Product Engineering

Board of Directors

Board of Director

Harish S. Mehta

Executive Chairman
Mr. Harish Mehta is Founder & Executive Chairman of Onward Technologies Ltd (OTL), He has been recently appointed as an Expert Advisor to the Executive Committee of the Board of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) for its Fund of funds Operations. He was also the Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Onward Novell Software (I) Ltd. (1993-2005) and a 50:50 JV between Onward Group and Novell, Inc. (second largest personal software company globally then). He was one of the Chief Architects for the Hinditron - Digital Joint Venture in India in 1987. NASSCOM,a leading IT organisation of Industry started from his office in 1986. He is the founder member and the first elected Chairman of NASSCOM, and now He is Convenor of Chairman’s Council. He was honoured by the Prime Minister of India – Mr.Narendra Modi, for 25 years of exemplary contribution to NASSCOM. He is also A director of Indian Angel Network (IAN), the world's largest and most active angel investors group, Mr. Mehta is also a former Director of Gujarat Venture Funds Limited and a founding member of Infinity Venture Fund - 2002, India’s first corporate VC fund. Mr. Mehta Introduced the Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a Silicon Valley based Organisation, to Mumbai, and he was the First President of TiE – Mumbai (1999). He also served on the TiE Global Board from 2001-2002. He is convenor of .TIE Mumbai , President Council. He was director at The College of Engineering, Pune. (2010-2015) He was honoured with a Life Time Achievement Award for HR Excellence by Deccan Herald in 2004. He was awarded ‘CEO of the Year’ in 1994, during an international seminar organized by NMIMS, Tata HRD Network and World HRD Congress. He was also honoured with a Life Time Achievement Award by IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 1st June 2018. He is also an active volunteer of Onward Foundation, Dewang Mehta Foundation Trust. He is a passionate promoter of Indian language computing. Mr Mehta started in the industry as an Electrical Engineer from College of Engineering, Pune (COEP) and holds a Masters in Computer Science (EE) from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, NY (USA).

Jigar H. Mehta

Managing Director
Mr. Jigar Mehta was appointed Managing Director of Onward Technologies Ltd (OTL) since May 2016. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Onward Technologies & its wholly owned subsidiaries - Onward eServices Ltd (OeSL), Onward Technologies Inc & Onward Technologies GmBh. A second generation entrepreneur, he joined OTL in 2001 post his graduation in Business Administration from Boston University, MA (USA). From 2001 to 2016, he grew through the ranks in various departments across the company with his last position being Chief Operating Officer (COO) from June 2011 to May 2016. In his new role, his primary focus is to expand OTL in its 3 primary markets of North America, Europe & India.
Board of Director
Board of Director

Pranay Vakil

Mr. Pranay Vakil is the former Chairman and founder of Knight Frank India (JV of Knight Frank, UK, a leading international property consulting firm). He has over 25 years experience in the real estate business. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Lawyer by qualification. He actively works with industry associations like FICCI, IMC and CII and is on the boards of several Indian multinationals. He also serves on the Board of Godrej Properties, Deepak Fertilisers & Petrochemicals Corporation.

Nandkumar Pradhan

Mr. Nandkumar Pradhan has 30 years of rich experience in the technology Industry where he held leadership positions in leading companies like Onward-Novell, Patni Computers, Red Hat Inc & Microsoft in India. In his last role, he was the President & Managing Director of Red Hat in India from 2006 to 2011. He has completed a course in Electrical Engineering from COEP, Pune and a post graduate from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai. He has also completed Executive Development program from Babson College, MA (USA).
Board of Director
Board of Director

Prachi Mehta

Mrs. Prachi Mehta has 15+ years of professional experience. She is a Director of Onward Network Pvt Ltd (ONTL), an active Trustee of Onward Foundation which is a charity trust founded by the Mehta family as well as the founder of The Next Level, an organization that promotes competitive sports at school and state level. She has a Masters in Advertising and Marketing from the Leeds Business School (UK) along with a Diploma in Functionality in Internet Technologies.

Rahul Rathi

Mr. Rahul Rathi is currently the Chairman and Fund Manager at CapMetrics Investment Advisors (Purnartha) Private Limited. Purnartha is a SEBI registered advisory firm with 1500+ clients. Purnartha advises clients based on a proprietary framework that Rahul has built using thirty plus years of data. Rahul is an active contributor in society and is a trustee of Pune Blind Mens Association as well as Laxminarayan Devasthan Trust. He has a Master’s degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University (USA) and a Polymer Engineering degree from the University of Pune.
Board of Director
Board of Director

Parish Meghani

Mr. Parish Meghani is actively involved in three areas; an auto-ancillary manufacturing business, a real estate business and equity investments. He has prior experience of running an IT firm that specialized in data security products. He has done his Production Engineering from Mumbai & holds an MBA with a Finance concentration from Bentley College, MA (USA).