Meet the Team
|Sheetal M Mehta||Jai Shah||Shamir Shah||Jay Patani|
Sheetal M Mehta
Sheetal M Mehta is Founder and CEO of Innovative Social Ventures Ltd, a London based company that provides advisory services to companies in the area of fundraising, technical due diligence and corporate partnering. Through social entrepreneurship models, the company also serves as a vehicle for socially conscious technologies and solutions to reach out to developing communities globally. She sits on several advisory boards in this capacity.
In July 2006 Mehta was appointed by the UK Trade and Investment’s Global Entrepreneur Programme as UK Dealmaker. As a liaison between Government and entrepreneurs, she is responsible for accessing Venture Capital funding for technology start ups and assisting entrepreneurs interested in setting up their companies and pursuing opportunities in the United Kingdom.
Previously, Mehta was Director VC Relations at Microsoft where she worked with the Venture Capital community in EMEA and the Silicon Valley to help their portfolio companies leverage the .NET initiative. Mehta forged strategic alliances with VCs in order to help them partner with Microsoft in a meaningful way, (across product groups in Redmond, marketing and sales teams globally and executive sponsorship). Assisting emerging technologies to achieve funding and partner with Microsoft on a global basis provided Sheetal with an excellent platform and network to create her own business.
In 2005, Prince Charles and Cheri Blair awarded Mehta with the Asian Women of Achievement Award: Social and Humanitarian Efforts for her focus on taking technology to developing communities in India and Africa. Mehta has been invited to Buckingham Palace for “Women in Business” reception hosted by Her Majesty, The Queen and she has been awarded 35 Under 35 by Management Today Magazine – an award for the top 35 women in business under 35 in the UK. Recently she was awarded “One of the Top Ten Most Powerful Asian Business Women in the UK by Success Magazine (Number 5). She has recently been nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year by Asian Woman Magazine (Nov 2007) and is on the shortlist for inclusion in the ‘Ones To Watch’ section of the Asian Power 100 list – the most influential and highest achieving Asian men & women in Britain. Asian Woman Magazine covered a story of Mehta’s business in the Sept 2007 issue.
Sheetal plays a vital role in coordinating Enviropack’s participation in various social projects.
Jai is one of the Co-Founders/Director of Enviropack. Qualified as an Engineer, Jai has worked with and consulted to a number of leading FTSE quoted companies such as Kelloggs, Goodmans, Raymarine and Oxford Instruments. He has a great depth of knowledge and experience in design of products and the associated production processes. Jai has extensively worked on international projects throughout Europe and Asia, in identifying and assisting external supply partners meet client product objectives and adhere to stringent International quality standards. His previous roles, involved setting up global supply chains, new product introductions, supplier management and implementing contracts/strategies that ensure all manufacturing partners and suppliers deliver outstanding products at competitive prices.
Jai works closely with all Enviropack supply partners to ensure products are produced to our client specifications. Jai leads our quality audit team both internally and externally, ensuring we can provide our customers with consistently good quality products. Furthermore, Jai heads up our product innovation and design team which continually strives to bring new and exciting products to the market using world-class techniques to ensure reliability, stability and consistency in all our products.
After Graduating from U.M.I.S.T, Manchester with a BSc in Management Sciences, Shamir worked for leading Management Consultants, Accenture, as Process Consultant. He has consulted to a number of FTSE 100 companies, including Shell, Centrica and Debeers.
In 2004, he left the City and established The East India Tea House with the goal of providing customers with premium quality loose leaf teas. The company has quickly grown and is currently one of the market leaders in terms of supply of leaf tea, and works with a number of well-known brands, supplying to the likes of Caprice Holdings, Conran Restaurants, Soho House Group Habitat, Harvey Nichols, Yo! Sushi and the Lanesborough Hotel. The company has also diversified into the packaging and distribution of nuts, seeds, dried fruits and confectionary products. Clients include brands such as Itsu, REN Skincare, Everyman Cinema Group and Lovejuice.
Shamir is one of the Co-Founder/Director of Enviropack and is looking to draw upon his branding and marketing experience to further enhance its product and service offering.
Having qualified as a pharmacist in 1993, Jay left the profession after 2 years to start his own golf business. What started as a hobby selling golf clubs from a garage to friends and acquaintances, developed over the years into a highly successful international business.
Jay opened his first retail outlet in 1995 and subsequently opened 4 further shops across London. In 1998 he moved into the design and manufacture of his own brand which was supplied initially to his own shops only, but he quickly progressed to wholesale and distribution to a host of international clients from Europe through to Africa and Asia. The business expanded on-line in 2001, and split into two divisions later that same year. As the business continued to grow, it moved towards supplying larger retail stores in the UK such as Tesco, Woolworths and Amazon, as well as continuing its growth abroad.
Jay now acts as a consultant for Enviropack, and advises on business and product development as well as sales. With a range of contacts in China, Africa and Europe, and his entrepreneurial skills, he brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and opportunities to this business.