Ajeet Kaur is a founding member of the Sikh Coalition and served on its Board from 2001-2011. Ajeet also spent the year following Sept. 11, 2001 as a full-time volunteer helping to establish and develop the Sikh Coalition. She is currently a Director of Sales Operations and Field Marketing at Dolce Hotels and Resorts. Prior to joining Dolce, Ajeet worked in Sales Strategy & Process at Starwood Hotels & Resorts and as Director of Communications at Cross-Cultural Solution, a not-for-profit organization focused on sustainable development among communities in need around the globe. Ajeet earned her MBA at Georgetown University in 2009. She also holds a B.A. in Public Relations and International Business and Negotiations from American University in Washington, DC.
Amandeep Singh Sidhu
Amandeep Singh Sidhu currently practices law as an associate in the Trial Department of the DC branch of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. In addition, he serves on the Firm’s Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Pro Bono & Community Services Committees. He received his undergraduate degrees in Economics and Government from the College of William & Mary, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law. In 2005, he received the Virginia State Bar Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award and the University of Richmond School of Law’s Nina R. Kestin Service Award. He has been involved with the Sikh Coalition’s efforts since its inception in 2001, serving as Regional Director of the Southeast chapter, and as the organization’s pro bono counsel. Most recently, he assisted the Coalition in obtaining historic religious accommodations for two Sikh U.S. Army recruits.
Bhupi Singh is the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Direct Relief International, a medical assistance and disaster relief agency that, in the past 12 months, has provided $245 million in product and cash resources to indigenously run healthcare facilities and projects in over 60 countries worldwide. Prior to joining Direct Relief, Bhupi worked for several companies in the computer and software field, including Apple, LynuxWorks and Volara Inc. He attended the University of Singapore, where he received his degree in Accountancy. Since 1994 Bhupi has served as a founding trustee and treasurer of the Chardi Kalaa Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping enhance the visibility of Sikhs in the United States while building a sense of community through programs and activities.
Dr. BP Sodhi
Dr. Bhupinder Sodhi is actively involved in his community as a Rotarian, and as a member of the Daytona Beach/Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Port Orange/South Daytona Chamber of Commerce, Indian American Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Dr. Sodhi is a Lifetime member of the Brevard Indo-American Medical & Dental Association. He recently gave up practicing medicine to found a real estate company specializing in multi-residential and retail properties. He was active in the Democratic National Committee and engaged with the White House to promote awareness of Sikhs and their contributions to the United States.
Deepinder Singh is the co-founder and CTO of Suntulit ( www.suntulit.com ), a clean-tech company focused on reducing home energy consumption through automated heating and cooling systems. Previous to his environmental work, Deepinder attended the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology in Patiala, India before graduating and becoming head of the Network Consulting arm at Leonid Consulting, LLC. In his spare time, Deepinder was an international pistol shooter and a member of the Canadian National Shooting team for five years before taking a break to raise his family.
Gurmeet Sodhi is a television host; producer and one of the youngest South Asian female to launch her own live talk show. She is an icon in the international and entertainment communities. She has in recent times become somewhat of an ‘Indian Oprah’ among the South-Asian community in the US. Ms. Sodhi was recently invited by the President of United States of America - Barack Obama and First Lady – Michelle Obama to attend the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islanders Commission) reception at the White House. This is the first time an Indian Talk Show Host attended such an event at the White House. Her invitation to the reception is a testament and recognition of her work in the community.
Haranjeet S. Narulla
Dr. GP Singh
Dr. GP Singh received both his Masters and Ph.D. from Drexel University in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, respectively. As the sole founder of Karta Technologies, Inc., Dr. Singh helped it grow from a one-man, garage operation into the largest defense contractor for professional services based in San Antonio. Dr. Singh was awarded six US patents for his innovations and, in 1999, was nominated by Ernst and Young for Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2007, Karta was acquired by NCI Information Systems, Inc. (NCIT) the Board of which Dr. Singh currently serves on. In addition, he has been a member of the engineering faculty at the University of Texas San Antonio since 1985 and has published over 50 technical papers and numerous reports related to nondestructive evaluation, power plant maintenance and operations, artificial intelligence and computer based learning. Dr. Singh is committed to community service, and helped to found the Sikh Research Institute, based in San Antonio, which aims to strengthen community and educate people about the Sikh faith.
