DRDO 2012 – 2017  [DRDO: Defense Research and Development Organization , Government of India]

  • Associate Dean, Research and Innovation:Maharashtra Institute of Technology – World Peace University (MIT-WPU) 2017 – Present.

As a veteran Research & Development scientist responsible for the execution of several mission-critical and leading-edge projects for Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Government of India, Dr. Dinakr Kharat led several multi-talented teams of scientists and academicians from premier research labs and institutes like Indian Institute of Technology (IITs – Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, and Roorkee), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, etc.

After retiring from DRDO, he was invited to lead research and innovation for a newly formed university, Maharashtra Institute of Technology – World Peace University (MIT-WPU), Pune and also foster collaboration with several international universities.


  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok, India
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Physics- Materials Science, University of Pune, India
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Physics – Electronics, Dr. Ambedkar Marathwada University, India
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc), Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, India

Dr. Dinkar Kharat is an avid researcher

  • 120+ research papers published in distinguished national and international journals/seminars/symposia with a seat on numerous advisory boards.
  • was awarded one patent relating to the Piezoceramic materials for sensor and energy harvesting applications.
  • 10+ collaboration efforts underway with national and international universities for research and innovation as a part of forming the Research and Innovation vertical at MIT-WPU
  • Development of the Doctoral program, graduate school, and research policies at MIT-WPU
  • Oversaw and managed 100+ projects with a budget of INR 500 Million across weapon technology, international collaborations, and national security to execute DRDO activities
  • Recognized Post Graduate Teacher and Research Supervisor by University of Pune (UOP), Defense Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Chennai.

Current Position:

  • Associate Dean, Research and Innovation:Maharashtra Institute of Technology – World Peace University (MIT-WPU) 2017 – Present.  Based on Dr. Dinkar’s outstanding Defense contributions and academic collaboration, he was invited by the Executive President of MIT-WPU to assist the newly formed university in setting up their graduate school, a doctoral program, and research policies. MIT-WPU offers uniquely defined opportunity-based professional education to the students for deserved success and also to make them contribute to the global sustainable peace for humanity – all at the same time.

Notable accomplishments:

  • 10+ collaboration efforts with national and international universities for research and innovation as a result of strategic planning of research collaborations with academic & industrial partners Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Government of India 1982 – 2017 A premier R&D organization with 50+ labs works on various areas of military technology for the Govt. of India
  • Director of Armaments 2012 – 2017 : Leading the Armament research and development, one of the critical clusters of DRDO comprising of 3000+ researchers spanning across five labs across India. Dr. Dinkar oversaw 100+ projects across weapon technology, international collaborations, and national security with a budget of INR 500 Million
  • Allocated capital and managed 120+ projects in joint partnerships with the premier educational institutions of the country like the IITs, IISc, etc.
  • Associate Director, Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) 1982 – 2012: After obtaining the Master’s degree and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the Government of India appointed him as a Research Scientist to Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE). Dr. Dinkar led many research programs and rose through the organization to become an Associate Director of this prestigious lab.
  • Established DRDO center of excellence for Piezoceramics and devices and developed technology for the manufacturing of composite materials based systems
  • Established composite materials technology leading to product development and technology transfer for production
  • Led technology developments with various DRDO labs and academic institutions for several missioncritical and cutting-edge research projects
  • Established Joint Advanced Scientific Research Program (JASRP) between DRDO and University of Pune
  • Organized several national & international conferences and led delegations for global collaborations, Techno-Managerial project management with implementation of government policies and administered a Central School with 2000 students and 100+ staff members


  • Recognized Post Graduate Teacher & Research Supervisor by University of Pune (UOP), Defense Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and IIT Chennai.
  • Supervised & advised M.Sc. (Physics), Master in Technology (M.Tech.), and Ph.D. researchers
  • Lecturer in Physics at JES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Jalna, India


  • Professional Memberships of Indian Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ISNT), Materials Research Society of India (MRSI), Ultrasonic Society of India (USI), Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) and High Energy Materials Society of India (HEMSI)
  • Board of Studies Member for Electronics Science, Defense Strategic Studies (University of Pune), and High Energy Materials (Defense Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune)
  • Member, Research Council for Materials Science, Shriram Institute, Delhi
  • Member, various committees of Ministry of Defence, Government of India
  • Doctoral Advisory Committee CSIR, Government of India
  • Project Review Committee, Ministry of Information Technology, Govt of India
  • Expert reviewer – Journal of American Ceramic Society, USA & Journal of Sensors & Actuators, UK
  • Invited speaker and chief guests to the Indian Chemical Society, Mumbai, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, PVP Institute of Technology, Sangli, Maharashtra, NK Orchid College of Engineering, Solapur, Maharashtra, Defense Institute Advanced Technology, Pune, College of Engineering, Pune, Symbiosis Institute of Technology, MIT, College of Engineering, Pune


Mr. Mahesh Choudhary

I am mahesh Choudhary from Aurangabad maharashtra. Currently working as wireless solution sales director in Latin America .


Mrs. Neha Joshi


Neha Joshi, is a Senior Manager at Hydro One and has worked with Deloitte and Capgemini Consulting, with both in the private and quasi government sectors. She has over 12 years of Organizational Change Management, Large Scale Transformation and Project Management experience. She has completed her post graduation from ESC Grenoble -France.
She is mother of 2 kids and believes in giving back to the community by doing voluntary work by coaching and mentoring.


Mrs. Rupali Deshpande

San Jose

Rupali Deshpande - Global Partner Business Manager, Medical Instruments, NVIDIA

Rupali Deshpande is a technology enthusiast, she completed her engineering in Electronics & Telecommunications in 2005 from MIT, Pune and since then has been an integral part of tech industry. She also holds MBA degree from HULT International Business School, San Francisco. Currently she is working at NVIDIA in Santa Clara, California as Global Business Manager for Medical Instruments. She strongly believes in empowering future generations through education and technology. In her free time, she engages with students through AI talks/seminars and also runs technology workshops for kids in local communities, to create interest and curiosity in young minds, towards technology


Mr. Sandeep Muley



Mr. Pritam Patil


Business Strategy and Licensing Officer


While there is a part of me that leans towards money making/dog-eat-dog business, another part of me is inclined to be a non-profit leader. After leaving Akron, I soon met, Scott Beale, Founder of Washington DC based non-profit Atlas Corps he was a leader of UN peace corps and he founded this non-profit in 2006 to bring world leaders in non-profits together to foster 21st century innovation in social sector. I joined their Selection Board Committee and started interviewing leaders from Nigeria, Afghanistan, Germany, Austria, India, Indonesia, USA, Ghana. Talking to these leaders has completely changed my life. Sometime I feel that being in a developed country I am far away from vast reality of the world and wonder how I can use my skills and knowledge to create something where it can be a difference between life and death, prosperity versus poverty, and enthusiasm/confidence versus hatred/division.

Current Job

I am passionate about bringing groundbreaking therapies to market to treat diseases which were untreatable earlier.

Currently, as a Strategy and Licensing Officer at UMass Medical School, technology commercialization, entrepreneurship, and strategy consulting are three key areas of my practice. I worked with a team of other officers to negotiate a partnership deal of$25M within just first 2 quarters. Our clinicians and scientist are working on treatments that are changing landscape of Boston and San Francisco Biotech industry.


While I was juggling my part-time jobs, I met a dynamic woman, Nicole, who was leading a non-profit in the area of Art and culture for socio-economic development of the Akron. When I talked to her about areas of my interest and her work in the field of entrepreneurship, I was impressed and wanted to learn as much as possible from her. After a couple of meetings, she invited me to join her board and soon I started attending board meetings, helping out with agenda, reviewing financial budgeting, providing my perspective to help in strategic direction of the non-profit organization. This was when I learned a great deal about non-profit board governance. Unfortunately, I had to move for my job and couldn’t continue my board service. I am well connected to Nicole. She mentors me to fuel my interest in non-profits.

Venture Capital

Previously, I worked as a venture capital analyst where I was doing search-evaluation and investment due-diligence. During this time, I talked to executives driven to solve problems in energy, technology, agriculture, food, transportation, materials, and medical. My teams’ analyses helped deploy capital of $100,000 in 4 start ups with returns of >500% on 1 company and others are still developing further.

Entrepreneurship – Commercialization/Start Up

Before this, also while I was doing my Ph.D. at the University of Akron. I spearheaded commercialization of the technology by building a business model, getting mentors on board, and laying the foundation of a startup company. We kept on developing technology with our focus on viable business model and solving our customer’s problems. Soon enough the ecosystem started taking notice and the company raised $500,000 in non-dilutive funding. This led us to get on board an experienced CEO who has been leading the company since then and grown to 5 employees.

Ph.D. Research

During my Ph.D., I would visit trauma centers to meet surgeons, patients to understand what it was like to manage infected diabetic foot ulcers. I shadowed nurses while they changed dressings. Heard patient stories firsthand which greatly fueled my passion for creating a medical device that would slow down the progression of wounds and reduce amputations by about 600%.


My Father worked for Indian Railways in Telecommunications dept. His humility and dedication to serving people/railways customers instilled a sense of owning the work in my adulthood. My mom, on the other hand, would connect me with people who succeeded in the field of education, arts, medicine, and that taught me that if I didn’t know how to do something and wanted to do it badly then I can reach out to those who have done it and done it well. I had always followed my sister in all schools and that’s how I ended up in UDCT. My sister taught me the important of humility, family, and spreading love/joy wherever you go.

The University of Akron, Ph.D., 2018

Dr. Prakash Bhate, former head of dept. Dyestuff Technology acted as my mentor during my bachelors and Ph.D. His work ethic and approach to solving problems made us unique and instilled confidence. He also invited various folks form industry and company founders to have an informal chat with us to boost our confidence and to give us guidance for next steps.

Amongst Friends notable are Aditya Iyer, Aakruti Mehta, Priya Talmale, and others who all together gave a sense of belonging to a group, sometimes made it difficult to succeed academically but taught a lesson to help succeed in life later.

Institute of Chemical Technology, 2013

Birla College, 2009

Life changing incidences:

The decision to come to USA for further education while focusing on passion for entrepreneurship

Determination to excel at ICT

I left India to seek global education and expose myself to broader entrepreneur community and of course make money. Initial days as would be for others were difficult. I did go through issues in personal life that percolated until first 2 years which greatly affected my experience.

I decided to continue being a business professional despite a degree in engineering. The reason was I would make a better business professional than a scientist, and it made sense to do what I was good at. That fuels my passion.

Future Plans

In the future, I plan to lead a business in area that will transform how world approaches healthcare innovation. I want to meet people who are in general interested in inspiring others to achieve greater heights and join forces with them to create something for India where despite improving education the quality of life and mindset often hinders the growth.


The world is going in all sorts of directions with heavy influence on technology, education, and healthcare. India needs young talent to fix and build our country’s infrastructure and growth to set an example for others in the world.


Find what you are hungry for and foster your hunger. At one point, someone told me to ‘Learn how to Learn’. This phrase has changed meanings at different points of time in my life and whenever I hit a roadblock I go back to it.

My advice is, to find a phrase like this that will inspire you.

Major Achievements

  1. Silver Award in BeTheChange Social Entrepreneurship Case Competition, May 2018
  2. NSF I-corps@Ohio Startup entrepreneurship award for technology commercialization and customer discovery, July 2015
  3. Poster award for excellent research amongst graduate and medical students, Mar 2016. 9th Annual T2C Regenerative Medicine     Wound Care Conference with DoD Emphasis
  4. Fellowship award Clariant and Technova, India Pvt Ltd for a project, May 2011


Mr. Sudarshan Siddhaye

San Francisco

Implementation Director

Current Status:

Professional Services for a software product company (Lattice Engines, a Dun & Bradstreet company)


  1. Tabla instruction and performance.
  2. Interested in knowing more about science and math that I did not really ‘get’ in school (e.g. magnetism, dual nature of light, genetics), physics of living things, calculus
  3. Reading/listening to non-fiction: Atheism, rational thought, science
  4. Intermittent fasting and low-carb life-style

Childhood / Young Days: 

  • Was born in Karad and spent a wonderful outdoors-oriented childhood there (picking shells from the river bed, pulling sugarcane out of back of bullock carts and tractors, playing soccer barefoot, competitive kite flying).
  • Great influential teachers at Tilak High School.
  • Amazing exposure to classical music and analytical thinking, thanks to my dad.
  • Developed household self-sufficiency, thanks to my mom.
  • Moved to Pune in 10th grade. Graduated from college of engineering Pune with a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering in 1994.

Eternally grateful to India for virtually-free education and exposure to rich musical and food traditions.

Beginning of Career:

Left India because it was common to do so and followed in some of my senior friends’ footsteps.

Got a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley in 1999.

Had a wonderful time at Berkeley and made some great friends there. Expanded my narrow social horizons – friends, music, European cinema, wine, international politics and science.

Got the rare opportunity to study tabla with Ustad Zakir Hussain during his workshops each year for next 15 years.

Took the first job that I interviewed for (and it had nothing to do with Mechanical Engineering) and decided that I like the bay area and want to stay here.

Till today:

Remained in professional services from 1999 through now and climbed the career ladder much like most of us. Realized that you really only use 0.01% of things in your job that you learned in school – however learning the formula for volume of a cone or Eigen values and Eigen vectors in high school/college is still important – it widens your analytical thinking and perspective on things!

Also learned to work to live and not live to work.


Wish to continue to learn about things I don’t understand well (like how molecules just ‘came to life’ billions of years ago).
Wish to help my son develop a better perspective on life early on than I ever was able to develop in my younger years. Wish to learn to be a kinder person and leave the world around me better than I found it – and hopefully be able to teach my son the same values.


Live in Mountain View, CA with my son and wife. Son continues to amaze me with his brilliance and a streak of sarcasm (the latter seems to be inherited). I would love to see him blossom into a kind-hearted smart person who is able to make rational and just decisions in life.
Consider myself extremely lucky to be married to a woman who shares my streak of sarcasm, sense of humor and many interests. She is a wonderful companion and a great antidote for my laziness!


Politics getting in the way of managing climate change is worrisome. I hope that human ingenuity will eventually continue to steer the human race away from getting extinct!

It is disappointing to see people in India (and also US) paying more attention to what paparazzi say than what an economist or a historian or a scientist might say! Maharashtra Times is not what it used to be, Doordarshan has gone extinct taking its old treasure of programming with it and we are now subjected to an atrocious lineup of cable TV channels filling time with vulgar soap operas and endless crime news.

As for future for India – I think its brightness depends on how quickly India can control population, stay focused on improving infrastructure, elevate the standard of living for the poorest of poor and improve quality control everywhere.

Now to sound a bit more positive, within my own domain of interest, it is refreshing to see a wild bloom of amazingly talented young tabla players (as well as vocalists and instrumentalists).


  • Never give up (think Jaws in James Bond movies, who crawls from under a rubble under which he got buried 10 seconds ago)
  • Be kind to others (and by the way, you don’t need religion to be kind and moral. As Christopher Hitchens once said – “Humans taught religion morality and not the other way around!”)
  • Enjoy life to the fullest – time only marches in one direction!

Important Link: Find me on LinkedIn.



Mr. Sudhir Kadam

San Francisco

Venture Partner, FYDA Growth Partners


Entrepreneur, investor, and start-up advisor

I am a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, investor, and start-up advisor with five successful exits in

  • Telecom CRM,
  • Location-based Apps,
  • Video Streaming,
  • Fraud Analytics, and
  • IIoT for Transportation.

I work with early and growth stage tech companies in US, Europe and Asia to help them scale and grow into thriving businesses with game-changing solutions. My focus areas are: growth acceleration, go-to-market, customer success, partnerships, operational excellence, funding, and exit strategy.

Current portfolio comprises of startups in

  • AI/NLP for eCommerce,
  • Body Motion Virtualization (AR/VR/CV),
  • Medical Devices (Heart Monitoring),
  • Visual AI for Medical Imaging,
  • IIoT for Industry 4.0,
  • Mobile Payments,
  • Travel Experiences and
  • Digital Signatures, etc.


My wife Tejaswi Kadam, is a filmmaker, I help her with script writing, editing, as a second-pair-of-eyes to improve the narrative.


  1. Launched a startup acceleration program for IITian Founders in the SF Bay area – did three cohorts of 12,14 and 12 startups that were presented on the three Demo Days, each demo day was attended by 45-50 investors, and 300+ other IITians and entrepreneurial aspirants. Handed over to a new set of volunteers, so that I can focus on other activities.
  2. Contribute in my own way to charitable organizations in the US and orphanages in India.

Born in Maharashtra, lived in Mumbai.

Father: Balkrishna Kadam was a filmmaker and a cine technician who worked at Raj Kamal Labs of V Shantaram. My initial understanding of filmmaking came from working with him on the sets and acting in his film as a child actor.

Mother: Pramila was a homemaker and biggest influence on my life – she was a fighter and pushed me hard to realize my dreams, and her dreams of me. Greatly indebted to what I learnt from her; I treasure learnings from both my parents even today – they haven’t faded with time.


  • School: St. Paul’s in Mumbai. Miss Silvi D’sa was the strictest teacher we had, but she was equally loving and caring.
  • College: SIES College in Mumbai one year of FY Science.
  • Degree: IIT Kharagpur, B Tech in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Professional: Tech Entrepreneurship Program from Stanford University. Many other programs from renowned institutions.

I was the Managing Director of Softplus, a Zenith Computers Company, from 1982-1998. Softplus was an enterprise software development company. In 1992, I turned the company into a Products Company and launched one of the early products built in India – it was called Executive Desk, basically a productivity tool for busy executive for better time management. It won the Best Lifestyles program award in the US in 1995, and the National Award sponsored by CSI-Infosys for the best software product in 1997. It was translated into French and German, and was digitally distributed the world over using internet services which were very primitive in those days.

I left India because, India was an IT services country, and no one believed that India could produce world-class products for the international markets. So the funding avenues for product companies were limited.

Moving to US was easy, and the timing was right with lot of Y2K activity in 1998-99. I never looked back after coming to US, great job environments that helped both with personal and career growth.

Opportunity to work with startups while at a job enabled me to hone my founder and advisor skills.

I’m now in the mode of helping entrepreneurs succeed in their ventures with my advice and guidance. That way I have the thrill of doing multiple startups in parallel and get to interact with amazing founders and techies to get a deep dive into the latest and the greatest.

I’m open to speaking sessions, or participating in panels, or mentoring sessions, to provide advice and guidance to Marathi entrepreneurs in the US.

It is my dream to take the entrepreneurship methodology and apply it to the cottage industry in India.

I live with my wife, Tejaswi, another major influence on my life with so much love and care; she stood behind every decision even when the results adversely impacted us.


India is an entrepreneurial country, but the entrepreneurship has been fragmented, due to the entrepreneur’s desire to stay in control thus compromising on the promise of building large empires. Hopefully the new wave of entrepreneurship will change that.


You are unique, realize that. Play on your strengths, and do not compromise on principles and ethics for money.  That’s being Marathi!

Advice to other Marathi: मी मराठी तर माय मराठी. Not the other way around. It starts with you! Be proud of your Marathi roots, and in your own way, help the community to make its mark in every facet of life.

SIA Award in AZ for “Best Lifestyle Application” for Executive Desk, a Personal Information Manager (PIM) authored by me, in June 1995

National Award for “Best Software Product“, sponsored by the Computer Society of India and Infosys, Dec 1997

Monthly column in PC World India on Tech Trends 1995-99

* 1997 Young Entrepreneur Award on India’s 50 yrs of Independence, presented by Cabinet Minister, Yerran Naidu.


Mr. Harish Kamath


MBA, BE, Partner – EHLabs, LLC.

Current Status:

I run a software company that specializes in providing machine learning solutions for fixed asset management. Our clients are large companies in real estate, manufacturing, and utilities.


Dr. Kedar Kirane

Stony Brook

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook University

PhD Mechanical Engineering Northwestern University

MS Mechanical Engineering The Ohio State University

BE Mechanical Engineering College of Engineering Pune

Assistant Professor with research interest primarily in solid mechanics.

Specialized in the development of computational and analytical models for damage, fracture, fatigue and scaling in heterogeneous quasi-brittle materials such as composites and concrete.

Also interested in geo-mechanics, poro-mechanics, poly-crystal plasticity, probabilistic mechanics, and multi-scale modeling.


  • Advanced FEA
  • Advanced continuum mechanics
  • Cohesive fracture and scaling
  • Computational mechanics I & II
  • Fracture mechanics
  • High performance computing
  • Inelastic analysis of structures
  • Mechanics of Continua
  • Mechanics of composite materials
  • Multiscale modeling and simulation in mechanics
  • Numerical analysis
  • Plasticity
  • Stability of structures
  • Structural analysis of tires I & II
  • Theory of elasticity


  • Microplane-Triad Model for Elastic and Fracturing Behavior of Woven Composites
  • Size effect in Paris law and fatigue lifetimes for quasibrittle materials: Modified theory, experiments and micro-modeling
  • Strain-rate-dependent microplane model for high-rate comminution of concrete under impact based on kinetic energy release theory
  • Microplane damage model for fatigue of quasibrittle materials: Sub-critical crack growth, lifetime and residual strength
  • A cold dwell fatigue crack nucleation criterion for polycrystalline Ti-6242 using grain-level crystal plasticity FE model

Honors & Awards

·        honor title:DOD Army Research Office Young Investigator Award

honor date: Apr 2019  honor issuer: Department of Defense, US Army Research Office

·         honor title: Haythornthwaite Research Initiation Grant

honor date: Nov 2018  honor issuer Haythornthwaite Foundation, Applied Mechanics Division, ASME



Mr. Rutooj Deshpande

San Francisco

Battery Engineer at Ford Motor Company

University of California, Berkeley Post-Doctoral Fellow: Lithium Ion Batteries 2012-2013

University of Kentucky, Ph.D Chemical Engineering 2008 – 2011

University Institute of Chemical Technology (formerly UDCT) B. Chem. Chemical Engineering 2004 – 2008

Dr. Rutooj is widely recognized lithium ion battery expert with extensive battery integration experience in automotive OEM environment. He led large number of projects and teams in various roles in regards to battery design, performance & degradation, thermal management, battery capability analysis, battery controls (BMS), fast charging strategies etc.

Over 10 years of acclaimed battery research with large number of publications (>11) and approved/filed patents (9).

Ford Motor Company

Title: Battery Engineer

  • Key Functions:

  •  Lead battery pack design efforts by performing cell selection, cell characterization and cell modeling.
  • Frequently communicate with the battery suppliers for various cell requirements, supplier performance o analysis,
  • battery performance & life model developments, cell design progress and issues observed. Support the development of thermal system, battery management system, and electrical distribution system as well as the fuel economy studies/range estimation for various electric and hybrid vehicle programs.
  •  Lead the efforts for battery life model development with physics based and semi-empirical approaches. (Ford Recognition Award, 2018)
    Leverage the lithium ion battery expertise to the team (Ford Recognition Award, 2018) to investigate the various field failures, warranty issue and cell tear down data etc.
    Selected among few individuals to receive a ‘High Tech High Demand’ designation for Critical Role in an area of Ford’s Strategic Priorities, April 2017.
    Conferred with Ford Patent-In-Use Award for US patent US 20170088002A1 (2019) High voltage battery safety Level II certified Design for Six-sigma Black-belt Certified. Mentored several green-belt and black belt candidates.
  • Title: Battery Pack and Cell Engineer

– Investigated the effects of parameters such as state of charge swing (∆SOC), calendar duration, cell temperature gradient, electrode thicknesses, and cell internal pressure on battery life. (US Patent 9,509,021, Ford Recognition Award, 2014, six int’l conference presentations and invited talks).
– Battery power limit determination method improvement for BMS. Battery power limit early prediction method development for high load events. (Six-sigma black belt project, US patent pending 98226606)
– Investigated effects of cell temperature gradients on cell performance and life. (SAE World Congress 2017, oral presentation)
– Conducted battery thermal system testing to characterize the thermal properties of new generation battery cooling system design. (Ford Recognition Award for ‘above and beyond efforts’, 2013)


  • Modeling Solid-Electrolyte Interphase (SEI) Fracture: Coupled Mechanical/Chemical Degradation of the Lithium Ion Battery
  • Electrode Side Reactions, Capacity Loss and Mechanical Degradation in Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • The Limited Effect of VC in Graphite/NMC Cells
  • Battery Cycle Life Prediction with Coupled Chemical Degradation and Fatigue Mechanics
  • Aligned Tio2 Nanotube Arrays as Durable Lithium-Ion Battery Negative Electrodes.
  • The Search For High Cycle Life, High Capacity, Self-Healing Negative Electrodes For Lithium Ion Batteries And A Potential Solution Based On Lithiated Gallium
  • Liquid Metal Alloys as Self-Healing Negative Electrodes for Lithium Ion Batteries
  • Mesopores Inside Electrode Particles Can Change The Li-Ion Transport Mechanism And Diffusion-Induced Stress
  • Effects of Concentration-Dependent Elastic Modulus on Diffusion-Induced Stresses for Battery Applications
  • Modeling Diffusion Induced Stresses In Nanowire Electrode Structures
  • Diffusion Induces Stresses and Strain Energy in a Phase Transforming Spherical Electrode Particle


  • Battery state of charge estimation based on current pulse duration
  • Estimation of lithium-ion battery capacity as function of state-of-lithiation swing
  • Liquid metal electrodes for rechargeable batteries


Mrs. Sulakshana Varhadkar


  • MA (political science) Law, MBA ( SHRM) Laureate University.
  • 1 years Degree in a Mandarin from Tongji university, Shanghai .
  • Cross Culture SHRM, CQ , Digital Content Creator & PR
  • Exploring Portuguese language and culture from last 6 years.

Owner  Director Indian Shallots-. A start up related with Indian spices and Culinary importance of Indo Brazil cuisine.

Current Status:

  • I deliver lectures about Indian Mythology, Culinary Traditions and Social Diversity in a workshops and Talks.
  • Cross cultural Sociology is my Area of Interest.
  • Owner of Indian Shallots.

Childhood / Young Days:

  • Andheri west Oshiwara Lokhndwala Resident since birth. Since 51 years Andheri Resident. Sound and Comfortable Childhood in Cosmopolitan suburb
  • Schooling from Juhu Vile-parle .
  • Graduation, post graduation from Mumbai University. Govt Law College.
  • Family Hailed from Nashik Father was Sales and Mkt Sr Manager. Mother is a Social worker.

Beginning of Career:

  • I was in print and Electronic Media . Majorly worked for DD ‘s Talk shows .
    ( Hindi/ Marathi )
  • Still contribute for some Genuine publications.
  • It’s been 25 years since .
  • Lived and worked in Mumbai , Tokyo , Shanghai , Ahmedabad , Hyderabad, New Delhi , Gurgaon, Pune , Nashik so far .

Beats like Entertainment, world cinema , Cross cultural Sociology.

Award winning Blogger .

Till today:

From 2013 years Living in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil .

I travel a lot for my Knowledge updates as a cross cultural Sociology observer.
So far I have travelled in approximately 22 countries.

Culturally understand Japanese and Spanish.

  • Exploring Portuguese language and culture from last 6 years.
  • I conduct workshops for Corporate groups and Consulates in Rio .
  • Prepared Spices with local ingredients for Tourist and Culinary enthusiasts in Rio.


25 years ago my Parents started a School in Nashik District, Shivchatrapati Shivaji High school
I am one of the Directors. This High School is founded by my Family. It is 100 % Govt Aided school with 500 students and 25 staff members. Grade 5 th to Grade 10 th.

As a family we are shaping many lives through Education.
This was past, is present and will be future mission of my family


Mother of 19 years old son and 5 years old Shitzu .
Wife of Multinational companies Country Head.
Daughter of Sr Sales Mkt Manager Father and Social worker Mother .


Do send me reply of you are exploring Culinary or cultural info from Brasil or Latin America.

Major Acheivements & Honors:

Best blogger award – ABP Maza


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Current Status: Thought leader in IIOT / Industry 4.0 areas. Held various management and executive positions to bring several products/solutions to life and deploying those to ensure customer success. Interacted with customers from all parts of the globe.
Enjoys helping kids in their personality growth, education


Mrs. Sushmita Dhekne

New York

BA International Relations and Psychology from Boston University

Strategic Planner at McCann Health North America

Ambassador for Mental Health at MannMukti

At McCann Health North America

  • Manage healthcare professional and patient targeted branding strategy for leading global pharmaceutical companies
  • Develop and facilitate brand planning workshops in the US with client marketing and sales teams
  • Develop and participate in regional/global development and innovation initiatives

At MannMukti

Build awareness for highly stigmatized mental health issues amongst the South-Asian population through social media


Mrs. Sheetal Kulkarni


Current Status: President of Inspired Outlook Inc – DBA Budget Blinds of NW Metro.

Trustee, founding board member and event manager CHANCE Foundation of Minnesota. ( A non -profit that works towards empowerment of underprivileged children in India.

Cultural, creative lead, art director on mega scale community events.

CHANCE Foundation

Chance Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Minnesota to help underprivileged children in India with their basic education, health and development needs.

Every eighth urban child in India, under the age of 6 lives in a slum. Children in the slums are left without a sense of security, stability and direction in life. Sadly, the lack of basic necessities like food, healthcare, education or even role models, rob children of any hopes of rising above the poverty. Many NGOs are working hard for this cause. However, the magnitude of this problem begs for much greater efforts.


All children deserve a fair chance for basic education, healthy environment and a bright future.


Empower underprivileged children by providing resources for education, health and life skills development.




Mr. Nikhil Bodhankar


PE, LC, LEED AP, is a Principal at Bergmann’s Albany office. In this role at the national architecture, engineering and planning firm, he will lead engineering designs for public and private clients, participate in business development and manage client relations, strengthening the firm’s presence in the Capital District and its commitment to providing innovative solutions to clients. Nikhil brings more than a decade’s experience in engineering research, sustainable infrastructure design, and renewable energy and is a licensed engineer in multiples states. In addition to his vast and varied project experience, Nikhil is a nationally acclaimed engineer as recognized by ACEC (American Council of Engineering Companies) and NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers) and currently, president of the Capital District Chapter of NSPE. He is also involved as a panelist and committee member with technical organizations such as IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)and NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying).

Born in Nagpur, Maharashtra, Nikhil hails from a highly respected family

All India fame Pediatrician Dr. Uday Bodhankar is Nikhil’s father and his mother Ms. Suniti Bodhankar is a Social worker.

Nikhil says, “My grandfather late Shri. Vasant Sathe (Congressman and Lawyer) greatly influenced me throughout my childhood and career.  I am brought up to be adventurous and explore opportunities in   uncharted territories.”

Nikhil’s wife, Ketaki Bodhankar (MBA – Finance and MS – Communications) currently works as a Project manager at a Federal Credit Union.

“My wife and our two children is what keeps me motivated and I consider myself lucky to having them in my life. I look forward everyday to spending time and enjoying life with them,” says Nikhil.


Master of Science – Electrical Engineering: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (2005 – 2007)

  • Awarded full tuition scholarship and research assistantship for work on a multi-disciplinary research project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, the Functionally Integrated Reactive Surface Technologies (FIRST) program, which researched special tools capable of withstanding biological or chemical attack to be used by soldiers and first responders

Bachelor of Engineering – Electronics and Telecommunications, University of Pune, Maharashtra, India (2001 – 2005)

  • Graduated “First Class with Distinction”; equivalent to summa cum laude and the highest academic honors awarded by University of Pune


National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying - 2017 – Present

  • Member, PE (Electrical) Committee for cut score and exam development

New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Capital District Chapter- 2009 – Present

  • President-elect 2017-2019

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE-USA)- 2017 – Present

  • Member of License and Registration Committee, contributing on matters involving licensing of professional engineers and the impact professional licensure has on IEEE members.

Practicing Institute of Engineering-  2017 – Present

  • Continuing Education (CE) Evaluator for this non-profit authorized by New York State to evaluate and approve CE courses for professional development credit hours

National Society of Professional Engineers           

  • Trustee – NSPE Education Foundation 2018 – Present
  • Vice Chair of Professional Engineers in Private Practice (PEPP) Young Engineers Advisory Council (YEAC) committee 2014 – 2017


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)  - 2001 – Present

  • Senior Member Grade, the highest IEEE classification that demonstrates 10+ years of significant professional development, performance and recognition by documentation, IEEE references and testimonials.

IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) - 2015 – Present

  • Chair, IEEE P3001.4 Standards Committee- Recommended Practice for Estimating the Costs of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society2013 – Present

  • Full member, elected by invitation only. To be elected as a “full member” of Sigma Xi, a scientist must have “shown noteworthy achievement as an original investigator in a field of pure or applied science,” as well as “research aptitude.” Noteworthy achievement in research “must be evidenced by publication, patents, written reports or a thesis or a dissertation, which must be available to the Committee on Qualifications and Membership.”


Engineering Scholarship Awards- 2017 – Present

  • Co-chair of the Capital District Engineering Scholarship Awards Committee which has given more than $6000 annually to high school students who are admitted to ABET-accredited engineering programs at US universities.

Future Cities Competition- 2010 – Present

  • Co-Chair of Future-Cities Competition Committee on Capital District Chapter of NYSSPE

Hurricane Sandy Relief Volunteer-   2012

  • Provided pro bono electrical assessments and estimates to Schoharie County residents affected by Hurricane Sandy, enabling residents to understand electrical safety hazards and the extent of damage to their property

Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering   - 2005 – 2007

  • Judge for SECME competition in Syracuse City School District


Bergmann,Albany, NY  - 2019 – Present



  • Responsible for MEP/FP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing/Fire-Protection) disciplines for entire Northeast region.

Business Development:

  • Engage in supporting growth of the firm locally, and nationally.


  • Provide technical support including QA/QC to discipline leaders.

SMRT Architects and Engineers, P.C., Latham, NY - 2014 – 2019

Associate Principal / Senior Engineer / Project Manager



Capital District New York State Society of Professional Engineers Journal. (2013). “What is Future City Competition?”

Professional Engineering Journal. (2012). “Engineering Needs to Change Public Perception.”

