Founder and Executive Chairman,
Dr. Ravi K. Mehrotra is Founder and Executive Chairman of the Foresight Group International Limited. A marine engineer by profession, he began his career in 1964 with the Shipping Corporation of India. Through hard work and dedication, he rose to the rank of Chief Engineer and was seconded as Managing Director for the company’s international joint ventures. It was through these experiences that he earned the international connections that enabled him a to realize his ambitions of running his own shipping company, the Foresight Group, in 1984.
Throughout his long career he has demonstrated the quality that lends its name to the Group, carefully navigating group companies to new opportunities and ensuring the business is equipped with the skills, assets and talent to secure its future for generations to come.
Dr. Ravi received his Honorary CBE (Commander of British Empire) from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He is Chairman of European India Chamber of Commerce (EICC), headquartered at the European Union in Brussels and has held several honorary positions, including Director of the Commonwealth Business Council. He has also been a board member with Lloyd's register. Recipient of Lloyd’s List and Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the Offshore and Maritime Industry and is conferred an Honorary Industrial Doctorate from Aries International Maritime Research Institute in Dubai, UAE and in 2021 Royal Holloway University of London conferred upon him the degree of doctorate of Science Honoris Causa.
Dr. Ravi holds a key to the City of London, continues to be a member of the visiting faculty for the Cambridge Academy of Transport and is a noted speaker at international conferences on issues of shipping and business.
Dr. Ravi, an entrepreneur and philanthropic by nature has created a business empire diversified into Drilling, Shipping, Port and Gas Infrastructure, Retail business, hospitality, not for profit Training institute. Dr. Ravi has set clear objective for the Group to celebrate centenary in 2084 with Good Financial Health, Excellent Reputation and all businesses relevant to society.
Mrs. Manju Mehrotra, graduate with BA & BED has been colossal support in the founding and development of Foresight Group since inception in 1984.
Mrs. Mehrotra chairs the family council of RK Mehrotra Holdings Limited (the ultimate holding company of Foresight Group). She has been actively involved in the strategic direction of the group over the last 36 years and consistently devoted time with business leaders and regularly visited operations on board ships, rigs and all our offices.
An ardent philanthropist, Mrs. Mehrotra has played a major role in supporting the non-profit training Institute, Amer Maritime Training Academy in Kanpur, India and is currently playing active role to bring all philanthropic activities under Foresight Foundation.
Group Managing Director,
Utsav Seth has over 27 years of experience in Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing, Branded Retail & General Management in India, China, UK, UAE & in Global roles of which 13 years have been with Singapore based Foresight Group a global conglomerate. Since 2016, Utsav has been leading the transformation of Foresight Group from a ‘family owned - founder managed’ business to a professionally managed global institution driven by values and focused on the founder’s directive to celebrate a century of operations in 2084.
He is currently based in Dubai U.A.E as the Group Managing Director of Foresight Group responsible for Strategic, Performance, Culture, Governance and long-term development of businesses across Shipping, Oil Drilling, Port & Gas and other strategic investments of the Group.
Utsav has played a crucial role in conceiving the concept and leading the development of India’s first CNG terminal & Smart Port Infrastructure in Gujarat and in the course, establishing winning synergies and joint venture with India’s one of leading and successful 100 year old family business house- P. Mafatlal Group & 150 year old Worlds largest dredging company Royal Westminster Boskalis NV Netherlands.
Utsav has been successful in co-founding & leading the brand “Pavers England” - India’s 1st Single brand retailer with foreign investment in joint venture with UK’s leading footwear retailer Pavers Limited in 2008. He has also pioneered the founding, developing, and leading India’s largest and professionally managed footwear component manufacturing & trading company since 1997 (GTFC). These businesses are successfully operating with highly professional and motivated multinational teams in India & China and are now part of Foresight Group.
He is an Alumnus of Harvard Business School, USA, and IMD Switzerland; Diploma holder in Organizational Behavior from INSEAD Fontainebleau, founding member of Mumbai Connect Chapter of YPO (Young President Organisation) a Texas headquartered global leadership community of more than 30,000 chief executives in 140 countries, also Member at YPO Downtown Dubai and YPO Greater London, Fellow at the Institute of Directors in London and Harvard Club of New York & Boston.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr. Patrick (Paddy) Rodgers, ex- Chief Executive of Euronav, is a member of Foresight Group’s board as non-executive director.
Mr. Rodgers brings a wealth of experience of almost 35+ years of maritime industry and is currently also a Director of the Royal Museums Greenwich, comprising of the Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House, one of the world’s largest Maritime Museums. He also serves as a non-executive director at ship management giant V.Group.
Paddy is a lawyer by profession. He has served in the past as Chief Financial Officer of Euronav, and also as Chairman of ITOPF.
Foresight Group is privileged to have his extensive networking within the shipping industry, experience in building and developing a fleet of tankers and demonstrable communication and leadership skills, all of which we believe would help the company expand in Shipping and drive growth in a post-Covid world.
