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26° July, 2009, Bologna, Italy

Indians are very intellectuals that the world is witnessing day by day. In every corner of
the world, there are Indians who are leading and showing path to the followers. I just
showed my own interests to prepare this slide shows when I got to know that there is
another Obama in America that he is going to lead the world is an Indian. I am really very
very proud being an Indian and I am sure this little efforts will bring lots of inspirations,
encouragements, hopes and big dreams to all Indians to be a leader and to create history
both in India and the World. A recent study found that Indians are the most successful in
almost all fields(IT, Science, Politics, Leadership, Business, Innovation etc.) in the world.

There is two important abbreviation, i.e., NRIs means Non-Resident Indians, better you
can read it Non-Returning Indians and another term PIOs means Person of Indian
Origins. Indian, after successful in abroad, regret with his/her old desi name, does not want
to keep his/her Indian name, and very happy to change it to a foreign name, specially in
western world. Finally, I can say “Dream big to get big result”.
Best of Luck to all Indians, NRIs & PIOs.

Ganeswar Sahoo
School of Development, Innovation & Change(SDIC)
Department of Economics
University of Bologna, Italy.
Piyush "Bobby" Jindal is the Governor of the U.S. state of Louisiana. A Republican, before his election as governor,
he was member of the United States House of Representatives from Louisiana's 1st congressional district, to which he
was elected in 2004 to succeed now U.S. Senator David Vitter. Jindal was re-elected to the House in the 2006 election
with 88 percent of the vote.

He was the second ever Indian American elected to Congress. On October 20, 2007, Jindal was elected governor of
Louisiana, winning a four-way race with 54.2% of the vote. At age 36, Jindal became the youngest current governor in
the United States. He also became the first non-white to serve as governor of Louisiana since P. B. S. Pinch back during
Reconstruction; one of fewer than ten people not of mainly European ancestry elected governor of a state after
Reconstruction; and the first United States governor of Indian descent.

Jindal has been mentioned as a potential candidate in the 2012 and 2016 United States presidential elections, and is
considered by many to be one of the frontrunners for the Republican nomination. On February 8, 2008, conservative
radio host Rush Limbaugh mentioned on his syndicated show that Jindal could be a possible choice for the Republican
vice presidential nomination in 2008.
Mr. Sunil Mittal
A billionnaire , Steel Tycoon and Owner of Arcelor Mittal

Lakshmi iwas Mittal is an Indian industrialist based in the United Kingdom. He was born in
Sadulpur village, in the Churu district of Rajasthan, India, and he resides in Kensington,
London. He is the founder of Mittal Steel and has been the chairman and CEO of
ArcelorMittal since the merge. He also serves as a non-executive director of Goldman
Sachs, EADS and ICICI Bank.As of 2009, Mittal is the world's 8th richest person and richest
person in the UK with personal wealth of US$19.3 billion.
2008: Padma Vibhushan
2007: Bessemer Gold Medal
2006: Person of the Year - Financial Times
2004: European Businessman of the Year - Fortune magazine
1998: Willy Korf Steel Vision Award - American Metal Market and PaineWeber’s World
1996: Steelmaker of the Year - New Steel
In 2000, Mr. Satveer Chaudhary became the first Asian-Indian senator in
American history. In 1996,when he was elected State Representative,
Chaudhary became the first Asian-American member of the Minnesota
Legislature, and only the fourth Asian-Indian elected to a state legislature in
the United States.

Senator Chaudhary holds many top rank positions. He

was the CEO of The American Commerce Group. He is
the Co-Founder and Chair of Minnesota Asian-Indian
Democratic Association
Satyanand was born and raised in Auckland to an Indo-Fijian and Anglo-Indian family. His
grandparents arrived in Fiji from India in 1911, and were married on Nukulau Island. His
father, Mutyala Satyanand, a medical doctor, was born in Sigatoka in 1913 and arrived in
New Zealand in 1927 to attend high school.[3] His mother Tara Tillak was a nurse
fromSuva. She married his father after moving to New Zealand.

Satyanand is the first Governor-General not to hold a knighthood before entering office
(Colonel Thomas Gore Browne, Governor of New Zealand 1855-1861, was knighted in
office). He was knighted two years later, in 2009. On assuming the role of Governor-
General he received the style The Honourable for life. Starting on New Year's Day 2009,
Satyanand issued a "New Year's Message" intended to "to bring to attention a number of
issues New Zealanders might consider as they looked to the future".

Mr Nathan began his career in the Singapore Civil Service as a medical social worker in
1955. He was appointed Seamen’s Welfare Officer the following year. In 1962, he was
seconded to the Labour Research Unit of the Labour Movement, first as Assistant Director
and later Director of the Labour Research Unit until January 1966. He continued as a
Member of its Board of Trustees until April 1988.In February 1966, he was transferred to
the Foreign Ministry. He served as Assistant Secretary and rose to beDeputy Secretary
before being appointed Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs in
January 1971. In August of the same year, Mr Nathan moved to the Ministry of Defence
where he was a Director with the rank of Permanent Secretary.
August 1999 and was elected President of the Republic of Singapore on 18 August 1999.
He began his 6-yearterm from 1 September 1999. On 17 August 2005, Mr Nathan was re-
elected and he was sworn-in for his second term of office on 1 September 2005.
Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo

Bharrat Jagdeo has been the President of Guyana since 11 August 1999. Prior to his
presidency he was Minister of Finance[1] and became resident after Janet Jagan
resigned for health reasons; he has since won two elections, in 2001 and 2006. He is the
youngest head of state of the Caricom countries. He is of Indo- Guyanese descent.
Jagdeo was born in Unity Village on the East Coast of Demerara. He joined the youth
wing of the People's Progressive Party (PPP), the Progressive Youth Organisation, when
he was 13, and became a member of the PPP itself at age 16. He subsequently rose to
local leadership positions in the party.After obtaining a Master's in Economics from
Patrice Lumumba Peoples' Friendship University in Moscow in 1990, Jagdeo returned to
Guyana and worked as an economist in the State Planning Secretariat until the PPP/Civic
election victory in the October 1992 election. After this he became Special Advisor to
the Minister of Finance.
Sir Anerood Jugnauth

