AIF Announces New Chapter in Atlanta, Georgia


The American India Foundation announced Dec. 5 the launch of a new AIF chapter here, joining a national network of volunteer hubs dedicated to raising awareness and funds for its philanthropic causes across India.

The AIF has played a pioneering role in fostering the support of internationally recognized members of the Indian diaspora.
This list includes Nobel economist Amartya Sen, chair, AIF U.S. Advisory Council; Victor Menezes, senior vice-chair of Citigroup; Vinod Dham, “father” of the Pentium chip; Vinod Khosla, Sun Microsystems founder, and several others.

At its chapter activities and fundraising galas, AIF has also honored some of India’s most venerated business leaders, such as Mukesh Ambani and Sunil Mittal. According to President Bill Clinton, the honorary chairman of AIF, “AIF plays an ever important role in bringing together Americans and Indians to become active contributors to India’s development.”
AIF’s national chapter network has enabled AIF to deploy more than $84 million to programs in the critical areas of education, livelihood, public health, entrepreneurship, and leadership, and aims to reach five million people by 2018.
Atlanta joins existing chapters in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington, DC, and Dallas.
Amitabh Sharma, president of Asterix Consulting, Inc., and a former senior executive with a global Fortune 500 company, has agreed to be the founding chair of the Atlanta Leadership Council.
The launch of the chapter will coincide with an inaugural event planned for February 2014.

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