BEN W H JAMES
Ben is the founder and CEO of GRT India. He has been instrumental in establishing GRT International’s presence in India and has plays a vital role across all functions including business development, operations and strategy. Immediately prior to GRT, Ben founded Zero Waste Agro Organics Limited (Zero Waste), a leading Indian agro-tech company manufacturing high-grade organic fertilizer. Seeing the incredible potential of Zero Waste, Rallis India Limited, a part of the USD 100 billion Tata Group, acquired the business in 2011. Prior to his entrepreneurial ventures in India, Ben worked as a senior executive in the asset management and syndication group at MFS Limited, a leading investment bank in Australia.
A K VERMA
A K Verma brings with him 22 years of rich experience in planning, project preparation, project management, contract administration and design of a range of infrastructure projects across the globe. He has been involved in the design and implementation of large highway projects in India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania. Mr. Verma is a Life Member of the Indian Roads Congress (IRC) and Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Prior to GRT, he has held key executive positions in several reputed infrastructure firms including SNC-Lavalin Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd., DHV India Pvt. Ltd., and Consulting Engineering Services (India) Pvt. Ltd among others. Mr. Verma holds a B.E. (Civil) and M.E. (Transportation Engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T.), Roorkee.
NICHOLAS S H JAMES
Nicholas is co-founder of Global Road Technology (India) and Director of Unsealed Pavements; he has been involved in the planning, management and execution of pavement projects in India, Australia and PNG for major road construction and mining companies. The unsealed pavements vertical includes dust suppression, micro stabilisation, polymer sealing, rural road construction, erosion control, and industrial hardstands. Mr. James was previously Chief Operating Officer for India’s largest organic fertiliser manufacturing company, Zero Waste Agro-Organics Limited and was a key contributor in the development of the company. Prier to this Nicholas worked in the real estate and property development industry in Australia and the Middle East.
Prashant has 15 years of post qualification experience as a Chartered Accountant. Since 2013, as CFO of GRT India, Prashant plays a key role in managing all finance and compliance related aspects with a focus on ensuring that the company is in a strong position to execute the defined business plan. Prashant is a Founder Partner of Rajdeo Kalantri & Co, Chartered Accountants, and a former Director of BDO, Pune. His roles at both firms have focused on fund raising (debt syndication), handling financial closure of a range of projects ranging from INR 5-150 crore.
Sanjay Thobde has worked in multiple fields for over 30 years and brings in - invaluable experience across many functions like Business Development, Investment Management, Operations and Logistics, Agriculture, Hospital management, Leading and Managing business units pan India.
He is the Director of GRT India and MD of Zero Waste Agro Organics Pvt. Ltd. - largest manufacturer of high grade Organic fertilizer (now a subsidiary of TATA Rallis India Ltd.)
He is also the founder Chairman of Ravisagar Auto Finance Ltd., (RBI-registered NBFC). He has developed several building and construction projects, and has also traded in real estate. He also holds stakes in an electronics-repair start-up ‘Repaireasy.in’(based in Pune). Sanjay is the Founder-Director of Mallikarjun Healthcare Trust(which manages 250 bedded Multi-super speciality Hospital currently, along with another 250 bedded hospital under construction). He is also the Ex-Director of Shri Siddheshwar Sugar Factory Ltd.
In his earlier days, he founded and headed a cable manufacturing industry in Solapur after his graduation in Electrical Engineering. Apart from electrical engineering he is also a Law-and-Order enthusiast.
Besides all of his corporate ventures, he has also been involved in various agricultural projects- cultivating 120-acre tamarind plantations- being one of them. He is also actively involved in various social works as a Trustee of Shri Siddheshwar Devasthan, Solapur. Sanjay Thobde.
P. Krishnamurthy has been fulltime Corporate Advisor to GRT India from 2015. He also advises Tractors & Farm Equipment Ltd (TAFE) since 2004 and to SETCO Automotive Ltd since 2010 and all corporate Strategic & Financial Advisory services are provided through P Krishnamurthy & Associates. Presently, he is also Partner in Capital Partners & Advisors, a corporate and strategic Advisory firm. He has also been Chairman of GMM Pfaudler Limited since April 14, 2008. Krishnamurthy has wide experience of over 40 years in Corporate Management and Strategy, Restructuring, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Business and Joint Ventures including managing and supervising business units in India and abroad. His current focus includes Financial and Strategic Advisory, Board Management and Investment Management. He has previously served as Vice Chairman of JM Morgan Stanley and been in the top of management of leading corporate groups, both multinational and Indian. He has been a Non Executive Independent Director of Repro India Limited since May 23, 2008 and SREI Infrastructure Asset Management Company Ltd. He has been an Additional Director of Sicom Ltd. since April 2010. He serves as a Director of Urban Infrastructure Venture Capital Ltd (a $500 million Investment Fund ) and JM Financial. He is a national rank holder Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Troy is entrepreneur and founder of Global Road Technology (GRT International). He has extensive experience in the management an establishment of infrastructure projects. As Managing Director of GRT International, Troy is responsible for the day to day operations of the company, which today has an impressive global footprint. He also plays a pivotal role in setting the strategic direction of the group to capitalize on new opportunities. GRT experienced exponential growth under his leadership in notoriously difficult market conditions. Prior to GRT, Troy has been actively involved in the engineering, agriculture and construction sectors.
