November 9, 2010
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Focus on Diabetes, Cardiovascular Health, and Stress Management + Free Children's Program 


 The Health Council of Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) (, together with GOPIO chapters of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Long Island, Upper New York and several partner organizations will honor five healthcare professionals/organizations, namely, Ms Rita Batheja, Dr. Suresh Khanna, Dr. Jatin Shah, SATHI and SEVAK Project during its inaugural Health Summit on November 12 -14 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel LaGuardia, East Elmhurst, New York.  Details on the awardees are included at the end of this document.  GOPIO is a non-profit, non-partisan and secular community service global organization working for the well-being of people of Indian origin.  GOPIO was founded in New York in 1989 and has over 70 chapters worldwide.  


The three-day summit will kick-off on Friday, November 12, 2010, from 7:00 - 10:30 PM. with an opening reception, and opening comments by Sangeeta Ahuja and Dr Vivian Rambihar, who will explain why GOPIO is embarking on this  initiative, to respond to a health crisis across the Indian disapora, and to invite everyone to be part of helping to improve the health, wellbeing and future of PIO's globally. This would be followed by  summit inauguration, awards, dinner and music  On Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 9:00 - 5:00 PM, a panel of distinguished speakers and health practitioners will share their expertise on Disease Prevention & Health Management.  The day conference will include interactive sessions with audience participation with breaks for exercise and meditation. The target audience will comprise of people of Indian Origin (PIOs) from around the world with a majority from the Tri-State area who are committed to healthier living, and eager to learn more about the products and services offered by the diverse set of holistic healthcare providers.  The day conference on Saturday is free to first 25 full time students who pre register. To register, please call Gyan at 203-273-9959 or e-mail him at


 The evening program on Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 7:00 - 10:00 PM will include a talk on Oral Health, speaker recognitions, dinner and music. On Sunday, November 14, 2010 from 10:00 - 12 noon. A free event will be offered on children's health and wellness to celebrate the occasion of "India's Children's Day" to mark the birthday of late Pandit Jawaharlal "Chacha" Nehru. This special health fair for children will include education on oral health as well as obesity amongst children within an entertainment medium.  A health lunch as well as game prizes and take home goodies will be offered to all attendees. Concurrently, on Sunday, November 14, 2010 from 9:00 - 12:00 Noon. there will be optional health workshops for adults on alternative health practices including a Group Healing session with Master Del Pe.


 Two major collaborating organizations for this first-of-a-kind event include American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI0 and Coronary Artery Disease among Asian Indians (CADI) Research Foundation.  Sponsors and Participating Organizations include Merck; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Arora Foundation; Society of Indo American Engineers and Architects; Indian Dental Association of North America- New Jersey; Hindu Vedic Mandir; Arya Samaj of Suburban NY; Sabinsa Corporation; Arya Samaj of Garden State - Om Temple; TravelSpan; Hindu Temple of Tristate; Diva America Incorporated, and local chapters of GOPIO, viz. GOPIO-CT, GOPIO-NY, GOPIO-LI, GOPIO-Upper NY, andGOPIO-Central Jersey.


 Confirmed speakers and panelists include: Dr. Enas A. Enas: South Asian Heart Issues; Dr. Wahida Karmally: Nutrition; Dr. M. Anirudhan: Nutrition Research; Dr. Muhammad Majeed: Nutraceuticals; Master Del Pe: Energy Medicine/Martial Arts; Dr. Prathibha Shah: Ayurveda; Dr. Aparna Bapat: Ayurveda; Dr. Alex Zachariah: Diabetes and Obesity; Dr. Steven Horowitz: Integrative Cardiology; Dr. Binoy K Singh: Cardiology; Dr. Sridhar Nambi: Diabetes; Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya: Holistic Medicine; Dr. S. Shankar Iyer: Oral Health; Dr. Ranjita Misra: Public Health; Lea Kraemer: Yoga; and Surinda Oberai
 Cavanagh: Ayurveda. 



GOPIO Health Summit - Main Organizers

 Main organizers from L. to R.: Sangeeta Ahuja, Dr. Vivian Rambihar, Dr. Asha Samant, Dr. Thomas Abraham and Dr. Rajeev Mehta


"The Health Summit is a new initiative from GOPIO International and the Summit program is developed such that the general population can interact with experts in different health fields and other related areas so as to bring awareness and improve the health and wellness of the Indian Diaspora," said Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chairman of the Program Committee. 


"November is Diabetes awareness month....Come learn how to avoid a premature heart attack and prevent complications associated with Diabetes", suggests  Mrs. Sangeeta Ahuja, Chair of GOPIO Health Council.


"What you will learn from this summit will not only inform you today but give you the tools you need to stay healthy for a lifetime!", said Meera Vasudevan, member health summit team.


More details on the upcoming GOPIO Health Summit will be available at, or contact GOPIO Health Council Chair Sangeeta Ahuja at email or 203-329-9744. 

