Advisors

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Mr. Arunkumar Ramanlal Gandhi

Mr. Arunkumar Ramanlal Gandhi is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, London. He was with N. M. Raiji & Co., Chartered Accountants, as a partner from 1969 and as a Senior Partner from 1993 up to July 2003. As partner, Mr Gandhi audited several public sector and private sector entities. He is an expert on share valuation and corporate restructurings (i.e. mergers/demergers etc.). He was the Executive Director of Tata Sons Ltd. from August 2003 till August 17, 2008 and was thereafter appointed Director of Tata Sons Ltd. on whose Board he served upto March 2013. Currently, he is an Advisor to the Tata Group. Mr. Gandhi has been assisting the Tata Group in acquiring diverse assets and companies across the globe. This has enabled the Tata Group to acquire critical assets, resources and access to world-class R&D facilities. In these transactions, he advised on business valuation, financial due diligence, merger control and counter-party negotiations and financing. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Gandhi has served on the Board of Directors on various Indian and Foreign Companies.

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Mr. Hemant Shinde

Mr. Hemant Shinde, MSW LLB, is a veteran in the field of Human Resources, specializing in Human Capital Management and Labour Relations. He has an illustrious career spanning over thirty years where he has handled complex employee relations concerns critical incidents, joint ventures and recommended feasible solutions in alignment with organizational goals. His commendable industry expertise, strong operational and communication skills have enabled him to successfully liaison with government authorities in matters of Industrial Relations, maintain harmony between unions and management and handle litigations in order to achieve organizational goals. He has held positions in Human Resources across various industries including manufacturing, engineering, catering and allied services and hospitality, establishing many best practices and currently holds the post of Consultant Advisor in the capacity of Director – Employee Relations, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. He has mentored various HR function heads across the Western region to define strategies in matters concerning employee relations, employee benefits, labour relations and wage settlements and statutory compliances. He was instrumental in setting up robust practices for Employee Welfare and establishing Employee and Family Counselling services for the Taj Group of Hotels, Mumbai. He also enhanced levels of Employee Engagement by promoting development of Employee Events, Well-being and CSR initiatives at unit level. He was awarded the Taj Awards Business Excellence (TABE) for “Outstanding Contribution in Human Resources” and the NIPM Award for “Outstanding contribution to the field of Industrial Relations”.

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Dr. Nilesh Shah

Dr. Nilesh Shah, M.B.B.S., M.D. and D.N.B. in Psychiatry, currently heads the Department of Psychiatry at L.T.M.M.C. & G.H. (Sion Hospital) since 2001.With a career spanning more than 30 years in psychiatry Dr. Shah has been the guide for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Psychiatry students as well as an examiner for universities across India. He is actively involved in ongoing research projects and drug trials. His areas of expertise comprise among others Consultation-liaison Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry and Dementia. He is an extremely versatile speaker and has presented in various forums, conferences, seminars and symposiums. His work has been published in over a hundred national and international journals and books. He is a recipient of many awards including Best Paper Awards (Bombay Psychiatric Society), President’s Award (Indian Psychiatric Society), Shantiniketan Award of Association of Industrial Psychiatry and The Spirit of Mumbai Award for Disaster Management. He has held significant positions and memberships in eminent bodies such as the Bombay Psychiatric Society, CME Committee, Committee for Sexual Harassment of Women (Local & Cnetral), Medical and Technology Cell (L.T.M. Medical College), Ethics Committee (L.T.M. Medical College) and the Archives of the Indian Psychiatric Society. Currently he is the President Elect of Indian Psychiatric Society (Western Zonal Branch).

Board of Directors

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Mr. Ajit C. Shah

Mr. Ajit C. Shah is an eminent Chartered Accountant, practicing since 1971. He is associated with Messrs. M. A. Parikh & Co., Chartered Accountants, Mumbai for over 35 years, as a Senior Partner since 10 years. He specializes in the fields of audit and assurance taxation including domestic and international transfer pricing and international tax and tax representation. He is also associated as a consultant with well-known multi-national groups amongst others, Merck Limited (Merck, Germany) WPP U.K., (Group of companies operating in India including Ogilvy & Mather Private Limited and Group M Media India Private Limited), American President Lines (APL), Singapore, (Group of companies operating in India in the fields of Shipping, Logistics and Allied activities) Mitsui O. S. K. Lines, Japan (Group of companies operating in India in the fields of Shipping, Logistics and Allied activities, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Information Technology Services) and certain Tata Group Companies. He serves as an Independent Director on the Boards of : Foseco India Limited. TAL Manufacturing Solutions Ltd. (subsidiary of Tata Motors Ltd.) Sunshield Chemicals Ltd. Rhodia Specialty Chemicals India Limited (Solvay Group)

