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Issue Date: November 2012, Posted On: 11/6/2012

INDIA New England reveals '50 Most Influential People'

With its "50 Most Influential People" list, INDIA New England honors individuals whose work, effort or influence helps shape the South Asian community in New England. These most influential people are entrepreneurs, executives, investors, community leaders, researchers, activists, artists, dancers, musicians and philanthropists The honorees, listed here in alphabetical order, were chosen based on community nominations and input from the editorial staff.

First Name

Last Name



Ramesh Advani President Indian American Forum for Political Education
Anant Agarwal President edX, MIT & Harvard online learning initiative
Ash Ashutosh CEO ActiFio
Vijay Basani Co-founder eIQnetworks Inc.
Kamal Bawa Professor, Sustainability Expert University of Massachusetts, Boston
Sangeeta Bhatia Co-founder Hepregen Inc.
Amar Bose Founder Bose Corp.
Kris Canekeratne Chairman, CEO Virtusa Corp.
Mukesh Chatter General Partner NeoNet LLC
Sanjiv Chopra Faculty Dean Harvard Medical School
Ashraf Dahod Senior Vice President Cisco System Inc.
Harish Dang Founder Sounds of India
Puran Dang Chairman Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation New England
Samir Desai President, CEO Aditi Inc.
Desh Deshpande Founder The Deshpande Foundation
Amit Dixit

Community Activist

Gopala Dwarakanath Founder Chinmaya Mission Boston
Om Ganda Physician, Researcher Joslin Diabetes Center
Atul Gawande Surgeon, Author Brigham and Women's Hospital
Anita Goel Chairman, CEO Nanobiosym Inc.
Ravi Ika Executive Chairman, Founder ikaSystems Corp.
Mahmud Jafri Founder, CEO Dover Rug & Home
Subu Kota Chairman, CEO The Boston Group
Santhana Krishnan Vice President Nimsoft
Prat Moghe President TiE-Boston
Nitin Nohria Dean Harvard Business School
Indra Nooyi Chairman, CEO PepsiCo Inc.
Dinesh Paliwal President, Chairman, CEO Harman
Dinesh Patel Chief of Arthroscopic Surgery Massachusetts General Hospital
Indira Patel President, CEO New England Office Supply
Jothi Raghavan Founder, Artistic Director Nrityanjali
Kesha Ram State Representative Vermont House of Representatives
Ranjani Saigal Co-founder Lokvani
Amar Sawhney President, CEO Ocular Therapeutix Inc.
Jit Saxena Founder Netezza
Amartya Sen Author, Professor Harvard University
Chandu Shah President, CEO S4 Inc.
Dharmesh Shah Founder, CTO Hubspot
Raj Sharma Senior Vice President Merrill Lynch
Manju Sheth Physician, Community Leader Northeast Health Systems
Preetesh Shrivastava President New England Hindi Manch
Sabita Singh Judge Massachusetts District Circuit Court
Anil Singhal Founder, President, CEO Netscout Systems Inc.
Prasad Srinivasan State Representative Connecticut House of Representatives
Venkat Srinivasan Founder Rage Frameworks Inc.
Kumble Subbaswamy Chancellor University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Mohan Subramaniam Singer, Professor Boston College
Shushil Tuli President, CEO Leader Bank
Pavan Vaidyanathan President Association For India's Development Boston
Usha Vakil Founder Saheli
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