 Register online at

For more information, or to schedule an interview with the Health Summit organizers, please contact J. Nami Kaur at 914-476-2082, E-mail


Ms. Rita Kashi Batheja

GOPIO Health Council 2010 Award RecipeintMs. Rita Batheja is a New York based registered dietitian and integrative nutritionist who utilizes complementary therapies and principles of functional medicine when dealing with pediatrics through geriatrics age group patients. She is the founder of the Indian American Dietetic Association and serves on the American Dietetic Association (ADA) Legislative State Issues Task Force on Food and Nutrition. She is the Co-Chair, author and reviewer of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) book "AAPI's guide to Nutrition, Health and Diabetes".

Rita has served on the board of several Indian community organizations and has organized community health expos. She is the New York State Coordinator of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (DPG) of ADA, and has received many awards from the Health Care food Administrators Association of Greater New York, Vegetarian Nutrition DPG of ADA, Point of Life foundation, and American Dietetic Association.


 Dr. Suresh Khanna

GOPIO Health Council 2100 Award Recipient Dr. Suresh KhannaDr. Suresh Khanna is a Westchester, New York based physician who is making a difference in our community through charity care and social service. He is a trustee of Hindu temple of Tristate and has contributed to various temple activities in Westchester and New York. He is an active member of the India Center in Westchester, and has raised funds for the Kargil War Widows, Gujarat Earth Quake victims, and for the education of the tribal and rural poor.




Dr. Jatin Shah

GOPIO Health Council 2010 Award Recipient Dr. Jatin ShahDr. Jatin Shah is Chair of the dept. of head and neck Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, whose passion is patient care, surgical education and research. He is trying to make a difference in the community through social service. He provides consultations and direct surgical care to some indigenous patients, and made various philanthropic contributions.  He has conducted numerous courses and conferences in India, and trains physicians of Indian origin who come to his institution for paid fellowships.  





GOPIO Health Council 2010 Award to SATHISouth Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI) is a community outreach education and research initiative at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School with the mission to address health disparities and to improve the delivery of culturally competent health care to South Asians. SATHI collects research-based data on factors that influence healthcare decisions affecting people of South Asian origin, including family dynamics, patients' health beliefs and socioeconomic concerns. In addition to research, SATHI seeks to educate, engage and empower the South Asian community to promote wellness and improve health outcomes.

The program has been developed under the leadership of Dr. Sunanda Gaur, professor of pediatrics and Dr. Naveen Mehrotra, associate clinical professor of pediatrics, in collaboration with Dr. Robert C. Like, professor and director of the Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity in the Department of Family Medicine which is dedicated to leadership, advocacy, and excellence in promoting culturally-responsive, quality health care for diverse populations. Other members of SATHI's advisory board include: Dr. Poonam Alaigh, Dr. Geetha Ghai, Ms. Jigna Rao, and State Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula. 


GOPIO Health Council Award to SEVAKIn 2007, the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) found that rural villages in Gujarat had high prevalence of diabetes and hypertension, and that access to care and preventive care was a huge problem, and they came up with the SEVAK project to address the shortfalls. The project identifies bright individuals with medical and or non-medical backgrounds from every village of 1000-1500 population. These individuals undergo training to become a "Sevak". The Sevaks screen the village for diabetes, hypertension, monitor high risk population for various diseases and monitors patients with chronic disease who are on treatment, in addition to providing healthy lifestyle education and preventive care.

The principal coordinators for the project are Thakor G. Patel, MD, (Chair), Hemant Patel, MD(Co-Chair), Ranjita Misra, PhD (Co-Chair), Padmini Balagopal, PhD, Ashish  Joshi, MD (US), Dean (Ret) Kamal Pathak, MD, Dean Amrit Leuva, MD, Baroda Medical College, Mr. Kirti D. Patel, Bhartiya Seva Samaj and Bina Sengar, PhD., and Sudarshan Foundation Trust. The program is managed by Texas A & M University in partnership with the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, and Baroda Medical College, AAPI (NY-NJ). This project is supported by a grant from Pfizer Inc., Federation of AAPI of Greater NY-NJ and Johnson & Johnson Company. 

GOPIO Health Council Main Organizers - Sangeeta Ahuja, Dr. Vivian Rambihar, Dr. Asha Samant, Dr. Thomas Abraham and Dr. Rajeev Mehta

Did you know that South Asian Indians face a higher risk of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases?






This Program will focus on the Health Issues affecting People of Indian Origin (PIO) such as Cardiovascular

Health/Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes and Stress Management. It will highlight ways to

identify the risk factors specific to South Asian Indians and ways to manage these diseases.


GOPIO  HEALTH  SUMMIT  2010 -  for details please visit


Crowne Plaza New York, LaGuardia
104-04 Ditmars Blvd., East Elmhurst, NY 11369 Tel: 718-457-6300

Click here for Hotel Information and Directions

Thanks to our sponsors we are offering Saturday's 9-5 "Event 2" FREE to full time students (first 25 who register).

To register please Contact Mr. Gyan Aggarwal or Mrs. Sheela Bajaj

For info Regarding the summit visit


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Gopio Health

Crowne Plaza - New York, Laguardia
104-04 Ditmars Boulevard, East Elmhurst, NY 11369, Tel: 718-457-6300

Did you know that South Asian Indians face a higher risk of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases?

Come spend a weekend with the experts

This Summit will focus on the Health Issues affecting People of Indian Origin (PIO) such as Cardiovascular Health/Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes and Stress Management. It will highlight ways to identify the risk factors specific to PIOs and ways to manage these diseases.

