Shalini founded Meivia in 2002, this after a decade spent in India and around the world as an entrepreneur working largely in IT and IT related services. She founded her first IT product company in 1994 using a RAD tool called Magic which had its origins in Israel. She has lived and worked in Israel,UK and New Zealand before returning to India in 2002 and making first Bangalore and now Hosur her home.
She was also a founding partner at Footprint Ventures, an early stage sector agnostic venture fund and has held consulting CEO roles in a couple of companies.
A nature lover and an avid birder, Shalini “balances” work and life living on a farm, raising her young son and
confronting her Israeli husband on a daily basis and commuting out to the urban jungles only under duress.
Shalini Elassery has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Fergusson College, Poona University, 1992 and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Kellogg-Recanati School, a joint degree from Tel Aviv University and Northwestern University, 2001.
Manjiri Javadekar Partner
Manjiri joined Meivia in 2002, a couple of months after Shalini founded the company, and has been an equal partner responsible for crafting its rather unique story. She has been involved in projects related to Strategy, HR, Marketing, Research and Analysis, many of these projects in the Indo-Israel corridor. Before joining Meivia,she worked with Harbinger Systems and Pilat as a software developer. She worked in the UK for about 3 years, returned to India in 2000 and rejoined Harbingers coordinating software projects with Pilat, UK.
Growing up in an army family and living in different parts of India during her childhood, Manjiri loves traveling with her husband and young daughter, especially to the hills or places which are steeped in history. She has a Master’s degree in Computer Science, University of Pune, 1996 and has completed the INSEAD Leadership Programme for Senior Indian Executives(2013-14)
Gadi Ariav Honorary Partner
After nearly two decades of being a teacher, a mentor, an advisor and a friend of Meivia and its partners, Gadi Ariav came on board as an Honorary Partner in September 2018.
He has nearly 50 years of experience in the practice, research and teaching of the use of Information Technologies and Systems in organizations. Gadi is a retired Associate Professor of Technology and Information Systems Management at the Coller School of Management of Tel Aviv University. Until his retirement in October 2017, he headed the Max Perlman Center for Global Business (since 2009) and served as the founding Academic Director of the Business Consulting specialization in the MBA program (since 2012).
Gadi served in MAMRAM, the IDF’s military computing complex, holding the position of the ICT CTO of the Logistics Command (between 1967-1978), with 3 years of ICT consulting in Hamburg, Germany (from 1972-1975).
His international academic career, which started in 1982, was primarily at Tel Aviv University and additionally at Stern School of Business (NYU), Paul Merage School of Business (UC Irvine), Claremont Graduate University and at Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University). He was the Academic Director of the Executive MBA programs between 1994 and 2005 and was also the founding director of the Kellogg-Recanati International EMBA program as well as the Georges Leven High-Tech Management School (HTMS), all at Tel Aviv University.
Since 2001, Gadi has been studying and teaching high-tech entrepreneurship as well as international business strategies in technology-intensive companies in general and Israel, China and India, in particular. Following closely the business landscape in India and China through repeated visits and in-depth study, he has written several case studies of Indian and Chinese corporate global strategy and has been a participant in the India-Israel Strategic Dialog Forum (2008-2013). In 2012, Gadi was appointed as an advisor to the city of NanJing on High-Tech Industrial development.
He has also been a Resident Scholar at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore, and CRTI – the Center for Research in Technology and Innovation, Kellogg School of Management, IL, USA, both, for two months, every year since 2014. His current academic focus is on the study of global management of innovation and the use of IT for decision support. His works have been published in the ACM Transactions on Database Systems, Communications of the ACM, Decision Support Systems, Journal of MIS, as well as the proceedings of ICIS, the International Conference on Information Systems.
Gadi holds a Ph.D. degree in Decision Sciences from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a M.Sc. in Management Science (Cum Laude), as well as B.A. degree in Statistics and Economics, both from Tel Aviv University.
Orit Mendelson Shoham Head of Israel Practice
Orit joined Meivia in 2019. She is a highly experienced executive with over 30 years of experience. In the last 21 years, Orit was the Director of the two most prestigious Executive MBA programs in Israel: The Kellogg Recanati EMBA program (the joint EMBA program of Tel-Aviv University and the Kellogg school of management) and the Recanati EMBA program.
In her capacity as the Director of both programs, Orit established and continuously improved the infrastructure of the programs in the areas of marketing, students and alumni relations, budget planning and control, information systems, public relations, international partnerships and cooperation. Orit worked extensively with Kellogg in identifying, establishing and creating added value derived of the Kellogg Executive MBA Global Network. Some of her initiatives were adopted by the Kellogg global network and became key differentiators of the network.
As the Director of the EMBA programs, Orit was involved in developing and building the business leadership of Israel, one class at a time, indirectly unlocking billions of dollars of value to the Israeli economy and the world.
Previous to managing the EMBA programs, Orit worked with IBM for 15 years where she provided consulting for IBM’s clients and conducted Strategic Management workshops for managment of all sectors. In this capacity Orit practiced and developed her ability to identify and understand the key challenges and issues organizations are faced with and to support them in developing and implementing solutions.
Orit holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management, CUM Laude, from the Technion -Israel Institute of Technology, 1982 and an MBA from INSEAD, 1986.
Orit is an enthusiastic traveler, walks on a daily basis and has started recently painting in oil.
Amit Javadekar Associate Partner
Amit Javadekar has 23 years of international experience in the Information Technology industry. During this time, he has led organization-wide change management programs, software development projects, people development and process standardization initiatives at global organizations such as Infosys, IBM, ITC Infotech and Voltas Ltd.
Amit holds a patent from the USPTO for an estimation model that he developed for estimating large IT outsourcing deals. He has published several articles on software estimation in reputed industry journals and speaks regularly at industry forums.
He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science (1994) from the University of Pune and is an alumnus of the INSEAD School of Business (2013).
His areas of interest include Strategy Development, Benchmarking, Artificial Intelligence and Business Process Improvement.
Ramesh Jujjavarapu Associate Partner
Ramesh joined Meivia in 2018. He has a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur (1989) and MBA from JNTU Hyderabad (1998).
Ramesh has ten years of experience in Oil and Gas, Iron and Steel. His work experience in these industries has covered operations, desk and field market surveys, project appraisals. Following that he has spent 20 years in the Information technology industry where he has undertaken the roles of independent contributor for various startup product ideas. He has also worked as a CEO in an e-commerce startup.
At Meivia he has range of functions including business building, strategy, IT consulting, and operations management.
He has interests in political and social history.
Sunitha Dasanadoddi Thimmegowda Principal
Sunitha joined Meivia in 2014 when her earlier firm shut down, and currently handles day to day operations at Meivia including accounts. Her prior experience has taught her how to deal with people in what was a failing enterprise.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Mysore University, 2003. She is adept in creating business plans and has helped many startup founders in creating one. She is an expert in motivating people to work.
Sunitha has two daughters and her husband is a budding entrepreneur.
Siddaiah Naidu Latha Meister
Latha has been with Meivia since 2002. She is Meivia’s daily provider of cheer; Latha keeps the troops fed with delectable home cooked food and keeps the office running smoothly.Latha has one son now enrolled for Engineering in Bangalore.