Mr. Narinder Nayar
Chairman, Mumbai First

Narinder Nayar believes in the dictum “think local and act Global“. Despite his busy schedule as Founder and Chief Executive of Concast (India) and Director of several other companies, he still finds time to promote several other social and business initiatives. Narinder has been actively and passionately involved with the Mumbai Transformation Programme, which is spearheaded by the Hon’ble Chief Minister. As Chairman of Mumbai First, Narinder was instrumental in arranging a study together with McKinsey on how Mumbai could be transformed into a world-class City over the next 10 years. Following this study, several initiatives have been taken by the Maharashtra Government including constituting a Citizens’ Action Group of which the Chief Minister is Chairman and Narinder is the Vice Chairman. In addition, Narinder is also an active member of the Empowered Committee headed by the Chief Secretary to monitor various ongoing projects in Mumbai. He has led a team of experts from Mumbai to Singapore for discussions with Urban Renewal Authority (URA) and to study the measures adopted in Singapore for long term planning. Based on the Singapore experience, Narinder strongly advocated the need for a 40-year Vision document for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.


Ashank Desai
Vice Chairman, Mumbai First

Mr. Ashank Desai is the founder and former Chairman of Mastek Limited, a publicly-held IT solutions player with global operations. He also guides Mastek Foundation, whose mission is to enable “Informed Giving and Responsible Receiving”. He is involved in multiple social initiatives as well, and is Vice Chairman of the Governing Board of Mumbai First, an NGO working on the mission to make Mumbai a world class city. He has been involved with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Federation of Indian chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) Executive committees at National & Regional level. He is widely recognized as an industry veteran, and is one of the founder members & past Chairman of NASSCOM. He is also a former President of Asian Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO). It is an organization founded for the development of IT in the Asia – Pacific region, which comprises of 20 IT Countries like Australia, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, India etc.

In the last few year, he is actively involved in the field of education, and has been a member of the Governing Boards of IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Jodhpur, and the Goa Institute of Management. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of SJMSchool of Management, IIT Mumbai & IIT Hyderabad. He is involved in Entrepreneurship Management in the country. He is the Vice-Chairman of Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT. He is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).

He has been conferred with the “Distinguished Alumnus” Award by IIT Mumbai and “Fellow of the Society” honour by the Computer Society of India (CSI) in recognition of his services to the Indian IT Industry as an entrepreneur and for his contribution to the growth of education. He has also been presented with the Honourable Contributors Award by ASOCIO – the only Indian to receive this recognition twice. He was conferred with the much coveted Outstanding Entrepreneur Award at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) 2010 India. Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2010 India is organized by Enterprise Asia – a non-governmental organization in pursuit of entrepreneurship development across the region. Mr. Desai studied at IIT Mumbai and IIM Ahmedabad.


Roger Pereira
Vice Chairman, Mumbai First

Roger C. B. Pereira, Vice Chairman & Member of the Board of Governors: Mumbai First. He is also the Convenor of the Collaborating Chambers of Commerce and Director British Business Promotion Agency (BBG).

Roger leads Roger Pereira Communications Pvt Ltd. and Vandrekar Communications Pvt Ltd. Is Mentor & Director, Turning Point Brand Consulting Pvt. Ltd. India Partner, Chartwell Partners, U.K., and India Board Member of The Population Media Centre, U.S.A. He is also on the Board of Directors of a few companies. And on the Advisory Board of a few others, including NGOs. Roger was the Founder and was CEO & MD of R&PM:Edelman. Before that, of Burson Marsteller Roger Pereira Communications. And before that, was CEO & Director of Shilpi Advertising Ltd.

He was also the Founder President of The International Advertising Association (India Chapter) & member of the International Board of Directors, New York, U.S.A. He initiated and was Co-Founder & Chairman of The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), President of the Advertising Agencies’ Association of India and The Advertising Club, Mumbai.

In a career spanning a little over 50 years, he has worked with a wide spectrum of brands. From Air India and Apple to Wrigley and Xerox. He is also the recipient of several national and international awards for a range of advertising and public relations campaigns including the Clio Awards, the New York Advertising Festival Award, the IPRA Award and IAA scholarships at New York in 1964 and London in 1967. He has subsequently served on the juries for these awards. He was honoured at the Emmy Awards in New York, at the United Nations with the UN Award, at the Banff Television Festival at Canada and at the Hollywood Academy for Television Arts and Sciences. He has also received several Lifetime Achievement Awards including The International Advertising Association (IAA) Award.


Nandan Maluste
Hon. Secretary & Treasurer, Mumbai First

Nandan Maluste, Honorary Secretary & Treasurer, has volunteered on Mumbai First projects since the late 1990s. He has had a varied career including banking, advertising and public accounting. Nandan has been CFO of well known companies and Honorary Treasurer of reputable not for profits. He is a graduate of Manchester Business School, England and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.


Dr. Neville A Mehta
CEO, Mumbai First

Dr Neville Mehta, a multifaceted leader with an intensive record of Global diversified strategic management. After being a successful entrepreneur, Dr. Mehta turned towards his passion for humanitarian projects by leading the philanthropic initiatives and programs at Lions Clubs International. As Chief Executive Officer He worked across India, South Asia, Africa & Middle East with multiple humanitarian & disaster relief projects, government & corporate partnerships spread across 69 countries.

In partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Mehta facilitated the “Measles- Rubella” Campaign across 13 states/union territories with the Government of India. He also worked with Carter Foundation to eradicate river blindness &trachoma in Africa and with the United Nations in the implementation of Millennium Goals &Gender Equality.

A PHD in Social Welfare & Humanity he was acknowledged as the Brand Ambassador for the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”. He is on the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Event Management of India and the Food Security Foundation of India. Dr Mehta also authored a book on “Drug Awareness” and hosted a world conference called HOPE 92 on drugs and AIDs awareness.

He is an accredited certified trainer on Leadership Modules and a Certified Teacher in “Lions Quest”. He believes in setting clear targets and achieving them efficiently. Driven by an indigenous need to accelerate, Dr. Mehta is known for his passion towards humanitarian and philanthropic work.