2019 Sikh Leadership Summit

2019 Sikh Leadership Summit


Leadership: Doing Well By Doing Good




(25 W 52nd St, New York, NY)

The Leadership Summit is intended to inspire and develop the next generation of leaders for success by facilitating interactions with prominent industry leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals across various sectors such as business, government, academe, media, health, nonprofit, culture and the arts.

  • Driven by Millennials, social impact is a way of life and a way of being in the world. It has undeniably changed the way corporations do business.
  • What does it take to cultivate a community of Change Leaders
  • As a member of society, how can we as individuals be purpose-driven to scale “Doing Well by Doing Good” to drive sustainable social impact
  • Gain insights into our distinguished panelist’s journey to leadership positions and core values and competencies essential in pursuit of excellence


Welcome Address:

Teji Bindra

President, Sikh Art & Film Foundation



Aashmeeta Yogiraj

Aashmeeta Yogiraj (Moderator)

Director, Marketing & Network Distribution, JUS Broadcasting Corp.

With a multifaceted background in information science, political science, and journalism, Aashmeeta Yogiraj brings digital literacy to a traditional broadcasting environment in her role as Director of Marketing at Jus Broadcasting Corp. In her current role, Yogiraj exercises research heavy methods to develop content for the company's main networks, Jus Punjabi TV & Jus Hindi TV. Having grown up in the age of Google and with an in-depth understanding of various social media platforms, SEO practices, and data analytics, Yogiraj is able to leverage content to efficiently market the Jus brand, focusing on both audience retention and developing new viewership bases. Yogiraj holds a Masters of Science from Syracuse University and received her Bachelors from SUNY Stony Brook.

Navneet Bhalla

Navneet Bhalla

Executive Director, Manavi

Navneet Bhalla currently serves as the Executive Director at Manavi. Manavi is a New Jersey-based women's rights non-profit organization dedicated to ending all forms of violence against South Asian women. Founded in 1985, Manavi was the first organization in the United States to address the unmet needs of South Asian women affected by violence.

Prior to joining Manavi, Navneet worked as the New Jersey Policy and Outreach Coordinator for a national non-profit, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) engaging in policy advocacy for immigrant rights and social justice for South Asian Americans. Navneet’s role was multi-faceted and she worked closely with various South Asian and other advocacy groups and government agencies to advocate for immigrant rights as well as related policy and social justice issues.

By way of background, Navneet practiced as an attorney in the United Kingdom for a number of years and gained extensive experience in immigration law, human rights law, and employment law. As an attorney in the United Kingdom, Navneet represented approximately three hundred asylum seekers from various countries. Navneet advocated for immigrant rights and women’s rights to address gender-based violence within the context of international human rights law.

Navneet completed her LL.M. with a specialization in International Human Rights Law at American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. In 2008, Navneet travelled to Sudan, Africa, where she served as a Legal Consultant representing the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Navneet provided legal counsel and policy recommendations to the IRC on a country wide strategy to address the IRC’s objectives in Sudan.

Navneet gained invaluable experience and developed strong working relationships with various non-governmental organizations and policy groups.

Navneet has also lived in Tehran, Iran for a number of years. She is fluent in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Farsi and English.

Inni Kaur

Inni Kaur

Creative Director, Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI)

Inni Kaur is Creative Director at the Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI). She has served SikhRI in several capacities since 2010, including Chair of the Board, and most recently as CEO. As an accomplished representative of the Sikh community, she is a dedicated advocate for raising awareness of key interfaith and women’s issues. Her list of achievements includes addressing the U.S. Office of the Pentagon Chaplin several times, speaking at Yale, Fairfield, Columbia, and other Universities, as well as presenting to the Connecticut Board of Education and local police departments to further the dialogue regarding the Sikh identity.


She is an esteemed and passionate author, poet, and painter. Recently, she broadened her creative artistry into publishing a children’s book series, Journey with the Gurus, that is inspired by the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Sahib. Her other children’s books are Sakhi-Time with Nani ji, Thank-You, Vahiguru, and Daddy’s Turban. She is passionately involved in trans-creating Sabad and the writings of Bhai Vir Singh. She is a prolific spiritual writer whose work is featured on Sikhchic.com and SikhRI.org.

She has been featured in documentaries related to the Sikh faith. She also worked on I See No Stranger: Early Sikh Art & Devotion exhibit with the Rubin Museum of Art, NY. In 2018 she worked on the exhibit Guru Gobind Sahib: Emperor-Prophet.

