Ashank Desai, Founder and Ex-Chairman of Mastek, is the chief architect in catapulting Mastek into the top 20 software companies in India. Mr Desai is a leading light of the IT industry in India. He is the founder member and ex-President of National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM). He has also been the Vice President of ASOCIO (Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation) and is the only Indian to be presented with the Honourable Contributor's Award for his outstanding contribution to ASOCIO's growth in 1994.
Mr Desai holds an M. Tech degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai (ranked 3rd among Technology and Science Institutes by Asiaweek in its Special Report on Asia's Best Universities 2000) and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad (ranked among the top 5 management institutes in India). He has been conferred the Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIT Mumbai for his contribution as a software entrepreneur.