Indiaspora delegation to Israel
- The Jerusalem Post – Building a Hi-Tech Triangle among Tel Aviv, Bangalore and Silicon Valley (July 5, 2017). This article discusses Indiaspora’s delegation to Israel in conjunction with Prime Minister Modi’s visit, which features interviews with Arun Kumar, KPMG and MR Rangaswami: “ ‘There is tremendous potential in the connection between Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv and Bangalore – more broadly, between Israel, India and the US, particularly in areas of innovation tech and entrepreneurship,’ Kumar, who is now chairman and CEO of India’s KPMG, which specializes in risk, financial and business advisory, said on Tuesday. Kumar stressed that parties could benefit from increasing the number of Indian students studying at Israeli universities, as well as from connecting the start-up ecosystems and incubators in all three places. Kumar said that as he takes part in his first trip to Israel this week, he is particularly eager to see such connections made in areas like digital health, agriculture and irrigation.”
- India Abroad – Indiaspora and Jewish leaders partner for trip in July (June 30, 2017) This article prominently features Indiaspora and AJC’s joint delegation: “Indiaspora and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) are partnering to bring a high-level delegation to Israel when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits in July. On the agenda: Talks about technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, foreign policy and international geopolitics. M.R. Rangaswami, Indiaspora’s founder, said the two groups will bring a collective of about 15 participants, including entrepreneurs, philanthropists and venture capitalists. They expect to be in Israel July 3 through July 7. ‘Our delegation will engage in quadrilateral people-to-people Track 2 diplomacy between the Israelis, Indians, Indian-Americans, and Jewish Americans,’ he said. Joining them will be Dr. Bharat Barai, chairman of the Global Indian-Jewish Relations Institute (GIJRI)
- The Hindu – Diaspora groups promote India-Israel-U.S partnership in security, technology cooperation (June 27, 2017) This article previews PM Modi’s historic visit and mentions Indiaspora’s participation in this historic trip: “A delegation of nearly two dozen Indian Americans and Jewish Americans will travel to Israel, corresponding with the PM’s tour. The group will host policy forums at Israelithink tanks, and participate in a community event that Mr. Modi is scheduled to address in Israel. American Jewish Committee’s Asia Pacific Institute, Indian American group Indiaspora and Global Indian Jewish Relations Institute (GIJRI) are organising the initiative. Policy forums at Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Tel Aviv University, BESA (Begin-Sadat Center) and Bar Ilan University will discuss opportunities for enhancing India-Israel relations in the academic, commercial, start-up, entrepreneurship, emergency management & strategic arenas, said M.R. Rangaswami, founder of Indiaspora. Mr. Rangaswami said due to the close cooperation between Indian, Jewish and American technology entrepreneurs, a “tech triangle” between Bangalore, Tel Aviv and the Silicon Valle is taking shape.
Indiaspora Israel Delegation
Mandar Apte is a film director and producer of From India With Love, a documentary which tells a story about a transformational pilgrimage to India taken by a group of Americans, who have all suffered from violence, in search of healing and transformation. Due to the success of this inaugural delegation, he has organized two subsequent delegations of elected officials and law enforcement. He is also a co-founder of Media Rise – a social impact nonprofit that inspires both the creation and consumption of meaningful media to accelerate social change. Before that, until March 2016, Mandar managed Shell’s GameChanger program on social innovation, focusing on investing in novel solutions to social and environmental challenges that would create shared value – for both business and society. Mandar is an award-winning social entrepreneur recognized with the prestigious “Ashoka League of Intrapreneurs” award and his work has been profiled by Fast Co. Mandar is an acclaimed expert on leadership and social innovation and has spoken on entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership at prestigious forums including TEDx, Wharton Business School, Social Innovation Summit, Sustainable Brands, and London Business School, among others.