Speakers And Panelists

Dr. Enas A. Enas: South Asian Heart Issues
Dr. Wahida Karmally: Nutrition
Dr. M. Anirudhan: Nutrition Research
Dr. Muhammad Majeed: Nutraceuticals
Master Del Pe: Energy Medicine/Martial Arts
Dr. Prathibha Shah: Ayurveda
Dr. Aparna Bapat: Ayurveda
Dr. Alex Zachariah: Diabetes/Obesity

Dr. Steven Horowitz: Integrative Cardiology
Dr. Binoy K. Singh Cariology

Dr. Sridhar Nambi: Diabetes
Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya: Holistic Medicine
Dr. S. Shankar Iyer: Oral Health
Dr. Ranjita Misra: Public Health
Lea Kraemer: Yoga
Surinda Oberai Cavanagh: Ayurveda

Program Highlights

Event 1

Friday, November 12, 2010, 7:00 - 10:30 PM
Summit Inauguration, Awards, Dinner & Music

Event 2

Saturday, November 13, 2010 Day Program: 9:00 - 5:00 PM
Disease Prevention & Health Management Sessions, Lunch, Refreshments

Event 3

Saturday, November 13, 2010 Evening Program: 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Oral Health Talk, Speaker Recognitions, Dinner & Music

Free Event

Sunday, November 14, 2010, 10:00 - 12 Noon
Children's health and wellness-Offered free to all on the occasion of "Children's Day"

Special Event

Sunday, November 14, 2010, 10:00 - 12:00 Noon
Group healing session with Master Del Pe


Any One Event $50

All Three Events $135

Special Event: $150

Visit, for registration and Program details

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Collaborating Organizations

American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin - AAPI

Coronary Artery Disease among Asian Indians (CADI) Research Foundation

Sponsors And Participating Organizations

Arora Foundation
Sabinsa Corporation

Society of Indo American Engineers and Architects
Indian Dental Association of North America- New Jersey
Hindu Vedic Mandir - Arya Samaj of Suburban NY

GOPIO-Central Jersey

Arya Samaj of Garden State-Om Temple
Hindu Temple of Tristate
Diva America Incorporated

For Information, Registration or Sponsorship Please Contact:

J. Nami Kaur: 914-476-2082,
Dr. Asha Samant: 973-979-6372,
Gyan Aggarwal: 203-273-9959,

Dr. Thomas Abraham: 203-329-8010,
Sangeeta Ahuja: 203-329-9744,



Free parking for attendees at the hotel





Event one: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2010

6:00-7:00 PM


Registration/Reception - Foyer
Inauguration, Greetings, Special Address, Awards, Dinner - Salon I & II

7:00-10:00 PMIntroduction - Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chair, Program Committee
Welcome - Sangeeta Ahuja, Chair, GOPIO Health Council


  • Dr. Poonam Alaigh, Commissioner Health & Senior Services, NJ
  • Ashook Ramsaran, Executive VP, GOPIO Intl.
  • Dr. Asha Samant,  CO-Chair, GOPIO Health Council
  • Dr. Vivian Rambihar, CO-Chair, GOPIO Health Council

Special Talk - "Evolving Understanding of the Pathophysiology of Atherosclerosis
& Treatment of Dyslipidemia"
, Binoy K. Singh, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University

  • Appreciate the role of subendothelial LDL retention as an initiating process in antherogenesis
  • Understand select Cholesterol management guidelines & appreciate level of LDL-C goal attainment in high risk patients
  • Explore the use of dual inhibition of Cholesterol absorption and synthesis for lowering LDL-C

Presentation of Awards - Dr. Rajeev Mehta, Chair Awards Committee


Event two: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2010

8:00-9:00 AM

Registration - Foyer
All Sessions in Salon I & II

9:00-9:30 AM   Introduction - Thomas Abraham, Chair, Program Committee
Welcome - Sangeeta Ahuja, Chair, GOPIO Health Council

Special Talk - Dr. Ranjita Misra, Professor,Public Health, Texas A&M University

  • High prevalence of Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes among Asian Indians
  • High prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome among Asian Indians
  • Lack of primary and secondary prevention
9:30-10:15 AM

Heart Health - "Heart Disease Epidemic among the Indian Diaspora - A Cause for Alarm and Call for Action,"Dr. Enas A. Enas, Cardiologistand Director of the CADI Research Foundation and Advanced Heart Lipid Clinic, Downers Grove, Illinois

  • How to recognize major risk factors that are common among Asian Indians, why it is vital to recognize them and how to manage them.
  • How to familiarize yourself with non-traditional or emerging risk factors.
  • How women can reduce their risk of heart disease
10:15-10:30 AMBreak
10:30-11:15 AM 

Holistic Medicine & Ayurveda

Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya, Practitioner and Teaches Holistic Medicine and Ayurveda, New York City and The Dinacharya Institute, Kolkata, India

  • Basic principles for understanding Diabetes, Cardio, and Stress management.   
  • Doshas, Gunas, and aam/agni