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Mr. Akash Patel

Mr. Akash Patel has completed his Bachelor of Management Studies (Finance) from Mumbai University. He has over 13 years of work experience and is currently VP & Head, North America Sales and Institutional Equities) at Edelweiss Financial Services. Akash in his role is responsible for advising large foreign institutional clients on their India portfolio and has a distinguished track record. As a part of the business leaders group at Edelweiss, he has been instrumental in organizing think tak, investment forums and corporate development teams for better corporate relations. Mr. Patel’s forte is relationship development and mentoring along with financial valuations and analysis. He has been an equity analyst covering cement and metals for over 5 years.

Management Team

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Reetu Gandhi

Reetu Gandhi has a rich work experience of over 15 years across IT, legal firms and partnerships not-for-profit institutions, and hospitality which enables her to have an in depth understanding of employee concerns at the workplace across, different sectors A trained counsellor, she has extensive experience for over a decade in counselling and training in varied settings ranging from differently abled adults to private practice and corporates. She has successfully handled concerns around work life balance, domestic issues, marital problems, parenting concerns, critical incidents as well as retaining top performers. Reetu’s spontaneity and networking skills enable her to form fruitful liaisons and bring in different collaborations resulting in creating great employee experiences at workplaces. In her previous role with the Indian Hotels Co. Ltd. she was responsible for counselling employees and their families, designing and executing theme based innovative engagement plans, facilitating onsite employee wellness & eliciting feedback through surveys and focus group discussions for Mumbai hotels. She had also spearheaded a pilot study for occupational health hazards in hotels across three different regions in India. Reetu is also a Bachelor and Masters at Law, a certified practitioner of MBTI and 16PF Asia Pacific region and Masters in Heartlight Ascension.

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Nilofar Sait

Nilofar Sait is a Bachelor at Law, a certified practitioner of MBTI and 16PF Asia Pacific region, Masters in Heartlight Ascension and a trained counsellor. She has 15 years work experience across diverse roles and industries such as IT legal research firms, family business, educational set-ups and hospitality. As a trained counsellor for over a decade she has gained an innate understanding of human behaviour which has enabled her to successfully handle a variety of work place concerns such as anxiety, stress, work behavior and critical incidents. In her previous appointment with Indian Hotels Co. Ltd. she was responsible for employee and family counselling, addressing professional and personal concerns, designing and executing theme based engagement plans and soft skills training for different Mumbai hotels. She has also pioneered novel concepts for employee recognition, engagement, innovation and CSR at the flagship property, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. She had also was part of a team for a pilot study for occupational health hazards in hotels across three different regions in India.

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Dr. Sagar Karia

Dr. Sagar Karia, a Consultant Psychiatrist, is well trained in the management of concerns involving De-addiction, Women and Child Psychiatry and Sexual Health Medicine. Dr. Karia has contributed over seventy publications in various national and international journals, presented at various national conferences and delivered awareness and educational lectures regarding stress, anger and time management, mental disorders and behavioural concerns among children. Actively involved in research and advancement in the field of Psychiatry, he is also an avid blogger creating awareness about various mental disorders. He has been a Member of the core committee of SNEHA (Sion Hospital), an organization, which works for the welfare of Women and currently holds the position of Honorary Joint Secretary – Bombay Psychiatric Society.

Operations Team

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Malini Shah

Malini is a practicing therapist and behavioral trainer. She has been a professional in the field of training and counseling for over two decades in India and internationally She has a vast experience of counseling people of diverse age groups for emotional, behavioral, adjustment concerns. Her areas of expertise are marital/relationship concerns, anxiety, panic disorder, depression, obsessions, fears and phobias, family counseling, womens’ issues, trauma and abuse, geriatric concerns, career testing & guidance for students and working professionals and psychometric assessments. A certified presenter from Delta College, Michigan and Facilitator from Zenger Miller Singapore, Malini has built her proficiency over an impressive repertoire of work comprising personal development, recruitment and selection and management training spanning across varied fields such as banking, pharma and chemicals industry, petro industry, hotels, police and defense, maritime institutes, MNCs, educational and management institutes.

