Date: October 10, 2015 - Time: -
Washington Plaza Hotel
The 2nd American Bazaar Philanthropy Dialogue, scheduled to be held in Washington, DC, on October 10, 2015, will once again bring under one roof various stakeholders and leaders from the Indian American philanthropic community and philanthropic Indophiles to brainstorm giving in both the United States and India.
How to maximize the community’s philanthropic potential is the theme of this year’s Dialogue. Indian Americans are the most affluent ethnic group in the United States, leading all other communities in household income. Yet, when it comes to giving, so far they have punched far below their weights. Annually, Americans give more than $300 billion for charitable causes, of which the share of Indian Americans, who make up 1% of the US population, is negligible.
A key part of the Dialogue will be the 2nd AB Philanthropy Lecture, which will be delivered by eminent Indian American philanthropist and Chair of the American India Foundation Lata Krishnan.
For the first time, the Dialogue will honor contributions of an Indian American philanthropic pioneer. The honoree will be selected by The American Bazaar, in consultation with our partners.
Held in Washington on October 18, 2014, the first American Bazaar Philanthropy Dialogue and the accompanying Philanthropy Lecture, which was delivered by Indian American philanthropy pioneer Desh Deshpande, were a huge success. Fifteen prominent philanthropists and top executives of philanthropic organizations from around the country spoke at the event, including Ajay Kela of the Wadhwani Foundation and Ranvir Trehan, Chairman of the Trehan Foundation and member of the board of directors of CARE.
This year’s Dialogue will build upon the success of the first edition. Like last year, we are partnering with a number of prominent philanthropic groups and foundations. We expect an audience of 250, among them philanthropic leaders and other experts from the field, top US and Indian government officials in Washington and prominent members of the Indian American community.
Meet some of our speakers
Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service and Assistant Secretary for Global Markets, U.S. Department of Commerce As Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the US and Foreign Commercial Service, Arun M. Kumar leads the trade and investment promotion efforts for the U.S. Government. With offices in over 100 U.S. cities and in 72 world markets, he also serves as the International Trade Administration’s lead official advocating for better market access for U.S. exporters. Kumar has extensive global experience in the business world. Prior to his nomination by President Obama, he was a partner and member of the Board of Directors at KPMG, LLP. He led the firm’s West Coast Management Consulting practice serving major global clients as well as emerging Silicon Valley ventures while creating thought leadership to advance business practices in finance management. He also founded and led KPMG’s US-India Practice. Previously, Kumar was a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, as founding CEO and CFO of three technology ventures in Silicon Valley, near his home in California. Over the years, he has been a mentor and advisor to a number of new ventures in Silicon Valley and India. Kumar served on advisory councils at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Cruz. An early Charter Member of TiE Silicon Valley, he served on its Board. He also served on the Board of Directors of the US India Business Council. Kumar is the author of a book of poetry, Plain Truths, published by Current Books, 2010, and co-editor of Kerala’s Economy: Crouching Tiger, Sacred Cows, published by DC Books, 2007. Kumar received his master’s 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. He started his career in India as a member of TAS, the central management cadre of the Tata Group.
Ben Sehgal is a trustee of the Sehgal Foundation, Des Moines, Iowa / Gurgaon, India, and is also a member of the board of directors of Hytech Seed Co., Egypt, and the advisory board of the William L. Brown Center at Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, USA. He holds a PhD in chemistry from Northwestern University.
Dr. Sanjay Rai is a senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Montgomery College. He provided leadership and vision for the 500 full-time and 1,200 part-time faculty in the Academic Affairs division, resulting in a successful reorganization. He has provided leadership for the redesign of the general education and general studies programs, for curriculum alignment with K-12 and 4-year colleges and universities, ensuring that Montgomery College’s programs reflect the impact of technology, globalization, and workforce alignment - critical factors in student success, today. He has developed innovative partnerships with local businesses that have resulted in Montgomery College becoming a center for continuing education and training for already skilled workers, as well as an on ramp for people starting or changing careers. Through a State Department funded grant initiative, he has led the College to explore global opportunities. Dr. Rai completed a PhD in mathematics from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, an MS in mathematics from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, and an MS in mathematics and a BS in statistics, physics, and mathematics from the University of Allahabad in India. Dr. Rai’s most recent book, Pathways to Real Analysis, was published in April 2009.
