Dr. P. Somasundaran Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University
Chair, National Academic Advisory Board and Chair, Environmental Science Acting Chair, Science
Dr.Somasundaran received his B.S, from Kerala University, B.E. from Indian Institute of Science, M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. After 5 years with the International Minerals and Chemical Corporation and Reynolds Industries; he was invited by Columbia University in 1970 to join the faculty of the prestigious Henry Krumb School of Mines.
Dr. Jagdish N. Bhagwati University Professor Columbia University
Chair, Economics Board
Dr. Jagdish Bhagwati received the Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961 for a thesis titled "Essays in International Economics", supervised by Charles P. Kindleberger.
Dr. Bhagwati was an economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bhagwati currently serves on the Academic Advisory Board of Human Rights Watch (Asia) and on the board of scholars of the Centre for Civil Society. He is a Senior Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Bhagwati has previously served as an external advisor to the Director General of the World Trade Organization in 2001, as a special policy advisor on globalization to the United Nations in 2000, and as an economics policy advisor to the Director-General of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, from 1991 to 1993.
Dr. Arvind Panagariya Director of the India Center at Columbia University
Member, Economics Board
Indan PM Modi”s s Chief Economist at Niti Aayog, with cabinet rank. Professor of economics, Columbia University, vice-chairman of the government of India think-tank NITI Aayog till Aug 2017 previously Chief Economist at the Asian Development Bank worked for the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development(UNCTAD). He holds a Ph.D in economics from Princeton University.
As of 2018, Panagariya has written more than 15 books, including India: The Emerging Giant, published in March 2008. Papers written by him for the World Bank and IMF usually promote the idea of privatizing all the state owned enterprises of India. It was described as the ‘definitive book on the Indian economy’ by Fareed Zakaria.
Dr. Robert N. Langer Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chairman, Health & Wellness Board
Dr. Langer has written over 1,250 articles and also has nearly 1,050 patents worldwide. Dr. Langer’s patents have been licensed or sublicensed to over 250 pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and medical device companies.
Dr. Langer has received over 220 major awards. He is one of 5 living individuals to have received both the United States National Medal of Science (2006) and the United States National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2011). He also received the 2002 Charles Stark Draper Prize, considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for engineers, the 2008 Millennium Prize, the world’s largest technology prize, the 2012 Priestley Medal, the highest award of the American Chemical Society, the 2013 Wolf Prize in Chemistry, the 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences and the 2014 Kyoto Prize.
Dr. Samir Mitragotri Hiller Professor of Bioengineering
Co-Chairman, Health & Wellness Board
Dr. Samir Mitragotri is the Hiller Professor of Bioengineering and Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. His research has provided new insights into challenges associated with drug development. His research has also led to new technologies for treating various diseases including diabetes, obesity, cancer and arthritis.
Dr. Mitragotri is an inventor on over 170 patent/patent applications. His inventions have led to several products that have been commercialized or are in advanced clinical development. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Inventors.
Dr. Harvinder Sahota Cardiologist, Irvine, California
Member, Health & Wellness Board
Inventor of Perfusion Angioplasty Balloon - FDA approved. It is used all over the World by Cardiologists. Performed the First Balloon Angioplasty in many countries like: India, Mexico, Moscow, Ukraine. Holder of 30 US Patents. Fellow American College of Cardiology, Fellow Society Cardiology Angiography & Intervention. Established Chair in University of California, Irvine by contributing 1.5 Million dollars. Practicing Cardiologist for over 40 years. Two Biographies: “Hero of American Hearts – 2004” and “Straight from the Heart - 2017”
Dr. Mamatha Shekar is an Adjunct Professor of Human Disease Genetics at Centre for Human Genetics in Bangalore, India. Until recently, she was the Director of Biomedical Informatics at Illumina, USA. She has over 30 years of industry experience specializing in genetics spanning from assay development to leading the development of innovative informatic software products for precision medicine. With doctorate degree in biotechnology, she topped her class in undergraduate and graduate studies winning national merit scholarships and awards. To her credit, she has over 20 publications in peer reviewed journals, chapters in few books and patents. As a leader in the field of genomic medicine, she has contributed to the establishment of standards for creating oncology reports.
Dr.Jagdish N. Sheth Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Business, Emory University
Jagdish N. Sheth is Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Business in the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He is globally known for his scholarly contributions in consumer behavior, relationship marketing, competitive strategy, and geopolitical analysis. Professor Sheth has over 50 years of combined experience in teaching and research at the University of Southern California, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Columbia University, MIT, and Emory University.
Professor Sheth is the recipient of all four top awards given by the American Marketing Association: the Richard D. Irwin Distinguished Marketing Educator Award, the Charles Coolidge Parlin Award for market research, the P.D. Converse Award for outstanding contributions to theory in marketing, and the William Wilkie Award for marketing for a better society.
Dr. V. Kumar Chair & Professor of Marketing
Georgia State University
Vice Chair, Marketing
Dr. V. Kumar (VK) is the Regents Professor; Richard and Susan Lenny Distinguished Chair & Professor in Marketing; Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Brand and Customer Management; Director, Ph.D. program in Marketing, Georgia State University, J. Mack Robinson College of Business. VK has been recognized with 19 lifetime achievement awards in several areas in Marketing from the American Marketing Association (AMA) and other professional organizations. VK has published over 250 articles, 25 books (translated in multiple languages), and has received over 25 Research and Teaching Excellence Awards.
Dr. M. Mahadevappa Former Chair, ASRB
Former Vice Chancellor, UAS, Dharwad
Director (Rural Development), JSSMVP. Mysore
Ex-Vice Chancellor UAS, Dharwad
President, Forum of Former Vice Chancellors of Karnataka Universities
Prof. Mahadevappa, born in an agricultural family in 1937 in Madapura village in Karnataka, India got his Bachelor’s degree Mysore university, Masters & Doctoral degree from Agriculture college, Coimbatore, Madras university, served as Post doctoral fellow at CSIR CFTRI...
Dr. Girish Panicker Professor & Director of Conservation Research, Alcorn State University, Mississippi
Vice Chair, Agriculture
Dr. Girish Kumar Panicker, an authority on C-factor (cover and management) research and an internationally renowned agricultural scientist, is a professor and director of Conservation Research at Alcorn State University, Mississippi. A native of India, Dr. Panicker holds B.S. in Agriculture, M.S. in agronomy and Ph.D. in horticulture. He has worked largely in conservation field on three continents, Asia, Africa and North America. His federally funded research center has the world’s largest C-factor (cover and management) databank on horticultural crops, with work done on 40 crops at an investment of more than $6.5 million.