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Management Team

Top Management

Ujwal Kunte ( Founder and Managing Director of CQRA )

Ujwal Kunte is a Civil Engineer from MIT College Pune along with an MBA from Pune’s prestigious Symbiosis Institute of Business Management. After working with Afcons as a Design Engineer for a few years he decided to set up his own unit. Ujwal was always intrigued by Concrete Technology and established Durocrete Pvt. Ltd. in Pune in 1995. Durocrete Pvt. Ltd. is a dedicated Concrete Mix Design & Material Laboratory accredited by National Accreditation Board of Laboratories Dept of Science and Technology, since 2007.

In the late nineties Ujwal and his team conducted a research on quality practices at various construction sites across India. The result led to the establishment of CQRA Pvt. Ltd. in 2004. He is also the brain behind developing the 10 Point Rating System-Benchmark, for measuring the quality of various parameters associated with a construction project. He also conducts workshops and trainings on these subjects and has contributed papers in national and international seminars.

Ujwal has keen interest in subjects like Operations Research, Mathematical Methods and Research Methodology and teaches these subjects at many reputed post graduate management institutes like Pune University MBA Programme, MIT School of Management, Goa Institute of Management, Panjim and so on.

Ujwal is an avid reader and loves playing Badminton in his free time.

Shyamal Basu ( Executive Director )

Shyamal Basu holds a BTech (Hons) degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the prestigious IIT Kharagpur.

Shyamal started his career with steel plants and foundries. After toiling on the shop floors for a few years, Shyamal decided to switch his career path and explore Sales & Marketing in engineering and manufacturing sectors.

Shyamal enjoyed long tenures with reputed companies such as L&T, Thermax, KK Nag and UK headquartered Comcraft Group where he was a senior business development officer at their Legos-Nigeria office. He also has extensive experience as an independent consultant.

With a geographically wide exposure, Shyamal got the opportunity to work on diverse products ranging from fast moving consumables such as foamed plastics, ferrous castings to heavy capital equipments such as waste heat boilers and refrigeration machines. He also has a good knowhow of direct sales, branding & promotion, product management, trainings, ISO implementations, independent consulting, man power recruitment and management of accounts receivables.

Associated with CQRA Pvt. Ltd. for over 6 years now, Shyamal heads the Business Development function and oversees other administrative matters. Since his association, CQRA Pvt. Ltd has ventured into newer geographies and businesses.

When not working, Shyamal spends his time playing music, singing, swimming, exercising, travelling overseas and reading. He is also socially active being part of community groups which bring people together to work towards a common goal.

Vivek Bhaskar Gadgil -Director

Vivek Bhaskar Gadgil is the 1971 Civil Engineering topper from the erstwhile Marathwada University. He started his career as a site engineer at Engineering Construction Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the construction giant, Larsen & Tuobro, now known as L&T Constructions.

With a penchant for hard work, Vivek quickly rose up the corporate ladder at L&T Construction to become the Senior Vice President. From here he was directly appointed as the Chief Executive & Managing Director for L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd. Currently he is the Director at CQRA Pvt. Ltd

With a rich experience of 44 years, Vivek brings with him superlative project management & HR skills. He has shrewd business acumen and is a quintessential leader. An eloquent extempore orator, Vivek speaks on varied topics at leading Educational Institutes, Business Schools and diverse Professional Forums

He is a Fellow of the esteemed Institute of Civil Engineers (UK) and a member of the Board of Indian Chapter of American Concrete Institute (ACI)

His passion & dedication has won him many laurels. He has been awarded the Life Time Achievement Award -2015 by American Concrete Institute, Infrastructure Person of the Year-2015 by Construction Week Magazine and Udyog Ratna Award by the Institute of Economic Studies of India

Trekking, travelling, reading and telling stories on his wide range of professional experiences is what Vivek does best when not at work.

Amol Joshi ( Chief Financial Officer )

Amol Joshi holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Taxation & Law and in Export Management. With a strong 15 years experience, Amol is a Finance and Business Process expert.

