Washington: The summit organized by U.S. President Barack Obama in an attempt to bridge the gap with the Muslim World saw the participation of six business and social entrepreneurs from India. Prominent among the Indian-Americans who actively worked at the two-day summit were Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, and Rashid Hussain, Special Envoy to the Organization for the Islamic Countries.
The two-day ‘Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship’ was attended by around 250 successful entrepreneurs, majority of whom are from the Muslim community, reports PTI. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, addressed the summit on “Access to Capital”. Shah is the highest ranking Indian-American in the Administration.
Sonal Shah, Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, moderated the panel discussion on social entrepreneurship. Pradeep Ramamurthy, Senior Director for Global Engagement, National Security Staff at White House, moderated another session on “Culture of Entrepreneurship”, which among others would be attended by Shane Tedjarati, President and CEO of Honeywell China and India.
Indian entrepreneurs invited to the summit are Irfan Alam, Shahnaz Husain, Ramachandran Kavli, Shaffi Mather, Shaheen Mistri and Sirajuddin Qureshi. Irfan Alam is the Founder chairman of Samman Foundation set up in Patna in 2007. Shahnaz Husain is the pioneer of herbal care in India and responsible for taking this traditional medicine system around the world. Ramachandran Kavil is the Thomas Schmidheiny Chair Professor of Family Business and Wealth Management, Clinical Professor at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
Shaffi Mather is the founder of “1298 for Ambulance”, a for-profit service with a sliding scale payment system that has revolutionised medical transport in Mumbai and Kerala. Shaheen Mistri is the founder and managing director of Akanksha Foundation, a non-profit organization that educates thousands of children in India. And Sirajuddin Qureshi is a well-known businessman, national leader of the Quresh community and President of India Islamic Cultural Centre.