Rotary Club of Vapi
Director, Rotary International, 1995-97
Trustee, The Rotary Foundation, 2001-05
President, Rotary International 2011-12
Trustee member, The Rotary Foundation 2013-17
Trustee Chair, The Rotary Foundation 2016-2017
He has been marshaling his energies for Rotary since 1972, when he joined the fledgling club in his hometown of Vapi, India. Around the same time, the young chemical engineer was starting up a small company to produce red phosphorous, an essential ingredient in fertilizer. Under Banerjee’s leadership, United Phosphorous Limited blossomed into the largest agrochemical manufacturer in India. And Vapi, due in no small part to the work of the local Rotary club, has been transformed from a sleepy village into a major industrial center in Gujarat State.
Over the last four decades, Banerjee has served Rotary as a district governor, president’s representative, committee and task force chair, Rotary Foundation trustee, and director. He also has been a member of the International PolioPlus Committee, heading up initiatives that have spurred Rotary’s polio eradication efforts in India.
Now, almost to his own amazement, Banerjee is the organization’s 101st president and the third from India.
ASHOK M MAHAJAN
Rotary Club of Mulund, Maharashtra, India
Vice Chair, Rotary Foundation (India) 2012-13
Trustee Member, The Rotary Foundation (India) 2009-13
Director, Rotary International 2007-09
Ashok M. Mahajan is senior partner in Raj Industries, a firm he founded in 1973. He is a member of the Punjab Kesari Club and Council for Fair Business Practice, and has served on the Civil Defense Advisory Committee Maharashtra.
Ashok joined the Rotary Club of Mulund in 1973. He has served RI as a director, task force committee member, and also at the 2001-02 India Presidential Polio Plus Summit. He is a member of the International Polio Plus Committee. He was also a member of National Committee for almost ten years and now is the Chairman Rotary’s Ulema Council in India. He has received the RI Service Above Self Award as well as the Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service, Distinguished Service Award, and Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World. He is a Major Donor, Benefactor, and Paul Harris Society member.
Shekhar Mehta is only the 4th Indian in 115 years to be nominated as the President of Rotary International for the year 2021-22.
Shekhar Mehta was born in 1959 in Kolkata India. A keen academician, he graduated from St. Xavier’s College, and has the unique combination of Masters in Commerce, a qualified Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and Company Secretary.
He heads the Skyline Group engaged in Real Estate Development in different parts of India, including the largest group housing in the state of Rajasthan.
He is member of many professional, cultural and charitable organizations.
He has served as trustee of Shelter Box (UK) and Operation Eyesight India, a Canada based organization
Shekhar Mehta joined Rotary in 1985. He is a member of Rotary Calcutta Mahanagar. He served as District Governor in 1999-2000 and was elevated to the Board of Directors of Rotary International for 2011-2013.
He has been Chairman of
• Joint Partnership Committee of Rotary International
• Strategic Planning Committee of Rotary International
• Rotary India Literacy Mission
• Rotary Foundation India
• Rotary India Centennial Celebrations
• Rotary India Humanity Foundation
He served as Director on the Board of Rotary International from 2011 to 2013.
While serving as Rotary International Director, he helped Rotary add 2 countries to its fold - Bhutan & Maldives.
Keenly dedicated to service, Shekhar Mehta has led many major service initiatives in India & South Asia. Some significant initiatives are:
• Constructing 500 homes for Tsunami survivors at Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
• Starting the Shelter Kit program in India which has served about 20 disasters distributing more than 15,000 Shelter Kits helping about 75,000 disaster victims.
• He started saving little hearts a pediatric Heart Surgery Program - through this he has got done more than 2,500 heart surgeries for children from across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal & African Countries. He also facilitated for the program to now become a National Program.
• Conceptualizing nationwide T-E-A-C-H a literacy program in India having reached out to more than 50,000 Schools and 15 million children. T-E-A-C-H is a holistic program on literacy. Rotary is working on the T-E-A-C-H Program with the Central Government and many State Governments. The Program has been replicated in Nepal & Pakistan.
• He has helped take the E-learning Program to millions of children through the television channels of Government of India. He is the architect of the Rotary Total Literacy Program of India.
• He has been Instrumental in setting up more than 15 Eye Hospitals across India serving nearly 50,000 eye operations each year.
• He started a scholarship program called UDAAN for marginalized children. Over last 10 years 1,000 scholarships have been given by his club.
• Responding to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s national call - He has helped set up 6000 rural toilets benefitting 30,000 people.
