Leading through experience

Our visionary management team drives everything we do at OmniActive. With over a century’s worth of combined experience in the ingredient and supplement industries across a comprehensive spectrum of backgrounds and business functions, our team fuses innovation with strategic implementation. The result? Cutting edge, high-quality products, which help people live better lives. What makes the OmniActive team so amazing? We invite you to read more about our individual team members below.

Sanjaya Mariwala
Managing Director

A seasoned entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience in the natural food and supplement ingredients space, Sanjaya provides strategic and financial oversight and guidance to our global teams. He was part of the founding team of OmniActive, and has helmed Kancor Ingredients since 1990.

Sanjaya’s numerous professional and industrial affiliations include the India Pepper & Spice Trade Association, All India Spices Exporters Forum, Confederation of Indian Industry, Indian Merchant’s Chamber and The Indus Entrepreneurs.

He holds a degree in tax management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, and has completed executive training programs at the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad) and Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Abhijit Bhattacharya

With more than 20 years in product management and development across the health, nutrition, flavors and personal care industries, including 15 years at Kancor, Abhijit offers strategic market inputs to our product development and marketing processes. He played a key role in the formative years of OmniActive, focusing on early business and product strategy, while establishing our global presence.

Abhijit holds a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Fergusson College, Pune, and an MBA from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand.

Hiren Doshi

Hiren leads our market development team in delivering product and technology innovations to the nutritional ingredients market. He has also played an essential role in directing OmniActive’s sales and marketing efforts in the United States. Prior to joining OmniActive, Hiren founded and worked at Focus Infomatics, a medical transcription management company in Boston, MA.

He received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas, Austin.

Jayant Deshpande, PhD
Chief Technology Officer

Jayant has more than 25 years experience in the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries in areas including biocatalysis, polymer synthesis and drug delivery technologies. He leads new product development at OmniActive’s Prince Edward Island, Canada location. Jayant has an established track record of developing innovative technologies and delivery systems to enhance the nutritional value and functionality of ingredients within our portfolio. Through close interaction with our customers in North America, he is able to understand current and future needs while simultaneously catering to the product needs of our sales and marketing teams.

Jayant has a M.Pharm and Ph.D in Pharmaceutics from Bangalore University. He serves as a member of visiting faculty at Mumbai’s Institute of Chemical Technology.

Arun Balakrishnan, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer

With a rich academic, research and business background, Arun heads up OmniActive’s R&D efforts. He is primarily responsible for establishing processes for quick turnaround of projects driven by customer needs, developing delivery platforms and improving existing products.

Arun has held positions as a Professor/Researcher at the Centre for Biotechnology, Anna University, Chennai, and as Senior VP for Screening and External Liaison of the Natural Products division at Piramal Lifesciences.

He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry and a Master’s and PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Madras. Additionally, he served for 4 years as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of California, Berkeley.

Chaitanya Desai
Chief Operating Officer

A seasoned pharmaceutical industry executive with a strong history in managing operations from raw material sourcing to end-product manufacturing, Chaitanya aligns and guides OmniActive’s agriculture, supply chain and manufacturing divisions with a focus on high-quality, sustainable and traceable product processes.

He is an alumnus of the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai.

Ashoke Roy
Chief Financial Officer

Ashoke oversees OmniActive’s financial affairs across our divisions. With an extensive background in financial analysis and strategic management across life science, chemical and electronics industries, Ashoke brings core expertise in fundraising, cost management, mergers and acquisitions, corporate taxation, internal audit and ERP implementation.

Ashoke is qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Cost Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India respectively.

Rajesh Udhoji
Chief People Officer

With 20 years of experience in human capital management across the corporate spectrum, Rajesh is responsible for OmniActive’s comprehensive human capital efforts at all of our global locations, including India, United States, Canada, Europe and China. His areas of focus include people strategy, organizational design, employee development, human capital processes and change management.

Rajesh has a master’s in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from Nagpur University.