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Ranjan Mitra, PhD
President (2018 – Present)
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Dr Ranjan Mitra, the incumbent President of the AOAC-India Section, heads the Analytical Development Group at Dabur Research & Development Centre, Dabur India Limited. At AOAC-India, Dr Mitra, along with his team members, is responsible for bringing together reputed scientists, educators, industry partners and laboratory personnel to achieve greater heights. Further, he plays a crucial role in delivering quality programmes through a variety of offerings, including meetings and international exchanges to foster professional growth of all members of this Section. During his time as the President-Elect, he successfully conducted a collaborative study on “Vitamin B12 in Indian Infant and Pediatric Formulas and Adult Nutritionals” as the mentor and the director.
Before joining industry, Dr Mitra received an MS in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, followed by a PhD in Bio-inorganic/Organic Chemistry from the University of Florida, Florida (USA). Much of his doctoral research was on the synthesis and characterisation of large organic molecules to engender metal centres with the same characteristics as found in biological systems. He also pursued a postdoctoral stint at the University of Florida prior joining to GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, India, where he held multiple technical and managerial roles and worked on various analytical research and development programmes in nutrition category for more than 8 years.
Dr Mitra’s research interests include development of novel analytical methods for the sensitive detection of bioactive molecules in food, cosmetics and ayurvedic/herbal formulations using hyphenated analytical techniques for claim substantiation. At Dabur, his responsibilities include leading a team of scientists to develop novel chemical and microbiological methodologies for the deliverance of value products across a diverse range of food, cosmetic and healthcare portfolio.
For his research excellence, Dr Mitra has been invited to deliver lectures at many international conferences and symposia, including the American Chemical Society’s National Meeting and Florida Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Symposium. His research has also attracted a number of awards and fellowships, including The GSK Business Innovation Awards, the GSK Spirit Award, Harry H. Sisler Graduate Fellowship and Certificate for Excellence in Teaching (University of Florida). Besides, his research papers have appeared in peer-reviewed journals. Currently, he is serving as a principal member of Bureau of Indian Standard’s two Sectional Committees: FAD 26 – Ayurveda and FAD 28 – Test methods for Food Products.
As the President of AOAC-India, Dr Mitra continues to reflect the nation’s rich diversity by valuing the strengths of all culturally diverse members belonging to the analytical sciences community.
President-Elect (2018 – Present)
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Mr. Shrinivas Joshi is currently the head of Food & Environment Market at Waters India, located in Bangalore. In 2018, Mr. Joshi became the President-Elect for the India Section of AOAC International, where he is responsible for human resource management and business promotion by attracting a wide range of people across many tiers. Besides, he takes active interest in organising scientific talks and meetings to train various professionals within the nation. He also offered a webinar on “Food Safety regulations and analytical solutions for the regulatory compliance” through the platform of AOAC-India.
Mr. Joshi obtained an MS in Analytical Chemistry from S. P. College, Pune as well as an MBA in Marketing Management from Alagappa University, Karaikudi. Following his education, he joined the analytical science industry, where he has been working for more than two decades now. Prior to commencing his responsibility at Waters in 2007, he has worked with Varian India almost for 9 years. As a trained analytical chemist with a business degree, he is involved working at the interface of mass spectrometry and management of scientific knowledge, through the application of analytical technology.
Mr. Joshi has sound knowledge of various analytical technologies used for the analysis of the organic and inorganic compounds. He has been working in the area of food safety and food testing for the past 15 years. In recent years, his focus has been predominantly on mass spectrometry. He has contributed to food safety and quality testing capacity building in India through the World Bank led Global Food Safety Partnership programme. As a member of electronic working Group, FSSAI, he worked on MRL harmonisation. Over the past decade, he has also been involved in various capacity building initiatives at EIC, FSSAI, FAO and ICRISAT. Currently, he is a member of Method Review Group, FSSAI, where he regularly participates in discussions on food testing methods for regulatory control in India.
