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Board of Advisors

1. NITIN KHANAPURKAR

An accomplished professional with over 28 years of work experience, Mr. Khanapurkar has demonstrated success in the last one decade as a business leader in directing growth, driving expansion and streamlining operations for global professional services firms operating in locations as diverse as in the Middle East, UK, USA, South Africa and India.

He and his family has been working with and mentoring many NGOs over last 3 decades including Ratna Nidhi. His mother was principal of Smt Kamala Mehta Dadar School for the blind for 28 years and is recipient of Prestigious Smt Diwaleeben Mehta life time achievement award for her contribution in field of visually impaired. His father was trustee of NASEOH for over two decades.

Mr.Khanapurkar is currently serving as the Global Head of Governance at Apex Fund Services Ltd. and based in London. A Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Mumbai, a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and a Cost Accountant (AICWA) from India and has several other international certifications to credit from ISACA, ISC2, BCI, CFE and TOGAF. He is also the First Indian Fellow member of the BCI, UK and was awarded in London in 2010 for his contribution in the field of BCM. He has also pursued an Executive Leadership Development Programs at Harvard Business School and ISB Hyderabad.

As a recognized industry commentator, he has served as a member of prestigious committees and industry bodies. Written several white papers and co-authored books on Cloud for KPMG and Cloud Security for ISACA, USA. He has also been a speaker at the TEDx Event in 2010.

 

2. DR. RAVI BHALLAMUDI

 

Prof. B. Ravi is an Institute Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Bombay and founder of BETiC – Biomedical Engineering & Technology incubation Centre. In the last 25 years he led several inter-disciplinary multi-institutional R&D projects, leading to indigenous products, startup companies and social impact. He guided the development of AutoCAST and FLOW+ software used in 150 foundries and institutes. Ten medical devices developed in BETiC have been licensed to startups, industry or NGOs. These have won prestigious awards and benefitted many patients.

Prof. Ravi has guided 14 PhD and 80 Masters students. He shared the relevant knowledge through 250 technical papers, 300 invited or conference talks, and 60 training programmes benefiting several thousand teachers and working professionals. His books on Metal Casting, and Medical Device Innovation are widely appreciated. More than 25 institutes are part of E-foundry or BETiC network. As a member of many advisory councils and review committees, Prof. Ravi is also contributing to best practices and policies related to translational research and product innovation. These efforts have been recognized by several awards, as well as INAE Fellowship and Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship.

 

3. ASHOK J. KOTHARI

Mr. Kothari is a professional having more than 45 years of experience. He graduated from USA in Mechanical Engineering & did his Masters in Industrial Engineering.

Mr. Kothari is currently heading a respectable & reliable packaging machinery manufacturing unit under the name of Pakona. Pakona presently is in 85 countries of the world, selling various kinds of packaging machines and has been awarded the best design awards by IIP, IPMMI & EEPC for many years. Pakona in 2018-2019, was awarded Giant SME 2018 & SME 100 Award. He is also a president of NSM Trust which operates a school, Jr. College & Degree College in Vileparle.  He also assists & helps Jain International Organization (JIO) as a Secretary General of the APEX BODY.