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Shantanu Narayen
Shantanu Narayen is the current CEO of Adobe Systems. Prior to this post, he held the role as the President and Chief Operating Officer since 2005.
Business
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K. R. Sridhar, founder and CEO of Bloom Energy.
Sridhar predicts that a $3000 box could be in every home within the next five to ten years
Technology
Aravind Krishna Joshi
Aravind Krishna Joshi is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science in the computer science department of the University of Pennsylvania. Joshi defined the tree-adjoining grammar formalism which is often used in computational linguistics and natural language processing.
Academics
Padmalakshmi
Padma Parvati Lakshmi is an Indian American cookbook author, actress, model and television host. Her cookbook Easy Exotic won her the "Best First Book" award at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. She has been the host of the US reality television program Top Chef since season two in 2006, for which she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. In 2010, Top Chef won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.
Entertainment
Siddhartha Mukherjee
Siddhartha Mukherjee is an Indian-born American physician, scientist and writer. He authored the 2010 book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction 2011 and was described, by TIME magazine, as one of the 100 most influential books of the last 100 years. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University and staff physician at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.
Medicine
M. Night Shyamalan
Manoj Shyamalan known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, is an Indian-born American screenwriter, film director, and producer known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots that climax with a twist ending. Shyamalan gained international recognition when he wrote and directed 1999's The Sixth Sense, which was a commercial success and later nominated for six Academy Awards. HE later followed it up with Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004), Lady in the Water (2006), The Happening (2008) and The Last Airbender (2010).
Entertainment
Fareed Zakaria
Fareed Zakaria is host of CNN’s flagship international affairs program—Fareed Zakaria GPS, Editor at Large of TIME, a Washington Post columnist, and a New York Times bestselling author. He was described in 1999 by Esquire Magazine as “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation.” In 2010, Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 global thinkers.Since 2008, he has hosted Fareed Zakaria GPS, which airs Sundays worldwide on CNN.
Journalism
Seth Godin
Seth Godin is an American entrepreneur, author and public speaker. Godin popularized the topic of permission marketing.
Management
Vinod Khosla an influential personality in Silicon Valley
Khosla was one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems, where he served as its first CEO and Chairman in the early 1980s.
Technology
Mittali Perkins
Mitali was born in Kolkata, India, and immigrated at age seven to the United States with her family. Her award-winning books for young readers include Bamboo People, Monsoon Summer, Rickshaw Girl, Secret Keeper, and the First Daughter books.
Literature
Kamala Devi Harris
Kamala Devi Harris is an Indian American attorney. She is the 32nd and current Attorney General of California following the 2010 California state elections. Harris has worked as an author and a politician and has served as District Attorney of San Francisco since 2004.
Law
Vivek Wadhwa
Vivek Wadhwa is Vice President of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University; Fellow, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; and distinguished visiting scholar, Halle Institute of Global Learning, Emory University.
Academics
Anupy Singla
Anupy Singla is an award-winning journalist turned foodie turned author and she is the author of Amazon.com's top-selling Indian cookbook "The Indian Slow Cooker: 50 Healthy, Easy, Authentic Recipes"
Entertainment
Geeta Menon
Geeta Menon is the 11th Dean of the Undergraduate College at New York University Stern School of Business and the Abraham Krasnoff Professor of Global Business. She has been a member of NYU Stern’s Marketing Faculty since 1990, where she served as Department Chair from 2004 to 2008
Management
Subra Suresh
Subra Suresh, an Indian-American Madras alumnus and academician of Indian Institutes of Technology, was inducted as National Science Foundation’s director.
Science
Atul Gawande
Atul Gawande is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He serves as lead advisor for the WHO's Safe Surgery Saves Lives program. He is also founder and chairman of Lifebox, an international not-for-profit implementing systems and technologies to reduce surgical deaths globally. He has written three New York Times bestselling books: Complications (2002); Better (2007) and The Checklist Manifesto. He has won two National Magazine Awards, AcademyHealth’s Impact Award for highest research impact on health care, a MacArthur Award, and selection by Foreign Policy Magazine and TIME magazine as one of the world’s top 100 influential thinkers.
Medicine
Pranav Mistry, Research Assistant and PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab, Inventor of SixthSense
Pranav Mistry is the inventor of SixthSense, a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data.
Technology
Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra is a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine and a prolific author of more than sixty-four books, including nineteen New York Times bestsellers. His book Peace Is the Way received the prestigious Religions and Spirituality Quill Award in 2005, and The Book of Secrets was awarded the grand prize at the 2005 Nautilus Book Awards. His latest book is War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality
Management
Vikram Shankar Pandit
Vikram Shankar Pandit is an Indian-born American business executive. He is widely known as the CEO of Citigroup, a position he has held since Dec 2007. He holds a B.S & M.S degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, followed by an M.B.A & Ph.D. in Finance from Columbia Business School.
Business
Nina Davuluri
Nina Davuluri (born April 20, 1989) is Miss New York 2013, Miss America 2014, and the first Indian American to be chosen as Miss America.
Entertainment
Dr. Sudhir Parikh
Sudhir M. Parikh, M.D., is one of the most honored Indian Americans. He is the only Indian American to receive all three of the most prestigious awards – The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman and the Padma Shri.
Medicine
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