Bhushan Revatkar having more than 10 years of professional experience in the areas of Infrastructure construction Quality Control of Flyovers, Bridges, ROB, National Highways and Jetty. He has experience in evolving a Quality Assurance Plan (QAP), Inspection Test Plan (ITP) for Construction as per frequency and proper record keeping. He has experience of design mixes of Concrete as well as Asphalt work. He has been involved in Quality control work in construction of various Infrastructure projects in Hyderabad, Nagpur, Delhi, Pune & UAE. Mr. Bhushan is a lifetime Associate Member of Institute of Engineer India. Prior to GRT, he has held the key position in several Infrastructure firm including IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd, AFCONS Infrastructure Ltd, JACOBS CES. Mr. Bhushan holds a BE (Civil) and PGPCM (Construction Management from NICMAR Pune).
David achieved his Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from the University of Melbourne, majoring in synthetic organic chemistry. After concluding successful research and development programs, David went on to bring chemistry to life in ICI, Orica, Huntsman and BASF through his various technical and sales roles in industries such as water treatment, household, industrial and institutional cleaning, personal care, agriculture, mining, civil and construction.
David’s passion for connecting the capability of chemistry to the function required in new applications, aligns with GRT’s own thirst for delivering sustainable and innovative solutions to challenging issues in the civil, mining, agricultural and transport industry. David is responsible for providing guidance, advice and technical understanding to product, operational and sales development strategies.
Randhir has over 12 years of extensive professional experience in field testing of embankment, sub-grade, sub-base, base of road construction, quality control of concrete structures, bituminous construction, laboratory testing, laboratory management, planning, project preparation, and design of Highway projects. Main areas of work has been quality assurance of large infrastructure projects; field investigations, day-to-day construction execution, preparation of quality control-norms, mix design for base/sub-base and structural concrete, fully conversant with varying soil and material characteristics including interpretation of test results, measurement of quantities/works, review/preparation of progress reports. Well conversant with modern lab equipment, IRC, AASHTO and BS code of quality control practices. Randhir holds B.E. (Civil) and M.Tech degrees.
DR. MARIAM DARESTANI
Mariam holds a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney. She managed R&D projects from various technical areas, such as membranes, lipids, solar cells, thin polymer films and Polymer nano-composites. Mariam collaborates with local and international research institutes, lectures and delivers scientific, marketing and technical presentations. Mariam is member of the Chemical Engineering Foundation, the North American Membrane Society (NAMS), the Australian Water Association (AWA), the International Desalination Association (IDA), the Membrane Society of Australasia (MSA) and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). She is mainly responsible to conduct research projects at assigned universities and to synthesise new polymer formulations.
Phillip obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree in Civil Engineering from the Griffith University. He specialised in the geotechnical field. Phillip was responsible for several geotechnical-engineering projects: Inland Drive Tugun; Bourton Road Merrimac;Ghilgai Road Merrimac; Worongary Road Gilston; Ephraim Island stage to Paradise Point; Runaway LagoonsRunaway Bay; Riviera Boat Park; Runaway Bay Sporting Complex; Coomera Sanctuary; Old Coach Rd Coomera. Phillip provides geotechnical expert polymer stabilisation designs at GRT after thorough testing of site-specific soils in the GRT Geotechnical laboratory. He interprets soil Atterburg limits, UCS, CBR (both soaked and unsoaked) and capillary rise results to formulate fit for purpose pavement designs. He also frequently performs site inspections to ensure predictable outcomes at challenging sites all over the world.
Daniel holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree, a diploma in Project Management, is a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (Civil): RPEQ No. 12291 and member of MIEAustCPEng (Civil membership No. 4004797). He joined GRT from the Department of Main Roads where he managed projects with an accumulative value of more than AU$1bn. He has more than 13 years experience in Road construction projects, is technically competent in project delivery, stakeholder communication, geotechnical works and is highly experienced in pavement rehabilitation, reconstruction and troubleshooting.