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Pradip Khandwalla

Dr. Varesh Sinha, IAS - Chairman
Dr. Varesh Sinha, is the Chairman of the Company. He is a senior IAS officer having more than 35 years of experience in public, administrative and corporate service. Dr. Varesh Sinha, a graduate in Science (Physics and  Maths) and hold masters degree in “Mathematical Statistics”. He has also done Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Ph.D. (Statistics).  He has held several important positions with Government of Gujarat and having worked in various sectors like Tourism, Agri-business, Energy, Education, Panchayat, Urban, Labour, Home, Finance etc. Previously, he has worked as Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department of Government of Gujarat. At present, he is the Chief Secretary, Government of Gujarat.

Pradip Khandwalla

Dr. Hasmukh Adhia, IAS - Non – Executive Director
Dr. Hasmukh Adhia, is a senior IAS officer having wide administrative and corporate experience. He has the distinction of being a ‘Gold Medalist’ from Indian Institute of Management. He also holds a Ph.D in Yoga from Swami Vivekanand Yoga University, Bangalore. Prior to the present position Dr. Hasmukh Adhia was Principal Secretary Education Department from April, 2008 to January, 2013, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Gujarat from May, 2003 to June, 2006. He was also Director General of Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration (SPIPA) and Managing Director, Gujarat State Financial Services Limited (GSFSL). He has also worked as Director in the Ministry of Industry, New Delhi, and Secretary Finance Department, Government of Gujarat and Industries Commissioner, Gujarat as well as Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation. He has travelled widely around the World for promotion of Industrial and Infrastructure Investment in India. At present, he is the Principal Secretary, Finance Department, Government of Gujarat.

Pradip Khandwalla

Prof. Pradip Khandwalla - Director
Prof. Pradip Khandwalla is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has done his MBA from Wharton, Pennsylvania and Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon, USA.
Prof. Khandwalla’s research and teaching contributions have been in organisational theory and design and restructuring of organisations for management of excellence, innovative turnaround management, effective management of public enterprises and governmental organisations, and creativity and innovation. He taught at McGill University, Canada for several years. He was associated with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad as a professor from 1975 to 2002. He was L&T Chair Professor of Organisational Behaviour at IIMA from 1985 to 1991 and then the Director of IIMA till 1996.
He has made excellent contribution in the areas of management, organisational sciences etc. by authoring over a dozen books and 80 papers and articles in Indian and foreign journals and learned anthologies. He has served on the editorial/advisory boards of several Indian and internationals journals. He won the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of HR’ by the World HRD Congress for his immense contributions in enriching the field of management, science, organisational behaviour and leadership.
He has served on the Boards of numerous companies and on the governing councils of several institutions. He has served as a member of Government of India’s National Renewal Fund and as trustee of India Brand Equity Fund Trust. He has won many international and Indian awards. Several international ‘Who’s Who’ carry his biographical entry.

Jal Patel

Mr. Jal Patel - Director
Mr Jal Patel, an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India as well as of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, has a professional experience of more than 45 years.
He was associated with the German FAG group of Bearing companies since 1962 where he handled various managerial functions. In 1977, he took over as the Managing Director of the company. Subsequently, he was promoted as the Vice Chairman and Managing Director before retiring in 2000. His areas of expertise include Finance, Accounts and Administration.
He is also actively involved with various social and welfare associations and federations as well as various trusts.

Ajit Kapadia

Mr. Ajit Kapadia - Director
Mr Ajit Kapadia is B.Sc. (Hons.) and M. Che. (Chemical Engineering). He has worked with Girdler Corporation of Louisville and Engineers India Limited (EIL). At EIL, Mr Kapadia had full involvement with Bombay High’s development plan and especially with natural gas processing and transportation.
In 1982, he was appointed as the head of the Gas Task Force, a group formed by the Petroleum Ministry to review the entire country’s natural gas availability and utilization pattern. In 1984, Mr Kapadia was appointed as the first Director (Planning) with Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL).

After three years at GAIL, he joined Hindustan Oil and Exploration Company Limited (HOEC) as the first employee and was soon invited to join the Board as the Managing Director. He has spent 17 years establishing HOEC as the first private sector oil company in India.

Manjula Pooja Shroff

Mrs. Manjula Pooja Shroff - CEO, Calorx
An edupreneur, she is regarded by many as the change agent for schooling in the state of Gujarat.
As CEO of Calorx, she has been instrumental in founding and managing several premier schools. Calorx, since its inceptions in 1995, is a name synonymous to professional and excellence in schooling. It has in its umbrella, the Delhi Public Schools, Calorx Olive International School at Ahmedabad and Calorx Public Schools across the Western Belt of India with 40+ educational Institutions and still growing. Calorx is recognized as a quality conscious group with a focus on Innovation and use of Technology in Learning. The one of its kind, sector specific Calorx Teachers’ University is developing a creed of teachers to fill the quality gap of Human Capital.

She is a postgraduate from York University and executive alumni from London School of Economics. Holding a post-graduate degree from Utkal University and is a Graduate of Management Education Programme IIM, Ahmedabad.

Her concern for the marginalized and those with special learning needs is evident through the projects Visamo Kids and Prerna - a school for dyslexics.

Recipient of several awards, among them, the prestigious Secular India Award from the President of India, Shri Shankar Dayal Sharma & Woman of the year by American Bibliography Society, North Carolina.

An avid outdoor person, she has tried her hand in adventure sports like sky diving, parasailing, snorkeling, skiing, trekking and white water rafting. Has participated in a few running marathons, is an enthusiastic cyclists and has attempted cross country rides.Besides herself participating in cylothons, has been promoting the cause of green earth by encouraging young riders from ages 3 -16 years to pick up their cycles and ride.

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