2015 Sikh Leadership Summit

Shaping Tomorrow's Global Leaders



One World Trade Center,
(Sky Lobby, 64th Floor, NYC)


Cushman & Wakefield

Event Production

Barkley Kalpak Agency

Event Schedule

  • 6:00-7:00pm Registration/Networking Reception
  • 7:00-9:00pm Opening Remarks, Keynote Address and Leadership Panel Session
  • 9:00-9:30pm Dinner and Coffee Reception



Manmeet Kaur

Manmeet Kaur

Executive Director and Founder, City Health Works

Manmeet Kaur is the Founder and Executive Director of City Health Works. In launching City Health Works, Manmeet saw the potential for reverse innovation from lower cost community health systems across the world applied to the U.S. Since its founding in 2012, she has led its growth from a promising vision to a fast growing operation in Harlem that is becoming recognized as a leading model for bridging the gap between health and healthcare.

Manmeet blends her passion for creating local jobs while improving health for low-income communities. Over the past 10 years, she has worked in New York City to improve the working conditions of "unregulated" workers, in India to formalize employment of construction day laborers at LabourNet, and in South Africa to help HIV+ individuals build health food businesses with Mamelani Projects. Before launching City Health Works, Manmeet was an advisor to the Earth Institute's One Million Community Health Worker Campaign across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Manmeet incubated City Health Works while pursuing an MBA at Columbia. She holds a B.A. in History/Anthropology from Barnard College, where she was selected as a Third Millennium Human Rights Fellow. She has been recognized by the GLG Social Impact Fellowship and selected as the 2012 Alumni Social Innovator by the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School. Manmeet was born and raised in New York and lives in Harlem with her husband and son.

Scheduled Speakers


Kanwaljeet S. Anand

Kanwaljeet S. Anand

Division Chief, Palliative Care & Critical Care Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. K.J.S. (“Sunny”) Anand graduated from M.G.M. Medical College, University of Indore (India). As a Rhodes Scholar at University of Oxford (UK), he received the D.Phil. degree, followed by post-doctoral fellowship in Anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School, Pediatrics residency training at Boston Children’s Hospital and Critical Care Medicine fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. He has received the Dr. Michael Blacow Award from the British Paediatric Association (1986), Pediatric Resident Research Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics (1992), the inaugural Young Investigator Award in Pediatric Pain from the International Association for Study of Pain (1994), the Jeffrey Lawson Award from American Pain Society (2000), the Windermere Honorary Lectureship from Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (2004), the Joan M. Cranmer “Mentor of the Year” Award (2007) from University of Arkansas, the Nils Rosén von Rosenstein Medal from the Swedish Academy of Medicine and Swedish Paediatric Society (2009), the 9th Annual “In Praise of Medicine” Keynote Address for the Centennial Ceremony of Erasmus University Medical Center (2013).


For community service, he received the Father Joseph Biltz Award (2007) from the National Conference for Community & Justice and the Dr. Martin Luther King “Salute to Greatness” Individual Award (2008) from the State of Arkansas.  He is currently Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has published >250 peer-reviewed articles, edited 7 books and journal issues, contributed 55 book chapters and numerous other publications. He is considered the world's foremost authority on pain development in newborn babies, as well as the management of pain in infants and children. He continues to deliver ICU care for critically ill or injured children and serves as an advisor to several countries on eliminating pain and suffering in children. 

Ajay Banga

Ajay Banga

President and CEO, Mastercard

Ajay Banga is president and chief executive officer of Mastercard and a member of its board of directors. Mr. Banga is a member of President Obama's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. He is chairman of the U.S.-India Business Council and a member of the U.S.-India CEO Forum. He is a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and was awarded the Foreign Policy Association Medal in 2012. Mr. Banga serves on the Executive Committee of the Business Roundtable, and is vice chair of the Financial Services Roundtable as well as the Business Council. He is a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Economic Club of New York.


He serves on the board of overseers of the Weill Cornell Medical College and on the board of governors of the American Red Cross, the New York City Ballet, and the Partnership for New York City. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Moscow School of Management (Skolkovo).