Suchit Bachalli is Chief Executive Officer of Unilog Content Solutions and all its global subsidiaries. Unilog, a global technology company with headquarters in Wayne, Pa. and Bangalore, India, specializes in e-commerce and enriched product catalogs for the B2B marketplace. A company that originally launched as a small services company in India in the late 1990s, it has expanded to more than 800 employees worldwide. Before his current role as CEO, Suchit served as President for North America at Unilog since 2014. He has more than 15 years of technology sales and management experience, with strong industry knowledge in distribution, retail and online commerce. He has been instrumental in building an ecosystem of customers and partners that stands testament to the high quality of solutions delivery at Unilog. Suchit is a well-known advocate for his region’s foreign-investment community through his work with the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development’s Center for Direct Investment. He was selected by the Philadelphia Business Journal in its 2015 “40 Under 40” list.
Bharat Desai is the Co-Chairman and CoFounder of Syntel (NASDAQ: SYNT), a leading provider of Digital Modernization, Information Technology and Knowledge Services to Global 2000 companies. Syntel employs over 22,000 people globally, generates nearly a Billion dollars in Annual Revenue and has delivered cumulative shareholder returns of ~1000% since listing. His family has established the Desai Sethi Family Foundation with a vision “to create a better world by encouraging education, entrepreneurship and wellness for citizens of the world”. The foundation supports entrepreneurship and innovation programs at Harvard University, IIT Bombay and the University of Michigan. Bharat is a Member of the Dean’s Council at the Harvard Kennedy School and on the Visiting Committee at the Stephen M Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He also serves as the Chairman of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay Heritage Foundation. Bharat holds an MBA in finance from Stephen M Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from the IIT, Bombay.
Pia Desai is Director at DS Advisors, an investment firm in New York, where she focuses on private equity investments across a range of sectors. Prior to joining DS Advisors she held roles at McKinsey & Company, Microsoft and The Honest Company. Pia is also a director and board member of The DS Foundation, a philanthropic foundation that promotes the use of technology, education and entrepreneurship to improve lives and economic outcomes. The foundation supports entrepreneurship and innovation programs at Harvard University, IIT Bombay and the University of Michigan. She is a certified yoga instructor and on the board of the Africa Yoga Project. Pia holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
VR Ferose is Senior Vice President and Head of Globalization Services at SAP. Based in Palo Alto, Ferose is responsible for the adoption of SAP products worldwide through the delivery of solutions targeted at individual local markets. Ferose is a Trustee at Autism Research Trust, which supports research at the Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University. He is a Director on the Board of Specialist People Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation with the goal to create one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges. He is the founder of the India Inclusion Foundation a nonprofit, aiming to bring the topic of inclusion at the forefront in India. Ferose has co-authored a best-seller book on people with disabilities, GIFTED. He writes a monthly column on books, hobbies and culture for India’s leading daily Swarajyamag.com. Ferose was honored as a ‘Young Global Leader’ in March 2012 by the World Economic Forum. In a study published by Economic Times and Spencer Stuart, Ferose was selected as one of the leaders in ‘India’s Top 40 under 40’ – 2014. He was inducted into the ‘Happiness Hall of Fame’ at Stanford in 2016. In March 2017, he was given the AUCD award by Senator Tom Harkin for his groundbreaking initiative at SAP – ‘Autism at Work’.
Vinod “Vinny” Gupta currently serves as CEO on InNow LLC, a cross border technology implementation company across three continents. Its primary mission is to improve the quality of lives in India in drinking and waste water solutions by bringing the next millennium technologies to India. The goal of the company is to effect a million lives in 2017 and double it every year. He has had a long and varied career in technology commercialization, technology management, and executive management and advanced materials companies. He is an accomplished entrepreneur as well, starting and running a number of successful companies, including Ohio Cast Products, Progressive Home Care and Technocast. As Chairman of the Ohio Board of Regents, he has led the organization’s technology commercialization task force. Vinny has served as President of the Asian Indian Alliance, a bipartisan organization that promotes strong platform for active political, social and economic participation of Asian Indian Americans in Ohio, and a number of company and philanthropic boards.
