PHILADELPHIA (Diya TV) — Indiaspora, a group founded in 2012 by M.R. Rangaswami, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, investor is working to shape the future of U.S.-India relations, as well as improve the lives of the citizens of both nations.

Governor Ed Rendell with MR Rangaswami at Indiaspora 2016
Governor Ed Rendell with MR Rangaswami at Indiaspora 2016

Over the weekend, Indiaspora gathered a curated group of individuals from the fields of business, technology, medicine, music, media and the arts and held its third annual forum to discuss and dialogue. The summit featured panel discussions on various issues ranging from the contributions of the Indian American community within the US, insights from industry leaders as well personal journeys of the likes of former Miss America Nina Davuluri.

The brainchild of M.R Rangaswami, Indiaspora’s board member’s include Shekar Narasimhan, managing partner at Beekman Advisors who provides strategic advisory services to companies and investors involved in real estate, mortgage finance, affordable housing and related sectors, according to the Indiaspora website. Additionally, he is the chairman Papillon Capital and a co-founder of the Emergent Institute in Bangalore.

Rajan Navani rounds out the board of Indiaspora. He currently serves as the managing director of the Jetline Group of Companies and is currently the national chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) Mission on India@75.

Several roundtable discussions took place, aside from the keynote addresses that were delivered during the event. A gala reception held Saturday at the historic Union League of Philadelphia was keynoted by Governor Ed Rendell, the chair of the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia this July. Nina Davuluri, the winner of 2014’s Miss America contest, also attended the event and shared her personal journey of success.

The nationally covered highly contentious debate over proposed California textbook changes referencing India and Hinduism were also discussed during the three-day event.