A Master’s graduate in Engineering from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (M.I.T.), U.S.A., his research dealt with the structural applications of polymer
composites in the field of aeronautics.
He has over 2 decades experience in construction and real estate development in India.
He is also a serial entrepreneur, having started an alternative energy firm exploring wind
and solar energy; and also a software firm which developed VoIP solutions and which was
involved with development of voice recognition technologies in the early days of these
A firm believer in the use of technology to solve social problems, he is currently involved
as an investor and mentor with several starups, namely Silicon Valley based Mobiplex
which has developed a collaborative web based platform for sports and other coaching;
and several others based in India in diverse fieds such as education, logistics,
ecommerce, environment etc.
He is also a founding member of Ideal Choice Homes, a company engaged in the design
and development of precast concrete solutions for mass housing in emerging markets. He
has also co-founded technology based ventures like Z-Axis Unmanned Machines which is
engaged in the manufacture of UAVs (Drones) for civilian and military use; Fx Dta Labs,
which has developed an algorithm for speeding up data retrieval from databases by up to
7 times; Original Dimension, a venture engaged in Virtual Reality; and Artemis Cast Stone
engaged in the manufacture of various types of elements including building elements
involving an IP based process (patent pending) using quarry dust. Recently he has co-
founded, with two other scientists, a firm engaged in the research and development of
specialized filters using nano technology and biochemistry.
He has also been recently nominated to receive one of France’s highest civilian honours,
l’Ordre National du Merite by the President of France.
As part of his engagement with the social and education sector, he is also an involved
member of the following organizations:-
1) Founding Member- American Education Society; (part of the Education USA network
established by the U.S. government) counseling Gujarat (India) based students interested
in higher learning in the U.S.
2) Founding Member- The Sarkhej Roza Revitalization Committee; involved in creating an
awareness of this unique 15th century monument of the city of Ahmedabad amongst the
citizens by holding cultural events and by supporting the local community living in the
vicinity of the monument.
3) Co-Convener, INTACH, Ahmedabad (The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural
Heritage) engaged in protecting and preserving the tangible and intangible heritage of
India and supported by the Government of India.
4) Founding Member- Anuvad Academy and Research Foundation; established to promote
the usage of local Indian languages by translating of the literature of these languages into
other Indian languages.
5) Trustee- Gujarati Sahitya Parishad; a 109 year old institution connected with Mahatma
Gandhi; and engaged in the promotion and dissemination of Gujarati language literature.
6) President- The Alliance Française d'Ahmedabad, India; part of the 1100 cities wide
world wide network supported by the Government of France engaged in promoting
artistic, linguistic and cultural collaborations and exchanges between France and the host
7) Advisor- Ahmedabad University (AU); promoted by The Ahmedabad Education Society,
a 75 year old NGO promoting primary and higher education in Arts and Architecture,
Engineering and Technology and Management including Heritage Management. As
advisor, he is responsible for the development of physical infrastructure of the AU; and
also charged with the creation of a venture Eco system centered around the Venture
Studio, an incubator set up by AU in Ahmedabad in collaboration with Stanford University
to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, where young entrepreneurs are given
wings to develop their ideas into businesses and also given mentoring and training to
achieve their goals.
8) Member- Board of Academic Studies, Nirma University, Ahmedabad.
9) Trustee- Jivraj Mehta Smarak Health Foundation operating the Bakeri Medical Research
Centre, a trust based hospital providing quality health care at affordable rates to all
classes of society.
10) Trustee- Vanprasthan; an NGO providing assisted living to the old and destitute.