He founded the Militant Socialist Movement(MSM) party in 1983. He was elected as

prime minister in 1982 for the first time, again in 1983, and for the third time from
1991 to 1995. His years as prime minister were marked with social tension, due to
continuous hostility of the then-government towards the Muslim community. He was
promoted to the rank of Knight by Elizabeth II in 1980. He is also honoured with
Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards by Government of India for his continued support
for India’s causes and concerns, and for strengthening India’s relationship with
The Richest Malaysian and Telecom Tycoon
Mr. T. Ananda Krishnan

He is a Malaysian businessman and philanthropist of Sri Lankan Tamil origin. Nicknamed

TAK, he is currently estimated to have a net worth of US$7.4 billion according to Forbes'
latest annual list of billionaires, making him the third wealthiest man in Southeast Asia
behind Robert Kuok and Ng Teng Fong and number 119 in the world. Ananda Krishnan is
also the wealthiest Tamil in the world, ahead of Shiv Nadar, who is the 10th richest man in
Ananda Krishnan studied at Vivekananda Tamil School in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur and
furthered his studies at Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur. Later, as a Colombo Plan scholar,
he attended University of Melbourne, Australia for his B.A. (Honours) degree majoring in
political science. During that time he boarded in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn.
Following that, Krishnan obtained a Masters in Business Administration at Harvard
University, graduating in 1964.
Mr. Kal Penn

Kalpen Suresh Modi (born April 23, 1977), best-known by his professional name Kal Penn,
is an American film and television actor who is currently serving as the Associate Director
of the White House Office of Public Liaison in the Barack Obama administration. On April 8,
2009, Penn announced that he would join the Obama White House as Associate Director
of the White House Office of Public Liaison. This necessitated that his character Lawrence
Kutner be written out of the TV series House.

Penn's feature film debut came in 1998 in Express: Aisle to Glory. He has since appeared in
American Desi,ational Lampoon's Van Wilder, Malibu's Most Wanted, A Lot Like Love,
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Dude, Where's the Party?, Love Don't Cost a Thing,
Superman Returns, ational Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj, Epic Movie, The
amesake, and Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,and an uncredited
appearance in Deck the Halls. Penn was featured in the The Lonely Island's rejected MTV
comedy pilot for Awesometown.
Ms. Noureen DeWulf

DeWulf, an Indian American, was born in New York City, New York, and was raised in
Georgia. Her parents are from Pune, Maharashtra, India. DeWulf first came into the public
spotlight as the star of the 2007 Academy Award winning short film West Bank Story in
which she played Fatima, a Palestinian fast food cashier who falls in love with an Israeli
soldier. In May 2009, DeWulf starred opposite Matthew McConaughey in the New Line
Release Ghosts of Girlfriends Past where she played Melanie, the Ghost of Girlfriends
Present. Her comedic performance received very positive reviews. DeWulf can next be
seen in August 2009, where she plays opposite Ving Rhames in The Goods: Live Hard,
Sell Hard. The film also stars Jeremy Piven and Will Ferrell. DeWulf is currently shooting The
Back Up Plan with Jennifer Lopez, slated for a January 2010release.

In 2007 DeWulf ranked on Maxim Magazine’s Hot 100 as one of the most desirable women
on the planet according to the magazine's readers. In 2009 she was listed in the Top 30
under 30 for Nylon agazine. In addition, DeWulf has appeared in Zink Magazine, Giant,
and Complex
The British and Hollywood Actor
Sir Ben Kingsley
Winner of Oscar, BAFTA, Gloden Globe & Screen Actors Guild

Kingsley's first film role was a supporting turn in Fear Is the Key, released in 1972. Kingsley
continued starring in bit roles in both film and television, including a role as Ron Jenkins on the
soap opera Coronation Street from 1966 to 1967 and regular appearances as a defence counsel in
the long-running British legal programme Crown Court. He found fame only years later, starring as
Mohandas Gandhi in the Academy Award-winning film Gandhi in 1982, his best-known role to
date. The audience also agreed with the critics, and Gandhi was a box-office success. Kingsley won
the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal.
In 1997, he provided voice talent for the video game Ceremony of Innocence. In July 2006, he
received an Emmy nomination for his performance in the made-for-TV film Mrs. Harris, in which
he played famed cardiologist Herman Tarnower, who was murdered by his jilted lover, Jean Harris.
Later that year, Kingsley appeared in an episode of The Sopranos entitled "Luxury Lounge", playing
himself. In the show, Christopher Moltisanti and Carmine Lupertazzi offer him a role in the
fictional slasher film "Cleaver", which he turns down. Lupertazzi offers him the role on the basis of
Kingsley's real-life performance in Sexy Beast. In 2007, Kingsley appeared as a Polish American
mobster in the Mafia comedy You Kill Me, and a Middle Eastern oil minister in War, Inc.
A Billionnaire and Politician of United Kingdom
Lord Swaraj Paul
Presently serves as the

On his return to India from MIT, Paul joined the Apeejay Group, which his father had founded. He took over
theoperations of Apeejay Overseas and relocated permanently to London in 1966. After the Apeejay family
partition, he renamed the company Caparo. From acquiring one steel unit, he went on to acquire more and
founded the Caparo Group in 1978, which developed into one of the leading producers of welded steel tube
and spiral welded pipe in the United Kingdom. He stepped down from the management of the aparo group
in 1996, handing over to his three sons.
Lord Paul has received various awards and honours. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by Indira Gandhi in
1983 and the Bharat Gaurav award by the Indian Merchant's Chamber. He holds the pro-chancellorship of
Thames Valley University (1998) and its governorship (1992-97), and the chancellorship of the University of
Wolverhampton and the University of Westminster. He is a member of the Foreign Policy Centre Advisory
Council and MIT's Mechanical Engineering Visiting Committee. He is the chairman of the Olympic
DeliveryCommittee with the key task of initiating measures to acquire land and provide infra-structure for the
London Olympics 2012. He recently contested for the chairmanship of Commonwealth Parliamentary
Association (CPA) and lost to an Indonesian minister. His agenda was to reduce the gap between the west and
the east. Paul is also an honorary patron of the Zoological Society of London and has funded major projects at
the Regent's Park site
The Great Writer and the Winner of the Man Brooker Prize
Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie

Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is aBritish Indian novelist and essayist. He first achieved fame
with his second novel, Midnight's Children (1981),which won the Booker Prize in 1981.
Much of his early fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent. His style is often classified as
magical realism mixed with historical fiction, and a dominant theme of his work is the story
of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western
In 2006, Rushdie joined the Emory University faculty as Distinguished Writer in Residence
for one month a year for the next five years. Rushdie was awarded a knighthood for
services to literature in the Queen's Birthday Honours on 16 June 2007.
He has received many plaudits for his writings, including the European Union's Aristeion
Prize for Literature, the Premio Grinzane Cavour (Italy), and the Writer of the Year Award in
Germany and many of literature's highest honors. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of
Literature and Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres. Rushdie was the President of PEN
American Center from 2004 to 2006
The Canadian Film Directror and Screen Writer
Ms. Deepa Mehta
Genie Award Winner

Mehta embarked on her film career as a screenwriter for children's films. In 1991 she
made her feature-film directorial debut with Sam & Me (starring Om Puri), a story of the
relationship between a young Indian boy and an elderly Jewish gentleman in the Toronto
neighbourhood of Parkdale. It won First Honorable Mention in the Camera d'Or category of
the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. Mehta followed up with Camilla starring Bridget Fonda and
Jessica Tandy in 1994. In 2002, she directed Bollywood/Hollywood, for which she won the
Genie Award for Best Original Screenplay. Mehta is currently preparing a film entitled
Exclusion, which stars Akshay Kumar and John Abraham. The plot is based on the Komagata
Maru incident that occurred in Canada. Mehta directed two episodes of George Lucas'
television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. The first episode, "Benares, January
1910", aired in 1993. The second episode was aired in 1996 as part of a TV movie titled
Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father.
The Famous Australian Footballer
Daniel Kerr
Anglo Indian Descent

His father,Roger, was born in Calcutta to an Indian mother and played for East Fremantle
in the WAFL. He formerly dated Melanie Cousins, the sister of former teammate Ben
Cousins. Kerr is a first cousin of Fremantle player Shaun McManus. Like fellow West Coast
Eagles teammate Quinten Lynch, Daniel Kerr also attended Aquinas College, Perth.[4] Kerr
is also part of the Stand Up Speak Up campaign. Recently Daniel has become engaged to
his girlfriend of 2 years Natasha Pozo.
Kerr was selected with the number 18 pick in the 2000 AFL Draft. Kerr is widely known as
one of the toughest players in the AFL. In August 2006, the much bigger Fraser Gehrig
considered one of the strongest players in the AFL. In 2007, Kerr had another great year
with the eagles. He came runner up in the Brownlow Medal for a second time in his
career, Jimmy Bartel was the winner. Daniel Kerr recently re-signed with the Eagles after
weeks of speculation over his future In the 2009 season. In round 10 of the 2009 season
Kerr was suspended for 1 week for a strike on Carlton's Marc Murphy. After an appeal by
the Eagles the decision was upheld by the AFL tribunal.
The Venture Capitalist and Billionnaire of USA
Mr. Vindo Khosla

After graduating from Stanford University in 1980, Khosla along with his Stanford fellows
Scott McNealy, Andy Bechtolsheim (another Carnegie Mellon graduate school alumnus),
and a UC Berkeley masters degree holder named Bill Joy founded Sun Microsystems.
Khosla left Sun in 1985. He then joined the venturecapital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield &
Byers in 1986 as a general partner. Khosla is also one of thefounders of TiE, The Indus
Entrepreneurs, and has guest-edited a special issue of Economic Times (ET), aleading
business newspaper in India.
In 2004 Khosla formed his own firm, Khosla Ventures. Khosla Ventures is a venture capital
firm focusing on early stage companies in the Internet, computing,mobile, silicon
technology and clean technology sectors. Within cleantech, the firm has invested in bio-
refineries for energy and bioplastics, solar, battery and other environmentally friendly
technologies.Khosla Ventures is based in Menlo Park, California and it was formed in
2004.In 1999, He received World Technology Award Finalist and Honorary Chair,
DonorsChoose San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Board.
The German Journalist & Politician
Mr. Sebastian Edathy

Edathy was born in Hanover, the son of an immigrant from Kerala, India, and is a
trained sociologist. Hehas been an SPD member of the German parliament (Bundestag)
since 1998. He was a member of formerGerman chancellor Gerhard Schröder's red-
green coalition, and is now a member of chancellor AngelaMerkel's grand coalition. He
is the chairman of the Bundestag Committee on Interior Affairs and chairmanof the
German-Indian group of members of parliament.
The Chairment & CEO of PepsiCo Inc.
Ms. Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi was born into a Tamil family. She completed her schooling from Banasthali
High School, Kathmandu. She received a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Madras
Christian College in 1974, and earned an MBA at the Indian Institute of Management in
Calcutta. Begining her career in India, Nooyi held product manager positions at Johnson
& Johnson and textile firm Mettur Beardsell. She was admitted to Yale School of
Management in 1978 and earned a master's degree in Public and Private Management.
Graduating in 1980, Nooyi started at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and then held
strategy positions at Motorola and Asea Brown Boveri.
On August 14, 2006,Nooyi was named the successor to Steven Reinemund as CEO of the
company effective October 1, 2006.On February 5, 2007, she was named Chairman,
effective May 2, 2007. Forbes magazine ranked Nooyi thirdon the 2008 list of The
World's 100 Most Powerful Women. Fortune magazine has named Nooyi number one on
its annual ranking of Most Powerful Women in business for 2006, 2007 and 2008. In
2008, Nooyi was named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report.
The Co-Founder of Hotmail.Com
Mr. Sabeer Bhatia