He has worked in capacity of Finance Controller, Director Finance and Business Process Analyst for Uzel Makina Sanayai A S, Turkey one of the top ten tractor manufacturers in the world, Brembo S P A, Italian MNC group which manufactures Disc Brakes and N R Design, a renowned US based architecture group.

Currently Amol is the Chief Financial Officer at CQRA Pvt. Ltd where plays an important role as the strategic adviser to the MD & top management. He oversees the entire finance function of the organization and plays a significant role in ensuring legal compliances.

Amol loves traveling and passionately pursues Badminton.

Other Management Team

Chandrashekhar Phadke- Chief Operating Officer

Chandrashekhar Phadke holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the Board of Technical Examinations and is a Certified Project Management Professional from PMI, USA.

Chandrashekhar started his career with Soils and foundation engineers as Site supervisor and other organizations like Kukreja Construction Company, Kudianwala Industrial Designers Pvt. Ltd. Crystal Properties and so on.

With a total experience of 35 years, Chandrashekhar has proficiently taken over as the Chief Operating Officer at CQRA Pvt. Ltd. Here he spearheads the construction projects involving method engineering, contract preparation & contract administration and resource planning adopting modern construction methodologies.

Chandrashekhar works best under pressure effectively managing crisis and delivering within deadlines.

Swimming and trekking are Chandrashekhar's hobbies that keep him occupied when not at work.

Shama Patil ( Vice President-South India )

Shama Patil is a Graduate in Economics along with an MBA in marketing. Shama brings with her a sound know-how of the various aspects of marketing required in the Construction Industry. With her keenness to learn, over the years Shama has mastered the art of understanding core activities and its bigger impact on the industry, motivating and leading high performing teams, optimising commercial & operational performance, evaluating & managing risks and focusing on effective communication across levels.

Shama has a strong 12.5 years of association with CQRA Pvt. Ltd and has contributed significantly to the growth and image building of the company.

Shama is a passionate artist with interest in watercolours. She also enjoys travel and nature photography.

Girish Shriram Khaladkar (General Manager - West)

Girish Khaladkar is a Civil engineer from University of Mumbai with an MBA degree in Project Management from Institute of business management studies.

With a professional association with some of the big names in the industry like Unity Infraprojects, JM Baxi & Co, Hinduja Group and so on, Girish brings with him a vast knowhow of 17 years in Project

Execution & Quality Management in both residential and commercial sectors.

Girish is a member of the Engineering Council of India and has been connected with CQRA Pvt. Ltd. for the past 7 years. At CQRA Pvt. Ltd. Girish oversees all the business operations for the western region.

Girish is a voracious reader and loves to travel and explore new places.

Chandrashekhar Phadke- Chief Operating Officer

Upendra Apte is a qualified interior designer along with a diploma in Civil Engineering. With the much sought after combination in education qualification, Upendra brings to the table 21 years of experience in various fields relating to Civil Engineering & Design.

Upendra has worked with organizations like Salpekar Developers, Maruti Earth Movers, Hemant Mulay Engineers & Contractors before joining CQRA Pvt. Ltd. In the past 10.5 years at CQRA Pvt. Ltd. Upendra oversees the Quality Auditing of Residential and Commercial buildings (Third Party Inspection).

His weekly offs and holidays are spent listening to music and travelling.

 Atul Datar ( National Audits Head )

Atul Datar is a Civil Engineer by qualification and an astute leader with nearly 15 years of professional experience in the areas of Quality Assurance & Construction Audits.

Atul started his career as civil engineer with Vishal Infrastructures Pvt ltd at Calicut Airport also worked with organizations like Atacon Infrastructure Pvt ltd. Which gave Atul an exposure to power sector projects, industrial sector project, heavy machine foundations, architectural construction & Infra projects. Atul is a registered professional engineer with Engineering Council of India and is well versed with engineering software's, Indian Standards, ASTM & NBC.

Currently the Nationals Audits Head at CQRA Pvt. Ltd., Atul has been instrumental in helping to improve the construction snap audits, Q Assure & Home Inspection services for the past 7 years. Reading and playing outdoor games are Atul hobbies.