Powerful Purpose Associates, LLC. Podcast. (2012). “Volunteering and Community Involvement for Engineers”    

Electrical Construction and Maintenance Journal. (2011). “Short Circuit Fault Calculations.”

Nunan Research Symposium, NY. (2007). Analysis of Heat and Mass Transfer on Porous Medium on Human Skin.”


Young Engineer of the Year, National Society of Professional Engineers - 2018

Congressional Recognition, Kirsten Gillibrand, Member of U.S. Senate -  2018

LC Professional – National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions  - 2017

Young Engineer of the Year, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) - 2012

Congressional Recognition, Paul Tonko, Member of U.S. House of Representatives- 2012

LEED Accredited Professional, U.S. Green Building Certification Institute - 2008

Graduate Student Award, L.C. Smith College of Engineering, Syracuse University - 2006



Mr. Saurabh Maduskar


Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology (formerly known as UDCT), Mumbai 2007-2011

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota 2014-2018

  • Researcher with strong background in chemical reaction engineering.
  • Involved in various multi-disciplinary research projects.
  • Currently working on developing an analytical system which can be used to study high temperature, very rapid chemical reaction kinetics.
  • Part of the team which invented novel detector which will enable calibration-free analysis in gas chromatography. The technology is commercialized by activated research company.

Dr. Saurabh is currently working as a Process Research Engineer in ExxonMobil Chemicals Company in Texas, USA.

He worked as a Process Engineer in Reliance Industries Limited 2011-2013

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Mrs. Sujata Bhide

San Francisco

AICPA CPA Certification Accounting and Finance

Masters in Business Accounting , Savitribai Phule Pune University

Financial Controller at Peninsulators

  • Experienced Corporate Controller with a 15+ years experience in the construction industry.
  • Independent thinker and result focused achiever with a history of progressive organizational leadership growth.
  • Fun-loving mentor, who enjoys motivating diverse team members to grow.
  • Hands-on contributor, who assumes ownership of achieving timely completion of demanding projects.- Financial Reporting
    – Job Costing
    – Forecasting and Budgeting
    – Process Improvement
    – Revenue Recognition
    – Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable
    – Fixed Assets Management
    – General Ledger (GAAP)
    – Month and Year End Closing
    – WIP Analysis
  • Knowledgeable in HR functions, compliance, commercial insurances, health insurance, 401K administration, and overall operations side of a business enterprise.



Mr. Sanjay Sathe

Los Altos

Founder & CEO,

Seasoned corporate executive & serial entrepreneur,

Global citizen

For his latest venture GenomeSmart he partnered with his wife Vandana as they experienced the pervasive lack of knowledge around genetic testing despite the explosive growth in the number of tests available. Two of Vandana’s close friends were diagnosed with cancer, and in her conversations with them, it became quite evident that there was a lack of understanding of how genetic testing worked, its value as well as its limitations. Neither of these friends had a preventive genetic test performed, moreover, they didn’t have a trusted and objective resource for getting recommendations on whether or not genetic testing was necessary and if so, which specific tests were right for them.

So the couple set out to solve this problem by building an AI-based platform to proactively assess the looming big data challenges of assessing the risk of genetic disorders and matching people to the “right” genetic tests that can have a dramatic impact on their health and life. In order to impact a broad audience, they built the solution to cater to Hospitals systems, Genetic testing labs, Insurance companies and Corporations.

Previously Sanjay founded RiseSmart to deliver higher quality career transition services (outplacement) via cutting edge, proprietary technology to forward-thinking and compassionate employers who wanted their employees to land the right new jobs—fast. From humble beginnings to an impressive roster of Fortune customers and backing from major venture capital investors in Silicon Valley, RiseSmart, now the nation’s fastest-growing outplacement firm, was led by Sathe as Founder, CEO and President from startup to acquisition for $100M by Randstad, a $23Billion leading Global HR services provider.

Sanjay founded RiseSmart after more than two decades in marketing and general management, leading successful sales and marketing organizations domestically and internationally for more than 20 years.

He has specialized in product marketing, CRM, loyalty programs, branding, marketing communications, public relations and strategic alliance initiatives for companies in information management, telecom, banking, airline and technology.

Sanjay served as vice president for enterprise data management (Big Data) for Sabre Holdings, the parent company of Travelocity and a $2.5 billion global leader in travel commerce. Before Sabre, Sanjay was senior vice president of marketing for Brierley & Partners, a CRM and loyalty management company that serves global brands such as Hilton HHonors, Hertz #1 Club Gold, Sony and Nokia and led the efforts for launching Star Alliance’s Frequent Flyer offering globally. He also has worked as a Marketing leader in Asia and at the European Headquarters with Lufthansa, and earlier in Asia with HSBC and other major corporations.

Sanjay holds a Master of Business Management degree from the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, Philippines, and has completed an executive education program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Sanjay is active in

  • America India Foundation,
  • Akshaya Patra,
  • Maitri & Foundation for Excellence.

He is a Charter Member of TiE Silicon Valley, Investor & Mentor of TiE Launchpad SV, an angel investor and is aboard advisor to several start-ups.

He is on the board of the Asian Institute of Management Alumni Association and is the winner of the “Triple A Distinguished Alumni achievement award” and has been awarded the “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business in the US” for 2016.


Mr. Ravi Godbole


Global Manager Research & Adv Engineering: AGCO Corporation

– Lead Agronomic Smart Sensors program for Connected Crop Cycle
– Manage corporate ‘Seed Funds’ program to promote and foster ‘out of box’ ideas
– Drive technology commercialization utilizing pilots, demo farms, etc.
– Creator of internal innovation newsletter, Knowledge management tools.
– Grow innovation partnerships with external partners such as Universities, Startups, and Suppliers

AGCO Corporation is an American agricultural equipment manufacturer, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural equipment headquartered in Duluth, Georgia,


Ph.D.  Ag Engineering, Statistics, Analysis: Iowa State University

Executive Program, Shaping Innovation Leaders:  Kellogg School of Management

Executive Program, Strategic R&D Management : The Wharton School

BE Mechanical Engineering , First Class with Honors : University of Mumbai

Dr. Godbole is a key member of AGCO’s R&AE leadership team focused on research and investigation of new technologies. The team is responsible for coming up with proof of concepts ahead of new product development projects, and often partners with universities, govt. institutions and strategic suppliers. Ravi built this function from scratch and developed it into a global team that focused on technology investigations and proof of concepts. For 5 years, he managed this global team of 25+ people spread across 3 continents. He also built global groups around simulation, IP, sustainability, and handed them over to capable subject matter experts. Ravi currently focuses on converting powerful machines into smart and connected machinery solutions for the end user. His other mission is to develop – manage the external innovation ecosystem to leverage internal expertise.

Ravi has been with AGCO for more than 15 years in various innovation, strategic projects and product engineering roles. Ravi had returned to India for  4 years  and successfully developed component and engineering sourcing hub for the company. He has had a career in Ag and  Off-road machinery since 1989 working for companies like Mahindra Tractors, Caterpillar and Titan Wheels. Ravi gained 6 years of research experience at land-grant universities and has been published in research and machinery journals since. His writings on social or biographical topics in Marathi have been published in Antarnaad, Pune since 2012.

Honors & Awards

  • Invited Panel Member: Manufacturing in India
  • Member Scientific Advisory Committee, LaSalle-France
  • Keynote Speaker and Panelist, SAE Brazil
  • Invited Presentation on Biomass: Governor of Georgia, USA
  • External Advisory Council, Ag Engineering, Iowa State University



Mrs. Shreya Sahasrabudhe


Ph.D Food Technology and Processing

Senior Research Scientist at PepsiCo

Current role:

  • Currently working as a Senior Research Scientist with PepsiCo Global R&D on development of extruded snacks. I work on innovative technologies for new product development & commercialization of snacks such as Cheetos and Kurkure.
  • Prior to joining PepsiCo, I obtained my Doctoral degree from Purdue University (West Lafayette, USA) in May 2019,under Dr. Brian Farkas. My PhD research focused on study of surface and interfacial properties of oil at high temperatures.The objective of my research was to identify the mechanisms that primarily contribute to heat transfer and oil absorption during frying, to develop foods with reduced oil absorption without negative impact on sensory qualities.

Career :

The understanding of practical implications of food engineering principles and the need for research, motivated me to further pursue a PhD in Food processing. During the second year of my master’s, I visited Purdue University to understand more about their program where I met my future PhD advisor.


I was born and brought up in Mumbai and am the only daughter. My father obtained a Master’s in organic chemistry and started his career as a chemist in a pharmaceutical company. He then navigated through several positions in R&D, supply chain, sales and marketing before retiring as a Regional Manager in 2019. It is through my father that I developed a keen interest in the food and pharmaceutical industry. I would often visit UDCT during my school years with my father and I always heard him talk highly of the institute and aspired to be a part of the institution someday. I was always encouraged by my family, especially my father to pursue higher education even if that involved staying away from home.

My mother studied economics and works in the Bombay Municipal Corporation. She worked very hard to balance her job and ensure my all-around development. She always motivated me, supported me in every aspect and invested time in training me for activities such as dance, music and art besides academics. She has always been an inspiration to me and I try to put in efforts to make her proud.

Besides academics, I have a keen interest in dance and music and have been trained in Kathak for 7 years. I enjoy choreographing performances for various occasions and learning new dance styles. I belong to family of artists and the passion for music was inculcated in me right from my childhood.


My husband, Mr. Sameer Kulkarni works as a Systems Engineer in Entergy Riverbend Nuclear Power Plant. I met my husband during my undergraduate years and our friendship developed further as we moved for studies to the US. He supported me through all the stressful years of my research and we eventually became best friends and family to each other in a foreign country. Since the beginning of our journey, the common denominator of distance has persisted between us. While living far away from each other is not favorable, it has made us realize the importance of being with your loved ones and spending quality time with them. Our bond strengthened over the years and we tied the knot in 2018. He is my strength as I navigate my way through my career and has helped help me grow personally and professionally.

Outlook & advice

My motto is to always stay positive, give your 100% always and help others as much as possible. I have learnt the value of every experience and recognize the importance of past experiences and how they shape me to be who and where I am today. When I moved to the US, I was scared and very dependent on my parents for helping me make a lot of decisions. I did not know anyone in US and did not have an idea about the culture or the working environment. I have a long way to go and cannot wait to see what the future has to offer!


I am passionate about science and engineering& would like to continue working in innovative and challenging roles which give me tremendous learning opportunities. I aspire to be an entrepreneur someday and start a research lab of my own where I work on innovative and sustainable food product development.

Awards and accomplishment:

  • Gold medal for securing the highest GPA in the Department of Food Science at Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
  • Phi Tau Sigma student achievement scholarship for exceptional scholastic achievement and dedication to Phi Tau Sigma


  • Sahasrabudhe, S. N., Chaudhari, S. S., & Farkas, B. E. (2019). Experimental measurement of factors affecting dynamics of bubble growth from a submerged orifice: Applications to the frying process. Journal of Food Engineering251, 36-44.
  • Sahasrabudhe, S. N., Staton, J. A., & Farkas, B. E. (2019). Effect of frying oil degradation on surface tension and wettability. LWT99, 519-524.
  • Sahasrabudhe, S. N., Rodriguez-Martinez, V., O’Meara, M., & Farkas, B. E. (2017). Density, viscosity, and surface tension of five vegetable oils at elevated temperatures: Measurement and modeling. International Journal of Food Properties, 1-17.
  • Sahasrabudhe, S., Ratnayake, W. S., Mathew, J. M., & Jackson, D. S. Assessment of Corn Quality for Nixtamalization: Development of a Convenient Bench-Top Cooking Method (2017). Cereal Chemistry, 94(2), 207-214.
  • Xu, T., Rodriguez-Martinez, V., Sahasrabudhe, S. N., Farkas, B. E., & Dungan, S. R. (2017). Effects of Temperature, Time and Composition on Food Oil Surface Tension. Food Biophysics12(1), 88-96.


Mr. Amol Parab

San Francisco

Data Modeler with more than 12 years of experience in Enterprise Data Modeling, Transactional Application Data Modeling and Data Warehousing Modeling.

Collaborative and creative problem solver with ability to convert complex business requirement in to data models.


Dr. Pravin Patil


Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Louisville

Ph.D. Organic chemist with significant experience in the field of academic research, postdoctoral studies and pharmaceutical industries.
1. Good theory and practical knowledge of Organic Chemistry.
2. Expertise in chiral resolution, racemization, purification techniques such as extraction, distillation, recrystallization and column chromatography.
3. Worked on various organic reactions like Vilsmeier-Haack reaction, Knoevenagel condensation, Friedal-Crafts alkylation and acylation, Suzuki Coupling, Aldol condensation, Knorr Pyrrole synthesis, Grignard reaction, Oxidation, Reduction, Diazotization, Reductive alkylation, Hydrogenation etc.
4. Expertise in multi-step organic synthesis of heterocyclic compounds based on quinoxaline, coumarin, benzoxazole, benzothiazole, benzimidazole, pyrroles, thiazole, pyridine, oxazole, thiophene, imidazole etc from milligram to kilogram scale.
5. Experience in route scouting, route selection, process development, optimization, technology transfer to pilot plant and bulk synthesis of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).
6. Expertise in literature survey using Sci-Finder, Cross Fire Beilstein, Chemical Abstracts (CA), Patents.
7. Aware about the knowledge and functions of all spectroscopic techniques and instrumentation which are the essential part of research.

Current Status:

Currently working as Research Scientist at Peptides International Inc, Louisville, KY, USA based Biotech company.

Year-2014-2019-Postdoctoral Research Associate- Department of Chemistry, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY-USA.

Year-2012-2013-Postdoctoral Fellow and Lab Director: Department of Chemistry, Hope College, Holland, MI, USA.

Year-2010-2012-Research Scientist, Process Development-Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Pune, Maharashtra, India.

Year-2005-2010-Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry)-Institute of Chemical Technology, Matunga, Mumbai, India

Childhood / Young Days:

Born at village in Maharashtra (Bohra, Tal-Amalner, Dist-Jalgaon) and grew up at village named Galwade, Tal-Chopda, Dist-Jalgaon, Maharashtra.

Father-Chaitram Ratan Patil-Primary Teacher in District Govt. School
Mother-Bebabai Chaitram Patil-Housewife.

Both, my parents are leading influencer in my life beside my siblings. They made me aware about harder lessons in life, taught me to find solutions over difficulties within a range of limited resources in village life. Their dedication, hard work, sacrifice, and trust inspire me every single day.

Primary Education- 1-10th grade- Shri Shivaji Hated High School-Tal-Chopda, Dist-Jalgaon, Maharashtra.
Finished school with 1st ranking in 10th board examination.

College Education-11-12th Sci, B.Sc. (Chemistry)-ASC College, Chopda, Dist-Jalgaon, Maharashtra-
Finished B.Sc. Chemistry with 1st ranking in University final examination.

College Education-M.Sc. (Organic Chemistry)-SSVPS’s Science College Dhule, Maharashtra.
Very competitive and topmost college in the University to get admission depend on B.Sc. results, Finished 4th ranking in University examination.

Beginning of Career:

Started career as Research Officer, R&D, RPG Life Sciences Ltd, API bulk drug company, Navi Mumbai, India. Contributed in the development of novel process for life saving drug Clopidogrel Bisulfate (Plavix), one of top selling drugs in the world market. US patent has approved for this invention.

Desire to invent new organic transformations and their applications in drug manufacturing, inspired me to enroll for Ph.D. through competitive entrance examination at Institute of Chemical Technology, Matunga, Mumbai.

Till today:

  • Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry)-Year 2005-2010-Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Matunga, Mumbai, India under the guidance of Prof. K. G. Akamanchi. (Ex-Dean-Research and Mobilization and Head, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology).
  • 2010-2012-Appointed as Research Scientist in the department of process development at Lupin Research Park, Pune, India.
  • 2012-2013- Got an opportunity to join postdoctoral research at Hope college, Holland, MI under the guidance of Prof. Moses Lee (Ex-Dean, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry).
  • Worked in the area of DNA sequencing that involved synthetic development of novel analogs having better biological activity against various types of cancers.
  • Contributed in the project of development of World’s First Malaria Vaccine-Plasprotect, PlasProtecT®, a chemically attenuated, whole parasite, blood stage malaria vaccine candidate being developed at Griffith University’s Institute for Glycomics, Australia.
  • 2014-2019- Got an opportunity to work as Postdoctoral Research Associate in the laboratories of Prof. Frederick Luzzio at Department of Chemistry, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA. The project involved synthesis of novel organic molecules towards developing therapeutic approach to treat gum diseases by targeting P. gingivalis.
  • 2019-till today- Research Scientist at Peptides International Inc, Louisville, KY, USA.


Future plan involves contributing in chemical science toward development of life saving drugs.

For Roots- Will be utilizing my experience and learning to guide/inspire next generation and make them ready for career challenges in the chemistry field through the series of online/on-site lectures at schools and colleges.


Depending on my experience and learning my advice is-

Never give up while leading towards your life goal. Accept every difficulty as a new challenge by keeping in mind that there is a light after passing the dark tunnel, see dreams with open eyes and follow it by “passion”.

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Major Acheivements & Honors:

  • Outstanding Performance Year Award (2010-2011) by Lupin Ltd.(Research Park) Pune, India.
  • Senior Research Fellowship (2008-2009) by World Bank through TEQIP (Technical Education
    Quality Improve Program) at Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India.
  • Junior Research Fellowship (2005-2008) by World Bank through TEQIP (Technical Education
    Quality Improve Program) by Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India.
  • International Publications: 30 ;
  • US Patent-1
  • Book Chapter:


Mr. Swapnil Padhye


Marketing Director at Dell

Helping companies grow through effective Strategy, Planning & Operations

MBA, Duke University – The Fuqua School of Business,

MS (Engineering)-The University of Texas at Austin,

BE (Engineering)-College of Engineering Pune

Established business leader with 15+ years at Top-Tier multinationals in technology industry (Dell, AMD, National Instruments).

Well-rounded background and progressively increasing responsibilities in the areas of Marketing, Sales and Operations.


  • Global Strategy & Operations
  • Product Marketing/Management
  • Pricing Strategy
  • Margin Management
  • Business Planning
  • Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)
  • Cross-org and cross-culture leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Q1 FY’15 Bronze Award
  • Q1 FY’18 Dell Champion Award
  • Q2 FY’14 Bronze Award
  • Q2 FY’18 Silver Award


  • Evaluation Method for the Topological Synthesis of Sheet Metal Components
  • Design and Development of Multisensory Stimulation Kit
  • Evaluation of Shape Grammar Functions for Automated Design of Sheet Metal Parts Using Genetic Algorithms
  • Towards an Automated Approach to the Design of Sheet Metal Components


Mr. Atul Govande

Los Angeles

M.Sc. Physics, Electronics Major University of Pune

MBA University of Phoenix-Southern California Campus

Software Engineering Manager at OMRON Delta Tau (ODT)

Over 25 years of hands on experience in designing and developing software for Automation control and Motion control Industry and over 10 years of experience in managing these projects.
Proven track record of Managing, designing and implementing software solution which supports frequent User Interface and functionality changes.

Experienced in …..

Waterfall and Agile methodology for software development.
Test driven development
Defining and implementing ISO 9001/2 Procedures
FMEA (Failure Mode Effect Analysis) for quality improvement in design and process
• Unique personality who can work well with digital hardware, embedded software or Host (PC) software.
• Handled complete product life cycles for multiple automation and machine control projects.
• Experienced Team builder involving hiring, retaining, and mentoring team members.
• Operating system: Windows and Linux.
• Communications protocols
• Multi-threading application
• Hands-on project Management, handling system level project involving hardware/software.
• Ability to Handles multiple project without affecting project schedule

•Hands-on Software Management / development for Software industry, Automation industry, Machine tool industry.
•Embedded software development/ Management


Mr. Kunal Kulkarni

Los Angeles

Director of Operations @ Deluxe Media

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) California State University-Long Beach

Master of Science (MS) Computer Science University of Southern California

Solution-oriented professional with 12+ years of experience in operations management. Expertise includes project management, strategic planning, and client relations while overseeing business processes and communications. Possesses successful track record of leading diverse teams
and streamlining operational workflows while generating fierce loyalty within work environments.

Current Status:

  • I am currently working in Operation management for a Hollywood Post Production company in Los Angeles California. I have been in this industry for over 13 years now.
  • I have been actively involved with Maharashtra Mandal Los Angeles and have served on the board of directors for MMLA in 2009-2010 as Secretary.
  • I am currently involved in the Marathi Shala initiative that was started few years ago by BMM (Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal) for the North Los Angeles Shala branch.


• Negotiated $1M in annual savings between Warner Bros and collaborated with the CFO on cost models for negotiations (GDMX Transition)
• Facilitated 100+ packages of UHD content in 3 weeks, resulting in successful Apple UHD launch which generated $500K in revenue
• Deployed automation tools within the operation group by acting as an internal liaison, resulting in $100K+ in future annual savings
• Evaluated infrastructure and capacity across internal organization and provided recommendations to tackle upcoming IMF increased volume
• Collected and analyzed data from members within the digital workflow team (LOE and Workflow) to advance process improvement
• Managed the onboarding for Warner Bros in collaboration with the Deluxe VR, Deluxe Delivery and Localization teams (Virtual Reality)
• Analyzed existing workflows and identified efficiency gaining points to implement automation tools and streamline processes


Mr. Somnath Shinde

San Francisco

Ph.D. (Tech) Bioprocess Technology:  Institute Of Chemical Technology

Postdoctoral Researcher at Sandia National Laboratories


-Upgrading biomass to fuels and chemicals through process design for biomass pretreatment, biomass hydrolysate saccharification and fermentation, and scale-up

-Fermentation process optimizations and scale up for biofuels and value added chemicals

-Enzymatic process development in fine chemicals, flavors, food processing industries, chiral drug resolution, drugs and intermediate synthesis using immobilized enzyme systems.

-Biomass and lignin characterization using different analytical tools such as NMR, FTIR, GPC, XRD, GCMS, HPLC, HPAEC, SEM, etc

Specialties: Biomass fractionation/pretreatment; Fermentation process development, Biopolymer characterization, Data analysis, Design of experiments (DoE)


  • Cooperative Valorization of Lignin and Residual Sugar to Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) for Enhanced Yield and Carbon Utilization in Biorefineries
  • Codesign of Combinatorial Organosolv Pretreatment (COP) and Lignin Nanoparticles (LNPs) in Biorefineries
  • Defining lignin nanoparticle properties through tailored lignin reactivity by sequential organosolv fragmentation approach (SOFA)
  • Rapid pretreatment of Miscanthus using the low-cost ionic liquid triethylammonium hydrogen sulfate at elevated temperatures
  • Pre-Senescence Harvest of Switchgrass Inhibits Xylose Utilization by Engineered Yeast
  • Recent advances in understanding the pseudo-lignin formation in a lignocellulosic biorefinery
  • Synergistic maximization of the carbohydrate output and lignin processability by combinatorial pretreatment
  • Kinetic resolution of (R,S)-alpha tetralol catalyzed by crosslinked Candidaantarctica lipase B enzyme supported on mesocellular foam: A nanoscale enzyme reactor approach
  • Insight into microwave assisted immobilized Candida antarctica lipase B catalyzed kinetic resolution of RS-(±)-ketorolac
  • Insight into Microwave-Assisted Lipase Catalyzed Synthesis of Geranyl Cinnamate: Optimization and Kinetic Modeling.
  • Process intensification of immobilized lipase catalysis by microwave irradiation in the synthesis of 4-chloro-2-methylphenoxyacetic acid (MCPA) esters
  • Microwave Irradiated Immobilized Lipase Catalyzed Synthesis of Alkyl Benzoate Esters by Transesterification: Mechanism and Kinetic Modeling
  • Kinetic modeling and optimization of immobilized Candida antarctica lipase B catalysed synthesis of butyl-4-methyl-3-oxopentanoate using response surface methodology
  • Statistical media optimization for lutein production from microalgae Auxenochlorella protothecoides SAG 211-7a
  • Synergism of microwave irradiation and immobilized lipase catalysis in synthesis of 4,8-dimethylnon-7-en-1yl (2E)-3-phenylpro-2-enolate

Fellowships, Awards and Scholastic Achievements

  • honor description2018: A story on our switchgrass harvest article highlighted on DOE office of Science website (
  • 2018: Pseudo-lignin article selected as the ‘Article of the month’ in Celignis May Newsletter, Ireland. (
  • 2018: ‘Green Chemistry journal cover page coverage’ for the pseudo-lignin review article (!divAbstract)
  • 2017-18: “Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing” for Biochemical Engineering journal (April 2017) and Process Biochemistry journal (August 2018), Elsevier publication
  • 2011: “Shri. G. M. Abhyankar Research Paper Presentation Award 2011” for paper presentation at International Conference NHBT-2011
  • 2010: M H Shukla-IIChE, 2nd Prize for the Best Technical Paper presented at CHEMCON 2010
  • 2009-2013: University Grant Commissions- Senior Research Fellowship (UGC-SAP) for meritorious students awarded by Government of India.
  • 2008: Department of Biotechnology’s Junior Research Fellowship 2008 fellowship at DBT-ICT center for Energy Biosciences, Mumbai awarded by Government of India.
  • 2006-08: Meritorious Scholarships Awarded by J. R. D. Tata Trust


Mrs. Niyati Bedekar

Palo Alto

Current Status:

I’m currently a Sr. UX Researcher in Uber Freight. My research has spanned multiple industries and primarily focused on the Enterprise/B2B space (CRM, SRM, HR, Info Security products and Operational Intelligence/Analytics & Visualization applications), with previous experiences at SAP, Salesforce and Splunk.

I have presented at UX conferences (

When not working, I am also a BombayJam instructor (


Specialties: User centered design methods – use cases, storyboards and scenarios, concept validation, contextual inquiry, wants & needs analysis, requirements, concept and UI validations, personas, field research, expert reviews, cognitive walkthroughs, formative and summative usability testing, eye tracking, remote studies, unmoderated studies. Prototyping and Web programming, HTML, CSS JavaScript, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Creative Suite (Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.), ZurbApps Verify, Solidify, TechSmith Morae, ASL Head mounted eye tracker. Project Management & Planning.



Mr. Shreyas Bhandare

St. Louis

MS Chemical Engineering

Process Control Engineer at Global Process Automation

  • Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering – Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) Rolla, MO
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering – Vishwakarma Institute of Technology (VIT) Pune, India

Shreyas is a self-motivated, passionate and hardworking Chemical Engineer. He is technically sound in basic chemical engineering principles, Fluid mechanics, Process flow diagrams, P&ID’s and has experience in areas such as Process Control, Process Design, Process Optimization, and Design of Equipment. Shreyas is a quick learner who thrives on communication, respect, leadership, and integrity within an organization.

At Global Process Automation (gpa)

  • As a Process Control Engineer, he is involved in Control system design and DCS migration projects for manufacturing processes in Pulp and Paper, Oil & Gas, Food and Beverage and Specialty Chemicals industries
  • He is experienced in monitoring data from processes, conduct research and develop new process control strategies to improve operational efficiency


  • Chemical Engineering,
  • DCS/HMI Programming,
  • Process Simulation,
  • Process Control and Optimization


Mr. Vaibhav Sathe


President, Perigee Integrations LLC, Georgia.

Current Status:

  • Vaibhav Sathe, based in Suwanee, GA, USA, is currently working as Founder and Managing Partner of a small Telecommunications Consulting firm, Perigee Integrations LLC.
  • Vaibhav has worked over 25 years in the field of Wireless Communications and has travelled over 25 countries.
  • Vaibhav strongly believes in giving back to the society.
  • He has been working as a Director of Maharashtra Foundation, USA for the past 6+ years and is actively involved in organizing various fundraising events for MF.
  • He was the president of Maharashtra Mandal of Atlanta in 2010 and Trustee for 3 years thereafter.
  • He also does a service to the community by providing the services as a priest for over 10 years and he donates all the proceeds to various charities.

He plays Tennis, Table Tennis and is an avid sports fan, especially Cricket, Tennis and Football. He also plays synthesizer keyboard as a hobby. He also likes to learn Japanese Language and is a member of Japan America society of Georgia.

Childhood  and Young Days:

Vaibhav  was born in a middle-class family in Mumbai. His mother was a principal in a Marathi school and the upbringing from the parents has helped him a lot to develop the discipline and meticulousness.
He  graduated from K.J. Somaiya College of Engineering (University of Mumbai) and worked in Mumbai, Pune and Gurgaon/New Delhi in the areas of sales/marketing, setting up a wireless technologies manufacturing plant and the initial era of Cellular Technologies in the early ’90s.

Beginning of Career:

The experience in the Wireless Technologies was rare in the ’90s that opened up the opportunity for Vaibhav to work in the initial Cellular Towers and Core deployments in various parts of the world such as Indonesia, Czech Republic, Russia, Malawi and the USA. Vaibhav got tired of the international travel and returned to Mumbai/Pune to settle. But he came back to the USA serendipitously!

Till today:

Vaibhav says, “I went through the various phases in the career from being an entry level Engineer to becoming an entrepreneur. The pleasure of generating employment is unmatched and the best way to practice ‘Karmayog’ “.

I am already working 6+ years in Maharashtra Foundation and I would like to serve the community in the USA and back home in India through various volunteering activities.”

My wife, Pallavi Sathe is a realtor in Greater Atlanta area and the strong support that enables me to pursue various career goals and hobbies. My son, Ritwik Sathe is a member of Corps of Cadets and a Junior in Texas A&M University and is on the path to commission in the US Air Force upon completion of his Engineering in Computer Science. My daughter, Shirin is in middle school and is a basketball player and a budding artist interested in painting and music.”


Perigee Integrations LLC

Perigee Integrations ( provides professional services in the continuously evolving telecommunications field by providing solutions to their clients. Perigee team has developed an unmatched cross-functional expertise to support the clients in the various areas such as IT, Network Deployment, System Integrations and Testing, Network Operations and Project Management.


Mr. Harshal Zope


Principal Scientist at Genocea

Post Doctorate Pharmaceutical Sciences Harvard Medical School

PhD Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Leiden University

MSc, M.Tech Biotechnology, University of Pune

Narkhede, Highschool, Bhusawal 1991 – 2001


  • Developed drug delivery systems such as liposomes, polymer nanoparticles, and micelles for the delivery of small molecules, peptides and its conjugates, antibody conjugates, adjuvants, and oligonucleotides such as siRNA and mRNA.
    • Experienced in bioconjugations such as Antibody Drug Conjugates (ADCs) and their corresponding Small Ligand-Drug Conjugates (SLDC), nanoparticle surface functionalization.
    • 10+ years of hands-on experience in synthesis purification and characterization of bioactive macro/molecules, biopolymers, PEGylation, solid phase and solution phase peptide synthesis.
    • Expert in biochemical assays such as the development of cytotoxicity assay, cell surface protein expression analysis using flow cytometry, ELISA, western blot, PCR, and microscopy (TEM, SEM, Fluorescence and Confocal)
    • Proficient in analytical techniques such as NMR (1D and 2D), Chromatography (HPLC, GPC), Mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF and LC-MS), spectroscopy.
    • Strong interdisciplinary research background in vaccines and cancer chemotherapies.
    • Skilled at conducting due diligence for pharmaceutical technologies.
    • Very good understanding and expertise on Bio-distribution as well as pharmacokinetic analysis.
    • Led several collaborative research projects and demonstrating strong interpersonal and presentation skills.


  • Biomaterials for mRNA delivery
  • Determination of peptide oligomeric states from thermal unfolding by CD-spectroscopy
  • Membrane interactions of fusogenic coiled-coil peptides: implications for lipopeptide mediated vesicle fusion
  • In vitro and In vivo supramolecular biomembrane engineering using a lipidated coiled-coil motif
  • Coiled-coil peptide motifs as thermoresponsive valves for mesoporous silica nanoparticles
  • Peptide amphiphile nanoparticles enhance the immune response against a CpG adjuvanted influenza antigen
  • Coiled-coil peptide motifs as thermoresponsive valves for mesoporous silica nanoparticles
  • Controlling the rate of coiled coil driven membrane fusion
  • Immobilization of liposomes and vesicles on patterned surfaces by a peptide coiled-coil binding motif
  • Polymer-induced liquid precursor (PILP) phases of calcium carbonate formed in the presence of synthetic acidic polypeptides-relevance to bio-mineralization
  • Influence of pegylation on peptide-mediated liposome fusion
  • Polymersomes enhance the immunogenicity of influenza subunit vaccine
  • In situ modification of plain liposomes with lipidated coiled coil forming peptides Induced membrane fusion through
  • Random co-Poly(Amino Acid)s as Protein-Mimicking Control Agents in CaCO3 Mineralization


  • Development of conformationally preferred peptide immunogens as candidate vaccine against HIV-infection
  • Design and synthesis of novel Cell Penetrating Peptides (CPPs)
  • Synthetic efforts towards the preparation of 2,3-diallyl indole


Patent title: Delivery methods

Patent date Issued Oct 26, 2012  Patent issuer and numbereu PCT/EP2012/071320 and WO2014063757

Patent description:

The invention provides a molecule comprising a peptide capable of forming a coiled coil with a complementary peptide, and a steroid moiety. The invention also provides a method of delivering a active agent to a cell, the method comprising contacting the cell with a vehicle comprising a peptide capable of forming a coiled coil with a complementary lipidated peptide and the active agent, wherein the lipid component of the complementary lipidated peptide is integrated into the cell membrane of the cell


Dr. Nitish Deshpande


Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus, USA

Chem. Engg. from Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai, India

Currently working as PTD Module and Integration, Yield Engineer at Intel Corp, OR, USA

Dr. Nitish Deshpande says,

“My job responsibilities as a Module (process) engineer at Intel Corporation include leading scientific research to enable manufacturing of innovative semiconductor device architectures. Amongst other things, this involves, designing, executing, and analyzing experiments necessary to meet engineering specifications defined for the technology. I earned my Ph.D. in chemical engineering from OSU, under Dr. N.A. Brunelli’s guidance. My graduate work involved solving problems at the interface of chemical engineering, material synthesis & characterization, and chemistry. My expertise includes synthesis, characterization, and catalytic testing of zeolites and mesoporous silicas. As of today, I have authored/co-authored seven peer-reviewed publications and a patent application and presented at several local and international scientific conferences.”

