(VP Running mate Sanjay Keswani)
I bring the organization, technology, interpersonal and cultural strengths to
the task at hand. As the current President of the IIT Roorkee Alumni
Association Midwest Chapter and a charter member of the PAN IIT Leadership
Circle, I have gained valuable insights into our alumni needs, and the
challenges faced by the regional Chapters.
many years, I have been involved in initiatives for new members, professional
programs and PAN-IIT. Being a member of the organizing committee for PANIIT
2009 has given me the additional experience for hosting our national IIT
RAANA. I am also proud of my student body positions (Secretaty - Cultural
Society and Secretary – Hobbies Club) and many awards at Roorkee.
I am working as a Director at CNA Financial, a Fortune 100 firm, doing
Strategic Program Management and Strategy & Planning (IT).
I did my BE (Roorkee - Electrical), followed by MSE (Wayne State University)
and MBA (Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University).
I live in
Naperville, IL with my wife, two children and my father. My brother, who is
also a Thomasonian, lives nearby to make our Family Chapter of IIT RAANA, on
the lighter side.
Past activities with IIT Roorkee
· Chapter President, IIT Roorkee Midwest (Chicago) - initiated the
professional networking events that evolved into a very popular monthly
professional networking series attended by all IIT Midwest and other
· Organizer, PAN IIT 2009 that was chaired by IIT Roorkee alum and
attracted over 3,000 attendees. It had keynote address by President Clinton
and other distinguished speakers such as Jim Owens, Nathan Myhrvold, Aneesh
Chopra, Carl Schramm, Tulsi Tanti and Sam Pitroda
· Charter Member, PAN IIT Leadership Circle
· Led a number of alumni activities for both PAN
IIT and IIT Roorkee
· Acted as member of a number of groups /
committees such as PAN IIT Branding, Alumni Relationship
What would you like to do in your 2 year tenure?
Based on my discussions with other
alumni, I am driving a very simple but comprehensive agenda. Its basis is the
clarification of what does IIT RAANA, the national body, mean in relation to
the institution (IIT R), its alumni, the local chapters and PAN-IIT. I have
also been involved in discussions with a Dean of US University Alumni
Affairs, Director (IIT R) and PAN-IIT, which is driving this definition at a
global level. I think that we can leverage some of that work to further this
As the next President of IIT RAANA, I
plan to focus on the following key initiatives:
1. Setup open and frequent communication forums among
chapters for alumni activities
2. Make networking easy among IIT RAANA alumni in good
and tough times
a directory of regional, national and international events to increase
back to alma matter and fueling future
visibility of Leadership opportunities such as PAN IIT Leadership Circle
(PLC) that have inadequate representation of IIT Roorkee, for our alumni so
that they can participate, if they choose so.
of IIT RAANA Board of Directors (from across professions, tenure, seniority,
geographies) while leveraging the strength of autonomous local chapters.