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Indian Americans selected to inaugural class of Finance Leadership Fellows

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Shivani Siroya and D.T. Ignacio Jayanti have been selected in a sterling class of 22 finance leaders in the Aspen Institute’s inaugural Fellows of the Finance Leaders Fellowship class.

The two budding titans of industry will join their 20 counterparts in a two-year fellowship designed to inspire them to take a more active role in the world of shaping global finance through value-based leadership, the institute said in a statement.

The fellows were selected from various outlets of the finance sector, including pensions, endowments, regulation, banking, asset management, debt and equity investing and impact investing.

Siroya is the founder and chief executive of the Santa Monica, Calif.-based company InVenture, a mobile technology and data science company that aims to close the credit gap in emerging markets, using mobile data to overcome the traditional barriers to financial access in doing so. InVenture collects thousands of data points from each of their customers, using the information to construct a financial identity, dynamically price their risk and disburse loans all in under one minute.

Since its inception, the company has already distributed millions of dollars in credit throughout East Africa, and is rapidly expanding throughout both Africa and Asia.

Siroya previously worked at the U.N. Population Fund as an analyst, and has experience in the world of investment banking, both in mergers and acquisitions, at Health Net, Citigroup and equity research at UBS.

A graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia University, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2016, a 2015 Senior TED Fellow, 2013 Ashoka Fellow, 2011 Echoing Green Fellow and 2011 Unreasonable Fellow.

Jayanti is the managing partner of Corsair Capital, a New York-based private equity firm focused on investing in the financial services industry.

Prior to spinning off Corsair as an independent business from J.P. Morgan in 2006, Jayanti was a senior member of the investment team of the predecessor Corsair Funds and was also responsible for managing the operations of the Corsair business since 1994.

Prior to his tenure at J.P. Morgan, Jayanti worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in the financial institutions group, both in New York and London. A graduate of Queens’ College Cambridge University, earning a bachelor’s and master’s in economics, Jayanti has investment banking experience in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

“We welcome this accomplished and action-oriented group of leaders in finance, who have great potential to chart the future course of our industry,” said fellowship managing director Jennifer Simpson in a statement. “We at the Aspen Institute are excited to inspire them to lead on a broader scale and to launch ventures that will advance the positive impact of finance on society.”

Ranji Nagaswami, a Henry Crown Fellow who conceived the Fellowship, said, “The barometer for public trust in the finance industry was at an all-time low when my co-founder Christopher Varelas and I recognized an urgent need to establish this program. We are grateful that the CFA Institute, one of our founding sponsors agreed, and we look forward to encouraging Fellows to act for the good of society through finance,”

 

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Harvard to host 17th annual India Conference this February

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Diya TV) — For the 17th year in a row, the graduate students at Harvard University will host an India Conference. It will take place during the weekend of February 15-16, 2020. Two days of exciting discussions through panels, mixers and networking will fill the halls of the Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government.

The theme for this year’s conference is Foresight 20/20 – a look at what to expect from India in 2020 and beyond. As one of the largest student led conferences in the USA, the Harvard India conference attracts the biggest headliners from every field – from politics, business, entertainment & the arts. And this year is no different.

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With more than 100 speakers and 1000 attendees, the conference promises to have something for everyone. This year’s biggest draw from the entertainment genre is veteran Bollywood actor and self proclaimed ambassador to India, Anupam Kher. Kher has a long standing list of accolades within the film industry. In addition to his acting roles, he has been a producer, director and teacher at his own acting school. Most recently he played the role of Dr. Vijay Kapur on NBC’s primetime drama ‘New Amsterdam‘.

Some other notable speakers this year include founder of the India Today Group, Aroon Purie, Indian Olympic athelete Dutee Chand, comedian and actor, Vir Das, partner at Softbanks’ Vision Fund Lydia Jett & politician and India’s ruling party (BJP)’s sherpa to the G20, Suresh Prabhu.

The harsh winter in Harvard doesn’t seem slow down or dull these brilliant minds in any way. The India Conference at Harvard continues to retain its standing as the conference of choice for deliberating issues ranging from technology, media, politics and eduction to creating solutions for India’s path towards global leadership. The event features brainstorming sessions and sincere discussions on the very real and large scale problems that are uniquely Indian.

Diya TV is a media sponsor to the event and will be on-site covering conference. To receive a 20% discount use code RDAY20 here and to know more about the conference or speakers, head to the IndiaConference.com

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Indian Ambassador, Shringla speaks to U.S. Congress about Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla met with members of Congress at a private roundtable briefing, hosted by Southern California Congressman Brad Sherman. Sherman, who has been a supporter of India, took to Twitter recently to share his concerns about Kashmir and said serious questions about Kashmir were asked at the briefing.

President Trump is being urged to fix the H1-B visa process and do away with country-specific limits, with the latest effort for reform being spearheaded by 60 U.S. business school deans and CEO’s.

In an earthquake, seconds matter. So on the anniversary of the deadly 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that rocked Northern California, state officials announced the launch of America’s first statewide earthquake early warning system.

Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain will be coming to Boston next month to perform at the Berklee India Exchange, where he will also be conferred with an honorary doctorate by the esteemed music school. A Zakir Hussain Scholarship at Berklee is also being established.

And we have incredible video of three kids from India rescuing their dog from a snake that’s equal parts courageous and nuts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — A federal judge ruled President Trump must turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors, striking down the President’s argument that a sitting president cannot be criminally investigated. The ruling was quickly appealed and this case could end up in the Supreme Court to answer the constitutional question of whether presidents can be charged with a crime.

Meanwhile, the President celebrated a victory by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, as a federal appellate court upheld most of the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. It also ruled the FCC cannot preempt state net neutrality laws, meaning the rules of the road in states like California remain in place.

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee announced their Asia-Pacific and Non-Proliferation Subcommittee will be holding a hearing asking State Department officials and human rights activists to chime in on Human Rights in Kashmir, the Tamils of Sri Lanka, Muslims in Assam and the human rights situation in Pakistan, which includes the Sindh Province.

Lockheed Martin announced they will build F-16 wings exclusively in India, helping in integrating Indian industry into the $165 billion fighter aircraft market.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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