Asia Initiatives
Victoria Ramirez

Victoria Ramirez

Victoria Ramirez is a Program Associate at Asia Initiatives. She graduated from Stony Brook University with a double major in Asian & Asian American Studies and Sociology, with a minor in Korean Studies.

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Gabriel Vergara

Gabriel Vergara

Gabriel Vergara is the designer at Asia Initiatives. He received his M.S. in Architecture and Urban Design program at Columbia GSAPP. Through collaborative research and practice, he seeks to develop design processes that amplify voices and narratives that transfer power to individuals and communities. 

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Nidhi Tandon

Nidhi Tandon

Nidhi Tandon is currently the Director of a non-profit focused on mentoring students with cross-cultural backgrounds in STEM education in partnership with the East Brunswick Public School system. She has trained in a range of modalities including Equity based learning, Competency based approaches, and Innovative approaches through the MIT Teaching Systems

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Damyanti Radheshwar

Damyanti Radheshwar

Damyanti Radheshwar FIIA AIA LEED AP (London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Cities – Master of Science in Cities, University of Bombay, India Bachelor of Architecture)
is a current architect and urbanist. Damyanti holds the conviction that planning and architecture must work for the betterment of communities has

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Swati Choudhary

Swati Choudhary

Experienced Senior Manager with a demonstrated history of succeeding in the Global Mobility tax environment. Skilled in complex tax preparation, Excecutive tax planing, global payroll and equity reporting, assignment cost planning etc. . Strong professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in FInance from City University of New

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Professor M.S. Swaminathan

Professor M.S. Swaminathan

Professor M.S. Swaminathan is an Indian geneticist and international administrator, renowned for his leading role in India’s “Green Revolution,” a program under which high-yield varieties of wheat and rice seedlings were planted in the fields of poor farmers. His stated vision is to rid the world of hunger and poverty,

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Dr. Eva Haller

Dr. Eva Haller

Dr. Eva Haller (Chief Mentor) is a Hungarian-American philanthropist, activist, executive, and Board Member. Notable positions include Board Chair of Free the Children,  Trustee of the University of California, Santa Barbara, co-founder and President of the Campaign Communications Institute of America, Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University, and the 2014

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Dr. Gita Johar

Dr. Gita Johar

Gita V. Johar (PhD NYU 1993; MBA Indian Institute of Management Calcutta 1985) has been on the faculty of Columbia Business School since 1992 and is currently the Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business. She served as the school’s Faculty Director of Online Initiatives from 2014 to 2017, Senior Vice Dean from

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