Prof. Mukesh Parikh

Designation: Professor of Practice

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Brief Profile:

Professor Mukesh Parikh is associated with Global Maritime Industry for over 40 years. He has a distinction of having hands on Maritime Industry experience with regular involvement in training and development throughout his distinguished career. During his career in shipping, since 1980, he is associated with UNCTAD/UNDP training programs conducted under “Trainmar” project. He was selected and trained as an instructor by UNCTAD to develop and conduct training programs for the maritime industry. He developed and conducted a number of programs in South-East Asia, Indian sub-continent and Middle East under this project. In 1986-87, he attended one year course on “Professional Shipping” at the Norwegian Shipping Academy, Oslo.

A sound foundation of the shipping industry and clear understanding of market and customer expectations enabled him to build his next phase of career in port and terminal industry. He has worked with Adani Ports since inception of Mundra port in 1997 as head of marketing and made a major contribution in setting up the marketing and business development teams and training the team members.

Since 2014, he took up advisory and consultancy role for the maritime industry. He regularly conducts executive and supervisory training programs covering important and major aspects of the maritime industry and logistics. In 2019, he joined Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management (now Adani University) as Adjunct Professor in Center of Excellence – Transport where he teaches Port & Shipping Management; Cargo & multimodal logistics.

  • Professional Shipping, Norwegian Shipping Academy, Oslo, Norway, 1987
  • Post Graduation in Business Management, XLRI, Jamshedpur, 1977
  • Bachelor of Science, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad 1975


  • Trainer for Trainmar project of UNCTAD/UNDP (1980 to 1986)
  • Trainer and Course director for different port management executive workshops – Global Ports Forum, Singapore (2014 onwards)
  • Adjunct Professor, Adani University (2019 onwards)
  • Visiting Faculty – Gujarat Maritime University – Port Management, Logistics


  • The Shipping Corporation of India, Mumbai – (1980-1992)
  • Hanjin Shipping, Jakarta, Indonesia (1992-1996)
  • Adani Ports and SEZ (1997-2007)
  • Private consultancy (2008 onwards)

  • Global Ports Forum, Singapore Course director and trainer

  • University Gold Medal at graduation
  • First rank at Professional Shipping, Norwegian Shipping Academy among 31 participants from 18 countries.
  • Training for trainers by UNCTAD/UNDP

  • Value creation in supply chain for main commodities being handled at Indian ports


  • Value creation in fertilizer logistics for Indian ports

  • Challenges and Opportunities in containerization for small ports, Port and Maritime Structures Conference Malaysia
  • Optimizing technology investment and market dynamics for bulk terminals, TOC, HongKong
  • General Shipping Management – Arab Maritime Transport Academy, Sharjah

  • Business volume and traffic potential for ports and terminals
  • Hinterland mapping and competition analysis
  • Revenue forecast and financial modelling for ports and terminals
  • Investment optimization
  • Commercial and legal aspects of logistics, cargo handling, warehousing
  • Business excellence and standardization of operating procedures
  • Organization development structuring and manpower planning with L&D
  • Concession agreements and PPP for ports and terminals.

  • General Port Management
  • Strategic planning for ports and terminals
  • Feasibility, valuation and financing of ports and terminals
  • Investment strategies for green and brown field port projects
  • Concession agreements and PPP for ports and terminals
  • Master planning for ports infrastructure, superstructure and equipment
    Value creation in bulk liquid logistics
    Commercial and Operational excellence for dry bulk/liquid bulk/ container terminals