Mentors


Srisunder Subramaniam
Dr. Srisunder Subramaniam

Dr. Srisunder Subramaniam is the CEO of VentureStudio, Ahmedabad University. Dr. Subramaniam has more than 15 years of experience in the life science sector spanning research, product development, investment planning, business and operations strategy for diverse organizations ranging from global pharma and startups to academic medical centers and public health organizations.

He was most recently a management consultant at PwC and worked extensively with diverse clients on vaccine development, genomics and personalized medicine. Prior to this, he was in a cancer diagnostic startup company, coordinating efforts for the development of an antibody for the immunohistochemistry market.

Dr. Subramaniam has a Ph.D. in Biophysics from The Ohio State University. As a postdoctoral scientist at Eli Lily & Company, he developed a tool kit of structural methods for faster, less expensive drug target molecular interaction analysis to enable faster understanding of structure-activity-relationships.

He has received a master of Business Administration with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.


Ravin Sanghavi
Mr. Ravin Sanghavi

Mr. Ravin Sanghavi is Head Coach at VentureStudio. He did his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from L.D.College of Engineering & Post Graduation in Management from B.K.School of Business Management, both from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad. For over 28 years, Ravin worked with Reputed Indian & Multinational Companies in Diverse Engineering Sectors in various functional areas covering Business Development, Sales, Marketing, Product Development ,Strategic Planning, Turnkey Projects,Sourcing,Quality Systems ,Distribution Channel management, Customer Relationship etc. During his career, Mr. Ravin progressed from Graduate Trainee Engineer to President-Sales, Marketing, and Business Development & has worked across India from Cities like Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Mumbai, Vadodara & Belgaum, encompassing diverse work culture. He has travelled extensively within India & abroad to deal with Local & Global customers & has attended several International Trade Fairs & Seminars. Mr. Ravin has been building teams & businesses, especially for new/diversifying businesses & enjoys doing that. He likes to travel, meet people, build relationships, understand diverse cultures & encourage budding entrepreneurs & start-ups with his network & experience.


Paresh Vora
Mr. Paresh Vora

Mr. Paresh Vora has over 28 year experience in diverse technology industries, including IT systems & peripherals, telecom, software and engineering industries with over 15 years in leadership roles. Before moving to education, Mr. Paresh was Managing Director of the Indian subsidiary of Dover Corporation, a US Fortune 500 Publicly listed Engineering conglomerate, with a global R&D centre at Bangalore and manufacturing unit at Chennai. Other previous senior roles include being Managing Director of India subsidiary of Bridgeline (a US software company), Country Manager for Epson India, a unit of Seiko Epson Corporation, Japan and GM, Business Development, Sasken Communications Tech Ltd. Paresh moved to education before 4 years and headed the project for setting up TeamLease Skills University, Gujarat. He is currently working with Ahmedabad University, heading the quality assurance function for the university. Mr. Paresh has a B.Tech (EE) from IIT Bombay and PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad. He is active in alumni activities for both and is on board of the IIT Bombay Alumni Association. He has received Distinguished Service Award from IIT Bombay.


Prafull Anubhai
Mr. Prafull Anubhai

Shri Prafull Anubhai, is an educationist besides being a Corporate Advisor. He is a member of the Governing Council of AES (Ahmedabad Education Society). He has been associated with IIMA for the last more than 40 years as faculty and/or member on the Board of Governors. He is also a member on the Board of Directors of CSTEP (Centre for Science Technology and Policy) and a trustee of Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ludhiana.

Shri Prafull Anubhai has deep interest in Indian Classical Music. He is actively associated with organizing the best and the longest festival of Indian classical music – Saptak Annual Festival. Currently, he is also the Hon. Director of Saptak Archives, an institution dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of Indian Classical Music.


Pavan Bakeri
Mr. Pavan Bakeri

Mr. Pavan Bakeri after completing his Bachelor of Engineering did his Masters in Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA. He belongs to the Bakeri group, one of the oldest and most trusted real estate groups in India. He presently looks after various projects of the group and overall growth and serves as the Managing Director (M.D) of the group. He is an active investor and philanthropist. He was one of the Founders of the Ahmedabad Angel Network (AAN). He is also one of the founder members of the Indo-American Education Society in Gujarat.

He is the President of The Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad and has been nominated by the Govt of France for The Ordre Nationale du Mérite, one of France’s highest civilian honours.


