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President (2020 – 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.
Dr. Ganesh Ramamurthi
President – Elect (2020 – Present)
Dr Ganesh Ramamurthi is the Chief Operating Officer at National Collateral Management Services Limited (NCML), presiding over the operations of numerous accredited laboratories and a host of other agri-risk services.
Before joining NCML, he instituted and headed the Department of Microbiology at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Vivekananda College, Osmania University where he taught undergraduate and postgraduate students. He holds a PhD in Botany from Osmania University for working on enhancing secondary metabolites production with a focus on Colchicine from Gloriosa Superba. His field of study for a master’s degree from GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology was microbiology.
Over the past fifteen years, Dr Ramamurthi has been actively involved in building a network of testing laboratories across the country. Under his leadership, the laboratory has participated in various PT programs on chemical and biological contaminant analyses which in turn helped in establishing their technical acumen. He has also been involved in creating one of the largest networks of sensor-based weather stations in India, for measuring collecting, collating, archiving and retrieving real-time weather data.
As an Executive Member of AOAC-India Section since 2018, he has provided support and forged new relationships with various stakeholders. Besides this, he is also a member of the Bureau of Indian Standards – Committee on Agricultural Systems and Management [FAD-22]; Product Advisory Committee, National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange.
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.