Dr. Aparna Bapat, Ayurvedic Consultant, Practitioner and Teacher, New York, NY

  • Basic techniques to manage stress utilizing Ayurvedic principles

Dr. Pratibha Shah, Ayurveda Practitioner, Winchester, MA

  • Prevention regimen for people with likelihood of getting Diabetes (with family history or due to physical/physiological conditions)
  • Home remedies for management of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Research data providing evidence for efficacy of certain herbs in treating Diabetes
11:15-12:00 PM

Energy Medicine - Master Del Pe, Founder of MDP BElife and World-class Expert in Healing Integrating the Wisdom of the West with the Practical Knowledge of the East

  • 5 levels of health and how BEwell Science™ can help
  • Discussion of the human energy system and how it controls health and healing, as well as practical self-healing techniques.
  • Learn self-healing meditations to heal your past, and 8-step exercises to revitalize fast.
  • Two breathing techniques will align your body, emotions, mind and Soul. Interactive Session with Audience Participation.
12:00-1:15 PM

Lunch - Salon III

Vendor Exhibits - Foyer

1:15-2:15 PM 

Nutrition and Nutraceutical Supplements

Dr. Wahida Karmally, Director of Nutrition in the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Columbia University, New York

  • Nutrition Strategies
  • Tools for disease management and prevention

Dr. Madhavan Anirudhan, President of Essen Nutrition, Romeoville, IL

  • Low Fat Low Cholesterol - How deep the "Low" should be!   

Dr. Muhammed Majeed, Founder and CEO, Sami -Sabinsa Group of Companies

  • Explore the healthful roles plant constituents
  • Extracts/Spices/Herbs - their safety and efficacy
2:15-3:00 PM

Integrative Cardiology - Dr. Steven Horowitz, Cardiologist and Director,Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness at Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT

  • Maximizing patients own resources
  • Coronary Heart Disease - Genetics, Culture & Lifestyle
  • Effective approach for prevention and treatment of heart disease
3:00-3:15 PMBreak
3:15-4.15 PM Obesity & Diabetes

Obesity - Dr. Alex Zachariah, Prof. Emeritus and Research Associatesof PHIRE (Public Health Institute for Research in Excellence) of Champaign-Urbana Public Health District in Illinois.

  • Abdominal obesity as a risk factor
  • Effect of BMI/Body weight on Diabetes and Heart Disease
  • Why Obesity poses a higher risk to Asian Indians

Diabetes - Dr. Sridhar Nambi, Co-Chair, Department of Endocrinology , St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N J.

  • Understanding Diabetes and its complications
  • Lifestyle modifications
 4:15-5:15 PMRelaxation/Yoga

Practical Ayurveda - Surinda Oberai Cavanagh,  Certified Ayurvedic Consultant and Ayurvedic Bodyworker, Stoweflake Spa and Wellness Center, New England

  • How the Ancient Indian Science of Life can prevent illness and create balance.
  • Benefits of Ayurvedic bodywork, and useful tips for daily routine.

Yoga Demonstration - Lea Kraemer, ERYT, IAYT, Founder and Director of PRANA MANDIR Yoga Studio, New York

  • Experience and learn Mudras, Pranayama (Breathing Techniques)
  • End the day with Asanas (Yoga Postures) and relaxation exercises

Event three: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2010

7:00-10:00 PM

Oral Health Talk - Pavilion

Opening Remarks - Dr. Asha Samant, Co-Chair, Gopio Health Council
Special Talk - Shankar Iyer, DDS and MDS, Department of Prosthodontics, UMDNJ, Newark, NJ

  • Influence of Oral health as it relates to overall health
  • The eyes are the window to the soul, the mouth is the window to our body


10:00-12:00 Noon

Children's Health - Salon I

Diabetes/Obesity/Eating Smart/Healthy Lifestyle/Oral Health
This program is offered FREE on the occasion of "Children's Day"

 Special Event: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2010

10:00-12:00 Noon

Group healing session with Master Del Pe - Breakout Room 2nd Floor
Fee: $150 per person

  • Master Del Pe's BEinshape™ Program increases vitality, calms emotions, sharpens your mind, and awakens spiritual power and intuition. Succeed without stress and achieve peace of mind daily through simple and effective meditations.  Align your health to regain the life you deserve. Sleep well and breathe better to improve longevity and rejuvenation.  Improve and balance metabolism for weight management. BEwell Science™ healing will be performed by Master Del Pe and his world's top healers.

Children's Day Program at the Health Summit 

Speakers and Panelists

Dr. Enas A. Enas:

Dr. Enas A. EnasDr. Enas is a pioneering researcher with a unique distinction of being the first physician not only to sound the alarm but also scientifically prove a 3 to 4-fold higher rate of heart disease in Asian Indians in the US. He has more than 60 scientific publications, in American, British, and Indian medical journals and has given more than 1000 lectures in India, US and Canada to cardiologists, physicians and the general public. His book, "How to Beat the Heart Disease Epidemic among South Asians ?A Prevention and Management Guide for Asian Indians and their Doctors" has clearly and succinctly elucidated the enigma of the excess burden of heart disease in young Indians around the globe and the proactive measures you must take to avoid falling a victim. He has received numerous awards and commendations for his pioneering research including one of America's Top Physicians (in 2003) and one of Top Cardiologists (in 2009) by the Consumer Research Council of America. 

