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Mahesh Wadher Co-Convener
Mahesh Wadher Co-Convener
Maheshbhai Wadher is an entrepreneur, philanthropist,
Founder and CEO of American Tex-Chem Corporation,
- Supplier of Hospitality Products Nationwide
Real Estate Owner & Developer,
- Shiv Shakti Industries Inc
- Krupallu LLC
- Wadher Investments LLC
President of Federation of Jain Association in North America (JAINA),
- Convenor of the 2019 JAINA CONVENTION in Los Angeles with the theme of Jain Religion in the 21st Century. The Convention left an everlasting impression of JAINA with a unique immersion into self-realization with education and inspiration from multiple perspectives.
President of Anekant Community Center,
- Anekant Community Center works hard for the improvement of the health of its members and residents of Southern California and also performs various humanitarian tasks. ACC performs medical camps across the globe helping the needy and the underprivileged.
And Member of Board of Directors at Jain Temple of Los Angeles.
His vision and goal are to foster, promote and support Health, Education, Cultural activities, and perform a variety of outreach programs for seniors.
Bindesh Shah is the current Southeast Executive Vice President for JAINA and represents the Jain Center of South Florida in Miami as the JAINA Director. Bindesh has been an active member of the Jain community for the last 20+ years and has served in multiple capacities: Past President of the Jain Education Research Foundation, Secretary of the JAINA Academic Liaison committee, and member of the JAINA Awards Committee. Mr. Shah received the JAINA Adult Recognition Award at the 2017 Convention in Edison, New Jersey.
Prem Jain is one of the founding members of JAINA and has played an active role in the progress of the Jain community in the USA. As part of his involvement, he is one of the past president’s of JAINA and has served on many committee’s and convention board’s. Mr. Jain is also one of the founding members of Jain Center of Northern California and The Ahimsa Center and holds leadership positions with various other Jain organizations. He holds a B.E. degree with honors from BITS Pilani, India and a Master’s degree in EECS from U.C. Davis. He worked as senior vice president at Cisco and has founded a number of high technology companies.
Dr. Manish Mehta
Dr. Manish Mehta
Dr. Manish Mehta is a member of Jain Society of Greater Detroit (JSGD) and a JAINA Director since 2004. As founder of M-Tech International LLC, an Ann Arbor-based engineering consulting company, he organizes and manages research collaborations in manufacturing and sustainability technologies for commercial transportation and defense clients with the US Government. He chairs the JAINA Diaspora Committee, is a member of JAINA Academic Liaison, Long-Range Planning, and Interfaith Committees, and a co-Chair of Convention Programming Committee. He is a Rotarian since 1995, and has led several Global Grants and humanitarian projects to eradicate polio in India, water and sanitation projects in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, healthcare and community development in Brazil, microfinance in Nigeria, and Pandemic Relief for food banks and PPE to health care institutions serving veterans, and the underserved populations in Metro Detroit.
Dipak Doshi is the Founding President and CEO of Protocol Link, a Chicago-based management
consulting firm serving the businesses of pharma, device & diagnostics, and biotech & biologics companies and representing 110+ clients across 970 projects in 36 countries. Currently, Mr. Doshi serves as a Board Member of the 2021 JAINA Convention, Trustee of YJA, 2017-2021 Secretary General of JITO-USA, and a Trustee & CFO of IMD Memorial Trust. Formerly, he has been a Board Member and a Committee Chair of earlier JAINA Conventions, Chair of JAINA’s LRP Committee, a Treasurer of JAINA, a Chairman of Board and a Trustee the Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago (JSMC). While juggling a work-life balance, Mr. Doshi actively contributes to various community and non-profits, including being a frequent speaker at industry platforms as well as at non-profit forums and conferences.
Mr. Rajeev Pandya is a Partner and Cofounder of ASHI Diamonds & Avalon Solution, a Fine Diamond Jewelry Manufacturer and Ecommerce Software company based out of New York, having offices and manufacturing facilities in USA, India & China.
He is a graduate of the New York University – Stern Business School.
He currently serves on the JAINA 2021 Convention Board and as Co-Chairperson of the JAINA 2021 Convention Fundraising Committee. He is a member of the JITO USA Board and Treasurer of JITO USA and Chairperson of JITO USA – New York Chapter. He serves as the current Vice President and Past Treasurer and Board of the IDCA – Indian Diamond Color Stone Association.
He is a New York Coordinator for JYEP – The JITO / JAINA Jain Youth Exchange Program, Advisory Board of the International Ahimsa Foundation, and a Benefactor Trustee of the Jain Center of America. He is a Director of the Pandya Jain Family Foundation, a Charitable Foundation engaged in philanthropic causes focused on education, religion, support of institutions serving the needy.
