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Harish S. Mehta

Executive Chairman
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onward technologies limited


Mr. Harish Mehta is the Founder & Executive Chairman of Onward Technologies Ltd (OTL). He was previously the Managing Director of Onward Technologies from 1991 to 2016. 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. 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 co-founded The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Mumbai and was First President of TiE – Mumbai (1999). He also served on the TiE Global Board from 2001-2002. He has also been a director at The College of Engineering, Pune, COEP (2010-2015) and now serves as an advisor to the Board. Mr Mehta is the founder member and first elected Chairman of NASSCOM, which started from his office in 1986. He is an active member of NASSCOM’s Chairman Council and Executive Council. He was honoured by the Prime Minister of India – Mr.Narendra Modi, for 25 years of exemplary contribution to NASSCOM. He was also 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 is also an active volunteer of Onward Foundation, Dewang Mehta Foundation Trust and NASSCOM Foundation & 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

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