Board of Directors
Shekhar 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 the Government of India’s Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). He is passionate about enabling younger generations of scientists and engineers across all cultures, companies, and businesses to achieve their full potential as professionals. In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the U.S. Congress for his contribution in touching and improving lives through his leadership in bringing break- through innovations and for community service.
Sanjay retired as a Vice President at GE in the Aviation business. His cross-functional teams in engineering, R&D, manufacturing, joint ventures, and supply chain operations were based in the US, Europe, India, Japan, and China. They addressed the aeropropulsion and power generation sectors. He enjoys leveraging the full complement of his business and scientific experience to drive innovation and change. Sanjay generates support and adoption for the implementation of new ideas at the highest levels of an organization. His work is characterized by a commitment to excellence, which includes serving as an engaged resource to promote the professional development of others, which has led to his position of Vice President on the SASE board.
Tom is CEO and Co-Founder of Last Mile Food Rescue. This non-profit provides self-funded, data-driven food donation programs. He is also Senior Business Advisor in the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Minority Business Accelerator. He coaches minority businesses in order to add $1 Billion in sales and 3500 jobs in the next 5 years. Tom served a 23-year career at P&G, including as Associate Director, Purchases for Acquisitions & Divestitures as well as roles in External Manufacturing, Chemicals and New Business Development in the United Kingdom. Tom has been active in Organizational Development since 1989 including as Recruiting Manager, P&G Product Supply. In 2007, Tom co-founded SASE and has served as Secretary of the Board since its founding.
Tabrez is a senior executive with over 16 years of global leadership & P&L experience in operations, strategy, turn-around, commercial finance, FP&A, M&A, and regulatory compliance (GAAP, IFRS). Tabrez is currently CFO of $1.5BN, Engineered & Product Solutions for ABB. Prior to this he has worked in multiple industry segments in leadership roles to drive operations and finance linkage for growth and business turn-around. He has trained through GE Corporate programs and was a trainer for corporate programs/training. He received the Multi Cultural Leadership Award as part of external recognition by the National Diversity Council. Tabrez is a graduate of Bhilai Institute of Technology, India with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and also holds a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York, Buffalo. Tabrez has additional responsibilities as Treasurer for SASE and sits on the SASE Board. He is based out of Atlanta, GA.
Shweta is a senior executive with over 13 years of global experiences in strategic human resources business partnership, executive and leadership development, and diversity and inclusion, in multi-billion dollar, fortune 200, public as well as private companies. She is currently the Vice President of Human Resources at Silver Eagle Distributors, a beverage distribution company based out of Houston, TX. Shweta completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (Business) from University of Mumbai in India and earned her Master’s in Organizational Communication and Master’s in Human Resources and Labor Relations from Michigan State University. She has worked in several different environments, cultures and business structures that have required her to drive human capital strategies to make progress and deliver results.
Kishore has spent his time focused on impacting the top line, bottom line, and cash flows in his 30+ years in the Industrial Automation space across different global industry segments. He invests time in sharing these learnings by recruiting, mentoring and developing individuals, and building and coaching teams. Proud moments for him are when his teams have gone the extra mile and when he has helped organizations win through tough times. His customer experience obsession, global cultural experiences, and career journey have contributed to the cultural and organizational changes he is proud to have led. Outside of work, Kishore loves spending time with his family, especially his grandson, eating vanilla ice cream, and vacationing on a beach. In his free time, he likes to read, learn new things, and support Asians developing leadership abilities through his engagement in the Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (SASE) and the Asia Society of Texas. Going forward, Kishore’s interests include leading a small to medium size business and helping its people break barriers, scaling up a startup, and helping organizations overcome their challenges by being an active and engaged executive.
Ajay has worked at Shell for 22 years, mainly in Deepwater exploration and production. Following his first ten years in R&D, he assumed assignments in production operations and project management, including postings in Malaysia and New Orleans. In his current role as the General Manager for New Energies Research & Technology, he leads a global team tasked with developing innovative and competitive technology solutions to meet the needs of the energy mix of the future. Ajay holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, India, a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Srinivas is currently the Vice President for P&G Global Grooming Business that includes some of P&G’s iconic brands - Gillette, Braun, Venus and The Art of Shaving. Srinivas is responsible for Global Innovation, Supply Network Operations, and North America Product Supply. Srinivas led the Asian American affinity network for P&G Product Supply from 2006 until 2009 and also served as a member on the Asian American Leadership Team for the company. Srinivas graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, where he serves as the Executive Sponsor for P&G Recruiting. Prior to his current role, he led the Global Engineering organization for P&G Grooming. Srinivas started his career with P&G in 1990 at a Manufacturing Plant in Georgia as a Controls Engineer. Since then he has held variety of leadership positions in Product Supply and R&D with responsibilities across product innovation, process development, capital & program management, engineering, global expansion, and supply chain management.
Pia is a Senior Associate Scientist at Compass Therapeutics, located in Cambridge, MA, developing therapeutics to comprehensively drug the human immune system. She graduated in 2014 with a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and then began her career in the biotechnology industry. Her involvement in SASE began during her time at UIUC where she helped to revive the SASE chapter on campus in 2013. After graduating, she started her volunteer experience under the SASE Marketing team as the Midwest Regional Marketing Representative (RMR). She moved on to become the RMR Manager, and eventually, Marketing Chair for the organization where she oversaw the branding, communications, and marketing strategy for SASE. Her proudest contribution to SASE so far has been starting the She Inspires Me campaign to honor Women's History Month in March. With over 5 years of experience in SASE, Pia looks forward to representing the SASE membership on the board and voicing the different perspectives of our members.
Ben Tsang is a recent graduate of Lockheed Martin's prestigious Operations Leadership Development Program (OLDP). He currently works as an F-35 Project Engineer in Fort Worth, Texas. He is also currently the Aeronautics Business Area President for PAAN (Professional Asian American Network) which is an Employee Resource Group at Lockheed Martin. Originally from New York City, he holds a dual degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Mathematical Sciences from Binghamton University. Through his short tenure at Lockheed Martin, he has been at the Lockheed Martin sites across three of the four business areas. Outside of work, he volunteers heavily for SASE. He has served as a Regional Marketing Representative for two terms and 2017 was the 4th SASE National Conference he has helped plan! He has tremendously challenged himself and stepped out of his comfort zone to take on roles of increasing responsibility. From starting out as General volunteer in 2014, he most recently served as the 2017 National Conference Chair. In his free time, he enjoys being a chef, taking photos, volunteering, traveling and exploring nature.