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They bring in a variety of needed skills, experiences, resources, and network access to help WGF execute its annual plans successfully. They are invited in to join the Board by existing WGF Trustees and/or officeholders. Board is led by its Chairman, and it also appoints President & Vice-President(s) to drive its day-to-day execution.
Mr. Rajat Gupta is also Chairman of WHEELS Global Foundation (WGF), and serves on its board as a key strategist in defining direction and focus of the non-profit organization. Mr. Gupta brings his considerable skills to WGF, along with his leadership associations and advisory roles to many other non-profits such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Mr. Rajat Gupta is a leading Indian-American businessman and Philanthropist who has co-founded successful world-class institutions including the Indian School of Business(ISB), American India Foundation(AIF), New Silk Route, and Scandent Solutions. He was ranked 15th in the nation in the entrance exam for the Indian Institutes of Technology, IIT JEE. He received a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-Delhi) in 1971 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1973.
Mr. Gupta joined McKinsey & Company in 1973 as one of the earliest Indian-Americans at the eminent consulting company. In 1994, he was elected the firm’s first managing director (chief executive) born outside of the US and then was re-elected twice in 1997 and 2000. Mr. Gupta is widely regarded as one of the first Indians to successfully break through the glass ceiling, as the first Indian-born CEO of a multinational corporation (not just a consultancy). During Mr. Gupta’s tenure as head of McKinsey, the firm opened offices in 23 new countries and doubled its consultant base to 891 partners, increasing revenue by 280 percent to $3.4 billion.
Mr. Suresh V. Shenoy is the President of WHEELS Global Foundation (WGF) and serves on its board to provide valuable advice and direction for the activities of the non-profit organization. Mr. Suresh Shenoy has been an active supporter of the Capital IIT and Pan IIT Alumni associations and has continued to give his time and talent to WGF as its trusted advisor.
Mr. Suresh Shenoy is Executive Vice President at Alyxtech, Inc., Inc., a Virginia-based systems consulting and Technology Company. He recently completed two terms as Chairman of the National Capital Region of the American Red Cross and currently serves on the boards of The Kevric Company, IMC Global Services, The Capital IIT Alumni Association, and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Shenoy also serves on the TechAmerica Board of Directors, the Board of Directors for Fairfax 2015 – the biennial World Games of Police and Fire Fighters with 12,000 athletes competing from 80 countries.
His distinguished career includes being the Program Committee Chairman of the PanIIT Global Conference held in Washington, DC in 2005. Mr. Shenoy served as co-President of the PanIIT Alumni Association in North America for the 2006-2008 Term. He also represented Dranesville District on the Fairfax County IT Advisory Board for six years. Mr. Shenoy is a Fellow of the Information Management Congress (Europe) and AIIM International (USA). He has been recognized by IBM Corporation as ‘Information Champion’ for his contributions to Enterprise Content Management technologies for three consecutive years 2009-2012 and received the Distinguished Service Award from his alma mater, the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai. In 2010, Mr. Shenoy and his brother Sudhakar were honored by the Northern Virginia Community Foundation for their leadership and contributions to Fairfax County. He is on the adjunct faculty of the School of Information Technology & Engineering at George Mason University, where he teaches a course in Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation.
Mr. Shenoy has traveled widely throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1972), and an MBA from the University of Connecticut (1975).
Dr. Hitendra Ghosh is the ‘President Emeritus’ of WHEELS Global Foundation (WGF) and serves on its board as the chief executive of the operations of the non-profit organization. Dr. Ghosh has a distinguished career and has been actively involved in giving generously, his time and talent to activities of PanIIT and Capital IIT Alumni associations, as well as other organizations that promote the welfare of citizens, ‘at the bottom of the pyramid’.
Dr. Ghosh is Vice-President and Chief Quality Officer of Hughes Network Systems, LLC, Maryland. He is a member US-India Business Council of the US Chamber of Commerce and the board of the IIT Foundation and US-India Strategic Institute. He is a member of the board of Advisors of IVY venture capital, India, and of the Board of Executive directors, Quest Forum, USA, an Industry body of Telecommunication companies such as AT&T, Verizon, Ericsson, Nokia, Fujitsu, Reliance, Tata Teleservices, Vodafone, and others.
His past achievements include receiving an outstanding Invention Achievement award from IBM, a Management Excellence award from Unisys Corp., and a Corporate Quality Management Award from Hughes Electronics. He has been awarded the “Pride of India” award by NRI Institute of India and Pravasi Achievement Gold medal of UK as also Distinguished Service Gold Medal from IIT-kgp and Lifetime Service Achievement Award of PanIIT Alumni, the USA of which Dr. Ghosh has been Co-president (2005-2006) He has also served on the Board of Directors of Tata-Unisys Corp, India.
