Mahesh has been an FDI specialist for over a decade specialising across a broad range of industry sectors. Mahesh served as Country Head, Investment (India) at Austrade — the trade and investment wing of the Australian Federal Government, for over seven years. His primary focus was to attract, promote and facilitate investment from India into Australia. He was instrumental in promoting and facilitating FDI worth over USD 5 billion into Australia across various industry sectors.
He also worked as Regional Director for the Mauritius Government, attracting and promoting investments from Indian industry into Mauritius across sectors for almost four years.
Mahesh has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Bombay, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Computer Science, a Diploma in Import-Export Management, and a Certificat de français élémentaire from Alliance Française de Bombay. Mahesh is on the Board of the Australia New Zealand Business Association of India (ANZBAI). He is a Founder Trustee of ATMA, an NGO with chapters in the Netherlands, Canada, Hong Kong and Australia. He is a past President (2010-11) of the Rotary Club of Bombay Harbour, Mumbai, India.