Frank Islam is a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, civic leader and thought leader with a special commitment to civic, educational and artistic causes. He currently heads the FI Invest Group a firm that he established after he sold his information technology firm, the QSS Group in 2007. Frank serves on number boards and advisory councils including the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Woodrow Wilson Center, and the Brookings Institution. He also serves on various boards and councils at more than half-dozen universities including Johns Hopkins, University, American University, and George Mason University. Frank has written two well regarded books on the American condition, Working the Pivot Points: To Make America Work Again (2013). Renewing the American Dream: A Citizen’s Guide for Restoring Our Competitive Advantage (2010).
Gulab Bhavnani serves on the board of WHEELS Global Foundation (WGF), a 501 c-3 non-profit social entrepreneurship program initiated by Capital IIT Alumni Association, as Secretary and Program Director. WGF promotes social entrepreneurship through application of technology-enabled solutions to solve common problems in rural Indian communities and in USA. WGF supports partnerships with NGOs and foundations to spawn projects that benefit under-served communities. Mr. Bhavnani actively participates in activities of WGF and the Capital IIT Alumni Association, providing time and talent to promote the message and brand of WGF and the Indian Institutes of Technology. Mr. Bhavnani's career spans commercial as well as entrepreneurial ventures. He has years of varied experience at IBM in marketing and development of outsourcing solutions for large and medium sized businesses globally, and received four 100% club awards. Mr. Bhavnani also was the Director of IT Delivery for the American Red Cross, which awarded him two pins of Excellence for designing and delivering a virtual call center. As an entrepreneur, he launched and ran a successful call center products company delivering technology and consulting services to commercial and government clients. In addition to his volunteer activities at WGF, Gulab is the CEO of Anchor Systems Corporation, a contact center consulting firm based in Northern VA. He is a graduate of IIT Kharagpur, India, where he graduated in 1966 with a Bachelors (Hons) degree in Electrical Engineering and studied at the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Bhavnani serves on the board of the Capital IIT Alumni Association, and is a past member of the PanIIT USA Leadership Council.
Jessica Carso, independent consultant and Administrator for World without Hate, has dedicated her career to the non-profit social sector. With 15 years of leadership, administration and philanthropic experience in the arts, culture, humanities, social justice, higher education and social services, Jessica is focused on supporting these and other important causes through her non-profit, social entrepreneurial consulting work. Jessica offers comprehensive, short and long-term, professional and volunteer consulting services for organizations of all sizes in the areas of organizational health and nonprofit management, board development and recruitment, fund development, marketing and communications, executive coaching, support staff and emerging leader mentoring, strategic planning, program, department and organization creation and development, as well as retreat facilitation, board and staff presentations and workshops. As Managing Director for Wesleyan University’s Green Street Arts Center, Jessica designed and implemented the organization’s fundraising and marketing programs from the ground up. Under her leadership, Green Street’s programming, earned revenue, advisory board participation and community engagement grew steadily over her 5 ½ year tenure. In addition, used as a robust training ground for Wesleyan students, Jessica and her staff developed and implemented a highly impactful internship, fellowship and work-study program for students and emerging leaders interested in non-profit, youth development and arts education work. Since 2006, Jessica has been an active member of the international Association of Fundraising Professionals, most recently completing her 2-year term as President of the Connecticut Chapter. In addition, Jessica’s expansive community leadership and volunteer work includes serving as Chair of her localCommunity Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls, as well as Founding Co-Chair of the Foundation’s Live Local, Give Local 365 initiative, promoting impact through $1 a day donations. In 2010, Jessica was named Huffington Post’s Greatest Person of the Day. She was also named to Hartford Business Journal’s 40 under 40, Connecticut Magazine’s 40 under 40, and was most recently recognized by the National Association of Professional Women as one of their Women of the Year Circle recipients. Jessica received her Bachelor’s Degree from Marymount Manhattan College and her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University.
Lata Krishnan is the Chair of AIF and the CFO of Shah Capital Partners. Previously, she co-founded SMART Modular Technologies and served as its CFO. Mrs. Krishnan also serves on the board of Silicon Valley Bank, Commonwealth Club, Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and Advisory Board positions for Narika and the WAC Global Philanthropy Forum.
