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Meet Our Associate – Eka Infra Consultants


Technical Consultant

Paramban Jaipal is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a senior member of the Eka Infra team. He has over 50 years of experience in the Maritime Engineering sector. Paramban is a member of many international professional associations, such as European Engineer (Eur Ing.), Chartered Engineer (C Eng.), United Kingdom, Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, 1967 (MICE) and Member, Editorial Advisory Panel of the ICE Journal “Maritime Engineering”, 2011/ 2012.

He has experience covering projects in several countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

His five decades as an expert consultant and project manager has been developed through his association across multiple multinational companies, which include Jacobs, BMT, Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners and Bertlin & Partners. Paramban has also worked for many Port and railway authorities.


Technical Consultant

Capt. Arun. K. Karkare is a Master Mariner (Foreign Going) and served at the sea for over 15 years for various Indian and Foreign Shipping companies. When he came ashore, he joined Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) and served as a Marine Pilot for 22 years. During his time at MbPT, Capt. Arun led pioneering initiatives in the development of the Port. He has held the post of Director (Technical) with SHV International, the developer of India’s first private sector LPG gas plant in Porbandar, Gujarat.

Since the last 13 years, Capt. Arun has been a consultant to several prestigious Port projects including captive Port infrastructure projects developments and projects related to refinery, power, steel mill and cement plants. Some of the Ports he has worked with include Dhamra Port, Kattupalli Port, Chowgule’ s Port at Jaigarh, APM Terminals (Pipavav)and Paradip Port Trust. Capt. Arun is also the Marine Advisor and Consultant to many Government and non-Government organizations including IPA (Indian Port Association) New Delhi, Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) Mumbai and Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) Gandhinagar. He is also associated with Tata Power Company, KPMG, Deloitte and Finolex.

A recipient of Varuna Award, the highest civilian maritime award in India, Capt. Arun is an invaluable asset for our clients.



With almost six decades of solid experience as an engineer (Port and harbour), teacher and consultant; Mr. M.M. Kamath is the epitome of the term Subject Matter Expert! Mr. Kamath was part of the first batch of civil engineers that obtained their undergraduate degree from the world-renowned Manipal Institute of Technology in 1960 and was the top ranker in his class! He continued his educational journey with a Master’s degree (M. Tech D.I.I.T) in Port and Harbour Engineering from yet another well-respected bastion of learning – the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay.

For four decades between 1960 and 2000, Mr. Kamath ably served the Government of Karnataka’s Public Works Department, where he earned a reputation for competence, technical expertise and attention to detail. Since then, he has advised a number of public and private organisations in India, such as Indian Ports Association New Delhi, Rewas Port Mumbai, KPMG Chennai, Visakhapatnam Port Project, Mundra and many more. As a Life Fellow at several prestigious Indian and international organisations, Mr. Kamath – who specialises in Port and Harbour Engineering with particular focus on Dredging – is highly-respected for his knowledge, skills and passion. It is these qualities that have consistently kept him at the forefront of his chosen field of work. We at Eka Infra are very proud to welcome Mr. Kamath as an Associate with our firm.


Senior Port Professional

David Wignall is a senior Port professional and currently is the Senior Vice President of Indonesia’s State Owned Port Company (IPC) with specific responsibility for strategic projects. His experience as a senior Port manager responsible for operations and development combined with fifteen years of providing consulting support within the industry, has allowed him to develop a well-rounded understanding of the Port and marine industry. David’s expertise includes economics and feasibility studies while handling daily operations. He has been responsible for directing research and consulting studies and providing management support for marine assets across the globe. David has worked in many countries including China, United States of America, United Kingdom, India, Russia, Germany, Spain, Thailand, UAE, Yemen, Brazil, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Kenya and Nigeria.

The International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea, The World Bank and the Asian Development Bank have recognised David’s expertise by appointing him to undertake several independent studies. He has acted as an expert witness for courts in many jurisdictions. Of particular note was evidence for a court in New York on anti-trust claims related to price fixing in Ports and shipping.

David has presented more than 30 conference papers detailing projects and management research in the Ports and shipping sector. Before founding DWA, David was responsible for the Ports and Logistic Division of one of the world’s leading maritime research and consulting groups. In this role he was instrumental in expanding their Asian operations to over one hundred professionals spread throughout Asia Pacific. Prior to that, David was a member of the senior management team for a major shipping company where his responsibility was the development and operation of Port and terminal facilities. Earlier in his career David worked with one of Europe’s leading maritime engineering consultancies.


Technical Consultant

Alastair Macleod is well-known internationally in the field of container terminal planning, design and construction with over 35 years of experience. His expertise spans across many areas like preparation of design briefs detailing requirements for dredging and reclamation, ground improvement, quay structures, yard drainage and container terminal operational layouts and dimensions for quay decks and stacking areas. Alastair’s super specialty is in the designing of heavy duty pavements.