“I was born in Mumbai in 1991.My parents, Sneha and Subhash Deshpande, with their unconditional love and faith in my abilities,have immeasurably contributed to my achievements (academic or otherwise)”.

“ICT, Mumbai’s illustrious alumni and professors inspired me to pursue a career in research and development in chemical engineering.”

“After completing my B.Chem.Engg. from ICT, I took the opportunity to pursue my Grad studies at OSU.My Ph.D. advisor, Dr. N. A. Brunelli, transformed my outlook in life to a “can-do” one, which has been instrumental in my success.”


Process engineer at Intel Corporation. Ph.D. with research experiencein solving problems at the interface of chemical engineering, material synthesis, and chemistry.Expertise includes synthesis, characterization, and catalytic testing of zeolites and mesoporous silicas. Research output includes 6 peer-reviewed articles, 1 patent application, and multiple presentations at local and international conferences.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Chemical Engineering, December 2018, Advisor: N. A. Brunelli GPA: 3.96/4.0, The Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (B. Chem. Engg.), May 2013, Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT, formerly UDCT), Mumbai, India GPA: 8.50/10

Publications and patents applications

  • Deshpande, N., Pattanaik, L., Whitaker, M. R., Yang, C-T., Lin, L-C., Brunelli, N. A., “Selectively converting glucose to fructose using immobilized tertiary amines”, J.Catal., 353, 205-210, 2017
  • Deshpande, N., Cho, E. H., Spanos, A. P., Lin, L-C., Brunelli, N. A., “Tuning molecular structure of immobilized tertiary amine catalysts for glucose isomerization”, J.Catal., 372, 119-127, 2019
  • Deshpande, N., Parulkar, A., Joshi, R., Diep, B., Kulkarni, A., Brunelli, N. A., “Epoxide ring opening with alcohols using heterogeneous Lewis acid catalysts: Regioselectivity and mechanism”, J.Catal., 370, 46-54, 2019
  • Olson N., Deshpande, N., Gunduz, S., Ozkan U., Brunelli, N. A., “Utilizing imogolite nanotubes as a tunable catalytic material for the selective isomerization of glucose to fructose”, Catal. Today, 323, 69-75, 2019
  • Parulkar, A., Joshi, R., Deshpande, N., Brunelli, N. A., “Synthesis and catalytic testing of Lewis acidic nano-MFI zeolites for the epoxide ring opening reaction with alcohol”, Appl. Catal. A: Gen, 566, 25-32, 2018
  • Parulkar, A., Spanos, A.P., Deshpande, N., Brunelli, N. A.,  “Synthesis and catalytic testing of Lewis Acidic Nano Zeolite Beta for epoxide ring opening with alcohols”, Appl. Catal. A: Gen, 577, 28-34, 2019
  • Brunelli, N. A., Deshpande, N., Parulkar, A., “ Zeolitic materials including paired Lewis acid catalytic sites”, US Patent Application, 15/815,413, May 17, 2018
  • Kane, A., Deshpande, N., Brunelli, N. A., “Impact of Surface Loading on Catalytic activity of regular and low micropore SBA-15 in the Knoevenagel condensation”, manuscript accepted, AIChE J., 2019

Awards & honors                                                                                

Awards for academic achievements:

  • University fellowship, OSU Graduate School     2013-2014
  • Supplemental department fellowship, CBE department, OSU                                           2013-2014
  • Supplemental university fellowship,OSU Graduate School     2013-2017
  • Outstanding graduate student, CBE department, OSU                                       2018
  • Travel award, Chemical and Reaction engineering division, AIChE     2018

Competitions won:                                                                                                

  • Outstanding poster award, GRS, CBE department, OSU2017
  • 2ndplace for proposing a solution to an industrial problem,Young Innovators Choice Competition, ICT2012
  • 3rdplace in Fourth Concept Test in chemistry(Intercollegiate exam), ICT2010
  • 2ndplace in Salt act(Chemistry event) at CHEMERGENCE (IntercollegiateTech-fest), TSEC, India2011
  • 2ndplace in Model making(Cooling Tower) competition in CHEMERGENCE, TSEC, India2010



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Mrs. Chitralekha Potnis


President at Peel College of Professional Studies, Ontario , Canada

Chitralekha has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering. She has Post Graduate Diplomas in Digital Electronics & Microprocessors and in Industrial Management.

She has more than thirty years of professional experience in industry, academics, education management, and management.

She has extensive experience in the education field, having been a teacher, and college administrator all her life. She has handled the entire gamut of functions required to run an educational institute. This includes everything from starting new courses, teaching, designing curriculum, marketing courses, and industry – institute interaction to enable students to get hands-on experience in their chosen field.

She has published 50 technical research papers nationally and internationally, and has been   on various advisory committees of International Conferences on Engineering Education.  She has-been invited to give lectures several times, especially on Institute, Industry Interaction, Quality of Engineering Education, Teaching Methodologies, Institute Management, Entrepreneurship Development and Curriculum Design & Development.She has been socially active in arranging and participating in several conferences.

She has worked with street children on UNICEF projects. One of these projects aimed to get street children and child labourers off the streets and into school by explaining the importance of education to the children and their parents. Another project was directed towards young girls being forced into prostitution due to poverty and destitution. The project educated the girls as well as the parents by making them aware about not only the risks of exposing girls at a young age to physical and sexual abuse but also the moral decrepitude behind such actions.The aim was to explain to parents and girls the importance of empowering the girls, and the importance and benefits of education to society in general and their families in particular.

She was one out of few specially trained by the Department of Science and Technology (Government of India) to be women entrepreneurs.

She has counselled women who have been injured at work and were out of a job, and has helped them in choosing a different career through continuing education followed by being gainfully employed. She firmly believes that it is essential for women to be gainfully employed or entrepreneurs to maintain their dignity and self respect.

She has worked as an Executive Committee member of Marathi Bhashik MandalToronto, which is a social organization of people speaking one of the Indian languages who live in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

She was awarded a Woman Hero award in the field of Education at the 6th Annual Celebrating Womanhood 2018 Gala by the Indo-Canadian Arts & Culture Initiative (ICACI). 

She was named one of the 50 influential women in the GTA by Nikisar Inc. and Women of the Earth Empowerment (WEE) in 2018.

She is a currently the President and Co Owner of Peel College of Professional Studies, a college that is owned and operated by women.

 Peel College was founded with the principles of providing quality education which can help learners to grow professionally in their chosen career path.

Peel College has a modern campus with contemporary facilities. The overall environment of college endeavours to bring the best outcome of the efforts of students as well as of the teaching staff.

The college is a licensed Private Career College (PCC) running courses approved by the Ministry of Advanced Skills and Education Development (MAESD) and is listed on the Service Canada website.


Mr. Kiran Naik

San Francisco

Chief Revenue Officer & Managing Principal at LumenData, San Francisco:

  • Experienced Executive in Sales with a demonstrated history of working in Software Services & Systems Integration industry.
  • Deeply focused on strategy and sales of Digital Transformation services with emphasis on B2B Marketing function.
  • Skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning & People Management. Strong sales professional with experience in North America & EMEA.

As the Chief Revenue Officer & Managing Principal at LumenData, San Francisco, leveraging his 35 years of experience in software and services sales, Kiran oversees the alignment of company strategy and market opportunities to drive growth and development across sales, client success, and services.

Before joining LumenData, Kiran was in Persistent Systems, where he managed global sales and led a strategic business unit focused on taking innovative digital transformation services to the enterprise market.  Prior to that, he managed strategic accounts sales for Lionbridge Technologies, where he created, managed, and grew the professional services team for webify services in the healthcare vertical. His experience also includes managing and growing a software services company as a co-founder.


Mr. Uday Hardikar

New York

BS – Industrial Engineering: University of Pune

Operations Management, Human Resource Management, Costing & Cost Control

MS – Management & Engineering:MIT- Sloan School of Management

Operations Strategy, Strategic Planning, Supply Chain Management


  • Operations leader with twenty-eight years of experience in global manufacturing environment
    • Hands on experience with the entire lifecycle of bio-pharma manufacturing facilities from design, construction, start-up, regulatory approvals through operation and retirement.
    • Expertise in sterile manufacturing – bag filling, blow-fill-seal, aseptic vial and syringe filling, terminal sterilization
    • Experience across key functional areas of business including Operations, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Engineering and Sales
    • Proven leadership in developing and motivating large teams across multiple cultures to deliver superior business results and bottom line profitability
    • APICS-CSCP certified operations management professional.
    • PMP Certified project management professionalAreas of Expertise: Operations Management, Manufacturing, Engineering, Portfolio & Program Management, Supply Chain, and Operational Excellence.


Mr. Mandar Ranade


Vice President of Information Technology (CIO)

A versatile, results-driven change leader with a consulting, influencing style, expert at restoring long term sustainability through process re-engineering, executive level alignment and high-impact leadership. Extensive experience in Information Technology Management serving Healthcare, Supply Chain, Finance and Manufacturing domains in global matrixed settings. Skilled at connecting the dots among technology, business and profitability while executing on plan and operating within the mores of mentorship, integrity and service.

Positions Held:

  • Vice President of Information Technology (CIO): Kewaunee Scientific Corp. Charlotte, North Carolina Area -Dec 2019 – Present
  • Division IT Leader : EnPro Industries Inc. Fairbanks Morse – Nov 2018 – Dec 2019
  • Director Of Technical Services : Aurora Health Greater Milwaukee Area Care Dec 2017 – Oct 2018
  • Director Project Management Office: Aurora Health Care- Aug 2015 – Dec 2017
  • Senior Manager IT, PMO & Service Delivery: IMS Health Oct 2010 – Aug 2015
  • Program Manager: Thermo Fisher Scientific 2005 – Sep 2010


Mr. Shailesh Chavan


Senior Medical Director, Clinical Medicine Plasma Development Therapies, Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Experienced pharmaceutical researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the industry (both Sponsor & CRO side).
  • Skilled in all aspects of Early to Late Phase Product development including life-cycle management in various TA’s including Immunology, Oncology, Transplantation among others.
  • Strong healthcare services experienced professional with a MD focused in Internal Medicine from Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Shailesh Chavan says, “ I have been fortunate to have educated in Mumbai under some of the best teachers from school, university to medical school. I left India to pursue higher education and career in pharmaceuticals. I am enjoying some of the impactful work in the field of medical research.

He further states, “I would like to continue my work in advancement of medical innovation in areas like transplantation, oncology, immunology”.

Family: Family includes wife, twins – son Aarin and daughter Aryana.

Outlook: “I am hopeful of India’s potential as the next super power . I am proud of being Marathi and hope to work closely with leaders of next generation.”

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Mrs. Sonali Sambhus

San Francisco

M.S.Computer: Engineering Rutgers University

Masters Certificate, Project Management; The George Washington University – School of Business

B.E. Electronics and Telecommunication Engg:  College of Engineering, Pune, COEP


Silicon Valley Professional who has held multiple executive positions for the past decade. Driven Technologist, Product Thought Leader & Strategist!

Technology Leader with proven track record of leading large engineering teams, Scaling Engineering Organizations and Scaling Growth Stage Startups.

Currently Enabling Transformation & Growth for Mobile @ Square

Prior, Headed Consumer Engineering & Incubation for Defining Technology Strategy, Product Strategy and primarily delivering compelling consumer products across different product lines and across platforms (Desktop, Mobile, IOS & Android Native Apps).

Prior, As Head of Engineering & Site Lead @Vuclip led a team of 120+ Engineers for Vuclip’s Cloud SaaS Product. With strategic & tactical leadership & a deep-dive approach led the large engineering team towards excellence on Product, Process & People fronts.

Successfully plagued with the startup virus in the valley – did 2 startups.

  • Co-founded and successfully exited ’10jumps Inc’, a Data Analytics Product & Services company.
  • Second startup – 10jumps – which had its development center in Pune did go through a so-called successful acquisition.

Sonali  was a Founding Member of a startup in Cisco – ‘Network Collaboration Business Unit’. The business started from a mere concept of ‘network based search’ and evolved into a unique product which offered the Enterprises a Knowledge Discovery Platform leveraging the data from the networks.

Childhood / Young Days:

“Born in Barshi, Solapur I spent most of my childhood in Pune. I did my schooling in Abhinav Vidyalaya, (rarely) attended SP College and then moved onto the dream college for every Punekar – COEP.
My father was my powerhouse and biggest influence along with my mother who was and still is the backbone of support for me.”

Beginning of Career:

“I came to the US in 1997 for my Masters, settled in the US, returned back to Pune in 2011- spent an amazing 5 years in Pune and then returned back to my second home land called the bay area in 2016. Happily settled here now”

Till today:

“Started in the Telecom industry (making some use of my BE,E&TC and my Masters in Computer Networking), After spending about 8 years in Cisco, I realized I wanted to be in a more dynamic and fast paced industry and switched gears into the data analytics space. I cofounded a business unit for Cisco (called Network Collaboration Business Unit) and took this startup from 0 to 10M in revenue in a matter of 3 years. I then did a startup of my own ’10jumps’ where we built a SAP HANA based Proactive Network Management Product. 10Jumps got acquired in 2014. I then took on the role of VP/Head of Engineering for Vuclip heading their 100+ people team where my key charter was to scale the engineering at the fast paced scale of growth of the business. After Vuclip, I was Head of Consumer Engineering for and now am Heading Mobile (Product and Engineering) in a General Manager capacity for Square”


“I always think of ways to give back to the community. I am and plan to focus on elevating women in the workforce through providing coaching, guidance and inspiration. I am Yoga Teacher and plan to spread health and calmness to the world through yoga. I am also affiliated with a number of charitable organizations including American Indian Foundation and a number of others based in Pune.
I hold a dear place in my heart for Maharashtrians and would be happy to contribute to our community”


Full house with a husband, 2 daughters and my dear mother.

Author :

“I have always been a Passionate Advocate for Women in the Workforce. I decided to turn my passion into action and wrote this book to help fellow sisters in their constant tug of war of family vs career. Elle-vate is a self help book for women that enables women to reach their fullest career potential, while balancing their traditional responsibilities. Though, my biggest life lessons have been learnt parenting my 2 daughters who are now amazing teenagers. The book was launched at an International Literary Festival in India amidst a lot of fan fare. The book is a small step towards my grand goal of creating a better world for Working Women.”


Ms. Lalita Salgaokar

New York

Bachelors of Mass Media Graduate, University of Mumbai

  • Senior Copywriter: Unilever U-Studio
  • Lead content teams at advertising agencies and brands in New York City.
  • Teacher of a Copywriting Class at Miami Advertising School’s New York Campus
  • Volunteer Organizer of the 3% Conference (A conference determined to change the lack of female leadership in North America’s ad industry)

Please find my thought leadership articles here:

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Mr. Ninad Burde


Asst. Account Rep, Alliant Insurance Services

Current Status:

I am currently working in the Property & Casualty Real Estate Insurance field in Orange County, CA. I enjoy supporting our clients and ensuring that top notch customer service is provided at all times, in placing optimal insurance coverage. I have also previously worked in a high tech advertising technology company for more than two years.

I was born and raised in Mumbai, but have been living in the US for more than a decade now. However, I do enjoy visiting India, whenever I get the opportunity.

Beginning of Career:

I attended IES Manik Vidya Mandir (opposite Lilavati Hospital) until 9th grade. Then I graduated from Highland High School in Pocatello, Idaho. After that, I graduated with BBA in Finance & Management and MBA from Idaho State University.


Plan is to gain in depth experience in the Commercial P&C insurance industry and become a skilled professional.


I believe that India has a very bright future and is one of the top economic powerhouses in the global space.


Work hard and always strive to achieve your dreams. Because they do become reality, if you try hard enough!

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Mrs. Sangeeta Godbole

North Carolina

Assistant VP at Wells Fargo Bank

Current Status:

  • My day job is being a technology leader at Wells Fargo Bank.
  • Aside from that, I volunteer at Kiran Inc, Raleigh, NC.
  • I am also a peace Activist, animal rights activist, an environmentalist.
  • I have a youtube channel called Tilted Planet.

Childhood / Young Days:

Born and raised in Amravati. School Manibari Gujrathi HighSchool, Shri Shivaji Science College, Government College of Engineering, , Amravati University. My influences – my father Shri Kishabhau Godbole, my husband Dilip Barman and Mahatma Gandhi

Beginning of Career:

I came temporarily for a business opportunity, then met a person who I married and therefore stayed in US

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  • University of Florida – Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

  • Institute of Chemical Technology Bachelor of Technology in Polymer and Surface Engineering Mumbai, India

  • Process Engineer at Blackrock Microsystems


    I am a graduate student with achievement-award scholarship pursuing Masters in Materials Science and Engineering(MSE) at University of Florida. I have pursued my Bachelor of Technology in Polymer and Surface Coatings from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai.
    I have detailed hands-on experience related to various processes and instruments in the semiconductor industry including Photolithography, PECVD, LPCVD, APCVD, ALD, thermal CVD, sputtering and thermal evaporation PVD. I am also proficient in the Wet and Dry etching process techniques including RIE and DRIE, MEMS. I have an experience of using a class 100 clean room for various semiconductor fabrication processes.
    During my undergrad, I learned everything about polymers, paints, resins, inks, composites, metals and pigments. I studied all the synthesis techniques, characterization methods, properties and selection of several materials, applications. I learned courses like Design of Experiments, Process Control, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Chemical Engineering Operations, Diffusion Control, and Transport Phenomena etc. to complement and reinforce my knowledge for several applications in industries.
    Technical Skills: SEM, 4 probe resistance measurement, Filmetrics, UV-Vis. Spectroscopy, DSC, TGA, DMA, FTIR, GPC, NMR, Rheology, High-Performance Thin Layer Chromatography(HPTLC), Vapor Pressure Osmometer, Paper chromatography, Diode, and MEMS characterization. ‘C’ programming language, ‘SAGE’ – Business finance and accounting management software, ‘R’ – Statistical computing and Graphics software.
    I strongly believe that knowledge can be enhanced and polished only by proper application and gaining valuable experience under the guidance of highly skilled experts. I am thus seeking an internship/co-op/full-time opportunity to further boost my practical knowledge.”

    Saket says, “ I was born in March, 1996 , at Solapur, in a loving and very close knit family. My father  Shri.Satish Mulge and my mother  Sau. Sangeeta Mulge, have supported me in everything since childhood, inculcated good values in me and have always been there for me when I needed them”





Mr. Prashant Gijare

New York

Director, Digital Innovation – Media Agility Inc.

Composer, Arranger, Musician, Writer. Published 5 Marathi songs

Prashant says, “Information Technology, what I do and did all my life.”

“I am Ambassador for Akhil Autism FoundationI use my music talent to create music concerts that are based on fresh themes, unique content and a top notch quality. The concerts generate money and we donate that money to Akhil Autism Foundation. I act as the band’s music arranger and also play several musical instruments in band.”


Varsha – Runs staffing Co and is Hobby painter


Rohit  is a Professional Choreographer, Dancer.Founder, Owner:- . Has more than 200K followers on Youtube. ,

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Media Agility Inc.:

MediaAgility is a digital consulting company with the vision of making work meaningful for all. MediaAgility is a premier Google Cloud partner across Cloud, Maps, G Suite, Chrome with over 1000 customers in 9+ countries.

With Google certified specialists on board and the Data Analytics & Location-based Services specialization awarded by Google Cloud, the company is a full spectrum digital consulting firm creating AI and Analytics based innovative solutions, building conversational intelligence and designing powerful operational intelligence and machine learning capabilities for customers.


Mr. Shubhankar Upasani


Co-op in Product Development Sustainability at Kohler Co.

  • Experienced in life-cycle assessment (LCA), supply chain optimization, computational modeling and optimization in Python and GAMS, geospatial analysis using GIS. Process design and optimization experience with ChemCAD, ASPEN, HTRI.
  • Skilled in data analysis and visualization using R, Excel.

Current Status:

“I am working for Kohler Co. in the Product Sustainability Engineering team to support the Design for Environment program. I graduated with a MS in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University. I am also actively involved with the SKY Happiness Program on college campuses across the US”.


  • Advanced Kinetics 1
  • Advanced Thermodynamics 1
  • Advanced Transport Phenomena
  • Air pollution
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Catalysis
  • Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • Engineering Project Management
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Heat Transfer
  • Linear Optimization
  • Marketing Management
  • Mass Transfer
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Piping Engineering
  • Principles of Sustainable Chemical Engineering
  • Process control and instrumentation
  • Separation Processes

Language Proficiency : Dutch, English, German, Hindi, Marathi, Sanskrit, and Spanish


Mr. Nitin Deshpande

New York

Technology Risk/Information Security/Cyber Security/Supplier Risk/IT Audit, New York, NY


  • Risk Management professional with over 15 years of experience in IT risk management, information security, internal controls, cyber risk, IT Audit, third-party risk management, risk remediation/mitigation process, governance, regulatory compliance and financial analysis/accounting within the financial and consulting sector.
  • Trusted IT risk leader and advisor with a proven track record of influencing senior leadership and partnering with cross-functional teams.
  • Demonstrated experience working in all ‘three lines of defense’ and consistently appraised with quality high performance and recipient of several honors & awards for operating with excellence, exceeding expectations, demonstrating leadership, and living by the Firm’s guiding principles.



Mrs. Ashwini Mokashi

New York

Author at Princeton Research Forum

Ph.D. Philosophy. Savitribai Phule Pune University

GRP, CCP International Compensation. WorldatWork

MHRM Human Resource Management. Rutgers University

Princeton Research Forum President (June 2013 to June 2017)

Non-profit Organization of Independent Research Scholars.

Princeton Research Forum is a community of independent scholars in the Princeton area and beyond. It was founded in 1980 by a group of scholars who were pursuing their own research outside of the academy. Their aim was to facilitate access to libraries and funding for independent researchers and to provide a forum for collegiality among the group’s membership. Since those early days, much has improved for independent scholars, in part due to the efforts of PRF founding members and to those of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars (, with which PRF is affiliated.

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Dr. Ashwini Mokashi says,”I have worked in two main areas: Academic Philosophy and Business.
As an academic Philosopher, I taught in Pune, India at the College and University level for three years and I was a President of the ‘Princeton Research Forum’ in New Jersey for two terms. Currently I write on philosophical topics as an Independent Research Scholar. My first book ‘Sapiens and Sthitaprajna: A Comparative Study in Seneca’s Stoicism and the Bhagavadgita’ is recently published through D. K. Printworld and is now available for purchase on Amazon. This is a scholastic work in Comparative Philosophy and is based on the concept of the wise person in Seneca and the Bhagavadgita. It also talks about the relevance of ancient wisdom to our current situation.
As a business person, I worked in the US as an Executive Compensation Mananger mostly in top 50 companies for about ten years, and earlier in India, I ran a small business called ‘Language House’, teaching and translating languages for a decade.”


  • English
  • German
  • Greek, Ancient (to 1453 AD)
  • Hindi
  • Marathi
  • Punjabi
  • Sanskrit
  • Urdu


  • Ashwini’s Musings
  • Ashwini Mokashi Talks
  • Pursuit of Happiness
  • Sapiens ani Sthitaprajna
  • Sapiens and Sthitaprajna

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‘सेपियन्स अ‍ॅण्ड स्थितप्रज्ञ’ या नुकत्याच प्रसिद्ध झालेल्या पुस्तकात भगवद्गीतेत श्रीकृष्णाने अर्जुनाला केलेला उपदेश आणि स्टॉइक तत्त्वज्ञ सेनेका (इ. स. पूर्व ४ – इ. स. ६५) याने मांडलेली तात्त्विक भूमिका अशा दोन पौर्वात्य व पाश्चिमात्य तात्त्विक विचारसरणींचा तुलनात्मक अभ्यास केलेला आहे. हा अभ्यास एक आदर्श व्यक्ती कशी असावी, या संकल्पनेवर आधारित आहे. हे पुस्तक जरी नुकतेच प्रसिद्ध झाले असले, तरी हा अभ्यास २००२ मध्ये पुणे विद्यापीठात पीएच.डी.चा प्रबंध म्हणून मान्य झाला होता. त्याचाच हा सारांश. हे पुस्तक नव्याने प्रसिद्ध करण्यामागे दोन उद्देश होते : एक तर या अभ्यासाला उजाळा मिळावा आणि अन्य अभ्यासकांच्या नजरेत हे काम पडावे; त्याचप्रमाणे यात सांगितलेल्या गोष्टी आणि तत्त्वे जास्तीत जास्त लोकांना वाचण्यास मिळावीत व ही जीवनावश्यक मूल्ये आचरणात आणण्याची प्रेरणा मिळून लोकांना आपले जीवन जास्तीत जास्त सुखी-समाधानी आणि संतुलित जगण्याचा मार्ग दिसावा.

पहिल्या शतकात होऊन गेलेल्या सेनेका या रोमन तत्त्ववेत्त्याचे लेखन स्टॉइक परंपरेला अनुसरून तर होतेच; पण त्याची स्वतची विचारसरणी आणि शैलीही फार वाखाणण्याजोगी होती. गीतेच्या तत्त्वज्ञानात श्रीकृष्णाने खचलेल्या अर्जुनाला रणांगणावर केलेला उपदेश आणि क्रूर राजा नीरोच्या दहशतीखाली अतिशय वाईट परिस्थितीत जगणाऱ्या लोकांना सेनेकाने दिलेला सल्ला यात बरेचसे साधर्म्य आहे. सेनेका जरी व्यवसायाने नीरोचा सल्लागार होता, तरी त्याचे तत्त्वज्ञान आणि लिखाण हे सर्व समाजासाठी आणि सर्वसामान्य लोकांसाठी होते. श्रीकृष्ण हे विष्णूचे अवतार समजले जातात. त्यामुळे त्यांची आणि सेनेका या तत्त्वज्ञाची तुलना होऊ शकत नाही. परंतु गीतेतील दुसऱ्या अध्यायात सांगितलेली ‘स्थितप्रज्ञा’ची लक्षणे आणि स्टॉइक तत्त्ववेत्त्यांनी सांगितलेली ‘सेपियन्स’ची लक्षणे यात मात्र जरूर साधर्म्य आढळते.

कुठल्याही काळात जगताना कायम काही प्रश्न उभे राहतात. महत्त्वाचा प्रश्न असतो की, सुखी आणि समाधानी जीवन कसे जगावे? मग असे जीवन जगण्यासाठी आपले वागणे शिस्तबद्ध कसे असावे? सद्गुणांची जोपासना कशी करावी? विचारांती निर्णय कसे घ्यावेत? हे आणि असे उपप्रश्न डोळ्यांसमोर येतात. प्राचीन काळापासून अनेक विचारवंतांनी यावर बराच अभ्यास केला आणि एक समृद्ध समाज निर्माण करण्यासाठी एका आदर्श व्यक्तीचे स्वरूप कसे असावे, हा विचार मांडला. त्यांचे विचार आज आधुनिक काळातही आपल्याला मार्गदर्शक ठरू शकतात, हा विचार या पुस्तकात मांडलेला आहे.

पौर्वात्य आणि पाश्चिमात्य अशा वरवर अगदी भिन्न वाटणाऱ्या संकल्पनांमध्ये साधर्म्य शोधून आपल्याला यातून काय शिकता येईल याचा विचार आपण केला तर बऱ्याच गोष्टींचा उलगडा होऊ शकतो. यासाठी कुठल्या धर्माचे, परंपरेचे किंवा धार्मिकतेचे बंधन न राहता, हा ज्ञानमार्ग सर्वाना उपलब्ध होतो. सुखाचा शोध आपण सगळेच जण सर्व काळ करत असतो; परंतु त्याचे उत्तर मात्र बऱ्याचदा आपल्या हातून निसटून जाते. कदाचित या तुलनात्मक अभ्यासाद्वारे त्याचे उत्तरही आपल्याला मिळू शकेल, अशी मी आशा करते.


आदर्श व्यक्तीला ग्रीक आणि लॅटिन लेखक ‘सेपियन्स’ म्हणतात, तर संस्कृतमध्ये त्याला ‘स्थितप्रज्ञ’ म्हटले जाते. सेपियन्स या संकल्पनेची सुरुवात सॉक्रेटिस नावाच्या युगपुरुषापासून ग्रीक तत्त्वज्ञानात चालू झाली. लोक त्याला आणि त्याच्या विचारांना आदर्श मानायचे. त्याचा प्रभाव झेनो नावाच्या स्टॉइक विचारवंतावर होऊन त्याने आणि इतर स्टॉइक विचारवंतांनी त्यावर बरीच चर्चा आणि लेखन केले. सेनेका हा त्यांपैकीच एक. स्टॉइक तत्त्वज्ञांची परंपरा इ.स.पूर्व ३०० सालापासून इ.स. १८० सालापर्यंत चालू राहिली. त्यांनी- सद्गुणांद्वारे सुख कसे मिळवावे, हा विचार मांडला. खरे तर समाजामध्ये त्यांच्याबद्दल बरेच अपसमज, गैरसमज आहेत. त्यापैकी एक असा की, ‘स्टॉइकांना सुखशांतीपेक्षा अलिप्तपणा फार महत्त्वाचा वाटतो.’ पण असे नसून, ‘अलिप्त राहून आपल्याला सुखशांती कशी मिळवता येईल’ याबद्दल त्यांनी विचार मांडले. आता हा आदर्श माणूस कोण आणि कसा, तर तो सॉक्रेटिससारखा, शास्त्रांची जाण असलेला, विचाराने वागणारा, सद्गुणी, विचाराअंती निर्णय घेणारा, दुसऱ्याचाही विचार करणारा आणि विचारांवर सत्ता गाजवणारा विचारवंत, ज्याची वैचारिक सत्ता एखाद्या राजाच्या सत्तेसारखी अमर्याद असते. तो किंवा ती समाजाची धुरा वाहणारे असतात. त्यांचे वागणे-बोलणे अतिशय तर्कसंगत आणि सुसंबद्ध असते. त्यांचे विचार रूढी-परंपरा आणि तात्कालिक जनरीतींपेक्षा वेगळे असले तरी नीतिमत्तेला धरून असतात आणि त्यांच्या प्रत्येक गोष्टीचे समर्थन त्यांच्याकडे असते, जे पटण्यासारखे असते. उदाहरणार्थ, जेव्हा महात्मा गांधींनी अिहसक पद्धतीने स्वातंत्र्याचा लढा द्यायचा ठरवला, तेव्हा त्याचे स्वरूप बाकी लढय़ांपेक्षा वेगळे पण समर्थनीय होते. मार्टिन ल्यूथर किंग (ज्यु.) यांनी जेव्हा वंशवादाविरुद्ध अमेरिकी जनतेला जागृत केले आणि लढय़ासाठी प्रवृत्त केले, त्यातून त्यांची दूरदृष्टी दिसून आली. अशी इतिहासात बरीच उदाहरणे आढळतात. सॉक्रेटिस किंवा सेनेका यांना जेव्हा त्यांच्या विचारांसाठी आणि शिकवणीसाठी मृत्यूला सामोरे जावे लागले, तेव्हा ते धर्याने सामोरे गेले. अशी माणसे आयुष्यात चुकत नाहीत, त्यांच्याकडे पाहून आपल्याला दिव्यत्वाची प्रचीती येते आणि म्हणून ती अमर होतात.

पण हे करण्यासाठी त्यांना कुठला मार्ग चोखाळावा लागतो, याचे वर्णनही स्टॉइसिझममध्ये आणि सेनेकांच्या लेखनात आढळते. त्यासाठी सेपियन्सला किंवा अशा ज्ञानी माणसाला पुढील बाबींचा नेहमीच अंगीकार करायला लागतो. उदाहरणार्थ : जीवनाचे ध्येय समजून घेणे, स्वतचे भावविश्व समजून घेणे, स्वतची काळजी घेणे, सद्गुण अंगीकारणे, तटस्थ राहणे आणि तद्नुषंगाने योग्य वागणूक ठेवून सुखशांतीचा लाभ घेणे. याबरोबरच भावनांच्या आहारी न जाणे, तडकाफडकी निर्णय न घेता विचारांतीच निर्णय घेणे, योग्य विचार करून मगच योग्य कृतीला अनुमोदन देणे ही तत्त्वे नेहमी पाळावी लागतात. मौजमजा, प्रकृतिस्वास्थ्य, सौंदर्य आणि संपत्ती या गोष्टी वरवर सुखदायी समजल्या गेल्या असल्या, तरी स्टॉइक्स त्या गौण मानतात. तसेच इतर काही सर्वमान्य दु:खदायी गोष्टीही ते गौण मानतात. दारिद्रय़, व्याधींमुळे वा इतर काही सामाजिक त्रासामुळे खचून न जाता त्यांना गौण मानून, त्यांवर मात करून आपले जीवनकार्य नेहमी चालू ठेवावे असे ते मानतात.

ही जरी आदर्श व्यक्तीची लक्षणे असली तरी ही सर्वाना लागू पडतात आणि जेव्हा जेव्हा आपण ही मूल्ये आचरणात आणू, तेव्हा तेव्हा ती आपल्याला लाभदायकच ठरतात. या मूल्यांच्या अनुकरणाने आदर्श व्यक्ती नेहमीच सुखी, शांत आणि समाधानी राहते. पण आपण सगळ्यांनीच ही मूल्ये अंगीकारून जगण्याचा प्रयत्न केला तर आपण एक शांत आणि समाधानी जीवन जगण्यासाठीची वाटचाल करू हे निर्विवाद आहे.


