Our Key People
We really enjoy what we do. Our senior team has a healthy mix of experienced scientists, production managers and business professionals. This benefits our customers greatly because we are quick to respond, always professional and have a fundamental technical understanding.
Dr Samit V. Ahir
Dr Samit Ahir coordinates the Group. Dr Ahir gained his PhD (soft matter/polymer physics) at the University of Cambridge in 2006. He is the author of several international papers and book chapters and is a FreshMinds™ Ones to Watch selected mind.
Dr Ahir’s love of dance has seen him perform on television and on stage. During his university years he founded a charity and dance company. Since then, the focus has been business, family and children. He still enjoys dance, table-tennis, film soundtracks and basketball when time allows.
Finance & Legal
Kishore joined the group in 2010, making him Makevale’s newest team member. Bringing with him decades of international banking and legal experience, Kishore is responsible for the group’s finance, auditing and legal functions. He is also a keen chef and an investment guru.
Dr Shah M. Ahmed
General Manager, MV Plastics Ltd
Shah completed a Zeneca/BASF sponsored PhD in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Manchester in 2000 and spent a year in Zeneca’s R&D laboratories. He joined MV Plastics Ltd in 2000 and was promoted to Technical Manager in 2002 and became the General Manager in 2015. He has a deep knowledge of site activities, processes and functions and has led the development of many new products in various industrial sectors. Shah is a keen footballer and has been known for taking part and organising inter-company matches. Shah is a proud father of 3 and is also involved in charitable work in his spare time.
LIU Siming (Seaman)
Managing Director, Westmining Trading, Youxi Chemical
Mr Liu obtained his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and is currently Managing Director responsible for overall business and operations at Westmining Trading and Youxi Chemical, our key partners in China. Mr. Liu has many years working experience in chemical industry. He likes sports, particularly basketball.
Dr Val Ahir
Founder and Chairman
After gaining his PhD in organometallic chemistry from London University in 1976, Dr Ahir worked as a scientific officer for a range of dental firms and acrylic manufacturers before founding the Makevale Group in 1979. He remains an active member of the group, especially in the area of R&D. ‘The Doc’ is also a proud father, grandfather and yoga enthusiast.
Founder and Director
Manu Naik joined Makevale in 1981. He holds an MSc in engineering from University College London and also has a few years’ teaching experience under his belt. Manu has been a vital part of the Makevale Group’s expansion over the last three decades. Manu is The Doc’s brother in law and a proud father. He is also passionate about cricket.