Munir Thakor
Mr. Munir Thakor

Munir is founder and director of Silicon Computech P. Ltd., company founded in 1993. Silicon is focusing on niche as well as cutting-edge technology based solutions in the field of data storage, data back-up, cloud storage, disaster recovery and input data capture and data digitization. Munir is also partner at Muso Hightech Systems, a company focusing on manufacturing of technologically advance printing heads for (Textile) Rotary Printing Machines with worldwide market acceptance.

Munir is avid investor for more than 25 years having direct/indirect investment experience in Private Equity, Venture funds and he has started investing as an Angel investor since last 2 years. Munir is charter member at TiE Ahmedabad. Munir is one of the founder members at AAN (Ahmedabad Angel Network). Munir has been actively involved as an external jury (for judging/shortlisting of start-ups) in most of the start-up related workshops or programmes arranged by Incubators/Accelerators across Gujarat Rajasthan and Bangalore. Munir has specific interest in Tech-enabled start-ups as well as emerging technologies like IOT, 3D printing, wearable technology, AI, Machine learning as well as clean energy.

Munir has done his BE from LD College of Engineering, Ahmedabad and pursued masters in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta (USA).


Malhar Mehta
Mr. Malhar Mehta

Mr. Mehta is serving as the Vice President in Kotak Mahindra Investments Ltd. He has worked in various business verticals like Corporate Real Estate, Emerging Corporates (EC), Corporate Banking & EC, Corporate & Mid markets, Corporate Finance in different organizations. He is a chartered accountant and has done his PGP from Indian School of Business (Hyderabad). He is one of the lead investors in Ahmedabad Angel Network (AAN).


Yatindra Sharma
Mr. Yatindra Sharma

Mr. Yatindra Sharma is a chemical engineer and a management graduate with additional engagements from Harvard Business School and Stanford Business School. He is also an associate member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is currently the Managing Director of KHS Machinery Pvt. Ltd—the majority joint venture of KHS GmbH, Germany—a world leader in manufacturing and marking of turnkey plants for soft drinks, water, juices, beer, milk and other food applications. Mr. Sharma is also the Vice-President of the DDU Alumni Association, which is engaged in supporting the university in terms of student development, and cooperation between industry and academia. Apart from winning several awards, Mr. Sharma is affiliated to a number of industry bodies including CII, the Ahmedabad Management Association, GCCI, and the Gujarat government. In addition, he is also on the National Council members of All India Management Association, and is an advisor to the Gujarat Technological University, visiting faculty at EDI, Nirma University, Ganpat University, BK School of Business Management, LD Engineering College and CIPET, and mentor at Yatindra Sharma AMA Academy for Vocational Education.


Mukesh Patel
Dr. Mukesh Patel

Dr. Mukesh Patel is Associate Director, Executive Education at AMSoM, Ahmedabad University. He has 12+ years of corporate experience in the IT field which ranging from board directorships to start-ups, and also has a distinguished career in academic research and teaching. Of late his contribution to higher education has made enormous impact in India, particularly in the fields of pedagogy, curriculum, research and learning effectiveness.

He has been associated with many institutions of higher learning like CEPT, CHARUSAT, Nirma University, etc. Dr Patel has done his PhD & Masters in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh.


Sanjay choudhary
Dr. Sanjay choudhary

Dr. Sanjay Chaudhary is a Professor and Associate Dean at School of Engineering and Applied Science, Ahmedabad University. Earlier, he served as a Professor and Dean (Academic Programs) at the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT), Gandhinagar. His research areas are Distributed Computing, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics, and ICT Applications in Agriculture and Rural Development. He has authored four books and six book chapters. He has published more than hundred research papers in international conferences, workshops and journals. He is an active member of program committees of leading International conferences and workshops as well as review committees of leading journals. He has received research grants from leading organizations including IBM, Microsoft and Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. He is actively involved in various consultancy and enterprise application development projects. He is a senior member of IEEE and Computer Society of India.


