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Dr. Maina Singh has lectured widely at international institutions including Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Cornell, Michigan, Indiana, Brandeis, and at the Library of Congress. She was Scholar-in-Residence, Haddasah-Brandeis Institute (2008); Fellow at Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University (2009) and has been Scholar-in-Residence, American University, since 2009.
Dr. Singh has lived in Russia, Ethiopia, Japan, and Israel, and her cross-cultural experiences inspire a strong interest in Identity and Diaspora communities. Current research projects include: the role of Indian Americans in US politics and the Migration Narratives of Indian-Jewish (born in India and now living in Israel). In Washington DC, Dr. Singh has engaged actively with Georgetown and American Universities lecturing and organizing campus events on Contemporary India, Indian Diaspora communities, Indian Jews and India-Israel Relations.
Victor Menezes is a Senior Advisor with New Silk Route Partners LLC, an international private equity firm. He was formerly Senior Vice Chairman of Citigroup Inc., and after a 32-year global career in the company, retired in January 2005. Previously, Mr. Menezes served as Chairman and CEO of Citibank and was head of Citigroup's Emerging Markets business with responsibility for the corporate and consumer businesses and global product responsibility for e-Business and Global Securities Services. In 1995 he was named Chief Financial Officer of Citicorp and Citibank, and, in 1998 when Citigroup Inc. was formed by the merger of Citicorp and Travelers Group Inc., he became President of Citibank and co-CEO of the Global Corporate & Investment Bank.
Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri is India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Prior to taking over his present assignment in New York, Ambassador Puri was Joint Secretary (United Nations – Economic & Social) in the Ministry of External Affairs from March 2005 to March 2009. His charge included dealing with UN and multilateral bodies involved with economic and social issues, including in the areas of development, finance, human rights, migration, humanitarian affairs and UNESCO related matters.
Nissim B. Reuben currently works as a Program Director: Indian-Jewish American Relations, American Jewish Committee (AJC) in Washington, DC. Drawing on his unique personal background of being both Indian and Jewish and as part of his professional commitment and personal passion, Nissim travels around the country on behalf of AJC networking Indian and Jewish American students, community leaders, artists, doctors and business professionals. He has helped to coordinate two historic AJC co-sponsored India-Israel-US friendship receptions on Capitol Hill in July 2003 and November 2007 besides helping the Embassy of India celebrate Indian-Jewish style Hanukkah receptions at the Indian Ambassador's residence since 2002. The Israeli Ambassador, Senators, Representatives & over 400 guests attend the reception that showcased the historic ties between India & the Jewish people. He regularly speaks on US university campuses on the importance of Indian-Jewish American partnerships to promote India-Israel-US relations.
Mr. Weiner is president and co-chair of Perelson Weiner, a full service Certified Public Accounting and consulting firm dedicated to serving the needs of entrepreneurs, their families and businesses. He is an expert on management of professional service firms and entrepreneurial businesses.
His experience includes financial consulting in all areas of business, real estate and acquisitions and divestiture matters. A consultant to senior executives on special projects and personal planning, his financial background, broad domestic and international perspective and consultative skills are well attuned to the needs of Boards of companies and organizations.