Bhatia was born to a Punjabi Hindu family in Chandigarh, India. His father, Baldev Bhatia,
was as an officer in the Indian Army who later joined the Indian Ministry of Defence, while
his mother, Daman Bhatia, was a senior official at the Central Bank of India. Bhatia was
schooled at the St. Joseph's Boys' High School in Bangalore. In 1985, he began his
undergraduate education at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science(BITS) in Pilani
and was transferred to Caltech after two years at BITS. After graduating from Caltech,
Sabeer went to Stanford University in 1989 to pursue his M.S. in Electrical Engineering. At
Stanford, he worked on Ultra Low Power VLSI Design. At Stanford, he got inspired by
entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs and Scott McNealy and eventually decided to become
one himself. Instead of pursuing a Ph.D. after his Masters, he decided to join Apple in
1991. In 1994, Sabeer started working on new ideas for the Internet and he teamed up
with Jack Smith,a colleague from Apple Computer, Inc. Sabeer along with his colleague
invented hotmail and sold it Microsoft for $400m. Sabeer invented many webblogs like,
He has got many awards including TIME’s ‘People to Watch’ in International Business.
The Cheif Techonology Officer of Obama Administration
Mr. Aneesh Paul Chopra

Aneesh Chopra is the Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States. He served as
Virginia’s Secretary of Technology as well as having previously served as Managing Director
for the Advisory Board Company, leading the firm’s Financial Leadership Council and the
Working Council for Health Plan Executive.

"As Chief Technology Officer, Chopra's job will be to promote technological innovation to
help the country meet its goals such as job creation, reducing health care costs, and
rotecting the homeland. Together with Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, their jobs
are to make the government more effective, efficient, and transparent."
The CIO in Obama Administration, USA
Mr. Vivek Kundra

Vivek Kundra is the first and current Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the United
States of America. He has indicated that he will also have the role of the Office of
Management and Budget administrator for e-government and information technology. He
served in Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty's cabinet as the Chief Technology Officer
for the District and, before that, as Virginia's Assistant Secretary of Commerce and
Technology in Governor Tim Kaine's cabinet.
Kundra has been recognized by InfoWorld among the top 25 CTO's in the country and as
the 2008 IT Executive of the Year for his pioneering work to drive transparency, engage
citizens and lower the cost of government operations. The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium also
recognized Kundra among outstanding IT innovators who use leadership skills, business-
technology acumen and out-of-the-box thinking to address ever-increasing challenges
facing their organization. Additionally, upon announcing his appointment, the White House
asserted that he is known for his leadership in public safety communications, cyber
security, and IT portfolio management. Recently, Kundra was also named one of the top
ten Beltway Game Changers to watch by ExecutiveBiz.
The CEO of Citi Group of USA
Dr. Vikram Pandit

After education from Columbia, Vikram Pandit was a professor at Indiana University Bloomington before joining
Morgan Stanley. As head of Morgan Stanley's institutional securities division from 1994 to 2000, he pushed the
company further into electronic trading and helped to build prime brokerage services that catered to hedge funds.
He led the institutional securities from 2000 to 2005. The Indian government awarded him the Padma Bhushan in
2008. He was the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Institutional Securities and Investment Banking
Group at Morgan Stanley, where he was responsible for the overall management of the group and focused on the
trading, sales, and infrastructure aspects of the business (2000–2005). Prior to that position, Pandit served as the
managing director and head of the Worldwide Institutional Equities Division (1994–2000), and as the managing
director and head of the US Equity Syndicate (1990–1994) for Morgan Stanley. In 2005, Pandit was fired from
Morgan Stanley and started a hedge fund with other Morgan Stanley refugees named Old Lane Partners. Citigroup
subsequently purchased the poorly performing fund in 2007 for $800 million. Pandit received approximately $165.2
million for this transaction. Many analysts believe that this hefty price was paid for a hedge fund with only $4.5
billion under management to get Pandit onto Citigroup. He received an additional $2.7 million in the roughly six
months he served as head of Citigroup's investment bank and alternative investments group. In January 2008,
Pandit was given a sign-on grant of stock and performance-based options worth more than $48 million, though the
options currently have no cash value. Pandit serves on the boards of Columbia University, Columbia Business
School, the Indian School of Business and The Trinity School. He is a former board member of NASDAQ (2000–2003),
the New York City Investment Fund.
The Hollywood Actor
Mr. Sendhil Ramamurthy
Founder and President of

Ramamurthy has appeared in theatrical productions of A Servant of Two Masters in

London's West End,Indian Ink at the Soho Repertory Theatre, and East Is East at the
Manhattan Theatre Club. His film credits include Thanks to Gravity, Orient Express, Blind
Dating, and Little India. In addition, he has appeared on several TV shows, including Ellen,
Casualty, Guiding Light, Ultimate Force, Grey's Anatomy, and Numb3rs. Ramamurthy
enjoys playing football. Ramamurthy made a conscious decision to not audition for
stereotypical Indian roles, although he has been offered such parts. Ramamurthy's current
role on Heroes is his biggest role yet. Although the character of Mohinder Suresh was
originally written for a 55-year old, his audition tape and screen test were convincing
enough for writers to rewrite the part for Ramamurthy.

