Dr. Alim Chandani was born Deaf in Mumbai, India.
Dr. Chandani graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, obtained a Master's degree in Deaf Rehabilitation/Higher Education from New York University in New York, New York, and, ultimately, obtained his Doctorate in Administration and Supervision in Special Education from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. In 2013, Dr. Chandani's dissertation focused on the feasibility of managing Deaf programs at higher education institutions in India.
Dr. Chandani has been working in the field of international development and social entrepreneurship since 2007, when he founded Global Reach Out Initiative, Inc ("GRO").
Dr. Chandani taught as an Assistant Professor at Gallaudet University for 8 years, the only university exclusively for the Deaf in the United States. Dr. Chandani has lectured on leadership and social entrepreneurship, and has mentored several student initiatives on campus, such as the Boomerang Cafè , the ThinkBiz Scholar student entrepreneurship organization, and an annual student business plan competition.
Dr. Chandani strives tirelessly towards the establishment of a culture of leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation at Centum-GRO for Deaf Indians in New Delhi. He is currently serving on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Committee to advocate for accessibility rights for the Deaf in India.
Dr. Chandani has delivered several TedX talks and has advised governments and NGOs in emerging markets across the world on Deaf education and skills training for the Deaf.
He presented on GRO's vision for the Deaf in India to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet in 2015.
Joe Bryant is an Investment Director with the UCLA Investment Company. The UCLA Investment Company is advisor to UCLA's > $2 billion endowment. The endowment is a globally diversified portfolio of listed and private securities.
Joe is responsible for investing in global opportunities in venture capital, private equity, and emerging markets such as India.
Joe has been involved in cross-border corporate deals and asset management for over a decade, from Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, New York and Asia. Joe was a UC Regent Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and obtained a masters degree in business from NLSIU, Bangalore and a doctorate degree from Columbia University.
Ms. Amanda Fish is currently an Associate Manager for Centum GRO, a job training center for Deaf adults, in New Delhi, India.
She was born Deaf and has graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has worked as a Certified Deaf Interpreter since 2010. She has over a decade worth of experience in the education/mentoring field training people in American Sign Language & interpreting skills.
Mr. Suhaan Mukerji is the Founding Partner of PLR Chambers, a law firm specializing in Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs in Delhi, which was recently awarded the best policy and regulatory law firm of the year award by the IBLJ.
Mr. Mukerji previously led the public policy and regulatory practice at the law firm Amarchand Mangaldas and worked with the Operations Evaluation Department at the World Bank.
Mr. Mukerji has a Bachelors degree from the National Law School, Bangalore, and a Masters degree from the London School of Economics.
Mr. Jacob Shamberg is a Freelance Art Director and Story Development Researcher for Double Feature Films in Los Angeles.
He was born Deaf and graduated from the School of Visual Arts as a Graphic Designer in New York and has over a decade worth of experience in design and advertising. Mr. Shamberg has also worked for firms such as Droga5 and Pentagram.
Dr. Madan Vasishta divides his time between teaching at Gallaudet University and working as the chief advisor of the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre in New Delhi.
He was born in India and became Deaf at age 11; he moved to Delhi as an adult where he met Deaf people and learned sign language.
Dr. Vasishta taught photography and worked with the All India Federation of the Deaf until 1967 when he moved to Washington D.C. and enrolled at Gallaudet University. He obtained his B.A. in History and Psychology, M.A. in Deaf Education and Ph.D. in Special Education Administration and later worked as a teacher, program evaluator, principal, researcher and administrator at various schools for the Deaf.
Dr. Vasishta has authored six books, scores of articles and book chapters and has made over 50 presentations at national and international conferences.
Presently, he is also involved in other various Deaf-related projects in India and is working on two new books.
Rajdeep Patheja is the Director – International Business for GOLDEN Precision Products P Ltd based in Mumbai, – India, into manufacturing of Precision Engineering Parts for Industrial Application like Wet Brakes and Clutches for the Transmissions Industry and is responsible for marketing in India and Overseas. He was born with profound hearing loss and from a young age of 11 months was trained auditory and took extensive speech therapy and is now wearing a Cochlear Implant since 2004 and his Speech and hearing enables him to communicate. He earned his B.Com (Bachelors of Commerce) degree in Mumbai – India. He loves to travel in India and around the world and enjoys international cuisine, an avid reader, enjoys music, and watches films / TV shows with captions and loves to make friends around the world.