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Mr. Nitin Sheth

Nitin is an accomplished industry leader with a unique combination of experiences as a Global Manager, Entrepreneur, and Management Consultant. He is passionate about building and transforming businesses, driving innovation, coaching and building high-performance teams. Nitin is deeply influenced by India’s Spiritual philosophy and traditions, and believes they can provide the inspiration for a social & cultural renaissance not just of India but the world.

Nitin is the Chief Executive Officer of Incedo Inc, a high growth Technology services firm focused on Digital, Data and Analytics. Prior to Incedo, Nitin has held several top management positions.  He was Chief Operating Officer of Flipkart, India’s largest ECommerce company; Managing Director and Country Head for Fidelity International in India, where he also led Global Offshore Operations and Business Strategy for Fidelity’s International business;  and Director of McKinsey’s Global Knowledge Centre in India, where he conceptualized, developed and led many new knowledge and analytics based capabilities that have had far reaching industry impact.

Nitin holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, where he was awarded Chairman’s gold Medal for standing first in the MBA program, and a degree in engineering (B.Tech) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Nitin has been elected twice to the NASSCOM Executive Council, was a Founder & Chairperson of NASSCOM’s GIC Council, and was the Chairperson of the Nasscom Regional Council (NRC) in Haryana, India. As an avid speaker in the areas of leadership, entrepreneurship, business transformation and technology, Nitin regularly speaks at industry conferences and writes a blog called “Nitin’s Fundas” at nseth71.blogspot.com.

Nitin is passionate about mentoring and nurturing leaders and is a Co-Founder of Plaksha University – India’s largest collective philanthropy effort to build a new model of engineering education and research.

Nitin moved to the USA in 2019 and stays in Short Hills, New Jersey with his wife Arpna and three wonderful children Karmistha, Devishi and Pragun.

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Mr. Narsimha Koppula

Narsimha Koppula has around 30 years of experience in the field of information technology and management. As entrepreneur he co-founded Ace info Solutions in 2000 which grew to a successful federal IT contractor. He has been mentoring small businesses in DC Metro region in federal IT contracting.

He is passionate about continuous learning of Sanatana Dharma by association with organizations such as Chinmaya Mission and Hindu SwayamSevak Sangh. He is chapter advisor as Sewa International and active with World Hindu Economic Forum. He is also passionate about improving US-India relations. For over 10 years, through US-India Security Council, working to educate law makers and other decision makers to promote correct understanding of India and promote defense technology cooperation between US and India.  He promotes participation of Indian American community in mainstream US political process.

He has master’s degree in Structural Engineering from West Virginia University. He lives in Vienna, VA with his wife Pratibha and two sons Rohit and Sujit.  

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Mr. Kiran Chhaganlal

Kiran Chhaganlal is an accomplished senior executive with over 30 years of operational experience in multi-national companies and start-up enterprises, as well as in law firms and corporate legal departments. He has earned multiple law degrees and has practiced law in three different countries. He earned his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the London School of Economics & Political Science in London, the Barrister-at-Law degree from Grays’ Inn, London, and the Certificate of Law from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Mr. Chhaganlal has lived at least 8 years each in India, Fiji Islands, England, New Zealand, and now in USA since 2000.

Mr. Chhaganlal is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ius Juris LLC, which is provides legal support and services for in-house legal departments and law firms in North America. The firm has a dedicated team of lawyers who specialize in various practice areas, focusing mainly on Intellectual Property (trademarks and patents), Contracts, and Compliance Programs. Mr. Chhaganlal is also a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Florida Business Partners, LLC, which provides consulting services, strategic advice, and hands-on assistance to select individual clients and families in the areas of funding, business development, and probate/estate matters. Mr. Chhaganlal is also the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Florida Technology Partners, LLP, which set up and managed a network of Angel investors funding early-stage technology companies in the 2000’s. The FTP portfolio companies raised over US$700 Million in funding between them. Mr. Chhaganlal is a Co-Founder, Past-President, and Past-Chairman of TiE Florida, and a Charter Member of TiE Tampa. He is also on the Board of Directors of Florida’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. He has served as President and Executive Committee Member of several cultural, community, and professional organizations, including being a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Auckland Harbourside in New Zealand.