Dr. Inderpal Singh
Dr. Inderpal Singh was born and raised in India, coming to America with his parents at the age of fourteen. Here he flourished in school, eventually heading to college and majoring in Family Medicine after which he completed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In his free time, Dr. Singh acted on a lifelong love for community service and organized free health fairs at the local gurdwara. Upon completion of his residency, Inderpal moved to Atlanta and started working for a hospital, while also working to establish the First Aid Health Center, a total charity health clinic, at the local gurdwara. Through this clinic, Inderpal was able to educate locals of all backgrounds about the Sikh religion and traditions. Due to its success, Inderpal and his fellow volunteers were invited to organize and conduct health fairs and clinics throughout the state of Georgia. On top of all of this, he is involved in several local organizations, including the Hemkunt Foundation and the Georgia Health Partnership, as well as numerous food drives for homeless shelters in the Atlanta area.
Inderpreet Singh is a Technology professional currently working for a multinational technology firm in Chelmsford, MA. His passion is Sikhi and Panthak-related community projects and he is heavily involved with Sikh youth camps, retreats and conferences, where he conducts seminars, lectures and interactive workshops on Gurmat-related topics. He is a the chair of the Board of Directors of the Sikh Research Institute (www.sikhri.org) as well as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Sikh Coalition.
Jasmeet Kaur Ahuja
Jasmeet Kaur Ahuja is a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School. Previously, she served as the professional staff member responsible for U.S. policy towards South Asia on the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she helped lead congressional efforts to change U.S. Army policy and allow turbans in the military. Before joining the Hill, Jasmeet served as the director of South Asia in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. She began her career in the federal government as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense. Jasmeet graduated with Honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University where she received her M.S. and B.S. in engineering.
Jasmit Singh is a founding member of the Sikh Coalition and served on its Board from 2001-2011. He currently works as a Solutions Architect for Qualcomm Inc., where he interacts with wireless carriers around the world for design and deployment of 3G technologies. Jasmit has also been involved with various philanthropic projects across the world, such as the Hate Free Zone of Washington, which promotes pluralism; the Wing Luke Asian Museum, which promotes and preserves recognition of the art and history of Asian Americans; and the Nishkam Sikh Welfare Organization, which works on projects related to social welfare. Jasmit holds various graduate degrees from colleges in both India and the US, including a Ph.D. in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.
Jaspaul Singh graduated from the University of Pennsylvania before heading to Harvard and the University of Cambridge to receive his MBA and MPhil, respectively. Currently, he is a Senior Investment Analyst at Regiment Capital Advisors, LP, a $5 billion multi-strategy hedge fund, where he manages distressed, high yield, macro, and structured products portfolios. Previous to this, he held positions at Hammerman Capital Management, Microsoft Corporation, and Goldman Sachs.
Kuldeep Singh is a recognized author and speaker on Sikh and Gurmat topics throughout North America. He has published numerous articles in the journals such as The Sikh Review, Atam Rang, the Journal of Sikh Studies and Miri and Piri. He is also the founder of the Sikh Youth Federation, which he created to as a means of educating Sikh youth about their heritage. To achieve this end, the Federation has organized highly attended summer camps and retreats in the Midwest annually since 1973. Kuldeep was selected as the founding coordinator of the World Sikh Council – America Region (a representative body of Sikh Gurdwaras and related organizations) in 1996, and was nominated to serve as the Council’s founding Chairperson from 1998-2001, and again from 2003-2004.
Mandeep Singh Sobti
Mandeep Singh Sobti was born and raised in India, before immigrating to the United States in 1982. Mandeep started off as a grocery store clerk, but through hard work and perseverance, received his accounting degree and with his wife, Anjeet Kaur Sobti, saved enough to buy a franchisee in a national accounting firm. They expanded the business from its original office in the New York City area, opening offices in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia, Louisiana and Texas. Mandeep, Anjeet, and their two children currently reside in Chappaqua, NY. He remains a very active member of the Sikh Community, and serves on the Board of Directors and as the Finance Chair for the Sikh Art and Film Foundation. He is an avid runner, and has participated in both the New York and Boston marathons, always sporting a saffron colored turban.