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Sneha Deshpande

Sneha is a counseling psychologist trained and certified in the Robert Carkuff method of personal counseling.She has varied experience with schools, NGOs and as a private practitioner. She has also certified as a Psycho-oncology volunteer with experience in counseling clients undergoing terminal illness and their families. Sneha’s strengths lie in her ability to coach and motivate individuals to reach their optimum potential. Sneha is passionate about causes related to children, marriage and community. Sneha’s areas of expertise are parenting and marital therapy where she is able to provide valuable insights for clients to facilitate understanding and resolution of their concerns.

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Divya Srivastava

Divya is a counselor, psychotherapist and life coach who is trained in Transactional Analysis, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Breakthrough Coaching with Timeline Technology She is also a trained and certified Level III Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Matrix Re-imprinting Practitioner. Divya has experience in multicultural settings with diverse populations across NGOs, educational institutes, banks and corporates. She is currently pursuing the accredited Journey Practitioner track with Brandon Bays. She believes that learning and evolving is a natural state and creates a safe space for individuals to unfold their beautiful story of life and open up to the amazing potential within.

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Tejesvi Dave

Tejesvi is a psychologist and counselor trained in Psychosocial Interventions, Sex Education and Early Childhood Education. She is also a certified practitioner of Integrated Clinical Hypnosis, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt therapeutic techniques Tejesvi has a vast experience across NGOs, government hospitals and organizations associated with community building programs. Tejesvi has also worked with a diverse population across educational institutes, volunteer networks and manufacturing. Tejesvi is passionate about emotional health education and community projects and regularly holds seminars on parenting, health topics and topics of importance for young adults. Tejesvi also holds the post of Asst. Clinical Psychologist, LTMG Hospital (Sion) and has experience in multiple clinical concerns.

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Shweta Srinivasan

Shweta is a counseling psychologist. She is a certified practitioner of Narrative Therapy, CBT, REBT and Positive Psychology. Shweta is also a trained Life Skills Facilitator for workshops in educational settings for children and adolescents She has successfully worked with clients in clinical settings with varied emotional concerns and her areas of expertise are dealing with depression, social anxiety, self-esteem, relationship concerns, procrastination and anger management. She is currently pursuing Mental Health Training Program in Narrative Practices. Shweta believes extending support is crucial to building resilience during emotionally distressing times. She is passionate about mental health at the workplace and her objective is to provide symptom relief and enhance emotional wellbeing.

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Rashi Goyal

Rashi is a counseling psychologist and her areas of expertise cover working with dementia, suicide prevention, alcohol de-addiction and concerns relating to senior citizens. She also has a rich experience in online counseling platforms She has conducted workshops for school counseling, interventions for senior citizens and for clients in effective therapeutic exercises and is well versed with psychological testing and career counseling. She has participated in various street awareness programmes for mental health issues. Rashi believes an active listening and offers a window to vent thus creating a conducive setting for her clients and supporting them through their concerns. She is passionate about community service through addressal of mental health concerns and is a national level lawn tennis player.

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Kavina Kothari

Kavina is a counseling psychologist certified in Child Sexual Abuse and Personal Safety Education, Tobacco Cessation training, Developmental Disabilities and School Counseling Kavina has experience for counseling children, teens and parents across schools and not-for-profit organisations for career guidance and parenting related issues. Her areas of expertise are stress management, relationship concerns, marital therapy and parenting. Kavina believes that empathy and unconditional positive regard can bring out the best in her clients and steer them towards reaching their goals. She is passionate about behavior modification therapy and practices it to help clients elicit creative solutions for their concerns thereby enriching the therapy experience as a whole. Kavina is also a passionate blogger and runs a renowned food blog.

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Nita Nagda

Nita is a counseling psychologist with work experience across diverse multi-cultural backgrounds like schools, corporates and medical set ups. Her areas of expertise are parenting, relationship concerns, work related concerns and career guidance. Her experience across government hospitals covers a variety mental health concerns, clinical testing and intervention. She is passionate about causes relating to mental health and believes that counseling with its empathetic and non-judgmental approach can bring a ray of hope in many lives.