Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
United States House of Representatives
Tulsi is a decorated war veteran, a bright light in the world of politics, who happens to be a life-long practicing Hindu.
On January 3, 2013, Tulsi was sworn in to the U.S. Congress, taking her oath on the Bhagavad Gita, a historical event.
Tulsi Gabbard was born in Leloaloa, American Samoa in 1981, the fourth of five children. At the age of two, Tulsi and her family settled in Hawai'i where as a teenager, she co-founded the Healthy Hawai'i Coalition, a non-profit teaching children to take care of themselves and the environment. An advocate for environmental policy, Tulsi ran for the Hawai'i State Legislature in 2002 at the age of 21 and became the youngest person ever elected. A year later, Tulsi joined the Hawai'i National Guard to serve Hawaii’s citizens and the United States of America.
In 2004, Tulsi voluntarily deployed to Iraq with her fellow Soldiers of the 29th Brigade eventually serving two tours of combat duty in the Middle East. Tulsi was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal during Operation Iraqi Freedom, was the first female Distinguished Honor Graduate at Fort McClellan's Officer Candidate School, and was the first woman to ever receive an award of appreciation from the Kuwaiti military on her second overseas tour. Tulsi continues to serve as a Captain in the Hawai'i National Guard's 29th Brigade Combat Team. In between her two tours, Tulsi worked in the U.S. Senate as a legislative aide to Senator Daniel Akaka, where she advised the senator on energy independence, homeland security, the environment, and veterans’ affairs.
In 2010, Tulsi ran for the Honolulu City Council and served as Chair of the Safety, Economic Development, and Government Affairs committee and Vice Chair of the Budget committee.
Representing Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, Tulsi is one of the first two female combat veterans, first Hindu and first female of Samoan ancestry to ever serve as a member of the U.S. Congress.
Tulsi was appointed Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2013.
Tulsi is currently serving on the Armed Services Committee and its Subcommittee on Sea Power & Protection Powers and Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations. She also serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and its Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
Tulsi also serves on the following caucuses:
- Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
- Congressional India Caucus
- Bipartisan Veterans Caucus
- National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
- Small Business Caucus
- Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd.
Mr. Punit Goenka, a young and dynamic professional with a strong entrepreneurial background, started his career with Essel Group, a vibrant conglomerate with diversified business interests in media & entertainment, infrastructure, and other leading sectors. Being the Managing Director and Chief Executive Office of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., Punit has been extremely successful in enhancing the company’s performance and in driving the company towards its set goals.
Under his leadership, ZEE has achieved scores of milestones and prestigious awards, elevating the brand to a global cadre. Dun & Bradstreet – Rolta Corporate Award, BusinessworldInfocom ICT Award, IMC Fusion Award 2013 for Excellence in Media, are some of the many such awards bagged by ZEEL during Punit’s tenure. His futuristic vision and sharp acumen in the new media domain, has led the company to a global stature today. Punit is also responsible for expanding the company’s international presence across 169 countries, and its reach to over 730 million viewers.
Punit has received the prestigious Economic Times ’40 Under Forty’ India’s Hottest Business Leaders Award 2014. He has also bagged the prestigious IAA Leadership Award under the category of “Media Person of the Year Award”. Punit has been recognized as the “Entrepreneur of the Year” during the recently held Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2014. For his immense contribution to the media and entertainment industry, Punit has also been felicitated as the “Impact Person of the Year”. Going forward, Punit envisions ZEE to be ranked amongst the top global media brands.
McKinsey Global Institute
Anu Madgavkar is a Senior Fellow with the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm and is based in Mumbai, India. She joined MGI in 2011, and leads teams based in India, working on global as well as India-focused research themes. Anu’s recent research has focused on economic development, growth, and poverty alleviation in India and developing countries. She is a co-author of the recent MGI report, ‘India’s technology opportunity: transforming work, empowering people’. Prior to her current role at MGI, Anu was a Partner of McKinsey, focusing on financial services clients. She holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a degree in Economics and Statistics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbain.
Hital R. Meswani
Reliance Industries Ltd.
Mr. Meswani graduated from the Management and Technology Program from University of Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the School of Engineering & Applied Science and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from The Wharton School in 1990.
Mr. Meswani is the Executive Director and Member of the Board of Reliance Industries Ltd., a Fortune 500 company and flagship company of the Reliance Group based in India. The group’s businesses include Synthetic Fibers, Petrochemicals, Petroleum Refining and Marketing, Oil & Gas Exploration and Production and Retail. Reliance is also currently involved in rolling out a pan India telecommunications network to provide next-gen Broadband services.
Mr. Meswani is a core member of the leadership team at Reliance with responsibilities for several businesses and functions. He has been involved with almost all mega initiatives of the group through its growth journey.
Mr. Meswani was instrumental in establishing the world class petrochemicals complex at Hazira in India, integrating Fibres, Intermediates, Olefins, Polyolefins and other products which helped Reliance become a significant player in the petrochemicals arena.
Mr. Meswani also led the execution of the world’s largest refining complex at Jamnagar, India with a capacity of over 1.3 million barrels per day. The refinery was completed in a world record time frame of less than 36 months and at a world beating capital cost. The Jamnagar refinery complex uniquely integrates refining, petrochemicals and power generation coupled with associated infrastructure. Regarded as one of the most profitable and modern operating refining complexes in the world, the refinery has won the prestigious ‘International Refiner of the year’ award on two occasions and has set a benchmark for refineries to be built in the future. It has immensely contributed to the growth of Reliance and India and has firmly established Jamnagar as a refinery hub for the world.
Recently, Mr. Meswani led a group wide business transformation initiative aimed at installing scalable management systems and structures, standard business processes, best practices and their IT enablement.
Mr. Meswani is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is a recipient of the Indo American Society’s Young Achiever Award. He is a member of the Engineering Board of Overseers of University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) and is a recipient of the prestigious ‘The 2011 D. Robert Yarnall Award’ from The Engineering Alumni Society of the UPENN for his outstanding contribution in the field of engineering to society, that has enhanced the image of the University of Pennsylvania.
In the year 2012, Mr. Meswani was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers – the International Professional body for Chemical, Biochemical and Process Engineers) in recognition of his contribution to the process industries. He was also conferred the Honorary CEPM-PMA Fellowship Award for Project Management Excellence in the year 2013.