स्थितप्रज्ञ या संकल्पनेचा उल्लेख सर्वप्रथम आढळतो तो उपनिषदांमध्ये. गीतेच्या दुसऱ्या अध्यायात भगवान कृष्णांनी जी स्थितप्रज्ञ-लक्षणे सांगितली आहेत, त्यावरून आपल्या लक्षात येते की, स्थितप्रज्ञ व्यक्ती नेहमी स्वधर्माचे पालन करून कुशलतेने आपले काम चोख पुरे करते, जय-पराजय किंवा फायदा-तोटा याला सारखेच महत्त्व देते, आनंदाने हुरळून जात नाही वा दुखात होरपळून निघत नाही- दोन्ही समान मानून कशातही गुंतून राहत नाही. अशा वागण्याने ती व्यक्ती मन:शांती मिळवते. अशा व्यक्तीस अहंकाराऐवजी जगाच्या कल्याणास महत्त्व द्यावेसे वाटते. आपल्या सदसद्बुद्धीचा वापर करून अशी व्यक्ती ज्ञानयोगी होते आणि आपल्या सद्विचाराने व सत्कर्माने कर्मयोगी होते. कठोपनिषदात सांगितल्याप्रमाणे, ‘एखादा सारथी जसा रथ योग्य मार्गाने उचित ठिकाणी नेतो, त्याप्रमाणे आपल्या बुद्धीचे सारथ्य पत्करून आपले जीवनही आपण सुखी आणि समाधानी करू शकतो. ज्या व्यक्तीची बुद्धी स्थिर आहे, ती व्यक्ती स्थितप्रज्ञ असून अशी व्यक्ती मोक्ष मिळवते.’


भगवद्गीता आणि सेनेकाचा स्टॉइसिझम या दोन्ही तत्त्वज्ञानांत खालीलप्रमाणे समान विचारधारा आढळतात : आदर्श व्यक्ती नेहमी विचारवंत आणि सद्गुणी असते. विचारांती निर्णय घेतल्यामुळे तिचा निर्णय योग्य असतो. तो निर्णय समजावून सांगण्याची पात्रता त्या व्यक्तीत असते. सद्विचार आणि सत्कर्म यामुळे त्यांच्या आचारात आणि विचारांत फरक नसतो. विचार व कृतीतल्या सुसंगतीमुळे त्यांची मनशांती ढळत नाही. सद्गुणी व्यक्ती नेहमी सत्कर्माची कास धरते, त्यामुळे त्यांच्यामध्ये देवत्वाची छटा दिसू लागते. सुख म्हणजे काय तर योग्य वेळेला योग्य विचार करून तो आचरणात आणणे. त्या न्यायाने सद्गुणी व्यक्ती ही नेहमीच सुखी व्यक्ती असते.

आता यात फरक काय आढळतोहेही पाहू :

स्टॉइसिझमचा भर नीतिमत्तेचे पालन करून चांगले जीवन जगण्यावर आहे. गीतेमध्ये नीतिमत्ता तर सांगितली आहेच, पण त्यापुढे जाऊन मोक्षापर्यंत जाण्याचा विचारही आहे. योगस्थ, समाधिस्थ किंवा स्वधर्म या कल्पना सेनेकाच्या लेखनात आढळत नाहीत.

मग सेनेका कशासाठी?

मात्र, सेनेकाने भावनांचा निचरा करण्याची जी शिकवण दिली आहे, किंवा भावनांवर नियंत्रण मिळवण्यासाठी जे सर्व लोकांना उपयोगी पडणारे विविध मार्ग सांगितले आहेत, ते आपल्याला इतरत्र क्वचितच आढळतात. उदाहरणार्थ ते म्हणतात की, क्रोधामुळे आपलेच नुकसान जास्त होते, म्हणून क्रोध न करता न्याय करावा, जेणेकरून स्वत:वर वा इतरांवरही अन्याय होणार नाही. गीतेमध्येदेखील क्रोधाने मनुष्याचा सर्वनाश होतो व तो कसा होतो, हा विचार मांडला आहे. दुखात बुडून न जाता सृष्टीचा निर्णय मानून अटळ घटनांचा स्वीकार करावा आणि कुठल्याही प्रकारे आपली बुद्धी ढळू देऊ नये.

आपल्या भावनांवर आपल्या विचारांचे नियंत्रण असते. आपले विचार बदलले तर आपल्या भावनांवर नियंत्रण मिळवणे सोपे जाईल. असा आधुनिक विचार जो मानसशास्त्रात आढळतो, तो सोप्या पद्धतीने सांगून सर्वसामान्यांना आदर्शपणाकडे कशी वाटचाल करता येईल आणि त्यामुळे लोकांची आणि समाजाची उंची कशी वाढेल, समाज कसा एकत्र येईल, याबद्दल समजून घेतले तर आपल्या सर्वानाच आयुष्य समजून घेऊन ते सुखी-समाधानी करणे कदाचित सोपे होईल.

सेपियन्स ॅण्ड स्थितप्रज्ञ

लेखिका : अश्विनी मोकाशी

प्रकाशक : डीकेप्रिंटवर्ल्ड प्रालि.

पृष्ठे३३ + १८७किंमत : ८०० रुपये



Mr. Jagdish Mehendale


VP, Business Development for North-America region. Salzer Electronics

  • E-MBA (Specialization in International Management and E-Business System Management)
  • QMS (ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor)
  • PGDSM – P. G. in Systems Management (Information Technology)
  • B. Sc. Phys. From University of Mumbai
  • VP, Business Development


A strategic, organized and results oriented business development professional having focus on business development, client engagement and customer relationship management. Experience and expertise include developing long-term mutually exclusive harmonious customer relations, building credibility, creating high performance team.


– Developing key accounts with Fortune 500 Organizations

– Ability to build credibility and long-term business relationships

– Excellence in analyzing and conceptualizing solutions to business challenges

– Expertise in negotiating and closing sales contracts valued over a million dollars

– Strong administering, prioritizing, delegating, coordinating and resource management skills

– Proficient in MS Office, Pick-Universe based ERP, Salesforce CRM, Maximizer CRM, EDI and ARIBA E-Procurement software.

– RABQSA Certified Lead Auditor for ISO 9001:2008

– E-MBA with Specialization in International Management & E-Business Systems Management

Socio-Cultural activities:-

  • Rotary International – Senior Active Member and Past President of my Home Town Rotary Club (RC) in Dombivali, Maharashtra India in year 1998-99.
  • Marathi Bhashik Mandal, Toronto – Active member. Served one year as a member of Executive Committee (EC) and four years as a member of Advisory Committee (AC), I was AC Chairperson in 2015.
  • Halton Multicultural Council Inc – Was a member for over 6 years from 2006. Conducted Computer Training program for Immigrants

Jagish was born in 1965  at Dombivali , Maharashtra India.

Father:- Govind Dhondo Mehendale

Mother’s name – Vidya Govind Mehendale

School – Adarsha Vidyalaya, Dombivli

Collage – K. V. Pendharkar College, Dombivli

Jagdish says, “ I started my career as an entrepreneur after my post-graduation in Systems Management. Started my own IT company by name “Computrade” primarily giving services like computer training, software development and consultancy in 1988. Did this business for over 12 years and then got an opportunity to come to US for operating similar business in 2000. Worked as a CEO for Hauser Infotech in San Jose, California.

Due to some family requirements, left US and came to Toronto, Canada and started working as a VP – Business Development for Intrepid. Was working for Intrepid for about 11-12 years and then joined recent organization Salzer Electronics working as VP, Business Development for North-America region. I am looking forward to starting my own consulting firm in near future.”

“I have always been connected and associated with some or the other voluntary/social organizations. I am considering rejoining my Rotary activities and will try to do more of joint projects with both countries.

Jagdish lives in Toronto with his  wife Shubhangi and son Tejas .


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Mr. Makarand Utpat

New York

New Jersey Institute of Technology: Masters in Computer & Information Sciences

Walchand Institute of Technology: Bachelor of Science in Production Engineering

Speaker, Marketing Consultant, Social Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author *Supercharge Your Online Brand

Makarand is a renowned marketing and media consultant, social entrepreneur, speaker and a best-selling author. Makarand also acts as a mentor and advisor to the college grads, seasoned professionals and the local business owners in New Jersey/ NYC area. Makarand’s story is an inspirational one. It is about hope and optimism and coming out ahead as a winner after finding his back against the wall.

Makarand says, “I am an immigrant who came to US 20+ years back with a leap of faith and aspirations to get a higher education. I washed dishes, waited tables and delivered newspapers. Life teaches you the toughest lessons in hard times.”

“I was not the tallest dude on the block nor I bagged the gold medals by scoring high marks in the exams nor I was the fastest. While growing up, I shared 320 Sq ft tiny apartment with my parents, siblings and grandma.”

“I grew up in a town that was right next to the 3rd largest slum in the world. So, poverty was not a novelty for me. I know what it feels like to be an outcast and denied.”

“English was my 2nd language. My parents instilled virtues like respect and character. Little by little, everything adds up.”

“I believe that the scarcities I experienced and the circumstances I grew up in prepared me to achieve bigger goals. It allowed me to create unique perspective towards life, success, failure, and winning.”

Speaking Gigs, Consulting:
* Planning Your Online Business, Website Design
* Marketing Audits, Social Ads
* Become Your Own Platform
* Conquer Your Content
* Lead Generation, Traffic, Conversion Strategies
* Developing Influence and Authority
* Power of Gratitude, Abundance and Empathy
* How Success Happens



Mr. Ameet Joshi


Data Science Manager

Machine Learning Scientist / Author

  • Ph.D Electrical Engineering,  Michigan State University

Research Areas for Doctoral Thesis: Signal processing and analysis for nondestructive electromagnetic (magnetic flux leakage, eddy current) inspection of gas transmission pipelines and heat exchange tubes in nuclear power plants.

  • M.S Computer Engineering, Michigan State University
  • B.E. Electronics Engineering, Mumbai University

Dr. Ameet is a Computer Scientist at heart and likes to apply innovative Machine Learning techniques in cutting edge technology forefront to stretch the boundaries of what is possible.
As a Data Science Manager at Customer Intelligence Platform for Dynamics, he leads the development of customer focused ML models.

Dr. Ameet is proficient in Sanskrit.

Dr, Ameet is past President of Seattle Maharashtra Mandal


Mr. Sachin Sachin


Owner, Yoga Nature: Integrated Wellness Centers of America, Integrative Medicine & Wellness Consultant

Dr. Sachin has a calming presence and a gentle, effective way of strengthening his yoga students’ minds and bodies. His deep knowledge of the Ayurvedic way of life and willingness to share it make him an excellent teacher and trainer


  • Fundamentals of Maharishi Ayurveda
  • A Practical Handbook of Bach Flower Remedies ( Marathi – Indian Language)


Sachin Deshmukh trained as a physician in India in the practice of Integrative and Holistic Medicine for over a decade. He was Departmental Chair of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences, focusing on an Integrative, Holistic approach to Health which included other supporting modalities such as Yoga and Meditation, Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Bach Flower Remedies, Aromatherapy, Massage and other Allied Therapies in a General and Cancer Hospital in Pune, India.( He is not a licensed physician in USA.)

  • Integrative Ayurveda Training for Health Professionals, Maharishi Ayurveda Association of America: Professional Certification Program, November 2013 to present.
  • Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) at UC Berkeley CA – a 9 week programin conjunction with the Stanford Center for Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE)  2014
  • Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery, (DSH Medical College, University of Pune, India)
  • Diploma in Yoga and Ayurveda (Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth University, Pune India),
  • Diploma in Yoga Therapy (AIYRF- All India Yoga Research Foundation, Mumbai)
  • Diploma in Herbal Medicine (Indian Institute of Naturopathy, Calcutta).
  • Diploma in Naturopathy (Indian Institute of Naturopathy, Calcutta).
  • Certification: YMCA Group Exercise, Healthy Lifestyles Principles, YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Instructor Certification, YM|CA Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Instructor- BPSM, and many others.

He comes from a lineage of Great Yoga Masters. As a child, he was influenced by Spiritual Maestros of different schools of thought. He grew up with philosophies culled from the Ancient Scriptures on how to live the good life. He sought to integrate this time- tested knowledge with modern science, making it applicable to daily life.

He also taught workshops and gave lectures for Corporations, (HRD Centers) and has helped many individuals with Diabetes, Heart Disease and other conditions. He teaches course on Healthy Eating and Ayurvedic Cooking, Life- style Modifications, the Classical Limbs of Yoga, which encompass Asanas, Pranayama, Bandhas, Mudras, Kriyas, Chanting & Nada-Yoga, and Meditation.

He maintains a Private Practice and works as the Chief Editor of an Annual Journal devoted to Integrative Medicine and Wellness.

Sachin is founding member of Integrated Wellness Centers of America, which started in Houston, Texas, where multidisciplinary physicians and wellness professionals come together to bridge the gap between East and West and provide time-tested practical approaches to the use of evidence-based Integrative Holistic Modalities.

Sachin is affiliated with North-West YMCA, Cupertino, CA, USA where he offers regular Yoga Sessions few times a week and periodical community education programs on Health and Wellness. Instrumental in Launching joint programs, for example with Stanford such as Living Strong Living Well for Cancer Patients.

He offers Yoga , Meditation  and Ayurveda Sessions at the Indian Community Center in Milpitas, CA, USA

Member, Wellness Committee at South Asian Heart Center, El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, CA USA

He also offers regular Workshops on topics related to Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Yoga, Stress Management, Integrative Medicine, Health and Wellness.

List of Presentations:

  • East West Book store(Mountain View CA)
  • YMCA staff Education Programs
  • The Core Clinic (San Jose, CA)
  • De Anza College(Cupertino CA), IBM-Hitachi (San Jose CA),AFPS( Alliance of Fitness and Professional Services), Samaritan Health Center Campbell CA, Schobers club, San Jose CA, K-Sai Holistic Living, Yoga of Los Altos CA, Core Fitness Willow glen CA, Natural Traditions Palo Alto CA ( I can add list of many  other locations)
  • Stanford , San Jose State University
  • RatnaLinga Retreat Center
  • Partner Manager/team captain – Peace in the Park SF
  • Hidden Villa, Los Altos Hills



Mrs. Archana Joglekar

New York

  • Director Archana Nirtyalaya
  • Founder-director: SAMVED Exam board of Music & Dance for North America Continent
  • Actor, Writer,
  • Kathak Dancer/choreographer/ Director & producer
  • A multi-talented versatile person who is perfectionist to the core.
  • A selfless Indian Cultural Ambassador in USA

Having lived a very high profile career as an actress, writer, director & producer of various TV serials and films and as classical Kathak dancer in India. After representing India as cultural ambassador at International music & dance festivals like Reikyawik, Iceland and performing before many Presidents and prime ministers and Ambassadors of various countries…

Archana had carved a nich for herself as a fine actor in Bollywood, since late 80s, having worked in many Hindi Movies and TV serials in lead roles. Her performances were appreciated with many Best actress and critics awards. Having worked with legendary directors like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and co stars like Rajnikant, Amir Khan, Shekhar Suman, Rekha, Raj Babbar, Jitendra and many others, Archana left her own mark in every role she played.

She was chosen to play the title role of “ Fulwanti” .. a govt. of India commissioned TV serial based on real life story of a classical dancer from 18th century. This serial was produced by Lata Mangeshkar and Usha Mangeshkar. Archana was also dance director of this epic.

Archana has worked with NTR (the Superstar of Telgu Films and twice Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh) for his film “Vishwamitra” where she played the role of “ Shakuntala”.

Besides Hindi Films, Archana also did lead roles in Marathi, Oriya, Bangla and Tamil Films

Archana continued her journey in USA since 1999….

After arriving in USA on the east coast, in 1999, Archana noticed that among all the Indians, the only entertainment is Bollywood movie songs. Be it social parties or in house get together. And that had manifested into Indo-American cultural festivals too. So many times it was evident that Americans had started taking Bollywood culture and songs as Indian culture.

Despite of being part of Bollywood herself…Archana would often say to herself – ‘ it so NOT true” Our cultural heritage is so ancient , so rich, so spiritual, so deep. How can it be written off by few songs from Hindi movies. Indian Classical Art forms are and will always remain the mirror of our ancient culture.

Archana started her work right at the grass root level….

To create awareness about our true Indian  ancient culture, Indian classical art forms and motivate Indian origin children, born in US (who are so totally American in their upbringing,) Archana worked on many fronts.

  • Archana Nrityalaya – The kathak Dance Academy was founded in USA in 1999 . Here Archana offers extensive training in Kathak. It does not limit to learning Kathak, but expand to learning Sanskrit shlokas, Ramayana, Mahabharat, Krishna Charitra and so many details of our ancient culture, making all the students truly understand our culture and feel proud about it.
  • Archana formed a non-profit charity organization “ MADHYAM” to promote Indian classical art forms. Thru MADHYAM she started Gandharva festival of music and dance since 2005. She created a team of selflessly working volunteers, including herself who are classical art loves and end up giving their endless working hours to put this together. Madhyam also created another event “ Rhythm of Life” a special program where all young students present classical art forms before receptive audience. This is staged every alternate year.
  • Archana , formed SAMVED CONSERVATORY OF INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC & DANCE – A well-established exam board with highly qualitative and diligent curriculum and exams for all Indina classical art forms. Teachers across the country are affiliated and benefited due to this board. Extensive guidance, training and help is extended to all the teachers who are teaching Indian classical vocal, Tabla, Sitar, Kathak, Bhrat-natyam. Thru SAMVED  made this curriculum available, provided them with all the information and motivated them to let their students learn in a proper structured format.  There are more than 300 students of various teachers from various cities like, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Maryland, Pensylvania, Pittsburge, Dallas, Huston, North Carolina, Chicago.,all over USA taking exams of various art forms through SAMVED.
  • Archana was invited by Princeton University to teach Kathak in the year 2006, 2007 and  2010 . This is first time ever, the top most Ivy league University had officially launched  Indian classical art form as subject and Archana had been honored to be the first to  teach Kathak at Princeton University, besides conducting lecture-demonstrations for University students at various times
  • Archana’s own Kathak dance Academy – “ Archana Nrityalaya “ which has earned name as the most  prestigious Kathak Dance Academy on the east coast where parents wait for a period of 6 months to one year for admission of their child. Various other Kathak teachers who have limited knowledge of Kathak come down to New Jersey to take advance training from her.

Awards , Titles and Honors :

  1. Honored by New Jersey Democratic Party for her cultural contribution to society – by Governor John Corzaine & Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula —  May 2009
  1. Honored by Consule General of India, New York 2014, 2nd May, for cultural contribution to society and as an outstanding artist.



Dr. Bhuvan Unhelkar


Professor of Information Technology, Univ. of South Florida

Bhuvan Unhelkar  has more than two decades of strategic as well as hands-on professional experience in the information and communi­cations technologies (ICT) industry.

Dr. Unhelkar currently leads the IT Department at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee campus. As a founder of Method Science and PLATiFi, he has demonstrated consulting and training expertise in big data (strategies), business analysis (use cases, BPMN), software engineering (object modeling, Agile processes, and quality), collaborative Web services, green IT (environment), and mobile business. Dr. Unhelkar’s domain experience includes banking, financial, insurance, government, and telecommunications.

Dr. Unhelkar has designed, developed, and customized a suite of industrial courses, which have been regularly delivered to business executives and IT professionals globally, including those in Australia, US, UK, China, India, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Singapore, and Malaysia.

He is also a specialist distance tutor for the Australian Computer Society and Australian Catholic University. Dr. Unhelkar’s thought leadership is reflected through multiple Cutter Executive Reports, various journals, and 21 books, including Big Data Strategies for Agile Business and The Art of Agile Practice: A Composite Approach for Projects and Organizations.

He is passionate about coach­ing senior executives; training, reskilling, and mentoring professionals (i.e., business analysts, Agile practitioners, testers); forming centers of excellence; and creating SFIA-based assessment frameworks to support these initiatives. Dr. Unhelkar was the recipient of Computerworld’s Object Developer Award (1995), the Consensus IT Professional Award (2006), and the IT Writer Award (2010).

Dr. Unhelkar earned his PhD in the area of object orientation from the University of Technology, Sydney. Subsequently, he designed multiple industrial and master’s degree courses in such areas as global information systems, Agile method engineering, object-oriented analysis and design, and business process reengineering and new technology alignment, which he has delivered to universities in Australia, US, China, and India.

Dr. Unhelkar has also supervised PhD research and presented/published numerous papers and case studies.

His current industrial research interests include Agile business analysis (CAMS and avoiding method friction), big data, and environmentally responsible business strategies.

  • Unhelkar holds a Certificate-IV in TAA and TAE
  • Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP of the IIBA).
  • Engaging and sought-after speaker;
  • Fellow of the Australian Computer Society (for distinguished contribution to the field of ICT);
  • Life member of the Computer Society of India;
  • President of Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise (Florida)
  • Multiple Paul Harris Fellow,
  • Discovery volunteer at NSW parks and wildlife;
  • Member of the Society for Design and Process Science;
  • TiE Mentor.


Current Status:

Working on my 22nd Book – all in the areas of Information Technology

Childhood / Young Days:

Shreyas Vidyalaya, Vadodara, Gujarat. Son of Shri Krishnarao V. Unhelkar, who retired as Station Master, Indian Railways, Vadodara.

Beginning of Career:

Started as Graduate Trainee Engineer in Telco, Pune. (Information Systems). Career influence= Shri S. D. Pradhan (ex Telco Boss, Pune)

Till today:

  • 29 years in Sydney, Australia; Consultant and Academic
  • last 4+ years at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Florida.


Bring to bear the ancient wisdom of India in the field of Information Technologies; express Thought-Leadership through books, conferences and papers; Mentor next generations globally.


Wife= Asha (originally Velankar from Satara, MH). Two children.




Not limit yourself to being a Marathi or an Indian; World is your stage! Being Marathi is a starting point, not the end-point. Struggling to succeed is a waste of time and energy. Go Direct.

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Major Acheivements & Honors:

  • Fellow of Australian Computer Society (FACS; Elected) 2002-
  • IEEE Senior Member 2017-
  • Life Member of Computer Society of India 2004-
  • Life Member of Baroda Management Association, India 2011-
  • D. Supervisions (7);
  • D. External Examinations (8);
  • Books (20; Scholarly=16, Textbooks=4);
  • Journal Papers (32);
  • Journal Editor (3);
  • Executive Reports (16);
  • Executive Updates (14);
  • Book Chapters (42);
  • Workshops & Tutorials (20);
  • Conference Papers & Presentations (94);
  • Other Publications, Interviews and Presentations (22).
  • Citations January, 2019 (1,024 – with h-index of 16, of which 8 since 2014; and i10-index of 24, of which 6 since 2014)



Mr. Vrushal Rakshe

New York

I have been certified by BioPharma Institute (NJ) for a professional designation in Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Quality Control in Laboratory (GLPs) & Basic Statistics for Quality Control Laboratory. I also have industry experience which has helped me to get a head start on how things progress in the working environment.

  • • Leading and managing tech transfer of pharmaceutical products by complying with the schedule, cost and quality standards
    • Coordinating with other departments for completion of quality work and achieving the objectives of production management
    • Compiling and reviewing the documents generated during the production of tablets and capsules such as Batch Manufacturing Records, Batch Packaging Records, Process Characterization and Validation Protocols
    • Managing performance and train assigned employees using company systems, procedures, policies, practices, and other tools to meet established performance standards, productivity targets, and overall business requirements
    •Tracking Project key deliverables and reporting on progress of the project to all stakeholders See less



Mr. Sanjay Vaze


Founder and President of eSense Incorporated


  • Expert in IT governance, SDLC methodologies, process improvement with over 25 years of experience
    • Played key role on the PMO of a $1.4 billion IT business re-engineering project
    • Extensive experience in RFP development, vendor selection,vendor contract negotiations
    • Extensive experience with advanced planning documents, budget, cost allocation to secure Federal funding for State projects
    • Track record of successfully taking control of faltering projects, boosting staff morale, managing expectations & winning customer confidence
    • Effective leader who can proactively manage risk, infuse new ideas & deliver solid business results
    • Recognized for ability to partner with business & technical teams to lead complex projects to successful implementation
    • Extensive experience managing large projects & contracts involving software development, integration, process improvement in public sector and private sector

Honors , Certifications and Special Achievements:
Received numerous academic & professional certifications from eminent organizations including:
1. M.S., Mathematics, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, India
2. Ranked 1st in the national level Math Olympiad conducted by IIT, Bombay
3. Project Management Professional (PMP) by Project Management Institute (PMI)
4. Certified Scrum Master
5. Six Sigma Gold Belt
6. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer – MCSE
7. Sun Certified Java Programmer
8. IBM Certified Specialist for Rational Unified Process
9. IBM Certified Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Associate
10. IBM Certified Business Process Analyst -WebSphere Business Modeler Advanced
11. IBM Certified Specialist for Rational Requirements Management with Use Cases
12. IBM Certified Administrator for Rational Unified Change Management
13. IBM Certified Administrator for Rational ClearQuest
14. IBM Certified Specialist for Rational Test Management & Robot
15. IBM Certified Professional for Rational Portfolio Manager
16. IBM Certified Specialist for Rational Object Oriented Analysis & Design

Social and Cultural:

Sanjay Vaze is President Maharashtra Sneha Mandal Indiana, since January 2019.

eSense Inc:-

About the company:
eSense is a consulting and service firm specializing in Information Technology and Business Process Reengineering. The company partners with clients and enables them to achieve their business goals using technology. eSense enable clients to envision and implement an optimal business model to achieve their objectives, improve organizational and operational performance.
eSense Inc clients include many Fortune 500 companies as well as government agencies across the US


Mr. Girish Godbole


President and CEO at Technosoft Engineering Projects Limited

Girish is a seasoned entrepreneur and business executive with 25 years of experience in engineering services, engineering software, IT services, M&A advisory and strategy consulting, with a proven track record of leadership, vision, and execution skills.


Prior to joining Technosoft Engineering, Girish founded and led (2006-2013) CEO Ally, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based management consulting company that specializes in M&A advisory, and strategy advisory for growth, profitability and globalization in engineering and IT services industries.

From 1996 to 2004, Girish was the CEO of Integral Strategies, Inc. (ISI), a Pittsburgh-based software services company, which he co-founded in 1996. Under his leadership, ISI received several accolades, including the prestigious standing as “Inc 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America”, while Girish was recognized as a finalist in the “Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award”. Girish also co-founded Ventive, LLC, a software product company, and served as its President from 2000 to 2004. From 2004 to 2006, Girish served as President with UBICS, Inc, successfully executing the merger of ISI with UBICS, and leading the combined company to greater profitability and growth.

In 1994-95, Girish led a successful turn-around of ailing Salem Automation. Prior to that, he founded Adaptive Software Technologies, an engineering software services company, and served as its President from 1992 to 1994.

Girish holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Bombay, an MS in Chemical Engineering and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Girish is a Charter Member and a former President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of TiE, a global network of entrepreneurs and professionals that fosters entrepreneurship.

Specialties: M&A advisory for technology companies, strategy advisory for growth and globalization, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, US-India business advisory


MS Computer Science University of Pittsburgh

MSChE Chemical Engineering University of Pittsburgh

Chem. Eng. University of Mumbai

Positions Held

President and CEO: Technosoft Engineering Projects Limited Apr 2013 – Present

Founder and CEO: CEO ally, Inc. Sep 2006 – Mar 2013

President: UBICS Oct 2004 – Sep 2006

CEO: Integral Strategies, Inc. Jan 1996 – Sep 2004



Dr. Sudhir Ambekar.


B.Tech Mechanical IIT Mumbai, D.Eng. UC Berkeley

Anand Ganu:  Namaste, Dr. Sudhir Ambekar. I thank you on behalf of Garje Marathi Global for sparing time to speak with us. Your exceptional journey will be truly inspirational to GMG members. Can you tell us about after leading so happening life how are you keeping yourself busy, now?

Sudhir Ambekar: I am currently retired, and tutor high school mathematics and college entrance exams SAT and ACT.  I continue to teach Marathi in the school that we started as a community service in 1986.

Anand Ganu : How was your childhood?

Sudhir Ambekar: I was born on June 7, 1944 in Mumbai.  My father was an automobile engineer and worked for General Motors until it closed down in the early 50’s.  My mother had an M.A. degree, and stayed home to raise five children.  I have an older brother.  Two brothers and a sister are younger than me.  All except me have settled in India.

When I was 10, my father took a job in Hindustan Motors near Kolkata.  I did all my high school education in Hindi High School in Kolkata.  My only exposure to Marathi was what we spoke at home and the letters that I wrote to my grandparents in Mumbai.  In the school, I studied primarily Hindi and English.  We had some excellent science, mathematics and Sanskrit teachers whom I still remember.  They have had a lasting impact on me.  After high school, I went to IIT Powai and did B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering.

Anand Ganu: Why did you decide to come to USA?

Sudhir Ambekar: After graduating from IIT, I worked as an engineer in a small manufacturing company in Thane for about a year, then came to Berkeley, California in 1966 for higher education.  Some of my classmates were already at Berkeley.  They made the transition easier.  I worked as Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant to pay for my education at Berkeley.

After completing mechanical engineering in 1970, I was married to Pradnya Wadgaonkar.  My first job was at Bell Labs in Illinois.  Later in 1978, I moved to Connecticut to work for ITT.  In 1981, I moved back to Bell Labs in New Jersey, a company I retired from in 2002.

Anand Ganu : What led you to start Marathi Vidyalaya ? How many years you are running the Marathi Vidyalaya and how was the journey so far?

Sudhir Ambekar: Our two daughters, Jyoti and Deepa who were born in Illinois, were young school age children when we moved to New Jersey.  Pradnya had spent most of her life in Pune, was instrumental in getting me back into Marathi.  We wanted our children to speak Marathi.  At Pradnya’s urging, we rounded up some of Marathi friends and started Marathi Vidyalaya in 1986 with about eight children.  For many years the venue was our home.  Later as the number of children increased we moved to our local library and then started rotating to students’ homes.  The number of students now is fifty.  The school is held in a temple in Parsippany, New Jersey on alternate Sundays.

Our Marathi school is the oldest in the U.S.  Over the years it has received awards from Marathi  Vishwa – Marathi community organization of New Jersey.  We have also received an award from BMM – Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal.  The most gratifying achievement is that two of our students got foreign language credit for Marathi in their very reputable undergraduate college – this may be a first.  They told the college management that they knew Marathi and passed the Marathi test offered by the college.

Anand Ganu: Can we talk about your family and their contribution to Marathi Vidyalaya?

Sudhir Ambekar: My wife Pradnya, deserves most of the credit for starting Marathi Vidyalaya.  She played a major role in coordinating and managing this operation and still consults with the team that manages the day to day operation of the school.  Since I started teaching, I found out that I love teaching.  As a result, after retirement, I became a certified high school teacher in New Jersey and taught for several years.  The Marathi school also got me into writing.  I quickly realized that teaching Marathi in this country needs to be quite different from the way we were taught in India.  It is like teaching Marathi to American children.  I simplified and re-wrote many stories for teaching children here.  In the early years, I wrote many short plays which our kids staged as part of Diwali celebration.  The plays were written with the ability of the kids playing the characters in mind.  The parents get a lot of credit for organizing and producing the plays.  The tradition still continues.  The plays are now written by other enthusiastic parents.  The children have a chance to learn Marathi and be on stage, an opportunity that children often do not get.

The grandparents of our kids who often visit us, compliment on our efforts to teach Marathi, especially since, they say, it is de-emphasized in Maharashtra.  Children who are reluctant to learn Marathi initially often realize the benefit of being multi-lingual.  The school is now operated by a very dedicated team of people.  I have no doubt that it will continue to flourish.

Our daughters live nearby.  Jyoti is an executive in a reputable New York bank.  Deepa is a New York state criminal judge.  They are both married and have rewarded us with two grandchildren each.

The Marathi school has formed lasting bonds among families and children – a very gratifying collateral benefit.

Anand Ganu : Running Marathi Vidyalaya must have been very demanding. Did it affect your professional career?

Sudhir Ambekar: My first job was at Bell Labs in Illinois.  Later in 1978, I moved to Connecticut to work for ITT.  In 1981, I moved back to Bell Labs in New Jersey, a company I retired from in 2002.

In my engineering career, I have presented technical papers at many professional organization meetings.  I have published two books – SAT Winning Strategies and ACT Winning Strategies.  They are available on Amazon.  I write regularly for ‘Rangadeep’, Diwali publication of Marathi Vishwa, and have received editor’s choice award multiple times.   I have published a collection of these articles in the book – Amma America Maata.

Anand Ganu: Dr. Ambekar thank you for sharing your story with GMG family. I am sure readers will learn lot from this interview.  On behalf of Members of Board of Director of Garje Marathi Global I request your guidance and blessings for our mission. Your active participation will be of immense value to GMG. Namaste.


Mr. Rahul Deshmukh


President & CEO at Flow Dry Technology Inc. Dayton, Ohio Area

Master of Business Administration:  Washington University in St. Louis – Olin Business School

Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical Engineering,  University of Mumbai


Rahul Deshmukh is a highly motivated and customer focused President and General Manager with a proven record of delivering long-term & sustainable profitable growth across global businesses specialized in engineered components, systems and services.

  • Leads with a sharp focus on creating value for customers, an extremely strategic and global mindset and experience to deploy a focused growth strategy with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • An authentic leader, demonstrating the ability to lead a sustained transformation through high performing management teams while leveraging skills in operational excellence, global sales & marketing using integrated multi-channels, innovation through technology and successful development & commercialization of new products.
  • Strong experience in creating value through strategic alliances and acquisition planning, execution & integration.