Dr. Ghosh received B. Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from IIT-Kharagpur in 1958 and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1962 from the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.
Dr. Ghosh will serve as Chair of the Board of Directors, presiding over meetings of the Board and other Board activities, including program planning, policy-setting, global strategy, financial oversight, and fundraising. Dr. Ghosh will also serve as President of WHEELS. In this role, he will have primary responsibility for implementing WHEELS programs, administration, and fundraising. Specific responsibilities include execution of organizational activities and goals, maintenance of communications with the Board of Directors regarding major policy setting and fiduciary board responsibilities, strategic planning, budget development, monitoring, and hiring and management of employees and volunteers to execute programs and activities.
Ratan Agarwal serves on the Wheels’ Board as Vice-President, bringing nearly three decades of rich experience in building and scaling multiple new start-ups and executive roles (in strategy, operations, marketing, and business development) at several Fortune 500 companies. Currently, Ratan is a co-founder and managing partner of CARBON Group Global, a global sustainability solutions-holding company, creating rapid replications (‘CARBON Copies”) of proven solutions with market-based models in Education & Learning, Women’s Empowerment, Resources (Food, Energy, Water), Health, and Economic Development.
In addition to the CARBON role, Ratan is dedicating his time in supporting innovation ecosystem in northeast corridor through his investment activities (via Keiretsu Forum and Mid-Atlantic Bo-Angels) and mentoring (at local incubator TechLaunch NJ). Ratan is a Board Advisor to several start-ups in Cloud/SaaS, software, and digital marketing.
While at Cisco, Ratan led the incubation and launch of Cisco’s IoT solutions and Cloud Infrastructure services, in addition to running a multi-billion global services business. Prior to Cisco, Ratan led the marketing & business development of two business units at Telcordia and led several consulting engagements at A.T. Kearney. Ratan received his MBA at Wharton School and Masters in Structural Engineering at IIT Bombay and lives in New Jersey.
Himanshu Verma serves on the Wheels’ Board as Vice-President& Secretary and is an entrepreneur who applies Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to create innovative applications. Over the last 20 years, he has managed the conceptualization, planning, delivery, maintenance, and retirement of Analytic, Data Visualization, GIS, Business Intelligence, Data Warehouse, Master Data Management, Data Integration, Data Mining, and Text Mining, eDiscovery & predictive AI solutions. He specializes in designs of massively parallel (MPP), high volume, low latency big data solutions.
He has successfully played diverse roles as a Chief Technology Officer, Enterprise Information Architect, Data Integration Architect, Data Architect, Solution Architect, and Project Manager. He undertakes tasks related to Solution Architecture, Strategy & Vision, Requirements Gathering, Data Modeling, Project Management, Big Data Architecture, and Technology/talent acquisition.
He has worked on multi-million-dollar projects with Knightsbridge, Capgemini Ernst &Young, IBM & Y-Point Analytics across Health Insurance (BCBS), Federal (Securities and Exchange Commission – SEC, General Services Administration – GSA sam.gov, Dept of Education), Telecom (Comcast, Nextel, Sprint), Security (ADT), Startup’s (SeniorLink, Upsell, Crisis Resolve – AI Mental Health, EPID Safe Contact Tracing), Retail Banking (Bank of Colombia), Logistics (FedEx), Mortgage (Freddie Mac), Investment Banking (JPMC) Retail (Cargill), Low Income Housing (DC Housing).
He has his undergraduate B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay & his Master in Information Management from the University of Akron.
Mr. Gulab Bhavnani is dedicated to social entrepreneurship initiated by Capital IIT Alumni Association. Mr. Bhavnani has been actively participating in activities of the IIT Alumni association and Pan IIT Alumni Association since 2001, providing time and talent to promote the message and event planning for the organizations.
Mr. Gulab Bhavnani is Managing Partner of Anchor Systems Corporation, a contact center consulting and staffing firm, based in Northern VA. He is a 1966 graduate of IIT Kharagpur, India where he graduated with a Bachelors’s (Hons) degree in Electrical Engineering and studied at the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia, PA.
Mr. Bhavnani’s distinguished career spans commercial as well as entrepreneurial ventures. He has years of varied experience at IBM where he developed cost-effective Outsourcing solutions for large and medium-sized businesses globally and received two awards for improving equipment efficiencies and four 100% club awards. Mr. Bhavnani also was the Director of IT Delivery for the American Red Cross, which awarded him two pins of Excellence. As an entrepreneur, he launched and ran a successful call center products company delivering technology and consulting services to commercial and government clients.