Consultants

Kashinath Datta is a Civil Engineer from the Regional Engineering College of Durgapur. He began his illustrious career with Gannon Dunkerley & Co Ltd., followed by many well-known names like Bridge and Roof Co(I) Ltd., Simplex Concrete Piles (I) Ltd., Oriental Civil Engineering Construction Ltd., Petron Civil Engineering Pvt. Ltd and TJN Const Pvt Ltd.-Pune

In his career, Kashinath's core competence lay in the construction of various bridges and plants like was power, cement, sewage treatment, iron, Pipe & Coating and so on.

Kashinath is a passionate engineer who believes in hard work, dedication and regularly updating his knowledge. These qualities helped him move up the corporate ladder and retire from his last organisation as a Dy. General Manager. He is currently associated with CQRA Pvt. Ltd., as a Consultant whereby he guides CQRA in general construction management matters and also in specific site managements.

Subhash Bhide is an Electrical Engineer by qualification and has experience in both Hospitality Management and Construction Sector. Subhash is an ace liaising officer and is well networked with Investors, Architects & Developers, Government Bodies, Statutory Authorities, Project Managers, Consultants and Interior Designers.

His key achievements lie in his thorough understanding and assessment of 5 Star Hotel properties in India, Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Watching Cricket and News and being updated with current affairs is what Subhash does in his spare time.

Amol Joshi ( Chief Financial Officer )

Brig. Vinod Nakra (Retd) holds an MSc degree in Defence Management Science from Savitribai Phule University-Pune (formerly-Pune University) and is a post graduate in Civil Engineering (Town & Country Planning) from Madras University. In The Indian Army, Brig. Nakra held positions of Deputy Director General Planning before his retirement. He served the army for 34 years.

Post retirement in March 2002, Brig. Nakra has worked as a consultant with many multinational corporations like L&T, IJM (Malaysia), RITES, AFCONS. He is currently also associated with CQRA Pvt. Ltd as a Consultant. He has a hands-on experience in planning and construction of metro lines and stations under DMRC, constructing various highways, bridges, flyovers, commercial/hotel complexes and The Delhi International Airport (T-3).

He brings with him a proficiency in Contracts, Claims Management, Dispute Resolutions including Arbitration and Project Management with a focus on Quality and Safety Assurance for real estate and infrastructure projects.

Ajaykumar Patil is a Civil Engineer from Walchand College of Engineering-Sangli with a Diploma in Contracts Management from NICMAR – Pune.

During the service tenure Ajaykumar has worked with reputed companies like Shapoorji Pallonji Constructions Ltd., B.G. Shirke Constructions, Westin Hotels, Phoenix Market City, HDFC Limited, Kolte Patil Developers, MITCON Consultants and so on

Ajaykumar has a strong 22 years of professional work experience in Product Designing, Planning, Budgeting, Quantity Survey & Contracts, Project Co-ordination, Method Engineering, Purchase & Contract Administration, Resource Planning etc.

At CQRA Ajaykumar works as a consultant for processes like Contract Administration, Cost Auditing, Tender Reviewing and so on.

In his leisure time Ajaykumar likes to Read or Cycle.

Jayant khode is a Civil Engineer from Savitribai Phule University, Pune (Formerly known as Pune University). Jayant began his career as a site engineer and soon joined PRMC (Pune Ready Mix Concrete) which is India’s first ready concrete mix plant for commercial consumption.

Jayant’s interest is in waterproofing and with a thorough research he has developed new concepts for the same. In 2000, Jayant started his own company ‘Constrotech’. Constrotech today caters to 200 plus products which contains perma, fibermesh, aquamix, bosch, pyramid rust convertor, supreme and many more.

Apart from developing systems, Jayant also works as a faculty member for training in waterproofing in PCRF (Pune Construction Research Foundation) and is an exclusive waterproofing consultant to many industrial, residential, commercial, and hotel project.

When not at work, Jayant like to travel and is an avid scuba diver. He holds a Guinness Record for longest human chain under water in scuba diving.