Rahul has served as President of two operating companies of Dover Corporation over the past 7 years, successfully transforming previously underperforming businesses. He is consistently appointed to lead businesses with complex, global business models. He thrives in the role of a GM delivering superior results as an authentic leader building high performing teams for sustainable and long-term value creation.
Key Capabilities and Demonstrated Experience:
* Strategy Creation, Strategic Planning & Deployment
* Operational Excellence Through Continuous Improvement Culture
* New Product Development & Commercialization
* Global Sales & Marketing
* Integrated Multi-Channel Global Sales Distribution
* P&L and Balance Sheet Management
* Global Acquisition Planning, Execution & Integration
* Leading Change & Building High Performing Teams

Positions Held:

  • President & CEO: Flow Dry Technology Inc. 2015 – Present
  • President: Sargent Aerospace & Defense (Operating Company of Dover Corporation) 2013 – 2014
  • President & General Manager: OPW Fueling Components (Operating Company of Dover Corporation) 2007 – 2013
  • Director, Global Marketing & Strategic Planning: Daniel Measurement and Control, Inc. (A Division of Emerson) 2003 – 2007


Mr. Shailesh Manjrekar

San Francisco

Head of AI – Product, Solutions and Corporate Development

Beginning of Career: 

Digital Xformation Business Technologist for Cognitive Era, passionate about its application to various aspects of humanity – work, live, learn, interact

Till today: 

Shailesh started his career as a Research Scientist in Mumbai’s premier Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He worked on India’s 1st MST Radar developed by SAMEER – Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engg. & Research, as part of tthe Digital Signal processing group. The journey took him to work for Digital Equipment Corporation ( DEC) in India and Hongkong and then moving to the Silicon valley working for a number of valley tech companies like HP, Brocade, Force10 NetWorks, Adaptec, NetApp and EMC. He has worked on several disruptive technologies and build emerging business as an Engineer, Marketer, Presales and Bus Dev enterpreuner


Mr. Ravi Apte

Fort Worth

Ravi is a creative technologist at heart and feels passionate about bringing value to people & businesses in a way that is intuitive, functional, and empowering. At Left Right Mind, he plays a hands-on role across all undertaken projects ensuring clients receive value.
He takes an intuitive approach to build capability & improving efficiency using technology & design across various technology mediums with an emphasis on user experience.
His interest in software, design, user experience & psychology culminated in the creation of Left Right Mind – a thought & execution partner to companies looking to embrace the digital medium.
Having graduated with honors with a Bachelors & Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas, Ravi has held several engineering positions and is exposed to a broad range of technologies & systems prior to heading Left Right Mind.

Positions Held:

Founder & CEO, Left Right Mind Inc. 2013 – Present

Senior Software Engineer:  KLA-Tencor,  Jan 2008 – Dec 2012

Software Engineer:  KLA-Tencor,  Aug 2004 – Dec 2007

Software Engineer:  John Deere,  Apr 2003 – Sep 2003



Mrs. Pooja Dhupkar

Santa Clara

Publications Manager

Current Status: I am a scientist with extensive research experience in the field of oncology and pharmaceuticals. Currently, I am working as a Publications Manager in the Medical Affairs at a pharma company.

Childhood / Young Days: Mumbai, India

Beginning of Career: I came to US in 2005 to pursue my higher education in research.


Mr. Viraj Phanse

San Francisco

Product Management, Strategy at Oracle
Fellow, Berkeley Angel Network

Prior to this, I led product management for the Analytics, Cloud Integrations and Marketplace initiatives at Inc., a cloud/SaaS based technology platform automating the global immigration process. Recently launched two unique and first of its kind products in the legal tech space- the Docusign-INSZoom integration transforming how law firms sign their documents and increase operational efficiency, and the Zoom DWH, a data sharing managed service transforming how law firms convert data into business assets. Here is a link on the Docusign-INSZoom integration-

  • I am a Rutgers Big Data Advisory Board member
  • I am Fellow and startup selection committee member at Berkeley Angel Network, a leading angel group by UC Berkeley alumni, and a strategic advisor at the Cloud Software Association.

For the past two years, I was invited as a panelist to join about 800 world leaders (including several heads of governments) from 70 countries at Horasis Conference to devise novel ideas to sustain and nurture our development in the future. I was also invited as a speaker at Data Driven Innovation, the largest data and innovation conference in Italy, to present his views on Data Driven Innovation in Legal Tech.

In my free time, I blog actively on product management and business strategy. Here are a few links-

In the past, I was responsible for global strategic alliances at Aerospike Inc., an NEA funded NoSQL database startup, wherein I closely worked with IBM, Amdocs, Nokia, Pivotal, Wipro and HCL, and for digital transformation initiatives, product strategy and business development at Persistent Systems Inc., a $450+ Million Norwest Venture and Intel Capital funded company that IPOed in India in 2010.

I have done my M.S. in Computer Science from UCLA and am an MBA candidate at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

In the past, my research got published in IEEE ICDM Workshop Proceedings, a leading data mining conference and was also recognized as one of the top case studies by Data Mining Case Studies and Practice Prize, an international peer-reviewed workshop highlighting successful real-world applications of data mining along with others by MITRE, Siemens Medical, VISA and others.

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Mr. Vaibhav Joshi


Graduation in Computer Science University of Pune


  • 17+ years of professional IT experience.
    • More than 10+ years in US interacting with IT and business managers at customer site,
    • Played multiple roles: Programmer, Dual Shore Coordinator / Manager, Business Analyst, Systems Analyst, Scrum Master, Project Manager
    • Out of 16+ years, worked as a programmer, Project leader for about 7 years: Design, development, testing, and implementation of Software applications in various technical areas like Pocket PC, Machine Vision.
    • Worked as a Systems / Business / Technical Analyst / Solutions Architect / Onsite – Offshore Manager / Coordinator for about 8+ years.
    • Certified Scrum Master, worked as a scrum master for about 5+ years.
    • Certified Scrum Product Owner
    • Certified Business Analyst, received a certificate of completion from King Training
    • Microsoft certified professional in Visual Basic 5.0 with a score of 915/1000.
    • Well conversant with Software Quality Processes (SEI-CMM Level 5) and good project execution skills in onsite-offshore development model.
    • Strong technical background: Graduate in pure Computer science (Theoretical Computer Science and Compiler Construction) and postgraduate in computer management with C++ and Software Engineering as specialization, strong VBA and Excel Skills
    • Worked in Telecom, Banking and Finance, Transportation, Retail, and Energy domain
    • Pre-screened BA candidates and helped client fill BA positions – interviewed more than 75+ BA’s for various projects within a time span of year, did mentoring of new BA’s, helped build / create templates used in the Agile and Waterfall methodologies.
    • Currently pursuing courses to get better understanding of Big Data​: Attending online courses on Machine Learning
    Specialties: Certified Scrum Master, Onsite – Offshore Manager/Coordinator, Worked in Agile framework, MCP in VB, Systems Analyst, domain knowledge of Railroad, Shipping and packaging, Retail, Banking, Machine Vision / Image Processing.



Mr. Ravi Joshi

Oklahoma City

Associate Engineer at Phillips 66

Current Status: I am working as an Associate (Research) Engineer in Future and Renewable Fuels area at Phillips 66

Childhood / Young Days: 

I was born and brought up in Satara and completed my education until 12th grade in Satara. I finished high school from Yashwantrao Chavan Institute of Sciences (Satara) and secured admission at the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai (formerly UDCT/UICT). I was among the first batch of “ICT graduates” and received my Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree in 2013.

Beginning of Career: 

In 2013, I took admission to Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN, USA) for a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. My thesis work was focussed on heterogeneous catalysis, specifically for hydrocarbon conversion.



San Francisco

Broker Real Estate, Investment Advisor (Series 65), Medicare Solutions

On the professional work front, I am licensed to function as a Broker for real estate and mortgage financing in California, provide life and health insurances (annuities and long-term care) and licensed to provide Medicare solutions.
I am passionate about making a difference in the community in the US as well as in India. My mother is an active trustee at Vanasthali Rural Development center in Pune. I support her work by finding donations from the US.
To help local communities, I founded for increasing high school graduation rates and bridging the achievement gap. Please browse the site and reach out to me if interested in becoming involved with K12 Counts.

Childhood / Young Days:

Born in Pune but until 11th grade I was in New Delhi. For 12th and college I came to Pune and attended Brihan Maharastra College of Commerce (BMCC). My Hindi and English teachers in school noticed my flair for writing and encouraged me to write. Later on while at my first job in the US in a computer company, my father challenged me to write a book. I did and went on to co-author 8 tech books which were published by Random House, Prentice Hall and McGraw-Hill.


Advice to young folks. Study or work abroad. Changes the perspective. 

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Mr. Bhushan Dahake

San Francisco

Engineering Leader at Google

Current Status:

Engineering and Product Leader at Google – Provide, support and promote the best project and program management solutions to help Googlers achieve planning and execution excellence.

* Build enterprise program management platform across Alphabet
* Build scalable Integration between program management and other business critical systems
* Provide reporting and insight capabilities across Google’s ecosystem
* Build work management tools to support agile software development lifecycle

Childhood / Young Days:

Place of Birth –  Kolhapur, Maharashtra
Grew up in Thane as part of joint family. One younger brother and two cousins, all of them settled in USA
Completed schooling and all higher education from Thane, Mumbai


  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai – 1996-1998
  • Bachelor of Engineering K. J. Somaiya Institute Of Engineering and Information Technology, Mumbai – 1992-1996
  • Associate of Science VPM’s B.N. Bandodkar College of Science, Thane – 1990-1992
  • Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane


Married to Shilpa Dahake and settled in Pleasanton, CA for past 20 years. Two school going kids – Elder son and younger daughter.

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Mr. Deepak Jaware

San Francisco

PMP, SCPM Stanfor University, Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

Sr. Technical Program Manager at Amazon


► Committed to getting things done by constantly promoting a motivated environment
combined with humor to reduce tension
I am a Technical Program Management leader with strong business acumen rooted in an in-
depth technical background. I possess an ability to motivate teams by cultivating trust in any
project direction.
► I bring complex business models to technical solutions. I enable technical capabilities for
new business models of product solutions for the market by accelerating programs. I build
robust and highly scalable systems by enabling the accurate entitlement of
Cisco’s services and avoid over-delivery without any negative impact on customer satisfaction.
My goal is to have a positive impact on organizational success, to achieve engineering
excellence that converts team strength into building business capabilities and development.
► I understand the bigger picture of what engineering does day-to-day. By helping to grow the
business, I make sure to assign every task to the right owner to ensure on-time completion. I
build relationships with cross functional teams, investing time and energy into effective team
building. I put the effort into understanding the task first, then identifying potential risks and
► I do not panic in difficult scenarios and always work to find the best ways to come out of
unfavorable situations. I make excellent connections with internal and external teams, gaining
insight and an accurate picture of any complex and challenging situation.
Cloud Native Applications | Elastic Search | Kafka | Web Services | Oracle Database | Strategic
Analysis| Software Development | Budgeting & Cost Control | Process Improvement | Vendor
Management | Automated Testing | Effective Collaborator| Customer Satisfaction

Positions Held:-

Sr. Technical Program Manager:  Amazon:  Sep 2019 – Present

Senior Technical Program Manager – Entitlement Base :  Cisco: Oct 2015 – Present

Senior Technical Program Manager:  Cisco- Mar 2005 – Present




Mr. Kiran Shinde

San Francisco

CEO at Aarya Biztech – Data Analytics Company

  • Bachelor of Engineering – Electronics & Communications
  • MBA – Marketing & Advertising
  • LLB – General and Labor Law

Other Qualifications

  • Diploma – Indian Classical Vocal
    • Was professional light music singer in Gujarati Music
  • Instrumental training in Table, Sitar and Violin

Professional Qualifications

  • PMP
  • CSPO
  • CSM
  • Licensed California Esthetician

Professional Experience

  • 24+ Years Experience
    • Marketing & Sales
    • Event Management
    • Project Management/ Program Management
    • Product Management/Scrum/Agile
  • Global Delivery Management with fortune 500 companies across 13 countries

Social experience

  • Spend 9 years with MMBA till 2012. Held positions as Committee member, Secretary, and Treasurer
    • Actively did sound management for all major concerts organized by MMBA during my association
  • Worked with Junior Chambers of Commerce in Vadodara, India

Currently what I am doing

  • Salon/Spa Business
    • Running 6 successful locations in Silicon Valley Cities with revenue size of around $2.5 m.
    • Expanding business being franchiser
    • This business started from Home/Garage and today has reached almost top Indian Salon brand in Bayarea
    • Developed special commercial recipe for Sugar Wax to optimize the business cost
    • Established manufacturing facility India for back end disposable products. This model helped me to reduce cost of these products drastically compared to Chinese Products landing cost in USA. (My products ships via air route and in Smaller quantity and still maintains lower landed cost. My product 150 packets landed cost per packet is $0.80 while if Chinese Product packet costs $3 per packet if you buy min 100,000 packets). Lots of good strategies implemented to make this business successful along with my wife.
  • Massage Business
    • As on November 2019, Launching 2 locations in coming months
  • Food business
    • Partner in Restaurant business
  • Product Development Startup
    • India Based development initiative for Bankruptcy related product for federal statutory process
  • Setting up production plant for non woven shopping bags near Vadodara, India


Mr. Vishal Patil


B. Tech. Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

PhD, Organic Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

Post Doctoral Research in Materials, University of California Santa Barbara

Positions Held:-

  • Senior Staff Scientist, Ashland Inc: October 2018 –Present

New product development – polyurethane adhesives for Engineering Wood market.

  • Application Scientist, Hexion Inc: November 2014- October 2018
  • R&D – New product development, pilot plant scale up, product commercialization and end customer application.
  • Technical Service – Defend, maintain and grow Hexion’s phenolic resin customers globally and address unmet market needs (direct customer interaction).
  • Manufacturing support for troubleshooting and optimization of manufacturing recipes and processes.
  • Collaboration across business functions and geographies.
  • Intellectual property generation.
  • Six Sigma Methods – Design of Experiments (DOE), FMEA and other DMAIC tools.

I was born and brought up in small village Takli PD, Chalisgaon in Jalgaon district.

I developed interest in chemical sciences during my undergraduate degree at Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. Pursued PhD in Chemistry at Georgia Tech focusing on design and development of drug candidates for cancer, malaria and leishmania.

For postdoctoral training at UC Santa Barbara,I worked with Materials Research Laboratory and Dow Chemical company to develop hybrid polymer system through catalysis research.

Currently, working with Ashland Inc to develop new products in polyurethane adhesive area. Prior to that, worked at Hexion Inc pursuing research and applications in phenolic chemistry


Mr. Dhananjay Marathe

New Jersey

Clinical Pharmacologist / Pharmacometrician

PhD Chemical and Biological Engineering: State University of New York at Buffalo

BS Chemical Engineering: University of Mumbai


*Professional work experience for drug development in the industry and the FDA (10+ years).

*Experience in applying Clinical Pharmacology and Physiology principles to drug development, approval and labeling decisions in a wide spectrum of therapeutic areas:
-Cardio-Renal, Oncology, Bone-Reproductive-Urological, Dermal, Antiviral/Anti-infective, Hematology, and Gastroenterology drug products as a pharmacometric reviewer at FDA.
-All products covered by CDER Office of New Drugs as the Scientific Lead for QT-Interdisciplinary Review Team (QT-IRT) at FDA.

*Worked on 300+ submissions encompassing NDAs, BLAs, INDs, Pre-INDs and Biomarker Qualification to guide decision making for benefit-risk, dose selection, clinical trial design, and cardiac safety issues.

*Received several individual and team level awards for work in FDA.

*Supervised and mentored several primary reviewers, post-doctoral fellows and interns.

Positions Held:

Principal Scientist, Quantitative Pharmacology & Pharmacometrics (QP2), PPDM: Merck Nov 2018 – Present

Scientific Lead, QT-IRT: FDA   Oct 2016 – Nov 2018

Senior Staff Fellow (Senior Pharmacometric Reviewer) FDA  May 2014 – Nov 2018


Dr. Nalini Nadkarni


Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, College of Forest Resources, 1983

Honorary Ph.D., Brown University, 2014

A Forest Ecologist & a Professor of Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
“People tend to compartmentalize themselves into IT people, and movie star people, and scientists, but when we share our perspectives about nature, we find a common denominator.”
“I am grateful to trees for providing so many things that all humans need, from oxygen to shade and from medicines to beauty”, says Dr. Nalini Nadkarni who is a forest ecologist by profession. Thanks to her special choice of work, she had been working at very high places, literally. She is world-recognized expert in field of tree canopies in rain forests.


Dr. Nalini Nadkarni is a forest ecologist and a science communicator. She was a faculty member at The Evergreen State College for 20 years, and in 2011, joined the University of Utah. An Emeritus Professor at The Evergreen State College, she currently is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Utah.

Dr. Nalini’s interest was first drawn to rain forest ecology due to the contradiction offered by its plant life. There was a great abundance and variety of plant life within the rain forest despite its nutrient-poor soil, and her goal was to discover how the plant life was sustained. Her studies within the canopy revealed that the epiphytes, which are non-parasitic plants such as orchids and ferns that live on the branches and trunks of other plants, were intercepting and retaining nutrients in rain and dust, and from that, creating organic material beneath their root systems. This organic material eventually forms nutrient-rich mats. Some trees in the rain forest develop aerial roots, stemming from their trunks and branches, in order to absorb these nutrients as well. The aerial roots growing into the mats aided the rain forest trees by providing the nourishment that they did not receive from the nutrient poor soil.

Dr. Nalini’s research interests are ecology of tropical and temperate forest canopy plants, community and ecosystem ecology of tropical forests, ecological interactions of primary and human-affected landscapes, and engagement of science to underserved public audiences.

Dr. Nalini is passionate about her work and finds that academia is one pathway that fosters activities for research and also teaching the next generation about how forests work and why they are important. She has always appreciated trees and forests. Because they are under increasing pressures of deforestation, climate change, and fragmentation, she feels a strong need to better understand and help conserve them. A large part of her career has been to carry out public engagement with science, particularly forest ecology. She has devoted her life to raise the awareness of conservation of forests and established programs to convey information to “non-traditional” public audiences such as urban youth, politicians, artists, and incarcerated men and women.

Dr. Nalini was born in October 1954 in USA, and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.  Her father (Moreshwar Vithal Nadkarni) was a pharmacologist from Thane, immigrated to USA to get his PhD in Pharmacology at University of Iowa in 1947. He built his career at the National Institute of Health in cancer research. Her father was the one who provided encouragement to Nalini to go into science. Nalini’s mother (Goldie Pechenuk Nadkarni), a Jew of Russian heritage, grew up in New York City and studied Romance languages. She provided Nalini with enthusiasm for languages and communication.

Her family lived in a house with a large yard, and with many trees that she loved to climb. Her four siblings and she were raised with the idea that education is very important, that contributing to the world is essential, and that they could follow their own ideas about what profession they might go into. This freedom allowed Nalini to choose a career where she could not only contribute with her brains but also with her heart.

Nalini attended the Walter Johnson High School, a public school in Bethesda Maryland. In college, Nalini studied liberal arts, with majors in biology and modern dance at Brown University, Providence, RI. She completed B.A. at Brown University: June, 1976, PhD at University of Washington, Seattle, College of Forest Resources: June 1983, and Honorary PhD in Science, Brown University, June, 2015. She undertook Fundamentals of Ecology Course, Organization of Tropical Studies, Costa Rica, in the summer, of 1979.

Dr. Nalini says she is grateful toward her mentors who guided her throughout her professional career. She was made aware of the wonderful field of ecology by one of her undergraduate biology professors at Brown University; Dr. Jon Waage (now retired), who opened up the possibility of an academic pathway to study nature. Nalini spent her year after college at a remote biology field station in Papua New Guinea, being a field assistant for an entomologist who provided her with the opportunity to see what life as a field biologist is like. In graduate school, she was inspired by one of the few women professors on the faculty, Dr. Linda Brubaker, who showed her that a woman (or man!) could be both a respected academician and a parent and spouse. Trying to balance being both dedicated to a professional career and to being a good mother has been the greatest of challenges, as both require time, head, and heart in large measure.

Dr. Nalini’s research interests include the ecological roles that canopy-dwelling plants play in forests at multiple spatial and temporal scales and the effects of forest fragmentation on community function. She is also interested in the development of database tools for canopy researchers; dissemination of research results to non-scientific audiences; partnering of scientists and artists to enhance conservation of forests. She carries out research in Washington State and in Monteverde, Costa Rica, and is supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, the Mellon Foundation, and the Whitehall Foundation.

She has been actively involved in several research and conservation projects that have attracted extramural support grants such as from National Science Foundation, Chevron Corporation, Northrup Grumman Corporation, National Geographic Society, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Science Foundation Ecology Program, National Science Foundation International Program, Murdock Charitable Trust, Institute of Museum Services Conservation Project, California Space Institute, and Whitehall Foundation.

Dr. Nalini has been engaged in reviewing manuscripts for several renowned scientific journals such as Science, Ecology, Forest Ecology and Management, American Journal of Botany, Selbyana, Biotropica, Madroño, Journal of Tropical Ecology, Oecologia, Plant and Soil, Pedobiologia, National Geographic, Ecosystems, Lichenologist, Geoderma, Journal of Vegetation Science, Biological Conservation, Wadsworth Publishing Company, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, University of California Press, Cornell University Press, Journal of Insect Conservation, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Dr. Nalini has been a panel member of National Science Foundation (Research Experience for Undergraduates Panel, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant Panel, Biological Facilities Program, Committee of Visitors, Long-term Ecological Studies Programs); National Research Council Committee on Biodiversity, and NSF Biology Directorate etc.

Dr. Nalini has been invited to hundreds of academic seminars and workshops from 2004 until the present. She has been member of several committees of University of Utah. She has been actively engaged in Graduate Student Training and Post-Doctoral Training. She has contributed to hundreds of scientific publications from all around the globe. She has delivered numerous public lectures on ecology and conservation including two TED talks. She has written books casting light on her work of forest canopies, ecology and conservation. She also has written books for children. She has been active in several women’s leadership activities.

Science for the Incarcerated

In 2004, the Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP). program was co-founded by Nalini Nadkarni, in Washington State. In 2011, she began a similar program in the Biology Department at the University of Utah. The goal of the Initiative to bring Science Programs to the Incarcerated in Utah (INSPIRE) is to bring science and nature to the incarcerated. It involves building connections with science, scientists, inmates, and the corrections community through science lectures, workshops, and conservation projects at correctional facilities in Utah.

In 2014,  the INSPIRE program staff began working with the Utah Department of Corrections and the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Programs now include a monthly science lecture series, science workshops, and conservation research projects.

Funding for this program comes from the National Science Foundation, private donations, and in-kind support from program partners.

International Canopy Network

In 1994, Dr. Nalini co-founded the International Canopy Network (ICAN).  It is a non-profit organization dedicated to forest canopy and forest ecosystem conservation through the integration of research, education, and environmental outreach activities that concern forest canopy organisms and interactions.

The ICANis devoted to facilitating the continuing interaction of people concerned with forest canopies and forest ecosystems around the world.

ICAN is a non-profit organization supported by a global community of scientists, conservation advocates, canopy educators, and environmental professionals. The organization is funded by subscriber dues, donations, and grants.

A membership with ICAN represents an investment in a rapidly advancing science for the benefit of both humans and forests. ICAN publishes a tri-annual newsletter “What’s Up?” that addresses issues concerning the forest canopy and features articles, resources, and citations pertaining to research and education.

The ICAN’s email bulletin board serves as an opportunity for researchers, educators, and conservationists to discuss the many concepts, perspectives, and objectives associated with forest canopies.

Conservation Efforts:

Dr. Nalini has made it her mission to create awareness of ecological changes and the need to conserve the forests. Over 80% of humans on Earth identify themselves as being religious or spiritual, a far greater proportion than those who consider themselves as scientists or conservationists. One avenue to promote science and conservation is to link the ecological values of nature and the spiritual and religious values of nature. Nalini approached churches, synagogues, and temples with the offer to provide a guest sermon on the topic of trees and spirituality. She emphasized both the universal spiritual symbolism of trees and the ways that trees and forests are portrayed in the sacred writings of particular religions. Since 2004, she has given over 35 talks in places of worship of many faiths, and has been able to insert conservation and ecological messages with the spiritual discourse.

Dr. Nalini uses different means to promote the cause of conservation. The Canopy Confluence is an interdisciplinary research and outreach project organized by forest ecologists at The Evergreen State College. This includes poets, dancers, and researchers alike. Dr. Nalini taught young rap singers from inner city environments to climb up to canopy platforms on the Evergreen State College campus. They produced a remarkable set of rap songs that integrate elements of the forest canopy environment and hip-hop culture. This in turn inspired a group of urban graffiti artists to create a mural about forest canopies that incorporates urban and wild-land. ‘Biome’ is the creation of a canopy confluence between dancers at Capacitor, Nalini, and forest ecologists. Inspired by a trip high above the ground to the canopy and translated into a stage performance by talented choreographers. Dr. Nalini has worked towards developing clothing accessories in Forest Fashion, depicting biologically accurate pictures of nature, to raise awareness of their beauty and to incite informal conversation about nature and trees on a daily basis! She promotes Tree Art. She has been featured in Poetry Magazine, with her poem, ‘Green I Love You Green’.  She has also worked in conjunction with poets from the Wasatch Wordsmiths and Salt Lake City Slam team to develop and inspire poems that were published in a CHAP Book as a part of community outreach events. With a student graphic artist, she has developed a skateboard logo that depicts a tree intertwined with the Web site of the International Canopy Network.

Dr. Nalini also carries out exploratory research to understand how STEM professionals can engage publics with the excitement of science, science knowledge, and identification with the scientific enterprise, and how STEM professionals can gain valuable input from the public they engage.


·        Forest canopies. Lowman, M. L., and N. M. Nadkarni. 1995. Academic Press, San Diego, California, U.S.A.

Forest Canopies is the first synthesis of research into this previously unchartered forest region. It details innovative techniques for the study of the canopy and describes the structure, function, and biodiversity of canopy ecosystems. Ideal reading for botanists, naturalists, ecologists, and zoologists, or anyone interested in preserving the beauty of these great forests.

·        Monteverde: Ecology and Conservation of a Tropical Cloud Forest. Nadkarni, N. M., and N. T. Wheelwright. 2000. Oxford University Press, New York, New York.

Roughly 40,000 ecotourists visit the Cloud Forest each year, and it is often considered the archetypal high-altitude rain forest. This volume brings together some of the most prominent researchers of the region to provide a broad introduction to the biology of the Monteverde and cloud forests in general. Collecting and synthesizing vital information about the ecosystem and its biota, the book also examines the positive and negative effects of human activity on both the forest and the surrounding communities.

·        Between Earth and SkyOur Intimate Connections with Trees. Nadkarni, N. M. 2008. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

World-renowned canopy biologist Nalini Nadkarni has climbed trees on four continents with scientists, students, artists, clergymen, musicians, activists, loggers, legislators, and Inuits, gathering diverse perspectives. In Between Earth and Sky, a rich tapestry of personal stories, information, art, and photography, she becomes our captivating guide to the leafy wilderness above our heads. Through her luminous narrative, we embark on a multifaceted exploration of trees that illuminates the profound connections we have with them, the dazzling array of goods and services they provide, and the powerful lessons they hold for us. Nadkarni describes trees’ intricate root systems, their highly evolved and still not completely understood canopies, their role in commerce and medicine, their existence in city centers and in extreme habitats of mountaintops and deserts, and their important place in folklore and the arts. She explains tree fundamentals and considers the symbolic role they have assumed in culture and religion.

·        Tra la Terra e il Cielo. La vita segreta degli alberi. Nadkarni, N. M. 2011. (translation into Italian). University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

·        Rain Forest (Kingfisher Voyages). A book for children

Dr. Nalini is deeply committed to public engagement with science. Her work has been featured in Natural History, Glamour, Playboy, and others, and she has appeared in many television documentaries, including Bill Nye the Science Guy, Good Morning, America, National Geographic, and CNN’s The Next List. She has given two TED talks, and over 25 endowed lectures around the world.

Radio program:Dr. Nalini has given a radio program for Earth and Sky Science Reports, Canadian Public Broadcasting (1998).

Television programs: She has contributed to the creation of several TV programs and films.

The Infinite Voyage, WQED (1988);

The Second Voyage of the Mimi, Bank Street College of Education (1989);

Good Morning, America (1992);

Oregon Coast Guide (1994);

Bill Nye the Science Guy, PBS (1997);

Living in Tall Trees, TV Asahi (1997);

Anyplace Wild, (1998); NBC Dateline (1999);

National Geographic Today (2003);

Dragonfly TV for Kids (2003);

Wild Chronicles 2006,

KCTS Connects, 2008, 2010;

CNN’s The Next List, 2012


Tropical Rainforests — IMAX movie produced by the Minnesota Museum of Science (1992);

Heroes of the High Frontier (National Geographic Society Television Special, 1999;

Emmy Award for Best Documentary Film, 2000).


Dr. Nalini is not just a multifaceted multi-talented Academician and ecologist; her indomitable spirit is the greatest feature of her soul. That is why after a near-fatal accident in 2015 (at an age of 61), she managed to fully recover and still is going as strong as ever. Read it in her own words, “In July, 2015, I fell out of a tree while carrying out research in the temperate rainforest of the Olympic National park, in Washington State. I fell 50 feet to the forest floor, and was helicoptered to a trauma center in Seattle. I sustained life-threatening injuries (broken neck, thoracic vertebrae, pelvis; lacerated lung, burst spleen, nine broken ribs, fractured fibula, and traumatic brain injury). Thanks to great medical attention, and the love and support of my family and many friends, I have been able to recover completely in the last two years. I am now once again climbing trees, snowboarding, hiking, swimming, and being grateful to be alive.”

When asked about the values she respects most, Dr. Nalini says, “I value collaborations that are based on trust and respect; on acknowledging contributions of those I work and live with, be they undergraduate students, my children, or senior academics. She believes in contributing to the world; to be creative; to be aware of the ordinary magic of lifeI She values listening to people who are outside of the academy, as they so often have much to teach me, even though we (as professors) tend to think of ourselves as being the ones to teach others.”

To the younger generation she wishes to say, “Be assured that if you encounter an obstacle or must make a decision to turn down an opportunity, other such opportunities (perhaps in different forms) will appear in the future”.

“I’ve done everything I have wanted to do. I would just like to continue”, says she.

Dr. Nalini is proud of her Indian roots, which provided her with a different cultural lens to learn about the world. She says, “We grew up with many Indian customs – eating with our hands, sleeping on mattresses on the floor, saying Namaste to Ganapati when we travelled. My father sent funds to his ‘Bhataji’ throughout my childhood, and we would regularly get packets of sacred leaves that he put in our hair. I am grateful to my parents for having raised my siblings and me to understand the underlying universality of human beings. I am grateful that they taught us that a Hindu from a small village in India and an Orthodox Jew from New York City can live in love and harmony even though their backgrounds are very different”.


2015-present: Professor of Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

2011- 2014: Director, Center for Science and Mathematics Education, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

1991-2011: Member of the Faculty, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington

1989–91: Director of Research, The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida

1984–89: Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

Adjunct Appointments:

Affiliate Associate Professor, University of Washington, School of Forest Resources

Associate Research Staff, The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Research Associate, Missouri Botanical Garden

Professional Societies:

Ecological Society of America, Vice President for Education and Diversity, 2015-2018

Association for Tropical Biology, President, 2002; Council Member 2000-2001

International Canopy Network, Co-founder and President, 1994–present

Advisory Boards:

Member, Advisory Committee, Biology Directorate, National Science Foundation (2010-present)

Member, Committee for Public Understanding of Science and Understanding, AAAS (2007-2010)

Member, The Nature Conservancy Board of Trustees, Washington State (1990-2012); Utah (2011-present)

Member, Center for Advancing Informal Science Education Advisory Board (2012-present)

Member, Hubbard Brook Research Foundation Advisory Board (2013-present)

Member, National Geographic Explorer’s Council (2014-present)

Member, International Union for Forestry Research Organizations, Planning Committee, 2014

Steering Committee Member, National Alliance for Broader Impacts, 2015-present


Dr. Nalini has been endowed with numerous awards and honors. Some of the more recent ones are:

·        Distinguished Professor of Innovation and Impact, University of Utah, 2018

·        WINGS Worldquest Women of Discovery Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018

·        Ecological Society of America Fellow, 2016

·        TIME Magazine names Nadkarni’s bringing nature imagery to prisoners in solitary confinement as “One of the Best Inventions of 2014”

·        The William Julius Wilson Award for the Advancement of Social Justice, Washington State University, 2015

·        Archie F. Carr Medal for Conservation, 2013

·        Artist in Residency, Columbus College of Art and Design, 2012

·        University of Utah Woman of Note, 2012

·        American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for Public Engagement 2011

·        Parchi Monumentali Bardini e Peyron Foundation’s “Monito del Giardino Prize for Environmental Action, Florence, Italy, 2011

·        National Science Foundation Board Public Service Award, 2010

·        Education Award, Washington Correctional Association Conference, 2010

·        Evergreen State College Faculty Achievement Award, 2010

·        Playboy Honor Roll (Top 20 most innovative college professors in the USA, Playboy Magazine) 2010

·        Award for Canopy Ecology, 5th International Canopy Conference, 2009

·        Distinguished Alumni Award, Univ. of Washington College of Forest Resources, 2008

·        Grace Hopper Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007

·        Visiting Scholar, Helen Whiteley Center, University of Washington, 2006, 2007

·        Robert Hefner Endowed Lecture, Miami University, 2005

·        Pettigill Endowed Lectureship, University of Michigan, 2005

·        Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, 2004

·        Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Miami, 2003-2004

·        John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2001–02

·        Association for Tropical Biology, President, 2001–02

·        Board Member, The Nature Conservancy, 1998–200

·        Stirling Morton Award, The National Arbor Day Foundation, 1997

·        Alice and Rolla Tryon Endowed Lecture in Tropical Botany, University of South Florida, 1996

·        Council Member, Association for Tropical Biology, 1994–97

·        Jane and Whitney Harris Lectureship, International Center for Tropical Ecology, University of Missouri, 1994


Dr. Nalini met her life partner John T. Longino (married 33 years) in Costa Rica. They were both doing fieldwork for their dissertations. He is an entomologist who studies ants. Nalini was climbing trees to learn about the forest canopy. He visited Nalini’s field station and told her that he wanted to know if there were ants in the canopy; so Nalini taught him how to climb with her ropes. They fell in love and have been together ever since. Myrmecologist John Longino is also a professor at the University of Utah.

Dr. Nalini and John are blessed with two children, Her son, August, was born in August, 1989 and daughter, Erika, was born in September 1992.

Dr. Nalini says, “I am grateful to my husband for supporting my professional aspirations, and to my children for giving me such joy and teaching me the importance of patience and allowing other people to be who they are and not what I want them to be. I am grateful to my friends for support during hard times.”

