In 2020, AIF quickly pivoted to address the critical situation in India and the United States. In India, AIF leveraged its programs’ infrastructure on health, education, and livelihoods via its wide network to address the needs of the nation with ventilators, PPE, and other interventions in order to save the lives of vulnerable Indians from COVID-19. Read the report here.

In 2021, India recorded the world’s highest daily tally of 314,835 COVID-19 infections on April 22nd, as this second wave sent many more into a fragile health care system, critically short of hospital beds and oxygen. Working with our partners, hospitals, and governments, AIF has launched a three-pronged Phase 2 Emergency Response Strategy to address this crisis. Here is an overview.

The American India Foundation is committed to improving the lives of India’s underprivileged, with a special focus on women, children, and youth. AIF does this through high impact interventions in education, health, and livelihoods, because poverty is multidimensional. AIF’s unique value proposition is its broad engagement between communities, civil society, and expertise, thereby building a lasting bridge between the United States and India. With offices in New York and California, twelve chapters across the U.S., and India operations headquartered in Delhi NCR, AIF has impacted 6.7 million lives across 26 states of India.

Lata Krishnan

Lata Krishnan is a technology entrepreneur, a startup investor & an engaged philanthropist who has extensive experience both in finance and business management, as well as in helping both young companies and non for profits scale innovative ideas to deliver impact. The early part of her career was spent at Arthur Andersen, in the UK and Montgomery Securities, in San Francisco where she developed her finance skills. She later applied these skills at a company she co-founded, Smart Modular Technologies (Nasdaq: SGH), and lead as Chief Financial Officer through a public offering. Today she is a member of public and private boards, the largest of which is Stanford Health Care, the governing body for Stanford Hospital. As a private investor in the family office she helped start (Shah Capital Partners), she takes an active role in identifying and investing in high-growth opportunities and inspiring founders from the technology, energy, real estate, and social impact worlds. Former Board of Director positions include Silicon Valley Bank Financial Group(Nasdaq:SIVB) where she served on the Finance and Audit committee from 2008 – 2018. As a very active philanthropist, Lata is the Founder, former President, and current Co-Chair of the American India Foundation, as well as a board member of The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. Her areas of focus include education, at-risk children and families, cancer research and economic empowerment of women. Lata is also a  Senior Advisory Board Member of the London School of Economics, South Asia Centre. Lata received a bachelor of science degree with honors from the London School of Economics and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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