AUSIB LEADERSHIP - Executive Team

A group of enthusiastic and far-sighted individuals form the leadership team at AUSIB. Headed by Mr. Sanjay Puri, AUSIB consists of top leaders who guide the organization at the highest levels. Bringing together decades of experience, their direction puts AUSIB in the best position to make lasting impact for the society. AUSIB is dedicated to strengthening economic ties between the U.S. and India.

President and CEO  
Sanjay Puri
Mr. Puri is the founder, President and CEO of the Alliance for US India Business (AUSIB). AUSIB is dedicated to strengthening economic ties between the US and India. Through his leadership at AUSIB, he formed a US Congressional Taskforce on US-India Investment and Trade Relations. Under his leadership, AUSIB has led over 25 delegations of business, political and higher education leaders to India. He has also hosted two of the largest US India education conclaves in 2011 and 2013 that were attended by over 100 education and policy leaders from the U.S. and over 1,000 senior educators and policy leaders from India. Recently, Mr. Puri organized key political and corporate meetings for PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the US.

Sanjay Puri is a recognized authority on US-India relations. He also serves as the Chairman of the US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), a national, bipartisan political action committee representing over 3.2 million Indian-Americans. USINPAC works closely with members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, as well as with the administration, to ensure that the community’s concerns are addressed. Through Mr. Puri’s leadership, USINPAC played a key role in the passage of the US India Civil Nuclear Agreement, which involved galvanizing the Indian American community to work with the US Congress. Mr. Puri has also hosted Congressional briefings on US India Counterterrorism Cooperation, the first ever conference on US-India Renewable Energy on Capitol Hill, HIV AIDS Cooperation between the US and India, as well as several initiatives on immigration. His most recent initiative is facilitating a long-running series of webcasts entitled, “Indian Diaspora Leadership Dialogues” focusing on the recent elections in India and US India relations and issues of interest to the far-reaching Indian-American Community.

He is a frequent public speaker on US-India relations and the political impact of the Indian-American community. He has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Times, on National Public Radio (NPR), the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), CNN and Nightline. Mr. Puri recently received a Lifetime Award for Education from the prestigious DY Patil University in India for initiating numerous successful US/India joint efforts for the advancement of higher education.

Mr. Puri was the Founder and Chairman of Optimos Incorporated, a highly successful strategy and enterprise information technology company that he recently sold. The company was founded in 1994 through a grant from NIH and provided valuable solutions to a range of clients including the Library of Congress, Federal Reserve Bank, National Archives and Records Administration, U.S. Mint, and the National Labor Relations Board.

Recent Appearances and Speaking Engagements
January 2015 – President Barack Obama’s trip to India: Times Now, NDTV, News X, Headlines Today, CNN IBN
September 2014 –HCM Narendra Modi’s visit to New York City: Times Now
September 2014 – British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Washington, DC
May 2014 – National Public Radio(NPR), Washington, DC
August 2013 – International Leadership Foundation, DC
June 2013 – Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC
May 2013 – National War College, Washington, DC
April 2013 – House Hearing on Natural Gas Exports, Washington, DC
March 2013 – House Foreign Affairs Hearing, Washington, DC
July 2011 – United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC
March 2011 – Duke India Business Forum, Raleigh, NC
September 2010 – India Retail Forum, Mumbai, India
July 2010 – International Leadership Foundation Conference, Washington, DC
June 2010 – AAPI Conference, Washington, DC
April 2010 – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
March 2010 – World Affairs Council, Denver, CO
March 2010 – India Conference, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA
February 2010 – National Public Radio, The Two-Way
October 2009 – International Relations Conference, Harvard, Boston, MA
May 2009 – India Leadership Summit, University of Chicago, IL
March 2009 – 13th Annual Wharton India Economic Forum, Philadelphia, PA
January 2009 – National Retail Federation Conference, New York, NY
July 2008 – Mountain States Hydrogen Bus Council’s 4th Annual Hydrogen Implementation Conf, Laramie, WY
May 2008 – Tuck India Business Conference, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
March 2008 – Wharton India Forum, Philadelphia, PA
March 2008 – Harvard Business School, Boston, MA
February 2008 – Youth Leadership Symposium, Boston, MA
June 2007 – CNN, Paula Zahn
March 2007 – Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

SANJAY PURI
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Director,

Small & Medium Enterprises

 
Dr Surabhi Garg Ausib
Surabhi Garg is responsibe for the organization's member development for the Small and Medium Enterprises. Dr. Garg is also the key liaison to the Indian American business community. Dr. Garg has over fifteen years of business management and analysis experience. She has nearly 10 years of experience in the biotechnology industry, clinical research, and analysis of biotechnology markets. She is the author of 20 peer-reviewed articles and 13 abstracts presented at national and international conferences. Her areas of expertise include immunology, molecular biology, molecular epidemiology, microbiology, clinical diagnostics, and human physiology.

Dr. Garg holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology and a Master of Science in anatomy and physiology from the University of Calcutta, India. She has conducted post-doctoral studies at the International Medical Center of Japan, Tokyo.