Navjot Kaur is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Columbia University’s School of Social Work with an emphasis on social services for minority immigrant communities. She has volunteered with numerous Sikh congregations throughout New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Florida, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. In addition, Navjot is actively involved in the Sikh youth community as a member of the International Institute of Gurmat Studies (IIGS), through which she has served as a Sikh camp counselor in Thailand, Florida, California and New Jersey. She is one of the founders of United Sikhs in Service of America (www.unitedsikhs.org), a grassroots organization based in New York that works to educate and develop underprivileged minority communites everywhere. Upon its founding, Navjot led the development of three of the organization’s most significant program areas: teaching English as a second language (ESL), fighting to eliminate domestic violence, and working to gain health care access for the underprivileged.
Neha Singh Gohil
Neha Singh Gohil joined the Sikh Coalition in 2007 and before leaving in 2011 worked as the Western Region Director. Neha is a journalist and a civil rights attorney based in in the Bay Area of California. Prior to working with the Sikh Coalition, Neha was in corporate practice with Allen & Overy LLP. Neha's work has been published in the New York Times, the Kansas City Star, the Contra Costa Times, the Young Lawyer, and the Orlando Sentinel, among others. She writes regularly for Sikhchic.com. Her areas of interest include religion, politics and international affairs reporting. From 2004 to 2007, Neha was involved with the representation of 11 Yemeni men being held at Guantanamo Bay. Neha is a graduate of Yale Law School and also holds an M.Sc. in Journalism from Columbia University. She completed her undergraduate degrees in English and International Relations from the University of SouthernCalifornia.
Neha is the co-author of Civil Rights in Wartime: The Post-9/11 Sikh Experience, published by Ashgate in 2009.
Parminder Singh, British Columbia, is the founder of three successful start-up companies that focus on the areas of multimedia, internet software development and electronics manufacturing. In addition, Parminder has held executive positions at numerous companies in both Canada and the United States, including Motorola and Microsoft. He is currently serving as the President of Intellectual Ventures Canada, where he is responsible for establishing partnerships with a network of inventors (based in start-up companies, academia, government agencies and general industry) to create commercially viable solutions in the fields of science and technology. A member of the Board of Directors of both Junior Achievement of British Columbia – a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business – and The Digital Media and Wireless Association of British Columbia (DigiBC), he currently resides in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada with his wife, two children, two dogs, and the occasional goldfish.
Parvinderjit Singh Khanuja (Phoenix, AZ)
Parvinderjit Singh Khanuja is a practicing Hematologist and Oncologist, and the founder of the Ironwood Cancer and Research Center in Arizona. Born and raised in India, Parvinderjit attended the Christian Medical College in Ludhiana before moving to Detroit in to complete his residency and fellowship at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is married and currently living in Phoenix, with two daughters – one of whom is also attending medical school in Detriot, and one who is currently a senior at the University of Southern California.
Paul Singh, Maryland, is founder and COO of TSG Land, an acreage land development company based in Dallas, TX. He is responsible for all development activities and company operations, and in this position has successfully overseen the development of over 500 acres of land so far. Paul is also an active member of the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation’s congregation in Rockville, MD. As a student at the University of Maryland College Park, he served as President of the school’s Sikh Student Association. In his spare time, he volunteers with many local college students in his community.
Ravinder Singh Bhalla
Ravinder Singh Bhalla currently serves as Vice-President of the Hoboken City Council and Chairman of the Hoboken Democratic Party. In addition, he is a practicing attorney in the areas of employment law, commercial litigation, local government law and criminal defense in the federal and state courts of New Jersey and New York. Ravinder attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a B.A. in Political Psychology. Following this, he first attended the London School of Economics, where he received his MS in Public Administration and Public Policy, before going on to receive his Juris Doctor Degree from the Tulane Law School in New Orleans. He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife and daughter.