Inni Kaur is an active member on the Board of the Interfaith Council of Southern Connecticut, an organization devoted to increasing interfaith understanding. She serves on the editorial board of Nishaan, a magazine celebrating Sikh heritage, and is also a board member for Munshi Bishan Singh Kochhar Foundation. In addition, she continues to extend her services and expertise on the Advisory Board of the Sikh Family Center and serves as a local Justice of the Peace.

Following a unique, transnational path, Inni Kaur was born in Kuwait, and lived in New Zealand, Australia, and Greece, before relocating to the United States. Today, she resides in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA and continues to bring multifaceted perspectives to her work.

Inni Kaur

Gurtej Sandhu

Senior Fellow and Vice President, Micron Technology

Gurtej Sandhu is Senior Fellow and Vice President at Micron Technology. In his current role, he is responsible for Micron’s end-to-end (Si-to-Package) R&D technology roadmaps. The scope includes driving cross-functional alignment across various departments and business units to proactively identify technology gaps, and managing the engineering organization to resource and execute on developing innovative technology solutions for future memory scaling. Dr. Sandhu’s responsibilities include leading several internal project teams worldwide and managing interactions with research consortia around the world.


At Micron, Dr. Sandhu has held several engineering and management roles. He has been actively involved with a broad range of process technologies for IC processing and has pioneered several process technologies currently employed in mainstream semiconductor chip manufacturing.

Dr. Sandhu received a degree in electrical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, and a Ph.D. in physics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1990. He holds over 1,300 U.S. patents and is recognized as one of the top inventors in the world. He has recently been profiled as an inventor boasting more U.S. patents to his name than Thomas Edison. Dr. Sandhu is a Fellow of IEEE. In 2018, he received the IEEE Andrew S. Grove Award for outstanding contributions to silicon CMOS process technology that enables DRAM and NAND memory chip scaling.

Sivpreet Singh

Shivpreet Singh

Musician and Biotech Executive

Shivpreet Singh, 10th direct descendant of celebrated 17th century Sikh Poet Bhai Nandlal Goya, is a pioneer in fusion Sikh Kirtan music based in California. His media productions bring together melodic intricacies of Indian classical music, instrumentation and harmonic elements of Western music, contemporary musicians from around the world, age-old philosophy and poetry of Sikh, Sufi and Bhakti traditions.


Shivpreet was born in Kathmandu, Nepal in March 1975. He grew up in South Delhi, India and went to Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram, in India where he topped his class in 10th grade. He studied English, Sanskrit, Hindi, and Punjabi since his formative years. He was a prodigy in music growing up and was honored by the former Indian President Giani Zail Singh at age 15 for his inaugural bansuri performance.

He was trained in Indian classical music since the age of 5 years from Indian shehnai and bansuri legend Mastreo Pandit Raghunath Prasanna of the Banaras Gharana. He is one of the rare Western musicians trained in Indian Classical music under the traditional ‘Guru Shishya Parampara’. This tradition has been passed on for several centuries in India through an oral tradition. In 1991, he moved to San Francisco Bay Area and completed his high school at Silver Creek High School San Jose, California where he was valedictorian of his class in 1992. He continued to attain a degree in music composition and musicianship at University of California, Berkeley in 1996. He did that while getting a Biochemistry degree from the same University.

Shivpreet’s first CD, “Ardaas,” was launched in the US in 1997 by EMI making him the first South Asian musician to land a major record deal.

Shivpreet continues to do research on Indian classical music ragas and is a popular niche blogger on Ragas. The melodic variant components of his music rely primarily on his significant vast knowledge about conveying specific emotions through melody cascading specific Raags. He is a multi-instrumentalist and sings, and plays several instruments Piano, Harmonium, and the Bansuri especially well. He has performed in worldwide locales in America and South Asia. He has performed alongside doyens of South Asian music like Ghulam Ali and Rashid Khan.

Not just an accomplished composer, philosopher and poet, Shivpreet is a accomplished professional, and father of three kids. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with an emphasis in Finance, Strategy and Entrepreneurship. He was one of the leading equity research analysts in the US and covered the Biotechnology sector and was rated among the top three biotechnology analysts by Forbes in the US. His opinion on the US Biotechnology sector has been widely quoted in leading US media including CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, and Barron’s Guide. He currently works as Vice President at Spectrum Pharmaceuticals and heads the company’s Strategy and Investment Relations.