Dr Vijay Chauthaiwale, Global Convenor OFBJP:
Dr Vijay is In-Charge, Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP) and Foreign Affairs Cell, Bharatiya Janata Party, since November 2014. Before joining active politics, he has worked in senior management role in pharmaceutical Research and Development for 18 years, his last role being Vice President (Discovery Research) in Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Ahmedabad, India. His main expertise is new drug discovery and R&D portfolio management.
Dr Vijay is Ph.D. (Microbiology) from University of Pune, India with 4 years experience as a Post Doctoral Fellow at National Institutes of Health, USA. He has attended executive management program at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and leadership development program at London Business School. Author of several peer reviewed scientific papers and inventor of several global patents, he has also served on the Board of Studies of Indian universities. He was also a member of selection committee for the appointment of Vice Chancellor, M. S. University of Baroda.
He served as a managing trustee and state secretary of non-profit NGO Bharatiya Vichar Manch, Gujarat (BVM) from 2000 to 2013 and was involved in organizing seminars, expert talks, publications, etc on contemporary topics of national and international importance.
Dr Vijay participated in recent Lok Sabha elections by taking 4-month sabbatical from his job from February 2014-June2014. He was stationed in the the BJP Headquarters in New Delhi for campaign coordination.
He is swayamsevak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) since his childhood.