Our leadership is constantly looking out for ways to better our esteemed institute. Under their guidance and direction, the students get wide opportunities to excel in their respective fields. 

Samir Somaiya

Chairman and Managing Director of Godavari Biorefineries Ltd, President of Somaiya Vidyavihar and Chancellor of Somaiya Vidyavihar University

Samir Somaiya is a distinguished leader with a remarkable portfolio encompassing diverse sectors. As Chairman and Managing Director of Godavari Biorefineries Ltd., he drives the company's sustainable solutions for renewable chemicals and biofuels. Additionally, he holds key positions as the Chancellor of Somaiya Vidyavihar University and President of Somaiya Vidyavihar, contributing significantly to academic excellence and educational development. He also holds the position of President, Indian Chamber of Commerce, advocating for economic growth and trade.

Samir Somaiya's influence extends beyond education and business. He serves as the Chairman of K. J. Somaiya Trust, K. J. Somaiya Medical Trust, K. J. Somaiya Institute of Applied Agriculture Research, and The Girivanvasi Pragati Mandal, organizations dedicated to social welfare, education, and medical advancements. Furthermore, he is the founder of the Research Innovation Incubation Design Laboratory (riidl), a Business Incubator that supports young entrepreneurs and fosters innovation.

Samir Somaiya has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards throughout his career, showcasing his exceptional contributions and achievements. Notable among them are the Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy, honoring his efforts in fostering international collaborations, and the Lala Shriram National Award for Leadership in the Chemical Industry, acknowledging his remarkable leadership and accomplishments in the sector. He has also received the Shri Kutchi Lohana Mahajan Gnati Gaurav for outstanding community service, the American Institute of Chemical Engineer’s Award for Scholastic Achievement, and the American Institute of Chemists Award, highlighting his exceptional academic performance and contributions to the field of chemical engineering. These awards stand as a testament to Samir Somaiya's relentless pursuit of excellence and his significant impact in various domains, earning him respect and admiration from peers and the broader community alike.

Furthermore, Samir Somaiya actively contributes to academia as a Visiting Instructor at the School of Chemical Engineering - Cornell University. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Dynamic Sustainability Laboratory at Syracuse University. With a distinguished educational background, including a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, an MBA, Master of Chemical Engineering, and Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, Samir Somaiya stands as an accomplished leader, leaving a positive impact on various spheres of society.

V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai

Vice Chancellor of Somaiya Vidyavihar University and Prof. Chemistry of Somaiya Vidyavihar & Somaiya Ayurvihar

Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai has been at the helm of affairs of many higher educational and scientific research establishments for the last 47 years of service as a teacher, researcher, professor, and executive head of Education, Science and Technology establishments in the country and abroad.

Phone: +91-22-6728 3178 / 3144


Nandkumar Gilke


Dr. Nandkumar Gilke is Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering in K J Somaiya College of Engineering for the last 28 years. He served as ex-member of Management Council, Academic Council and Faculty of Technology of University of Mumbai.

Ramesh Karandikar

Controller of Examinations

Dr. R G Karandikar is Professor, Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering of K J Somaiya College of Engineering since May 1990. He is an Electrical Engineer by qualification. He holds Diploma, UG and PG degrees from the University of Mumbai from V. J. T. I. Mumbai -19 and Ph.D. from IITB Mumbai.

He has passion for the education field and hence selected it as a career. He has a sound technical background and has developed professional expertise in his chosen field. He has authored books for undergraduate engineering students and has publications to his credit in international / national journals and conferences. He has also guided students for post graduate dissertations and doctoral research work.

He has rich experience of academic administration and was Dean (Academic Program) of K J Somaiya College of Engineering for one decade. He is passionate about paperless office i.e. e-office concept and he is practicing it by developing systems for administration and data and information management. He has developed expertise about administrating the accreditation and approval processes.

He served as ex-member of BOS of University of Mumbai and is Controller of Examination of Somaiya Vidyavihar University since November 2019.

Faraz Kagalwalla

Chief Finance and Accounts officer

Faraz Kagalwalla is a Chartered Accountant and he completed his Masters in Management Studies Degree in finance from K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies, University of Mumbai. He has over 3 decades of rich experience in the finance industry working with leading public limited companies including various listed companies and startups. Mr Faraz has been with the K J Somaiya Group as Chief Finance Officer and Treasurer since 2014 and Chief Finance Officer of Somaiya Vidyavihar University since its inception.

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