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Geopolitics in the Post-COVID World

Hon. Member of Parliament (MP) 
Dr. Shashi Tharoor 


In Conversation with
    Mr. Anil Bhandari, Chairman, Advisory Board, WHEELS Global Foundation As Chair

Mr. Suresh Shenoy, President, WHEELS Global Foundation As Moderator.

Dr. Shashi Tharoor's vast experience at the United Nations including his service as Under Secretary, many years of experience in Global Affairs as a parliamentarian, service as Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India, and a commentator and author of many books offers us an opportunity to explore his views for the post-COVID world and the role for the United Nations.  His new book The New World Disorder And the Indian Imperative, co-authored with Samir Saran, President of Observer Research Foundation (ORF), one of Asia's most influential think tanks, is a crucial study on the current state of chaos in international politics and identifies India's imminent role, as a non-hegemonic global power, in scripting an equitable ethic for a new international order.  

Additionally, Mr. Tharoor is known for his views on a number of topics including economics, history, governance, and geopolitics due to both his well-regarded educational attainment and his broad experience while at the United Nations. He has also been actively involved in demanding reparations to India for British atrocities during the 'Raj', reforming education in India, and was invited to serve on the National Swatch Bharat program by Prime Minister Modi. Please join us for this engaging hour with a thought leader and expert on global affairs.
 Saturday, September 12th, from 11am to 12pm (US ET), 8:30pm to 9:30pm (IST) 
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Dr. Shashi Tharoor is an author, politician, and former international civil servant, Dr. Tharoor straddles several worlds of experience. Currently a third-term Lok Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) representing the Thiruvananthapuram constituency, he has previously served as Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India. He currently chairs the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology.

During his nearly three-decade long prior career at the United Nations, he served as a peacekeeper, refugee worker, and administrator at the highest levels, serving as Under-Secretary General during Kofi Annan’s leadership of the organization. DrTharoor is also an award-winning author of twenty books of both fictions as well as non-fiction, including The Great Indian Novel, The Paradoxical Prime Minister, The Hindu Way, and The New World Disorder. He has won numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the prestigious Crossword Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Sahitya Akademi Award in the category of ‘English Non-Fiction’ for his book An Era of Darkness.

Born in London in 1956, Dr Tharoor was educated in India and the United States, completing a PhD in 1978 at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at the Tufts University. While there, he received the Robert B. Stewart Prize for Best Student and also helped found and served as the first Editor of the Fletcher Forum of International Affairs, a journal now in its 40
th year. Dr Tharoor was also awarded an honorary D.Litt by the University of Puget Sound and a Doctorate Honoris Causa in History by the University of Bucharest. In 1998 the World Economic Forum in Davos named him a “Global Leader of Tomorrow”. He is also a recipient of several awards that include a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India’s highest honour for overseas nationals. In 2012 the King of Spain awarded him the Encomienda de la Real Order Espanola de Carlos III. Among numerous other awards are one for "New Age Politician of the Year" from NDTV, the Hakim Khan Sur Award for National Integration, and the Priyadarshini Award for Excellence in Diplomacy.

Dr Shashi Tharoor was a pioneer in using social media as an instrument of political interaction. Till 2013 he was India’s most-followed politician on Twitter, until being overtaken that year by the current Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. He was the first Indian to reach 10,000 and 100,000 followers on the medium and currently has over 7.2 million followers.

Mr. Anil Bhandari is the founder and Managing Partner of Aren Asset Management LLC. He focuses on investment management services for high-net-worth clients, pension funds, endowments, foundations AND has provided Corporate Banking services to multinational corporations. He has extensive experience in handling international accounts for individuals, corporations, and pension funds

For eighteen years Mr. Bhandari was with UBS, Morgan Stanley, and Citigroup as Senior Vice President and member of several Recognition Councils. Earlier, for over sixteen years he was with Bear Stearns and appointed Senior Managing Director in 1999.  His experience included wealth management and work with Indian Corporates on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures.

Mr. Bhandari graduated from Agra University, India with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1964 and received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1969.  Mr. Bhandari received a Master of Industrial Engineering in 1971 and an MBA in 1973, both from Ohio State University. He received The 1997 IITK Distinguished Alumnus Service Award and has been appointed Emeritus Director of Pan IIT (global IIT alumni foundation). Mr. Bhandari has been a speaker at Euro Money and Institutional Investor global conferences. Mr. Bhandari chaired the 2011 Pan IIT NY Global Conference.
Mr. Bhandari has served on the Board and the Advisory Committee of American India Foundation, a 501 C(3) charity founded by President William Jefferson Clinton. He is currently chair of the WHEELS advisory Board (a 501 C3 charity). Mr. Bhandari co-chaired the 2016 NY Wheels Gala and is currently involved with other charities.
Mr. Suresh V. Shenoy is an Indian-American Engineer, and retired Senior Business Executive and Philanthropist. He is the current President of WHEELS Global Foundation (WGF). WGF was founded in 2013 as an independent 501c-(3) to provide technology-driven solutions to the challenges that affect the rural population in six areas: Water, Healthcare, Energy, Education, Livelihood, and Sustainability. The organization collaborates with other national and international NGO’s and non-profit organizations to help scale their efforts through technology and in a sustainable manner through Entrepreneurship.

Mr. Shenoy served as Chairman of the American Red Cross, National Capital Region (United States). He was on the boards of The Kevric Company, Alyx Technologies Global Services, The Fairfax County Information Technology Advisory Council, Fairfax County Library Foundation, The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, The Association for Information and Image Management, and a recipient of their Award of Merit – the highest technology-related recognition in that industry, and several technical advisory boards. For 2006-2008, He served as Co-President of the Indian Institute of Technology Alumni Association in North America with 50,000+ members. He was a founding member of the Thomas Jefferson Partnership Fund and served on its board until 2002. He also served on the Cloud-2 commission during the Obama Administration to help create policies for the adoption of cloud technologies in government applications. He, along with his brother, Sudhakar Shenoy, received Northern Virginia Community Foundation's prestigious community leader award for 2009 with a citation from the US Congress and US Congressman Gerald E Connolly. In Dec 2018, He and his brother were also recognized by TiE-DC with the 2018 Legends Award.

Mr. Shenoy has traveled widely throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgy from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1972), and graduated with an MBA from the University of Connecticut (1975). He is on the adjunct faculty of the School of Business at George Mason University. He has written several papers on applying technology for office automation and spoke at many industry forums including Comdex, Information Management Congress in Europe, IBM’s annual Partner’s Conference and Cenadem in Brazil. He was conferred as a “Distinguished Alumnus” of IIT Bombay in 2014.
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