Nish Acharya is CEO of Citizence, a firm that consults with leading universities, governments, foundations and companies to assist them with innovation, entrepreneurship and philanthropic strategies. Mr. Acharya is also a Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress, a contributor to Forbes and the author of the “The India-US Partnership: $1 Trillion By 2030” by Oxford University Press. Nish previously served as Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce for the Obama Administration, and as Executive Director of the Deshpande Foundation, a prominent American philanthropy focused on innovation, entrepreneurship and scalability around the world.
Rais Bhuiyan is a peace activist and an IT professional. After graduating from Sylhet Cadet College, a military School in Bangladesh, he joined the Bangladesh Air Force and was commissioned as a pilot officer following two and a half years of vigorous training. He received a BS in Aeronautics from the National University in Dhaka and completed numerous information technology courses in New York and Dallas where he continued his education, taking courses in computer system engineering, programming, and database administration. In 2001, he was shot in the face by Mark Stroman, a white supremacist seeking vengeance for the 9/11 tragedy. Bhuiyan responded to this by forgiving his attacker and attempting unsuccessfully to prevent his execution. Bhuiyan currently holds a position with Sabre Holdings, a global technology company, in Southlake, Texas. His time is divided between managing a team of system engineers and data centers in Europe and touring the globe giving talks about the regenerative power of forgiveness.
Ramesh Mahalingam was the President of Pratham USA during 2007-2008. Under his leadership, the organization’s revenue base increased from $3 million to over $10 million. He has been part of the Pratham National Executive Leadership Team since 2007 and sits on the Board of Pratham’s vocational training program. He is the founder President of the Pratham DC chapter, which was formed in 2011. Prior to that, he founded Pratham’s Raleigh Chapter in 2005. He has travelled extensively to observe various Pratham programs in India Ramesh’s day job is as Chief Accounting Officer of Sodexo’s $9 billion North American operations. He moved from Raleigh to Northern Virginia in 2010.
Sachin Malhan is the Executive Partner of Changemakers. He leads the program in its efforts to search, convene and catalyse high-potential changemakers and their ideas and resources, through the power of collaborative competitions and partner networks. Before Changemakers Sachin was an entrepreneur based in India where he co-founded three ventures - Inclusive Planet, a venture working to enable online collaboration amongst the world’s visually impaired; Law School Tutorials, the leading law test prep outfit that became an Indian School of Business case study in 2009, and Rainmaker, the leading talent advisory firm for the legal industry and manager of India’s Bar examination. Sachin is an INK Fellow (2010). In his ventures Sachin has worked intimately with design, technology and learning, and been repeatedly amazed by the power of young people to make change. Sachin is a graduate of the National Law School in Bangalore.
Venkatesh (Venky) Raghavendra is a social entrepreneur with nearly three decades of philanthropy and development experience. He has successfully built global partnerships and mobilized significant resources for a number of international and national organizations. Venky is a consultant in the areas of philanthropy, fundraising, and social entrepreneurship. Some of his recent and current clients include the UK-based Common Purpose, New York–based American India Foundation, and Washington, DC–based Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Formerly chief philanthropy officer at the American India Foundation (AIF), Venky strengthened the US-India philanthropic and ideas exchange by promoting major giving and investments from corporations, high net-worth individuals, diaspora communities, and others. Prior to joining AIF, Venky was managing director of global partnerships at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, in Washington, DC. At Ashoka, Venky promoted social entrepreneurship around the world by collaborating with business entrepreneurs and foundations. He was also involved in supporting social entrepreneurs in achieving scale and in the creation of communities of social entrepreneurs. Venky's career as a social entrepreneur began in his late teens, when he co-founded The Adventurers — an organization that creates livelihood opportunities for indigenous communities in the rainforests of South India through eco- and adventure-tourism. Venky is a trustee of Ashoka India and is on the board of several not-for-profits and is an advisor to several others. He writes frequently on social issues for a variety of media, including the Wharton Journal, Khaleej Times, Times of India, Indian Express, and The Hindu, among others. He speaks regularly at a number of universities around the world on the topics of social entrepreneurship and innovation, cross-sectoral partnerships for community change, and philanthropy. He has taught social entrepreneurship to graduate-level students in the United States and in India.
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