 A Tribute by a Daughter: The May Apple Trees



To a child, a father is mostly just a father, not a professional. In this column, I have the opportunity to describe his contributions to cancer research. As the third daughter of Dr. M.V. Nadkarni, a career pharmacologist with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), my job each morning was to iron his white shirt before he went off to work, a formal figure in his suit, tie, and briefcase. He returned each day at 6 pm, his suit, tie, and briefcase looking just as tidy as they had that morning. Only seldom did he speak of his work, but I came to understand that he was helping to find cures for cancer through the use of plants, and, later in his career as a Program Director, he helped others to do the same.

My father was born on July 18, 1918, the second son of a family from the village of Thane, India, near Mumbai. He received his Bachelors of Science in chemistry from the University of Bombay. He was one of the early waves of Indian scholars to arrive in the United States for higher education, his boat sailing beneath the arches of the Golden Gate Bridge in 1945. He received a scholarship from the Indian government to study pharmacology, and completed his PhD in 1947 at the State University of Iowa.

That is where he met my mother, Goldie Pechenuk, an Orthodox Jew of Russian parentage, from Brooklyn, New York who was studying Romance languages. Although their union was initially frowned upon by both families, they married and raised five children in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. At that time, Indians were rare, even in our nation’s capital, and mixed marriages even rarer.

My parents decided to raise us in a home that was as Indian as possible, so my mother cooked Indian food, which we ate with our hands while sitting on the kitchen floor. A small ivory carving of Ganapati sat on an alter in our pantry – right next to the Menorah. If a family member were sick, or about to take a journey, we would gather to say “Namaste” and receive the sweet-smelling prasad that my father obtained from the bhattaji in his home village, and which arrived in fragrant envelopes to our house several times a year. On Sunday mornings, my father would read to the five children from the writings of Jarwarlal Nehru. In the dark of winter, we celebrated Diwali as well as Christmas and Chanukah.

I grew up to become a forest ecologist, and now carry out research on tropical rainforest ecology with the support of grants from the National Science Foundation. It is only now, as an adult and as a scientist myself, that I can better appreciate the professional work of my father in cancer chemotherapy and grants administration at the NCI. Looking over my father’s Curriculum Vitae, I now understand that he did not just go to and from work with his tidy briefcase, but that he contributed strongly in the search for tools against cancer.

Although my father went back to India immediately after getting his doctorate to look for a professional job, he ended finding his dream position carrying out cancer research in the United States. He began his career as a Post-Doctoral Fellow, at the NCI, in Bethesda, Maryland.  As a young investigator, he explored the components of podophyllin, an isolate from the plant Podophyllum emodi, the Himalayan Mayapple native to India. He also explored other aspects of cancer chemotherapy, including the excretion of alkylating drugs in cancer patients and the toxicology of phthalanilides.  From 1954-1958, he joined the faculty in the Department of Pharmacology at George Washington University, but then returned to the NCI as the Head of the Pharmacology Section in Drug Evaluation Research.

As he progressed forward in his career, he moved up into the higher levels of administration. The position he held when he retired was as the Chief of Extramural Research in the Developmental Therapeutics Program at the NCI.  His patient and deliberate nature, his attention to detail, and his insistence on the highest integrity of work based on science rather than politics, made him the right person to provide oversight for the awarding of grants.

From my current perspective, I see that he contributed greatly as an Indian-born scientist at a time when there were few other Indians in his professional and personal arena. Although we had a few Indian families as our friends, the culture and customs that my family practiced were not the norm for suburban Maryland. When I look at the group pictures taken at the Gordon Conferences and other meetings he attended, his is the only brown and unmistakably Indian face in those groups.

My father died of a sudden stroke on August 9, 1995, at age 79. He enjoyed his last years with Goldie, his wife of 44 years; his five children — Saroj, Susheela, Nalini, Vinay, and Mohan — and his many grandchildren. To the end, he worked in his beloved garden, enjoying especially the native May apple plants that bloomed there each spring



Mr. Rohit Shelar

Los Angeles

Current Status: Rohit is currently working as a Sr. Project Manager (Applications) with a financial services company in Los Angeles. Bachelors with Information Technology, he comes with great experience in IT industry in various domains and overall 12 years of experience.

He also contributed in social work with Art of Elysium. Rohit is active member of Ma Durga Temple community in Pasadena and volunteers in many social activities and festivals

Childhood / Young Days: Born in small town of Khalapur (Raigad), Rohit grew up in Panvel (Navi Mumbai) with his grand parents. He quotes “Inspiration was really a situation rather than a person. I grew up with my grandparents so I guess wisdom of matured behavior came early. Needed to earn money right after collage was the priority so I guess situation was the important teacher. I have great friend circle, loving people around me, and i am thankful to god for that”

Beginning of Career: Always wanted to test myself taking next steps, started job right after college, went through the ladder reached here in US

Future: Get better health every day, do something substantial for my people, start my own business in next 3 years, travel as much as I we can and stay human

Family: I am married and kid on the way. Saloni is one of those people for whom I keep doing better in my life. Give better lifestyle, happiness and health


Mr. Ameya Pawaskar


Master of Science – Information Systems, Engineering & Management : Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Master of Science – Mechanical Engineering: Texas Tech University

Post-Graduate Program in Business Administration (PGPBA):  Indo-German Training Centre

Current Status: I work in the software industry as a Quality Assurance Analyst for the past 4 years. My journey began as a Mechanical Engineer with Master’s in Mechanical Engineering and later transpired into Software Engineering with Master’s is Information Technology.

Childhood / Young Days: I was born in Thane, Maharashtra and completed my schooling from SES High School, Thane. I later completed my Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mumbai. After that, I received my internship with ElringKlinger Automotives India Pvt Ltd during which I completed my Post Graduate Program in Business Administration from the Indo German Training Center.

Beginning of Career: Post my IGTC days, I received a full scholarship from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas from where I completed my Master’s in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating from Texas Tech, I started working as a Quality Assurance Analyst in the Digital Media Signage industry. While working on this position, I pursued my Master’s in IT engineering and graduated from the Harrisburg University of Science & Technology in December of 2018.

Till today: Today, I am based in Calgary, Alberta in Canada and work for a software company as a QA Analyst.

Future: My future plan is to grow as a software architect in this position and thereby work on new technologies of the future.

Family: My family consists of my parents and my wife. My wife has been instrumental in this journey with her support for me while moving ahead in this journey.

Outlook: The world is advancing at a very high pace and my personal opinion is there will be new kinds of jobs which will replace the traditional job market in the future.

Advice: Adapting quickly to the continuous changes will help young professionals survive in the future. Theoretical knowledge needs to be converted into practical application to survive in the future.


Mr. Sagar Lonkar


Sagar is a semiconductor industry professional with experience in silicon manufacturing, advanced packaging, and supply chain.

He holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University.

He studied at the Institute of Chemical Technology (formerly UDCT) in Mumbai, India. 





Los Angeles

Global Delivery Head, Media and Entertainment Business, Tech Mahindra

Senior Management Programs (IIM Calcutta and Ross Michigan University),

B.E. (Computer Science),

Current Status:

I am Hands On Leader who loves to be close to technology and people. I also strive to be a change agent for the organization by bringing in new ideas for enhanced customer experience, efficient operations and new business models.


Am leading a Multi-Million Dollars Business in Media and Entertainment Vertical. Managing Globally.
In this business model – I work as in a capacity of Business Group Leader responsible for multiple business unit operations in terms of Topline, Bottomline, CSAT, ESAT, Finance with Revenue, EBIDTA, CSAT and ESAT targets. This role gives me the experience of scale and building large businesses from scratch.


I have in the past :

  1. I have led a 2000+ people business unit to drive Digital transformation programs in Telecom space. My KRA’s were CSAT, ESAT, Leadership development, Innovation, Revenues and Margins.
  2. Co-Founded a Digital Startup i.e. Maker’s Lab focussing towards building business on Digital Transformation solutions and Innovation initiatives. Key focus areas in Digital Solutions – Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Next generation Mobility, Cloud and Big Data. Also focus on alliance partnerships with Product Vendors, Start ups and Academia.
    In this business model – I worked as a Startup Owner – who needs to get his hands dirty on technology and projects and also continuously work towards funding the group by presenting our work to internal stakeholders. The unit focuses on product, platform and technology solution development. It is small unit of 50+ people with product engineering focus. The typical size of the project is 5-10 people working on digital solutions for the customers. Deal Sizes are very small but very interesting and challenging from technology perspective. This role gave me exposure to run technology startup. Here the focus is to be hands on with the team to solve their problems.

Date of Birth: 1972-08-12

Childhood / Young Days:

I was born and brought up in Mumbai.

My father retired as Outstanding Scientist from NPCIL.

My mother was an accomplished Hindustani classical singer with degrees of M.A. (Music) and Sangeet Visharad.

I had a wonderful childhood with an excellent eco-system to develop the value system of appreciating power of education, value for money and importance of discipline.

Beginning of Career:

I joined as Media Analyst and Product Manager in Indian Market Research Bureau in the Media and Panel Division and then moved to Mahindra British Telecom after more than 3 years of Service. MBT transferred me to Leeds, UK as a CRM Consultant. This was my first assignment abroad. The experience was very interesting as we had no idea of Leeds, the accent of the people, I was the first one from my company joining the customer site and the customer was also new to working with an Indian. Overall the stint was excellent and by the time we returned back to India after 6 years (with interim stay in India) – we had lots of friends in the UK, we loved Leeds and we also made good connects at the Temple in Leeds. It gave us the confidence to live anywhere in the world and succeed in our purpose.

Till today:

Very interesting journey in my career and thanks to my family to support me.
I have had experience to work in Mumbai, Leeds, London, Mysore, Bangalore, Pune, Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Had the fortune to work on different roles and wear different hats – Product Manager, Customer Engagement Manager, Developer, Consultant, Offshore Delivery Head, Onshore Delivery Head, Transition Manager, Innovator


I continue to focus on growing my experience in my new role of Global Delivery Head.

I wish to contribute by sharing my experience, create platforms for young entrepreneurs, people who are either in IT services or plan to be. I was to encourage Creativity in the education system.


We are a family of 4, my wife Shilpa, works as Administration and Sales Analyst. We have two twin daughters Ira and Isha, who are in their Junior High School


We have been part of a massive transformation in our lives due to technology. I see that the world and India will continue this change in our lifestyles with new technologies. What India needs is – more creativity in the education section, more insights to our scriptures and platform that celebrates failure.


Those who are abroad – please learn and adapt. Keep the focus on the high level purpose and plan to achieve it. Also please contribute back to India and whatever ways possible.

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Major Acheivements & Honors:

  • Rewarded 2nd Position in 2 Years Global Leader Program – GPMD from Ross Michigan Business School
    • White Paper published in Wall Street Journal on The Digital Revolution – An Irresistible Pie for Telecom
    • Represented Tech Mahindra in Digital Transformation Summit organized by Economic Times.
    • Recipient of ACE Award three in a row – this award is given those who have highest performance rating
    • Co-Authored a Paper on “Agile-Colocation Model” in European publication – Testing Experience
    • Leading the Digital Transformation and Innovation Labs – pioneering cutting edge technologies
    • Spearheaded Core Strategic Domain Verticalization Theme in Infosys for Telecom Domain
    • Successfully completed IIM Calcutta – Senior Management Program (SMP-09)
    • Leading current unit in two major transformations – Agile Transformation and Mobility Transformation
    • Presented lectures in University of Pune and Pune Institute of Technology
    • Member of Tie-Pune and Pune Startup Community
    • Member of Rotary Club
    • Business Mentor for a startup in Corporate Communication on voluntary basis.




Regional Category Manager – Turned & Machined Parts Hydraulics America

Current Status:

Procurement Leader working with over 25 years of progressive leadership experience. Currently working for Eaton Corporation at their Southfield Office in Michigan, USA.

Childhood / Young Days:

Born and brought up in Pune, Maharashtra. Elder son of Suresh and Madhuri Joshi. From 1st till 10th studied in N.M.V. High School, Pune and passed out my SSC in year 1988. After 10th, did my Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at Cusrow Wadia Institute of Technology, Pune and passed out in 1991. After that, got admission directly in 2nd year engineering at Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune and completed my B.E. Mechanical. While working completed my PGDBM & MBA in Finance from Pune University. Also, completed my leadership training courses at Indian Institute of Management at Bangalore (IIMB).

Beginning of Career:

Started my professional career with Tata Motors (that time it was known as TELCO – TATA Engineering and Locomotive Company Limited) in 1994 as Graduate Trainee Engineer. Worked for TATA Group for around 8 years. FIAT India for 2 years, Boart Long Year in Australia for 2 years (with family based in Perth, Australia). Working with Eaton Corporation for last 14 years.

Till today:

I was leading Global Procurement of Eaton Corporation for South Asia and based in India. Eaton moved me to United State of America on another leadership role so I can help the organization here.


I am a social person and is completely aware that in whatever way, I can share my knowledge and experience for our society, I will feel good about myself.


My parents are living in India. My brother and his family is based in Nashville, TN. I am living with my wife here in Troy, MI. My son is a Sophomore doing Computer Engineering at Michigan State University.

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Mr. Ketan Chitre

New York

Vice President (Systems, Storage & Database Group) Natixis North Americas – New York ,NY

Current Status:

Leader in Technology Infrastructure / Engineering , Windows / Cloud – Architecture & Service Delivery

Have been in New Jersey for 20 + years but still a Mumbaikar at core !

Childhood / Young Days:

Born and brought up Mumbai, Maharashtra . Completed my Engineering in Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj College Of Engineering – Shegaon

Enjoyed lot outdoor activities like Trekking and Mountaineering – Certified Himalayan Trekker !

Great fan of Music, Traveling and Technology.

Beginning of Career:

Worked in Mumbai for 5-6 years Started my career as a Telecom Service Field Engineer and grew to a regional country service manager in Global Telesystems LTD which gave a lot of exposure to realities of life . Then changed field to Technology Computing by becoming EDP Manager for B Braun Medical . The curiosity of learning new technologies and realizing the career growth potential decided to pursue opportunities to relocate to US

Till today:

Engineer at heart 22 + years’ of successful track record in technical arena mainly worked for financial power houses like Goldman Sachs , J P Morgan Chase , Natixis by leading teams , providing technology solutions and quality services by running and managing multiple projects.


Would like to dedicate more time for community and social work , by volunteering helping , caring & sharing knowledge to uplift the ones who need help.


Grew up with 2 elder sister , had a major influence on my life from my parents , specially Father was very technical and motivated to get me involved , teach so many life lessons which cannot be found in any text book of world . Mother being the most caring and compassionate person in the world raised us with the best values and ethics . Having such wonderful parents is one of the best gift one could ask for to give us such a head start in life to make us who we are today.

Currently loves spending quality time with my wife & 2 daughters guiding them with their education , activities , also spending family and friends and building networks .


Stay true to yourself and your core personality, always believe in doing the right thing! Life is always of challenges, but there is always something to be learnt from the situation which make us even stronger . Stay positive !

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Mr. Mukul Dakwale

New York

Seasoned IT leader with more than 20 years in Enterprise IT experience. Currently Principal Consultant for Luceats consulting with key focus on AI enabled Robotic Process automation and IT digital transformation. Passionate cricketer and involved with recreational cricket in NJ. Socially very engaged with local Marathi community and actively volunteering at all possible venues.


  • A strategic and transformation leader with more than 20 years of Global experience in the field of IT consulting and advisory services.
  • Experience of selling and delivering IT and NexGen services to Enterprise clients in North America.
  • Proven track record of transforming IT services into cost effective and scalable environment using proven Automation, Cloud and Digital Strategies.
  • 15 Years of experience of delivering large and complex strategic engagements for Fortune 100 Customers

Areas of Expertise

  • Consulting and Advisory Services – Digital, Application, RPA, Intelligent Automation, Bots, UiPath, Automation Anywhere, Blue Prism, Core Infrastructure and Cloud Strategies
  • Service Delivery for large and complex strategic engagements
  • Revenue, Market & Service Line Expansion IT Transformation Projects

Childhood / Young Days:

A Marathi out of Maharashtra. Born in Vidisha, a small city of Madhya Pradesh and raised at Indore (MP), a city with large Marathi community. Graduated with Business Management degree.

Beginning of Career:

Professional career started with Wipro Infotech in India and after few years got an opportunity to move to USA and started working as Consultants for IT transformations before working in corporate America for more than decade. Currently one of the principals for a startup Luceats consulting and assisting enterprise clients with their IT Transformation, business process automation initiatives.


Always look for and explore avenues to engage and give back to the society.


Living in Central New Jersey with wife and 2 kids.


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Mrs. Prajakta Paradkar


Senior Compliance & Risk Management Analyst

Bachelor’s degree Economics/ Politics,  University of Mumbai

Masters degree International Politics , University of Mumbai


Results driven and committed professional with over 9 years of versatile experience the banking industry in various roles such as Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), credit card service analyst, project manager and teller.

Successfully implemented multiple projects working extensively with vendor and various departments of the bank. Extensive experience and knowledge in BSA/AML, USA PAtriot Act, OFAC, SARs, fraud detection, vendor management, auditing, customer service, operations and process improvement.

Positions Held

  • Senior Compliance & Risk Management Analyst: Elements Financial Indianapolis, Indiana Area Apr 2019 – Present
  • Compliance & Risk Management Associate: Elements Financial Indianapolis, Indiana Area Sep 2017 – Mar 2019
  • Credit Card Service Analyst: Elements Financial Indianapolis, Indiana Area Mar 2012 – Aug 2017


Social/ Community Work:

Vice President Maharashra Sneha Mandal Of Indiana Jan 2009 –Dec 2009


Mrs. Preeti Shrikhande


MS Computer Science, MA Statistics

Founder & CEO, Vivensity.


Certified Integral Coach ,  Coaching New Ventures West

Computer  Science.  Purdue University

MA Statistics University of Missouri-Columbia

Bachelor of Science (BS) Computer Science and Application University of Pune

BS Statistics Fergusson College

Patanjali International Yoga Institute

Positions Held:

Founder & CEO Vivensity Palo Alto California,  Jul 2016 – Present

Integral Coach – Executive/Leadership/Life coaching Jan 2015 – Present

Vice President Technology and Market Development,  Compubahn Jan 2013 – Jan 2015

Senior Operations Excellence Specialist,  PayPal San Jose, California. Nov 2009 – Dec 2010

Director Marketing Excellence, Certified MBB. Sun Menlo Park, California. Feb 2003 – Aug 2007

Senior Engineering Manager: Menlo Park, California Sep 1997 – Jan 2004

About Vivensity:

Vivensity has created a unique solution to address the rapid increase in anxiety, depression and stress among youth.  Their comprehensive product, ImSparked”, empowers middle and high school students with essential life skills. Just launched in Sept 2019, they already have 3 Bay-area school customers (Castilleja, Summit Denali and Eastside College Prep) and several pilots in the pipeline (including Harker and Saratoga High School). The ImSparked platform, available in app form, helps students find timely solutions to everyday stressors with short engaging videos and experiential activities called “sparks”, using a process of introspection and self-discovery. For teachers and school administrators, it provides a quick way to assess the health of their school with comprehensive dashboards. This student centric platform has received overwhelming response with impactful testimonials from all the stakeholders. Requiring no training for the teachers, this SaaS platform provides extensive scalability and easy adoption by students and schools. No other product uses a holistic and comprehensive strategy with contenttechnology and data analytics in this innovative and impactful way! Preeti Shrikhande


Mr. Satish Chavan


President at e-Zest Solutions


Closely involved in account management activities for key accounts. Goal is to help customers in building successful software products with delighted product customer base.
Specialties: Pre-sales, Business Development, Solution Architecture, Software Project Estimation, SaaS enablement, Mobile and Cloud Strategy Consulting, SaaS Revenue Models, Web 2.0, Cloud Computing, Agile Methodologies, SCRUM, Product Engineering Services, Project Management, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript Frameworks, software product support, digital marketing, venture funding and Private Equity,angel investment, seed funding

Satish is President of e-Zest, a fast-growing IT services company focusing on enterprise digital transformation.

He’s played pivotal role in growth of e-Zest business in north America. He’s a certified scrum-master, with broad experience in digital transformation, process consulting organizational development and mentoring technology startups. He is currently senior adviser for sweet spot analytics, startup focusing on cloud-based focus group research and analytics platform.

Born in small village Vardhangad in Satara district. Mother has been major influence who recognized importance of education in early stage and moved to Pune for education of kids and father is retired army officer who helped in instilling discipline and strong values

Satish has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and postgraduate in management from Pune University. He spends his free time attending technology community activities in Detroit and Ann Arbor. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He also enjoys reading, contributing to community causes, and writing poetry in Marathi.

Positions Held

  • President and Executive Board Member : e-Zest Solutions Dec 2015 – Present
  • VP-Product Engineering Services: e-Zest Solutions May 2013 – Present
  • VP, Solution Consulting: e-Zest Solutions May 2011 – Present
  • Founder : Startups 2.0 – Global Startup Community Jul 2008 – Present :- Community for technology start-ups. Discussing start-up stage challenges, sharing experiences, acquiring funding, pitching VC’s, building solutions and strategies for acquiring and retaining customers.

-Private equity or fund of funds programs

~Private equity and venture capital fund due diligence

~Management of all aspects of a private equity fund of funds

~Legacy private equity portfolio analysis

~Private equity allocation strategy and modeling

~Investor relations and marketing services for venture capital and private equity funds

~Management and consulting services for companies seeking private capital investment

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Mrs. Manisha Lad

New Jersey

Current Status: Success driven visionary with 15 years of experience in making difference in families, creating hope and educating autism community.Impressive history of visionary leadership: Highly dedicated and resourceful Foundation Executive Director with significant experience in all aspects of non-profit. Proven record of fostering organizational growth. Respected for helping organizations innovate, thrive and grow. Known for optimizing resources to achieve core mission by establishing a positive and enthusiastic cooperate culture. Verifiable success in global initiatives, creating value-added programs, improving health and stability of operations, increasing organizational visibility and exceeding financial goals.Lead revenue initiatives and create funding models and marketing strategies: Dedicated to enhancing performance by analyzing existing processes and implementing effective systems, strategies and policies.
10 years Innovation leadership,For-Profit and Non-Profit Experience,Operational & Financial Strategy
High Profile Spokesperson/Advocate.Nutrition Consultant for autism Researcher. A proud parent of an individual recovering from autism and a passionate worker.

Childhood / Young Days: Mumbai India, born and brought up in Mumbai Maharshtra schooling, college in Andheri West. One younger sister now in Houston Texas. We residing in NJ USA since 1998 now with our only son Akhil Lad who is recovering from AUTISM.

Beginning of Career: Quit 10 years of Information Technology career for diving into world of autism for helping her son. With no background in medical and any health industry was able to educate herself in various field Nutrition, Biomedical, Sensory integration and other education methods and interventions. As a Nutrition Consultant was able to guide parents, educate and help them implement different types for special diets. Identified successful interventions and treatments programs in autism community, brought in awareness in NJ and India. Building relationships with health care professionals for making treatments available at an affordable cost. Founded Akhil Autism Foundation to accomplish a bigger mission, generate funds and make grants available for families with lower income in USA and India. Generated research opportunities with leading universities. Creating autism awareness in community, hospitals and other centers internationally.
Our journey started with Applied Behavior Therapy(ABA) and after 1.2 yrs of intense therapy we learned its was not enough. Our view of Autism is that it’s a medical disorder with brain mind body disconnect. Every autistic individual has unlocked potential, one has to presume intelligence, respect the belief system and it starts with accepting the child. Unconditional love and relationships are the first building blocks. Autism is a whole body condition and every individual needs following treatments
• BioMedical Intervention
• Sensory Integration
• Communication methods
• Behavior plans
• Social Skills
• Community Based Education

Till today: In 2008 started Akhil Autism Foundation (AAF) as a 501(c)(3) organization in NJ with a mission “Every autistic individual deserves treatment and every parent and professionals needs education. Make all the treatments affordable and accessible to every individual”. Our vision is to “Help Autistic Individuals lead an independent & functional life”. By the numbers: Since 2008, AAF has
• Provided treatment to over 1000 children
• Sponsored over 1500 hours of education to parents & care providers.
• Facilitated over 20 treatment workshops in USA & India

Future: Make our Akhil Autism Foundation sustainable, making sure grants and workshops are available to as many individuals as possible. Using my technology career and working towards bringing in Digital Transformation in AUTISM field. Would like to work with likeminded professionals who are willing to team up , provide skills to our AUTISM cause and help us make a difference.

Family: My husband Mahesh Lad Services Program/Project Management – Senior Manager, PMP, Certified Scrum Master at Sales Force.Highly enthusiastic, charismatic and experienced CRM professional with extensive Leadership and Management skills. Around 24 years in the IT industry with the career focus centered towards Management and CRM (17 years). Excellence in Techno Managerial roles, have lead some major projects and success stories towards CRM solutions Delivery and Implementations. Music being in passion has his own singing group Kalamaanch USA ,


Mr. Akshar Awalgaonkar


Senior Director, Category Management @ AbbVie Inc.

  • BE Production, VIT, Pune, India.
  • MS Industrial Engineering & Management, Oklahoma State University, USA.
  • Executive MBA, Kellogg School of Management (Graduating on December 2020)


  • Project Management Professional.
  • Black Belt

Birth Place: Nashik, Maharashtra, India.


Father: Dr. Ramesh W. Awalgaonkar, Retired Principle at Saraswati Mandir, College of Commerce & Arts, Pune. Renowned & Award Winning Author and Researcher of Marathi Sahitya and Mahanubhav Pantha.

Mother: Dr. Sameeksha R. Awalgaonkar Renowned Author of Marathi Sahitya & Vangmay.

Akshar is a Senior Executive Leader in Strategic Sourcing & Purchasing with years of Global Experience with Fortune companies such as GE, Whirlpool Corporation, Walgreens Boots Alliance and AbbVie where he is currently serving as Senior Director, Category Management.

Akshar has an innate passion to build high performing teams & has a clear focus on brand enhancement for people & teams. He believes in creating a climate in which people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve & exceed its objectives. He strongly believes in collectively taking on various business challenges with his team and has a proven track record in regularly exceeding expectations while promoting & growing his team members.

In addition to his experience in Strategic Sourcing &Supply Chain; Akshar has also led Program Management Office (PMO) as well as Business Productivity Office at GE.

A graduate of Whirlpool Corporation’s GSCLDP (Global Supply Chain Leadership Development Program); Akshar holds a PMP and Six Sigma – Black Belt Certification. He served as the Executive Advisor to Walgreens Asian Network (WAN) affinity group.

Currently he is pursuing Executive MBA from Kellogg with focus on Strategy & Marketing. Akshar holds a MS degree in Industrial Engineering & Management from Oklahoma State University & a BS degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Pune University.

Akshar says following are the Life Changing Incidences,  

“1. Birth in a Family that values education and self-improvement.

  1. Venturing into VIT’s cultural group and participating in Firodiya and Purushottam Karandak. I won Best Director, Best Versatile Actor, Best Writer Awards.
  2. Meeting Prachee, my wife in 11th standard who I have the fortune of being with for the last 19 years since we met.
  3. Arrival in US for MS. It opened avenues that I didn’t even know existed.
  4. Selection in Whirlpool Corporation’s Global Supply Chain Leadership Development Program which helped me lay a solid foundation of my professional life in US.
  5. My 8 years with GE where I had the fortune of doing 5 roles, 4 of them being vertical promotions. Travelled to 17 countries, led global teams, had an Expat assignment in Asia, Africa.
  6. Decision to pursue Executive MBA at Kellogg School of Management, #1 Ranked university for executive MBA.
  7. Most important one – Birth of Prachee and my two children, Aahan (son) and Amyra (daughter) in 2014 and 2019 respectively.”


Prachee Kale – Awalgaonkar. Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and currently working at Walgreens Co. Head Quarters as Senior Accountant in their shared services department.

Akshar says, “ Prachee has been the backbone of our family for the last 10 years since we got married. She has been the biggest positive influence I have had since the time we started dating which was 19 years ago. I attribute all the success and status we have reached as a family as well as individually to her leadership, support and kind and encouraging personality she possesses. “

Akshar plans to

  • Continue professional growth as planned.
  • Start association with local universities in Chicago Area as an Adjunct Professor of Leadership, Supply Chain.
  • Continue Mentoring talent and help them to realize their dreams.
  • Continue Charity Work back home.


Mr. Pushkar Sane


Cyber Security Specialist for Bell Canada

Current Status: Working as a Cyber Security Specialist for Canada’s biggest Telecommunication provider with experience in Network Administration and Quality Assurance.
I have worked as volunteer in Pittsburgh Muslim Association and actively contribute to local charities.


Master’s graduate from University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA specializing in Telecommunication and Networking. While studying, I realized my passion was not only to learn as much as possible about network and system administration (I’ve just scratched the surface!) but also to impart that knowledge to people in a way that they could benefit. My excellent documentation skills help me organize my work efficiently and my determination has helped me meet tight deadlines in the past

In addition to creating and maintaining complex enterprise system, I am interested in keeping technology secure. I am updated about latest developments in the tech industry and always strive to beat my personal best. I run a blogsite ( as a personal goal to educate people about security issues and try to bridge the gap between security experts and users to better protect their privacy and confidentiality.

Place of Birth – Agra,UP, India
Education – Maharashtra Institute of India, Pune.
Father – Dr. Pradeep Sane
Mother – Dr. Smita Sane


Mr. Viswas Ghorpade


Sr Director, Beyond Meat

Ph.D. Nutrition and Food Sciences: Utah State University

Master’s degree Food Science and Technology: Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth

Graduated from Utah State University with PhD in Nutrition and Food Sciences in 1992. Worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska. Then worked in CPG companies like Heinz, Colgate and Kellogg. Currently, working for Beyond Meat, creating plant protein based meat alternative products for the vegan market. Currently living in Torrance, CA.


Born in Kolhapur

Experienced emerging market leader with 23 years of broad based experience in areas of plant start-up, working with JV’s, developing large scale facilities and localizing vendors. Specific skills include extrusion processing, breakfast cereal processing, dry pet foods, project management, ingredient functionality, product development and process development. Experienced team leader with excellent interpersonal skills and team building experiences. Working relations with major food co-packers, ingredient suppliers and equipment vendors to develop projects on an accelerated time line in emerging markets.

Worked for African, Asia Pacific, Latin American and EU divisions and have knowledge of food regulations, suppliers and co-manufacturers for various food forms.

Selected to administrative services of Govt of India in 1984 and served as Assistant Secretary to Govt of Maharashtra 1984-89.

Innovation Product development:

  • Delivering Cost Savings
  • Developing and Implementing Strategic Initiatives
  • Developing Business Relationships – Building Partnerships
  • Commercializing Customer Solutions


Mr. Sachin Joshi


Regional Licensing Director at Sulzer GTC Technology US Inc.


  • Professional with 17 years of diverse experience in the petrochemical and refining industry.
  • Experience in business development and licensing of process technologies globally.
  • Experience in design, development and optimization of individual process and process complexes.
  • Expertise in Naphtha and Pygas upgrade technologies for petrochemicals production and refinery-petrochemical integrated complexes.
  • Worked at World’s Largest Refinery and Petrochemical Complex at Reliance Jamnagar.
  • Certified Six Sigma Green Belt professional.


Mr. Ashish Kulkarni


B.Tech (Institute of Chemical Technology)

Ph. D. (University of Cincinnati, Ohio)

Postdoctoral Fellowship (Harvard University)

Assistant Professor,  Department of Chemical Engineering: University of Massachusetts, Amherst


University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

  • Assistant Professor Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Faculty, Institute for Applied Life Sciences
  • Faculty, Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program


Instructor in Medicine :Department of Medicine Harvard Medical School, Boston  2015 – 2017

Division of Engineering in Medicine Bio-engineer:  Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston  2015 – 2017


Immuno-Therapeutics: Focal manipulation of the immune contexture with minimal systemic side effects is important for effective immune response. My goal is to develop novel nanomedicine platforms for therapeutically modulating immune response.

Immuno-Theranostics: Accurate monitoring of clinical efficacy of immunotherapy is challenging. My aim is to develop stimuli-responsive nanosystems for monitoring immunotherapy response.

Immuno-Engineering: My goal is to develop innovative platforms such as microfluidic systems, microscale and nanoscale systems, scaffolds etc. for probing immune cell interactions.

Dr. Kulkarni is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to this, he was an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Bioengineer at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

He obtained his B. Tech. in Chemical Technology from Institute of Chemical Technology, University of Mumbai and a PhD from University of Cincinnati, Ohio. He completed his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School and MIT. During his postdoctoral training, his research efforts were focused on the development of structure-activity relationship-inspired nanomedicine for cancer therapy.

He currently directs the Immunoengineering Research Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he is working on the development of tools and platform technologies for cancer immunotherapy applications.

  • His work has been published high impact journals including Advanced Materials,Nature Biomedical Engineering, Nature Communications, PNAS, ACS Nano, Biomaterials and Cancer Research, and featured in several science media outlets (BBC, Boston Globe, The Hindu, Economic Times, Deccan Herald, Yahoo News etc.).
  • He was recently selected as one of the top 12 rising researchers (‘Talented 12’) by American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Chemical & Engineering News,
  • ‘NextGen Star’ in Cancer Research by American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • ‘Young Innovator’ in Cellular and Molecular Engineering by Biomedical Engineering Society.

He is a recipient of several prestigious awards including

  • American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award,
  • Melanoma Research Alliance Young Investigator Award,
  • Cancer Research Institute Technology Impact Award,
  • Hearst Foundation Young Investigator Award,
  • Harvard Cancer Center Career Development Award,
  • AACR Scholar-in-training Award,
  • American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Young Scientist Award
  • Brigham & Women’s Hospital Junior Faculty Mentor Award.

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Mr. Ravindra Sadaphule

San Francisco

  • Senior Engineer Manager at Adobe in Bay Area.
  • Search, NLP and AI leader
  • Expertise in Machine learning and information retrieval.

Place of Birth: Kolhpur
Education in Mumbai: Attended DG Ruparel College in Mumbai and VJTI, Mumbai BE (Electronics)
MBA (information Technology) from American Public University

Beginning of Career:

Left India to pursue career in state of art software.

