Anisha is a pediatrician, with a specialty in adolescent medicine, who has worked in the US, Europe and Asia. Her career encompasses clinical care, leadership, public health, research, and media. Anisha is currently Acting Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s National Hospital in DC. She is also Director of the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program. Her book “Raising Global Teens: A Practical Handbook for Parenting in the 21st Century” was published in October 2020 and was an Amazon best seller.
Over the last 25 years, Anisha has served in a number of roles around the world, including as Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital, as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army and on faculty in the School of Public Health at Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Amsterdam.
As a clinician, Anisha treats young people with high risk health issues. As a speaker and health consultant, Anisha works with organizations, schools, parents and teens on preparing cross-cultural teens for the future. As a media expert, she is a regular contributor to the Washington Post and has been interviewed on CNN, NPR, Fox News, and the BBC.
Anisha is active on professional and community organizations including having served on the Board of the Dakshina Dance School in DC. She is an accomplished Indian dancer and in her free time enjoys running and writing. She is also co-producer of the upcoming short film “One Small Visit”. Her website is https://dranishaabraham.com/.
Rajiv is co-founder and Managing Partner of Indigo Arc and Indigo Arc Medical. Rajiv has over 20 years experience as a technologist and entrepreneur. As a Managing Partner at Indigo Arc, LLC. he leads business development and technical architecture teams. In addition to working on mission-critical infrastructure systems, Rajiv also works with companies to help them with their strategies for cloud computing and cyber security. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University. But most importantly, Rajiv is a dedicated Kuchipudi dad, spending countless hours driving his daughter to and from dance.
Jaya Durvasula is the Vice President of Tax at Amentum, a Corporation with over $4 billion in annual sales and operations in 28 countries. In this role, she is responsible for all areas of taxation, including tax aspects of planning, financial reporting, compliance, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Amentum, Jaya served as Tax Director for 5 years at Gannett Co. Inc., the largest newspaper company in the United Sates that is the parent company of USA Today. Jaya has also served as a Senior Director Income Tax at Sodexo Inc., a multinational food service corporation. Her career began at Deloitte and Touche in New York City almost 25 years ago. During her career, Jaya has served and advised in all aspects of income tax for global companies and has been a strategic partner in business development for her clients.
Jaya has an MBA in Finance and is a Certified Public Accountant. Her association with Kalanidhi started in 2007 when her daughter began taking lessons with Guru Anuradha Nehru.
Sriram Emani is the Founder and CEO of IndianRaga, which he founded when he was a student at MIT. He is a 2015 Global Fellow with the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), where he was the only Indian out of 52 Fellows from across the world. Under his leadership, IndianRaga has grown into one of the largest networks of talented musicians and dancers globally, invited to perform at iconic platforms like HowdyModi, United Nations General Assembly, among others. Previously, Sriram worked as a Strategy Fellow with the President of Lincoln Center, New York City, and with the President of Global Digital Business at Sony Music, New York City. He also started the marketing and business development team at the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai, and was a Consultant to Disney Theatrical Group.
Sriram was selected amongst the first batch of 12 Tata Fellows at the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design. He is an alumnus of the MIT Sloan School of Management (Class of 2014) where he was 1 out of 5 students to be awarded the prestigious Siebel Scholarship for academic excellence and leadership. Sriram is also an alumnus of the IIT Bombay, where he was the recipient of the institute’s highest honors for leadership and cultural excellence. He has been invited to speak about his journey with IndianRaga at TEDx, Indic Thoughts Festival, Bangalore International Center, amongst others.
David P. Good
David P. Good is a retired foreign service officer with extensive experience in both India and the Middle East. His 34-year career took him to New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai in India, where he was U.S. Consul General from 1999-2002. He also served in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Kuwait, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv. Following his retirement, he represented the Indian firm Tata Sons in North America from 2005-2010, following which he consulted occasionally for both The Albright Stonebridge Group and the State Department. In the latter capacity, he served as acting U.S. Consul General in Kolkata in the summer of 2014. He continues to pursue an active interest in and association with India, where he travels frequently.
Dr. Sarah Degnan Kambou
As the President of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Dr. Sarah Degnan Kambou leads a global research institute that focuses on realizing women’s empowerment and gender equality to alleviate poverty worldwide. Her expertise centers on sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, and adolescent health and livelihoods. Sarah has served as a technical advisor to multilaterals, leading corporations and governments seeking to integrate gender into policies, programs and services that will advance the status of women and girls around the world. She has worked for nearly 30 years in Asia, Eastern Europe, and sub-Saharan Africa, including nearly 12 years at ICRW.
Sarah is a development practitioner who believes that research is, in and of itself, a parallel process of social change. Under her leadership, ICRW has developed its presence in the Asia and East African regions and expanded its footprint around the globe. She has strengthened ICRW’s work in traditional areas of expertise—gender based violence, child marriage and HIV—and developed emerging areas of inquiry around women and technology, property rights and gender norms in conflict and post-conflict areas.
In December of 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Sarah to the President’s Global Development Council, where she advises him and key administration leaders on effective practices and policies for U.S. foreign assistance. Also in 2012, President Bill Clinton tapped Sarah to serve as an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative. In 2010, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appointed Sarah to represent ICRW on the U.S. Commission to UNESCO.
Sarah was honored in 2010 with Boston University's School of Public Health's Distinguished Alumni Award for her contributions to the field of public health, and in 2011 as an Ashoka ChangemakeHER, the inaugural celebration of the world's most influential and inspiring women. Sarah is a recipient of the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award, conferred in 2013 by the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area in recognition of her commitment to improving the status of women everywhere.
Prior to her leadership at ICRW, Sarah lived in sub-Saharan Africa for more than a decade, managing signature programs for CARE. Through her work, she focused on addressing the social and economic vulnerability of marginalized populations, strengthening civil society in post-conflict settings, and promoting participatory development of underserved urban and rural communities. Prior to her work in Africa, Sarah managed the Center for International Health, which she co-founded in 1987, at the Boston University School of Public Health. Through academic studies in France and long-time residence in francophone Africa, Sarah is a proficient French speaker.
Sarah lives in Maryland with her husband, a senior economist at the World Bank.
Alka Khanna has an extensive background in the arts and education. She is a founding member of Natya Bharati, the oldest Indian theater group in the United States established in 1984, and has held various executive positions including President. She now serves on its Board. During her recent position at Asia Society Washington, she was responsible for organizing arts and culture programs with a focus on the Indian subcontinent, educational activities particularly with universities and think tanks, as well as special events. She established the Global India Series, through which she orchestrated a wide array of presentations and dialogues on Indian arts as well as business and policy issues. Earlier, Alka managed a US Department of Education initiative providing research-based professional development for educators. In addition, she helped develop a new initiative for D.C. Public schools to improve mathematics proficiency among bilingual students. She has many years of teaching experience, both with children and adults in India, the United States and China. Alka has advanced degrees in Applied Social Psychology from George Washington University and in Education from Benaras Hindu University. During her college days she received training in Bharatnatyam from Guru CV Chandrasekhar. She currently divides her time between Washington DC and New Delhi.
Nanda Srikantaiah was a student and performer with Kalanidhi Dance for many years and had her rangapravesham, or debut solo performance, in 2006. She now works as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Treasury, advising on international affairs. She also serves as co-chair of the board of directors of Dance Metro DC, a local dance service organization. As part of Dance Metro DC's Dance Journalism Project, she reviews local dance productions in the area, with a particular interest in Indian classical dance, ballet, tap, and contemporary.