Asha Jadeja is an angel investor and philanthropist based in Silicon Valley. She invests in for-profit tech, internet and high social impact start-ups in the Bay Area, New York and India. Asha and her husband Rajeev Motwani co-invested in over 100 startups as angels. Rajeev was the founding advisor to Google and the author of Google’s algorithmic architecture. Asha is the founder and managing director of Dot Edu Ventures. Asha launched the Rajeev Circle Fellowship in order to help Indian entrepreneurs “visit and connect with entrepreneurs, mentors and seed investors in Silicon Valley.” Motwani helped introduce Maker Faire in India in 2012, gaining inspiration from California’s Maker Faire. She is also introducing Maker Fest Pakistan in an attempt to “create a civilian bridge between India and Pakistan.” She is the trustee of the Motwani Jadeja Family Foundation, a charitable organization based in Palo Alto and Ahmedabad, India. The Foundation aims to support entrepreneurs in under-served pockets of the world to promote world-class entrepreneurship at a local level. Motwani is a civil engineer by training. Her graduate studies at UC Berkeley and Stanford included urban planing and political science.
Lata Krishnan is CFO for Shah Capital Partners. She was a co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of SMART Modular Technologies, a publicly held company recognized as one of Fortune Magazine’s 100 Fastest Growing Public Companies. Lata has also held corporate accounting and finance positions at Montgomery Securities, Arthur Andersen & Company LLP, and Hill Vellacott & Company in London, England. Lata is a Board Member of the Silicon Valley Bank Financial Group. She is also the Chair of the American India Foundation (AIF) (www.aif.org) since being involved in its founding in 2001. AIF is a premier foundation with a long-term commitment to accelerating social and economic development in India and strengthening the bonds between the US and India. AIF is chaired by President Clinton, includes luminaries from the community on the Board, and has offices in Silicon Valley, New York and India. Her community activities also include serving as a Board Member for the Commonwealth Club and as a Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. She received a B.S. with honors from the London School of Economics and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Arun Kumar is Chairman and CEO of KPMG in India. He also has served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service in the Obama Administration, where he led the trade and investment promotion efforts for the U.S. Government and served as the International Trade Administration’s lead official advocating for better market access for U.S. exporters. Before that, Arun was a Partner and member of the Board of Directors at KPMG, LLP, leading the firm’s West Coast Management Consulting practice, serving major global clients and emerging Silicon Valley ventures. Previously, Arun was a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, founding CEO and CFO of three tech ventures. Arun has been a member of advisory councils at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has served on the Board of TiE Silicon Valley and U.S. India Business Council. He has authored a book of poetry, Plain Truths (2010), and co-edited a book, Kerala’s Economy: Crouching Tiger, Sacred Cows (2007). Arun received his Master’s degree in Management from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Kerala, India.
Arjun Mehta is a young entrepreneur who is Co-founder and CEO of the startup, Trakfire, which focuses on allowing music consumers to more easily discover emerging artists. Investors include Troy Carter, Jimmy Iovine, and WeTransfer. Prior to that, Arjun was a Co-founder and CEO of Stoodle.org, which merged with CK12 Foundation in June 2012. His team built the first HTML5-powered (mobile/tablet compatible) virtual classroom consisting of a real-time, collaborative whiteboard + voice + text communication tool, and offered it for free. Arjun was also a contributing writer for Hypetrak.com, popular music publication by Hypebeast. He is also co-director of sponsorships for USC Concerts Committee. Arjun is currently a junior in the inaugural class of Jimmy Iovine’s & Dr. Dre’s Academy for the Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation at University of Southern California, where he is completing a multi-disciplinary program in product design, coding, and business.
Raghu Mendu is a Co-founder and General Partner of Ventureast. He was part of the team that was responsible for the pioneering privatization of a venture capital fund in India. He is a technology professional by training, and his investment focus covers the broad technology and services space including IT, mobile, education, hospitality, alternative energy and water. He operates as Ventureast’s partner based in the US. Prior to co-founding Ventureast, Raghu had extensive corporate, entrepreneurial, and investment experience in the IT and banking industries in the US. He started a new subsidiary for Union Bank in Los Angeles called Union Bancsystems in the mid 1980s, and helped it grow to over $10Million in two years. Prior to this he was with Nixdorf Computer, first responsible for product development, and then for establishing the overall strategy and sales infrastructure for Nixdorf’s Financial Industries Group. As an entrepreneur, Raghu has built and sold three companies including one of the early technology product companies in India. He has also been involved in the acquisition of over eight companies as part of a US publicly listed rollup. Raghu holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Technology degree from IIT Madras.