Ajay Karakoti
Dr. Ajay Karakoti

Dr. Ajay Karakoti is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Life Sciences, Ahmedabad University, and Gujarat. He has an interdisciplinary educational background with B.Sc. & M.Sc. in Chemistry (Delhi University) and MTech (IIT Bombay) and Ph.D. in Materials Science. Ajay received his PhD (2010) from UCF, Orlando, USA in the area of Nano scale science and technology. He received UCF Presidential Fellowship for pursuing his doctoral research and was awarded the “AVS Top Level Student Award” (Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Scholarship – 2008) for his doctoral work. Following his Ph. D. Dr. Karakoti worked for Environmental and Molecular Sciences Laboratory at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a Research Associate. He was a part of various projects in the areas of hybrid solar cells, nanomaterial’s for drug delivery, assessing the toxicity of nanomaterial’s and development of nanoparticles based chemical sensors for detection of peroxides. Dr. Karakoti was also awarded the 2011 M.T. Thomas Award for outstanding postdoctoral achievements at EMSL, PNNL. Dr. Karakoti has co-authored more than 50 publications including review articles in international peer reviewed journals, 2 book chapters and has one international patent and has applied for 3 patents. He has worked on a variety of industrial and academic projects such as sustained inorganic nanomaterial’s based anti-cancerous compounds, drug release, targeted drug delivery, thermal conversion of methanol to hydrogen, electrochemical conversion of alcohols to energy, gas and chemical sensors, inorganic antioxidants, hydrophobic coatings, photo catalytic decomposition of organic contaminants, antireflective sol-gel coatings and hybrid solar cells. Prior to joining Ahmedabad University, Dr. Karakoti worked as a Principal Scientist at Battelle Science and Technology Pvt Ltd from September 2012 to October 2014 where he worked on developing platform nanomaterial’s based technologies for wide range of applications in automotive, energy, environment and healthcare applications.


Mr. Vinay Patankar

Mr. Vinay Patankar is a B.E. Mechanical graduate from Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli, and Maharashtra, passed out in 1978. Since then he has a rich experience of over 36 years in the field of Design, development, manufacturing, testing and integration of various electro-mechanical projects and hydraulic systems in varied industrial fields such as defense sector, material handling, soft mud mixer press and allied machinery, beverage and soft drink bottling plant machines, Pharma equipment’s i.e. Fluid bed Processor, capsule filling machines and accessories and automation industry.

He has spent 19 years with Tata Electric Cos, Mumbai on Defense projects such as
Akash and Trisha missile Launcher, multi-barrel rocket launcher (electro-mechanical systems), Antenna retraction servo system, Hydraulic powerpack and multi-stage hydraulic cylinders, Enhancement of PINAKA Launcher- hydraulic drive for alternator from vehicle PTO. Auto manual leveling of launcher vehicle. Tractor cumtilter for Agni launcher (hydraulic system) etc. He has material handling exposure on belt, roller, slat conveyors, weigh feeders, screw conveyors, grippers and roller crusher in soft mud industry.


Punit Lalbhai
Mr. Punit Lalbhai

Mr. Punit Lalbhai is the Executive Director of Arvind Limited. He is currently working on building new businesses for the company such as Advanced Materials, Engineering & Agribusiness.

Punit has an MBA from INSEAD, France. He is also deeply involved in sustainability conservation. He has done his Masters in Environmental Science from Yale University, USA. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology from University of California.


Parag Patel
Prof. Parag Patel

Prof. Parag Patel considers himself fortunate of having been a member of the core leadership team of HL Institute of Commerce (HLIC) and Ahmedabad University since inception in 1999 and 2009 respectively. It has been a very exciting, joyous and an enriching experience for him to have been able to play a pivotal role in this institution-building and team-building exercise both at Institute and University level.

He was selected and sponsored by the Ahmedabad University for a Faculty Development Program to Cambridge University in United Kingdom in the areas of Entrepreneurship, International Management, Business Ethics, Creativity and Business Innovations.

Prof. Patel is keenly interested in making a positive difference to Education Sector and has advised a 100 crore education initiative of the financial giant HDFC Ltd as a senior consultant.

Apart from academics Prof. Patel has a deep interest in the capital markets in general and equities in particular. He has been featured in 80+ live TV shows as a Market Expert on various national channels.

Prof. Patel has received an Award for “Leadership, Teamwork and Innovativeness” as the Chairman of Ahmedabad University Students Events and Activities Committee. He received this award from Dr. VS Arunachalam during the AU Foundation Day ceremony in February 2013 at Ahmedabad.

Prof. Patel was listed among the “100 Most Influential Directors in India – Education” by world Education Congress. He received a citation from Dr. Indira Parikh, Founder Flame University in June 2016 at the ceremony in Mumbai.


Parag Patel
Dr. Vivek Tanavade

Dr. Vivek Tanavde is an Associate Professor at Division of Biological & Life Sciences, Ahmedabad University. Dr. Vivek Tanavde was a Principal Investigator at the Bioinformatics Institute (BII), Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR) Singapore in the Genome & Gene Expression Data Analysis. His research focused on understanding the link between miRNA regulation, cell signaling pathways and the manner in which this affects cellular function. His laboratory developed bioinformatics tools and approaches which were used in understanding miRNA regulation in Mesenchymal Stem Cells, zebrafish embryo development as well as neuronal stem cells and skin cells. This was done using careful interrogation of the cellular misnomer and transcriptome using microarray and next generation sequencing. Prior to joining BII, he was heading the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Lab at Reliance Life Sciences, Mumbai where his work focused on developing mesenchymal stromal cell based therapies for cardiac and neuronal disorders. In addition, he also set up and managed the clinical flow cytometry laboratory at Reliance Life Sciences. From 1999 to 2002 he was a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Curt Civin at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Centre, Johns Hopkins University working on expansion of hematopoietic stem cells from umbilical cord blood. Dr. Tanavde obtained his Ph.D. from the Cancer Research Institute, Mumbai (1999) in Applied Biology.