Reshma Singh, currently serves as Senior Director of Rhode Island Expansion with Achievement First, an organization dedicated to creating a network of public charter schools throughout the Northeast, which she had originally joined as a member of its New York external relations team. Prior to this, Reshma served first as Development Director and then as Vice President of Development Operations of Teach for America’s New York City region. Here she led all aspects of fundraising strategy and execution for the organization’s largest regional office, growing the funding base and fueling its expansion from a 200 to 750 corps member region. Reshma attended Rutgers College as an undergrad, and completed her masters in Public Administration at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. In her spare time, Reshma enjoys running, reading, meditating, and spending time with her nieces and nephew.
Sarbpreet Singhis the founder and current director of the Gurmat Sangeet Project, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and propagation of the Sikh Musical Tradition. He has written plays, poems and short stories, inspired by the struggles of the Sikh Panth in both ancient and contemporary times. In his professional life, he has worked with several software and networking companies on the senior executive levels. He is passionate about social justice and has been working as a mentor to young Sikhs for several years
Simran Jeet Singh
Simran Jeet Singh is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. He has earned an M.A. and M.Phil. from Columbia University, an M.T.S. from Harvard University, and a B.A. from Trinity University. Simran’s research centers on South Asian Religions, with particular expertise in the Sikh tradition. His current research focuses on biographical writing in South Asia and the life of Guru Nanak.
In addition, Simran has been recognized for his involvement in community endeavors. He serves as the Deputy Director for the Sikh Spirit Foundation, and he represents Sikh perspectives and voices through publications and media. He has been nominated for teaching awards at Columbia University, and he presents across North America on issues related to Sikh theology, history, and practice.
Supreet Kaur has been involved with the Sikh Coalition since its inception and worked as a full-time volunteer in 2004. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Her work applies Behavioral Economics to the study of poverty in developing countries and in the US. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government and an M.P.A. in International Development, both from Harvard University. Supreet has been selected as a David A. Wells Prize recipient by the Harvard Economics Department (2012), a Giorgio Ruffolo Doctoral Fellow in Sustainability Science at Harvard's Center for International Development (2010-2011), a Dissertation Fellow at the Project on Justice, Welfare, and Economics at Harvard (2010-2011), and a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School (2005-2007). Her work has received financial support from the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Financial Management and Research in India, and various institutes at Harvard and Columbia universities.
Mr. Zoravar S. Dhaliwal is a Managing Director at Osaka Capital and is responsible for leading the firm’s research and sustainable investment advisory work. He is also the Managing Editor of IDEA – Investment, Development & Economics in Africa, a blog that seeks to empower entrepreneurs and business leaders in Africa with resources, including research, tools, and access to networks.
Prior to joining Osaka Capital, Mr. Dhaliwal was the co-founder and CEO of Community Lab, a nonprofit based in New York City that partners with The Earth Institute at Columbia University to advise governments and organizations on Sustainable International Development. Mr. Dhaliwal began his career in Management Consulting at Accenture in Toronto, and later worked in Investment Banking and Private Equity at Merrill Lynch, UBS and Trinorth Capital.
Mr. Dhaliwal is an active member of the Sikh community and is driven by a passion to support the next generation of young leaders. While living in Toronto, Mr. Dhaliwal led the Toronto Sikh Professionals, the largest network in North America dedicated to connecting Sikh Professionals. He was also the Deputy Chair of the Sikh Centennial Gala in 2006 and spearheaded the Guru Gobind Singh Children’s Foundation youth leadership workshop in 2005. More recently, he co-led Sikhcessful in 2009, which connected over 75 Sikh students and professionals in New York City to discuss leadership and career opportunities. Mr. Dhaliwal currently serves on the Sikh Coalition's Advisory Board providing strategic insight in several areas including the Community Organizing program and fund development. Mr. Dhaliwal is also a Senior Advisor to the International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD).
Mr. Dhaliwal received a Bachelors of Commerce in Operations Management from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he served as student body President.