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Mr. Bhasker Jani

B.E. (EC)

A practitioner with over 34 years of experience in initiating and successfully managing various industries, including that in manufacturing of mechanical and electro-mechanical components and sub-assemblies, industrial valves, fabrication shop, foundry, etc. He is also involved in mentoring potential and existing entrepreneurs. Holds position as Director, M/s. Odhav Estate Infrastructure Development Ltd.

 

Mr. Chandan Chatterjee

Ph.D (Textile Technology)

A Chartered Engineer with over 40 years of professional experience in the industry which includes operations, project planning, R&D, cluster development, industry-responsive skill and entrepreneurship, business counselling and formulation of industrial policy for the state of Gujarat. He has held senior positions with industries like Bowreah Cotton Mills, Kolkata; Kohinoor Mills, Mumbai; Empress Mills (Tata Textiles), Nagpur; Devgiri Textile Mills, Aurangabad and also with the Government of Gujarat in the capacity of General Manager (Technical) at iNDEXTb, Chief Technical Advisor (Chemical) at Industries Commissionerate (Gujarat) and Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, Gujarat. He is a member of several Expert Committees with the Government of India and state Government of Gujarat. Has published over 200 articles and reports on technology, industries and business in many industrial and educational journals.

 

Mr. J B Patel

B.Sc. (Chem.); B.Sc. (Tech.)

Over three decades of experience in the areas of business opportunity identification, project formulation, project appraisal, counselling and guiding entrepreneurs. Conducted more than 10 international programmes and worked as an expert in a number of developing countries in the above-mentioned fields. He is also the Local Representative for the Netherlands Senior Experts Organisation.

 

Mr. Padmin Buch

B Pharm, MBA, CMC, PG Diploma (Patents Law)

A senior project and management consultant as also an IPR domain expert, he holds about 30 years of combined experience of project management, corporate industry, consultancy, entrepreneurship, IPR and academics. He was Managing Director, GITCO before associating with EDII. New project identification and selection, project formulation and feasibility, market research, project appraisal are some of his expertise areas. He is one of the national experts in the IPR domain. He is on the Boards of Troikaa Pharmaceuticals and Bhagwati Autocast Ltd. Associated with apex business and management institutes being Member, Governing Council, AMA; Chairman, USIIC Council on IPR; Co-chairman, Foreign Trade Committee, GCCI and Member, MSME Core Group, CII. Has traveled widely on official assignments, which includes his travels to USA, France, China, South-East Asia and all India.

 

Mr. Peter Wierenga

Ph.D (Applied Physics)

After obtaining Ph.D degree on Applied Physics at University Twente in The Netherlands, he started working at Philips Research in 1980. During several years he worked as a researcher on topics such as mechanical properties of thin coatings, LCD displays, and magnetic materials. Thereafter, he occupied management positions in the areas of personal care, displays, and lighting within Royal Philips Electronics. In 2006, he became the CEO of Philips Research worldwide, responsible for around 2000 people divided over laboratories in The Netherlands,Germany, England, Mainland China, USA and India. As part of the research organisation, he has set up an Incubator to transform research ideas and concepts into business propositions. After leaving Philips in 2010, he has been active as a coach for starting entrepreneurs, as an advisor for small businesses and as a member of various scientific councils.

 

Mr. U J Lalwani

B.com LL.B CAIIB

Retired Chief General Manager of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) .Was heading the Corporate Accounts Vertical,(responsible for finalising SIDBI Balance Sheet, Taxations related matters), and NBFC Vertical,( responsible for SIDBI lending to Non-Bank Finance Cos) (portfolio size around Rs.6500 Cr). Was Vertical Head of Treasury/Resource Management /Fund Management Vertical of SIDBI for about 1 ½ years. Prior to that was General Manager in Credit Department at HO ,looking after Central Loan processing Cell, Credit Monitoring, Credit policy, Bank assurance tie-up, Venture Capital Department (financing of venture capital funds) and working capital financing. Served as member/chairman of various internal committees of SIDBI for Sanction of financial assistance/evaluation of projects. Worked in various offices of SIDBI viz. Ahmedabad (as in-charge also), Jammu, New Delhi, Lucknow (HO) and Mumbai(HO) in various capacities and departments like Bills Finance / credit/ Audit/Administration/Premises/Zonal Office etc.. associated with SIDBI since its inception.