Chairman, Mastek Ltd
Ashank is the Founder and Former Chairman of Mastek Ltd. Now Mastek and the sister company Majesco together are $ 250 – million, publicly-held IT players with global operations providing Enterprise Solutions to Government, Health, Retail,, Banking and Software Products for Life and Non-life Insurance organizations in North America, Europe, UK, Canada, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region. He also guides Mastek Foundation, whose mission is to enable “Informed Giving and Responsible Receiving”.
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. 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.
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. Vice Chairman of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) for Goa Government. He is also the Vice Chairman, Governing Board of Bombay First, an NGO working on the mission to make Mumbai a world class city.
Mr. Desai’s other public contributions include serving as Member of the Maharashtra State Security Council. Founded and funded an NGO – Avanti Foundation which has trained for the last 8 years 15 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. He is involved in CII as Committee Member at the Regional as well as National Level. He was earlier Member, International Team on Economic Reforms for the President of Zambia.
Recently he has been felicitated by the Prime Minster 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. 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. Mr. Desai is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).”