Chirag Patel is the co-founder and co -Chairman of Amneal Pharmaceuticals, a leading U.S.-based generic pharmaceutical company.
Chirag’s drive and passion for being at the forefront of innovative medicine have helped transform Amneal from humble beginnings to an influential global presence, as well as leading him to invest in several independent biopharmaceutical companies – Asana Biosciences, Kashiv Pharmaceuticals, Prolong Pharmaceuticals and Adello Biologics which specialize in breakthrough healthcare technologies and products. Earlier in his career, Chirag co-founded technology companies NextGen Technologies and Veriprise Wireless.
Chirag’s industry honors include the 2011 Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Life Sciences Award®. He supports various philanthropic causes and, together with his wife, Priti Patel, established the Niswarth International Foundation in 2013, which aims to bring fresh water, sanitation, nutrition and education to underprivileged children. Chirag serves on the boards of the, Art of Living Foundation, New Jersey City University Foundation, Family Reach Foundation and Liberty Science Center.
Chirag received Bachelor’s degrees in Commerce from H.A. College of Commerce, India, and in Business Administration from New Jersey City University. He also received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from New Jersey City University in recognition of his efforts to serve others.
Ms Priti Patel
Priti Patel is the co-founder of the Niswarth Foundation. Along with her husband, Chirag Patel, she sets the overall direction of the foundation and approves its strategies and plans. Priti strongly believes that children are the most valuable resource and what is given to them today shapes their future.
Priti is the proud mother of two boys, Amun and Neal, who also share their parents’ passion for giving back to the community. She is an accomplished artist, specializing in oil paintings, and the owner of an interior design company, Sanskruti Designs LLC, which focuses on integrating the best of East-West cultures.
Priti received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from H.L. College of Commerce in Ahmedabad, India and her degree in graphic design from C.N. College of Fine Arts in India. She also spent a year in the University of Michigan studying graphic design.
Mr Kanu Patel
Kanu Patel is the Patel family patriarch, who guided and inspired his sons, Chirag and Chintu Patel to establish Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc. in 2002 in New Jersey, USA.
Kanu is an industrial pharmacist who worked for nine years as an Indian FDA investigator in India. Raised on the Gandhian philosophy of truth and service, Kanu inspired his sons to achieve prosperity through hard work and conduct business with honesty and integrity. Kanu founded two healthcare-related companies in India before moving to the U.S. and joining Sidmak Labs. Kanu holds a BS from L.M. College of Pharmacy in Ahmedabad, India and is a New York registered pharmacist.
Kanu with his family immigrated to the US in 1987 to provide Chirag and Chintu with access to higher education and a nurturing business environment that fosters and rewards entrepreneurial spirit. Under his guidance and support, his sons – Chirag and Chintu Patel founded Amneal Pharmaceuticals in 2002 to provide affordable medicine to patients. Amneal has grown organically and through M&A to become a multi-billion, multinational generic and specialty pharmaceutical company. It currently ranks as the 5th largest U.S. generic pharmaceuticals company and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Mr Rajat Gupta
Mr. Rajat Gupta is Chairman of WHEELS Global Foundation (WGF), and serves on its board as a key strategist in defining direction and focus of the non-profit organization. Mr. Gupta brings his considerable skills to WGF, along with his leadership associations and advisory roles to many other non-profits such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Mr. Rajat Gupta is a leading Indian-American businessman and Philanthropist who has co-founded successful world class institutions including Indian School of Business(ISB), American India Foundation(AIF), New Silk Route and Scandent Solutions. He was ranked 15th in the nation in the entrance exam for the Indian Institutes of Technology, IIT JEE. He received a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-Delhi) in 1971 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1973.
Mr. Gupta joined McKinsey & Company in 1973 as one of the earliest Indian-Americans at the eminent consulting company. In 1994, he was elected the firm’s first managing director (chief executive) born outside of the US, and then was re-elected twice in 1997 and 2000. Mr. Gupta is widely regarded as one of the first Indians to successfully break through the glass ceiling, as the first Indian-born CEO of a multinational corporation (not just a consultancy). During Mr. Gupta’s tenure as head of McKinsey, the firm opened offices in 23 new countries and doubled its consultant base to 891 partners, increasing revenue 280 percent to $3.4 billion.
Mr Ruyintan Mehta
Mr. Mehta was a serial entrepreneur in the plastics industry, who recently sold his last plastics manufacturing business in California in 2012. Over a 24 year period he started, bought, merged and sold several plastic blow molding companies in New Jersey, California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Canada that ranged in size from 5 million to 34 million in sales. Prior to starting Crystal Clear Inc., in New Jersey, his first start up in plastic blow molding in 1990, Mr. Mehta was General Manager at Combustion Engineering Environmental (now ABB) and was President of an engineering services company in Flemington, NJ called Andersen Engineering Services.
Mr. Mehta was a licensed Professional Chemical Engineer (inactive status) in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1970 and also received Masters Degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut (1972) and in Engineering Administration from the University of Utah (1974).
Mr. Mehta is the current President of IIT Bombay Heritage Foundation and the former President of IIT Bombay Alumni Association Greater New York. He is passionate about giving back to society and to his alma mater IIT Bombay. Mehta was instrumental in developing and initiating a successful Student Exchange Program between IIT Bombay and The Cooper Union, a prestigious highly regarded Engineering institution in New York City. Mr. Mehta is an active supporter of Clean Drinking Water Plants (CDWP) in remote impoverished villages in India. He is a co-chair of the Water initiative of WHEELS Global Foundation, a US non-profit started by IIT alumni residing in the US.
Mr. Mehta is an active volunteer mentor of SCORE Central Jersey, a non-profit resource arm of the US Small Business Administration. The SCORE Central Jersey Chapter provides completely free mentoring services to help guide individuals and small businesses to start, grow and prosper in New Jersey. Score Central Jersey also conducts free seminars on a wide variety of business related topics throughout the year.