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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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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
Anand Rajaraman, co-founder of Kosmix
Rajaraman founded Junglee Corp. in 1996. Junglee Corp. pioneered Internet comparison shopping
Technology
Mequitta Ahuja, a visual artist of international fame
Mequitta has been awarded a 2011 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award!
Art
Amit Bhatia, Founder and CEO of Aspire.
Bhatia's company, Aspire, trains high-school and college students, who come from rural and disadvantaged backgrounds, to become English-speaking, tech-savvy, problem-solving whiz kids ready for hire. The company then connects students to jobs, often in the technology and service sectors, at major corporations such as IBM, Accenture, Wipro, and Infosys.
Technology
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
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
Sundar Pichai, VP of Product Management for Google
Pichai joined Google in 2004 where he is currently responsible for overall desktop strategy and ensuring access to Google services for desktop users
Technology
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
Indra Nooyi
Indra Nooyi is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. In addition to being a member of the PepsiCo Board of Directors, Mrs. Nooyi serves as a member of the boards of U.S.-China Business Council, The Consumer Goods Forum, Catalyst, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Peterson Institute for International Economics and Tsinghua University. She is also a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, Successor Fellow of Yale Corporation and was appointed to the U.S.-India CEO Forum by the Obama Administration.
Business
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
Divya Narendra
Divya Narendra is an American businessman. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of SumZero. He also co-founded HarvardConnection (currently known as ConnectU) with Harvard classmates Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss.
Business
Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Dr. Sanjay Gupta is an American neurosurgeon and an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine and associate chief of the neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia; - best known as CNN's chief medical correspondent
Medicine
Lakshmi Narayanan
Lakshmi Narayanan is the vice chairman and ex-CEO of Cognizant. He was the CEO and president of Cognizant until 2006. He has played a leading role in the global information technology industry for more than 25 years, managing divisions and business units in Europe, India and the United States
Management
Sunita Lyn Williams
Sunita Lyn Williams is the second American woman astronaut with Indian roots, to be selected for a space mission by the NASA. In 2003, Williams was appointed, along with two others, to serve as back-up crew for the international space station expedition.
Science
Neal Katyal
Law Professor Neal Katyal (34) was named among Top 40 lawyers under 40 by the `National Law Journal` in US. Katyal is the lead attorney for the alleged driver and bodyguard of Osama bin Laden, Salim Ahmed Hamdan. He`s an expert in national security law, the American Constitution and the Geneva Conventions.
Technology
Rudresh Mahanthappa
Rudresh Mahanthappa is a New York-based jazz alto saxophonist and composer.Rudresh Mahanthappa's prolific contributions to contemporary jazz have earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship, commissions to create new work from the likes of the Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund, Chamber Music America and the American Composers Forum, and a win in the 2011 Downbeat international Critics Poll. The Jazz Journalists Association has named him Alto Saxophonist of the Year three consecutive times from 2009-2011.
Art
Bhairavi Desai
Bhairavi Desai is the founding member of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, a union representing approximately 15,000 taxi drivers in New York City
Social Service
Geeta Rao Gupta
Geeta Rao Gupta is a leader on gender, women’s issues, and HIV and AIDS. Currently she serves as Deputy Executive Director for UNICEF and the Vice Chair of the Board for the GAVI Alliance.
Social Service
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
Vinita Gupta
Vinita Gupta is an Indian-born American businesswoman. She is the founder and chairman of Digital Link Corporation (now Quick Eagle Networks). She is credited with being the first woman of Indian origin to take her company public in the United States.
Business
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