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Jasubhai Group’s CHEMTECH Foundation Celebrates its 40th Year Anniversary By Hosting A Viennese Ball in Association with the Honorary Consulate General of Austria

Nov 04, 2014   16:33 IST 
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

The Jasubhai Group’s CHEMTECH Foundation in association with the Honorary Consulate General of Austria hosted the Austrian Viennese Ball at the TRIDENT Hotel, Mumbai for the corporate heads and industry titans of Mumbai to celebrate the 40th year anniversary celebration of CHEMTECH Foundation and the 50th Anniversary of the Jasubhai Group. The Ball was a part of the Austrian Cultural Festival and represents a joint effort aims to strengthen the business and cultural co-operation between Austria and India.


About this initiative, the Austrian Ambassador to India Mr. Bernhard Wrabetz said: “I have to say I am over whelmed it looks like Vienna to me, as I am not only the Austrian Ambassador but also the child of the beautiful city of Vienna.  I am feeling even more at home in Mumbai now than I did before this evening. This is an extremely elaborate Viennese ball. Just wanted to thank a few people for making this night and this Austrian Cultural week possible. First to thank, is, of course, Hon’ble Consul General, Mr. Jasu Shah, he has been a friend of Austria for many decades and he has been our representative here in Mumbai and there are no words to describe what he has done to improve and maintain the wonderful relations between Austria and the West of India.  Thank you very much for doing this wonderful job and continuing to be a friend of Austria.  The second person to thank is the one who had this idea, is Mr. Maulik Shah.  When we first met he said let us do something grand for the people who are hungry for Austrian Culture, why don’t we do a ball.   Thank you very much, for not only having this idea but also for going through with it; this is fantastic.  I will take this opportunity to announce that Maulik will not only organise more balls but might also succeed his father in the role of Hon. Consul General.”


The Honorary Vice Consul General of Austria & Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of Jasubhai Group & CHEMTECH Foundation Mr. Maulik Jasubhai said “There are many reasons to celebrate and create this large celebration this year. My father Jasu Shah who has been the Honorary Consul General of Austria for more than 35 years was privileged to receive the grand honor in 1993 with the Austrian Cross of Honour, highest civilian honour bestowed to any non Austrian for promoting Science & Arts. So for us it’s a great privilege, great honour and pleasure to be associated with Austria for more than three decades. Secondly it is a dual occasion of celebration for us since the Jasubhai Group will be completing its 50th year in 2015 and CHEMTECH Foundation is celebrating its 40th Year Anniversary this year. On this occasion, the CHEMTECH Foundation that is India’s strongest non profit industry association since 1975 across the entire gamut of the Indian process industry is very happy to bring to the people of Mumbai, India’s largest Chemical Processing Expo titled CHEMTECH WORLD EXPO 2015 that will be a first of its kind. This Expo that will have participation from several other countries will be a great platform for exchange of insights and technological innovations. The CHEMTECH Expo will play a vital role in shaping the future of our industries in Maharashtra for the better. So we welcome you and look forward to your participation with lots of fun.”


The Ball officially opened in the Viennese tradition. This was followed by musical performances of the Faecher Polonaise and Waltzes in the Viennese style by the Youth Chamber Orchestra of Salzburg, Austria. Operatic Arias, Tango, Ballet, Waltz, Flamenco as well as fusion dance sequences were a delight to watch by one and all. The floor was made open for dancing to the various guests who also participated in the Midnight Quadrille. On the whole this celebration was well received by the eminent cultural personalities like Mr.  Khushroo N Suntook, Chairman, NCPA and former Prithvi Theatre head Ms. Sanjana Kapoor as well as several Corporate heads of the city like Mr. Nadir Godrej,  Managing Director of Godrej Industries & Chairman of Godrej Agrovet, Mr. B Narayan, Group President (Procurement & Projects), Reliance Industries, K. Ravindranath, ‎Executive Vice President, Larsen & Toubro Limited, Mr. Alwyn Bowden, Director & CEO, Essar Projects Ltd, Mr. K. G. Ramanathan, Advisor to Reliance Industries Limited, Capt. Anoop Sharma, Director & CEO, Essar Shipping Ltd,


Mr. Mudit Jain M.D., D C W Limited, Mr. Nirmal Shah, M.D, Dow India, Mr. S C Mehta, Executive Director, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, U. Dasgupta, Director & Senior Vice President, L&T-Valdel Engineering Limited, Mr. Ajay Hans, M.D., Petron Engineering Construction Ltd, Mr. Arun Sharma, Chairman & M.D, Indian Register of Shipping, Mr. Samik Mukherjee, Country Head & M.D., Technip India, Dr. Jacques Perez, Vice Chairman, M. D. & CFO, LANXESS India .


