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Gunvant Shah Biography

JAINA Executive Committee 2013-15 | JAINA Executive Committee 2011-13

Gunvant Shah

First Vice President 


"My goals are to make JAINA financially strong without cutting programs, help JAINA fundraising activities, organize regional Jain Milan Conventions (the most urgent need for the Jain community), work closely with the Directors from all Jain Centers, and establish a college scholarship for Jain graduate students (I already have $100,000+ in commitments)."


Education: M.S. (USA), M. Sc. (India), LUTCF

Occupation: Professor, Business Owner & Real Estate Investor & Developer (Licensed Real Estate & Insurance Agent)

Member Association: Jain Center of New Jersey - Essex Falls, NJ (JCNJ)


  • Make JAINA financially strong without cutting programs
    • Help JAINA fundraising activities
  • Organize Regional Jain Milan Conventions
    • The most urgent need for the Jain community
  • Work closely with the Directors from all Jain Centers
  • Establish College Scholarship for Jain Graduate students
    • I have $100,000+ in commitments



  • JAINA Treasurer (2013-15) 
  • JAINA VP Northeast (4 years)
  • JAINA Director (10 years)
  • Chairperson, 2007 JAINA Convention Food & Facility Rentals Committee
  • Chairperson, JAINA Senior Housing Committee 
    • Conducted "Senior Housing Need” survey, receiving 100+ responses
    • Traveled to FL to find building sites & to lead the project

JAIN Milan

  • Founder and Chairperson (2006-13)
    • Organized annual Matrimonial Conventions for 8 years in NJ, TX & NY for 800+ Jain youth
    • Maintained 3000+ Jains' e-mail contacts
    • Managed $100,000+ funds


  • Organizer, Gurudev Chitrabhanuji's Birthday Celebration (2007-12)
  • Treasurer, Secretary
    • Managed $3 million in assets
    • Organized temple fundraising of $15+ million
  • Organizer, Swamivatsalya
  • Organizer, Chaitra Paripathis (20 years)

Indian Culture Association of Central Jersey

  • VP, Treasurer, Secretary (1982-2013) 
    • Managed accounting of net assets of $300,000 
    • Managed yearly income-expenses of $500,000
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