Mr. Mehta was a serial entrepreneur in the plastics industry, who recently sold his last plastics manufacturing business in California in 2012. Over a 24-year period, he started, bought, merged, and sold several plastic blow molding companies in New Jersey, California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Canada that ranged in size from 5 million to 34 million in sales. Prior to starting Crystal Clear Inc., in New Jersey, his first start-up in plastic blow molding in 1990, Mr. Mehta was General Manager at Combustion Engineering Environmental (now ABB) and was President of an engineering services company in Flemington, NJ called Andersen Engineering Services.
Mr. Mehta was a licensed Professional Chemical Engineer (inactive status) in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1970 and also received Masters’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut (1972) and in Engineering Administration from the University of Utah (1974).
Mr. Mehta is the current President of IIT Bombay Heritage Foundation and the former President of IIT Bombay Alumni Association Greater New York. He is passionate about giving back to society and to his alma mater IIT Bombay. Mehta was instrumental in developing and initiating a successful Student Exchange Program between IIT Bombay and The Cooper Union, a prestigious highly regarded Engineering institution in New York City. Mr. Mehta is an active supporter of Clean Drinking Water Plants (CDWP) in remote impoverished villages in India. He is a co-chair of the Water initiative of WHEELS Global Foundation, a US non-profit started by IIT alumni residing in the US.
Mr. Mehta is an active volunteer mentor of SCORE Central Jersey, a non-profit resource arm of the US Small Business Administration. The SCORE Central Jersey Chapter provides completely free mentoring services to help guide individuals and small businesses to start, grow and prosper in New Jersey. Score Central Jersey also conducts free seminars on a wide variety of business-related topics throughout the year.
Mr. D. C. Agrawal is President of D. C. Agrawal Consulting LLC, a railroad and urban transportation consulting firm, and has worked for more than 45 years in the renewal and expansion of passenger rail / urban transit operations and systems and their effect on land use and sustainable urban practices. He served for over thirty years with New Jersey Transit Corporation, which helped established in 1979, as its Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Executive Director for Corporate Strategy, Policy, and Contracts, and in other senior executive positions. Since his college days at IIT Bombay, he has been actively involved with several organizations working on India’s sustainable development.
He has been associated with WHEELS for the last 4 years. In addition, he supports IIT Bombay’s Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas “CTARA” and Center for Policy Studies. He has worked with PSI, Dehradun, an NGO established by IITB graduates to bring scientific rigor to rural development projects.
DC currently serves as President of IIT Bombay’s Greater New York Chapter and serves on the Board of IIT Bombay Heritage Foundation. He has served as NJ President and on the Board of the Association of Indians in America (AIA), the oldest Indian-American organization. In 2004, he helped establish AIA NJ’s Gandhi Award Program, which familiarizes NJ middle and high school students with Mahatma Gandhi’s sayings and teachings, and is now in its 15th year.
Mr. Agrawal received his B.Tech. (Honors) degree in 1969 in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay. In 1970, he received a MS in Operations Research/Economics from NC State University. He has attended Wharton School’s Executive Management program.
Dr. SmitaSiddhanti is the founder and President of EnDyna Inc. specializing in management and environmental consulting for various federal agencies in Washington DC. She was the past president of the DC Chapter of TiE – “The Indus Entrepreneurs”, and currently serves on the Global Board of Trustees for TiE. She has served on the Virginia Governor’s Air Quality Board and on the Board of the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Siddhanti is a recipient of several awards including the 2014 Future 50 award of Smart CEO, and the White House Green Government award in 2016.
Smita is committed to enhancing entrepreneurship as the basic engine for economic development and has been actively involved in this pursuit with a global organizations such as the Ashoka Foundation for changemakers, American India Foundation, Indiapora, and TiE chapters around the world. She is on the board of MaganSangrahalaya Samiti (MSS), an Indian NGO in Wardha, Maharashtra, working for rural enterprise development in villages.
