Contributors

Aziz Haniffa is a Sri Lanka-born, Washington-based journalist of four decades who Indian Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu called “one of the best-known names among the Indian-American community in the United States”. From President Joe Biden to Vice President Kamala Harris, Barack Obama to George Bush, he has interviewed them all for India Abroad where he rose to become its executive editor. He was the only South Asian print journalist who was part of the White House press delegation that accompanied President Bill Clinton to India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh in 2000. Last year, subjects of his countless stories gathered over a unique virtual event to honor and pay tributes to his journalism.
Shashi Tharoor, a third-term member of parliament for Thiruvananthapuram, India, is the bestselling author of twenty-two books, both fiction and non-fiction, besides being a former under secretary-general of the United Nations and a former minister of state for human resource development and for external affairs in the Government of India. He has won numerous awards, including the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Crossword Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2019, Tharoor was also awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in the category of ‘English Non-Fiction’ for his book An Era of Darkness. He chairs Parliament’s Standing Committee on Information Technology.
TP Sreenivasan, former ambassador, has spent ten years in the US in different diplomatic assignments, including ambassador/deputy chief of mission in Washington. He has also served in Japan, Bhutan, Russia, Myanmar, Fiji, and Austria. He was a member of the National Security Advisory Board, Government of India. At present, he is the director general of the Kerala International Centre and a freelance columnist. He has authored seven books on international affairs.
Maina Chawla Singh is a scholar-professor focusing on gender, identity,and Indian diaspora. She has taught at premier universities in India, Israel, and mostly at Georgetown and American University, Washington, DC. She has lived in Russia, Japan, Ethiopia, France, and the United States, and speaks multiple languages.
MR Rangaswami is an entrepreneur, investor, corporate eco-strategy expert, community builder, and philanthropist. Recognized as a software business expert, he participated in the rapid expansion of Silicon Valley.  He was named to the Forbes “Midas” list of investors and also recognized by CRN as one of the “top 25 technology executives”. He is also the founder of Indiasporaa non-profit to unite the Indian diaspora and transform their success into meaningful impact in India and on the global stage.
Pradeep K Khosla is chancellor, UC San Diego, recognized as one of the top fifteen research universities in the world. An internationally renowned electrical and computer engineer, he is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the American Society for Engineering Education. In 2012, he was named one of the fifty most influential Indian-Americans by SiliconIndia.
Suman Guha Mozumder has worked as a journalist, both in India and in the US, for more than thirty years, chronicling stories of the four-million-strong Indian-American community while working, first for IANS and then India Abroad weekly, the oldest and the most reputed newspaper for the Indian-American community. He was recognized by the New Jersey state assembly in 2011 for his contribution to journalism.
Raj L Gupta, chairman of APTIV PLC since March 2015 was formerly chairman and CEO of Rohm and Haas. He was chairman of American Chemistry Council and the Society of Chemical Industry, America Section. He is a member of the Dupont board and is the chairman of Avantor Inc. He has also served on the boards of Arconic (Howmet Aerospace Inc.), HP, IRI, the Vanguard Group and Tyco International, amongst other companies.
Deepak Raj is the chairman of Pratham USA and also the chairman of the India Philanthropy Alliance. He is the founder of the Neera and Deepak Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and is a co-founder of Indian-American IMPACT, an initiative to build a nationwide network of Indian-American leaders in policy, politics, and government.
Ashish Shah is the senior director of philanthropy and community engagement at Indiaspora focused on philanthropy and diaspora engagement. He is focused on understanding giving habits and patterns of the Indian diaspora in the United States in order to help elevate its level of giving. Prior to Indiaspora, Ashish co-founded GivingRise, an online giving platform focused on making giving to India from the United States simple, transparent, and highly impactful.
Arun Kumar is a veteran journalist and foreign correspondent who has reported on all things concerning India and Indians from three vantage points—Islamabad, Beijing, and Washington—for nearly two decades. Returning to India after eleven years as IANS correspondent in Washington, DC, he continues to track the Indian-American story.
Mayank Chhaya has been a journalist for the last forty years with a reporting career out of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the United States. He is the author of an authorized biography of the Dalai Lama The Dénouement, Vikram Lunar Lander Dead or Alive?, and Sam Pitroda: A Biography. He is also writer-director of the documentary Gandhi's Song.
Ajay Ghosh, veteran journalist and social worker, is media consultant of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI). He is the founder president of the Indo-American Press Club and served as adjunct faculty at the Graduate School of Social Work, Fordham University and Bridgeport University.
Vikrum Mathur is a Washington, DC area resident with deep interest in entertainment, film, pop culture, media, theater, and politics. He has served as a film critic for The American Bazaar since 2016 and has interviewed various prominent cinema personalities. He has also been an actor-performer, having performed in plays at the Kennedy Center and DC Capital Fringe Theater Festival and short films screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, and DC South Asian Film Festival. He has also worked as legislative director in the Maryland general assembly.
Bijal Patel is chairman of the California Hotel & Lodging Association (CHLA), the largest state hospitality group in the US whose members operate almost a quarter-million hotel rooms, besides also being the CEO of Coast Redwood Hospitality.A third-generation hotelier, he is the youngest person to head CHLA in the association’s 128-year history.
Laxmi Parthasarathy is the chief operating officer of Global Press, an international news organization that trains and employs local female reporters with more than forty bureaus around the world. She has been a media innovator for more than a decade, working across Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America and most recently was the director of Global Media at Ashoka, the world’s leading association of social entrepreneurs.
Sujata Warrier is the chief strategy officer for the Battered Women’s Justice Project. She has worked at local, national, and international levels on issues of violence against women, culture, and intersectionality. During the Obama administration, she served, after being appointed by the attorney general, to the Federal Department of Justice, Office on Violence against Women’s Advisory Board.
Shamita Das Dasgupta is a co-founder of Manavi, an organization in the United States that focuses on violence against women in the South Asian community. She has taught at Rutgers University and in the clinical law program at NYU Law School. She specializes in the study of ethnicity, gender, immigration, and violence against women.
Arun K Singh is a former ambassador of India to the US, France, and Israel. He is currently a Halle Institute distinguished fellow at Emory University, Atlanta, US, visiting professor at Ashoka University, India and a distinguished non-resident senior fellow in the Asia Program at the Washington, DC-based German Marshall Fund. He was also a distinguished visiting professor at Center for Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania, US.