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Dr. Ajay Shah

Ajay Shah earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Mississippi, and Executive MBA from the University of Arizona.  He has worked in the industry and an academic research institution in management positions in the areas of intersection between science and technology.  Dr. Shah is an Adjunct Professor of Management at Amrita University where he teaches Strategic Management in joint MS/MBA program between Amrita University School of Business and SUNY Buffalo.

Dr. Shah serves as the Executive Vice President of World Hindu Council of America (VHPA).  He is a co-founder of the Hindu Students Council, the first and the largest organization of Hindu students outside Bharat, co-founder and CEO of HinduNet, the first and the most prominent Hindu website in the world which paved the way for Hindu presence in the electronic media.  His pioneering role in presenting Hindu dharma on the internet was featured in the book, “The Soul of Cyberspace: How New Technology Is Changing Our Spiritual Lives” by Jeffrey Zaleski. Dr. Shah is the founder and Convener of American Hindus Against Defamation (AHAD), the very first initiative of Hindus to stand up against the misrepresentation of Hindu icons, culture and way of life, founder and Convener of Hindu Policy Research and Advocacy Collective USA (HinduPACT USA), and co-host of HinduLounge, a weekly Facebook Live program on contemporary American Hindu issues.

Previously, Dr. Shah served as the editor of the HIndu Vishwa and various internet Hindu forums.  In 1990, he wrote “Our Kashmir,” a book about the issues in Kashmir and its impact on Hindus.  Ajay credits Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in Mumbai, India for inspiring him to work on Hindu causes.

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Dr. Asha Pillai, M.D., FAAP, FACP is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology, Deputy Director of Translational Research, Co-Director, FOCIS Center of Excellence in Human Immunology, and Member of the Tumor Biology Program in the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Pillai completed her B.S. in Immunlogy at Stanford University and medical degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine, combined residencies in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics at the Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas) and the first combined Medicine-Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology/ Transplantation fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she also received a Ruth Kirschtein Transplant Immunology Research Fellowship and the K08 Career Development Award of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her research group has remained NIH-funded since 2007, with a focus in innate immunity, and immune tolerance, leading to the development of novel techniques for innate immunotherapy in transplantation. She established an internationally recognized laboratory at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a premier pediatric cancer research center. She has published several research papers in Immunology, transplantation, and immunotherapy. Since a teenager, she has been deeply involved in medical development work in India and has established several international initiatives in medicine, cancer, and transplantation. After joining the University of Miami, she leads international efforts in these and related areas. Among leadership roles, she has served on advisory boards and committees of international organizations including the Asian American Donor Program (AADP), the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS), and as a standing member of the Transplantation, Tolerance, and Tumor Immunology Study Section of the NIH.

Her efforts in immunology, global health, and education are intertwined with the goal of developing advanced research and immune therapies that are pragmatically applicable internationally. She was an early avid student of classical South Indian fine arts and remains active in this arena. Since 1987, she has been deeply involved in programmatic inclusion of advanced Hindu studies at major academic centers. Among her interests are Sanskrit studies, novel transdisciplinary research initiatives, and insuring accurate representation of vedic pedagogy in history, literature, and philosophy programs in academia.

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Dr. Jashwant Patel

Dr. Jashwant Gangaram Patel completed his MBBS and MS (Master of Surgery) degrees from Gujarat University, his General Surgery Residency at Flushing Hospital, Cornell University, New York and his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at Kings Brook Jewish Medical Center, New York. He completed his fellowship in Pain Medicine from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and 1996 and served as a Visiting Scientist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Research Triangle Park, North Carolina for 5 years, before moving to the Central Coast of California in 2001 to start his pain medicine practice. As a Medical Doctor with over 25 years of experience in Spine and Pain Management, he performs advanced surgeries and procedures for pain in the USA. Dr. Patel also is currently a Medical Director and the owner of the CASC (Cypress Ambulatory Surgery Center) and Pain Management Practice on the Central Coast of California.