He has previously served as the Co-Chairperson of the JAINA 2019 Convention Fundraising Committee and served on the JAINA 2019 Convention Board, the YJP Advisory Board and the Chairperson of the JAINA Calendar Committee and the North East Regional VP of JAINA. He was past Secretary of RANA – Rajasthan Association of North America.
Dr. Jasvant Modi
Dr. Jasvant Modi
Dr. Jasvant Modi is the Vice President, West Region for JAINA and the chair of the newly-created Vaiyavach Committee. Along with serving on the JAINA Executive Committee, Dr. Modi is also a member of the Academic Liaison committee and the Sadharmik Bhakti committee. He is also the JAINA Director for the Jain Center of Southern California. Dr.Modi served as the co-convener of the 2019 JAINA Convention in Los Angeles, CA and was the previous president at the Jain Center of Southern California.
Ashok Savla is the current treasurer for JAINA and has been involved with JAINA since it’s inauguration in 1981. He previously served as the President of the Jain Center of Southern California and successfully hosted the 2009 JAINA Convention in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Savla is a CPA and works as a Senior Auditor for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.
Sharad N Doshi is a well-known and respected business owner and CEO of Doshi Investments based in Maryland. He has been a longstanding community leader and represents the Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington as the current President. Sharad brings his leadership and experience with the State of Maryland as a Commissioner for the Governor’s Commission on South Asian American Affairs. Sharad and his family have lived in Maryland for over 25 years and are excited to virtually attend JAINA Convention 2021!
Dr. Nitin Shah
Dr. Nitin Shah
Dr. Nitin Shah is a Professor of Anesthesiology & Critical Care. He is a Past President of Jain Center of Southern California & Founding President of Anekant Community Center. He has been Co-Convener for 2009 and 2019 JAINA Conventions. He is Chair of JAINA Awards Committee and Vice Chair of Academic Liaison Committee of JAINA.
Mr. Maniar has been a member of Jain Center of Southern California, where he has served in EC & BOD multiple times. For the past 20 years, he has led their Audio-Visual & IT Infrastructure Team. He also has previously served as the President of Jain Society of Greater Atlanta. Most recently, he was the Chair of the Multi Media Committee of JAINA 2019 Convention held in Ontario, California.
Ketu Sheth is the past president of Anila Vijay Poonai Tirth at the Jain Society of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. He currently serves as a director for JAINA and is part of the Board for the 21st Biennial JAINA Convention. As a part of his daily confession he asks for forgiveness from every living being.
Hemant Shah is a passionate believer and a promoter of a Jain Way of Life in America.
JAINA Secretary and Chicago Jain Society’s Past Chairman, Hemant finds a spiritual balance by spending a portion of his time supporting and assisting non-profits and charitable organizations nationwide. Married to a beautiful and talented wife Lina, they both are long standing residents of the Chicagoland area and have raised their two children Captain Dr Shikhar and Rishabh.
Mishi Jain is a third-year student at Stanford Law School. As a native Houstonian, she holds a degree from Rice University in Political Science and Policy Studies and is a fervent Rockets fan. Mishi is passionate about public policy, immigrants’ rights, and the law. In her free time, she enjoys consuming all things vegan and Taco Bell and spending time with her dogs, Raja and Rani. Having served previously as the YJA Director of Project Development, South Regional Coordinator, and on two Convention Committees, Mishi is excited to return to YJA and help take it to the next level as a Co-Chair! Feel free to contact her at email@example.com with any ideas or questions.
Pranay is a California native and currently works at a startup in San Francisco as a software engineer. In his free time, he enjoys binge watching anything and everything related to Marvel, eating Taco Bell, and playing and collecting board games with his friends. Pranay served on two prior YJA Convention Committees as well as the West Regional Coordinator during the 2017-2018 Executive Board year, Director of Project Development in 2019-2020, and is now super excited to be returning to YJA as one of this year’s Co-Chairs. Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maitri Pansania is working on her Master’s in Human Resource Development at Villanova University with a LEAN Six Sigma in process improvement. In her free time Maitri enjoys working out, and catching up with her friends and family. This is her first time on the Jaina Board and she is excited to meet everyone and contribute to the community in different ways!
Dhimen Vora is a CEO and Co-Founder of a Software development company Arham Technosoft Private Limited, India. He serves as the IT manager for JAINA since 2015, by managing all content found on the JAINA website as well as creating the informative weekly JAINA Newsletters. Professionally, Mr. Vora has had 15+ years of experience in the IT industry, including managing various JAINA portals such as JAINA Convention 2019 Website, Jain Milan Website, JAINA Calendar Website, and JAINA Mangalam 24×7 mobile app.