• Shekhar Mehta is spearheading an India-wide projects in collaboration with the Government of India, in the areas of Water, Sanitation, Literacy, Healthcare, Environment
and Disaster Management. The result of these programs he professes will be "Rotary's Role in Nation Building in India".
• The Prime Minister of India and various cabinet Ministers have applauded these mega initiatives of Rotary in India.
Shekhar Mehta is a motivational speaker. He has spoken at hundreds of events nationally and internationally.
His motivation skills are par excellence which has helped raise millions of dollars for The Rotary Foundation.
Shekhar Mehta is recipient of the highest awards of Rotary International & The Rotary Foundation.
(i) “Service Above Self Award"
(ii) "The Meritorious Service Award"
(iii) "The Distinguished Service Award"
He will serve as the world leader of 1.2 million Rotarians in 200 countries and geographical areas in the year 2021-2022.
Shekhar Mehta is married to Rashi Mehta. She is a social worker and is a stage artist having performed in socially relevant plays across India.
They have a son Chiraag married to Geeta, a daughter Geeta and a grandson Veer.
His guiding mantra in life is "Service is the rent that we pay for the space we occupy on this earth"
Rotary Club of Dhanbad
A graduate of Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India, with a degree in pharmaceutical sciences, Kamal Sanghvi is managing director of a family-owned banking, financing, and construction conglomerate.
Sanghvi joined Rotary in 1991 and has served RI as training leader, Chair-Rotary Institute, RI committee member, president’s representative, and in numerous other capacities. He helped establish 28 vocational training centers for women and coordinated 11 polio corrective surgery camps that treated thousands of patients. Sanghvi says one of his proudest achievements was leading a Rotary initiative that helped 200 Pakistani children get heart surgeries in India.
Sanghvi has received the Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Sonal, who is also a Rotarian, are Major Donors and Bequest Society Members.
DR. BHARAT PANDYA
Rotary Club of Borivli
Bharat Pandya is a practicing general and laparoscopic surgeon. He and his wife, Madhavi, a gynecologist, own a private hospital in Mumbai. He is a fellow of the International College of Surgeons and has served on the board of the Jan Shikshan Sansthan vocational training institute, sponsored by the Indian government.
Pandya joined Rotary in 1989 as a charter member of his club. During his year as governor of district contributed over $2 million to The Rotary Foundation, making it the top contributor worldwide for 2006-07. He has led numerous projects, including water and sanitation projects funded by Foundation grants that installed check dams so that villagers no longer needed to walk up to 4 miles per day to collect water.
Pandya has held many roles in Rotary, including regional RI membership coordinator, training leader, and member of Rotary’s Membership and Convention Promotion committees and of the India PolioPlus Committee.
He has received RI’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and Madhavi are Level 2 Major Donors to the Foundation.
An engineering graduate from the prestigious IIT, Madras, Rtn.Venkatesh did his post graduation in Business Administration from IIM, Ahmedabad. Entered the business of civil construction at the age of 23 and is currently heading an organization employing over 1400 people.
A member of Rotary club of Chennai Mambalam, he was its president in 2001-02, and the youngest District Governor of RI Dist 3230 in 2007-08. He was Rotary coordinator for the period 2010-2013 for Zone 5 covering South India, Sri Lanka and Maldives .
He has been a trainer for all DGEs at International Assembly at San Diego for 2 years as well as a trainer for all Coordinators from around the world at Chicago for three years (2014-2017) . He has addressed over 50 PETS and several district assemblies and conferences besides being a president’s representative at six conferences both in India and overseas.
He is a Level III Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation with a personal contribution of over USD 50,000 and all his family members are Paul Harris Fellows.
Rtn.Venkatesh has attended over ten international conventions. He was joint secretary and national executive committee member, Rotary India Literacy mission. He was also chair for South Asian Reception at Montreal Convention and at Seoul Convention. He represented D3230 in Council on Legislation COL 2016.
He has been elected Rotary International Director for the period 2021-2023.
RAJENDRA K SABOO
Rotary Club of Chandigarh
Rotary International President 1991-92
Trustee, The Rotary Foundation 1992-98
Director, Rotary International 1981-83
Rajendra K. Saboo is Chairman of Saboo Business Group which includes Kamla Dials and Devices Limited a leading manufacturer of ornamental watch dials and watch components, Saboo Coatings Limited manufacturing specialised lacquers and surface coatings and ETHOS, high-end watch retail boutique chain.
