26° July, 2009, Bologna, Italy Dear All readers, Indians are very intellectuals that the world is witnessing day by day. In every corner of the world, there are Indians who are leading and showing the paths to the followers. I expressed my interest and curiosity to prepare this presentation slide when I got to know that there is another Obama (Asian Obama) in America, that he is going to lead the world is an Indian. I am really very very proud of being an Indian and I am surethis little efforts will bring lots of inspirations, encouragements, hopes and big dreams toall Indians to be a leader and to create history both in India and the World. A recent study found that Indians are the most successful in almost all fields(IT, Science, Politics, Leadership, Business, Innovation etc.) in the world. 38% of doctors in the USA, 12% of scientists in the USA, 36% of NASA scientists, 34% of Microsoft employees, 28% of IBM employees, 17% of INTEL scientists, 13% of XEROX employees. There is two important abbreviation, i.e., NRIs means Non-Resident Indians, better you can read it «Non-Returning Indians» and another term PIOs means Person of Indian Origins. Finally, I can say “Dream big to get big result”. Please send your feedback:Note: all information and Ganeswar Sahoopictures collected from School of Development, Innovation & Change(SDIC)Wikipedia and internet. University of Bologna, Italy. Email: email@example.com
Piyush "Bobby" Jindal is the Governor of the U.S. state of Louisiana. A Republican, before his election as governor,he was member of the United States House of Representatives from Louisianas 1st congressional district, to which hewas elected in 2004 to succeed now U.S. Senator David Vitter. Jindal was re-elected to the House in the 2006 electionwith 88 percent of the vote.He was the second ever Indian American elected to Congress. On October 20, 2007, Jindal was elected governor ofLouisiana, winning a four-way race with 54.2% of the vote. At age 36, Jindal became the youngest current governor inthe United States. He also became the first non-white to serve as governor of Louisiana since P. B. S. Pinch back duringReconstruction; one of fewer than ten people not of mainly European ancestry elected governor of a state afterReconstruction; and the first United States governor of Indian descent.Jindal has been mentioned as a potential candidate in the 2012 and 2016 United States presidential elections, and isconsidered by many to be one of the frontrunners for the Republican nomination. On February 8, 2008, conservativeradio host Rush Limbaugh mentioned on his syndicated show that Jindal could be a possible choice for the Republicanvice presidential nomination in 2008.
THE RICHEST MAN OF UNITED KINGDOM Mr. Sunil Mittal A billionnaire , Steel Tycoon and Owner of Arcelor MittalLakshmi iwas Mittal is an Indian industrialist based in the United Kingdom. He was born inSadulpur village, in the Churu district of Rajasthan, India, and he resides in Kensington,London. He is the founder of Mittal Steel and has been the chairman and CEO ofArcelorMittal since the merge. He also serves as a non-executive director of GoldmanSachs, EADS and ICICI Bank.As of 2009, Mittal is the worlds 8th richest person and richestperson in the UK with personal wealth of US$19.3 billion.Awards2008: Padma Vibhushan2007: Bessemer Gold Medal2006: Person of the Year - Financial Times2004: European Businessman of the Year - Fortune magazine1998: Willy Korf Steel Vision Award - American Metal Market and PaineWeber’s WorldSteelDynamics1996: Steelmaker of the Year - New Steel
In 2000, Mr. Satveer Chaudhary became the first Asian-Indian senator inAmerican history. In 1996,when he was elected State Representative,Chaudhary became the first Asian-American member of the MinnesotaLegislature, and only the fourth Asian-Indian elected to a state legislature inthe United States. Senator Chaudhary holds many top rank positions. He was the CEO of The American Commerce Group. He is the Co-Founder and Chair of Minnesota Asian-Indian Democratic Association
Satyanand was born and raised in Auckland to an Indo-Fijian and Anglo-Indian family. Hisgrandparents arrived in Fiji from India in 1911, and were married on Nukulau Island. Hisfather, Mutyala Satyanand, a medical doctor, was born in Sigatoka in 1913 and arrived inNew Zealand in 1927 to attend high school. His mother Tara Tillak was a nursefromSuva. She married his father after moving to New Zealand.Satyanand is the first Governor-General not to hold a knighthood before entering office(Colonel Thomas Gore Browne, Governor of New Zealand 1855-1861, was knighted inoffice). He was knighted two years later, in 2009. On assuming the role of Governor-General he received the style The Honourable for life. Starting on New Years Day 2009,Satyanand issued a "New Years Message" intended to "to bring to attention a number ofissues New Zealanders might consider as they looked to the future".
THE PRESIDENT OF REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE Mr. S R NATHANMr Nathan began his career in the Singapore Civil Service as a medical social worker in1955. He was appointed Seamen’s Welfare Officer the following year. In 1962, he wasseconded to the Labour Research Unit of the Labour Movement, first as Assistant Directorand later Director of the Labour Research Unit until January 1966. He continued as aMember of its Board of Trustees until April 1988.In February 1966, he was transferred tothe Foreign Ministry. He served as Assistant Secretary and rose to beDeputy Secretarybefore being appointed Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs inJanuary 1971. In August of the same year, Mr Nathan moved to the Ministry of Defencewhere he was a Director with the rank of Permanent Secretary.August 1999 and was elected President of the Republic of Singapore on 18 August 1999.He began his 6-yearterm from 1 September 1999. On 17 August 2005, Mr Nathan was re-elected and he was sworn-in for his second term of office on 1 September 2005.
THE PRESIDENT OF GUIANA Mr. Bharrat JagdeoBharrat Jagdeo has been the President of Guyana since 11 August 1999. Prior to hispresidency he was Minister of Finance and became resident after Janet Jaganresigned for health reasons; he has since won two elections, in 2001 and 2006. He is theyoungest head of state of the Caricom countries. He is of Indo- Guyanese descent.Jagdeo was born in Unity Village on the East Coast of Demerara. He joined the youthwing of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), the Progressive Youth Organisation, whenhe was 13, and became a member of the PPP itself at age 16. He subsequently rose tolocal leadership positions in the party.After obtaining a Masters in Economics fromPatrice Lumumba Peoples Friendship University in Moscow in 1990, Jagdeo returned toGuyana and worked as an economist in the State Planning Secretariat until the PPP/Civicelection victory in the October 1992 election. After this he became Special Advisor tothe Minister of Finance.
THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF MAURITIUS Sir Anerood JugnauthHe founded the Militant Socialist Movement(MSM) party in 1983. He was elected asprime minister in 1982 for the first time, again in 1983, and for the third time from1991 to 1995. His years as prime minister were marked with social tension, due tocontinuous hostility of the then-government towards the Muslim community. He waspromoted to the rank of Knight by Elizabeth II in 1980. He is also honoured withPravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards by Government of India for his continued supportfor India’s causes and concerns, and for strengthening India’s relationship withMauritius.
The Richest Malaysian and Telecom Tycoon Mr. T. Ananda KrishnanHe is a Malaysian businessman and philanthropist of Sri Lankan Tamil origin. NicknamedTAK, he is currently estimated to have a net worth of US$7.4 billion according to Forbeslatest annual list of billionaires, making him the third wealthiest man in Southeast Asiabehind Robert Kuok and Ng Teng Fong and number 119 in the world. Ananda Krishnan isalso the wealthiest Tamil in the world, ahead of Shiv Nadar, who is the 10th richest man inIndia.Ananda Krishnan studied at Vivekananda Tamil School in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur andfurthered his studies at Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur. Later, as a Colombo Plan scholar,he attended University of Melbourne, Australia for his B.A. (Honours) degree majoring inpolitical science. During that time he boarded in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn.Following that, Krishnan obtained a Masters in Business Administration at HarvardUniversity, graduating in 1964.
FAMOUS HOLLYWOOD ACTOR Mr. Kal PennKalpen Suresh Modi (born April 23, 1977), best-known by his professional name Kal Penn,is an American film and television actor who is currently serving as the Associate Directorof the White House Office of Public Liaison in the Barack Obama administration. On April 8,2009, Penn announced that he would join the Obama White House as Associate Directorof the White House Office of Public Liaison. This necessitated that his character LawrenceKutner be written out of the TV series House.Penns feature film debut came in 1998 in Express: Aisle to Glory. He has since appeared inAmerican Desi,ational Lampoons Van Wilder, Malibus Most Wanted, A Lot Like Love,Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Dude, Wheres the Party?, Love Dont Cost a Thing,Superman Returns, ational Lampoons Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj, Epic Movie, Theamesake, and Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,and an uncreditedappearance in Deck the Halls. Penn was featured in the The Lonely Islands rejected MTVcomedy pilot for Awesometown.
HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS Ms. Noureen DeWulfDeWulf, an Indian American, was born in New York City, New York, and was raised inGeorgia. Her parents are from Pune, Maharashtra, India. DeWulf first came into the publicspotlight as the star of the 2007 Academy Award winning short film West Bank Story inwhich she played Fatima, a Palestinian fast food cashier who falls in love with an Israelisoldier. In May 2009, DeWulf starred opposite Matthew McConaughey in the New LineRelease Ghosts of Girlfriends Past where she played Melanie, the Ghost of GirlfriendsPresent. Her comedic performance received very positive reviews. DeWulf can next beseen in August 2009, where she plays opposite Ving Rhames in The Goods: Live Hard,Sell Hard. The film also stars Jeremy Piven and Will Ferrell. DeWulf is currently shooting TheBack Up Plan with Jennifer Lopez, slated for a January 2010release.In 2007 DeWulf ranked on Maxim Magazine’s Hot 100 as one of the most desirable womenon the planet according to the magazines readers. In 2009 she was listed in the Top 30under 30 for Nylon agazine. In addition, DeWulf has appeared in Zink Magazine, Giant,and Complex
The British and Hollywood Actor Sir Ben Kingsley Winner of Oscar, BAFTA, Gloden Globe & Screen Actors GuildKingsleys first film role was a supporting turn in Fear Is the Key, released in 1972. Kingsleycontinued starring in bit roles in both film and television, including a role as Ron Jenkins on thesoap opera Coronation Street from 1966 to 1967 and regular appearances as a defence counsel inthe long-running British legal programme Crown Court. He found fame only years later, starring asMohandas Gandhi in the Academy Award-winning film Gandhi in 1982, his best-known role todate. The audience also agreed with the critics, and Gandhi was a box-office success. Kingsley wonthe Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal.In 1997, he provided voice talent for the video game Ceremony of Innocence. In July 2006, hereceived an Emmy nomination for his performance in the made-for-TV film Mrs. Harris, in whichhe played famed cardiologist Herman Tarnower, who was murdered by his jilted lover, Jean Harris.Later that year, Kingsley appeared in an episode of The Sopranos entitled "Luxury Lounge", playinghimself. In the show, Christopher Moltisanti and Carmine Lupertazzi offer him a role in thefictional slasher film "Cleaver", which he turns down. Lupertazzi offers him the role on the basis ofKingsleys real-life performance in Sexy Beast. In 2007, Kingsley appeared as a Polish Americanmobster in the Mafia comedy You Kill Me, and a Middle Eastern oil minister in War, Inc.