He is best known for the role he plays as Indian geneticist Mohinder Suresh in the NBC
drama Heroes.
The British Cricket Player
Mr. Mark Ramprakash

Mark Ravin Ramprakash (born 5 September (1969) is an

English cricketer. A right-handed batsman, he first made
his name playing for Middlesex, and was selected for
England aged 21. Ramprakash is widely regarded as the
finest English batsman of his generation, but he failed to
perform over a long international career. He has been
particularly prolific since his move to Surrey in 2001,
averaging over 100 runs per innings in successive
seasons (2006 & 2007).
The Hollywood Film Maker
Mr. M. Night Shyamalan
Director, Producer, Screenwriter & Actor

Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan is a two-time Academy Award nominated Indian-American

filmmaker and screenwriter who resides and works primarily in the United States, known
for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots that usually climax with a twist
ending. He is also known for filming his movies (and staging his plots) in and around
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was raised. Shyamalan released his first film, Praying
with Anger, in 1992 while he was a New York University student.
Shyamalan gained international recognition when he wrote and directed 1999's The Sixth
Sense, which was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Director and Best
Original Screenplay.
Shyamalan had an early desire to be a filmmaker when he was given a Super-8 camera at a
young age. Though his father wanted Shyamalan to follow in the family practice of
medicine, his mother encouraged Shyamalan to follow his passion.
The Best Known movies of Shyamalan are Wide Awake, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village,
Lady in the Water, The Heppening & The Last Airbender.
The American Economist
Mr. Raghuram Rajan
Former Chief Economist, IMF

Raghuram G. Rajan was the Economic Counselor and Director of Research at the
International Monetary Fund from October 2003 until December 2006. Prior to holding
this post, Rajan taught at the Graduate School of Business at the University ofChicago
where he is the Joseph L. Gidwitz Professor of Finance. His research is broadly on the role
of institutions, especially financial institutions, in fostering economic development. In
2003, Rajan was awarded the inaugural Fischer Black Prize by the American Finance
Association for contributions to finance by an economist under 40. Rajan is an electrical
engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi. He earned his
M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and his Ph.D. fromMIT.

Rajan has also been a visiting professor at MIT as well as at Northwestern University and
the Stockholm School of Economics .Raghuram Rajan was appointed an honorary adviser
to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in November 2008.
The Youngest Doctor of the World
Mr. Ambati Balamurali Krishna

Balamurali Ambati graduated from New York University at the age of 13 and Mount Sinai
School of Medicine at age 17, becoming the world's youngest doctor in 1995. He
completed an ophthalmology residency at Harvard University, where he developed
strategies to reverse corneal angiogenesis, after becoming a winner at the Westinghouse
Science Talent Search and the International Science & Engineering Fair and becoming a
National Merit Scholar.
He received the
prestigious Raja-Lakshmi Award in the year 1995 from Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation,
Chennai. After completing a fellowship in cornea & refractive surgery at Duke University in
2002, he joined the faculty of the Medical College of Georgia, where he practices clinical
ophthalmology and conducts research in such areas as corneal angiogenesis and
outcomes of corneal and refractive surgery. He also volunteers with the ORBIS Flying Eye
Hospital, traveling to under-privileged countries to practice and teach ophthalmic surgery.
The Famous Australian Actor, Musician & TV Presenter
Mr. David Nicholas Reyne

In 1978 when Clutch Cargo became the band Australian Crawl, Reyne, younger brother of
lead singer James, continued as drummer. He filled this role for ten months before
leaving to continue his acting education. He was later drummer for Cats Under Pressure
(1984) and Chantoozies (1986-1990). Reyne co-wrote "Polar Notch" and "Let Me Be"
(with Simon Hussey)for Cats Under Pressure, the latter was covered by Daryl Braithwaite.
Whilst with Chantoozies, Reyne also sang backing vocals.Chantoozies most popular tracks
were covers of Redbone's "Witch Queen", John Kongos' "He's Gonna Step On You Again"
and Stephen Stills' "Love the One You're With"; fellow members included Ally Fowler,
Tottie Goldsmith and Eve von Bibra.
Reyne has also worked as a television presenter. He briefly hosted Midday in 1995 with
Tracy Grimshaw and also worked as a reporter for the travel show Getaway from 1992 to
2006. After leaving Getaway Reyne signed with Network Ten to co-host with Kim Watkins
the new morning show 9am with David and Kim which began 30 January 2006. David
Reyne married Karina Loscher in 1994; they have two children
The Indo-China descent
Ms. Nicol David Khai

Nicol David is the Chindian daughter of Ann Marie David, a retired Chinese Malaysian
schoolteacher, and Desmond David, an Indian Malaysian engineer. She has two sisters
named Lianne Marie and Cheryl Therese,both of whom are accomplished squash players
on a national level. As a youngster, Nicol enjoys reading, mathematics is her best subject in
school. She scores 7 A's for her Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) and gets 9 A's in her
Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (the equivalent to O-levels), which she studies at Convent Green
Lane Secondary School in Green Lane, Penang.
Nicol Ann David (Datuk icol Ann David, DSP)(born August 26, 1983 in Penang, Malaysia)
is a Malaysian professional squash player. She is currently the World No. 1 in women's
squash[1] (she is the first Asian woman to be ranked World No. 1 in the sport). She
captured the World Open title in 2005, 2006 and 2008, and the British Open title in 2005,
2006 and 2008. On June 7, 2008, Nicol David is honoured with the Order of Merit in
conjunction with the birthday of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin.
The Australian Footballer
Rhys Williams

His mother originates from Mumbai, India while his father was born in Kent, England. He is
currently playing for Middlesbrough in the English Football League Championship. He
began his football career as a promising junior with Perth based club ECU Joondalup. As a
youth player, 2004 would prove his breakthrough year with his club performances leading
to selection in the Western Australian under-16 state representative squad for the 2004
National Talent Identification Championships. In January 2009, he signed a new two-year
contract at Middlesbrough and signed on loan for Championship side Burnley on the same
day. On 17 June 2009, he made his full Australian debut in a World Cup qualifier against
Japan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The British Musician
Mr. Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara) (5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a
British musician, best known as the frontman of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he
was known for his vocal prowess and flamboyant performances.[2][3][4] As a songwriter,
he composed many international hits, including "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Killer Queen",
"Somebody to Love", "Don't Stop Me Now", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", and "We Are
the Champions". Fronted by Mercury, Queen went on to sell more than 300 million
albums internationally.
In 2002 he appeared in the 58th spot in a list of the "100 Greatest Britons", sponsored by
the BBC and voted for by the public. He was further listed at the 52nd spot in a 2007
Japanese national survey of the 100 most "influential heroes"."The Gay 100: A Ranking of
the Most Influential Gay Men and Lesbians, Past and Present."In 2006, Time Asia
magazine named him as one of the most influential Asian heroes of the past 60 years.
Mercury was also included in Rolling Stone's list of the "Top 100 Singers Of All Time",
falling at number eighteen.
The father of fibre-Optic
Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany

Born in Moga, Punjab, India and educated in England, Kapany has lived in the United States
for forty-five years. In 1952, this earlier work led Kapany to conduct studies that led to the
invention of optical fiber. A graduate of Agra University in India, he completed advanced
studies in optics, and Ph.D. degree at Imperial College London in 1955.
In 1960, he founded Optics Technology Inc. and was Chairman of the Board, President, and
Director of Research for twelve years. In 1967 the company went public with numerous
corporate acquisitions and jointventures in the United States and abroad. In 1973, Kapany
founded Kaptron Inc. and was President and CEO until 1990 when he sold the company to
AMP Incorporated.
He has received many awards including 'The Excellence 2000 Award' from the USA Pan-
Asian American Chamber of Commerce in 1998. He is a Fellow of numerous scientific
societies including the British Royal Academy of Engineering, the Optical Society of
America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The Indian American Molecular Biologist
Dr. Har Govind Khorana
Nobel Laureate in Medicine(1968)

Khorana was born in Raipur, Kabirwala,Khanewal, a village in British India (now Pakistan).
His father was the village "patwari", or taxation official. He was homeschooled by his
father, and he later attended D.A.V. Multan High School. He finished his B.Sc. from Punjab
University, Lahore in 1943 and M.Sc from Punjab University in 1945. In 1945, he began
studies at the University of Liverpool. After earning a PhD in 1948, he continued his
postdoctoral studies in Zurich (1948-49). Subsequently, he spent two years at Cambridge
and his interests in proteins and nucleic acids took root at that time. In 1952 he went to
the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and in 1960 moved to the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. In 1970 Khorana became the Alfred Sloan Professor of Biology and
Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he worked until retiring in
2007. He is a member of the Board of Scientific Governors at The Scripps Research
Institute, and currently holds Professor Emeritus status at MIT.
The Management Export
Mr. Rajat Kumar Gupta

His parents were Ashwini Kumar Gupta and Pran Kumari Gupta, who had three other
children. His fatherwas a journalist with the Ananda Bazar Patrika Group and also a
prominent freedom fighter who was jailed many times during India's freedom struggle.
His mother taught at a Montessori school. He joined McKinsey & Company in 1973 and
went on to become the firm's first managing director born outside of the US, completing
three full terms at the coveted position. Gupta became the head of the Scandinavian
offices in 1981 and the head of the Chicago office in 1990. In 1994, he was elected
managing director. He is also an independent director at Goldman Sachs and is a member
of the board of trustees of the University of Chicago.
The CEO of Adobe Systems
Mr. Shantanu Narayen

Shantanu arayen is the current CEO of Adobe Systems. Prior to this post, he held the role
as the President & Chief Operating Officer since 2005 He started his career at Apple, Inc..
After Apple, Narayen served as director of desktop and collaboration products for Silicon
Graphics, then co-founded Pictra Inc., a company that pioneered the concept of digital
photo sharing over the Internet. Narayen joined Adobe in 1998 as a senior Vice-President
of worldwide product research, was later promoted to executive vice president of
worldwide products, and appointed to his current post in January 2005 at the age of 41.

On November 12, 2007, Adobe Systems announced in a press release that Bruce Chizen
would step down from his role as Chief Executive Officer effective December 1, to be
replaced by Shantanu Narayen.
The New Zealand Cricket Player
Mr. Dipak Narshibhai Patel

Dipak &Narshibhai Patel (born 25 October 1958 in Nairobi,

Kenya) played 37 Tests and 75 One Day Internationals for
the New Zealand cricket team. A stylish middle order
batsman, he started playing for Worcestershire in 1976,
having moved to England in 1968. He continued to play for
them until 1986, playing 236 matches, scoring 9734 runs at
29.23, and taking 357 wickets at 36.66. Patel emigrated to
New Zealand in 1986.
The New Zealand Cricket Player
Mr. Jeetan Patel

Jeetan Shashi Patel (born 7 May 1980 in

Wellington) is a New Zealand cricketer of Indian
origin. Patel is a right arm off spin bowler. He plays
domestic cricket for the Wellington Firebirds and
has represented the New Zealand Black Caps in
One Day Internationals, Twenty20 matches, and
The Former Captain of West Indies Cricket Team
Mr. Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Shivnarine 'Shiv' Chanderpaul (born 16 August 1974) in Unity Village, Demerara-

Mahaica, Guyana) is a cricketer, and former captain of the West Indies cricket team.
He is the first Indo-Caribbean in the West Indies team to play 100 Tests for the West
Indies and has captained them in 14 Tests and 16 One Day Internationals.
Chanderpaul is ranked as the number three batsman in the world under the current
ICC test rankings.

A West Indian cricketer of Indian origin, the left-handed Chanderpaul is known for
hisdoggedness and ability to stick on the wicket for long hours. He is known in the
cricketing world for his unorthodox front-on batting stance, although he shifts his
body into a more conventional position when he plays the ball, thus making him a
prolific scorer on both sides of the wicket.
The English Actress
Ms. Shobana Gulati

Shobna Gulati (born 7 August 1966) is an English actress, writer and dancer of Indian
origin, best known for playing the role of Sunita Alahan in the long-running soap opera
Coronation Street from 2001 to 2006. She is also known for being one of very few actors
to have appeared in both Coronation Street and its rival series EastEnders for the BBC
(in 2000). Gulati was born in Oldham, then Lancashire now Greater Manchester. In the
late 1990s, Gulati received rave reviews for her work in Victoria Wood's BBC sitcom
dinnerladies; in 2001, she appeared in the short film Shadowscan, directed by Tinge
Krishnan, which won a BAFTA Award; and in 2004 Gulati was nominated for a
Manchester Evening ews Theatre Award for her work in the play Dancing within
walls,which was staged at the Contact Theatre in Mancheste.