Mr. Banga is a past director of Kraft Foods and has also served on the board of trustees of the Asia Society, the New York Hall of Science, and the National Urban League.
Prior to Mastercard, Mr. Banga was chief executive officer of Citigroup Asia Pacific. During his career at Citigroup, he held a variety of senior management roles in the United States, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He also oversaw the company's efforts in microfinance.

Mr. Banga began his career at Nestlé, India, where for 13 years he worked on assignments spanning sales, marketing and general management. He also spent two years with PepsiCo, where he was instrumental in launching its fast food franchises in India as the economy liberalized.

He is a graduate of Delhi University and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Mitchell Barnett

Mitchell Barnett

Vice Chairman, Cushman & Wakefield

Mitchell J. Barnett has been a member of Cushman & Wakefield since graduating Northwestern University in 1984. As Vice Chairman of the firm, Mr. Barnett has represented many prestigious corporations, financial institutions and partnerships negotiating leases with an aggregate value of over $7.5 billion. Mr. Barnett specializes in tenant representation nationally, with particular emphasis on the New York Region. He has received Cushman & Wakefield’s highly coveted National Deal of the Year Award twice and is consistently recognized as one of the firm’s “best of the best.”


Major assignments have included, representing WeWork, opening offices in Seattle, Miami, Brooklyn (on-going), and Manhattan (128,000 sq. ft. at 205 E 42nd Street, New York, NY) for the last 5 years. Mr. Barnett has been Co-Account Executive representing Morgan Stanley throughout the Eastern half of the United States. In addition, to national representation on hundreds of successful lease negotiations for Morgan Stanley, local deals for MS include the purchase of 522 Fifth Avenue for 500,000+ sq. ft., 1 Pierrepont Plaza, Brooklyn for 250,000 sq. ft., and 1221 Avenue of the Americas for approximately 700,000+ sq. ft.

Mr. Barnett represented MasterCard International in leasing transactions totaling over 850,000 square feet at 1345 Avenue of the Americas and in the purchase of its World Headquarters facility comprising 427,000 square feet on 43 acres in Harrison, NY. Mr. Barnett consolidated Mutual of New York’s (MONY’s) six non-coterminous leaseholds compromising over 400,000 sq. ft. in New York City and Teaneck, New Jersey.  He ultimately negotiated a lease commitment valued at over $200 million for MONY’s world headquarters at 1740 Broadway bringing over 400 new jobs into New York City and securing over $5.7 million in business incentives from New York City’s Economic Development Corporation and Con Edison.  He represented Grant Thornton in their expansion in the Metropolitan region, negotiating leases totaling over 120,000 sq. ft. in Midtown Manhattan, Downtown Manhattan, Huntington, L.I., and Edison N.J and their headquarters in Chicago for over 100,000 s.f. (CBD & Suburban).  Mr. Barnett also represented the law firm of Bingham Dana McCutchen for 142,000 sq. ft. in NYC, and 450,000 sq. ft. in Boston.

Mr. Barnett heads a team within Cushman & Wakefield along with Jonathan Serko, Barry Zeller, & Gary Greenspan.

Mr. Barnett graduated in 1984 with a BA from Northwestern University.  He is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York. He is a resident of Muttontown, New York where he lives with his wife Stephanie and three children, where community activities include leadership in the town’s Athletic Association and Board involvement at the Jericho Jewish Center.

Preet Bharara

Preet Bharara

President and CEO, Ocular Therapeutix, Inc.

On May 15, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Preet Bharara to become the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Bharara's nomination was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 7, 2009, and he was sworn in on August 13, 2009.

As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Bharara oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the Southern District of New York, which encompasses New York, Bronx, Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Sullivan counties. He supervises an office of more than 200 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who handle a high volume of cases that involve domestic and international terrorism, narcotics and arms trafficking, financial and healthcare fraud, cybercrime, public corruption, gang violence, organized crime, and civil rights violations.


Under Mr. Bharara's leadership, the office has experienced one of the most productive periods in its history. Early in his tenure, he formed the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit, which has continued the office's long history of prosecuting leaders and associates of global and domestic terrorist, narco-terrorist, narcotics, and money-laundering organizations. Its convictions have included major terrorists such as Usama bin Laden's son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, London imam Abu Hamza, and Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, and international criminals such as arms trafficker Viktor Bout and Somali pirate Abduwali Muse.