As the President-Elect AOAC-India, Mr. Joshi hauls together his rich experience of working in various cross-cultural managerial positions to serve the analytical community at his level best.
Secretary (2014- Present)
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Mr. Vishal Arora serves as the Secretary on the Executive Committee of the AOAC-India Section and is the technical director of the AES Laboratories Private Limited, Delhi since 1995. In this Section’s role, Mr. Arora is committed to understanding the needs of industry managers and industrialists working in the field of food safety and laboratory business. Attributing to his wide experience as an entrepreneur, he is responsible for communications, reputation management, member services and overall administration at the AOAC-Section. Over the past couple of year, he has also involved in organising the Section’s annual conference. In addition, he also delivered many lectures across the country to promote the Section’s activities in addition to hosting a few webinars.
An engineering graduate from the Arizona State University, Arizona (USA), Mr. Arora has extensive experience in conducting PT programs and method development activities, especially in the field of residue analysis in food and food chemistry. He has expertise in method validations as per international protocols, including SANTE and 2002/657/EC guidelines. Besides, he has attended several national and international training courses on method validations, sampling and analysis. He has also played a pivotal role in the development and implementation of Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for his organisation.
Drawing on his vast regulatory and enterprising experiences, Mr. Arora will continue to share his expertise for the further development of AOAC-India.
Saurabh Arora, PhD
Treasurer (2015 – Present)
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Dr Saurabh Arora is the Treasurer of the AOAC-India Section and heads the testing laboratory and research business at Arbro Pharmaceuticals Limited and Auriga Research Limited. At the AOAC-India Section, Dr Arora brings more than a decade of his business development and management experience. Over the past few years, he has led all aspects of marketing (including events and annual conference), reputation management, stakeholder engagement, digital communications (e.g. web and social media), finance management and website designing and publishing. Besides, he has directed and hosted many AOAC-India’s webinars.
Dr Arora earned a PhD in Pharmaceutics from Jamia Hamdard University in New Delhi. His research and business interests span in the area of formulation development, analytical development, chromatography, mass spectroscopy, laboratory designing, residue analysis, project management and international business. Besides, he has completed training on “Lean Labs: Lab Performance Optimisation” and has been implementing the principles of Lean Six Sigma for labs, which has helped the business grow at over 30% each year. He has a number of national and international research publications as well as patents to his credit. Much acclaimed is his patent using a nanotechnology-based delivery system for curcumin, which is the active constituent of turmeric.
At Arbro Pharmaceuticals Limited and Auriga Research Limited, Dr Arora has experience in leading a team of over 350 scientists and other professionals in 6 laboratories which serve more than 10,000 customers every year from the food, retail, hospitality, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, agro and medical devices, research, academics and real estate industries.
Believing that sharing knowledge and experience is the only way to move the society further, Dr Arora has established an online forum (www.lab-training.com) in 2011 to share his team’s expertise in the field of testing with scientists and students around the world. Today, this site has over 20,000 subscribers. In 2013, he founded another online food safety helpline (www.foodsafetyhelpline.com) with the principal objective of helping food business community to comply with the requirements of the rapidly evolving food law (e.g. the requirements of the Food Safety and Standards Act) and providing safe and hygienic food to all the citizens of India as per the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) guidelines. Besides, Dr Arora has designed and setup 4 state-of-the-art testing laboratories in New Delhi, Baddi and Bangalore.
Dr Arora has been invited to deliver talks at numerous industry meets conferences, workshops and webinars on multiple topics encompassing food testing and quality of products. He has received a number of awards, including “10 best training and development practices in the private sector” on behalf of Arbro Pharmaceuticals Ltd and the “Excellence in Training and Development Awards in 2013”.
Given his wide range of experience in laboratory management and business, Dr Arora continues to look into the matters related to finance, administration and publishings and also work closely with our sponsors for the development of our Section.