Board of Directors
Co-Founder and President
Shekhar Mitra currently serves as Premium Consulting Partner at YourEncore, Inc and President of Innopreneur LLC, a global new venture and leadership development consultancy. Prior to this, Shekhar served as the Senior Vice President of Global Innovation for Procter & Gamble and was a member of top executive team, Global Leadership Council. He was on the ground in China starting P&G’s well-recognized global innovation center in Beijing, and led the start of the strategic partnership with Government of India’s Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR).
Co-Founder and Secretary
After 23 years with Procter & Gamble, Tom has left to pursue the American dream of being an entrepreneur. He left P&G as Associate Director of Purchases, Capability, and Strategy. He joined P&G in 1989 in Purchases and has held positions of increasing responsibility in External Manufacturing, Chemicals, New Business Development, and Business Services. This includes his last two positions, where he was the first leader of P&G’s over $1 billion Global Energy Strategy and P&G Purchases Acquisition and Divestiture efforts. Tom has been active in Organizational Development at P&G since 1989, including a broadening assignment as Recruiting Manager of Product Supply, where he had oversight to hire over 600 for P&G’s Engineering, Manufacturing, Customer Service and Logistics needs.
Tabrez Malik is currently CFO, Engineered Solutions, Industrial Solutions, GE Energy Connections. Tabrez joined GE in 2002 on the Operation Management Leadership Program (OMLP) with GE Transportation after having completed an internship program with GE in 2001. Following his graduation from OMLP, Tabrez joined GE Aviation as Technical Risk Analyst. He subsequently went on to serve on Corporate Audit Staff for two years and, upon graduation, joined the GE Oil and Gas (O&G) division as Project Finance Manager. He also spent 2 years in Aberdeen, Scotland, running Financial Planning & Analysis as FP&A Director for Upstream Services business.
Dennis' 30-year career in R&D at Procter & Gamble has spanned multiple businesses, locations, and R&D functions. He is currently the Vice-President of Corporate R&D, Innovation Capability. He has been involved in everything from P&G's Baby Care and Feminine Protection to Household Cleaner and Hair Color. His global experience includes two 6+ year assignments in Asia expanding P&G's Baby and Feminine Care businesses throughout Asia and the launch of shaped, Ultrathin diapers in Europe.
Umesh currently serves as the General Manager of Valeron, a global division at ITW. In this role he has P&L responsibility while successfully growing the division by building strong market driven strategy, expanding into emerging markets, developing a high performance team and striving for differentiated innovative growth. Umesh began his ITW career in 2010 in a strategic marketing role with the ITW Innovation Center. He then led an automotive business unit based out of Chicago before taking on his current role. Prior to ITW, Umesh worked in engineering and program management positions serving customers such as Harley Davidson, Ford, Chrysler and Volkswagen.
She has been in the industry for over 20 years, and has held a variety of positions globally across Manufacturing and the Fuels Supply Chain. This includes: Research/Process Engineer, Supply Chain Economist, Refinery Operation Manager, Strategy & Portfolio Advisor, GM of Global Distribution HSSE, and GM of Planning/Refining Margin Optimization. In her current role as GM for Shell Puget Sound Refinery (PSR), she provides leadership for PSR in achieving commercial success, operational excellence, and accountability for a safe, reliable, and environmentally sound facility.
Young, currently a Vice President with Booz | Allen | Hamilton, has 20 years of professional experience. Young graduated from the United State Military Academy at West Point with a B.S degree in Systems Engineering and Behavioral Sciences. He served in the Army as an Ordnance Officer with assignments in Aberdeen Proving Ground, multiple locations in Korea and Fort Bragg, NC. He subsequently went to commercial industry working in telecom companies (Ciena, UUNET, MCI, WorldCom), Internet and dotcoms before settling in as an IT consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton.
Kishore Sundararajan is the Global Engineering Leader for GE’s Measurement & Control business. GE Measurement & Control is a leading innovator in advanced, sensor-based measurement; non-destructive testing and inspection; flow and process control; turbine, generator, and plant controls; and condition monitoring. Kishore brings 25+ years of experience leading multi-functional, multi-cultural teams across Chemicals, Oil & Gas, Metals, Minerals & Mining and, Pulp & Paper industries. He brought unyielding integrity to all his work by fostering an environment in which project execution is enhanced through focus on safety, supply chain, and quality.
Deonne currently works full-time as a Manager, Process/Operations Improvement at Comodo Group, the leading Internet Security Provider. He is part of the Comodo ONE management team, where he is responsible for the operation improvement of the Comodo ONE business. Deonne has been part of SASE for more than 3 years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Membership Representative, a member of the IT Analytics team, and is helping create a SASE New York City Professional chapter. His past SASE National experiences include being the Regional Manager and Regional Coordinator for the Northeast. At the 2015 SASE National Conference, Deonne received the SASE Rising Star Award, which is awarded to the outstanding young professional.