A Billionnaire and Politician of United Kingdom Lord Swaraj Paul Presently serves as theOn his return to India from MIT, Paul joined the Apeejay Group, which his father had founded. He took overtheoperations of Apeejay Overseas and relocated permanently to London in 1966. After the Apeejay familypartition, he renamed the company Caparo. From acquiring one steel unit, he went on to acquire more andfounded the Caparo Group in 1978, which developed into one of the leading producers of welded steel tubeand spiral welded pipe in the United Kingdom. He stepped down from the management of the aparo groupin 1996, handing over to his three sons.Lord Paul has received various awards and honours. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by Indira Gandhi in1983 and the Bharat Gaurav award by the Indian Merchants Chamber. He holds the pro-chancellorship ofThames Valley University (1998) and its governorship (1992-97), and the chancellorship of the University ofWolverhampton and the University of Westminster. He is a member of the Foreign Policy Centre AdvisoryCouncil and MITs Mechanical Engineering Visiting Committee. He is the chairman of the OlympicDeliveryCommittee with the key task of initiating measures to acquire land and provide infra-structure for theLondon Olympics 2012. He recently contested for the chairmanship of Commonwealth ParliamentaryAssociation (CPA) and lost to an Indonesian minister. His agenda was to reduce the gap between the west andthe east. Paul is also an honorary patron of the Zoological Society of London and has funded major projects atthe Regents Park site
The Great Writer and the Winner of the Man Brooker Prize Sir Ahmed Salman RushdieSir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a British Indian novelist and essayist. He first achieved famewith his second novel, Midnights Children (1981),which won the Booker Prize in 1981.Much of his early fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent. His style is often classified asmagical realism mixed with historical fiction, and a dominant theme of his work is the storyof the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Westernworld.In 2006, Rushdie joined the Emory University faculty as Distinguished Writer in Residencefor one month a year for the next five years. Rushdie was awarded a knighthood forservices to literature in the Queens Birthday Honours on 16 June 2007.He has received many plaudits for his writings, including the European Unions AristeionPrize for Literature, the Premio Grinzane Cavour (Italy), and the Writer of the Year Award inGermany and many of literatures highest honors. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society ofLiterature and Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres. Rushdie was the President of PENAmerican Center from 2004 to 2006
The Canadian Film Directror and Screen Writer Ms. Deepa Mehta Genie Award WinnerMehta embarked on her film career as a screenwriter for childrens films. In 1991 shemade her feature-film directorial debut with Sam & Me (starring Om Puri), a story of therelationship between a young Indian boy and an elderly Jewish gentleman in the Torontoneighbourhood of Parkdale. It won First Honorable Mention in the Camera dOr category ofthe 1991 Cannes Film Festival. Mehta followed up with Camilla starring Bridget Fonda andJessica Tandy in 1994. In 2002, she directed Bollywood/Hollywood, for which she won theGenie Award for Best Original Screenplay. Mehta is currently preparing a film entitledExclusion, which stars Akshay Kumar and John Abraham. The plot is based on the KomagataMaru incident that occurred in Canada. Mehta directed two episodes of George Lucastelevision series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. The first episode, "Benares, January1910", aired in 1993. The second episode was aired in 1996 as part of a TV movie titledYoung Indiana Jones: Travels with Father.
The Famous Australian Footballer Daniel Kerr Anglo Indian DescentHis father,Roger, was born in Calcutta to an Indian mother and played for East Fremantlein the WAFL. He formerly dated Melanie Cousins, the sister of former teammate BenCousins. Kerr is a first cousin of Fremantle player Shaun McManus. Like fellow West CoastEagles teammate Quinten Lynch, Daniel Kerr also attended Aquinas College, Perth. Kerris also part of the Stand Up Speak Up campaign. Recently Daniel has become engaged tohis girlfriend of 2 years Natasha Pozo.Kerr was selected with the number 18 pick in the 2000 AFL Draft. Kerr is widely known asone of the toughest players in the AFL. In August 2006, the much bigger Fraser Gehrigconsidered one of the strongest players in the AFL. In 2007, Kerr had another great yearwith the eagles. He came runner up in the Brownlow Medal for a second time in hiscareer, Jimmy Bartel was the winner. Daniel Kerr recently re-signed with the Eagles afterweeks of speculation over his future In the 2009 season. In round 10 of the 2009 seasonKerr was suspended for 1 week for a strike on Carltons Marc Murphy. After an appeal bythe Eagles the decision was upheld by the AFL tribunal.
The Venture Capitalist and Billionnaire of USA Mr. Vindo KhoslaAfter graduating from Stanford University in 1980, Khosla along with his Stanford fellowsScott McNealy, Andy Bechtolsheim (another Carnegie Mellon graduate school alumnus),and a UC Berkeley masters degree holder named Bill Joy founded Sun Microsystems.Khosla left Sun in 1985. He then joined the venturecapital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield &Byers in 1986 as a general partner. Khosla is also one of thefounders of TiE, The IndusEntrepreneurs, and has guest-edited a special issue of Economic Times (ET), aleadingbusiness newspaper in India.In 2004 Khosla formed his own firm, Khosla Ventures. Khosla Ventures is a venture capitalfirm focusing on early stage companies in the Internet, computing,mobile, silicontechnology and clean technology sectors. Within cleantech, the firm has invested in bio-refineries for energy and bioplastics, solar, battery and other environmentally friendlytechnologies.Khosla Ventures is based in Menlo Park, California and it was formed in2004.In 1999, He received World Technology Award Finalist and Honorary Chair,DonorsChoose San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Board.
The German Journalist & Politician Mr. Sebastian EdathyEdathy was born in Hanover, the son of an immigrant from Kerala, India, and is atrained sociologist. Hehas been an SPD member of the German parliament (Bundestag)since 1998. He was a member of formerGerman chancellor Gerhard Schröders red-green coalition, and is now a member of chancellor AngelaMerkels grand coalition. Heis the chairman of the Bundestag Committee on Interior Affairs and chairmanof theGerman-Indian group of members of parliament.
The Chairment & CEO of PepsiCo Inc. Ms. Indra NooyiIndra Nooyi was born into a Tamil family. She completed her schooling from BanasthaliHigh School, Kathmandu. She received a Bachelors degree in Chemistry from MadrasChristian College in 1974, and earned an MBA at the Indian Institute of Management inCalcutta. Begining her career in India, Nooyi held product manager positions at Johnson& Johnson and textile firm Mettur Beardsell. She was admitted to Yale School ofManagement in 1978 and earned a masters degree in Public and Private Management.Graduating in 1980, Nooyi started at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and then heldstrategy positions at Motorola and Asea Brown Boveri.On August 14, 2006,Nooyi was named the successor to Steven Reinemund as CEO of thecompany effective October 1, 2006.On February 5, 2007, she was named Chairman,effective May 2, 2007. Forbes magazine ranked Nooyi thirdon the 2008 list of TheWorlds 100 Most Powerful Women. Fortune magazine has named Nooyi number one onits annual ranking of Most Powerful Women in business for 2006, 2007 and 2008. In2008, Nooyi was named one of Americas Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report.
