The Foundation's Trustees




    (Chairman, Board of Trustees), Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., Mumbai

    Mr. Jamshyd N. Godrej is the Chairman of the Board of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited.  He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, USA.

    Mr. Godrej is the Chairman Emeritus of Aspen Institute India (now known as Ananta Aspen Centre), Chairman & Trustee of Ananta Centre. He is the President of World Wide Fund for Nature – India. He is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation and Chairman of India Resources Trust. He is a Director of World Resources Institute, USA and Director of Global Footprint Network, USA.  He is also a Trustee of the Asia Society, USA. He is a member of the Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Regional Advisory Committee. He is the Past President of Confederation of Indian Industry and also the Past President of the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association.

    Mr. Godrej is the Chairman of the CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre.  The Centre is housed in a LEED Platinum demonstration building which is the first green building in India and the greenest building in the world at the time when it was rated.  The Green Business Centre is a Centre of Excellence for green buildings, energy efficiency, energy conservation, non-conventional energy sources, water policy, water conservation, etc.

    Godrej and Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd. manufactures and markets refrigerators; washing machines; air conditioners; office furniture; home furniture; security equipment for banks (such as safes, strong room doors, bank lockers, etc.) and for commercial establishments and homes; locks and latches, forklift trucks and warehousing equipment;   process equipment for chemical, petrochemical, refineries and allied industries; precision tools for sheet metal, zinc, aluminium; real estate development.

    The Godrej group are leaders in home appliances, consumer durables, office equipment, industrial products, consumer products and services.

    Mr. Godrej is an ardent yachting enthusiast and has done extensive cruising along the west coast of India, the Baltic & North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and in the Mediterranean Sea.

    The President of  India conferred on Mr. Godrej the “Padma Bhushan” on 3rd April 2003.

  • Mr. Nadir B. Godrej

    Managing Director, Godrej Industries Ltd., Mumbai

    Mr. N. B. Godrej is the Managing Director at  Godrej Industries Ltd.  He holds a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has been a Director of several Godrej companies since 1977 and has developed the animal feed, agricultural inputs and chemicals businesses of Godrej Industries and other associate companies, and has been very active in research.

     Mr. Godrej has been awarded Chevalier de Legion d'Honneur, Globoil Life Time Achievement Award – 2012, OTAI Life Time Achievement Award – 2012, Chemtech CEW Leadership & Excellence Award  -2013, and Chemexcil  Life Time Achievement Award – 2013.  He also received the Porter Prize 2013 for Creating Shared Value awarded to Godrej Industries Ltd.

  • Mr. Vijay K. Sheth

    Managing Director, Great United Energy Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai

    Vijay Sheth is the Son of Dr. Kantilal J. Sheth who started the Worli General Hospital a 60 bed hospital predominantly for the poor in 1954. It was after his death, that the hospital was converted into a research centre the FMR. The building has been named in his memory.

    Vijay has been the Founder Trustee since its inception in 1975.

    Vijay completed his Schooling from Cathedral & John Connon in 1970. On completion of his graduation from Sydenham College in 1975, he went for a year to Oslo to train in various aspects of Shipping and Offshore.

    Vijay completed his masters from the Asian Institute of Management, Manila (Philippines) in 1981 and received the Triple-A (Academic Achievement Award) from the Institute in 1993.

    Vijay was associated with his family business at Great Estern Shipping Company for over 3 decades. He has focused on the offshore side which grew multifold under him. He pioneered the development of the Oil Field Services and opened up opportunities for national ownership of Rigs, Offshore Support Vessels, Construction Barges and Harbour Tugs.

    At present his new venture is Great United Energy Pvt Ltd., which is operating a platform supply Vessel on a long term charter with ONGC.

  • Ms. Asha V. Sheth

    Chairperson, Vasant J. Sheth Memorial Foundation, Mumbai

    I was born in Allahabad into a well-known freedom fighter family of the Malaviya’s. Since we moved extensively in India, I was educated in various institutions and finally graduated from Isabella Thoburn College in Lucknow.