Dr. Garg is part of the leadership that founded and continues to serve the US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC).
Dr. Surabhi Garg


Director,

Media, Entertainment & Fashion

 
Dolly Kapoor Ausib
Ms. Kapoor has more than ten years of successful management experience. She has successfully implemented creative media campaigns utilizing strategic partnerships, and securing trade and business deals. Ms. Kapoor has also designed and executed marketing and brand building campaigns for films and brands in the US. She has a strong global background in international entertainment, international business consulting, public relations, brand management and marketing exposure with a proven track record of entertainment marketing. Ms. Kapoor experience is extensive and diverse– from new start up to successful strategic alliances with the major production houses in US and India . She has been recently quoted in The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

She is also the co founder of the Alliance for US India Business(AUSIB) and US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), a national, bipartisan political action committee representing over 2 million Indian Americans.

She holds a degree in Science, Hospitality and currently pursuing Entertainment Marketing and Brand Management from University of California Los Angeles(UCLA).
Dolly Kapoor


Director,

Corporate Strategies

 
Manohar Thyagaraj Ausib
Manohar Thyagaraj is a Director at the Alliance for US India Business. He has been a consultant to U.S. and Indian defense and aerospace companies in the development of business opportunities in the defense and homeland security spaces. Specifically, he has advised large U.S. defense companies on entry into the Indian market and has developed sourcing arrangements for the procurement of components from India by the U.S. aerospace industry. He has been published in journals such as the USAF Air and Space Power Journal and ORBIS. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Manohar Thyagaraj has a masters degree in international relations from Marquette University, where he studied with Dr. Raju Thomas a noted scholar of South Asian security and nuclear issues.
Manohar Thyagaraj


Director,

Corporate Strategies

 
Raman Chadha Ausib
Raman Chadha is Senior Partner at Basant Ram & Sons in New Delhi, India, which is a 115-year-old boutique Chartered Accounting & Consulting firm based in New Delhi, India. Raman is a chartered accountant by training and advises clients on a range of issues including: financial strategy, auditing, tax, joint ventures, business development and public affairs.

He serves as India Special Advisor for FIPRA, a global network of senior, strategic advisers specializing in public policy and regulatory issues. Raman also serves on a number of boards of think tanks and not-for-profit organizations in India and is the Advisor to CEOs/MDs in India.
Raman Chadha


Board Members

Bob Miglani  
Bob Miglani
Bob Miglani is Senior Director at Pfizer Inc. and has been with the company for 18 years in positions of increasing responsibility including sales, public affairs, communications, market access and alliance & partnership development. Having worked extensively in Europe, India and the US, Bob has deep business experience, insights and networks in the US and in India.

Bob is also a published business Author of Treat Your Customers: Thirty Lessons on Service and Sales That I Learned at My Family's Dairy Queen Store, published by Hyperion Books in 2006. Bob acts as a volunteer, inspirational speaker and an advocate on youth empowerment and leadership development as part of the Albert Schweitzer's Leadership for Life Program.
Bob Miglani




Advisory Board



Information Technology  
Jerry Rao
Jaithirth Rao is the Chairman and CEO of Mphasis, an IT solutions and BPO company with headquarters in both New York and Bangalore. He is also the Chairman of the NASSCOM Foundation. With an illustrious career spanning more than 20 years, Rao was awarded the 'Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award' in 2004.

He is an alumnus of the University of Chicago and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. A native of Bangalore, India, he is also a columnist at the Indian Express. Mr. Rao is a visiting lecturer at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

He is on the Board of the Cadbury India, Gabriel India, Arvind Mills (India's largest Textile Company), Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation AMC, Development Gateway Foundation (Washington D.C.), India Foundation for the Arts (Bangalore), IIM Ahmedabad Alumni Trust and Sujaya Foundation (Mumbai).
Jaithirth (Jerry) Rao


Textiles  
Sanjay Lalbhai
Mr Lalbhai is the Chairman and Managing Director of one of India's largest textile manufacturing companies, Arvind Mills Ltd. He is also a Director at Arvind Spinning Ltd., Mauritius, Amol Decalite Limited, Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited, Arvind Worldwide Inc., USA, Arvind Worldwide (M) Inc. and Arvind Overseas (M) Ltd.

Sanjay Lalbhai holds a Masters in Business Management from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.
Sanjay Lalbhai




Media & Entertainment  
Ronnie Screwvala
Ronnie Screwvala is an acclaimed Indian film producer and Founder Chairman of UTV Group. He is credited with being one of the first to introduced cable television in India. After that he moved on to film-making, advertisements and producing TV serials.

In September 2008, he was a part of 'Esquire's List of the 75 Most Influential People of the 21 Century'. In 1990, Ronnie Screwvala created UTV Software Communications and ventured into film production, movie distribution, and family oriented channels and web content. He has numerous blockbuster feature films and television serials to his credit.
Ronnie Screwvala


Media & Entertainment  
Amit Khanna
Amit Khanna is an acclaimed writer, director and one of the first independent producers of TV programming in India. He set up the Plus Channel in 1990, one of India's first entertainment conglomerates that produced over 3000 hours of original TV programming.