Dr. Jashwant Patel is involved in various social and community organizations and is on the board of several organizations. He serves on the board of directors for FIIDS (Federation of India and Indian Diaspora Studies) and Param Shakti Peeth of America. He serves on the National Advisory Council (NAC) for the National Institute of Media, Communication, and Research (NIMCaR), Ahmedabad. Dr. Patel was part of the historic reception of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in San Jose in September 2016 and had arranged a meeting of Gujarati leaders with the Prime Minister.  He has been a part of Dhanvantari Seva Yatra in the northeast of India for many years and has done Medical Camps in Meghalaya, Assam, Majuli and Arunachal Pradesh. He is very active in teaching yoga and has organized multiple yoga education sessions in the USA. He has organized International Yoga Day every June since 2015 in California and has been a Swayam Sevak of RSS / HSS since 1972.

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Board Member

Dr. Vimal Patel received his Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1969. He was the recipient of the National Institute of Health Fellowship in Neuropathology from 1970 through 1974. He has also qualified as an Ayurveda Ratna, from the Allahabad University, in 1996 where he studied under practicing Ayurvedic Physicians.

Dr. Vimal Patel was an Associate Professor of Neuropathology (Retired) at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he served as Director of Neurochemistry Diagnostic Laboratory at the Department of Pathology for 34 years, from 1970 to 2004. He also served as a Visiting Professor and Advisor to the President of Martin University in Indianapolis. During his active career, he established the Indiana Institute of Integrative Medicine and served as its Director and President. He has also published a few papers in the field of experimental pathology, integrative medicine and performed pioneering research in Ayurvedic Rasayana. Dr. Vimal Patel was empaneled into the 21-member NIH Panel for evaluating integrative medicine centers, from 2000 to 2004, where he was responsible for disbursing over $ 130 Million to various centers.

In his more than 50 years of residence in Indianapolis, he has been involved in the establishment of several social and religious organizations, catering to the Hindu community and culture. He is a founding member of India Community Center, the Geeta Mandal of Indianapolis and its Balagokulam, a past director of Vishwa Hindu Parishad America, a Founding member of the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana, Hindu American Vanaprasthi Network (HAVAN), a Board member of Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC) in Indianapolis. In his post-retirement period, he is actively engaged in Interfaith dialogues representing Hindu Dharma with many different organizations, including schools and churches.

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Prof Ved Nanda, MA.Ph.D

Chairman of the Board

Padma Bhushan Prof. Ved Nanda serves as the Chairman of the Board of Hindu University of America. Dr. Nanda is a Professor of Law at the Sturm College of Law, University of Denver and serves as Director Emeritus of the International Legal Studies Program there. In 2006, Professor Nanda was honored with the founding of the Nanda Center for International Law. He served as Vice Provost at the University of Denver from 1994-2008. He holds or has held numerous official posts in international, regional, and national professional and civil society organizations. He is widely published, having authored or co-authored 24 books in various fields of international law. Prof. Ved Nanda has also received a number of awards including the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award for Community Peace Building.

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Mr. Kalyan Viswanathan

President

Mr. Kalyan Viswanathan received his Master’s Degree in Computer and Information Science from Ohio State University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science. He has studied the texts and traditions of Hinduism from an Advaita Vedānta perspective through a 21-year association with Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Founder of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam group of institutions and the first Convener of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha. He serves as the President of the Dharma Civilization Foundation (established 2012) based in Los Angeles and is also the Founder and President of the Sanatana Dharma Foundation, Dallas, Texas (established 2007). He has had a long-standing interest in the promotion of the academic study of Hindu Dharma and played a key role in the establishment of the Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. In his prior career, he was a global practice director for an internationally known software consultancy Services firm. He is a member of the Board of Hindu University of America, and currently services as its interim President and Executive Vice President. He also teaches in the Continuing Education and Certification Division.

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Dr. Manohar Shinde

Board Member

Dr. Manohar Shinde, M.D., Ph.D. Psychiatry, was on the teaching clinical faculty of UCLA & USA schools of Medicine and at the “Institute for contemporary psychoanalysis” (ICP). He has also served as a Medical director in many institutions and has retired from 29 years of private practice in Glendale, Los Angeles. Dr. Shinde is a community leader with an extensive track record of philanthropy and service and has impacted thousands of people. He serves on the board of several non-profit organizations serving the Indian community in North America.

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