Jasubhai Group:

Established in 1966 and headquartered in Mumbai, the Jasubhai Group is focused on two core business areas: Engineering & Manufacturing, Business & Technology Media. The Group comprises of the Jasubhai Foundation, Jasubhai Engineering Private Ltd (JEPL), CHEMTECH Foundation & Jasubhai Media. The Group has a pan-India presence across major cities, as well as overseas in Dubai, Oman and Qatar.


CHEMTECH Foundation

Promoted by the Founder and Chairman, Mr. Jasu Shah; CHEMTECH is India's largest non-profit industry association since 1975, known for its unique platform for business interactions & strategic alliances. The internationally acclaimed ‘CHEMTECH World Expo’ series of international exhibitions, conferences & trade fairs have grown to become the 2nd largest global event (after Achema in Germany) for the chemicals processing industry. CHEMTECH World Expo focuses on exchange of information and innovative ideas pertinent to sectors such as Chemicals & Processing, Pharma & Biotech, Oil & Gas, Refining & Petrochemicals, Power, Water, Shipping, Infrastructure & Design, Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC) and Industry Automation Control.  At this landmark event, the robust exchange of insights and technological innovations that take place between the Indian industry and partner countries plays a vital role in shaping the future of those industries. The current Chairmen of various Boards across verticals at CHEMTECH Foundation include the likes of Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman & MD, Reliance Industries, Mr. B Ashok, Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation, Mr. Vipul Shah, President, CEO & Chairman of Dow India.


Jasubhai Foundation:

Established in 1984, the Jasubhai Foundation is a registered Charitable Trust funded by the Jasubhai Group of Companies and its Founder, Mr. Jasu Shah. Its core areas include Education, Medicine, Arts & Culture, Indian Heritage and Rural Development. The Foundation supports activities from primary to advanced professional education. In the field of healthcare, the Foundation promotes medical assistance for people in need, financially supports the Eye Hospital in Kalol, North Gujarat, and is the Founding Patron of the Sri Shanmukhananda Sabha’s Medical Center in Matunga, Mumbai. Jasubhai Foundation is also a major supporter and Patron of the NCPA and the Sri Shanmukhananda Sabha in Mumbai.


Mr. Maulik Jasubhai:

Besides being the Honorary Vice Consul of Austria, he is the Vice Chairman & Chief Executive, Jasubhai Group (Jasubhai Engineering, CHEMTECH Foundation, Jasubhai Foundation). Mr. Maulik Jasubhai holds a degree in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the prestigious Wharton Business School. Maulik Jasubhai was the Founder & Publisher of Jasubhai Digital Media. JDM was the pioneer in IT Media & Online Media with preeminent brands like Chip, Digit, ZDNet India, CTO Forum and CRN. Prior to his position at the Jasubhai Group, Mr. Jasubhai worked with Fisher Rosemount, a Process Automation Division of Emerson Electric--a US-based Fortune 500 company. Under his aegis, the Jasubhai Group has entered the fast-growing Middle East market and has already set up manufacturing operations in other international markets to serve the growing engineering demands. Mr. Jasubhai is also the Hon. Vice Consul of Austria in Mumbai, since the year 2000. Under his leadership, a weeklong cultural festival of Music, Art & Austrian cuisine is being hosted in Mumbai.


Mr. Bernhard Wrabetz:

With a Degree in History and French by the University of Vienna, the Ambassador has been in diplomatic career since 1990. He has worked in the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York and also was the Austrian Ambassador in Portugal. Since 2013, Mr. Wrabetz is the Austrian Ambassador to India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.


Khushcheher Dallas:

Khushcheher is a graduate and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance. She is also a Licentiate of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (London). After returning from London in 1993, she began teaching Ballet at the School of Classical and Western Dance, the only centre in India that conducts both the RAD and ISTD international certificate examinations, conducted by examiners from overseas, and successfully introduced various additional styles of dance like Modern, Jazz and Latin American.


Shannon Benjamin:

A professional dance teacher, Shannon has taken part in international dance championships in the Indoor Asian Games in Singapore and the International Dancesport Championship in Singapore, being the only Indian couple to win a Gold Medal. He is the co-promoter of Dancesport India and Dancesport Maharashtra.


Behnaz Khusrokhan Bhandare:

Behnaz started dancing at the age of 4 at the School of Classical Ballet and Western dance in Mumbai. She has a Bachelors in Dance from Denison University, USA. Post college she danced with World Dance Fusion Company, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Mezclado and Camara Modern dance Companies as well as the Surati Classical Indian and folk dance company. She also trained for advanced level flamenco course in Spain and performed with the Christina Heeren Foundation. She has performed in various places all over the world including Mumbai, New York, Seville, Washington DC and Anchorage, Alaska

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