Till today:

Started as software developer and rose to lead and manager.
Worked at Microsoft.
AT present  working at Adobe in Machine Learning and information retrieval area.


Engineering Leader with many years of R&D experience in the software industry. Years of SaaS, enterprise/web search, mobile, Machine learning , Deep Learning, nlp, data platform, web and desktop consumer software development experience. Results-oriented, decisive leader who excels in dynamic, demanding environments while remaining pragmatic and focused. Passionate about leadership excellence, employee engagement, product quality and customer experience.

Career highlights:

  • Currently leading Search and NLP engineering teams at Adobe to power search experience in Photoshop, Creative Cloud and .
  • Led development of highly scalable SaaS applications that includes ,, office 365, , iOS and android Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel (1 Billion users with sub-second latency) apps.
  • Led product growth by analyzing user behavior using machine learning and deep learning models.
  • Recipient of 2 Gold Star awards at Microsoft
  • Transformed Quickbooks Online technology by decomposing monolith into AWS public cloud-based micro-services architected to achieve greater scalability, availability, and productivity.


  • Build, mentor and grow large geographically distributed teams
  • Provide clarity, direction, and vision
  • Work with cross-disciplines, senior leadership, and partners
  • Creating startup culture, empowering team members and encouraging bottom up innovation.


  • Finance, Web & Enterprise Search, recommendation services, machine learning, big data, e-commerce.


  • Approaches product development with MVP, self-healing, metrics driven mentality.
  • Creating startup culture and adopt data driven decisions.
  • Develop machine learning based predictions, analyzers, recommendations and anomaly detection
  • Validating concepts using “agile methodology”​ and “fail fast”​.
  • Effective driver of engineering excellence processes (Scrum, Kannan) to improve agility and quality in large engineering teams (3000+ engineers).

Technologies: Tensorflow, Keras, Pytorch, LSTM, elastic search, Spark, Java,aws, azure, Python, C#, Hadoop, REST, Spring


Mr. Aditya Ranade


  • Climate Entrepreneur

  • Founder: Two Degrees Adapt

  • Founder: Aerio Technologies

Current Status:

I am a founder and partner for Two Degrees Adapt- a climate resilience technology advisory firm, and a founder + director of business development for Aerio Technologies- a decision analytics software company enabling renewable natural gas development. I am also an adjunct professor at University of Saint Thomas teaching a class titled “Global Energy Landscape”

Childhood / Young Days:

I was born in Pune and brought up in Rajapur, Dist- Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. After 10th standard I came to Pune and attended Fergusson College for my 11th+12th and MIT, Pune for Polymer Engineering.

Beginning of Career:

I left India to pursue a Ph.D in Materials Science. I received my PhD at Case Western Reserve University in 2006 with a focus on micro and nano-scale layered polymeric systems and studying their mechanical and optical properties.

Till today:

My first job out of grad school was at Saint-Gobain, developing photovoltaic solar panel materials. This catalyzed my interest in sustainable energy and sustainability broadly. Since then, I have worked in Venture Capital, Consulting, Market Research and R&D across Sustainable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Agriculture. Most recently, I led global R&D in Connected/Smart Grid for 3M.

My work over the past 14 years has taken me to 22 countries across four continents


Enable a better Anthropocene for the planet through science and technology


My wife- Aditi Velankar is a Physical Therapist with Regions Hospital. She has Masters in Health Sciences from University of Indianapolis and a Geriatrics Specialist Certificate from American Physical Therapy Association. She is also an aspiring Yoga teacher.


If we develop a humanist and rationalist viewpoint, we can overcome the various challenges facing our planet


Be Original, Be Bold, Work Hard, Create

Important Link:

While it is imperative we reduce our impact on the environment as a society we must also consider how we will respond to the impacts of our emissions to date. Investments in adaptation strategies will be crucial to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and to provide an opportunity for regenerative economic growth.

We have developed a proprietary process for analyzing economic impacts of climate change, identifying climate adaptation strategies, and quantifying the potential economic opportunity. While others may stop there, we take the much needed extra step of connecting investors, technology providers, businesses, and cities who will benefit most from the adaptation strategies.

We envision adaptation strategies implemented in every sector and geography impacted by climate change, resulting in economic growth and the avoidance of the worst effects of climate change.


Two Degrees Adapt promotes economic growth and asset resilience in spite of climate change by accelerating the deployment of climate adaptation technologies in the private and public sector. By mapping adaptation strategies to sectors and geographies as well as developing partnerships between the private and public sector Two Degrees facilitates the implementation of adaptation strategies which improve our cities and society.

Data driven decision making for Renewable Natural Gas industry

Aerio Technologies provides data driven decision analytics to convert methane from distributed sources to low carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG).


Mr. Rohit Vaze

Virginia Beach

Master’s in Supply Chain Management

Assistant Planner at Essel Propack in Danville, Virginia


I came to the United States in Fall 2017 for the Master’s in “Supply Chain Management”, soon after completing the Bachelor’s in “Mechanical Engineering” from the ‘University of Mumbai’ in India in Summer 2017

I completed the Master’s program in May 2019 from the ‘Illinois Institute of Technology’ in Chicago, Illinois. My academic record throughout the Master’s program was good and as an appreciation of that I was awarded the department scholarship for the 2 consecutive years. During the tenure of my Master’s, along with the curriculum, I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity to work at 4 different on-campus positions at my university and to work as an intern at 2 different companies within the United States –
Internship 1 – Logistics Intern at Machinery Marketing International in Chicago, Illinois
Internship 2 – Supply Chain Coordinator Intern at TrueChoicePack Corp. in Mason, Ohio

Since July 2019, I am working as an Assistant Planner at Essel Propack in Danville, Virginia
Phone: +1 434-688-1479

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Mr. Sachin Nerurkar


IT Development Manager at General Motors


Sachin has more than 19 yrs of Industrial Experience and more than 17 yrs of Information Technology Experience. Sachin is a certified project manager with more than 9 yrs of Program/Project management/ Portfolio planning experience.
Specialties: Program management/ Project management, Global Delivery model, Java, J2EE, mainframe technology.

Positions Held

  • IT Development Manager:  General Motors, Detroit.  Jul 2019 – Present
  • IT Portfolio Manager :  General Motors, Detroit.  Nov 2012 – Jul 2019
  • Program Delivery manager: GalaxE Solutions. Mar 2011 – Nov 2012


  • Master’s degree Data Analytics Penn State World Campus
  • MBA Strategy & Finance: University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business
  • Post Graduation Diploma in Software Technology: National Center of Software Technology
  • Bachelors of Engineering: University of Mumbai


Mr. Sudhanwa Dewasthale


Associate TS&D Engineer | Chemical Engineering | Innovation | Project Management | Technical Sales

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Chemical Engineering Michigan State University (Thesis : “Engineering Biobased Interpenetrating Polymer Networks Based on Plant (Soybean) Oil and Polysiloxanes”.)
  • Bachelor of Technology – Institute Of Chemical Technology


With a solid background of successes in Product Development and Customer Management, I have built a reputation as a leader in product innovations for adhesives and resins used in a variety of commercial applications. I have experience providing expertise and consulting to global, industry leading corporations on packaging innovations that enable cost controls, revenue generation and manufacturing efficiencies. My success is driven by my ability to align project and program strategy with business and financial goals through the establishment of effective policies and procedures. I leverage a unique mix of strategic and analytical expertise, consistently exceeding performance goals by aligning the effort of strong teams with project objectives.

Positions Held:

  • Associate TS&D Engineer, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics The Dow Chemical Company Freeport, Texas: Jul 2017 – Present
  • Senior Engineer, Dow Packaging and Speciality Plastics: Dec 2014 – Jun 2017
  • Research Assistant Michigan State University Sep 2010 – Sep 2014


  • Biobased interpenetrating polymers networks derived from silylated soybean oil and water soluble polysiloxanes
  • Water Soluble Polysiloxanes
  • Silylation of Non-Terminal Double Bonds of Natural Oils
  • Biobased interpenetrating polymers networks derived from oligomerized soybean oil and polydimethylsiloxane
  • A spectroscopic method for hydroxyl value determination of polyols
  • Interpenetrating polymer networks derived from silylated soybean oil and polydimethylsiloxane
  • Reactive extrusion of glycerylated starch and starch–polyester graft copolymers.


  • Hydrophilic polysiloxane compositions containing carbinol groups
  • Interpenetrating polymer networks derived from silylated triglyceride oils and polysiloxanes



Mr. Sameer Bhide


Brain Stroke Survivor, currently on Long Term Disability

Current Status:

Sameer Bhide is a Brain Stroke survivor and currently on long term disability and writing his memoir through a ghostwriter which will focus on the many lessons learned and experiences in his ongoing recovery journey. Before, he worked for 23 years working in and consulting with big and small companies in many industries globally. He is highly experienced in leading and managing strategic and operational business and technology transformation and change initiatives in structured and matrix organizations by applying emerging business strategies and technologies to solve business problems. He has strong experience in influencing executives, middle management and staff employees within business units and IT.
Key areas of experience:
– Knowledge Management & Collaboration
– Digital Workplaces
– Management Consulting
– Client Relationship Management/Account Management

Childhood / Young Days:

Place of birth – Pune
School and College – Mumbai
Badminton player

Beginning of Career:

Left India after BCOM to pursue an MBA in the US 30 years ago.

Till today:

1993-2000 – Ernst & Young, Cleveland, Ohio
2000-2002 – Kana Software, Boston, Mass
2002-2009 – Ellucian, Fairfax, Virginia
2009-2010 -Wilmerhale LLP, Washington DC
2011-2014 – TCS, New York
2014- 2016 – 3Pillar Global, Fairfax, Virginia
2016-2018 – Grant Thornton LLP, Alexandria, Virginia


India’s future is bright. So is for many other developing nations.


Don’t let anything or anyone tell you that you cannot do it. It is totally up to you.


Mrs. Vineshwari Kulkarni

San Jose

Current Status: Currently working as QA Automation Engineer located in San Jose California. I have completed MS in Computer Science from Sacred Heart University CT.

Childhood / Young Days: From the childhood I was in Nashik till my Bachelors. I Completed BCA from BYK college of Commerce. I have one elder brother. We both and his wife stays in USA.


Mrs. Meeta Pradhan


  • Senior Data Scientist : Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, Indianapolis [Primary Affiliation]
  • Adjunct Faculty : School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

I am in the field of Bio and Health Informatics. Presently I am working as Senior Data Scientist at Indiana Biosciences Research Institute and have additional appointment with School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI).

“People don’t die of Diabetes but due its comorbidities”,

  • Worldwide Diabetes is becoming an epidemic. In my current role, I am involved in understanding the diabetes scenario in the State of Indiana and also United Kingdom.
  • I also teach and supervise/co-supervise master’s and PhD Students School of Informatics and Computing, IUPUI.
  • I am actively involved in promoting STEM education, teaching/ career development/ hands-on application to under-represented High SchoolStudents.
  • I am also, actively involved in training college in-terns in the field of Data Science.
  • I am active member of Maharashtra Sneha Mandal a non-profit organization in Indianapolis and have served in the executive committee as Vice President.

Childhood/ Young days

I (Maiden Name: Meeta A Phadnis) was born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and raised in Bhilai (Steel City) Madhya Pradesh.

My father Late Shri A.K.Phadnis was Finance Executive in Bhilai Steel Plant and my mother Mrs. S.A. Phadnis was a homemaker and a tutor of Mathematics.  I am eldest of three sisters and my middle sister Mrs. Mona Mokashi is an associate Director with Cognizant at Charlotte, NC USA and my youngest sister Mrs. Leena Chitanvis is a home maker lives inPanvel, India.

My schooling was in Bhilai(Senior Secondary School Sector X), undergraduate in Laxminarayan Institute of Technology (LIT, Nagpur), M.Tech and PhD.Tech from Institute of Chemical Technology(formerly UDCT), Matunga, Mumbai. Master in Cheminformatics from IUPUI, USA. Growing up the township life and schooling system in Bhilai and my mother’s love for mathamatics influenced me to pursue engineering. My higher education i.e. master’s and PhD are due to the encouragement and support from my Mother-in-law (Mrs. Sulabha P. Pradhan), my advisor Professor Jyaestharaj B. Joshi (Prof. J.B. Joshi) and my husband Prashant Pradhan.

Beginning of Career

My husband (Prashant) opted to pursue his career in US and moved to US in 1997. After completing my Ph.D (Tech), I joined him with our daughter in early 2000. Prashant moved to Indianapolis to work for Eli Lilly and Company.  Though I had opportunities to pursue my post-doctoral in Chemical Technology from different Universities in US but wanted to stay with family so started my visiting research fellow in computational biology at (IUPUI) and also enrolled for a Master’s in Cheminformatics and minor Bioinformatics. As Bioinformatics was very new in early 2000, it paved an entirely new career option. I moved to University of Missouri, Columbia to do another Post-doc in Computational Biology in 2006 and finally in 2007 came back as faculty at IUPUI. Since then I am working in the field of Bioinformatics and Data Science.

Till Today

After undergraduate I worked for year and half at National Environment Engineering Institute (NEERI), Nagpur as technologist, was involved in waste management project for Ganga Action Plan and Organic Industries in India.  Joined ICT to pursue higher education and complete Master’s& PhD Tech under the supervision of Professor J. B. Joshi.  After PhD Tech moved to USA and pursued another Masters in Cheminformatics, followed by Post- Doctoral Study at University of Missouri, Columbia in the field of Bioinformatics. For nearly 10 yearsvcserved as Faculty in School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI teaching, researching and advising master’s and PhD students in the field of Bioinformatics and Health Informatics, worked on Human Genome Analysis and Machine Learning for Cancer Informatics. In 2017, moved to Indiana Biosciences Research Institute a newly set-up Non-Profit Organization as a Senior Data Scientist. Presently, collaborating with different Industries and Academia in USA/ Europe to understand the Global Diabetes Problem. Using and developing Multi-disciplinary machine learning and Artificial Intelligence models to understand the Diabetes and its co-morbiditiesepidemic.


Not much thought about the next steps in life or career. But every year try to give back to society in Indianapolis by getting involved in the food pantry, volunteering in the hospital, Indian Community. Recently, started visiting the girl’s orphanage in Thane, Maharashtra India and also got involved in understanding the needs of the under-represented schools in Mumbai Municipal Corporation.


My husband Prashant P. Pradhan is engineering graduate from VJTI, Mumbai and management degree from Welingkar Institute, Mumbai. He has a Master’s in Computer Science, IUPUI, USA. Presently working as software consultant.

We have one daughter Pranoti Pradhan, who has completed Bachelors in Biochemistry and Master’s in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. She completed her second Master’s in Public Health from Cornell University, New York and now is in first year PhD program in Cancer Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Few years back my mother moved to stay with us at Indianapolis and we have a 10-year Golden Retriever. Now staying in Indianapolis for last 20 years “Friends are my Family”.


With the advent of modern technology, we are presently in a good position to use the technology for betterment of humankind. As my research is in discovery of new targets for complex diseases. My goal is to use this knowledge to help common man to take care of his/her family health. Presently research is my passion and teaching the master’s and PhD level students gives me lot of pleasure and joy.

I always think life is not easy, but everything happens for a purpose. So be passionate, sincere to your beliefs and do hard-work things will happen.


We are lucky to be born in this era with of technological developments. “Fear not to Learn New Things”. Work with full heart and charter the unknown territories. Once you overcome these unknown’s life is beautiful.

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Major Achievements& Honors

  • Most Innovative Technology, Chemical Engineering Science (don’t remember the year)
  • Best Ph.D Tech Thesis 2001, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Best Paper Award, ISMB 2013
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE 2015


Mr. Sanjay Wadge


Founder, Eternity Systems, Inc., USA.

Ex-President, Silicon Valley Indians Professional Association (SIPA), California

Current Status:

Entrepreneur running my IT Services company – Eternity Systems, Inc.

Childhood / Young Days:

Coming from remote village in Maharashtra, had wonderful fun filled village/urban life. Studied in local college in Nasik district up to Bachelors degree. Then later moved to Mumbai for job and subsequently continued in Pune till 1995. Move to USA in 1996.

Beginning of Career:

Started career in IT/Software in mid 80’s and continued till mid 90s. Then moved to USA in 1996.

Till today:

Had a challenging, but wonderful journey. Enjoyed initial first 5+ years in USA before .com burst showed us the realities of US life. Moved on to start independent consulting from that point on wards which continued for next few years before turning it into small IT services company.

While pursuing professional career, I am involved in few nonprofit organizations like SIPA, Tie and some others.


Sanjay is an Entrepreneur and founder of Eternity Systems, Inc. Sanjay has over 25 years of global IT Services experience. Sanjay has successfully delivered to a charter to scale the companies he worked for, build the culture of thought leadership and foster innovation as the primary differentiator to create benefit to the customers. Sanjay has spent most of his professional life in front of the customers and is very passionate about working with customers, creating simple and innovative technology solutions to complex business problems. With his deep understanding of current, future, technology and design trends, and excellent ability to evaluate their relevance in context of the problem domain, he has repeatedly displayed proven problem solving abilities, mentoring and coaching abilities to build high performance technical teams, ability to persevere and persuade development teams on technical visions/solutions, and commitment towards ensuring that the technical visions are successfully implemented.

Prior to starting Eternity Systems, Sanjay served a global premier IT/Product Engineering Services firm, Xoriant Corporation where he successfully managed CRM practice and implemented complex solutions for fortune 500 customers such as Cisco Systems, Charles Schwab, 21st Century Insurance, APL etc. Before joining Xoriant, Sanjay worked as Scientist at National Informatics Center, Govt. of India.

In addition to his day to day responsibilities, Sanjay is also associated with multiple non-profit organizations. He has been voluntarily serving Silicon Valley Indian Professional Association (SIPA), a prominent non-profit professional organization as a board member for last 10+ years and served as President from 2007 till 2009.


Will continue on entrepreneurial journey along with other social activities.-


Wife with 2 children. Wife is school teacher in Child Development Center. Elder son pursuing MBA after completion of BS in Comp. Sci. Daughter pursuing MS after completing BS in Cognitive science.

Advice: Certainly will be interested in advising youngsters.

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Major Acheivements & Honors:

President, Silicon Valley Indians Professional Association (SIPA), California from 2007 – 2009.


Mr. Prasad Paradkar


B.E., Computer Science And Engineering, Savitribai Phule Pune University

Technology Manager, State Of Indiana

Current Status:

An accomplished Technology Management Professional with 21+ years of demonstrated expertise in IT with proven track record in leading software research, development and operations, strategic IT planning and road map, staff development, team leadership, people and project management.

Demonstrated ability in establishing vision and leading Development and Operations (DevOps) department, process optimization, IT infrastructure, budget maintenance and development, off-shore resource management, planning, enterprise support/service delivery.

Proven track record of developing strong business and vendor relationships, strategic thinking and methodical execution to not just meet, but exceed customer expectations and needs.

Major Acheivements & Honors:

President Maharashtra Sneha Mandal Of Indiana (MSMI), 2014 – 2015


Mr. Mangesh Wadegaonkar


Product Strategy | Lifecycle Marketing | Go-to-market | Sales Activation | Evangelizing | Partnerships | Educator & Mentor

  • MBA General Management & Entrepreneurship Cornell University
  • MS Computer Science Northern Illinois University
  • BE Electronics Engineering University of Mumbai

Mangesh Wadegaonkar is a senior executive and founder at several high growth startups at different stages, from pre-revenue all the way to PE-backed $200MM firm, running product, marketing, sales, governance, operations & raising money.

Over the last 20 years, he has consistently built strong teams, strategic partnerships, effective direct & channel sales and marketing, and bundled solutions to persistently generate double-digit percentage growth.

As the CEO of Cayuga Growth Partners, Mangesh has executed many successful projects. He is currently working on an international distributor deal for a collectables protectors business. More recently, Mangesh helped a contextual wearables mobile IoT company successfully launch commercial business. Before this success, he restructured a global SaaS company, and launched new AI-enabled platform & mobile apps as part of his global growth strategy.

Mangesh has been engaged by the board of a digital marketing services company to lead business transformation for faster market growth and higher exit multiples. Previously, he was hired by investors to help with higher valuation at a direct marketing company serving hundreds of national brands & several thousand SMBs.

As part of CEO’s elite squad, Mangesh successfully architected and implemented full digital transformation and omni-channel strategy along with refreshing marketing, sales & customer success playbooks resulting in rapid EBITDA increase.

Mangesh co-founded a digital healthcare company for web & mobile diagnosis and care. He started his career in telecom where he pioneered agile product development and led the first ever VoIP mission critical platform generating $350MM.

Mangesh deeply believes in “people do business with people” and “right education for every individual” and enjoys coaching and mentoring entrepreneurs & high performing teams to succeed at different stages of their career. To that end, he is a co-founding board of director at Startup Leadership Program, a global startup accelerator and advises at University of Maryland & George Washington University innovation and entrepreneurship programs.

Mangesh has a B.Eng. in electronics engineering, an M.S. in computer science, and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.

Outside of his busy work schedule Mangesh enjoys playing the Tabla, membranophone percussion instrument (an Indian Drum).

Positions Held:

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland Global Campus: 2019 – Present
  • Executive (CMO) Industry Advisor, BIA/Kelsey: 2019 – Present
  • CMO (during transitions). Cayuga Growth Partners Gaithersburg, MD: 2012 – Present
  • Head of Commercial Products & Marketing, SignalFrame Washington D.C. Metro Area: 2017 – 2018
  • Head of Growth, EventBank Vienna, VA: 2016 – 2017
  • Head of Product & Evangelism, Surefire Social McLean, VA: 2015 – 2016
  • Head of Digital Solutions, Mspark Birmingham, Alabama Area: 2014 – 2015
  • Head of Partnership Marketing, EveryScape Inc. Newton, MA: 2010 – 2013
  • Interim CEO, Dragonfly Product Company, Inc. Providence, Rhode Island Area: 2009 – 2010
  • Co-Founder (Marketing & Business Development), Marveluz Technologies, LLC Ithaca, New York Area: 2006 – 2009
  • Marketing Strategy Consultant, Intel Santa Clara, CA: 2006 – 2007
  • Product Leader, Motorola Schaumburg, IL: 2000 – 2006




San Francisco

Vice President & General Manager, Firmware & Software (Non-volatile Memory Solutions Group) at Intel Corporation.

Mr. Upendra Mukund Kulkarni is the Vice President and General Manager of Software division for Intel’s Non-volatile memory Solutions Group. In this capacity, he leads over 700 engineers to develop the firmware and software for Intel’s 3D NAND Flash and 3D XPoint chips.

In addition, Upendra is the Chief Technical Advisor to Absentia VR Pvt Ltd (a Bengaluru based virtual reality company) and Senior Advisor to the CEO of a non-profit organization in California.

Upendra is an innovative, people oriented leader who blends business and technical acumen to lead a large organization to build cutting edge computer products. He is highly accomplished in the field of computer engineering, is an analytical thinker, creative problem solver and effective people leader.

Born in March 1963, Upendra hails from a highly educated family from Miraj, Maharashtra.  Upendra’s grandfather was a graduate from 1890. He gave up his high paying job and joined the struggle for India’s independence. Upendra’s father, Mukund Raghavendra Kulkarni, was 5th of nine children, but in his life he became a central figure for the entire family due to his personality, stepping up to help others and leadership skills. All the siblings of Upendra’s father educated themselves with the help of scholarships without any help from their father. Upendra’s father, Mukund Kulkarni graduated from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and supported the M.B.B.S. education of his two younger brothers. Upendra’s father started his own pharmaceutical business, Ajit Labarotaries Pvt. Ltd., which is now managed by Upendra’s elder brother Mr. Uday Kulkarni who graduated from Shivaji University (B. Pharm.) with a gold medal and from UDCT Mumbai with Master’s in Pharmacy. Upendra’s mother, Rama Kulkarni, comes from a small town in northern Karnataka. His one elder sister, Mrs. Veena Sant retired from SNDT University Pune as the Principal, and other elder sister Mrs. Vidya Chikte teaches children with special needs at the Vidya Valley high school in Pune.

Both his parents have been huge influence on Upendra in developing qualities like commitment, discipline, compassion, confidence, perseverance, public speaking, leadership, taking the high road, integrity and helping others. Upendra says he wouldn’t have been who he is today without their teachings.

As a kid, Upendra was very inquisitive, wanting to learn how everything worked. He used to read “Understanding Science” magazines end to end learning about science. Curious as he was, he used to dismantle clocks, pressing iron, scooter breaks, bicycle chains, electric fan, and mixer etc wanting to learn about their mechanisms and how to fix them. However, he says he would most often leave them broken and get in trouble.

Upendra studied at a small public school in Miraj named Balavantrao Marathe Vidyalay of which his father was a founding member. Most of his fellow students came from lower income families and they usually struggled with mathematics and science. So he used to teach them those subjects after school. He usually stood first or second in exams every year. Some of his high school teachers made a big difference in his life – Mr. Hulyalkar (English teacher), Mr. P. H. Kulkarni (Marathi), Mr. Parchure (Math), Mr. Joshi (Science), Mr. Apte, Mrs. Deshpande, Mrs. Phadake (Languages), and Mr. Ghorpade (Principal).

Upendra studied 11th and 12th grades at Willingdon College Miraj. At 12th grade exams, he scored so well that he could get admission for medicine as well as for engineering. However, he chose to be an engineer due to his passion and aptitude. Upendra did B.E. (Instrumentation and Control) from College of Engineering Pune, and then went to USA to do Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech (USA) in 1988.

Upendra’s father was the reason why he went to USA for studies. Upendra’s father himself coming from a family that valued education and most of his siblings achieving advanced degrees from reputed universities in India and abroad, was keen on sending Upendra to USA for master’s degree.  Initially, Upendra did not have scholarship. After achieving top scores in first semester, he was able to qualify for teaching assistantship. That made further studies easier. Prof. Dr. Van Landingham was a huge help for Upendra as he noticed Upendra’s talent and supported him by giving him a teaching assistantship.

However, while Upendra was studying for M.S. program in U.S., his father passed away in India. He took 3 months’ break from studies to visit home and be with his mother. It strained the financial situation, but he was able to pull through with the help from the family.

After completion of M.S., Upendra joined Intel corp. as a fresh graduate. He excelled in everything he did by thinking outside the box and kept getting multiple management promotions along the way. He believed in taking risks wherever necessary to deliver the results. At Intel, he had some good managers/mentors – Randy Wilhelm, John Barton and Jon Khazam who helped shape Upendra’s career. He proved himself to be a dependable leader and became the Vice President, Intel Corp. in 2012.

Upendra’s work in Intel from 1988 to 1999 was mainly technical and research oriented. During that period, he has to his credit 6 patents registered in his name. After 1999, he assumed managerial roles and his independent research work took a back-step. As a new and young recruit, Upendra used to be very observant and gave suggestions for better output and results both. This was getting noticed by his seniors. In 1989, Upendra used to work with another employee of Intel, Mr. Perlmutter who was stationed in Israel and showed ways to improve the output. The same person Mr. Perlmutter later became the Executive Vice President of Intel. He gave Upendra an early break in the managerial role. Upendra shifted from technical work to people and management.

In his current role as VP & GM of Firmware and Software division, Upendra’s team is responsible for architecture, development and validation of firmware and software for Intel’s SSD and Optane™ product lines. 14 years prior to this role, Mr. Upendra was vice president and director of Graphics Software Development and Validation at Intel Corporation. He was responsible for the worldwide team that developed high-performance and power-optimized 3-D, media and display drivers for the Windows, MacOS, Linux and Android operating systems to support Intel’s media servers, entry workstations, client PC/Ultrabook, tablet and smart-phone product lines.  Before his role with graphics, Upendra held various senior management roles in system validation, architecture and product engineering on chipset, graphics, CPU and math co-processor products over a span of 14 years. The teams he led at Intel have delivered more than 15 high-volume integrated graphics products, the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor line of CPUs, several PCI/AGP chipsets and the 80387 math co-processor, achieving numerous technology firsts for Intel and the industry. Carving new ground for Intel, his teams developed breakthrough methodologies for graphics driver development using simulation and emulation platforms for predictable execution in post-Si phase for large-scale and high-cadence products. Upendra has also played a key organizational role, expanding and developing new teams and capabilities at sites in South Carolina, Penang (Malaysia), Poland and China.

Upendra excels in building and leading multi-geo teams to deliver results – competitive products on time, under budget and high quality. He possesses a high blend of business acumen, technical depth, and organizational and people leadership skills. He has ably shouldered financial and budget management responsibilities for $220M annually with organizational responsibility for up to 1,600 employees and 1,200 outsourcing work-force across multiple geographies.

When asked what it takes to lead huge teams, Upendra said, “my leadership style is a blend of business acumen and technical knowhow. Business acumen involves knowledge of your business, revenue/profits, your customers, competitive landscape and the core strengths of the company. Technical acumen involves your knowledge of the cutting edge technology. This knowhow of technical aspects is absolutely necessary to become an effective leader. Without technical knowledge, one can become people’s leader but not an effective technical leader. A leader must have passion for innovation, achieve excellence in everything that is being done, attend to minutest details, open communication, persevere through hard difficult times, have vision and most importantly trust and respect for co-workers”.

Giving it back to society:


Upendra’s father had founded a school in Miraj- ‘Balavantrao Marathe Vidyalay’. This school was established in early ‘70s and had new teachers. The school students mainly came from lower income families. Upendra’s father Mr. Mukund Raghavendra Kulkarni was criticized and asked whether he would send his own children to such a school. Mr. Mukund Kulkarni responded affirmatively by sending his own son to that school. By then, Upendra’s all other siblings had already completed their school education. So, Upendra was the only child his father sent to the school he founded.

Upendra used to teach math and science subjects to other students in his class during his school years. Coming from a highly educated family, Upendra used to find math and science very easy to learn and teach. He drew tremendous satisfaction from helping his classmates. He used to tutor them sitting under a tree.

Mr. Mukund Kulkarni, Upendra’s father lived a life full of helping and inspiring others and being a role model for many in the family and society. He became a strong proponent of higher education and encouraged his four children to earn postgraduate degrees. He was known as ‘man of marks’ in his family circle as he would encourage children of all ages to earn high percentage of marks.

Mr. Upendra had seen his father helping poor deserving students, and he always wanted to do the same once he gains financial stability. Now, Upendra and his brother Uday have set up a scholarship of Rs. 48000 per year in his father’s name (M.R. Kulkarni scholarship) to sponsor deserving students from Miraj/Sangli region. The students’ applications are scrutinized by Upendra’s elder brother. This scholarship is administered by ‘PAPAS Trust’, Shanivar Peth Pune.

Ritwij Sase Memorial Donation

In addition to the Kulkarni scholarship, in memory of his late nephew, Ritwij Sase (1987-2010), Upendra has set up a scholarship for the Robotics or Science Olympiad winning team that qualifies for National level competition with participation from Mira Loma High School, Sacramento, CA, where Upendra’s children studied. Ritwij was a huge fan of robotics, and built an all terrain vehicle with his college mates for Indian National level competition. By making this donation in the amount of US $500.00 to the winning team, Upendra hopes that bright and engineering-oriented minds will be inspired by Ritwij’s story and will work towards achieving their own dreams.

In June 2016, Upendra had retired from Intel corp. after 28 years of service. In April 2017, Intel called him back offering him a higher post.

Meanwhile, during those nine months after retirement Intel sponsored his services to an NGO – Stand Up Placer based in northern Sacramento. Upendra says Intel has a great sense of social responsibility and participates in helping the community in many ways.

Stand Up Placer:

This is an NGO that supports the victims of domestic violence. Stand Up Placer firmly believes that everyone – regardless of sex, race, religion, or occupation, whether they are heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, gay, lesbian or transgender – deserves to live a life free from violence. They provide victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Placer County with a safe, caring and nurturing environment.

Upendra always wanted to help people in every way he could, so he liked the idea. Initially he was not sure how he can help the NGO. But the chief administrator of the NGO said that Upendra can teach them leadership skills which are Upendra’s forte. At the NGO, the managers were new and needed help in running the institute. Intel requested Upendra to devote his time for the NGO.

For nine months, Upendra helped the NGO— studied their annual budget plan, removed inefficiencies, and trained the entire management team for effective communication, effective leadership, and team work etc. Upendra says he taught the managerial team of Stand Up Placer NGO key managerial skills he learnt at Intel for 28 years. The NGO has now become more efficient and the staff has become more focused and involved. They are proud of their work. The NGO is funded by State Government and the team has become more accountable, and more connected with the local authorities for better coordination. Upendra says he got the same satisfaction as teaching his classmates at school and he is ready to offer his services to any other Indian NGO also if he is asked to.


The qualities Upendra values most are integrity, focusing on the results, respect for others, and desire to help others.

Upendra recognizes the contributions of Dr. Prakash Amte to a great social cause. He is inspired by the CEOs of companies like Intel, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Infosys, Wipro etc for their contributions in technology. He also admires the excellence achieved by persons like Amitabh Bachchan and P. L. Deshpande in their respective fields. In general he says he admires and is inspired by anyone, young or old, man or woman, who excels in their field.

Cultural activities:

Upendra performs stand-up comedy as a hobby and passion. He has hosted several functions as master of the ceremony. Presently, he is actively involved in programs of local Maharashtra Mandal. Though he has stopped being the master of the ceremony, no matter how busy his calendar is, he always finds time to perform in dramas. He has acted in plays like ‘Trikoni Choukon’, ‘Hasawa-fasawi’, and ‘Moruchi mavshi’.


Upendra’s wife Smita has a post graduate degree in Library Science and works at an elementary school as a librarian. She has worked for nineteen years at the same school. She is passionate about her work and encourages the students to read books through creative means, such as offering them incentive of a free pass to a Theme Park if they read certain number of books. Nearly 9000 students are benefited from her initiative in past 19 years.

Upendra and Smita are blessed with two brilliant sons.

The elder son Rishikesh has completed his  PhD in Chemistry from UC Berkley.   ( )

The younger son Kedar has graduated in business management from UC Berkley. (

Upendra and Smita also have two dogs, black Labradors, and Upendra enjoys running or hiking with them.


