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renu khator

Born on 29th June 1955, RenuKhator is the eighth chancellor of the University of Houston System and the thirteenth president of the University of Houston. She is the second woman to hold the position.born in Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh in India. Khator earned a bachelor?s degree from the Kanpur University in 1973 thereby later attended Purdue University and received Master of Arts in Political Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in political science and public administration in 1975 and 1985, respectively. She is married to Suresh Khator in 1974.


indra nooyiIndra Krishnamurthy Nooyi is a Tamilian decent. She was born in Madras (Tamil Nadu) in India on 28th October 1956. She did her graduation from Madras Christian College in 1974 and did her M.B.A from IIM Calcutta in 1976. She is the current Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Pepsi Co and is has been ranked amongst the World?s 100 Most Powerful Women. In Forbes World?s 100 Most Powerful Women, she was 13th in 2014. On 7th October 2010, Fortune magazine ranked her 6th most powerful woman in the world. She also holds the membership of various associations like World Economic Forum, International Rescue Committee and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Eisenhower Fellowships. She is married to Raj K. Nooyi and resides in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA.



Kamla Persad Bissessar was born 22 April 1952 in Penal, Trinidad and Tobago. She is a Senior Councel and Member of Parliament. She is currently the seventh Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and is the country?s first female Prime Minister. She is also the first female Commonwealth Chairperson in Office. She attended the University of West Indies, Norwood Technical College in England and the Hugh Wooding Law School. She is married to Dr. Gregory Bissessar.


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Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley was born on 20th January 1972 is currently the 116th Governor of South Carolina, USA. She is the first woman to serve as Governor of South Carolina. She is one of the two sitting Indian American Governors in the Unite States. She was born in Bamberg, South Carolina to an Indian Sikh Family. Her parents Ajit Singh Randhawa and Raj Kaur Randhawa, are immigrants from Amritsar District in India. She is graduate from Orangeburg Preparatory School and Clemson University with a B>S> in accounting. On September 6, 1996, she married Michael Haley.


GELA GANDHIranddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, Ela Gandhi was born on 1st July 1940 in Durban, South Africa. She is a peace activists and a Member of Parliament in South Africa in 1994 to 2004. She received a B.A. degree at the former Natal University and later received a B.A. in social science with honours from UNISA. She received various awards and recognitions like in 2002 the Community of Christ International Peace Award, was also conferred Padma Bhushan from the government of India in 2007, in 2014 was awarded with PravasiBhartiyaSamman. In 2014 , she was also honoured as a veteran of the Umkhonto we Sizwe which is an armed wing of the African National Congress co-founded by Nelson Mandela.


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RAGHU BAJWA (MD) – Fellow of AAPMR and Fellow of PASSOR

She started her medical career from pre-medical school, government college of Ludhiana, Punjab in India and finally completed her education in Brooklyn, New York. Since 1989, she has been a practicing physiatrist. It has been 31 year in USA that she is into medicine and a specialist in Physiatry that is Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has been practicing medicine for 25 years. She holds membership of:

  • American Academy and Congress of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Fellow.
  • Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation Fellow.
  • Member of Society for Pain Practice Management.

Dr. Bajwa is a co-owner of a medical school. She also had an experience of teaching in different universities. Apart from that, she has been named in one of the top 100 physician in Connecticut in 2001 by peer review and was the only one physiatrist. She was also nominated as Women of the Year in Boston by New England Newspaper in 2002. Dr. Bajwa had also served as the Director and youth coordinator for the Indian association in Connecticut for 12 years. She was also awarded by the Mayor of the city of Hartland in 2007 for youth category. She has also been supporting and mentoring girls’ education in Punjab, India and USA, is also involved in different organizations in USA to promote culture and for various causes and the list goes on.