The Co-Founder of Hotmail.Com Mr. Sabeer BhatiaBhatia was born to a Punjabi Hindu family in Chandigarh, India. His father, Baldev Bhatia,was as an officer in the Indian Army who later joined the Indian Ministry of Defence, whilehis mother, Daman Bhatia, was a senior official at the Central Bank of India. Bhatia wasschooled at the St. Josephs Boys High School in Bangalore. In 1985, he began hisundergraduate education at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science(BITS) in Pilaniand was transferred to Caltech after two years at BITS. After graduating from Caltech,Sabeer went to Stanford University in 1989 to pursue his M.S. in Electrical Engineering. AtStanford, he worked on Ultra Low Power VLSI Design. At Stanford, he got inspired byentrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs and Scott McNealy and eventually decided to becomeone himself. Instead of pursuing a Ph.D. after his Masters, he decided to join Apple in1991. In 1994, Sabeer started working on new ideas for the Internet and he teamed upwith Jack Smith,a colleague from Apple Computer, Inc. Sabeer along with his colleagueinvented hotmail and sold it Microsoft for $400m. Sabeer invented many webblogs likearzoo.com, sabsebol.com.He has got many awards including TIME’s ‘People to Watch’ in International Business.
The Cheif Techonology Officer of Obama Administration Mr. Aneesh Paul ChopraAneesh Chopra is the Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States. He served asVirginia’s Secretary of Technology as well as having previously served as Managing Directorfor the Advisory Board Company, leading the firm’s Financial Leadership Council and theWorking Council for Health Plan Executive."As Chief Technology Officer, Chopras job will be to promote technological innovation tohelp the country meet its goals such as job creation, reducing health care costs, androtecting the homeland. Together with Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, their jobsare to make the government more effective, efficient, and transparent."
The CIO in Obama Administration, USA Mr. Vivek KundraVivek Kundra is the first and current Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the UnitedStates of America. He has indicated that he will also have the role of the Office ofManagement and Budget administrator for e-government and information technology. Heserved in Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fentys cabinet as the Chief Technology Officerfor the District and, before that, as Virginias Assistant Secretary of Commerce andTechnology in Governor Tim Kaines cabinet.Kundra has been recognized by InfoWorld among the top 25 CTOs in the country and asthe 2008 IT Executive of the Year for his pioneering work to drive transparency, engagecitizens and lower the cost of government operations. The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium alsorecognized Kundra among outstanding IT innovators who use leadership skills, business-technology acumen and out-of-the-box thinking to address ever-increasing challengesfacing their organization. Additionally, upon announcing his appointment, the White Houseasserted that he is known for his leadership in public safety communications, cybersecurity, and IT portfolio management. Recently, Kundra was also named one of the topten Beltway Game Changers to watch by ExecutiveBiz.
The CEO of Citi Group of USA Dr. Vikram PanditAfter education from Columbia, Vikram Pandit was a professor at Indiana University Bloomington before joiningMorgan Stanley. As head of Morgan Stanleys institutional securities division from 1994 to 2000, he pushed thecompany further into electronic trading and helped to build prime brokerage services that catered to hedge funds.He led the institutional securities from 2000 to 2005. The Indian government awarded him the Padma Bhushan in2008. He was the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Institutional Securities and Investment BankingGroup at Morgan Stanley, where he was responsible for the overall management of the group and focused on thetrading, sales, and infrastructure aspects of the business (2000–2005). Prior to that position, Pandit served as themanaging director and head of the Worldwide Institutional Equities Division (1994–2000), and as the managingdirector and head of the US Equity Syndicate (1990–1994) for Morgan Stanley. In 2005, Pandit was fired fromMorgan Stanley and started a hedge fund with other Morgan Stanley refugees named Old Lane Partners. Citigroupsubsequently purchased the poorly performing fund in 2007 for $800 million. Pandit received approximately $165.2million for this transaction. Many analysts believe that this hefty price was paid for a hedge fund with only $4.5billion under management to get Pandit onto Citigroup. He received an additional $2.7 million in the roughly sixmonths he served as head of Citigroups investment bank and alternative investments group. In January 2008,Pandit was given a sign-on grant of stock and performance-based options worth more than $48 million, though theoptions currently have no cash value. Pandit serves on the boards of Columbia University, Columbia BusinessSchool, the Indian School of Business and The Trinity School. He is a former board member of NASDAQ (2000–2003),the New York City Investment Fund.
The Hollywood Actor Mr. Sendhil Ramamurthy Founder and President ofRamamurthy has appeared in theatrical productions of A Servant of Two Masters inLondons West End,Indian Ink at the Soho Repertory Theatre, and East Is East at theManhattan Theatre Club. His film credits include Thanks to Gravity, Orient Express, BlindDating, and Little India. In addition, he has appeared on several TV shows, including Ellen,Casualty, Guiding Light, Ultimate Force, Greys Anatomy, and Numb3rs. Ramamurthyenjoys playing football. Ramamurthy made a conscious decision to not audition forstereotypical Indian roles, although he has been offered such parts. Ramamurthys currentrole on Heroes is his biggest role yet. Although the character of Mohinder Suresh wasoriginally written for a 55-year old, his audition tape and screen test were convincingenough for writers to rewrite the part for Ramamurthy.He is best known for the role he plays as Indian geneticist Mohinder Suresh in the NBCdrama Heroes.
