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Role of Professional Organizations to Address Issues and Opportunities in Post COVID World

Speakers' Panel:
Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda, MD, AGAF, President, AAPI, American Association of Physicians of India Origin,
Dr. S. K. Ramesh, President-Elect Candidate 2021, IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,
Mr. Sundy SrinivasanPresident, PanIIT Alumni, USA,
Mr. Krishen Dhar, Chairman of PanIIT-Alumni, India,
Mr. Suresh Shenoy: as Webinar Moderator, President, WHEELS Global Foundation  Chairman of Session,
    Dr. Vikas Khurana: as Webinar Chair, MD, Member of the Board of WHEELS Global Foundation

Covid-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic and global impact on health and economy at National / local government level and the way we live. Our experience show that to cope with this public health crisis, all sectors of Society at both national and global level must act together. To address such issues and opportunities for global co-operation, WHEELS have pulled together top leaders of four major professional organizations representing Medical, Engineering and Technologists with total membership of more than 500,000 in an exciting panel to discuss what their membership can do together to use the learning from this pandemic to create a new public healthcare infrastructure, system and practices.

The 'New Normal' in the post-COVID era promises to be a digitally connected world with fewer in-person interactions, meetings, trade shows, reduced travel, and increasing demand for connectivity through groups and associations. Professional associations, by definition, are organizations that connect people with shared interests, values, activities, and content. They work collaboratively to facilitate knowledge sharing, career opportunities, advocate best practices, standards, and even indulge in promoting philanthropic giving. Their main revenue is derived from networking events, chapters, publications, special interest groups, standards committees, and conventions. In this new paradigm for distancing, video meetings, professional and social networks such as LinkedIn, Yahoo, Google Groups, and many others, professional associations must reinvent themselves to remain relevant to their stakeholders. In addition, we are increasingly experiencing a 'Gig Economy' which is defined as "..independent consultants, contractors, online platform workers, contract firm workers, on-call workers, and temporary workers who provide services to the company's clients." There is also an expectation for much of the growth in the foreseeable future that will come from the rural and rurban development sectors. They will require new ventures and business models with an emphasis on public-private- partnerships. These workers will have changing demands and expectations from a Professional Association. To discuss these scenarios and dynamics for a knowledge-based workforce we are delighted to have four of the largest and most influential associations in the world, IEEE with 350,000 members worldwide, PanIIT USA and India with a combined membership of 200,000 worldwide, and the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin with 80,000+ members in North America. Their leaders will address their vision and how these associations can remain 'relevant' going forward.

Please join us and register for this engaging discussion on Friday, Aug 21st, from 10am to 11:30am (US EST), 7:30pm to 9pm (IST) .

Upon registration, you may send your questions in advance to Attendees will also be able to post their questions during the webinar.
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Webinar Speakers

Mr. Sundy Srinivasan, IITD B.Tech (Mech.Engg. 1984), MBA MIT Sloan School of Management, serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Zentech. He is an extremely well connected and respected industry executive with 35 years of international upstream oil and gas experience. He has lived and worked in over 12 countries. He spent more than 25 years at Schlumberger, serving across a variety of management roles and has worked as a Senior Advisor for BP. Sundy Srinivasan has been involved in the Owls Group startup company advisor at University of Houston. He has been a Judge for the last 10 years in world’s largest Business Plan competition at Rice Alliance and mentors and advises Start-up Companies.” He also mentors students through the college application process, gives after dinner talks at many organizations and performs as a stand-up comedian in his free time. Sundy Srinivasan was the first founding President of IIT Alumni of Greater Houston (IITAGH). 
Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda is the 37th President of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), the largest ethnic medical organization of physicians, representing the interests of the over 100,000 physicians of Indian origin in the United States. AAPI serves the interests of the Indian American physicians in the US and in many ways contributing to the shaping of the healthcare delivery in India.

A Board-Certified Gastroenterologist/Transplant Hepatologist, working in Douglas, Georgia, Dr. Jonnalagadda is a former Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Georgia. He was the President of Coffee Regional Medical Staff 2018, and had served as the Director of Medical Association of Georgia Board from 2016 onwards. He had served as the President of Georgia Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage 2007-2008, and was the past Chair of Board of Trustees, GAPI. He was the Chairman of the Medical Association of Georgia, IMG Section, and was a Graduate, Georgia Physicians Leadership Academy.

Dr. S. K Ramesh is a renowned engineering educator as Dean, department chair, and faculty member in the California State University system. AIMS 2 Program that he established , serves industry practitioners in high wage, high demand fields, including renewable energy, assistive technology, and advanced manufacturing. He served on the IEEE Board of Directors and serves on the ABET Board of Directors ( as chair of the Engineering Area Delegation where he represents 32 member societies with ABET accredited programs in engineering worldwide. As 2016-17Vice President of IEEE Educational Activities, he championed collaboration, diversity, and inclusive excellence, through innovative programs like the IEEE Learning Network (ILN). Presently a candidate for the position of 2021 IEEE President-Elect , Dr.Ramesh is an IEEE Fellow recognized for “contributions to entrepreneurship in engineering education”, His recognitions include the John Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year.  
Mr. Krishen Dhar  is a Chemical Engineer who started his career with ICI in production operations, process design and project engineering in Fertilizers (Ammonia/Urea) and Polymers plants. After 11 years he set up his own specialty plastics manufacturing business along with an ICI colleague, also an IITD alumnus. His company introduced several new industrial plastic products in the Indian market for the first time. He has served as President of IIT Delhi Alumni Association and currently is the Chairman of PanIIT Alumni India.
Dr. Vikas Khurana is double board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He majored in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania. He is an entrepreneur, clinician and researcher who continues to practice medicine and has rich clinical experience.  He is Co-Founder and CEO of a medical device company developing the treatment for diabetic foot ulcer. Dr. Khurana is the lead strategist for the FDA approval of two new drug application (NDA) and an Orphan drug indication. At Wharton, his healthcare startup was selected for the Wharton Entrepreneurship Program's (WEP) Venture Initiation Program (VIP) and won the Snider Seed Award. He is active in healthcare entrepreneurship community and was the founding president of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SOPE).  He serves as Board of Director and co-Director Heath Care tract at Wheels Global Foundation, a nonprofit organization.

He has taught and trained doctors in the field of gastroenterology at academic medical centers. He has supervised NIH and National VA studies and has numerous scientific journal articles, review articles and scientific presentations to his credit.  Dr. Khurana's research work has received numerous awards and has been showcased in the CNN, Wall Street Journal, Forbes and USA Today.  He did his medical school from Maulana Azad Medical College in India, his residency in Internal Medicine from the State University of New York at Brooklyn, New York and his Gastroenterology fellowship from the University of Miami School of Medicine, Florida.  He is a former Associate Professor of Medicine at Temple University, PA and former Assistant Professor of Medicine and Computer Sciences at Louisiana State University. He also holds an MBA from the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.
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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