Since Mr. Bharara's appointment, the office has continued the tradition of being at the forefront of prosecuting financial misconduct, including securities fraud. The office has secured convictions of numerous insider trading defendants, including Galleon hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam, McKinsey managing director and Goldman Sachs board member Rajat Gupta, and hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors. The Civil Frauds Unit has brought a number of significant civil actions alleging financial and healthcare fraud and collected hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements, including from Deutsche Bank, CitiMortgage, and Bank of America for fraud relating to faulty lending practices. His office has held to account several of the world's largest corporations for their misconduct, including JP Morgan Chase for its relationship with Madoff Securities; Toyota for lying to consumers about safety-related issues; BNP Paribas for violating U.S. sanctions against Sudan, Iran, and Cuba; and Anadarko for causing environmental damage at various sites around the country. The Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit has also charged some of the most cutting edge financial fraud cases, in addition to sophisticated tax fraud, bank fraud, and cybercrime cases, including the LIRR pension fraud, Swiss Bank Wegelin & Co., core members of the hacking groups LulzSec and Anonymous and drug trafficking website Silk Road, and digital currency provider Liberty Reserve.

Under Mr. Bharara's supervision, the office has brought a series of significant and systemically revelatory public corruption cases against members of New York City and State governments.
Notable public corruption defendants include New York State Senators Carl Kruger, Vincent Leibell, and Hiram Monseratte; New York State Assemblymen Eric Stevenson and Nelson Castro and Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa; and New York City Councilmen Larry Seabrook and Daniel Halloran. Furthermore, the office has continued its traditional civil rights work by, for example, conducting a multi-year investigation into the treatment of adolescent males at Rikers Island and filing Americans with Disabilities Act cases against leading New York City institutions like Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, while simultaneously bringing new and innovative cases under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. The office has also prosecuted more than 1,000 violent members and associates of various gangs, including the Bloods, Latin Kings, and Trinitarios, in an effort to make communities in the Southern District safer for their residents.

In 2012, Mr. Bharara was featured on the cover of TIME magazine and appeared on its list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World." He was also included in Bloomberg Markets Magazine's "50 Most Influential" lists, Vanity Fair's "New Establishment" lists, and Worth magazine's "The Power 100: The 100 Most Powerful People in Finance" lists in 2012, 2013, and 2014; in City & State's "Power 100-New York City" and "Power 100-Albany" lists in 2013 and 2014; and in New York Observer's "The City State: Albany's Top 40" list in 2014.

Mr. Bharara has delivered the keynote address at the commencements of Fordham Law School, Columbia Law School, and Cardozo School of Law, and, in 2014, spoke at Harvard Law School's Class Day ceremony. In 2015, he spoke at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, Pace University School of Law, and New York University School of Law.

Prior to becoming the U.S. Attorney, Mr. Bharara served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. During his tenure, he helped to lead the Senate Judiciary Committee investigation of the firing of United States Attorneys.

From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Bharara served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted a wide range of cases involving organized crime, racketeering, securities fraud, money laundering, narcotics trafficking, and other crimes.

Mr. Bharara was a litigation associate in New York at Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman from
1996 to 2000 and at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher from 1993 to 1996. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with an A.B. in Government in 1990, and from Columbia Law School with a J.D. in 1993, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review.

Savneet Singh

Sheena S. Iyengar

S.T. Lee Professor of Business, Columbia Business School

Sheena S. Iyengar is the inaugural S.T. Lee Professor of Business in the Management Division at Columbia Business School. She graduated with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University. She joined the Columbia faculty in 1998.

Dr. Iyengar's core research focusses on the psychology of choice and decision-making, addressing how humans face challenges in a world where they are inundated with options. She has since turned her attention to tackling issues in the business world through the lenses of network analysis and diversity-inspired ideation. She looks at the processes used by both groups and individuals in making choices to see how we can improve on innovation, problem solving, and leveraging business relationships.