Gulati is a single mother to a son, Akshay, 14. She has a degree in Arabic and Middle-
Eastern politics, speaks six languages, and is a vocal supporter of Asian women's rights
and various anti-racism campaigns
The British Actress
Ms. Rhona Mitra

Mitra's first main role came as Scott Wolf's illicit love interest on Party of Five. In 2000,
Mitra had a small, key role in the film Hollow Man, as the rape victim of Kevin Bacon's
character, an incident that drives him insane. She had a main role in medical drama
Gideon's Crossing, as Dr. Alejandra 'Ollie' Klein. Mitra then had roles in Ali G Indahouse;
Sweet Home Alabama; Stuck on You, and leading roles in Highwaymen and Spartacus.
Mitra appeared in the final season of The Practice as Tara Wilson, and continued that role
into its spin-off Boston Legal, but left not long into the second season. In 2005, Mitra layed
the role of Kit McGraw during Season 3 of &ip/Tuck. Mitra then went on to appear in
Skinwalkers, The &umber 23 and Shooter. In 2008, Mitra starred in the lead role of the
science fiction/action film Doomsday as Major Eden Sinclair, and in 2009 went on to star in
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans as Sonja, the daughter of the powerful vampire elder Viktor
(played by Bill Nighy). Mitra appeared as the live action model for Lara Croft, the lead
character in Eidos Interactive's Tomb Raider video game series. Mitra was ranked #46 on
the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2001.
The NASA Research Scientist
Ms. Kalpana Chawala

Chawla joined the NASA astronaut corps in March 1995 and was selected for her first flight
in 1998. Her first space mission began onNovember 19, 1997 as part of the six astronaut
crew that flew the Space Shuttle Columbia flight STS-87. Chawla was the first Indian-born
woman and the second person of Indian origin to fly in space, following cosmonaut Rakesh
Sharma who flew in 1984 in a Soviet spacecraft. On her first mission Chawla travelled over
10.4 million miles in 252 orbits of the earth, logging more than 360 hours in space. During
STS-87, she was responsible for deploying the Spartan Satellite which malfunctioned,
necessitating a spacewalk by Winston Scott and Takao Doi to capture the satellite. A five-
month NASA investigation fully exonerated Chawla by identifying errors in software
interfaces and the defined procedures of flight crew and ground control. On January 16,
2003, Chawla finally returned to spaceaboard Columbia on the ill-fated STS-107 mission.

Posthumously awards: Congressional Space Medal of Honor,NASA Space Flight

Medal,NASA Distinguished Service Medal,Defense Distinguished Service Medal.
The NASA Astronaut
Ms. Sunita Williams

Sunita Williams (born September 19, 1965) is a United States Naval officer and a NASA
astronaut. She was assigned to the International Space Station as a member of
Expedition 14 and then joined Expedition 15. She holds the record of the longest
spaceflight (195 days) for female space travelers. As NASA's official public spokesperson,
she was selected to appear on the Colbert Report to announce the name for Node 3 of
the ISS.

Williams received her commission as an ensign in the US Navy from the US Naval
Academy in May 1987. She was designated a Naval Aviator in 1989, and graduated from
the Naval Test Pilot School in 1993. Williams is married to Michael Williams. The two have
been married for over 16 years, and both flew helicopters in the early days of their
careers. Her recreational interests include running, swimming, biking, triathlons,
windsurfing, snowboarding and bow hunting
The American Enterpreneur
Mr. Karan Bilimoria
Founder of Cobra Beer

Bilimoria was born in Hyderabad, India of Parsi Zoroastrian descent. Hereceived the
Bachelor of Commerce degree from Osmania University; (Indian Institute of Management
and Commerce, Hyderabad) in 1981.After working as a chartered accountant for Ernst &
Young, he studied for a Bachelor of Arts degree in law at Sidney Sussex College, University
of Cambridge.He founded Cobra Beer in 1989, aiming to create a less gassy lager
moresuitable for drinking with curry and other foods.
Karan is the Deputy President of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he is also
theRepresentative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Hounslow. In 2005,
hebecame Chancellor of Thames Valley University — the United Kingdom's youngest
universitychancellor at the time In 2006, he was chosen as a cross-bench life peer with the
title Baron Bilimoria, of Chelsea in the RoyalBorough of Kensington and Chelsea by the
House of Lords Appointments Commission, becoming thefirst-ever Parsi in the House of
Lords.[6] In 2008 he was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman by the president of India.
The Famous English Actor
Mr. Naveen Andrews

Naveen William Sidney Andrews is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated English actor.
He is known for his roles in Grindhouse (2007) and the television series Lost as Sayid
Jarrah. Andrews is in a relationship with actress Barbara Hershey, who is 21 years his
senior, and they live in Los Angeles. The couple separated briefly in 2005 and, during that
time, Andrews had another son, Naveen Joshua, with another woman, Elena Eustache. He
and Hershey later reconciled.He has been involved in an on-going custody dispute with
Eustache over Naveen Joshua; on 7 January 2009 Andrews was granted temporary sole
legal and physical custody of the child.
Some well known Movies are:
London Kills Me (1991) ... as Bike
The Buddha of Suburbia (1993) ... Karim
Lost (2004-2010) ... as Sayid Jarrah
Bride And Prejudice (2004) ... as Mr. Balraj
The Ten Commandments (2006), Animals (2008) as Vic
The American Journalist
Mr. Fareed Rafiq Zakaria