Master Del Pe: Energy Medicine/Yoga/Healing/Martial Arts

Health Council 2010 Speaker - Master Del PeMaster Del Pe is a world-class expert in healing science and is considered internationally as a modern sage. He integrates the wisdom of the east with the practical knowledge of the west. His mission includes helping people live their greatest life and master life ahead of its time. Author of 5 best selling books, he is the Founder of MDP BElife and MDP Foundation and the architect of the BEinshape Program with 12 specializations including Diabetes, Heart Disease and HIV/AIDS.

Coping Is Not Enough - By Master Del Pe

Dr. Wahida Karmally:

Health Summit Speaker Wahida KarmallyDr. Wahida Karmally is Director of Nutrition in the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research; Associate Research Scientist and Lecturer in Dentistry at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Karmally earned her doctor of public health in Health Policy and Management from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She has been appointed to serve a 3 year term (2008-2010) as a director on the Board of Directors for the American Diabetes Association. She is also a member of Asia Pacific Diabetes Action Council of the American Diabetes Association. She was a national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association for 11 years.

Dr. Madhavan Anirudhan: Nutrition Research

DGOPIO Health Summit Speaker Dr. Muhammed Majeedr. M. Anirudhan is a highly recognized food scientist and management expert.  His professional career spans from nuclear chemist, professor of chemistry, corporate director of Sandoz Nutrition and currently  the CEO and president of Essen Nutrition Corporation.He has been actively involved in the applied nutrition research over three decades. He headed the diabetic research group of featherweight division of Sandoz in the 1980's and then the obesity research project  developing  the optifast  program. Over the last decade Dr. Anirudhan has built Essen Nutrition as a major supplier of diet and sports nutrition products to supermarket and weight loss companies in USA, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Dr. Anirudhan is equally involved with the social issues of NRI community. He is the founder chairman of the federation of kerala associations in North America (FOKANA) and served three terms as its President. Also he is one of the founder directors of U.S - India Chamber of commerce - Midwest Inc. and served as director of Chicago Red cross society. He is an investor - director of NORKA-ROOTS, a Kerala government Corporation for the welfare of the non-resident  Keralites.


Dr. Muhammed Majeed: Nutraceuticals


Health Summit Speaker Dr. Muhammed MajeedDr. Muhammed Majeed is the Founder of the Sami -Sabinsa group of companies, a research, manufacturing and marketing group, which pioneered the introduction of over fifty standardized botanical extracts of Indian origin to western markets for use in pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements, food products, cosmetics and industrial applications. A native of Kerala who emigrated to the US in 1975, Dr. Majeed received a PhD degree in Industrial Pharmacy from St John's University NY, and headed research and development at pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer and Carter-Wallace before launching Sabinsa Corporation in 1988. Winning awards for research, developing export markets, and fostering scientific excellence; with seven international corporate offices, state of the art manufacturing and research facilities, and medicinal plant cultivation efforts worldwide, the group now has over 1000 employees. Recent personal recognitions for Dr. Majeed include the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and Distinguished Alumni Award (Long Island University).

Dr. Prathibha Shah: Ayurveda

GOPIO Health Summit 2010 Speaker Dr. Pratibha ShahPratibha Shah holds a Post Graduate degree in Ayurveda, the ancient holistic Indian system of Medicine. She has been practicing Ayurveda for more than 20 years and is an invited speaker at Ayurvedic Events. Presently, she is on the Board of several leading Ayurvedic organizations in the US and is working towards promotion, propagation as well as integration of Ayurveda with mainstream medicine, globally. With the aim of providing a wider platform for benefits from Ayurvedic principles of healing, she is currently pursuing Masters in Public Health, International Health, at Boston University School of Public Health.

Dr. Aparna Bapat: Ayurveda

GOPIO Health Summit Speaker Dr. Aparna BapatDr. Aparna Bapat is an Ayurvedic consultant, practicing and teaching Ayurveda in USA since last 12 years. She has successfully helped thousands of people using Ayurvedic wisdom of healing. Dr. Bapat is also an accomplished teacher and has been teaching Ayurveda in various Ayurveda and Medical colleges in the world. She has developed a product line 'Ayurspirit' to introduce authentic Ayurvedic herbal products. She is presently practicing in New York and Florida.

Dr. Alex Zachariah: Diabetes/Obesity

GOPIO Health Summit Speaker Alexander ZachariahDr. Alex Zachariah received his Medical Oncology training as a Special Clinical Fellow of Eli Lilly in the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis from 1969 to 1972 and returned to establish the pioneering medical oncology work in North India from 1973 onwards. Dr. Alex received from President of India, Mr. R.Venkataraman, the B.C. Roy Research Award in 1989.

Currently, Prof. Emeritus Alex R Zachariah MD and Prof. Emeritus Prema Zachariah MD are Research Associates of PHIRE (Public Health Institute for Research in Excellence) of Champaign-Urbana Public Health District in Illinois. Prior to that Dr. Alex was the Medical Director of Provena United Samaritan Medical Center in Danville, Illinois. Formerly he was the Dean of Christian Medical College in Ludhiana, India.