Dr. Iyengar's work has been published in premiere academic journals across such disciplines as economics, psychology, management, and marketing, and she received the Presidential Early Career Award in 2002. Her book The Art of Choosing received a Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year 2010 award, and was ranked #3 on the Amazon.com Best Business and Investing Books of 2010. Her research is regularly cited in the popular media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Economist, and BBC. Dr. Iyengar has also appeared on television programs like the Today Show, the Daily Show, and Fareed Zakaria's GPS on CNN. Her TED Talks have collectively received almost four million views and her research continues to inform markets, businesses, and people all over the world.

Shamina Singh

Suneet Singh Tuli

Chief Executive Officer, DataWind Inc.

Suneet Singh Tuli is the founder and CEO of DataWind Inc. (TSX: DW), a leader in low-cost Internet connectivity for emerging markets.  He has 24 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur, with DataWind’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the Toronto Stock Exchange in June 2014 representing the third IPO of his career.  His two previous ventures successfully conducted IPOs on the NASDAQ stock market. At DataWind and previous ventures, patented technologies were created to develop scanning, printing and imaging products that set world records in both price and performance. The innovative products and technologies created through these ventures have received numerous awards and accolades, including recognition by the Guinness Book of Records.

Most recently, DataWind has received worldwide attention, as the Company executes its vision to empower   the next 4 billion people and bridge the digital divide with its low cost tablets and smartphones bundled with free-internet-access. On November 28th, 2012, DataWind’s Aakash2 tablet computer was launched at the United Nations by the Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon. In 2014, DataWind was recognized by the MIT Technology Review among the world’s 50 Smartest Companies.


Suneet has been recognized by Forbes magazine in its 2012 Impact 15 list as a “classroom revolutionary” using innovative technologies to reinvent education globally.  In 2014, the Intelligent Community Forum named Suneet as its “Visionary of the Year”. In 2015, York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering recognized Suneet as the “Renaissance Engineer of the Year”. He has also been recognized as the entrepreneur of the year for 2012 at the World Sikh Awards.
DataWind has been awarded:

  • As UK’s Most Innovative Mobile Company for 2012 by UK Trade & Investment
  • The Outstanding Product Achievement Award by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance
  • The Technology Achievement Award by the Indo Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • CNBC TV 18‘s Young Turks Innovation award
  • For Contributions to Technology and Education by the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce

Suneet regularly speaks about social innovation and entrepreneurship at various forums internationally. In 2014, he delivered the prestigious Mercier Lecture. He has been a keynote speaker at TiEcon Southwest 2012, TiEcon Canada 2013, at the Indo-US Chamber’s annual conference and at the Darpan awards. In addition to speaking at numerous universities, Suneet has also spoken at the Internet Freedom Conference in Stockholm, the Beyond Access conference in Washington D.C., World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha, Andicom in Colombia and the Digital World conference in Dhaka. Suneet also participated as a celebrity judge in the 2014 season of the reality TV show ‘Stars of Science’.

Suneet is Member of the Board of EcoSikh a faith based NGO focused on environmental sustainability; a CEO member of i-Canada Governor’s Council; a National Board Member of the Indo-Canadian Business Chamer; a member of the National Broadband Committee at the Confederation of Indian Industries and a member of the Chair’s Advisory Board service at University of Toronto’s department of Civil Engineering.

Suneet graduated in 1990 with a Bachelors of Applied Science in Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Prior to joining Mastercard, she led Government and Public Affairs for Nike and spent five years with Citigroup’s Global Community Development Group. Over the course of 15 years in the public sector, Shamina has held senior positions within the Clinton Administration and the US House of Representatives.

She is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum and serves on their India Global Agenda Council and their Meta-Council on Inclusive Growth. She is a Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Institute and served on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Military Leadership Diversity. Her Advisory Board service includes Data & Society; the Beeck Center of Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University; and Care.com, a public company operating in 11 countries connecting care providers and families.

Shamina has a graduate degree in public policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School for Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin and completed her undergraduate degree at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.  She has completed executive programs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Yale’s Jackson Institute for Diplomacy and the India School of Business.