UC Merced appoints Ronak M. Jani to external advisory board

The advisory board advises the university on strategic issues

Ronak M. Jain appointed to University of California Merced Board / Image - UC Merced

The University of California Merced (UC Merced) has appointed the Jani Group of Companies' Ronak M. Jani to the external advisory board (EAB).

The EAB of UC Merced School of Engineering works in tandem with the dean of Engineering to cultivate strategic partnerships, improve response to engineering requirements, and carry out essential development initiatives for the school's long-term professional and academic objectives.

In the new role, Jani provides strategic advice and direction from his extensive experience and knowledge in the finance sector to boost the leadership of the university.

“I am excited to join the UC Merced External Advisory Board and support the university’s mission of providing a world-class education to students from all backgrounds,” Jani said.

 “I believe UC Merced has the potential to be a major force in innovation and I am committed to helping the university achieve its ambitious goals,” he added.

A well-known executive with over 20 years of expertise in the financial sector, Jani serves as the managing director of the Jani Group of Companies, a multigenerational family business. The New York-based company serves as a global marketplace offering venture capital firms and international financial services.

Jani graduated from Pace University's Lubin School of Business in New York with a bachelor’s of business administration in Public Accounting and an MBA in Financial Management. He holds certifications in the fundamentals of quantitative modeling from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and is a certified commercial investment manager from Chicago-based CCIM Institute.

With a portfolio of over US$ 750 million in America and US$1 billion globally, Jani has led successful commercial development transactions, banking instrument transactions, and innovation. He has collaborated with Fortune 100 companies to enhance mutual business operations.

Jani has also served on the boards of Lion's Club, Rockland County Conservatory of Music, and Indus Entrepreneurs' ‘TiE’ New York chapter.  

Reputable people from a range of businesses make up the UC Merced External Advisory Board to counsel and advise the institution on strategic issues. The members of the board are selected based on their qualifications, background, and dedication to the goals of UC Merced.