Dr. Steven Horowitz:Integrative Cardiology

GOPIO Health Summit Speaker Steven HorowitzSteven F. Horowitz M.D. is a graduate of New York Medical College and did his Medical Residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He did his Cardiology Residency and Research Fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He then returned to Beth Israel as Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Fellowship Program. Since 2002, Dr. Horowitz has served as Cardiology Chief at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut, a major teaching affiliate of Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. Dr. Horowitz's interests have focused on nuclear imaging, probability analysis and integrative cardiology for the prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease. In 2007, Dr. Horowitz received the Planetree Life Time Achievement Award as a pioneer of patient-centered care and in 2009 opened the Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness at Stamford Hospital

Dr. Sridhar Nambi: Diabetes

Dr Sridhar Nambi graduated from Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad, India. He is Co-Chair, GOPIO Health Summit Speaker Sridhar NambiDepartment of Endocrinology at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N J. Dr. Nambi specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism and is also experienced in Adrenal Gland Diseases, Genetic testing, Cancer and Metabolic diseases. He has received several awards and honors and has been practicing medicine for over 25 years. He is a much sough after speaker who delivers talks on Diabetes related topics.

Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya: Holistic Medicine

GOPIO Health Summit Speaker Dr. Bhaswati BhattacharyaDr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya, MD, practices and teaches holistic medicine and ayurveda, dividing her time between New York City and Calcutta based at The Dinacharya Institute. She is a licensed, board-certified physician, scientist and clinical assistant professor of family medicine at Weill-Cornell Medical College. In addition to being trained in ayurveda by apprenticeship, called gurukala, she has degrees in pharmacology, neuroscience, international public health, medicine, nutrition and ayurveda from universities including Penn, Harvard, and Columbia. Her work has been featured in a documentary called Healers: Journey into Ayurveda, worldwide on The Discovery Channel since July 2003. She serves as Director of the Center of CAM at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in New York and as Director of Research for the hospital. Bhaswati teaches ayurveda at The Dinacharya Institute in New York and has almost 30 years' experience lecturing about ayurveda, CAM, health and medicine around the world.


Dr. Shankar Iyer: Oral Health

  GOPIO Health Summit 2010 Speaker Dr. Shankar IyerDr. Shankar Iyer graduated with a Post Graduate Degree in Prosthodontics from University of Mumbai, India in 1989. He completed an Implant Fellowship in New York and Graduated from New York University College of Dentistry. He currently teaches at UMDNJ in the department of Prosthodontics to oversee "Implant Fellowship Programs". He is also on the faculty at NYU College of Dentistry. He spends most of his time conducting courses on Dental Implants and Oral Rehabilitation and has been teaching in Abu Dhabi, Iran, Russia, Malayisia, Korea and India. Dr. Iyer is the course director of the prestigious AAID Implant Maxicourse Asia where he routinely visits MADCH, New Delhi. In the U.S., besides maintaining a private practice, he teaches at UNLV, Las Vegas, UMDNJ, Loma Linda University, AGD - Toronto, and University of Oregon health Sciences. He was awarded fellowships in several professional organizations. Serving as the Editor in Chief for the International Journal of Clinical Implant Dentistry, Dr. Iyer introduced the first DVD journal ever to be published in Dentistry.

Dr. Ranjita Misra: Public Health 

GOPIO Health Summit Speaker Dr. Ranjita MisraDr. Ranjita Misra is a well known health disparity researcher that combines clinical and non-clinical factors to investigate the prevalence of Diabetes and related complications in multi-ethnic populations. She is recognized for her investigations in epidemiological and intervention studies and for combining public health models of inquiry. She is the PI of the Diabetes among Indian Americans (DIA) study that investigated prevalence of diabetes and risk factors among the Indian Diaspora in rural Indians, urban Indians and Immigrant Indians in the US. She has also implemented several community and clinical based Diabetes and Nutrition Education Programs that are literacy and culturally appropriate. In recognition of her outstanding research, teaching and public service activities, she has received numerous awards.

Dr. Binoy K. Singh: Clinical Business Development 

GOPIO Health Summit Speaker Dr. Binoy K. SinghDr. Binoy Singh is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University and is currently serving as Director of Clinical Business Development for Columbia University College of Physician and Surgeons. He is also "Cardiology Attending" with the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at Columbia University Medical Center. He completed my bachelor's degree in Bio-medical Engineering from Boston University Dr. Singh attended Drexel University College of Medicine and completed his residency program at MCP Hahnemann University Hospitals, Philadelphia, PA. He received his postgraduate training in Cardiology at Columbia University and is Board Certified in the areas of Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He is a Fellow of American College of Cardiology .

 Surinda Oberai Cavanagh: Ayurveda 

GOPIO Health Summit Speaker Surinda Oberai CavanaghSurinda Oberai Cavanagh is renowned in New England for helping many reform their lives through her work at Stoweflake Spa and Wellness Center as a Kripalu Certified Ayurvedic Consultant and Ayurvedic Bodyworker. She began her studies of Ayurveda at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda in Stockbridge, Massachusetts where she studied with world-renowned Ayurvedic masters such as Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. David Frawley, and Dr. John Douillard. She went on to complete the Advanced Course for Practitioners in Faridabad, India at the Jiva Institute with Dr. Partap Chauhan.

