Born and raised in India, Raj Asava worked in senior/executive ranks for several large companies and held the position of President at two start-up organizations, over the four decades of his corporate career in the United States. Raj retired as the Chief Strategy Officer at Perot Systems in 2010.
Raj and his wife Aradhana (Anna) launched HungerMitao (means wipe out hunger), a 100% volunteer-driven grassroots movement, in the fall of 2017. This secular movement was formed to raise awareness about the rampant hunger issue across America (37 million people were food challenged before COVID-19 displaced millions more) and engaging communities in the fight against hunger.
“Our mission is HungerMitao, and HungerMitao is as much about eradicating hunger as it is about unifying the fragmented efforts of the Indian American community and focusing it on the humanitarian cause of hunger.” Raj says. “By coming together as a unified Indian American community, we can demonstrate how any place we call home benefits from our presence. We are smart, compassionate change-agents, who bloom where we are planted. While we may never be able to eradicate hunger, let us ensure no one goes hungry – HungerMitao!” Raj adds.
A Plano, Texas resident, Raj now channels his time and resources in a focused
manner to causes related to food insecurity, children’s advocacy, education, and
mentoring the next generation.