MR Rangaswami is a software executive, investor, entrepreneur, corporate eco-strategy expert, community builder and philanthropist. Recognized as a software business expert, he participated in the rapid expansion of the Silicon Valley software industry during his tenure as an executive at both large and small software companies. In 1997, he co-founded Sand Hill Group one of the earliest “angel” investment firms and was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. He produced the prestigious Enterprise and Software conferences that were held in Silicon Valley. He was also listed on the Forbes “Midas” list of investors. M.R. is the publisher of SandHill.com a leading website for entrepreneurs, VCs and CIOs. In 2007, M.R. embarked on a new venture as the founder of the Corporate Eco Forum, an invitation-only membership organization for Global 500 companies that demonstrate a serious commitment to environment as a business strategy issue. In 2012 M.R. founded Indiaspora (a non-profit) in 2012 to unite Indian Americans and to transform their success into meaningful impact in India and on the global stage.
Ms. Preeti Sinha is Senior President and Global Convenor of the YES INSTITUTE at Yes Bank Limited. She also serves as an Advisor at Zone Startups. Prior to this appointment, Preeti was the Chief in the Delivery and Performance Office at the African Development Bank (AfDB). She was engaged in increasing the delivery of the business pipeline at the AfDB and achievement of its institutional commitments and initiatives. She has worked extensively on financing for development under Resource Mobilization and Strategy Development in over 4 continents – Asia, North America, Europe and Africa. With over 25 years of global experience, she now leads the YES Institute in New Delhi. Preeti was Project Director for the Financing for Development (FfD) Initiative at the World Economic Forum in Geneva and Davos, Switzerland. She has prior experience of over 15 years in investment banking for HSBC, Rabobank, Lehman Brothers and JP Morgan. Preeti has an Executive Education degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Master’s degree in Global Leadership from the World Economic Forum, an MBA from the Yale University School of Management (SOM), and a BA Honors degree from Dartmouth College in Economics and Computer Science.
Arjun Vaidyanathan is Partner in the CEO Office of KPMG in India. A fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a member of the Institute of Cost and Work Accountants in India, Arjun has over 27 years’ experience in Business Advisory services for businesses in India, US, Australia, Middle East and Europe. Arjun’s expertise is in Financial Restructuring, Design and Implementation of Governance Frameworks, Enterprise Risk Management, Operational Risk Management, Audits and Audit Analytics, Process improvements, Change Management (Business and Regulatory), Transaction Advisory, Merger Integration and Change. He has worked across various industries, including manufacturing and services, financial, power and utilities, and oil and gas. Prior to KPMG, Arjun was managing director at Amedeus Limited, and a Partner and Executive Director at Axis Risk Consulting before that. He completed his education at University of Mumbai and graduate studies at R A Podar College of Commerce and Economics.
Sanjeev Joshipura is Indiaspora’s Director since July 2016. Prior to that, he was active in the US-India corridor for several years in a public policy and business capacity, via his own consulting firm. A naturalized American citizen, he was born and raised in India and migrated to North America in 2000. In the corporate realm, Sanjeev has worked at Fortune 500 multinational organizations in different industries, in the areas of strategy, finance and project management. Since 2008, he has been actively engaged in public policy, American politics and government relations. He has managed a US Senate election campaign, worked as a staff member on Capitol Hill advising congressmen and senators on economics and international affairs, and been the Executive Director of an international industry association with large member companies around the world. Sanjeev has a Bachelors in Computer Engineer from Pune University, India, an MBA from the University of Toronto, Canada, and a Certificate in Financial Risk Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology, USA.