Lea Kraemer: Yoga

GOPIO Health Summit Speaker Lea KraemerLea Kraemer, ERYT, IAYT, Founder and Director of PRANA MANDIR Yoga Studio has taught Vinyasa Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Healing and Meditation for almost two decades. She works privately and in area hospitals and with people who have chronic and life threatening illnesses.




The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) concluded its very successful Conferences held at National Liberal Club, One Whitehall Place in London, UK on October 26-27, 2010. The GOPIO conferences were well attended and produced tremendous positive feedback and interaction among the participants and attendees. President of GOPIO International, Lord Diljit Rana, convened the two major conferences, GOPIO International Annual Conference (26th of October) and the First GOPIO International Women's Council conference in London (on 27th of October).




The theme of the conference was 'The Indian Diaspora's Role in the New Economic World Order'.  Delegates from GOPIO chapters worldwide, as well as attendees from various segments of the  diaspora, were in London for the two-day conference which was very significant in theme, content and importance. Among the participating chapters represented were USA, Belgium, France, Mauritius, South Africa, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Trinidad & Tobago & New Zealand. All participating chapters reflected a commitment to build a cohesive and united organisation, a key theme of Lord Rana mentioned in his opening address.


The inaugural & keynote speakers included Nalin Surie, High Commissioner for India to the UK, Abhimanu Kundasamy, High Commissioner for Mauritius to the UK, Speaker of the National Assembly of Mauritius Mr. Kailash Purryag, Her Holiness Anandmurthy Guruma, Lord Navnit Dholakia, Lord Bhikhu Parekh Dr Pritam Singh of the Oxford Brookes University and the former Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, Hon Mr. Basdeo Panday.


GOPIO London Conf. Inauguration - Octo. 26, 2010

GOPIO London Conferecne Inauguraiton - From L. to R.: Raj Loomba, Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Indian High Commissioner Nalin Surie, Lord Dilji Rana and Speaker of Mauritius National Assembly Kailash Purryag


Delegates also heard important contributions from Inder Singh, Chairman of GOPIO International, Ashook Ramsaran, Executive Vice president, Thomas Abraham, former GOPIO International chairman, and Raj Loomba, Vice president, GOPIO Europe. Speakers also included Baroness Shreela Flather, Baroness Sandeep Verma, Lord Patel and Lord Desai from the House of Lords, and the US Consul General to Northern Ireland, Ms Kamala Lakhdir.


Lord Rana said: "I am convinced that GOPIO International needs to be active globally in promoting the wellbeing of Indian people everywhere. My objective is to build on the tremendous work carried out by my predecessors and the existing management team. It's time to move GOPIO International onto a higher level". He spoke of the Indian values of respecting all creation, peace & harmony. He continued by commenting about the culture of preservation and cutting out waste and over consumption. He said the solutions of many of today's problems lie in the Indian Culture and the way of life. "The opportunity to move GOPIO International forward faster is now. India is reclaiming its rightful place as a global leader in business, politics, technology, education and society. Our country has gained the respect of governments and people worldwide. We have an opportunity to make an even greater contribution to the wellbeing of our people across the world."


 GOPIO London Conference - Networking of Delegates from Different Countries

PHoto above: GOPIO London Conference - Networking by delegates from different countries.


There were 3 sessions that deliberated and discussed various aspects of the theme "The Indian Diaspora's Role in the New Economic World Order".


Session I was chaired by Raj Loomba, CBE (Vice President, GOPIO Europe). Speakers include: 

Lord Bhikhu Parekh (Keynote Speaker, House of Lords, UK), Lord Karan Billimoria (House of Lords, UK), Mr J.C.Sharma (former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, India), Mr Mahyendrah Utchana (GOPIO Mauritius), and Dr M. Khan (UK).


Session II was chaired by Dr Thomas Abraham- Former Chairman-GOPIO International and Co-Chaired by Rajindre Tewari- GOPIO-The Netherlands. Speakers include: Lord Navneet Dholakia (House of Lords, UK), Mr R.K.Mehrotra CBE (Foresight Ltd, UK),  Dr Satish Kumar (Queens University Belfast, Ireland), Dr Shalin Singhal (University of Ulster, Belfast, Ireland) and Prof. M.Nithiyanandan-People of Indian Origin in Sri Lanka.


Session III was chaired by Ashook Ramsaran (Executive Vice President GOPIO International, Guyana-USA) and Co-Chaired by Dr Prabhu Kulkarni (GOPIO Ireland, UK). Speakers include:  Dr Pritam Singh (Keynote Speaker - Oxford Brookes University, UK), Baroness Shreela Flather- (House of Lords, UK), Mr Rami Ranger (Sunmark Ltd, UK), Hon. Virendra Sharma (MP, UK) and Hon. Prabakaran Ganesan (Hon Member of Parliament, Sri Lanka).


GOPIO London Conf. Networking

Networking at GOPIO London Conference on October 26th


Mr Chanchal Chowdhry (Secretary-Steering Committee, London, UK) concluded with a Vote of Thanks. Dr Piyush Agrawal (GOPIO Regional Vice President, North America) presented the Resolutions adopted.



The first GOPIO International Women's Conference held recently in London emphatically propelled Women of Indian Origin to the centre of the international development stage. Lady Shruti Rana, Chairperson of GOPIO International Women's Council (GIWC), convened the conference. 