He has worked with major marine contractors on the construction of large container and bulk Port facilities in the capacity of Construction Manager and Project Director. During his career, Alastair worked on prestigious projects like the PSA in Chennai Port as the Advisor for the CITPL Container terminal construction, which required restructuring the project, overcoming delays and improving quality control. He also served as the Technical Advisor on the original concession for the PSA at J4 Terminal JNPT and assisted in technical aspects, constructability, cost estimates and ground improvement. Alastair follows strict design specifications and user requirements for all aspects of container terminal developments including electrical requirements, area lighting and communications. His expertise is useful for reviewing designs for functionality and operational requirements, prequalifying and selecting contractors and providing advice during the tender period. He also provides advice on the type of engineering contracts to be used for example Engineers Design or Design and Build.


Senior Design Engineer

Dilip Thummar is a dynamic and tech savvy professional with a master’s in technology – Structural Design. He has over 20 years of experience in the preparation and delivery of multi- disciplinary infrastructure projects. Dilip’s focus area is the use of high-end IT systems to support the design and implementation of infrastructure analysis. His expertise covers tools, such as ETABS, ORION and Microstran. Dilip’s project management skills and advanced analysis capabilities and design have been crucial for the successful completion of major projects.

After acting as the Technical Director, senior structural designer, project manager and principal engineer on several infrastructure projects, Dilip became an independent professional. This allowed him to deliver support to a wider range of infrastructure projects. His experience and expertise provide Eka Infra access to advance design and analytical skills, which are rare in the advisory sector.


Electro Mechanical Engineer

Mani Ravichander has about 30 years of experience in delivering major infrastructure including power plants and marine projects. He holds degrees in technology (Electrical and Mechanical) enhanced by a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

After two decades of consulting, project management, designing planning and project execution in major international companies, he has spent the last 10 years as an independent consultant offering designing and project management services to clients. Mani’s experience based insights into planning and design of the mechanical, electrical and PHE aspects of projects ensures Eka Infra’s ability to provide clients a truly integrated understanding of major infrastructure.


Geotechnical Expert

Sudesh Tiwari provides expertise in an area that provides some of the greatest technical risks in
large scale infrastructure, Ground Condition. He has an M. Tech in Geotechnical Engineering combined with over 20 years of practical experience. He is a member of Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS) and the Indian Institute of Bridge Engineering (IIBE).

Sudesh has worked in India and internationally in Dubai and Oman. His specialized work experience includes conduction and analysis of Pile Integrity Test, Cross-Hole Test, Electric Cone Penetration Tests and over 1500-line km shallow Seismic refraction survey.

Key areas of expertise include geotechnical design, bathymetric survey, geophysical survey, quality control of geotechnical activities, chemical and geotechnical analysis, cost estimation and tendering. He has served as the General Manager and Geotechnical Engineer in major companies including Fugro-knd Geotech Ltd. and Integrity Geosciences Pvt. Ltd.


Inland Waterways and Costal Shipping

Capt. Raj Krishna Lahiri is a Master Mariner (Foreign Going) and has served at sea for over 10 years in Indian and International Shipping Companies. Since coming ashore he has been involved as a technical advisor/consultant for Ports and marine infrastructure primarily focused on the east coast of India.

Capt. Lahiri’s project management skills coupled with expertise relating to hydrographic surveys, logistics planning, marine surveys, vessel suitability studies for inland waterways and operations management assistance skills provide Eka Infra access to ideas and experience that enhances our study and development of marine and Port infrastructure. In particular, he assists in ensuring the proposed infrastructure meets the needs of logistics chains.


Traffic Analyst

Drumil Patel is a veteran in traffic analysis with expertise in demand assessment and feasibility studies. With over 25 years of experience, he has effectively delivered successful projects for various Port-related development activities. Drumil possesses precise analytical capabilities and
exceptional technical expertise. He has undertaken several market studies, reviews and due diligence assignments for Ports and logistics across India and globally. He has also extensively worked on transport studies with wide experience in Ports and shipping, logistics infrastructure
(dry Ports, logistics parks, private freight terminals, free trade zones, etc.) and inland waterways.

His experience in the industry qualifies him to deliver promising results via a practical and ergonomic approach. Drumil’s in-depth knowledge about traffic studies, cargo logistics and feasibility studies can be instrumental in Port project as well as general infrastructure land use planning.


Financial Analyst

Srushti Mody has over 20 years of experience across multiple sectors, which include Ports and Port-related services, infrastructure and real-estate development.

Srushti has worked with several companies and has been a freelance consultant since 2010. Having worked with investment banks and private equity funds has given her insight to the integral workings of businesses. Over two decades, Srushti has completed financial feasibility and profitability studies for multiple projects, which include several major Ports across India.


Liquid Bulk/ LNG Expert

Girish Lele has over 40years of experiences in the industries like Fertilizers, Petrochemical, Refinery and Oil & Gas. He has held the positions of an overseeing manager, Hazop Chairman, Lead engineer, proposal manager, project manager and technical expert. His specialisation ranges from generation of basic engineering documents for ammonia cryogenic storage, preparation of technical offers and proposals for various projects, undertake technical feasibility, DFR and asset evaluation studies for clients, technical audits and quality control monitoring in process engineering.