World Hindu Council of America (VHPA)

REFLECTIONS@50: Walking in Dharma

Virtual Conference

Kudos to Our Dedicated Volunteers

CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION

Dr. Jai Bansal
Conference Convener
Sanjay Mehta
Advisor
Amitabh Mittal
Coordinator - Website, Registration
Sohini Sircar
Technology (IT), Master of Ceremonies (MC)

PUBLICATION,PUBLICITY & MEDIA RELATION

Amitabh Mittal
Coordinator - Website, Registration
Dr. Ajay Shah
Exec VP - VHPA
Vijay Pallod
Communication Director of Hindus for Greater Houston
Shyam Tiwari
VP – VHPA Publications

PANEL 1 – HINDU WOMEN’S NETWORK

Dr. Neelam Jaiswal
Senior scientist with 20+ years in corporate world; National event coordinator for Support A Child
Manju Tiwari
Acclaimed administrator, Educator; Curriculum director at Atlanta Balvihar; taught Hindi at Emory Univ for12 years; involved in establishing Hindi courses at Georgia Tech
Jaya Asthana
Clinical worker, long time VHPA karyakarta for Balvihar, Youth camps and many other children related activities
Smita Daftardar
MS (Chem Eng) – IIT Mumbai; Hindi faculty at Georgia Tech; volunteer teacher at Atlanta Balvihar since 2006
Neetu Sharma
Entrepreneur, educator & librarian; karyakarta for numerous VHPA activities
Preeti Gupta
Works at a public-school system; karyakarta at Atlanta Balvihar, VHPA STARTALK Hindi Camps and Hindu Women's Network
Veena Katdare
Long term volunteer for VHPA Balvihar Atlanta, HWN, SAC, HMEC, HMPC
Sabitha Venugopal
Product Manager in telecom industry; copy editor for Hindu Vishwa;volunteer for Balvihar and Ekal

PANEL 2 – ADVOCACY

Rakhi Israni
President – Excel Test Prep
Shyam Tiwari
VP – VHPA Publications

PANEL 3 – YOUNG CHILDREN

Hansa Dave
Teacher by profession, Sevika for local and national Hindu children’s groups
Uma Nagarajan
Balagokulam teacher, yoga teacher and engineer
Jaya Asthana
Clinical worker, long time VHPA karyakarta for Balvihar, Youth camps and many other children related activities
Amita Mehta
Balvihar shikshak; involve in kids’ activities in Mandir for many years
Priti Shukla
Karyakarta for VHPA activities, a compassionate person who is always willing to learn something new in life
Sneha Vashistha
High school sophomore, Chetna student at HTCI
Ranjita Dave
Home maker, Software developer, Balvihar & Mandir sevika

PANEL 4 – SEVA

Jayant Daftardar
Senior R&D Manager in semiconductor industry; Director of Support A Child Program
Mani Keeran
Founder and President of SCIFAR, a FinTech Startup
Veena Katdare
Long term volunteer for VHPA Balvihar Atlanta, HWN, SAC, HMEC, HMPC
Lakshmi Jampanaboyana
Platform Application Manager at Intel; President – VHPA Allentown Chapter
Nikhil Buch
President – VHPA Connecticut Chapter

PANEL 5 – MINI THREADS (LIGHTNING TALKS)

Priya Samant
Social impact advisor, changemaker

PANEL 6 – HAVAN (HINDU AMERICAN VANAPRASTHIS NETWORK)

Kumar Dave
Professional Engineer; Teacher - Bala Gokulam, Coordinator - Ekal Foundation & HAVAN
Dr. Vinod Gupta
PhD (Imperial College, London), Working in R&D at Broadcom Inc.

PANEL 7 – HINDU YOUTH

Riddhi Patel
General Secretary – Hindu Student Council; BS (Biology &Pschyology) – Univ of Illinois; Lives and works in Chicago
Parth Parihar
Director of Advocacy - Hindu Student Council
Priya Radhakrishnan
Alumnus of Boston Univ and Illinois Univ; Working in finance and program management in biotech; long term association with HSC
Bhuvanesh Prabakar
President – HSC Chapter at Bridgewater High School, Deeply interested in Hindu advocacy and education
Rishma Chauhan
High school senior; Youth coordinator at Hindu Temple – Central Indiana

PANEL 8 – DHARMIC INSTITUTIONS

Sant Gupta
Business Development Executive; M. Tech (Elect Eng) – Univ of Florida; MBA - Rutgers
Ami Patel
Co-Chair Hindu Mandir Executive Conference; Management professional with MBA from Western Univ - London (Canada)
Vallabha Tantry
Regulatory affairs associate with major medical device company; actively involved in Hindu Society of Minnesota
Sohini Sircar
Treasurer – Hindu Student Council