Independent Director - Resident in Singapore
Capt. Ashok K. Batura, is a member of Foresight Group’s Board as Independent Director.
Capt. Batura is also the Honorary Consul-General for the Republic of Malta in Singapore. As a Master Mariner himself, he brings an expertise of over 30 years in the maritime industry.
Foresight Group is honored to be associated with him and leverage his knowledge, network and experience for the growth and expansion of our Shipping division in the years to come.
Director & Head of Shipping,
Manjari Mehrotra Seth is a Board Member at RKMehrotra Holdings Limited (the ultimate holding company of Foresight Group). Manjari is currently based at Foresight Group’s Global Operational Head Office in Dubai, UAE and is responsible for strategic development of the group’s Shipping Business under the mentorship of her father Dr. Ravi K. Mehrotra CBE, Founder & Executive Chairman.
Manjari is driving the strategic development and expansion of the Shipping Division, as the representative of the Mehrotra Family in the International Maritime Sector and thereby taking the legacy of the Founder-Chairman Dr. Ravi K. Mehrotra, CBE, forward to the next generation.
Manjari has over 21 years of experience in International Management and leadership roles across manufacturing, consumer, finance, legal, shipping & trading businesses and was based in UK, Cyprus, India and China before moving to UAE in 2016. Manjari has been actively involved with Foresight Group for last 10 years and was recently appointed to Lead the development of the Shipping business.
Manjari is a graduate with Masters in Management & International Finance & Marketing from UMIST, UK and Diploma in Multi-generation family enterprises from IMD Lausanne Switzerland. She is a member of Global Leadership Forum of Young President Organization.
Group Chief Financial Officer
Dipak Agarwal heads the Global Finance, Accounts & Compliance (GFAC) function at Foresight Group. A Chartered Accountant by profession, Dipak brings with him over 20 years of international finance experience. He has extensive Marine and Offshore experience specifically in the areas of corporate finance, asset & infrastructure finance, debt & capital markets, joint ventures, financial re-structuring, commercial & legal functions, risk management, internal control and corporate compliances.
Furthermore, his exposure to fund raising, domestic as well as international, is phenomenal as he has managed over a billion dollars over the past 10 years - primarily debt capital markets comprising conventional bank loans and structured products such as ECBs and ECAs.
Prior to joining the Foresight Group, Dipak has spent time in Singapore, Russia & Indonesia as Group Chief Financial Officer.
Director & Head of Drilling
Alok Jha heads the Drilling Division at Foresight Group and is responsible for Safety, Operational, Financial and Strategic performance of our Global Drilling Business.
Alok is a Mechanical Engineer from IIT Kanpur and has an accreditation in Petroleum Technology from French Institute of Petroleum, Pau.
Prior to joining Foresight in 2020, Alok was associated with Sea Drill as Director of Operations, based out of Houston, USA. He comes with a rich experience of 31 years in Drilling Operations across 18 countries and had a distinguished career having worked on Jack-ups, Semi subs, Drill ships & Land rigs.
Mr. Amulya Mohapatra, is the Vice -President Shipping who is a Marine Engineer by profession. Amulya comes with extensive experience in managing various types of tankers including VLCCs, gas carriers, modern reefer ships, contain er ships, multipurpose ships, container ships, chemical carriers and drilling rigs.
Under the able supervision of Mr. Mohapatra, the business has attracted a portfolio of international shipping customers by consistently where they are needed most. It is an approach that our Shipping Division takes a long-term approach to all of its interests and partnerships.
Managing Director- Footwear Material & Component -India
Balan Nanban spearheads GTFC Limited, the Footwear Material & Component business in India as a Managing Director.
He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has more than 25 years of experience in senior management positions.
Prior to joining GTFC, Nanban was a senior correspondent in a leading English weekly publication. He was also a Governing Council member of South India Business Chamber. Nanban is passionate about reading books and has created his own YouTube channel where he creates book summary videos of good books in Tamil.
Vice President & Director -
Ports, CNG, Projects (India)
Hitendra is a Chartered Accountant, with experience of more than 25 years in the Civil, Marine and Road transportation infrastructure sector across government, private sector and a multilateral organization.
Hitendra has a wide-ranging experience in design, planning, construction and project management for transport projects (roads, bridges, ports). He joined the Foresight Group in 2018 and is responsible for developing Bhavnagar Port in the state of Gujarat, jointly with Padmanabhan Mafatlal Group.
Prior to joining Foresight, Hitendra was associated with Swan Energy Limited with a primary focus to develop a modern LNG import Infrastructure facility in India. He was also in charge of development of India’s First Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) based green field LNG Port Project from scratch, which is coming up at the west coast of India in state of Gujarat.