After directing a research project on American foreign policy at Harvard, Zakaria became
managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine. In October 2000, he was named editor of
ewsweek International. And writes a weekly foreign affairs column in it. He has written
widely and on a variety of subjects for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New
Yorker, and for one year, was a wine columnist for the webzine Slate. Zakaria is the author of
From Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of America's World Role (Princeton, 1998), The
Future of Freedom (Norton, 2003), and The Post-American World (2008); he has also co-
edited The American Encounter: The United States and the Making of the Modern World
(Basic Books). Zakaria was a news analyst with ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos
(2002-2007); he hosted the weekly TV news show, Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria on
PBS (2005-2008); his weekly show, Fareed Zakaria GPS ("Global Public Square") premiered
on CNN in June 2008.It airs on Sunday afternoon.
Zakaria was conferred India Abroad Person of the Year 2008 award on March 20th, 2009 in
New York. He has received honorary degrees at the University of Miami, Oberlin College,
Bates College and Brown University.
The Miss Trinidad Tobago
Ms. Valene Maharaj

Maharaj grew up in a small village in the southern part of Trinidad & Tobago called St.
Margarets in Claxton Bay. Originally from Gasparillo, Maharaj is the third of four
children. After graduating from high school, she was accepted to pursue her Associates
Degree in Business Administration. Earlier this year, she was accepted at the American
Inter-Continental University in Florida to study fashion, fine arts and marketing. Her plans
were however deferred to facilitate her title reign.

On March 28, 2006, Valene Maharaj took the first runner-up spot at the Miss Trinidad and
Tobago pageant. However, Maharaj competed again the following year to win the Miss
Trinidad & Tobago title when she succeeded over six other contestants.

Valene Maharaj was the second runner up in Miss World 2008 in Johannesberg.
The British Radio and TV Presenter
Mr. Nihal Arthanayake

Nihal joined the BBC Radio 1 in 2002, to become co-host of a night time 'Asian Beats'
show with DJ Bobby Friction coming under the specialist DJ category. The show went on
to win a Sony Radio Award in 2003 - achieving Gold standard in the Specialist Music
Category for their show: 'Bobby Friction & Nihal Present'. At the end of 2004, they
released a compilation album as a reflection of the music they play on the show. Nihal
became the presenter of the Weekend Breakfast Show on Radio 1, in October 2007,
currently the only one of two DJs to present both a mainstream and a specialist show on
the channel, the other being Annie Mac, and infrequently provides holiday cover for other
Radio 1 colleagues. In September 2008 he was moved from weekend breakfast to
weekend afternoons 1pm-4pm on Radio 1. The weekend breakfast show
Famous American Fashion Designer
Mr. Anand Jon

Anand Jon Alexander (born 1973 in India) is a former fashion designer turned convicted
serial rapist who had previously appeared on America's ext Top Model and rose to fame in
the fashion industry prior to being convicted of several counts of sexual abuse. Jon was
born in South India and came to the U.S. to study at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
and later at Parsons The New School for Design. He sold collections at stores including
Bergdorf Goodman, in New York City, Wilkes Bashford, in San Francisco, and Luisa Via
Roma, in Florence, Italy.
In July 2009, a judge denied Jon's request for a new trial. In the days following, Jon fired
his team of high profile lawyers in the days leading up to his sentencing. Jon petitioned
for, and was granted, permission to represent himself for the sentencing phase of the
The Malaysian Politician, Advocate & Solicitor
Mr. Karpal Singh

He is the current chairman of the Democratic Action Party and a member of Parliament
for Bukit Gelugor, Penang. He won the seat in the 2004 general election. He is an ethnic
Punjabi and a prominent lawyer in Malaysia, well known for his expertise in the field of
litigation. His reputation has earned him the nickname "Tiger of Jelutong". His father's
name is Ram Singh Singh defended Australian drug trafficker Kevin Barlow who was
executed in Malaysia in 1986,along with New Zealander Lorraine Cohen and her son
Aaron, both of whom escaped the death penalty. A motor vehicle accident in 2005 has
since left Singh wheelchair-bound[2] with neuromotor problems in his right arm.
The South African Judge
Ms. Navanetham Pillay

A South African Tamil, she was the first non-white woman on the High Court of South Africa, and she
has also served as a judge of the International Criminal Court and President of the International
Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Her four-year term as High Commissioner for Human Rights began on 1
September 2008. Her tenure on the High Court was short, however, as she was soon elected by the
United Nations General Assembly to serve as a judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for
Rwanda (ICTR). She served for eight years, including four years as president. She was the only female
judge for the first four years of the tribunal.Her tenure on the ICTR is best remembered for her role in
the landmark trial of Jean Paul Akayesu, which established that rape and sexual assault could
constitute acts of genocide. Pillay said in an interview, "From time immemorial, rape has been
regarded as spoils of war. Now it will be considered a war crime. We want to send out a strong signal
that rape is no longer a trophy of war." In February 2003, she was elected to the first ever panel of
judges of the International Criminal Court and assigned to the Appeals Division. She was elected to a
six-year term, but resigned in August 2008 in order to take up her positionwith the UN.
The Indian Top Diplomat, Politician
Dr. Shashi Tharoor

Dr. Shashi Tharoor is the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs and a member of the
Indian Parliament from the Trivandrum constituency in Kerala. He served as the UN
Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information between June 2002
and February 2007, during the term of Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the United
Nations. In 2006, he was the official candidate of India for the office of United Nations
Secretary-General, and came second out of seven official candidates in the race. He is
also a prolific author, columnist, journalist, human rights advocate, humanitarian and
adviser or fellow of various institutions, including the International Committee of the Red
Cross, the Aspen Institute, and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.

In January 2009, Tharoor was awarded the Zakir Hussain Memorial "Pride of India“ ward.
He was presented with the Hakim Khan Sur Award for National Integration by the
Maharana of Udaipur on March 15, 2009.