Dr. Tanavde served as Treasurer, Asia for Asia committee of the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT). He was the Secretary of the Stem Cell Society Singapore from 2011-2016 & serves on the Live Education Task Force of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC). In 2016, he was awarded honorary life time membership of the Stem Cell Society Singapore in recognition of his role in the Society.

In addition to his academic roles, he also managed the Intellectual Property portfolio at BII and liaised with companies interested in collaborating with BII. He was responsible for screening technology disclosures before they were forwarded to A*STAR for patent filing. He was also the Industry Development Manager for BII and helped the institute achieve its revenue goals through industry research and service projects. In this capacity he negotiated with various SMEs & MNCs on behalf of BII for industry funded collaborative projects. In this role, he also assessed the strategic fit of a company in achieving A*STAR’s goals. He was also involved in the intergovernmental Dr. Tanavde also has a certificate in Commercial Law & Technology Transfer from Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore. He currently holds an adjunct appointment at the Bioinformatics Institute, A*STAR, Singapore.


Ratnik Gandhi
Dr. Ratnik Gandhi

Dr. Ratnik Gandhi is an Assistant Professor with Institute of Engineering and Technology, Ahmedabad University. Before joining AU he was a postdoctoral fellow with Tel Aviv University, Israel and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. Ratnik obtained his PhD and MTech in Information and Communication Technology from Dhirubhai Ambani Institute (DA-IICT), Gandhinagar, in 2011 and 2005 respectively, and his BE in Computer Engineering from Dharamsinh Desai University, Nadiad, in 2002.


Dr. Harshal Oza

Dr. Harshal Oza is an Assistant Professor in School of Engineering & Applied Science. He is Ph.D. (Electronics), University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, M.Sc. Engineering (Control Systems), The University of Sheffield, UK. B.E. (Mechatronics), Sardar Patel University, Gujarat, India. Graduated in Mechatronics from Sardar Patel University. His PhD studies were focused on non-linear control of uncertain systems with applications to robotics. He has control engineering experience in industry sectors such as industrial automation and oil and petrochemical refining.


Dr. Aditya Patel

Dr. Aditya Patel is Programme Chair (iMCA) and Assistant Professor in School of Computer Studies, Ahmedabad University. He is a MCA, PhD (Computer Science) and his specialization and Ares of interest includes Distributed Computing, E-Learning, ICT innovations, Enterprise Systems and Applications. He has 14+ years professional experience in the field (industry, academic and research). He has various research publications at the national/international level and consulting/research projects to his credit.


Kuntal Patel
Prof. Kuntal Patel

Prof Kuntal Patel, is an assistant professor in the School of Computer Science, Ahmedabad University. After his MCA he did his PhD with a specialization in Data & Information Security. He has 15+ years of professional experience in the field and has various research publications at both the national and international level to his credit.


Paragi Shah
Dr. Paragi Shah

Dr. Paragi Shah is an academic enthusiast with about 14 years of experience with a Doctorate degree in Management, Master’s degree in Business Administration with marketing specialization, and double Bachelor’s in Law and Commerce. Currently she is a program chair for integrated Masters of Business Administration since 2016, and Assistant Professor in the area of Entrepreneurship and Marketing with Ahmedabad University. She is a profound teacher having taught subjects like Entrepreneurship, Marketing Management, Retail Management, International Marketing, Sales and Distribution Management and B2B marketing. Her research interests lie in Entrepreneurship and Retail Management. She has published research papers and articles in national and internal journals and written a book on ‘Project Management in Retail’ as a co-author. She has been associated with Cambridge University, UK for Entrepreneurship teaching and mentoring since 2011. She is an avid mentor, having guided several projects of either start-up companies or expansion and growth of existing businesses. She is also actively involved in providing consultancy for marketing projects. Prior to joining academics, she worked with The Arvind Mills Ltd. in managerial capacity for more than four years. Her industry experience encompasses marketing strategies, selling and channel management, supply chain management, business development, and training and development.