Mr Ashank Desai
Head Non-Executive Director, Founder & Former Chairman
Mastek Ltd. 

Ashank is the Founder and Former Chairman of Mastek Ltd. Now Mastek and the sister company Majesco together are $ 300 – million-plus, publicly-held IT players with global operations providing solutions to Government, Retail, & BFSI.  He is the Managing Trustee of  Mastek Foundation, which works with  around 25 NGOs.  Mr. Desai is widely recognized as an industry veteran and   is one of the founder members & Past Chairman of   NASSCOM. He was  a former President of Asian Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO), an Association of 20 countries in this region.

Involvement in Education

Mr.  Desai is actively involved in the field of education, and is a   Member of  Governing Board of IIM Ahmedabad,  a Member of Governing Board of Goa Institute of Management (GIM) for the last 9 / 10 year, now President of GIM Society.  He also serves on the Advisory Boards of SJM School of Management, and  as Vice-Chairman, Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) at his alma mater IIT Bombay.  Governing Board Member of  Goa Engineering College (GEC), Mahatma Gandhi Mission’s College of Engineering and Technology  (MGMCET) & IIIT Bhubaneswar.  He is also   Vice Chairman of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) for Goa Government.

Involvement in Social Issues

 He is  the Vice Chairman, Governing Board of Bombay First, an NGO working on the mission to make Mumbai a world class city. Founded and funded an NGO – Avanti Foundation which has trained for the  last 8 years 20 Thousand school girls, from low income groups, to become leaders. Founder member & Co-Chairman at PanIIT Alumni Reach for India (PARFI).  An 8-year-old Not-for-Profit organization providing Vocational Training for enhancing the income levels of poor high-school dropouts.  So far trained 15,000 high-school dropouts, all of whom got jobs.  Mr. Desai is involved in  National  Industry Associations  like CII & FICCI as Committee Member  at the Regional as well as National Level.

Awards & Felicitation

Recently he has been felicitated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for his contribution to NASSCOM & IT Industry for the last 25 years. He has been conferred with the “Distinguished Alumnus” Award from IIT Bombay and “Fellow of the Society” by 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.