MEANA Officials

MEANA brings engineers of Malayalee origin to share our common interests, values and experiences and is involved in many activities for the betterment of society.

Executive Members

Mathew Daniel

President

Mathew Daniel currently serves as President and Global Head of...

James Manimala P.E.

Vice President

BSEE TKM College of Engineering, Kollam (1970) MSEE Illinois Institute...

Steby Thomas

Secretary

Steby Thomas is a graduate with BS in Mechanical Engineering...

Reji Tharakan

Treasurer

Reji Tharakan received his B. Tech (in ECE) from North...

Vinod Neelakantan

Public Relations Officer

Vinod Neelakantan currently serves as Vice President, Corporate Development for...

Sabu Thomas

Mentor

Sabu Thomas is an IT Management Professional and is the...

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Mathew Daniel

Position: President

Mathew Daniel currently serves as President and Global Head of the Banking and Financial Services Business Division of IBM Corporation. Mathew has the overall global responsibility for running the entire business division and is also a key member of the IBM Senior Management Leadership Team in determining the strategic growth of the organization Prior to joining IBM Corporation Mathew was holding the position of Senior Vice President and Global Head of the Retail and Consumer Products Group Business Unit at Tech Mahindra Americas Inc/Satyam Computer Services Ltd. Mathew has also served in senior roles with HCL Technologies Americas Inc, Lucent Technologies Inc and Xerox Corporation. Mathew is a leading Sales and Marketing Leader who has more than 36 years of global work experience and has worked in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific Regions.
Mathew is a graduate of TKM College of Engineering, Kollam (1977-1982) under the University of Kerala with a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has two MBA Degrees, one from London Business School and the second from the prestigious Harvard Business School. Mathew is currently pursuing his Ph.D. program in Marketing Management and Client Acquisition Techniques from Kellogg School of Management in Chicago.
Mathew is currently serving as the President of the Malayalee Engineers Association of North America(MEANA)

James Manimala P.E.

Position: Vice President

BSEE TKM College of Engineering, Kollam (1970)

MSEE Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

Power Utility Engineer, worked for ComEd/Exelon for 35 years, currently a consulting engineer.

Secretary: Steby Thomas

Steby Thomas

Position: Secretary

Steby Thomas is a graduate with BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Class of 1995

Employed in the transportation industry in engineering and sales positions with several technical patents.

President of MEANA 2011-2012

Treasurer: Reji Tharakan

Reji Tharakan

Position: Treasurer

Reji Tharakan received his B. Tech (in ECE) from North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology, Arunachal Pradesh. He is from Charummood, Kerala and has been living in Chicago area since 2000. He worked in Delhi as an R&D Engineer before moving to the US. He is currently employed with Comcast as Divisional Vice President of Engineering for their Central Division. His areas of focus include Network Engineering and deployment, Network Capacity, Distributed Access Technologies and Network Virtualization.

Reji is married to Lisa Tharakan and lives with their two children in the Chicagoland area. In addition to MEANA, he serves on the board of Metropolitan Family Services (DuPage) and is an active member of St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church of Chicago. Reji enjoys travel and spending time with his family.

Vinod Neelakantan

Position: Public Relations Officer

Vinod Neelakantan currently serves as Vice President, Corporate Development for CTS Corporation based in Lisle, IL. He has overall responsibility for leading the strategic planning process and the development and execution of the company-wide Mergers and Acquisitions.

Vinod’s most recent role prior to joining CTS was with Sysmex where he was responsible for leading the strategic revenue generation team and driving the financial planning and analysis function for the company. He also held Finance and Corporate Development roles in companies like Schneider Electric and Littelfuse. He has extensive experience in financial planning and analysis, business analytics, strategic planning and all aspects of business development and merger and acquisitions. Vinod spend the first 11 years of his career in Cognizant Technology Solutions in multiple global consulting and management roles.

Vinod is a graduate of College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram (1992-96) with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in Finance and Strategy.

Vinod served as the President of MEANA during 2017-2018. Under his leadership, MEANA organized successful fundraising campaign for Kerala Flood victims and raised over $18,000 directly assisting 60+ families in Kerala.

Sabu Thomas

Position: Mentor

Sabu Thomas is an IT Management Professional and is the Founder/CEO of i-medIT Technology Solutions. i-medIT Technology Solutions provides enterprise-level IT practices and solutions to healthcare-focused businesses as well as small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the Chicagoland area.

Sabu received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and M.S. in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology. He also received an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.

Sabu has been actively involved with MEANA since its inception in 1992. He held various positions during this time and led the organization as president in 2009 and 2010.

Under Sabu’s leadership, MEANA submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister of India (via Mr. Ashok Kumar Atri, the consul General of India) regarding the export of E-Waste to India and to ban this illegal activity.

Also, when MEANA conducted a fundraiser for the scholarship program in 2004, Sabu was the fundraiser convener and was able to raise $54,000.

 

Board Members

Abraham Joseph

Board Member

Undergrad – BE Electrical, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology...

Bobby Jacob

Board Member

Martech and Data Science Specialist, Radian Consulting LLC MBA, Finance,...

Luke Thachet

Board Member

BSEE, The University of Illinois Chicago, 1980

Philip Mathew P.E.

Board Member

P.E., LEED AP O+M Mechanical Engineer at MWRD

Vinod Panicker

Board Member

SVP, Credit Portfolio Group Manager at Citigroup BS, Electrical, Electronics...

Sinil Ann Philip

Board Member

BS, Computer Engineering College of Engineering Chengannur

Tom Pullukat

Board Member

BS, Civil Engineering 1974 Regional Engineering College Calicut, Kerala, India...

Tony John

Board Member

Bachelor of Engineering, Bangalore University 1993 Manufacturing Systems Engineering, GMI...

Abraham Joseph

Abraham Joseph

Position: Board Member

Undergrad – BE Electrical, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT), Bhopal, Class of 1981

Grad – MS CS & Electrical, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Class of 1993.

Areas of interest – IT Engineering and Support (Data centers)

President of MEANA (2015-2016)

Bobby Jacob

Position: Board Member

Martech and Data Science Specialist, Radian Consulting LLC
MBA, Finance, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management
1994-1997
BS, Engineering, Shivaji University 1986-1990

Luke Thachet

Position: Board Member

BSEE, The University of Illinois Chicago, 1980

Philip Mathew P.E.

Position: Board Member

P.E., LEED AP O+M
Mechanical Engineer at MWRD

Vinod Panicker

Position: Board Member

SVP, Credit Portfolio Group Manager at Citigroup

BS, Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Mahatma Gandhi University

Sinil Ann Philip

Position: Board Member

BS, Computer Engineering

College of Engineering Chengannur

Tom Pullukat

Tom Pullukat

Position: Board Member

BS, Civil Engineering 1974

Regional Engineering College

Calicut, Kerala, India

(New name of REC is

National Institute Of Technology)

Tony John

Position: Board Member

Bachelor of Engineering, Bangalore University 1993
Manufacturing Systems Engineering, GMI Engineering & Management Institute 1995
Master of Engineering Management, Northwestern University 2004