The British Cricket Player Mr. Mark RamprakashMark Ravin Ramprakash (born 5 September (1969) is anEnglish cricketer. A right-handed batsman, he first made his name playing for Middlesex, and was selected for England aged 21. Ramprakash is widely regarded as thefinest English batsman of his generation, but he failed to perform over a long international career. He has been particularly prolific since his move to Surrey in 2001, averaging over 100 runs per innings in successive seasons (2006 & 2007).
The Hollywood Film Maker Mr. M. Night Shyamalan Director, Producer, Screenwriter & ActorManoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan is a two-time Academy Award nominated Indian-Americanfilmmaker and screenwriter who resides and works primarily in the United States, knownfor making movies with contemporary supernatural plots that usually climax with a twistending. He is also known for filming his movies (and staging his plots) in and aroundPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was raised. Shyamalan released his first film, Prayingwith Anger, in 1992 while he was a New York University student.Shyamalan gained international recognition when he wrote and directed 1999s The SixthSense, which was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Director and BestOriginal Screenplay.Shyamalan had an early desire to be a filmmaker when he was given a Super-8 camera at ayoung age. Though his father wanted Shyamalan to follow in the family practice ofmedicine, his mother encouraged Shyamalan to follow his passion.The Best Known movies of Shyamalan are Wide Awake, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village,Lady in the Water, The Heppening & The Last Airbender.
The American Economist Mr. Raghuram Rajan Former Chief Economist, IMFRaghuram G. Rajan was the Economic Counselor and Director of Research at theInternational Monetary Fund from October 2003 until December 2006. Prior to holdingthis post, Rajan taught at the Graduate School of Business at the University ofChicagowhere he is the Joseph L. Gidwitz Professor of Finance. His research is broadly on the roleof institutions, especially financial institutions, in fostering economic development. In2003, Rajan was awarded the inaugural Fischer Black Prize by the American FinanceAssociation for contributions to finance by an economist under 40. Rajan is an electricalengineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi. He earned hisM.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and his Ph.D. fromMIT.Rajan has also been a visiting professor at MIT as well as at Northwestern University andthe Stockholm School of Economics .Raghuram Rajan was appointed an honorary adviserto Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in November 2008.
The Youngest Doctor of the World Mr. Ambati Balamurali KrishnaBalamurali Ambati graduated from New York University at the age of 13 and Mount SinaiSchool of Medicine at age 17, becoming the worlds youngest doctor in 1995. Hecompleted an ophthalmology residency at Harvard University, where he developedstrategies to reverse corneal angiogenesis, after becoming a winner at the WestinghouseScience Talent Search and the International Science & Engineering Fair and becoming aNational Merit Scholar.He received theprestigious Raja-Lakshmi Award in the year 1995 from Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation,Chennai. After completing a fellowship in cornea & refractive surgery at Duke University in2002, he joined the faculty of the Medical College of Georgia, where he practices clinicalophthalmology and conducts research in such areas as corneal angiogenesis andoutcomes of corneal and refractive surgery. He also volunteers with the ORBIS Flying EyeHospital, traveling to under-privileged countries to practice and teach ophthalmic surgery.
The Famous Australian Actor, Musician & TV Presenter Mr. David Nicholas ReyneIn 1978 when Clutch Cargo became the band Australian Crawl, Reyne, younger brother oflead singer James, continued as drummer. He filled this role for ten months beforeleaving to continue his acting education. He was later drummer for Cats Under Pressure(1984) and Chantoozies (1986-1990). Reyne co-wrote "Polar Notch" and "Let Me Be"(with Simon Hussey)for Cats Under Pressure, the latter was covered by Daryl Braithwaite.Whilst with Chantoozies, Reyne also sang backing vocals.Chantoozies most popular trackswere covers of Redbones "Witch Queen", John Kongos "Hes Gonna Step On You Again"and Stephen Stills "Love the One Youre With"; fellow members included Ally Fowler,Tottie Goldsmith and Eve von Bibra.Reyne has also worked as a television presenter. He briefly hosted Midday in 1995 withTracy Grimshaw and also worked as a reporter for the travel show Getaway from 1992 to2006. After leaving Getaway Reyne signed with Network Ten to co-host with Kim Watkinsthe new morning show 9am with David and Kim which began 30 January 2006. DavidReyne married Karina Loscher in 1994; they have two children
The Indo-China descent Ms. Nicol David KhaiNicol David is the Chindian daughter of Ann Marie David, a retired Chinese Malaysianschoolteacher, and Desmond David, an Indian Malaysian engineer. She has two sistersnamed Lianne Marie and Cheryl Therese,both of whom are accomplished squash playerson a national level. As a youngster, Nicol enjoys reading, mathematics is her best subject inschool. She scores 7 As for her Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) and gets 9 As in herSijil Pelajaran Malaysia (the equivalent to O-levels), which she studies at Convent GreenLane Secondary School in Green Lane, Penang.Nicol Ann David (Datuk icol Ann David, DSP)(born August 26, 1983 in Penang, Malaysia)is a Malaysian professional squash player. She is currently the World No. 1 in womenssquash (she is the first Asian woman to be ranked World No. 1 in the sport). Shecaptured the World Open title in 2005, 2006 and 2008, and the British Open title in 2005,2006 and 2008. On June 7, 2008, Nicol David is honoured with the Order of Merit inconjunction with the birthday of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin.
