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.

Pradeep Kashyap

Pradeep Kashyap’s American India Foundation journey started as its founding full time Executive Director in May 2001 when he was seconded by Citigroup for 2 years. From June 2003, he provided his services pro bono and also funded his expenses. Effective April 2008, AIF hired a new CEO and Mr. Kashyap continued to serve as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of AIF until January 2018. He stepped down the Board in April 2019 and was invited to remain as a Director Emeritus. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the AIF Council of Advisors.

Prior to joining AIF, Mr. Kashyap was a senior Citibank official. His career with Citigroup/Citibank spanned 29 years across North America and Middle East. Born in Allahabad, India, Mr. Kashyap did most of his schooling in New Delhi and went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree from Bangalore University and a MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Mr. Kashyap and his wife Reena, live in New York City, NY.


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