Having joined Rotary Club of Chandigarh in 1961, he continues to be a member and past president of Rotary Club of Chandigarh. He has served Rotary International in many capacities and to name a few of his formal positions, he has been District Governor, Chairman and/or member of various R.I. Committees in different years, International Assembly Discussion Leader, R.I. Director, R.I. President, Chairman of The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Trustee of The Rotary Foundation.
Saboo is Past President of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the premier business and industry association of North India. He is also a member of the Managing Committee of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He is associated with many other trade and industrial associations as Committee Member or Special Invitee. He has been founder Chairman of CII (Northern region), and Chairman of All India Manufacturers’ Organisation (Delhi and Punjab Chapter).
Since 1998 he has been serving hands-on as volunteers in Rotary Medicare projects in Africa, and has worked in Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Zambia & Malawi, Swaziland, Cambodia, Madagascar and Lesotho.
“Padma Shri” Award, was conferred upon Mr. Saboo by the President of India in March, 2006. During 2005, he had been conferred a Degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by H.N.Bahuguna Garhwal University, Srinagar, Uttrakhand. During 2007, he has again been conferred a Degree of Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) by Panjab University which is the fourth oldest University in India He has been recipient of several honours, recognitions and awards from Rotary and non-Rotary organizations.
GULAM A VAHANVATY
Gulam Vahanvaty joined his family’s scrap processing and ship-breaking business, and later diversified into other enterprises. In 1978, Vahanvaty traveled to Indiana (then District 656) as a member of a Group Study Exchange, which he describes as “a life-enhancing experience” that made him want to join Rotary.
A Rotarian since 1979, he oversaw a record contribution to The Rotary Foundation of $654,000 as district governor, the largest in Indian Rotary districts until 2006–07. He has served RI as Rotary Regional Foundation Coordinator, committee chair and member, and training leader.
Vahanvaty is a recipient of RI’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his late wife, Haseena, are Benefactors and Major Donors to the Foundation.
M K PANDURANGA SHETTY
Rotary Club of Bangalore
Director, Rotary International 1991-93
M K . Panduranga Setty is a well-known educationist and industrialist of Karnataka and Past Director of Rotary International (1991-1993 ) is a member of Rotary Club Of Bangalore for the last 54 years with perfect attendance record, his services in the field of Industry and Education was recognized by Government of Karnataka and was awarded Karnataka Rajyotsava Award ( s state award ) and Avinashilingam University for women of Coimbatore and Mangalore University of Mangalore have conferred Doctor of Literature degrees (Honoris Causa).
He is the president of Rahtreeya Sikshana Samiti Trust which runs 26 educational institutions in Karnataka since 1973 (The trust was founded in 1940). He was appointed by the Govt of Karnataka as the Chairman of Karnataka State Industrial Investment & Development Corporation Ltd. He has also served on various Committees of the State as well as Govt. of India. He has served Rotary International as a Member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Membership Development Committee, Districting Committee, Election Review Committee, Centennial History of Rotary Committee etc. During his Directorship 1991-93 he was elected as the Chairman of Executive Committee of the Board for the year 1992-93.
As an Educationist he has served on the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore as a Board of Governor, Chairman of the Institute for Social and Economic Change, President of Bangalore of Management Association, President Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry and President of Indo American Chamber, Committee Member, Indo German Chamber of Commerce, Karnataka, President, Association of Food Scientists & Technologist (India). He is married to Vasantha and has two sons Shyam and Vikram and three granddaughters.
P T PRABHAKAR
Director Rotary International 2013-15
Rotary club of Madras Central
P.T.P. is the managing director of P.T. Power Gear, (P) Ltd., engaged in systems engineering and marketing of Siemens switch gears, motors, and programmable logic controllers. He is the founder and project chair of a blood bank in Chennai that is supported by Rotarians. A Rotarian since 1983, P.T.P. has served RI as RI training leader, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, committee and task force member, RI president’s representative, and district governor.
DR MANOJ DESAI
ROTARY CLUB OF BARODA METRO, INDIA
Manoj Desai is a spinal surgeon at his own medical facility, Arpan Spine & Fracture Clinic. He is a life member of the Indian Medical Association, Spine Surgeons Association of India, and the Indian Orthopedic Association.
A Rotarian since 1986, Desai has served Rotary as regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, regional Rotary membership coordinator, task force and committee member, RI training leader, Annual Programs Fund strategic adviser, regional RI membership coordinator, and district governor.
Desai and his wife, Sharmishtha, are Major Donors, Benefactors, Paul Harris Fellows, and members of the Bequest Society of The Rotary Foundation.