Group Financial controller
Nitesh joined the Foresight Group in 2017 as Group Financial Controller bringing deep knowledge of steering complex business challenges in FP&A, Accounting & Compliance, Taxation Mergers & Acquisition, Fund Arrangement, Debt Restructuring with consistent record of delivering results in growth, revenue and operational performance.
He also has an extensive experience in cost containment, profit management and reducing borrowing costs through implementation of innovative financial models.
Nitesh leads the finance function in India, U.A.E, Oman, China, Singapore, Mauritius, Panama & Cyprus, manages the group’s statutory tax obligations and the compliance function.
Prior to joining Foresight, he was associated with FedEx Corporation and has worked with major organizations like Schlumberger and KPMG in the past.
Head, HR & Corporate Services
Vani Subramanian heads Human Resources and Corporate Services (including Talent Development, Corporate Communications, IT & Admin) function at Foresight Group. Vani brings with her over 22 years of experience with more than a decade in leadership roles. She has extensive experience in areas of Talent Development, Change Management, Talent Acquisition, Culture Building & Transformation, Organisation Design, HR Operations and HR Compliance among others.
Vani has a Masters degree in HR, she is a certified Coach and has an accreditation in Organisational Development from from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) & ODA.
Prior to joining the Foresight Group, Vani was associated with organisations like QK, Mastek Ltd, Serco & GTL Limited.
Head, Corporate Secretarial & Governance
Lakshmi heads Corporate Secretarial & Governance at the Foresight Group and is responsible for Board level compliances, POEM compliance, Corporate Structure compliance, Statutory and Regulatory compliance, internal compliance for all the Group entities around the world.
Lakshmi holds a dual Honours Degree – Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Law and is a qualified Company Secretary from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. Also, she is a qualified Lawyer enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Kerala.
Prior to joining Foresight, Lakshmi was associated with a major Private Equity Fund House and brings with her expertise in the areas of legal matters, DFSA regulatory, corporate governance and compliance matters across Indian Subcontinent, Cyprus, Germany and Singapore. She also has deep knowledge of litigation practice and legal consultation in the matters of Excise and Customs.
Head of Group Treasury
Nagoor is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA - US) & Certified Management Accountant (CMA) by profession and brings with her 14 years of experience in Accounting, Audit, Treasury Management, Cost Control, Corporate Compliance in UAE, Middle East, India, and various Jurisdiction.
She joined the Foresight Group in 2016 and is currently the Group Treasury Head leading treasury and banking control across all group entities. She is also responsible for Oil Rig & Ships Fleet Insurance and Investment & Portfolio Management for the group.
Head of QHSE & Asset Integrity
Ramesh joined us in 2020 as Head of QHSE & Asset Integrity for our Drilling Division.
Ramesh holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and brings with him 32 years of rich experience in Offshore Drilling industry across varied roles and types of rigs.
Prior to joining Foresight, Ramesh was associated with Shelf Drilling as Rig Manager and has worked with leading oil majors including Exxon Mobil, Chevron, ENI-AGIP, Addax Petroleum, Reliance Petroleum & ONGC in countries covering India, Nigeria, Cameron, South Africa, Liberia, Malaysia and Singapore.
With an expertise in HSE/Safety, Operational Performance of rigs and Project Management, at Foresight, Ramesh is responsible for Safety, ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) and Asset Integrity which includes optimising the maintenance program for our rigs.
Operations Manager, Drilling (India)
Avinash joined the Foresight Group in 2016 and currently leads the operations team of our rigs contracted to national oil companies in India; ONGC and OIL.
Avinash holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from NIT Jabalpur and comes with 39+ years track record of successful strategic and tactical leadership within the drilling industry under operator as well as drilling contractor environment.
Avinash has worked with reputed national and international companies like ONGC, Shell, Transocean, Cairn Energy, Baker Hughes, CNR International etc. under multiple senior management positions.
Operations Manager, Drilling (UAE)
Kolady Jayarajan leads all aspects of operations of our jack up rigs deployed for ADNOC as profit centre head at the Foresight Group.
Jayarajan is a Mechanical Engineer and comes with a rich experience of 34 years in Drilling Operations across 6 countries and conversant with floaters, Jackups, Modular rigs and Land rigs.
Prior to joining Foresight in 2016, he was Head of Operations for Nabors Drilling - India and General Manager of Operations for Aban Offshore.
Assistant Vice President - Business Development, Drilling (Middle East & Africa)
Moataz spearheads the Business Development function for our Drilling Business in Middle East & Africa.
Moataz has profound understanding of various aspects of rig operations and has worked on promoting down-hole tools, drilling optimization solutions, rig equipment and attaining long term contracts and building solid business models with ADNOC, PDO, KOC, QP, BP, ENI and Saudi Aramco.
Moataz has vast experience in organizing company events and exhibitions across the region in Iraq, UAE, Kuwait, Nigeria, Malaysia and Qatar. He has been one of the speakers at UAE SPE (2011) and ADIPEC SPE (2014).