ICC Team

Chief Executive Officer
Raj Desai

Executive Director
Manasi Dharne

Executive Director
Rajul Sheth – Sports & Recreational Center

Finance Department
Shilpa Naik – CFO

Human Resources
Shanthi Asokan – HR and Membership Manager

Vice President of Development
Rupal Dandia

Head of Community Relations & Programs
Vandana Gandhi 

Director of Sales

Deepak Chopra

Banquet Sales
Velia Rico – Banquet Manager

Pramod Som– IT Manager

Fitness, Membership 
Shelly Rojas – Fitness & Membership Sales Manager

Youth Program Manager
Neena Jain

Preschool / Aftershcool Assistant Director
Mitchel Guadarrama

Medical Clinic
Krisha Gupta – Medical Clinic Coordinator

Teena Punjwani – Marketing Consultant


Raj has over 40 years of experience in building global teams and entrepreneurship after holding senior positions in professional services, telecom and non-profit organizations. He is an CPA (UK) and a Charter Member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs).

Raj started his career with the Coopers & Lybrand, UK practice where he held a variety of roles, including C & L Malawi. Subsequently, Raj joined British Telecom’s management team in the new and emerging value-added services business and participated in several acquisitions in the US which resulted in his relocation to the US. In 1994 following a merger of British Telecom’s operations in the US with MCI, Raj ventured into the entrepreneurial world by acquiring a number of commercial printing businesses over a period of six years. After consolidating these businesses, Raj made a successful exit.

In 1994, Raj joined The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a Silicon Valley not for profit organization focused on inspiring and mentoring entrepreneurs then as the Executive Director for six years, doubling up as TiE Global ED until 2005. Subsequently, he took a three-year India assignment for a Silicon Valley based startup Rhythm New Media as the Country Head. He currently serves as a Board Member of Miista Inc., a high-end, London-based, women’s shoe company. He returned to TiE SV in 2013 as the Executive Director until November 2015. Continuing with his passion for working in the non profit and community based organizations, he is now CEO of India Community Center in Silicon Valley.

Raj is a very experienced mentor and brings to the table a tremendous understanding of global markets, a keen understanding of business dynamics, a sharp sense of operations planning & management and a deep knowledge about how the global investing eco-system operates.


India Community Centre Silicon Valley, USACEO2016-Present
Miista Inc.UKBoard MemberEXIT MAY 2019
Rhythm New MediaIndiaCountry Head2009-2012
The Indus EntrepreneursSilicon Valley, USAExecutive Director1994, 2005-2011, 2012-2016
Entrepreneurial VenturesUSAProprietor1995 – 2004
British TelecomUK, USAVP of Finance1978 – 1999
Coopers & LybrandUK, Africa (Malawi)Trainee to Manager1969-1978