WASHINGTON (DIYA TV) — Ranvir Trehan, Indian-American philanthropist and alumnus of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science has been appointed to the board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by President Barack Obama.

These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles. I look forward to working with them,” Obama said in a statement announcing Trehan’s appointment, along with five others.

Trehan, chairman of the foundation which bears his surname, arrived in the United States in 1964 after graduating with his Bachelors in electrical engineering from BITS. Additionally, Trehan received a Masters in Operations Research from the University of Michigan, and his MBA from the University of Dayton.


Trehan served as the vice chairman of Apptis Holdings from 2005 to 2011, and also founded the SETA Corporation, for which he served as CEO from 1987 until 2005. The Trehan Foundation was founded in 2003, with a primary focus on the furthering of international development — global poverty, performing arts and human services are its main focuses. He joined the board of directors for CARE—a non-profit working towards combatting global poverty, hunger, violence and disease—in 2009.

The Kennedy Center, named after the nation’s 35th president, is the busiest performing arts center in the country — the center annually hosts about 2,000 music, dance and theater performances for audiences nearly totaling two million per year.

With Trehan’s appointment, Obama continues to foster the growth of Indian American’s role in America’s top governmental advisory roles — his administration already contracts the services of over 30 Indian Americans, more than any other administration in the history of the U.S.