The Australian Footballer Rhys WilliamsHis mother originates from Mumbai, India while his father was born in Kent, England. He iscurrently playing for Middlesbrough in the English Football League Championship. Hebegan his football career as a promising junior with Perth based club ECU Joondalup. As ayouth player, 2004 would prove his breakthrough year with his club performances leadingto selection in the Western Australian under-16 state representative squad for the 2004National Talent Identification Championships. In January 2009, he signed a new two-yearcontract at Middlesbrough and signed on loan for Championship side Burnley on the sameday. On 17 June 2009, he made his full Australian debut in a World Cup qualifier againstJapan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The British Musician Mr. Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara) (5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was aBritish musician, best known as the frontman of the rock band Queen. As a performer, hewas known for his vocal prowess and flamboyant performances. As a songwriter,he composed many international hits, including "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Killer Queen","Somebody to Love", "Dont Stop Me Now", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", and "We Arethe Champions". Fronted by Mercury, Queen went on to sell more than 300 millionalbums internationally. In 2002 he appeared in the 58th spot in a list of the "100 Greatest Britons", sponsored bythe BBC and voted for by the public. He was further listed at the 52nd spot in a 2007Japanese national survey of the 100 most "influential heroes"."The Gay 100: A Ranking ofthe Most Influential Gay Men and Lesbians, Past and Present."In 2006, Time Asiamagazine named him as one of the most influential Asian heroes of the past 60 years.Mercury was also included in Rolling Stones list of the "Top 100 Singers Of All Time",falling at number eighteen.
The father of fibre-Optic Dr. Narinder Singh KapanyBorn in Moga, Punjab, India and educated in England, Kapany has lived in the United Statesfor forty-five years. In 1952, this earlier work led Kapany to conduct studies that led to theinvention of optical fiber. A graduate of Agra University in India, he completed advancedstudies in optics, and Ph.D. degree at Imperial College London in 1955.In 1960, he founded Optics Technology Inc. and was Chairman of the Board, President, andDirector of Research for twelve years. In 1967 the company went public with numerouscorporate acquisitions and jointventures in the United States and abroad. In 1973, Kapanyfounded Kaptron Inc. and was President and CEO until 1990 when he sold the company toAMP Incorporated.He has received many awards including The Excellence 2000 Award from the USA Pan-Asian American Chamber of Commerce in 1998. He is a Fellow of numerous scientificsocieties including the British Royal Academy of Engineering, the Optical Society ofAmerica, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The Indian American Molecular Biologist Dr. Har Govind Khorana Nobel Laureate in Medicine(1968)Khorana was born in Raipur, Kabirwala,Khanewal, a village in British India (now Pakistan).His father was the village "patwari", or taxation official. He was homeschooled by hisfather, and he later attended D.A.V. Multan High School. He finished his B.Sc. from PunjabUniversity, Lahore in 1943 and M.Sc from Punjab University in 1945. In 1945, he beganstudies at the University of Liverpool. After earning a PhD in 1948, he continued hispostdoctoral studies in Zurich (1948-49). Subsequently, he spent two years at Cambridgeand his interests in proteins and nucleic acids took root at that time. In 1952 he went tothe University of British Columbia, Vancouver and in 1960 moved to the University ofWisconsin-Madison. In 1970 Khorana became the Alfred Sloan Professor of Biology andChemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he worked until retiring in2007. He is a member of the Board of Scientific Governors at The Scripps ResearchInstitute, and currently holds Professor Emeritus status at MIT.
The Management Export Mr. Rajat Kumar GuptaHis parents were Ashwini Kumar Gupta and Pran Kumari Gupta, who had three otherchildren. His fatherwas a journalist with the Ananda Bazar Patrika Group and also aprominent freedom fighter who was jailed many times during Indias freedom struggle.His mother taught at a Montessori school. He joined McKinsey & Company in 1973 andwent on to become the firms first managing director born outside of the US, completingthree full terms at the coveted position. Gupta became the head of the Scandinavianoffices in 1981 and the head of the Chicago office in 1990. In 1994, he was electedmanaging director. He is also an independent director at Goldman Sachs and is a memberof the board of trustees of the University of Chicago.
The CEO of Adobe Systems Mr. Shantanu NarayenShantanu arayen is the current CEO of Adobe Systems. Prior to this post, he held the roleas the President & Chief Operating Officer since 2005 He started his career at Apple, Inc..After Apple, Narayen served as director of desktop and collaboration products for SiliconGraphics, then co-founded Pictra Inc., a company that pioneered the concept of digitalphoto sharing over the Internet. Narayen joined Adobe in 1998 as a senior Vice-Presidentof worldwide product research, was later promoted to executive vice president ofworldwide products, and appointed to his current post in January 2005 at the age of 41.On November 12, 2007, Adobe Systems announced in a press release that Bruce Chizenwould step down from his role as Chief Executive Officer effective December 1, to bereplaced by Shantanu Narayen.
The New Zealand Cricket Player Mr. Dipak Narshibhai PatelDipak &Narshibhai Patel (born 25 October 1958 in Nairobi, Kenya) played 37 Tests and 75 One Day Internationals for the New Zealand cricket team. A stylish middle order batsman, he started playing for Worcestershire in 1976,having moved to England in 1968. He continued to play forthem until 1986, playing 236 matches, scoring 9734 runs at 29.23, and taking 357 wickets at 36.66. Patel emigrated to New Zealand in 1986.
The New Zealand Cricket Player Mr. Jeetan Patel Jeetan Shashi Patel (born 7 May 1980 in Wellington) is a New Zealand cricketer of Indianorigin. Patel is a right arm off spin bowler. He plays domestic cricket for the Wellington Firebirds and has represented the New Zealand Black Caps in One Day Internationals, Twenty20 matches, and Tests.
The Former Captain of West Indies Cricket Team Mr. Shivnarine ChanderpaulShivnarine Shiv Chanderpaul (born 16 August 1974) in Unity Village, Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana) is a cricketer, and former captain of the West Indies cricket team.He is the first Indo-Caribbean in the West Indies team to play 100 Tests for the WestIndies and has captained them in 14 Tests and 16 One Day Internationals.Chanderpaul is ranked as the number three batsman in the world under the currentICC test rankings.A West Indian cricketer of Indian origin, the left-handed Chanderpaul is known forhisdoggedness and ability to stick on the wicket for long hours. He is known in thecricketing world for his unorthodox front-on batting stance, although he shifts hisbody into a more conventional position when he plays the ball, thus making him aprolific scorer on both sides of the wicket.