  • 6 patents on microprocessor technology in microprocessor technologies in the areas of microcode execution and cache coherency protocols.
  • Several Intel awards for high performance and innovation
  • Vice President promotion in 2012


April 2017 onwards             VP & GM, Firmware & Software (Non-volatile Memory Solutions Group) at Intel

2012-June 2016       Vice President, Intel

2003-2012    Director of Graphics Software Engineering, Intel

1998-2003    Director of Systems Engineering, Intel

1988-1998     Various engineering and project management roles, Intel


Mr. Anurag Mairal


Innovator, Entrepreneur, Professor, Strategy Advisor

PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder

MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.

MS in chemical engineering from the Indian Institution of Technology in Mumbai

BS in chemical engineering from National Institute of Technology, Raipur.

Dr. Mairal was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Twente, Netherlands and at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

At BerkeleyHaas, he was a founding co-Chairman of the South Asia Business Conference and Chair of the Biotech Panel for the Asia Business Conference.

His work has been published in more than 30 publications, and he has seven issued patents.

  • Adjunct Professor of Medicine and the Director, Global Outreach Programs at Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, Stanford University.
  • Adjunct Professor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business
  • Faculty Fellow and Lead for Technology Innovation and Impact at Center for Innovation in Global Health.

In these roles, he leads initiatives focused on applying the biodesign process to resource-constrained settings globally.

Further, he facilitates opportunities for students, faculty and fellows at Stanford to work on global healthcare needs.

He is part of the founding faculty team for MED 232, Global Health: Scaling Health Technology Innovations in Low Resource Settings and BIOE 371, Global Biodesign: Medical Technology in an International Context, graduate-level courses offered to engineering, business, and medical students at Stanford University.

Earlier, he served as Associate Director for the Stanford-India Biodesign and Singapore-Stanford Biodesign programs. He serves as the Founding Chair of BME IDEA APAC, a community of medtech innovation programs in Asia Pacific, partnering closely with the industry and academia in the region. He is also an Honorary Professor at University of Cape Town, South Africa. Concurrently, he is a co-founder and Executive Vice President of Orbees Medical, a SF Bay Area-based strategy consulting firm serving global healthcare industry, with a focus on medtech, pharmaceutical, and digital health industry.

Dr. Mairal has an extensive background in medical technology development and commercialization, collaborating with partners in the U.S., India, China, and other emerging markets to advance product development, manufacturing, and distribution.

Recently, he took a sabbatical for two years to take a senior leadership role at PATH, a major global health nonprofit based in Seattle. In this role, he oversaw research and development, commercialization, and implementation of technologies in PATH’s medical devices, diagnostics, and digital health divisions.

Previously, he held several positions at Johnson & Johnson, including Business Development Director and Product Director for structural heart, cardiology, and peripheral vascular products at Cordis.

Before joining J&J, he was a Group Leader and a Process Development Manager at Membrane Technology and Research (MTR). At MTR, he was responsible for business development, strategic alliances, and product development in the bioseparations area.

An active mentor to entrepreneurs and industry professionals, he serves as the chair of PATH’s Bay Area Leadership Council, board member at EPPIC Global Network and IIT Bombay Heritage Foundation and advisory board member at D-Rev and Sewa International.

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Faculty Fellow, Center for Innovation in Global Health, School of Medicine (2017 – Present)
  • Senior Advisor, Global Health, Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign (2016 – Present)
  • Honorary Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa (2015 – Present)
  • Senior Advisor, Singapore-Stanford Biodesign, Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign (2011 – Present)
  • Director, Global Exchange Program, Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign (2010 – Present)
  • Associate Director, Stanford-India Biodesign Program, Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign (2007 – 2010)

Positions Held:

  • Director, Global Outreach Programs : Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign: Aug 2017 – Present
  • Chair, BME IDEA APAC Stanford, California Jan 2016 – Dec 2019
  • Director, Global Exchange Stanford, CA Jan 2011 – Jul 2017

In this role, Dr, Anurag has been responsible for developing an extensive network of partners from the industry, academia, regulatory bodies, and investors in Asia and the U.S. He also advises students, faculty, and fellows at Stanford who are developing medtech solutions for global health. From January 2013 through February 2015, he spent most of his time at PATH as the Global Program Leader, a responsibility that was complementary to his role at Stanford. During this time, Dr. Anurag remained available at Stanford for advising and for the Global Biodesign course he teaches every Spring.

  • Chair, Indian Medtech Summit Delhi Nov 2007 – Dec 2011
  • Associate Director, Stanford-India Biodesign Oct 2007 – Dec 2010
  • Member of The Board of Advisors SEWA International USA Dec 2019 – Present
  • Board Member IIT Bombay Heritage Foundation Dec San Francisco Bay Area 2019 – Present
  • Chair, PATH Bay Area Leadership Council San Francisco Bay Area 2019 – Present
  • Member, PATH Bay Area Leadership Council San Francisco Bay Area Jan 2017 – Nov 2019
  • Adjunct Professor Stanford University School of Medicine Aug 2017 – Present
  • Faculty Fellow, Center for Innovation in Global Health Stanford, California Mar 2017 – Present

Launched in 2015, the CIGH Faculty Fellow program is a network of over 140 Stanford affiliated faculty across the Stanford campus. CIGH Fellows represent an interdisciplinary group of researchers and clinicians across schools and over 25 departments at Stanford who play an integral role in global health research, education and clinical care at Stanford. The program aims to foster community and collaboration across the Stanford campus and provides affiliated members with support at various junctures in their careers.

  • Adjunct Professor Stanford University Graduate School of Business Sep 2013 – Present
  • Executive Vice President Orbees Medical San Francisco Bay Area Mar 2015 – Present

Orbees Medical provides market research and strategy solutions to the healthcare industry, with focus on medical devices and diagnostics and pharmaceutical sectors.

  • Founder: Orbees Medical San Francisco Bay Area May 2008 – Present

Orbees Medical provides knowledge-intensive consulting services to innovative medical device and biopharma companies, helping them reduce risks and help them expedite a successful product launch at a reasonable cost. From January 2013 to February 2015, Dr. Anurag took time off from Orbees Medical to work with PATH, a leading global health NGO, but remained an advisor to the firm.

  • Honorary Professor, Department of Human Biology University of Cape Town SA, Mar 2015 – Present
  • Member of the Editorial Board IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine USA, Jul 2013 – Present

The IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine (JTEHM) is a peer-reviewed, open-access scholarly journal and community forum that premiered in July 2013.

  • Board Member Start Ups and Industry Orgnizations Jan 2008 – Present
  • Board Member (since January 2018) and Charter Member; EPPIC Global Network January 2010 – Present (
  • Advisor, Advent Access January 2017 – Present
  • Advisor, D-Rev January 2018 – Present
  • Member, Strategic Advisory Board; WinVivo September 2009 – Present
  • Member, Board of Directors; Stealth Mode MedDvice Co May 2009 – Present
  • Co-founder, South Asian MBA Association ( January 2007 – August 2009
  • Global Program Leader, Technology Solutions PATH Seattle, WA 2013 – Feb 2015

Dr. Anurag oversaw research and development, commercialization, and implementation of health technologies in the areas of maternal and neonatal health, nutrition, water and sanitation, digital health, reproductive health, vaccine-related technologies, and diagnostics for infectious and noncommunicable diseases.

  • Associate Editor, Special Issue: Point-of-Care Healthcare Technologies IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering Mar 2012 – Apr 2013
  • President and CEO Gurome, Milpitas, CA Jan 2005 – Dec 2012

Gurome (previously TestPundit) offers GMAT Test Prep, MBA admissions, and career advising solutions. This position involves corporate strategy and partnership development. Additional responsibilities include recruiting, sales management, and product development. TestPundit became Gurome in Jan 2009.

  • Product Director Cordis Mar 2005 – Jan 2008
  • Business Development Director, Product Director Johnson & Johnson Mar 2005 – Jan 2008
  • Development Director, Business and Emerging Technologies, NDC, Johnson & Johnson Mar 2005 – Jan 2007


  • MBA Marketing University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business 2001 – 2005
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Porous Media University of Michigan 1997 – 1998
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship Membrane Science University of Twente 1997 – 1997
  • D. Chemical Engineering University of Colorado Boulder 1993 – 1997
  • S. Chemical Engineering Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay 1990 – 1993
  • S. Chemical Engineering National Institute of Technology Raipur 1985 – 1990


  • Ultrafiltration process
  • Ethanol recovery process
  • Natural gas dehydration apparatus
  • Treatment of shipboard-generated oily wastewaters
  • Zein recovery using non-porous membranes
  • Thin-film nitinol based drug eluting stent
  • Separation process using pervaporation and dephlegmation


  • Current and Future Challenges in Point-of-Care Technologies: A Paradigm-Shift in Affordable Global Healthcare with
  • Guest Editorial: Special Section on Point-of-Care Healthcare Technologies
  • Can Collaboration Resuscitate Global Health Funding?
  • Stanford-India Biodesign: Outcomes from an eight year collaboration with the government of India to promote medical technology innovation in India
  • Translating Innovation: How to Deliver New Technologies in Global Health


Mr. Neelkanth Deshpande

San Francisco

Current Status: I am heading Hi-Tech Industry vertical at QuEST Global, a leading product engineering and lifecycle services partner to Fortune 500 companies ( (OEMs, Tier-1s, Technology Providers & Operators) QuEST Global has around 13000+ Engineers across 69+ delivery centers.

Prior to QuEST Global, I was in Wipro Technologies for 19 years and has managed different functions in India and US


Extensive professional experience in Global Account Leadership, P&L Management, IT Services Sales, Product Engineering Services Sales, BPO Sales, and Presales Marketing.


Executive Selling & Relationship Building

P&L Management – Profit Improvement and revenue growth

Sales Team Leadership and Training

Account Mapping and Strategic Planning

Complex Negotiations and Sales Cycles

Strategic Account Growth

Account and Relationship Turnarounds

IT and Product Engineering solutions and Consultative Sales


Cyber Security and Risk Services

Global Teams and Global Customers

Multicultural and Multinational Teams

Influencing Business in Matrix Organizations

Professional experience in Global Account Leadership, P&L Management, Product Engineering Services, IT Services, and BPO Services.

Based in Mountain View, California. Currently responsible for Strategic Initiatives in the Technology Business Unit which is $1B + in Revenue

Won awards from CEO and Chief Executives of the Strategic Business Unit


Mr. Amit Gaikwad

San Francisco

Senior Manager, Wireless Design at Amazon

Manager, Wireless Systems at Apple

  • A serial IEEE researcher in the field of Electromagnetics.
  • Technical Committee Member/Judge/Reviewer for Asia Pacific EMC Consortiums

Social Work: I am a big believer in Spirituality and role it plays in developing out mind in achieving sustained success. I support Divine Harmony organization which is helping to spread Love, Knowledge and Happiness across the globe. I live to give back to the community and actively mentor aspiring engineers from India to develop their careers in field of hardware engineering.

I am most inspired by my guru”: JagadguruNarendracharya Maharaj and my mentor Shreekalp who has taught me the value of “self-prosper and helps others prosper”

I left India in 2005 to pursue my Masters in Electrical Engineering from NYU Poly and Columbia in New-York.

My spouse:  Pooja Jadhav has a MBA in HR and is a Human Resource professional who runs her own start-up named ”FlexIR” offering HR services to small business and start-ups who cannot afford the overhead of HR while they are focusing on their core-business development needs, however cannot avoid/ignore HR value for their organizations.

My Children: I have a 5 year old daughter “Kimaya” and a 5 month old daughter “Nitara”.

My wife Pooja has truly been a role-model for me who has articulated her passion, professional and family callings in the most inspiring way that has led me do what I am good at without me ever worrying about my family. Her endurance and grit to stand-up from every small setback is awe-inspiring.

Future Plans:

1)            Want to tour the world (especially explore all the natural life wild-safari’s around the world)

2)            Spread Love, Happiness and Knowledge to every soul one at a time.


Best EMC paper award 2019:


Mrs. Shubhangi Kapatkar

San Francisco


Experienced team coach and skilled technology professional with more than 15 years of demonstrated success in leadership directing enterprise-wide strategy and managing key initiatives in the design, development, implementation, and delivery of innovative technology solutions.
• Leadership & Talent Development: Proven ability to motivate, energize, and lead top talent by inspiring excellence, creating team cultures based on performance and innovation, and achieving innovative transformation. Well versed in building cross-functional global teams that successfully resolve strategic goals in challenging, highly technical environments.
• IT Strategy & Execution: Talent at defining technology strategies and solutions that reduce costs, improve efficiency, advance organizational goals, and maximize talent and technology investments. Skilled in building, optimizing, and expanding business-aligned technologies. Strategic analyst, planner, and problem solver with superior communication skills.
• Business-Technology Partnership: Valued strategic partner adept at partnering with business sponsors and stakeholders to effectively analyze needs and implement successful technology solutions. Skilled in planning, sourcing, and delivering cost-effective and scalable solutions that support business growth and evolving organizational goals.
Organizational Leadership & Development | Employee Coaching | Servant Leadership, Mentoring & Training | Executive Consultation & Collaboration | New Product & Service Development | Strategic Planning | IT Change Management | Business Administration & Improvement | Cost Reduction & Avoidance | Risk Management


  • Doctor of Management Organizational Leadership University of Phoenix
  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Technology Management University of Phoenix
  • Certificate Project and Program Management University of California, Santa Cruz
  • BE Computers University of Pune


Mrs. Tanvi Marathe



My interests like at the intersection of Marketing, Technology & Design – helping businesses transform & scale in the digital ecosystem. My strengths lie in using strategic insights & implementing data-driven decisions to build optimised web & mobile properties.

• Product Management
• Adobe Site Catalyst and Test & Target
• User Testing & Research: Click Tale, Radian6, Design Thinking
• Google Analytics, Search 360, Campaign Manager
• A/B Testing
• Data Visualisation: Tableau & Power BI
• Digital Marketing and Strategy
• Lead Generation: Marketo
• Web & Mobile Analytics
• Content & Email Marketing: CMS
• Balsamiq
• Programming Languages: SAS, SQL, Hadoop & C++

Passionate about Digital Transformation, Business Strategy, Music, Sustainability, Gender equality, Food, child rights, conservation & youth leadership.

Positions held:

  • Digital Platform Manager Fidelity Canada Jul 2019 – Present
  • Credit Cards Digital Performance – Marketing & Strategy BMO Financial Group Toronto Jul 2018 – Jun 2019
  • Digital Analyst – Digitization of Services & Strategic Re-Engineering Fidelity Investments Boston, Massachusetts Feb 2017 – May 2018

Current Status: Passionate about social entrepreneurship, sustainability and consumer behaviour. My interests lies at the intersection of Business, Technology and Sustainability. Currently working as Digital Experience Manager at Fidelity Investments in Toronto

Childhood / Young Days: Mumbai born, brought up in Bangalore – my family has been based out of Bangalore for the last 40+ years. I did my Industrial Engineering & Management in Manipal University during which I also worked for with an International non-profit organisation. Post which I went on to do a graduate program in International Business and Economics at Harvard University. Graduated in the year 2015, with a Masters in Integrated Marketing at New York University.

Beginning of Career: My interests like at the intersection of Marketing & Technology – helping businesses transform & scale in the digital ecosystem. My strengths lie in using strategic insights & implementing data-driven decisions to optimise web & mobile properties. I bring digital marketing experience from international companies, such as Verizon Wireless, Ernst & Young and Fidelity Investments.

Upon graduating with a Masters of Science in Integrated Marketing from NYU, my digital marketing experience spans across e-commerce, mobile/app marketing, big data analytics, reporting, data visualisation, A/B testing, and Digital personas identification and targeting.


Dr. Aruna Patki


  • YOGA TEACHER(Private ,Online consultant)
  • Director & Founder of Ayurveda Healing Spa .
  • Ayurvedic Physician,
  • International Motivational Ayurvedic Speaker ,
  • Ayurvedic Consultant at Integra Wellness Center ,Indian Land ,SC

Important Link:

Major Acheivements & Honors:

  • Honorary Jugde for Asian Beauty Pagent .
  • Honorary Judge at Art of Living Foundation held by AAPNA .
  • Director of Panchkarma(Detox) at the SWAMI RAMA YOGA CENTER in NYC.
  • Presented Ayurveda on New York Radio Show.
  • Published articles for Charlotte Taste Magazine.
  • Health Awareness through Ayurved and Yog at Natural Awakening Magazine
    Invitations by Swami Satchidanad Ashram to propagate ‘Ayurveda: The Art Of Nutrition’.
  • Austria Invitation to present Ayurveda For PCOD


Dr. Nandkishor Nere


Director/ Senior Principal Research Engineer, AbbVie Inc. North Chicago, Illinois


  • Adept techno-strategic team leader with people first leadership style in the area of both the drug substance and drug product process engineering with demonstrated creation and leadership of various cross-functional teams in CMC organizations.
  • Proven experience in late stage development through commercialization of multiple API/drug product process and control strategy development, NDA filing; clinical and commercial manufacturing and successful on first pass tech transfer (in-house and to TPMs) in cGMP setting.


  • Research Scientist: Purdue University

Crystallization, Milling, Linear Operators, Stochastic Modeling

  • Post doctoral research associate: Purdue University

Population Balance Modeling, Crystallization

  • D. Chemical Engineering: Institute Of Chemical Technology

Multiphase Flows; Turbulence; Mixing and Fluid Mechanics

  • Chem. Engg: Institute Of Chemical Technology

Positions Held:

  • Director/Senior Principal Research Engineer AbbVie North Chicago, IL Nov 2018 – Present
  • Lead, CoExIST and CMF (Principal Research Engineer/Associate Director) AbbVie North Chicago, IL Apr
  • Principal Research Engineer AbbVie North Chicago, IL Oct 2016 – Mar 2018
  • Senior Scientist III, Engineering AbbVie North Chicago, IL Nov 2014 – Oct 2016
  • Senior Scientist II, Engineering AbbVie North Chicago, IL Jun 2013 – Nov 2014



Mr. Aditya Khandekar

New Jersey


  • CFA charter holder Finance, Investment management CFA Institute
  • MBA Finance/General Management Iowa State University
  • BS Computer Science Poona University

Positions Held:

  • President (India) Corridor Platforms New Jersey & Bangalore Jul 2019 – Present
  • Chief Analytics Officer Scienaptic Greater New York City Area Nov 2016 – Jun 2019
  • Managing Director Analytics Zafin Bangalore Feb 2014 – Oct 2016
  • General Manager Analytics Advisory Service Fiserv Bangalore, India Jun 2010 – Jan 2014
  • VP Head of Research SG Analytics Pune, India Apr 2008 – Jun 2010


Aditya is a Technology and Analytics leader with 20+ years of experience spanning multiple product firms, providing marketing, fraud & risk analytics platforms for banks, retailers & healthcare. He started his career at Talisma and held leadership roles in cloud delivered call center and knowledge management solutions. He also built ground-up analytics businesses at Fiserv (as GM of Analytics Advisory Services) and Zafin (relationship & loyalty platforms) and Scienaptic as its Chief Analytics Officer. Aditya’s primary charter at Corridor is to build and scale the India delivery model for R&D and client delivery teams, a critical asset for success of Corridor. He has a strong product perspective having built decision science based big data products at Fiserv, Zafin and Scienaptic.
Prior experience in developing and monetizing cutting-edge analytics driven products and currently Chief Analytics Officer for Scienaptic, building a suite of AI driven credit underwriting products for retail banks that find credit worthy applicants leveraging structured and unstructured data.
Bring strategic consulting experience to articulate analytical objectives driven by business issues leveraging deep domain knowledge. Ability to strategize with the clients with “business speak”​ on how analytical solutions can be leveraged and interact in “analytics speak” with the data science team to deliver analytics solutions with tangible ROI.
Ability to build high performance data science teams and engage hands-on with them to design rigorous analytical solutions (descriptive & predictive) and bridge the gap from insights to action.
Strong grounding in relational and big data technology and data visualization skills to build near-realtime and realtime decision systems.
Very passionate about applying predictive & prescriptive analytics to business problems and ability to conceptualize offerings/solutions and monetize them leveraging skills in engineering mathematics, strategy, consultative sales, and finance/operations.
Led a high energy team of analytics professionals at Fiserv that were selected in 2013 as one of the top three finalist by INFORMS for its unique price optimization work in the merchant acquirer space.
Specialties: Business Analytics, Predictive Analytics, R Programming, Decision Optimizations, Big Data, Data Scientist, Strategic Business Consulting, M&A Advisory, Business Development, Strategic Alliances, Analytics Technology


Mr. Ajay Bam

San Francisco


  • MBA (Olin Scholar) Entrepreneurship Babson College – Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business
  • MS Software Engineering – Magna Cum Laude East Tennessee State University
  • B.E Computer Engineering with Honors University of Mumbai

Ajay Bam, the speaker, has gone from a shy person to a successful networker to expand his professional and personal life over 17+ years of his professional life.

Ajay is currently CEO and Co-founder of, a San Francisco based VC funded startup founded at U.C.Berkeley, that helps brands and retailers increase revenue and find new customers by training machines to watch videos and leverage user generated video content such as video reviews, unboxing, how to videos etc posted by consumers on social media and web for insights, demand-generation, licensing and content marketing.

Prior, Ajay is a proven and accomplished entrepreneur, product management professional, thought leader, and innovator with 15+ years of experience with startups and world class brands and companies such as Nokia, Lehman Brothers, U.C.Berkeley, and Modiv Media. Ajay’s expertise is digital marketing, e-commerce, retail, mobile, payments, innovation and developing startup ecosystems. He has had a successful prior exit with his 1st startup – Modiv Media, a mobile retail shopping app that was acquired by Catalina Marketing. He successfully led product teams at many companies to generate new customers and revenue, and holds several patents in e-commerce and mobile marketing domain. Outside professional life, Ajay has travelled extensively to more than 80+ countries to understand cultures, build listening skills, develop cultural empathy, capture different points of view, hike, bike and is a linguist.

Positions Held:

  • CEO and Co-founder Vyrill Inc. San Francisco, CA May 2015 – Present
  • Advisor eCurv Inc. ( ) Jul 2009 – Present
  • Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley May 2012 – Dec 2016
  • Advisor Padloc LLC Boston, MA Jan 2012 – 2016
  • Co-founder and Head of Product! San Francisco Bay Area Aug 2013 – Jan 2015
  • Global Product Management Leader – Themepack Promotions and Campaign management Nokia Oct 2010 – Jan 2012
  • Senior Global Product Manager – Mobile commerce & billing Nokia  May 2008 – Oct 2010
  • Co-founder, Chief Technology Officer, Director Product Management Modiv Media prev. MobileLime (Acquired by Catalina Marketing) Greater Boston Area May 2001 – Mar 2008


Mrs. Shweta Kulkarni Gode


Teacher, Author,  IT Professional


– Digital/Viral Marketing
– Language translation and training/teaching – French, Spanish, Swedish, English, Marathi, Hindi
– Bid Support, Operations Support – sourcing, knowledge management, RFP response, coordination
– Business Analytics
– MS Office, Google Chrome


  • Business analytics Harvard Business School Online
  • Master of Management Studies (MMS), Marketing University of Mumbai
  • Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) Marketing & International Finance University of Mumbai


  1. Mystery of Mia (2017) › Mystery-Mia-Shweta-Kulkarni
  2. City cousins visit the village (2015) › City-Cousins-Visit-Village-Shweta
  3. Working on creating a book for NRI Marathis who wish to learn the language in a simple and fun way.

Special Interests:

  1. Author
  2. Blogger:
  3. SEO Content
  4. Viral marketing
  5. Contagious content
  6. Social Media marketing


Mr. Hemant Habbu

San Jose

  • General Counsel at Xebrium Inc., Iotied Inc, Expersis Software Inc.
  • Principal and Partner: Habbu & Park (A Law Corporation) San Jose, California, 1993 till present

Sphere of Expertise


  • Incorporations-Forming LLCs-Negotiate and draft Term Sheets, strategic partnership agreements,employment/consulting agreements, licensing agreements.
  • Trademark filings-Business issues-Employment issues-Financing agreements, etc.
  • International transactional matters including mergers/acquisitions, technology transfer issues, funding arrangements, complex sales and marketing arrangements, etc.


  • Applications/petitions filed include H-1B, L-1, E-1, O-1, P-3, R, etc.
  • Employment-based Green card applications.
  • Family-based petitions, etc.


  • M. Tulane Law School, New Orleans
  • B. (JD) Government Law College
  • MA, French Literature), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  • BA, English, French, Economics, Political Science, Philosophy (+ Computers, Mathematics) Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Pondicherry, India


English, French, Marathi, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, and Tamil


Mr. Tanmay Jog


Current Status: Currently Pursuing Masters in Information Systems at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. Actively looking for internship opportunities in the US

Childhood / Young Days: Spent my childhood in Thane, Maharashtra

Beginning of Career: Completed Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics from Vivekanand Education Society’s Institute of Technology (Chembur). After engineering, worked in an IT company ‘Larsen & Toubro Infotech’ as a software engineer

Till today: Completed Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics from Vivekanand Education Society’s Institute of Technology (Chembur). After engineering, I worked in an IT company ‘Larsen & Toubro Infotech’ as a software engineer. Currently Pursuing Masters in Information Systems at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Actively looking for internship opportunities in the US

Important Link:


Mr. Abhijeet Bagade

San Francisco

Current Status:

  • Work in Business development for a Software company working with HiTech Clients.
  • Working to be a Entrepreneur creating income generating assets in the Information Age.
  • Help families, like minded individuals generate income

Childhood / Young Days:

Born in Hyderabad but brought up in Pune. Studied in Loyola High School Pashan Pune and graduated from College of Engineering Pune in Electronics & Telecommunications. Spend most times in academics.

In Engineering, authored a white paper on Digital Signal processing winning 3rd place.

Beginning of Career:

Job brought me to USA. Initially as a Java developer before I moved to Business development. Have worked in Media, HiTech, Entertainment industry

Till today:

Took on different roles like building teams, providing client solutions. Working on Entrepreneurship, was able to create income source to provide my wife an option to give up her job which she gladly took. It’s about creating a better mindset and skill set to design a better life


Working to expand and create additional sources of income. Helping several families helping them create additional income in the US and around the world


Wife, Architect by profession, now running a Business.

2 daughters, 8 and 13.

Support my parents back in Pune.


Writing this in the background of COVID19, I believe that we are on cusp of explosive growth in terms of opportunity led by technology


Be compassionate. Believe in self and not media. The greatest wealth on earth will be created in next 5 years. Important that we adopt to Information age learning which includes Self learning, finding your tribe and immersion


Mr. Ninad Pimparkar

San Francisco

B.Tech. IIT Bombay graduate, Electrical Engineering

PhD in Nanotechnology from Purdue University

Current Status:

I am a motivational speaker and a life coach for kids from 4th grade to 11th grade. I teach speed reading, memory techniques, how to get great @ things you hate and how to access inner breaks among many other things.

Childhood / Young Days:

It was the summer of 1994, just after my 9th grade when I got my first jolt with a score of paltry 47/100 in Marathi (my mother tongue). After that, my father and I invented and reinvented and perfected all kinds of techniques to improve my performance. So much so, that the following year in all-important 10th grade, I stood first (82/100) in my entire school in Marathi and got into Maharashtra state board merit list. In the media interview of the 13 people, who achieved that honour from my small town Solapur, they asked us one key question. Which coaching class did you go to? All 12 of them answered with one of the two famous names and I just sat there dumbfounded thinking, “Oh my god, what am I going to say now? I didn’t go to any” I timidly said “None” and the whole room just exploded, entire media attention turned towards me. How can a small-town boy from Solapur get into the merit list without any coaching? The answer was the performance improvement techniques my father and I invented really worked!

Beginning of Career:

I went on to IIT Bombay for B.Tech in Electrical Engineering and then to Purdue University for PhD in Nanotechnology. I have published journal papers in prestigious magazines such as Nature and Nature Nanotechnology as a cover story. Currently, am working in Global Foundries which is a semiconductor company. But all this while, from that day after my 10th-grade results in 1995 till now, I have never stopped guiding / mentoring / advising students and Inner Labs is just the natural extension of the same passion. A passion to see my students becoming world champions in whatever they choose to do.

Till today:

I have over 200 students in Bay area of all ages. I have met with almost half of those families one on one and closely know how their inner structure works. I try to help my students or their parents using the TIKADAM techniques that I have built over the years.


I have but one dream. I am a teetotaler, I don’t even drink tea or coffee. I want to drink my first cup of coffee, flying 35000 feet in Bay Area’s skies in one of my students private jet. Did I tell you that the parents will be invited on that ride too? My question to you is, are you going to be the parents who will join me on that ride?


I live in Fremont with wife and 2 boys. My parents live in Solapur Maharashtra. Mr sister is a gynaecologist and lives in Delhi.


The world is going to value adaptability and ability to motivate others as machine learning, artificial intelligence etc take away all the jobs that exist today.


Build a strong community where you are. Invest time and effort in building relationships so that your kids have favourite uncle or aunt to rely on. What I have observed through my interactions with various families is that kids listen to everyone except 2 people in this world.

Important Link:

Major Acheivements & Honors:

Maharashtra SSC board 10th grade merit list.

B.Tech. IIT Bombay graduate, Electrical Engineering

PhD in Nanotechnology from Purdue University


Mr. Niraj Dhote

New York

Global procurement, Supply Chain, M&A Integration, Strategy, General management, Marketing


  • MSIA Management Purdue University Krannert School of Management
  • Bachelor of Engineering (BE) Nagpur University


Visionary, analytical and transformative strategy thought leader with 20+ years of experience that includes leading creation and implementation of high impact regional and global growth strategies for an multi billion dollar multinational. Track record leveraging strategic insights to turn around underperforming functions and develop business cases for geographic expansions and new market entries. Skilled at forming astute, data-driven recommendations to optimize critical executive decision making. Insightful and motivating business partner able to consistently achieve consensus between diverse functions. Strong strategy leadership background in USA, China, Korea, India and Thailand with a familiarity across industries that include Steel, Chemical, Electronics, Energy, and Food and Medical Devices. Impressive career progression marked by promotions to positions of increasing influence, authority, and accountability with demonstrated history of success in driving top-line and bottom-line growth. Adept at working in highly matrixed organization structure and vertical line hierarchies as well.
Core Competencies:
Strategic Planning • Management Consulting • Marketing • Corporate Strategy • Mergers & Acquisitions
General Management • Business Development • Data Analysis • Business Cases • Due Diligence
P&L Administration • Cross-Functional Alignment • Transaction Structuring & Execution
Post-Merger Integration • Business Turnaround • Competitive Market Analysis • Market Entry
Regional Expansion • Product Management • Supply Chain • Procurement • Contract Negotiations
Joint Ventures • Process Improvements • Market Research, Sales, Multicultural Team Building & Leadership

Positions Held:

  • Head of Procurement for Americas (North, Central and South America) Linde, Danbury, CT Nov 2018 – Present
  • Director, Global Procurement & Merger Integration Linde Danbury, CT Dec 2016 – Nov 2018
  • Director, Product Management / Product Strategy Linde Danbury, CT, USA Jun 2014 – Dec 2016
  • Region Vice President (Praxair India. Headed Industrial gases & Healthcare business) Linde Mumbai Jul 2012 – May 2014
  • Head of Global Procurement for India Feb 2012 – May 2014 Bangalore, India
  • Director, Strategy & Marketing, (Praxair Asia and Praxair Electronics) Shanghai City, China Jan 2010 – Jun 2012
  • Manager / Associate Director, Strategy & Marketing (Global) Danbury, Connecticut, USA Feb 2007 – Dec 2009
  • Associate /Sr. Associate (Strategy, Management Consulting) Adayana Indianapolis, Indiana Area 2003 – 2007


Mr. Gaurav Patwardhan

San Francisco

  • High Tech Professional mostly into IT Services and Management.
  • Activist dedicated to promote the philosophy of Integral Humanism by projecting correct and positive image of India in the US and Foreign Media.
  • Associated with Think Tank organizations for policy studies, advocacy, and awareness related to India and Indian Diaspora.
  • Engaged with various Indo-American and Marathi Organizations to promote culture and community based initiatives.
  • Actively involved in social projects like Madhav Netralaya in Nagpur, India—


Mrs. Swapna Ambegaonkar


RPT, Certified Trainer, International Best Selling Author, Professional Speaker.
CEO, Your Profound Solutions Inc.

Current Status:

Swapna Ambegaonkar is the Award-winning Author, Professional Speaker and Certified Trainer and Mentor who is very passionate about helping others and making a difference in the world by inspiring, encouraging and empowering individuals to transform and create the life they desire.

She has been involved in personal development for many years, and truly understands the importance of having the right mindset to be successful in life. She truly believes that the power is within you and that you can achieve all the goals you have ever wanted to achieve.

Swapna conducts trainings and workshops and has been invited to speak on various occasions at different organizations in the Greater Toronto Area where she helps individuals expand their creativity, enhance problem-solving skills, and manifest their goals so they can create the life they deserve.
She has had speaking roles across the World alongside leading public speakers like Brian Tracy, Jack Canfield and Raymond Aaron.


To have a great life you need to create that life. It starts with your decision and the willingness to demonstrate your abilities so that you can tap into your unlimited potential. You have to first decide, believe, plan and then act upon your goals with persistence to create the life you want. Success is a journey and it starts with the right mindset, a burning desire and focused action steps in the direction of your dreams and desires.


Mr. Nachiket Paratkar

New Jersey

Co-founded LearningMate (, an education technology company in the year 2001. The company today has grown to 1000 employees.

Currently I am based out of Princeton, New Jersey and head the Higher Education business of LearningMate in the North America market.


Mr. Sameer Kawatkar


I have been in the pharmaceutical industry for over 10 years and currently employed at a biotech company as a scientist in Cambridge, MA.

We live in Lexington, a suburb of Boston.

My family and I are regularly involved in social work such as providing home-made food at local homeless shelter and recently, making masks and donating to health care workers as well as families in need of them.

We also volunteer at New England Marathi Mandal events and at Shishubharati, a school of Indian languages and culture held in Lexington every Sunday.

Childhood / Young Days:

I was born in Mu