Head, A.T.E. group
Dr Vivek K Soni
A.T.E. Private Limited
Anuj Bhagwaticompleted his B.S. (Engineering Physics) with distinction (1991) and M.S. (Applied Physics) (1994) – both from Cornell University, USA. Mr Bhagwati, who now heads the A.T.E. Group, joined the Group in 1994. He has been actively involved in a wide range of activities in the group: he introduced IT to the group, managed several companies, put together joint ventures, and has been a part of divestments, turnarounds, start-ups and scale-ups. In the process he has transformed A.T.E. into a modern and technology oriented group.Under the leadership of Mr Bhagwati, the group has diversified into machine-to-machine solutions and clean technology. The group’s foray into clean technology reflects Mr Bhagwati’s personal commitment to the environment.Mr Bhagwati has been involved over the last decade with the Textile Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (TMMA), India and was the Chairman for the years 2009-2011. He is deeply involved with various non-profit bodies as well, such as the Urban Design Research Institute (Trustee), and the Kala Ghoda Association (Committee member); and he is a co-founder and Trustee of the Praja Foundation. Since 2012, he is a member of the Advisory Council of the College of Architecture Art and Planning of Cornell University, USA. He is a Trustee of the K J Somaiya Trust, and a member of the Governing Council, K J Somaiya College of Engineering and member of Academic Council, Somaiya Vidyavihar.
Dr Vivek K Soniis an independent consultant focused on cleantech investment and business strategy. From 2001 to 2004, he was President, Corporate Technology Strategy and Services, at the Aditya Birla Group (revenues of $ 8.3 Billion), an India based manufacturing and services conglomerate with operations within and outside India. Prior to joining the Aditya Birla Group, Dr Soni was Director, Science & Technology, at Polaroid Corporation, where he worked from 1987 to 2001. Dr Soni started his career in 1985 at Shell Development Company, a Royal Dutch/Shell Group Company in Houston, TX.He is a member of TiE Boston and has an excellent network in India and in the financial, business and technical communities in the US. Dr Soni received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India. He attended the Executive Development Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Bhushan Zarapkar completed his B.E. (Environmental Engineering) in 1991.He began his career as a sales engineer in 1991 with Urminus Industries Ltd. an engineering company specialized in water and wastewater treatment. By dint of his hard work and impressive performance, he rapidly rose in the organization, earning a reputation as a sound and inventive environmental engineer. This boosted his confidence and with the help of his colleagues he started his own environmental firm (Alps Environmental Technologies (P) Ltd, or AET) in the year 2000.In 8 years, under his leadership, AET executed more than 100 projects in India and abroad and thus built up extensive experience in the field of water and wastewater management, solid waste management, and solar energy systems.Alps Environmental Technologies became part of the A.T.E. Group in 2008 (by which Alps Environmental Technologies (P) Ltd became A.T.E. Envirotech Private Limited).Mr Zarapkar and his team have successfully implemented many innovative projects – copper recovery from effluent using electro-chemical process and chelating resin, a large sea water decarbonation plant, effluent treatment plant for weakly biodegradable amine effluent, effluent treatment for TNT and RDX plant, solar powered wireless traffic signals, effluent recycle system using VSEP technology etc. – among many others.
Rajendra Halbe obtained a B. Tech (Chemical Engineering) degree with 1st class from Laxmi Narayan Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India.He has about 30 years of experience, and had been with Thermax Ltd., India for 22 years in various capacities. In Thermax, he was the Executive Vice President (Member of Executive Council) from July 2000 to till he left the company in July 2002. As a member of Executive Council he was responsible for strategy formulation of four core businesses of the company namely: industrial equipment of energy & environment apart from industrial cooling & chemicals.Leveraging his vast experience, he started a strategic management consultancy organization, Chiron Lasting Solutions Pvt Ltd, where he was a Consulting Partner. A.T.E. was one of Chiron’s customers and he joined the A.T.E. Group full time in October 2006 to implement the blueprint he made for A.T.E.’s new cleantech strategy. Today, he is a member of the board of A.T.E. Envirotech Private Limited.
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