Dr Mashelkar is an eminent chemical engineering scientist retired from the post of Director General from the CSIR and is the President of Indian National Science Academy (INSA), National Innovation Foundation, Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK and Global Research Alliance. The President of India honoured Dr Mashelkar with the Padmashri (1991), the Padmabhushan (2000) and the Padma Vibhushan (2014). Dr Mashelkar holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Bombay University.
He was appointed as an Independent Director of the Company w.e.f. August 28, 2007.