Leading through experience

Our visionary management teams leads from the front and drives everything we do at OmniActive. With over a century’s worth of combined experience in the nutraceutical and supplement industry across a wide array of backgrounds and functional areas, our team fuses innovation with strategic thinking and implementation.

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. Before that he has been trained at Bombay Oil Industries, Marico and other Mariwala family companies. 

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, TIE-The Indus Entrepreneurs and FICCI.

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.

Johan Kamphuis
President - Global Business

Johan has more than 30 years’ experience working in the functional foods and dietary supplement industries with top companies globally. Bringing diverse business development and leadership experience to the team, Johan leads our global business for all markets we operate in i.e. US, Europe and Asia. He is responsible for the overall growth of OmniActive and provided leadership in developing business globally, guiding the sales, marketing and product management teams across the globe.

He has completed his PhD in Chemistry from University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Abhijit Bhattacharya

With more than 25 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.

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 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. 

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.

Rajesh Udhoji
Chief People Officer

With over two decades of experience in human capital management across different 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 Asia. His areas of focus include people strategy, organizational design, employee development, human capital processes, change management and organization development aligned to business strategies.

Rajesh is a certified coach from the International Coaching Federation (US) and from Centre for Creative leadership, Singapore. He brings in deep understanding on people processes through his facilitation experience through ISABS (Indian Society for Behavioural Science). He has a master’s in
Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from Nagpur University.