Harish Thakkar received his B. Sc. Degree in Chemistry from University of Pune in 1971. After graduation, he attended various courses in Rubber Technology at the Rubber Technology Centre, IIT Kharagpur. He is also a qualified LPRI, Rubber Technologist. In the summer of 2005, he was a Visiting Scientist at the Polymer Engineering Department at the University of Akron, Ohio, USA. He has vast experience in multiple roles in the rubber industry as an entrepreneur in trading rubber chemicals and manufacturing of moulded rubber goods and dipped latex products. He is currently the President of Rachana Rubber, Pune.