Vivek Mehra comes from a family of textile manufacturers who pioneered silk screen printing in India. His business education began in family-owned textile mills long before formally beginning in New York. On his return to India in 1987, he spent four years working closely with the Central Food Technology Research Institute of India, Mysore and helped setup India’s first commercial fruit dehydration and preservation unit. The Government of India acknowledged his efforts and thanks to him, thousands of farmers across the grape growing belt of Central India today reap the benefits.
In 1990, he was awarded the ‘Vijayshree’ by the Government of Maharashtra for simplifying complex dehydrating technology thus ensuring a brighter future for even small farmers. In 1999, he left the field of food processing to spend time on researching chemical formulations that had thus far remained the preserve of large corporations in the developed world. His work on ultraviolet detectable inks and gel based stamping systems laid the foundation for these product lines in India.
Vivek pursued his passion for writing by joining hands with IDC Technologies, an Australian company and a market leader in providing workshop based training to engineers and technicians. He set up an India based unit to support the growing need of producing courseware for the company. In 2003, he became a trainer and exclusively handled workshops in New Zealand, Canada and UK.
In July 2013, he self-published his maiden novel, ‘Seven Shades of Grey’ a fictional story of lives intertwined and reality blurred, originally written in 1999, which no publisher wanted to publish.
He joined SAGE India as Deputy Managing Director in September 2005. On 1 December 2006, he officially became Managing Director and CEO of SAGE India. Today the company has close to 500 employees across 4 offices and sales reps based at remote locations across India.
Vivek Mehra is the recipient of the “Sharda Top Rankers Excellence Award for Visionary Leadership” in January 2016.
He is the visiting faculty at Ambedkar University Delhi and teaches courses at Post Graduate level. Vivek has also served as the Vice President, Association of Publishers in India and is on the committee for CII and FICCI on IPR and Copyright.
He is also an appointed member of the Editorial Board for the Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers’ (ALPSP) journal, Learned Publishing.
Vivek Mehra has an MBA in Marketing from Columbia University, New York and a B.Sc. in Textile Technology from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. In 2018, he was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law from the University of London.