Board of Directors

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Hasim Khorakiwala served as IAM President for 2016, and Officer and Board of Director since 2011. He has been instrumental in reaching out within not only the Indian Community but also Caucasian, African-American, Latino and other Asian Community to build a strong diverse community. He has increased sponsorship by over 1000 percent over the last three years through Corporate Sponsorship and Grants for India Association, most notably being the Knight and St. Paul Foundation Grants. He helped launch the IAM Youth Leadership and Women Empowerment programs in 2016.

He is passionate about serving on the board as it gives him the opportunity to develop his leadership skills, make new friends and give back to the community. He works for Boston Scientific within the operations group.

He holds an MBA from University of North Carolina, Charlotte and in his spare time loves watching Football, movies, listening to music and spending time with his family. He lives with his wife and two children in Shoreview, MN.


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Sreeni Checka has been an active member of the Indian Association of Minnesota since 2011. Sreeni works as Director of Product Development for Anand PAG. He holds an MS from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Washington University. Sreeni loves playing Table Tennis and Golf in his spare time. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Woodbury.

 

 

 


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Pradeep Sukhani is self-employed and runs a financial advisory practice. He is also a partner at Mathnasiums of Plymouth, Eden Prairie and Minnetonka. In his past, Pradeep has worked as a financial planning & analysis manager at Carlson Wagonlit Travel as well as a finance manager for Ecolab. Prior to that, Pradeep has also worked as an engineer at Motorola.

Currently as a local business owner, Pradeep enjoys working at various business forums, Chamber of Commerce and is very passionate to showcase India Association of Minnesota as the entity small businesses should be associated to keep growing. Pradeep also loves to take brand IAMN out in the local community and do charitable activities.

Pradeep hold a MS degree in computer engineering from Wright State University and an MBA from the Carslon School of Management (U of M). Pradeep also serves on the Executive Committee of the Hindu Society of Minnesota as the outreach committee chair. Pradeep lives with his wife Geeta as well as 7 year old son Atharv and 3 and 1/2 year old daughter Aarna. Both Geeta and Pradeep love to travel around the world to experience different cultures, languages, food and make friends.


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Siddhartha Saladi is an automotive embedded software engineer at Robert Bosch and an budding entrepreneur.

He is the Cofounder of startup called nexsta systems and also owns a job search website called Koffeemug.

His enthusiasm towards the rich Indian culture and tradition made him be a part of the board of India Association of Minnesota.

 

 


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Surya Kumar Choppakatla (Surya) is an experienced IT ERP Manager with Big 4 Consulting. He strongly believes in Community Service.

He has extensive interest in Media and Public relations. He is volunteering IAM since 2013 and joined the board in 2015. He is an all-rounder in the board, joins his hands with Cultural, Sponsors, Community Outreach, Govt Affairs and Media.

Surya holds a Master's Degree in Computer Applications and PG Diploma in Business Management. Likes to listen to music and watch movies in his free time. Surya loves to volunteer for Non-Profits. He spends his summer volunteering at several events across twin cities.

 

 


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Swati Singh was born and brought up in India and moved to the United States over a decade ago. Her background is in Human Resources, specifically Recruiting and has worked in several prestigious firms, GE and 3M to name a couple.

Currently she is taking some time off from work and enjoying her role as a new mother. Photography and traveling are some of Swati's passions and she is always on a lookout to try something new.

Swati lives with her husband and son in downtown Minneapolis. She is a new member of IAM and is looking forward to being part of the team.

 


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Tejas Chothani  works as an Experimental Mechanics engineer at Cummins Power Generation responsible for product research and development. He holds a Master's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mumbai.

He was part of India's highest ranked student motorsport team. It gives him a great sense of fulfillment to get involved as a small part of a team which gives back to Indian community as a consequence of which, he has been involved with the Indian Association of Minnesota activities for a year.

Tejas in his free time enjoys outdoor activities like skiing and badminton and loves travelling. He lives with his wife in Plymouth.


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Chitra Binoy by being a part of the IAM team, Chithra Binoy hopes to be involved in its effort to create cohesiveness within the Indian community in Minnesota. She has been an active volunteer in various Non-Profit organizations since 2000, when she moved to the United States. Presently, Chithra serves in the role of President of Wayzata Orchestra Boosters and President of Wayzata High School PTO. She is also a Board member of Wayzata Public School Education Foundation (WPSEF) and Putting Family First (PFF).

In 2011, Chithra was a part of the 35 member Task Force appointed by Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner charged with developing a new evaluation system for Minnesota teachers. Her professional background is in Human Resource Management and Special Education.

By being on the IAM Board Chithra hopes to build relationships with other Asia-Pacific organizations, encourage and support the activities of organizations promoting youth education, women issues, and the interests of the elderly, build partnership with non-profit organizations and be involved in IAM’s initiatives to encourage inclusiveness of different cultures .


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Ranjani Krishnamurthy has been involved in IAM and its activities , actively for the past year. As a member of the board of IAM , she is looking forward to contributing back to the community in a positive ways. She wants to help build a strong sense of community and belonging amongst the thousands of Indians that continue to move to Minnesota every year.

She has a passion for music, dance and performing arts and actively engages in using these as a tool to bring a taste of Indian culture , and language to children. She is an active volunteer in the community over the past several years.

Born and brought up in Chennai, India, Ranjani has lived in Minnesota for 10 years. Her other interests are travel and food. You can mostly find her traveling to a fresh destination with her 6-year old son and husband , when she is not in Minneapolis.


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Nikhil Nagaraj was the President of Indian Student Association at Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ. Volunteered at many college level events. Was the Chief Coordinator for two years for the annual college fest. Was the Event Manager at various academic events and cultural events at my University in NJ including events like Prospective Graduate students open hours, Guest lectures, Graduate Student activities and so on.

 

 


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Kiran Bandi 

 

 

 

 


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Suyash Jain 

 

 

 

 


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Shivangi Patnaik 

 

 

 

 


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Dromena Jeffrey 

 

 

 

 


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