    My marriage at an early age to Shri. Vasant J. Sheth, founder Chairman of The Great Eastern Shipping Co. Ltd. brought me to Mumbai and I was involved in various cultural activities. To name few of the many activities:

    • I worked for UNESCO and was trained as a young leader which took me to France and gave me the experience of UNESCO as an organization.
    • Founding of the Museum Society at Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai which enriched my knowledge of Indian Art.
    • Making educational and documentary films. My documentary film ‘Chattarbhang’ got an international award and it dealt with the curse of untouchability in India.
    • I continued writing articles, published a book of poems and produced several television programmes.

    After the death of my husband in 1992, the Company has entrusted me with the responsibility of running a memorial trust in the areas of maritime activity. The Vasant J Sheth Memorial Foundation aims to promote maritime education; to initiate, address, support social and environmental issues.

    I also have the privilege of being on the Governing Council of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) which promotes awareness of Maritime Heritage.

  • Dr. nerges f. mistry

    Director, The Foundation for Medical Research, Mumbai and Foundation for Research in Community Health, Pune.

    Dr. Mistry is a Director and Trustee of The Foundation for Medical Research, Mumbai and The Foundation for Research in Community Health, Pune. A microbiologist and immunologist by training from the University of Mumbai and The University of Birmingham, U.K, Dr. Mistry’s work encompasses infectious diseases with a recent focus on the molecular epidemiology of multidrug resistance tuberculosis and the mechanisms of acquisition of rapid drug resistance in tuberculosis and its public health implications. Her recent work in Mumbai based on her basic findings impinge on establishment of infection control measures and the examination of linkages between TB diabetes and air pollution in Mumbai’s slums. Dr. Mistry is also currently engaged in a Gates Foundation sponsored study on Pathways to Care of TB patients in Mumbai and Patna which will serve as a pointer for intervention approaches with private providers. She is a member of the Mumbai Alliance against tuberculosis and has participated in a number of advocacy measures in the recent past.

    In the field of community medicine, Dr. Mistry has had experience in the development of a community based health care system and intervention research in the management of drinking water in rural communities. A recent undertaking is the correlation of water quality and climate change in rural communities from drought prone areas. She has had considerable experience in development and evaluation of community based health care systems in rural areas particularly in the field of diabetes and NCDs and is a strong votary for a career path for primary care workers and the induction of quality care in public health system in rural areas. The FRCH along with NICE International UK is currently examining guidelines for safe maternity management and perspectives of their use in 5 Indian states.

    Dr. Mistry has over 81 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has been a principal investigator of over 28 major projects. Her recent projects reflect a combination of biosocial approach to problems. Dr. Mistry was awarded the Heiser Fellowship from the USA for her postdoctoral research work which she undertook at the University of Oslo in 1984-1986. Dr. Mistry has held advisory positions in the University of Mumbai and academic institutes in Mumbai like Cancer Research Institute (CRI) and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). She is a guide for post-graduate degrees in Applied Biology from the University of Mumbai and has guided 11 post-graduate and doctoral research students. She is also a member of the ASHA Mentoring Group of the National Rural Health Mission ever since its inception and has been on the Advisory Group for Community Processes and Traditional Medicine for the 11th and  12th Five Year Plan, Govt. of India.

Dr. Noshir H. Antia

Founder Director, The Foundation for Medical Research, Mumbai and Foundation for Research in Community Health, Pune.

Mr. Sorabji P. Godrej

Chairperson, Godrej Group of Companies, Mumbai.

Mr. Naoroji P. Godrej

Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., Mumbai

Mr. Vasant J. Sheth

Founder & Director, Great Eastern Shipping Co. Ltd., Mumbai.

Dr. Perumadon R. Mahadevan

Director (Experimental Biology and Therapy)

Mrs. Anuradha K. Sheth

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