The English Actress Ms. Shobana GulatiShobna Gulati (born 7 August 1966) is an English actress, writer and dancer of Indianorigin, best known for playing the role of Sunita Alahan in the long-running soap operaCoronation Street from 2001 to 2006. She is also known for being one of very few actorsto have appeared in both Coronation Street and its rival series EastEnders for the BBC(in 2000). Gulati was born in Oldham, then Lancashire now Greater Manchester. In thelate 1990s, Gulati received rave reviews for her work in Victoria Woods BBC sitcomdinnerladies; in 2001, she appeared in the short film Shadowscan, directed by TingeKrishnan, which won a BAFTA Award; and in 2004 Gulati was nominated for aManchester Evening ews Theatre Award for her work in the play Dancing withinwalls,which was staged at the Contact Theatre in Mancheste.Gulati is a single mother to a son, Akshay, 14. She has a degree in Arabic and Middle-Eastern politics, speaks six languages, and is a vocal supporter of Asian womens rightsand various anti-racism campaigns
The British Actress Ms. Rhona MitraMitras first main role came as Scott Wolfs illicit love interest on Party of Five. In 2000,Mitra had a small, key role in the film Hollow Man, as the rape victim of Kevin Baconscharacter, an incident that drives him insane. She had a main role in medical dramaGideons Crossing, as Dr. Alejandra Ollie Klein. Mitra then had roles in Ali G Indahouse;Sweet Home Alabama; Stuck on You, and leading roles in Highwaymen and Spartacus.Mitra appeared in the final season of The Practice as Tara Wilson, and continued that roleinto its spin-off Boston Legal, but left not long into the second season. In 2005, Mitra layedthe role of Kit McGraw during Season 3 of &ip/Tuck. Mitra then went on to appear inSkinwalkers, The &umber 23 and Shooter. In 2008, Mitra starred in the lead role of thescience fiction/action film Doomsday as Major Eden Sinclair, and in 2009 went on to star inUnderworld: Rise of the Lycans as Sonja, the daughter of the powerful vampire elder Viktor(played by Bill Nighy). Mitra appeared as the live action model for Lara Croft, the leadcharacter in Eidos Interactives Tomb Raider video game series. Mitra was ranked #46 onthe Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2001.
The NASA Research Scientist Ms. Kalpana ChawalaChawla joined the NASA astronaut corps in March 1995 and was selected for her first flightin 1998. Her first space mission began onNovember 19, 1997 as part of the six astronautcrew that flew the Space Shuttle Columbia flight STS-87. Chawla was the first Indian-bornwoman and the second person of Indian origin to fly in space, following cosmonaut RakeshSharma who flew in 1984 in a Soviet spacecraft. On her first mission Chawla travelled over10.4 million miles in 252 orbits of the earth, logging more than 360 hours in space. DuringSTS-87, she was responsible for deploying the Spartan Satellite which malfunctioned,necessitating a spacewalk by Winston Scott and Takao Doi to capture the satellite. A five-month NASA investigation fully exonerated Chawla by identifying errors in softwareinterfaces and the defined procedures of flight crew and ground control. On January 16,2003, Chawla finally returned to spaceaboard Columbia on the ill-fated STS-107 mission.Posthumously awards: Congressional Space Medal of Honor,NASA Space FlightMedal,NASA Distinguished Service Medal,Defense Distinguished Service Medal.
The NASA Astronaut Ms. Sunita WilliamsSunita Williams (born September 19, 1965) is a United States Naval officer and a NASAastronaut. She was assigned to the International Space Station as a member ofExpedition 14 and then joined Expedition 15. She holds the record of the longestspaceflight (195 days) for female space travelers. As NASAs official public spokesperson,she was selected to appear on the Colbert Report to announce the name for Node 3 ofthe ISS.Williams received her commission as an ensign in the US Navy from the US NavalAcademy in May 1987. She was designated a Naval Aviator in 1989, and graduated fromthe Naval Test Pilot School in 1993. Williams is married to Michael Williams. The two havebeen married for over 16 years, and both flew helicopters in the early days of theircareers. Her recreational interests include running, swimming, biking, triathlons,windsurfing, snowboarding and bow hunting
The American Enterpreneur Mr. Karan Bilimoria Founder of Cobra BeerBilimoria was born in Hyderabad, India of Parsi Zoroastrian descent. Hereceived theBachelor of Commerce degree from Osmania University; (Indian Institute of Managementand Commerce, Hyderabad) in 1981.After working as a chartered accountant for Ernst &Young, he studied for a Bachelor of Arts degree in law at Sidney Sussex College, Universityof Cambridge.He founded Cobra Beer in 1989, aiming to create a less gassy lagermoresuitable for drinking with curry and other foods.Karan is the Deputy President of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he is alsotheRepresentative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Hounslow. In 2005,hebecame Chancellor of Thames Valley University — the United Kingdoms youngestuniversitychancellor at the time In 2006, he was chosen as a cross-bench life peer with thetitle Baron Bilimoria, of Chelsea in the RoyalBorough of Kensington and Chelsea by theHouse of Lords Appointments Commission, becoming thefirst-ever Parsi in the House ofLords. In 2008 he was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman by the president of India.
