Honorary Board of Directors

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Dr. S.K. Dash is currently the Chairman and Founder of UAS Laboratories, LLC/Probiotic Company located at 555 N 72nd Ave, Wausau, WI 54401, USA. Dr. Dash is also the President of DD Innovations, Inc. located at 7300 France Ave S, Suite 208, Edina, MN 55435, USA. Dr. Dash is also a director and a major shareholder of world class Kalinga Hospital and Foundation located in Odisha, India.

Through his Dr. Dash Foundation, he has established a Probiotic Innovation Center and Endowed Chair (Professorship) at Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, India. A similar Probiotic Innovation Laboratory and Dr. S.K. Dash Professorship are established at South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD from the contribution from the Dr. Dash Foundation.

Besides probiotic research, development and innovation, Dr. Dash has been actively involved in educational, social and philanthropic projects in USA and India since 1979 and for these contributions, he has received several national and international awards and honors.

Recently Dr. Dash has received the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from South Dakota State University. He also received the D.Sc. degree, the highest Honorary Academic Award from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India in February, 2015.

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Miguel Ramos is Director, Diversity Marketing, Minnesota Twins Baseball Club. Despite his success in Puerto Rico, Miguel had to restart his career from scratch. Never giving up, he applied to become the executive director of a local nonprofit. He was later appointed by the governor to serve on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.

In 2000, Miguel was selected as one of Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazines’ “100 People to Watch.” He also received the 2011 Diversity in Business award from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. In 2008, he was offered a position with the Minnesota Twins as their emerging markets director and has been working there ever since. Currently chairing the Board of Green Card Voices, he has served on boards for Greater Minneapolis & St. Paul United Way, Science Museum of Minnesota and Casa de Esperanza.

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Sri Zaheer is the Dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota where she also holds the Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Global Corporate Social Responsibility. She joined the University in 1991 as an assistant professor after earning her PhD at the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Before becoming dean in 2012, her roles at the Carlson School have included serving as the PhD coordinator in the department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship (SMO), department chair, and associate dean of faculty and research where she was responsible for faculty in seven academic departments and the school's research infrastructure.

Sri’s research focus is on international business—a topic on which she has published extensively and work that has been honored by such organizations as the Academy of International Business and the Academy of Management. She is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business, and a former Consulting Editor of the Journal of International Business Studies.

Prior to academia, Zaheer worked for multinationals such as Tata Consultancy Services and Sandoz (India) Ltd. She also reported on politics and business from India and Nigeria for Business International. These experiences provided the foundation for her research in international business as well as leading the Carlson School’s engagement with the corporate community.

Sri serves on the boards of the Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency in Rochester, Minn. and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. In 2013, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal honored her professional achievements, leadership qualities, and contributions to the broader Twin Cities community with its Women in Business Award.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the Women’s Christian College, Madras University and was awarded her MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad.

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Shanti Shah has been in Minnesota since 1974. She has been married to her husband Stefan for over 30 years. She has degrees from University of Minnesota and St. Thomas.

Shanti has been working in the Information technology field for over 35 years. She has  been involved in the Twin Cities Indian American community for as long as she lived in Minnesota. She was adjunct faculty at Metro State University for 20 years and currently an adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota.



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