He is a Chairman, Convergence Committee of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. He is also a Member of the Prime Minister's Committee on Information, Communication & Entertainment (ICE), and Member of CII's Entertainment & Media Committee. Amit Khanna was the President of All India Film Producers Council, Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd. for three terms and Vice President of Association of Motion Picture & TV Program Producers for 17 years.

Amit Khanna writes extensively on media related issues in various publications including the Times of India, Hindustan Times, Economic Times, DNA & Business Standard.
Amit Khanna


Media & Entertainment  
Shami Khorana
Shami Khorana is president of HCL Technologies America, Inc., the global services arm of $3 billion HCL Enterprise. Mr. Khorana is responsible for managing U.S. operations and accelerating HCL's growth in the U.S. Since taking the helm of HCL America 5 years ago, the division has doubled in growth and represents 60% of HCL Technologies overall revenue.

A recognized leader in business strategy and technology implementation, Khorana is responsible for customer engagements across verticals, including life sciences, high-technology, retail, auto, financial services, and in such domains as enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, content management and other services.

Khorana earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at Bombay University, a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from Indiana University. Dr. Khorana taught at Indiana University, George Washington University and the University of Maryland at College Park.
Shami Khorana




Sr. Investment Banker  
Ritesh Veera
Ritesh Veera is a senior investment banking executive at Maxim Group in New York City where he works with client companies in a multitude of industries including: healthcare, technology, energy and media. His work involves helping companies to raise financing using an array of financial instruments including IPOs, private financing, mergers and acquisitions and more. As an advisor to CEOs and startup Entrepreneurs Ritesh has been able to build a track record of success having closed transactions valued over $2B. Prior to joining Maxim Group, Ritesh served as V.P. at Provident group, a mid market investment bank where he worked in emerging growth sectors. Early in his career Ritesh served as V.P. at Rodman & Renshaw where he spearheaded the India intiative providing him with expertise in the emerging markets. Throughout his career, Ritesh has built a strong reputation for high performance, integrity and accountability.

As an active angel investor and advisor, Ritesh has worked with and mentored over 15 early stage companies including Druva, Vuclip, Fab-alley, Zeel and Consure Medical. Ritesh holds an MBA from Baruch College and holds a BBA from Mumbai University.

Recently, the Asian American Business Development Center in New York City awarded Ritesh the 2014 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award.

Mr. Ritesh Veera


Rahul Raisurana  
Rahul Raisurana
Rahul Raisurana has 23 years of senior and leadership level professional financial services experience across Asia and USA with leading global organizations. In his professional career, Rahul has acquired strong cross product and diversified industry expertise as also built a solid track record in creating and building successful financial services businesses from scratch.

Most recently, as part of a contract assignment undertaken by him as a Managing Director and India lead for Moody’s Investors Service, he successfully assisted Moody’s in its cross border buyout and takeover of ICRA.

Till January 2014, Rahul was Managing Director of Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE) wherein he founded an India focused mid market private equity business, which under his leadership, was recognized in the PE ecosystem as one of the most successful and active PE business in India; SCPE was also awarded as “Best Private Equity Investor 2012” by Venture Intelligence. He was also a Partner in Standard Chartered’s Asia Private Equity businesses as also a member of the Investment Committees at SCB. Global leadership positions held by him also included Member of SCB Principal Finance Global Management Group as also Member of SCB’s Wholesale Bank Global Leadership Team.

Prior to joining Standard Chartered, he co-founded and led India Infrastructure Fund (IIF), India’s first infrastructure fund focused on investments at the project / SPV level (fund was co-sponsored by IDFC and Citigroup). He was previously also Country Head for Credit and Risk Management at Deutsche Bank (DB) wherein he led the entire sanctioning and credit-risk function of the bank in India. At DB, he also held several global leadership positions including as a voting member of DB’s Global Credit Policy Committee, member of several Asia level committees and was also part of Deutsche Bank’s India Board and Executive Management team. Additionally, Rahul was a member of the Core Group set up by all Foreign Banks operating in India to represent them in finalizing the Corporate Debt Restructuring laws and framework with the Reserve Bank of India.

He has also worked in New York for nearly 4 years with Moody’s as the Corporate Finance Product Specialist for the North America region wherein amongst various responsibilities he led a focused strategic effort for new ratings product development. Rahul started his professional career with Citibank where he spent nearly 7 years across various roles in Corporate and Investment banking as also in Transaction banking. He is credited with several pioneering transactions at Citibank and is a recipient of many awards from the bank in this regard.

Rahul has also held Board positions in various public companies and created significant value for them including in business strategy, marketing, process improvement, corporate governance, management build-out, divestments, acquisitions etc. He is also a frequent speaker at various financial services and private equity related conferences.

Rahul holds a Masters in International Management (MIM) from Thunderbird, USA, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Clark University, USA and a Bachelor’s in Commere (Honours) degree from University of Kolkata, India.

Mr. Rahul Raisurana
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