UpakarIndian-American Scholarship Foundation

Board of Directors

Ajay K. Ojha, Ph.D.

photoWith deep sadness, we mourn the passing of Dr. Ojha.  He had served on the board of Upakar since 2008 and was the Vice President, Outreach. He worked for the Department of Defense. In his spare time, Ajay taught at the university and college level, was helping to build the foundation for the United States Public Service Academy, and regularly volunteered in community service. Ajay graduated with a B.A. from The University of North Carolina, an M.A. from Eastern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University. Ajay sats on various local, university-affiliated, and national boards. Ajay enjoyed running on the National Mall, reading, and international travel.

Archana Gupta

Archana has served on the board of Upakar since 2011 and is currently the Secretary.  Her bio coming soon!

C.P. Subramanian, MBA

photo Subbu has served on the board of Upakar since 2005 and is currently the Vice President, Programming. He works as a real estate agent and is affiliated with Weichert Realtors. Previously he worked with the Xerox Corporation in various senior financial management positions. He has a B.Tech. degree from IIT-Chennai and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Gautam Mukunda, Ph.D.

photo Gautam has served on the board of Upakar since 2005 and serves as the Chair of the Mentorship Committee. He is a Managing Director of The Two Rivers Group, a consulting firm specializing in applying insight and expertise from academia to the problems of business and government. He received a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Political Science, where he was a member of the Security Studies Program and the Program on Emerging Technologies. His research focused on the role of leaders in organizational behavior and performance, innovation, and the implications of advances in science and technology. He was a Paul & Daisy Soros New American Fellow, a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow, and Vice-Chair of the Student Leadership Council of the National Science Foundation’s Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center. Before graduate school, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company in its New York office, specializing in the financial and pharmaceutical sectors. His research has been published in Security Studies, Politics and the Life Sciences, Systems and Synthetic Biology, and Parameters.

Jyotsna Gupta Jalil

photo Jyotsna has been a board member since 2001 and is currently serving as the President of Upakar. She has managed multiple successful art shows for Upakar, which have both raised funds and promoted local Indian artists. She graduated from the University of Maryland and was a Manager at PG&E Energy Trading. She is real estate agent affiliated with Weichert, Realtors .

Meera Mukunda, Ph.D.

photo Dr. Mukunda has served on the board of Upakar since 2003 and is  the Vice President, Scholarships. Dr. Mukunda has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and is working for Orbital Sciences Corporation as a Senior Staff Scientist specializing in aerospace nuclear safety.

Nirupma Rohatgi, M.D.

photo Dr. Rohatgi has served on the board of Upakar since 2000 and is currently the Executive Vice President. She is an allergy specialist who has practiced in the Washington, DC area for around 30 years. She is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine. In addition to her work with Upakar, Dr. Rohatgi loves to garden, read, and spend time with her grandchildren.

Nithya Nagarajan, J.D., MBA

photo Nithya has served on the board of Upakar since 2009 and is currently the Treasurer of the board. She is a practicing lawyer with the Antidumping Defense Group. Prior to this position, Nithya worked in the federal government for 15 years in international trade law. She is a graduate of American University's Washington College of Law. She also has an MBA in International Business and Finance and a BA in Political Science, both from George Washington University.

S.R. Sidarth

Sidarth has been on the Upakar board since 2011 and is currently serving as the Vice President, Communications. He is an associate in the real estate group at Troutman Sanders LLP.

Advisory Board Honorary Member

Shekar Narasimhan, MBA

photo Shekar is a founding board member of Upakar and is current serving as an Advisory Board Honorary Member. He is a Managing Partner at Beekman Advisors providing strategic financial advisory and investment banking services. Shekar is formerly a Managing Director of the Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, one of the nation's leading providers of commercial mortgage financing.

Shekar is Secretary of the National Housing Conference and sits on the boards of the Community Preservation Development Corporation, Low Income Investment Fund, and Executive Committee of the National Multi Housing Council. He was also appointed a Fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University and to the Advisory Board of the Housing Development Reporter. He was the founding Chair of the Campaign for Affordable Housing and still serves on its board. Shekar has served several terms on the Mortgage Bankers Association's Board of Directors, was elected as the first Chair of the Fannie Mae DUS Advisory Committee, and was appointed to the Fannie Mae National Advisory Council. He has received numerous awards in the real estate industry, including the MBA’s highest honor in 1999 and the Fannie Mae Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. Shekar has earned the designation of Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB).

Shekar is active in community affairs, serving on Sri Siva Vishnu Temple’s Board of Trustees and as its Treasurer, on the Board of Advisors of the Cooperative Development Foundation, and on the Children's National Medical Center Foundation board in Washington, DC. Shekar holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from IIT-New Delh and an MBA from Katz Business School at the University of Pittsburgh.