Miss America Nina DavuluriNina Davuluri is the first Indian Girl to win Miss America Beauty Pageant. She was crowned Miss America 2014 on September 15 at a function held at New Jersey. She is also the first Indian to be crowned with Miss New York and Miss Syracuse titles. She is also “the first Miss America to receive xenophobic comments about being a terrorist or Muslim extremist” in social media. Miss America is a beauty pageant that awards scholarships to young women in United States. She is an excellent Dancer and lists Bollywood Dance as her primary talent on Miss America official page. She is a trained Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam for past 15 years. She was the first participant of Miss America participant to perform a Bollywood dance in competition. She is also an excellent piano player.

In 2006 she was the first runner-up of Miss Teen America. Despite struggling with problems like Asthma, Bulimia and Overweight, she managed win a series of Beauty Pageants in 2013 including, Miss Syracuse, Miss New York and Miss America. She is proud to be an Indian. “I was the first Indian Miss New York and I’m so proud to be the first Indian Miss America,” she said in an interview. She visits India every summer along with her parents. Her mother Sheila Ranjani and father Davuluri Koteshwara Choudhary hail from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh and migrated to US in 1981. Davuluri Koteswara Choudhary is a practising gynecologist in New York, while her mother Sheila Ranjani is a web programmer. She was born on April 20, 1989 in Syracuse. He her family later moved to Michigan, where she attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a degree in Brain and Cognitive Science. In past she has won several Scholastic Honors like, Dean’s List; Michigan Merit Award and National Honor Society Award.

She plans to become a Doctor as per her family tradition. Her maternal aunt and uncle are doctors in India while her father’s siblings are doctors in the US. With the prize money $50,000, she hopes to fund her higher education in Medicine. She also holds the title of Miss Syracuse 2013. Shortly after she was crowned Miss America 2014 by Miss America 2013 (Mallory Hagan) xenophobic and racist comments relating the proximity of the event date to the nine- eleven anniversary and to anti-Indian sentiment appeared in American social media. News agencies cited tweets that misidentified her as Muslim or Arab, associated her with groups such as Al-Qaeda, and questioned why she was chosen over Miss KansasTheresa Vail. Davuluri said that she was prepared for the social media response because “as Miss New York, I was called terrorist and very similar remarks.” In a speech for her alma mater, St. Joseph High School, Davaluri added: “I had people flat out call me a terrorist … I’ve always viewed myself as first and foremost American and to me it was just absolutely intolerable … I have to say I’m also so proud of the younger generations, yourselves included, for really stepping up to those comments because for every one negative comment tweet or post I received hundreds if not thousands of words of positive remarks and support and encouragement.”

Dr.Masum Momaya


Washington, DC
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Currently a Curator at the Smithsonian Institution, Dr.MasumMomaya has 20 years of experience working for women’s rights, gender, race and class equality and social justice. Her curatorial portfolio includes two online multimedia, multilingual exhibitions; a community-based exhibition at a local museum; a solo artist exhibition; and a commissioned multiple artist, themed exhibition.
“Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation,” Dr.Momaya’s current Smithsonian exhibition, opened February 27, 2014 and will show through August 16, 2015 at the National Museum of Natural History. It displays more than 200 historical and contemporary photographs, three dozen works of art and two historical artifacts to explore the contributions of Indian immigrants and Indian Americans in shaping American history. Formerly, Dr.Momaya has done curatorial work at the International Museum of Women in San Francisco and the Indo-American Heritage Museum in Chicago. She has also served as lead researcher and writer of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development and on the boards of the Third Wave Foundation, Amnesty International’s Women’s Human Rights Program and the Women’s Intercultural Network.
Her more than 100 articles, podcasts and exhibitions have been translated into more a dozen languages including a review of Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s “Half the Sky” for the Women’s Policy Journal of Harvard. Dr.Momaya is an avid public speaker having given talks at the White House, several international conferences and numerous universities. Her work has been featured by NPR, the Associated Press, BBC News, Agence-France Presse, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Huffington Post, The Times of India, The Hindu, Vogue India and feministing.com.
Dr.Momaya earned an honors BA in Public Policy and Feminist Studies from Stanford University and a masters degree in Education and a doctorate (EdD) in Human Development from Harvard University. She is a graduate of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in San Francisco and has conducted research at the Centre for Development Studies at Oxford University.