Dr. Lalit K. Aggarwal
Chairman

Dr. Aggarwal’s interest in gem grading arose from his pioneering work in the field of ImageStatistics, a powerful new statistical technique he developed to address problems with large numbers of variables in the early 1980s. He founded ImaGem in 1998 to commercialize the application of ImageStatistics to the gem industry.
Using ImageStatistics, Dr. Aggarwal bridged the gap between machine and human grading. Along the way, he developed an integrated technology to collect the image data, the programs to analyze it, and the hardware to handle gemstones and move them through the grading process automatically.
Dr. Aggarwal is a successful entrepreneur. A retired university professor, he earned a doctorate in Peace Science from the University of Pennsylvania and has earned three Masters degrees. Dr. Aggarwal has published in such journals as Educational and Psychological Measurement, Communications in Statistics, Quality and Quantity and the Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation.

John K. Hendricks
Board Member and Company Secretary

Mr. Hendricks has extensive experience in providing project management and legal counsel to executives on strategy, acquisitions, joint ventures, international expansion, telecommunications regulation, antitrust, billing and collections, credit cards and litigation/dispute resolution. He graduated from Amherst College and Columbia Law School.

Vikram Agrahar
Board Member and Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Agrahar has played a key role in the development of ImaGem’s technology.
He has developed and refined the VeriGem and managed its manufacturing. He helped design the software architecture for automated gem grading system and worked on color processing algorithms for a proprietary and patented technology.
He earned his Masters Degree in Computer and Software Engineering at Widener University, USA and his Bachelors degree in Electric and Telecommunication Engineering from Nitte Institute of Technology.
Previously he served as a senior customer support specialist for SAP America and as a web developer and graduate assistant at Widener University.

Joseph Gaetz
Software Programmer

Mr. Gaetz has expertise in image processing, motion systems and hardware integration. He has programming experience in LabView and C/C++. He has designed, developed and commercialized a complete vision system for defect analysis.
As part of the team that has developed ImaGem’s Lab Information System, which is used by clients to manage data flow and communicate with different sites, Mr. Gaetz continues to play an important role in overseeing daily operational activities.

Gauri Shiroor

Director of Marketing and Sales

Ms. Shiroor finished her undergraduate education with a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree from R. A. Podar College and did post graduate studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communication from Xavier Institute of Communications. She is a Director of Marketing and Sales at ImaGem and Licha Enterprises. She is also responsible for product development and process management. She is an active volunteer in a non-profit organization.