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    Dr. Vishwajeet Kadam

    Dr. Vishwajeet Kadam is the Secretary of Bharati Vidyapeeth He is nominated as a Member of All India Council of Technical Education by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India. Dr. Kadam holds many important positions in different organizations including Co-operatives, Educational institutions and the like.

    Dr. Kadam is a very active sports person, having keen interest in various games, particularly football. He is the Vice President of Western India Football Association (WIFA) and the President of Poona District Football Association (PDFA). He is also very closely associated with the Deccan XI Club, which is a prestigious club, sponsoring football tournaments.

    He is the Managing Trustee of Abhijit Kadam Memorial Foundation, Pune, through which the football culture has evolved in Pune. He has been instrumental in getting national and international level players, thus providing inspiration and guidance to local talent.

    He is a member of the Managing Committee of Bharati Vidyapeeth's Kreeda Pratishthan and also a patron of Dr. Patangrao Kadam Sports Club, Sangli.

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    Mr. Vishal Chordia

    Mr. Vishal Chordia has successfully transformed his traditional family-run spice processing business of Pravin Masalewale into a professional enterprise with exports to over 20 countries.

    Apart from being associated with a number of prestigious organizations in Pune, Mr. Chordia is Founder Member and President, Lakshya. (a Non Profit Organization to promote the sports culture in India)

    Mr. Chordia started playing competitive Tennis at a very young age and has always been a sports person at heart. He has won a number of State Championships. He is proudly continuing the corporate contribution of his business enterprise towards sports in various capacities. The Pravin Tennis Trophy, a tournament being successfully conducted for the last 25 years without a break is testimony to his passion for sports. Just like Tennis, he has been a keen follower of Chess too.

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    Mr. Sunandan Lele

    Mr. Sunandan Lele is a renowned sports journalist and cricket player.

    He has represented Maharashtra Cricket as the Under-19 Captain.

    Besides being an ardent fan of cricket, he has over 25 years of experience in Sports Journalism.

    He holds the unique and unmatched distinction of having covered over 80 centuries out of Sachin Tendulkar’s 100 centuries.

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    Mr. Mandar Tamhane

    Mr. Mandar Tamhane is a passionate sportsperson. He takes a keen interest in football including the administrative, technical and commercial sides.

    He has been associated since 2004, with Abhijit Kadam Memorial Football Tournament and worked with Abhijit Kadam Football Development Center in its collaboration with Liverpool FC, The English FA and the All India Football Federation (AIFF). He has also been associated with the Poona District Football Association (PDFA) for 12 years and is the Treasurer of PDFA. He is also the Hon Secretary of Deccan Rovers Football Club, a Semi - Professional Football Club from Pune, which concentrates on nurturing players and coaches and gives them a platform to be successful professionally.

    He has been the Manager of the Indian National Football Team for 3 years. Currently he is the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of JSW Bengaluru Football Club, and has been involved with the Club since its inception and has played a very integral part in setting up the team and looks after the day to day functioning of the Club.

    Over time he has built a very strong network in the football industry in India and abroad including various clubs and organizations and also with the media, mostly sports journalists from all over India.

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    Mr. Ashish Pendse

    Mr. Ashish Pendse has been a National and University level footballer and represented Maharashtra as Vice Captain. A Masters in Communication and Journalism, he was awarded the Best Young Journalist Award. He has had a journalistic stint of two decades with Loksatta and Maharashtra Times (working at the highest level as Assistant Editor).

    While at the peak of his journalistic career, Mr. Pendse decided that it was time to follow his passion, Football!

    He is the Concept and Executive Editor of Football Fiesta Magazine - the very first and unique venture in footballing media. Football Fiesta endeavors to provide a common platform for all the football lovers.

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    Mr. Parag Shidhaye

    Mr. Parag Shidhaye heads Strategy Connect Consulting and Solutions, a PR and Media Management company. He has enjoyed a successful 12 year stint with major MNCs in the Banking and IT fields.

    A keen planner and strategist and skills in implementing business development plans, he brings his expertise in handling several successful PR campaigns and events for corporate companies, educational institutions and election campaigns and strategies for several political candidates/parties.

    He is an avid chess player and is passionate about sports as a lifestyle.