At TiE Global, Smita is leading the TiE Women Initiative to assist and mentor women entrepreneurs across the globe. In addition, she has built a strong relationship with TiE and the Indian Embassy to start various technology incubation and entrepreneurial initiatives. Smita is also leading the TiE Global Special Interest Group of social entrepreneurship and social impact investing. With her extensive experience and engagement, Dr. Siddhanti is contributing to WHEELS Global Foundation’s two major missions – Livelihood and Sustainability – facilitating the development of sustainable enterprises to enhance the rural economy. A well-known speaker in numerous national and international conferences and forums, she recently was a panelist at the US-India Leaders’ Summit at the National Press Club in DC, and at the Philanthropy Summit at the George Town University. In addition to several publications, Dr. Siddhanti is an author of the book Multiple Perspectives on Risk and Regulation: The Case of Deliberate Release of Genetically Engineered Organisms into the Environment, published in 1991. She holds a B.S. and M.S.in Biology from Delhi University, an M.S. in Technology Policy from Rensselaer Polytechnic (RPI), and a Ph.D. in Technology and Public Policy from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Raj Shah is the Chairman of the Health Council.
He is a practicing cardiologist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur based in Philadelphia. He is educated at the University of Pennsylvania and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Temple and Drexel University faculties. He is a pioneer in the field of telemedicine and the creator of the SmartCareDoc telemedicine system which was deployed at “The Clinic at Wal-Mart” in 2012-14: The first telemedicine clinic in a retail store in America. He established a TeleRetinopathy screening program at the Temple University Health System in 2016 and a teaching Teleclinic at the School of Nursing at Rutgers University.
He is also a Research Fellow at the Blanche and Irwin Lerner Center at Rutgers University for the study of Pharmaceutical Management and Healthcare and lectures about Telemedicine. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Kean University College of Business and Public Management and Global Business School, and a Trustee of S.M. Shah Law College, and Sarvajanik School in Mehsana, India.
Dr. Shah is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac CT angiography. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Physicians. He received his medical degree with distinction from the M.S. University in Baroda, India, and graduate training in internal medicine and cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Shah received a Master of Business Administration with Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honors in 1997.
Dr Bindukumar Kansupada is the Vice Chairman of the Health Council.
He is a retired Cardiologist, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, Educator, and active healthcare political activist.
Dr Kansupada was appointed as Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at Drexel University and as Clinical Instructor in the Dept of Internal Medicine – PCOM, till he retired.
Dr Bindukumar Kansupada is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Echocardiography, and Nuclear Cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Chest Physicians, and Fellow American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. He received his MBBS degree from prestigious Topiwala Medical College, Mumbai University, and received his post-graduate training in invasive, noninvasive Cardiology and Electrophysiology from Medical College Of Pennsylvania (Drexel University Medical School).
Dr Kansupada received his Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of South Florida in 1998. He is an ardent supporter of Integrative preventive health care and non-pharmaceutical interventions for improving clinical outcomes of Non-communicable diseases such as Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart Diseases, and Cancer. He is a promoter and educator of Vedic medical Science including Disease based Yogic exercises, Plant-based diet, Nutraceuticals, and Mindfulness Meditation. He had the honor of leading the Integrative Cardiac Rehab Dept program and Cardiac Cath Lab at a Local hospital in Bucks County, Pa for many years.
Kannan serves as WGF’s CFO & Treasurer and is senior finance &analytics professional with strong business acumen with over 25 years of progressive experience in finance, analytics, performance management, operations, and process innovation. He is a thought leader in building a data-driven and customer-centric culture to foster growth and optimize performance through innovative solutions. Kannan is currently Vice-President at ThinkFood Group. Prior to that, Kannan held a variety of senior leadership roles at Asurion, AXA, and Old Dominion University.
Kannan has been active in community service and civic initiatives in Loudon County for more than two decades.
Kannan received his bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Madras’ Vivekananda College and his master’s in Accounting from Old Dominion University.
Mr. Anil Bhandari is also the Chairman of Wheels Global Foundation (WGF) Advisory Board and Senior Vice President of a leading NY Wall Street firm. Prior to joining the Wall Street firm, Mr. Bhandari was with Morgan Stanley for fifteen years as Senior Vice President and a member of the Chairman and Director Councils. Earlier he was with Bear Stearns for over 16 years and was appointed Senior Managing Director in 1999.
Mr. Bhandari graduated from Agra University, India with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1964 and received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1969. Mr. Bhandari received a Master of Industrial Engineering in 1971 and an MBA in 1973, both from Ohio State University. In 1997. Mr. Bhandari received The 1997 IITK Distinguished Alumnus Award. Mr. Bhandari has been a speaker at Euro Money and Institutional Investor global conferences. He chaired the 2011 Pan IIT NY Global Conference. Mr. Bhandari served on the Board, Advisory Committee, and as Treasurer of American India Foundation, a 501 C(3) charity founded by President William Jefferson Clinton. He is currently chair of the WHEELS advisory Board (a 501 C3 charity) and is involved with numerous other charities. Mr. Bhandari is currently the Emeritus Member of the Pan IIT USA board.