Javed Tapia is a graduate from Sydenham College, Mumbai and completed his post graduation in Business Administration from Duke University, USA. He is the founder of Duke University's Fuqua Alumni Club in India and also serves on the interview panel for prospective applicants to Fuqua School of Business. With a strong background in corporate finance and management, Javed has over 15 years of experience in building and growing a varied range of companies.

Javed started his career with the family business and was involved with real estate for Clover Constructions. He then went on to be the founder, and set up an end-to-end IT solutions company, Clover Technologies - that provided enterprise level Unix and Oracle solutions and support to corporates. Javed took an early lead in understanding the Linux market when he founded a group under Clover Technologies to focus on Linux early in 1999.

With his passion for Linux and seeing the growth opportunity for this in India, Javed brought Red Hat Inc., into India by starting the subsidiary under the flagship brand name of Red Hat India Pvt. Ltd. Red Hat, with a market share of 65 percent worldwide, is a leader in development, deployment and management of Linux and open source solutions for enterprises - ranging from embedded devices to secure Web servers.

Javed led Red Hat's India operations since it's inception in December 2000. In five short years, Red Hat became a part of the mainstream, of the Indian IT industry with large deployments in the government, education and industry segments. As President of Red Hat Indian Subcontinent, his responsibilities included Red Hat's operations in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Middle East. Javed ran Red Hat until 2006 before selling his stake to Red Hat Inc. and moving to other projects and initiatives that he is now focusing on.

He is currently the Managing Director at Clover Infotech Pvt. Ltd., (CIPL) based in Mumbai. CIPL is a leading technology services and solutions provider. CIPL's expertise lies in supporting technology products related to Application, Database, Middleware and Infrastructure. CIPL enables its clients to optimize their business through a combination of best industry practices, standard processes and customized client engagement models. CIPL's core services include Technology consulting, Managed Services and Application Development services.

Javed is also managing the real estate division of Clover Realty and Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. CRIPL is into building residential and commercial complexes, lifestyle malls and warehouse. Javed also oversees, Deccan Warehousing located at Talegaon near Pune on the main Mumbai-Pune Highway (NH-4). Deccan Warehousing offers 500,000 sq.ft. of modern, state-of-the-art warehousing facilities which make warehousing and logistics operations efficient as well as cost effective.

In the last decade the earth has witnessed increasingly fast climate shifts and several critical environmental issues. Reducing humankind's utilization of non renewable energy sources is of utmost importance to ensure ecological harmony and balanced nature-friendly progress.

The issue of climate changes and the abundant supply of sunshine that India enjoys, motivated Javed to start a new venture on Renewable sources of energy that would lead to the betterment of India and World at large. The venture Clover Solar Pvt. Ltd. (CSPL) aspires to be a major player in the solar PV and solar thermal area. CSPL is working on reducing India's dependence on fossil fuels and harness its abundant sunshine and also address the serious problem of climate change by investing in a clean and renewable technology like solar. CSPL has just signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to construct 2 MW Solar Power Project in Maharashtra. This is a first step in the direction of setting up a 25 MW of Solar Power Plants over the next 3 years. Only 16 projects from across the country were accorded approval by the government under the migration scheme and from Maharashtra, Clover Solar was only one of the three.

Javed is the founder of Duke University's Fuqua Alumni Club in India and also serves on the interview panel for prospective applicants to Fuqua School of Business. He is also a member of The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) which is a dynamic, global network of more than 6,600 business owners in 38 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. He is also member of The Young President's Organization (YPO) since 2008. More than 300 chapters form the foundation of YPO, providing members with instant access to their local business peers. The chapter experience takes on an added dimension when members connect regionally and internationally through online discussions, Global Conference Calls, Networks, Groups, industry roundtables, presidents' seminars, leadership summits and much more. Whether a young leader heads an entrepreneurial startup, a family-owned business or a multinational company, the YPO network provides the advantage of a powerful connection to 17,000 peers.

Javed is also a member of Mumbai Angels, a unique forum where the members interact and exchange ideas and knowledge. The Mumbai Angels forum was started in November 2006 and provides a unique platform to start-up business ventures by bringing them face to face with established entrepreneurs, professionals and executives who are interested in and have the funds available to invest in start-up companies. Many members of Mumbai Angels have prior Silicon Valley experience. In addition to the capital of its members, the Mumbai Angels provides access to high quality mentoring, vast networks in India and abroad and inputs on strategy as well as execution.


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