The Famous English Actor Mr. Naveen AndrewsNaveen William Sidney Andrews is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated English actor.He is known for his roles in Grindhouse (2007) and the television series Lost as SayidJarrah. Andrews is in a relationship with actress Barbara Hershey, who is 21 years hissenior, and they live in Los Angeles. The couple separated briefly in 2005 and, during thattime, Andrews had another son, Naveen Joshua, with another woman, Elena Eustache. Heand Hershey later reconciled.He has been involved in an on-going custody dispute withEustache over Naveen Joshua; on 7 January 2009 Andrews was granted temporary solelegal and physical custody of the child.Some well known Movies are:London Kills Me (1991) ... as BikeThe Buddha of Suburbia (1993) ... KarimLost (2004-2010) ... as Sayid JarrahBride And Prejudice (2004) ... as Mr. BalrajThe Ten Commandments (2006), Animals (2008) as Vic
The American Journalist Mr. Fareed Rafiq ZakariaAfter directing a research project on American foreign policy at Harvard, Zakaria becamemanaging editor of Foreign Affairs magazine. In October 2000, he was named editor ofewsweek International. And writes a weekly foreign affairs column in it. He has writtenwidely and on a variety of subjects for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the NewYorker, and for one year, was a wine columnist for the webzine Slate. Zakaria is the author ofFrom Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of Americas World Role (Princeton, 1998), TheFuture of Freedom (Norton, 2003), and The Post-American World (2008); he has also co-edited The American Encounter: The United States and the Making of the Modern World(Basic Books). Zakaria was a news analyst with ABCs This Week with George Stephanopoulos(2002-2007); he hosted the weekly TV news show, Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria onPBS (2005-2008); his weekly show, Fareed Zakaria GPS ("Global Public Square") premieredon CNN in June 2008.It airs on Sunday afternoon.Zakaria was conferred India Abroad Person of the Year 2008 award on March 20th, 2009 inNew York. He has received honorary degrees at the University of Miami, Oberlin College,Bates College and Brown University.
The Miss Trinidad Tobago Ms. Valene MaharajMaharaj grew up in a small village in the southern part of Trinidad & Tobago called St.Margarets in Claxton Bay. Originally from Gasparillo, Maharaj is the third of fourchildren. After graduating from high school, she was accepted to pursue her AssociatesDegree in Business Administration. Earlier this year, she was accepted at the AmericanInter-Continental University in Florida to study fashion, fine arts and marketing. Her planswere however deferred to facilitate her title reign.On March 28, 2006, Valene Maharaj took the first runner-up spot at the Miss Trinidad andTobago pageant. However, Maharaj competed again the following year to win the MissTrinidad & Tobago title when she succeeded over six other contestants.Valene Maharaj was the second runner up in Miss World 2008 in Johannesberg.
The British Radio and TV Presenter Mr. Nihal ArthanayakeNihal joined the BBC Radio 1 in 2002, to become co-host of a night time Asian Beatsshow with DJ Bobby Friction coming under the specialist DJ category. The show went onto win a Sony Radio Award in 2003 - achieving Gold standard in the Specialist MusicCategory for their show: Bobby Friction & Nihal Present. At the end of 2004, theyreleased a compilation album as a reflection of the music they play on the show. Nihalbecame the presenter of the Weekend Breakfast Show on Radio 1, in October 2007,currently the only one of two DJs to present both a mainstream and a specialist show onthe channel, the other being Annie Mac, and infrequently provides holiday cover for otherRadio 1 colleagues. In September 2008 he was moved from weekend breakfast toweekend afternoons 1pm-4pm on Radio 1. The weekend breakfast show
Famous American Fashion Designer Mr. Anand JonAnand Jon Alexander (born 1973 in India) is a former fashion designer turned convictedserial rapist who had previously appeared on Americas ext Top Model and rose to fame inthe fashion industry prior to being convicted of several counts of sexual abuse. Jon wasborn in South India and came to the U.S. to study at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdaleand later at Parsons The New School for Design. He sold collections at stores includingBergdorf Goodman, in New York City, Wilkes Bashford, in San Francisco, and Luisa ViaRoma, in Florence, Italy.In July 2009, a judge denied Jons request for a new trial. In the days following, Jon firedhis team of high profile lawyers in the days leading up to his sentencing. Jon petitionedfor, and was granted, permission to represent himself for the sentencing phase of theproceedings.
The Malaysian Politician, Advocate & Solicitor Mr. Karpal SinghHe is the current chairman of the Democratic Action Party and a member of Parliamentfor Bukit Gelugor, Penang. He won the seat in the 2004 general election. He is an ethnicPunjabi and a prominent lawyer in Malaysia, well known for his expertise in the field oflitigation. His reputation has earned him the nickname "Tiger of Jelutong". His fathersname is Ram Singh Singh defended Australian drug trafficker Kevin Barlow who wasexecuted in Malaysia in 1986,along with New Zealander Lorraine Cohen and her sonAaron, both of whom escaped the death penalty. A motor vehicle accident in 2005 hassince left Singh wheelchair-bound with neuromotor problems in his right arm.
The South African Judge Ms. Navanetham PillayA South African Tamil, she was the first non-white woman on the High Court of South Africa, and shehas also served as a judge of the International Criminal Court and President of the InternationalCriminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Her four-year term as High Commissioner for Human Rights began on 1September 2008. Her tenure on the High Court was short, however, as she was soon elected by theUnited Nations General Assembly to serve as a judge at the International Criminal Tribunal forRwanda (ICTR). She served for eight years, including four years as president. She was the only femalejudge for the first four years of the tribunal.Her tenure on the ICTR is best remembered for her role inthe landmark trial of Jean Paul Akayesu, which established that rape and sexual assault couldconstitute acts of genocide. Pillay said in an interview, "From time immemorial, rape has beenregarded as spoils of war. Now it will be considered a war crime. We want to send out a strong signalthat rape is no longer a trophy of war." In February 2003, she was elected to the first ever panel ofjudges of the International Criminal Court and assigned to the Appeals Division. She was elected to asix-year term, but resigned in August 2008 in order to take up her positionwith the UN.
The Indian Top Diplomat, Politician Dr. Shashi TharoorDr. Shashi Tharoor is the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs and a member of theIndian Parliament from the Trivandrum constituency in Kerala. He served as the UNUnder-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information between June 2002and February 2007, during the term of Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the UnitedNations. In 2006, he was the official candidate of India for the office of United NationsSecretary-General, and came second out of seven official candidates in the race. He isalso a prolific author, columnist, journalist, human rights advocate, humanitarian andadviser or fellow of various institutions, including the International Committee of the RedCross, the Aspen Institute, and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.In January 2009, Tharoor was awarded the Zakir Hussain Memorial "Pride of India“ ward.He was presented with the Hakim Khan Sur Award for National Integration by theMaharana of Udaipur on March 15, 2009.
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