16 Indian Americans Among Boston’s Most Influential Asian American Pacific Islanders

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BOSTON—Sixteen Indian-Americans are named among Boston’s Most Influential Asian American Pacific Islanders 2023. In an event sponsored by The Boston Foundation, Eastern Bank, the Asian Community at the Boston Foundation, Colette Phillips Communications, Commonwealth Seminar and NAAAP Boston, the honorees were bestowed the awards Tuesday night.

Michelle Wu, the first elected Asian American and first elected woman to serve as Mayor for the City of Boston, graced the occasion. She was also honored as 50 Most Influential Asian Americans. Other luminary included Sumbul Siddiqui, Mayor of City of Cambridge.

Boston’s Most Influential Asian American Pacific Islanders 2023 list includes luminaries from academia, arts and culture, business, healthcare and life sciences, media, politics and public sector, legal, philanthropy, social service and social impact and emerging community leaders.

Indian Americans in the honoree list are (in alphabetical order):

Meena Bharath: Chair, Massachusetts Asian American and Pacific Islanders Commission

Meghna Chakrabarty: Host, NPR on Point

Prabal Chakrabarti: Executive VP & Community Affairs Director at Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Puran Dang,: Chairman Emeritus, IIT Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Desh Deshpande & Jaishree Deshpande: Co-Founders of the Deshpande Foundation

Vilas Dhar: President, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation

Pooja Ika: Founder & CEO, eternalHealth

Reshma Kewal Ramani: President & CEO, Vertex

Upendra Mishra: Founder, India New England News, Boston Real Estate Times, and Life Sciences Times

Sahdev Passey: Director, Free Healthstop

Niraj Shah: Founder & CEO, Wayfair

Raj Sharma: Founder, Sharma Group

Reshma Shetty: Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer, Gingko Bioworks

Jay Tuli: President, Leader Bank

Sushil Tuli: CEO & Chairman, Leader Bank.

The event was organized by GetKonnected and its founder Colette Phillips.


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