The proceedings were initiated by Her Holiness Anadmurti Guruma, with the traditional ritual lighting of the lamp and an inspirational invocation. Inaugurating the conference, Hon. Basdeo Panday, former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago spoke passionately about the dire issues concerneing women of Indian origin. Lord Diljit Rana International President of GOPIO, spoke about the Women diaspora. He welcomed the role of GIWC in addressing their needs. Lord Meghnad Desai, (Labour), gave an arousing keynote address on Women's issues. Baroness Sandip Verma Government, Minister for International Development, Women & Equality and our guest of honour, resolved to harness the power of international women's networks to bring about positive and wide-ranging social and economic change.


GOPIO Women's Conference Inaugural Session 

Photo above: GOPIO International GOPIO International Women's Conf. Inauguration H. H. Anadmurti Guruma speaking. Se3ated from L. to R. Priya Hingorani, Lord Diljit Rana, Lord Meghnad Desai, former T&T Prime Minister Basdeo Panday, GOPIO Women's Council Chair Lady Shruti Rana, Baroness Verma and GOPIO Woen's Council co-Chair Rekha Gupta


The GOPIO International Women's Council (GIWC) launched a dazzling array of projects for 2011 encompassing books, films, skills training and health education. In addition the WIO e-group is now set to expand to become a major pivotal and dynamic forum. A tool to promote continued sharing of knowledge, experience and support reaching out to all WIOs, wherever and whoever they may be.


The event also witnessed an historic collaboration through the co-signing of the MOU between two powerful bodies: FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) and GIWC. These combined heralds a powerful new dawn: a joint force committed to developing projects and solutions across the full range of issues that affect Women of Indian Origin (WIOs) across the globe. The collaboration aimed at facilitating awareness, education and promoting professional and cultural excellence for personal and socio-economic empowerment.


Delegates to the one-day conference held in London witnessed an impressive array of authoritative speakers from around the globe introduce a range of stimulating and emotive discussions. Discussions centred on the themes of: WIOs and Sustainable development, Legal and marital issues of WIOs, Gender issues in Education, Culture and Health, Women and Industry. The many achievements of WIOs were highlighted as well as raising awareness of the wide-ranging challenges they face. Issues of foeticide, widowhood, forced marriage, domestic violence, dowry and honour killings were debated. In addition the multiple roles of women in education, social and economic development, politics and professional life and the influence of role-models on women to encourage them to make changes in their lives.


Session I


GIWC Shakti Award Ceremony




Awards and commemorations GIWC 2010: The first ever annual Shakti Award, was presented to Her Holiness Anadmurti Guruma. This award, recognising great work for Women's Empowerment, wassponsored by Dr Pushpinder Chowdhry, co-chair of GOPIO International Women's Council.





Projects and resolutions for GOPIO International Women's Council 2011:

  • To produce the book of True Untold Stories of Women of Indian Origin recounting the many and varied biographies of women from the Indian Diaspora.
  • To co-partner to develop a parallel, all-ethnicity, World Women and Wellness project, to cater to Women of all ethnicities and nations. This would work with GIWC for skills training and empowerment of Women of Indian Origin.
  • To forge and expand networks to maintain discussions and problem-solving via the GIWCe-group with outreach to at least 1000 PIOs internationally.
  • To develop further projects in 2011 under the GIWC-FLO collaboration for the empowerment of women.
  • To hold the 2nd GOPIO International Women's Conference - tentatively August 9 and 10, 2011 in South Africa. Theme: 'The Role of Women in Leadership and in Society', with speakers from about 15 countries
  • To work towards a film documenting the migration history of Indians from the perspective of a woman's narrative. Talks with Mr Shyam Benegal for directing this film are under way.


In attendance: Among the group of parliamentarians, social workers and educationists contributing were: Baroness Shreela Flather, JP DL FRSA; Lord Narendra Patel KT, FRSE; Sonal Mansingh (Padma Vibhushan awardee); Maggie Semple OBE, FCGI; Kamala Lakhdhir, US Consul General to Northern Ireland; Mr Mahyendra Utchaanah, President GOPIO Mauritius; Mr Vijay Sharma, legal Adviser GOPIO; Asha Samant, DMD, MDS, BDS, FICD; Priya Hingorani, Legal Adviser, Ministry of Women and Child Development, India; Dr. Piyush Agarwal, US GOPIO country coordinator;  Rekha Gupta, MSC, co-chair GIWC; Leela Ramdeen Bed, Med, CPE, LPC; Dr. Lakshmi Persaud; Mrs. Rita Abraham; Seema Anand, Doctor of Narrative Practices.


Inaugural: Invocation by : Her Holiness Anandmurti Gurumaa followed by a welcome by Lady Shruti Rana, Chairperson, GOPIO International Women's Council.  Lord Meghnad Desai (Member House of Lords, UK) delivered the Keynote Address. This was followed by signing of memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between GIWC and FICCI (FLO). Rekha Gupta, MSC (Co-chair GIWC) co-signed for GOPIO and Priya Kingorani (Advocate, Supreme Court of India) co-signed for FICCI. Hon. Basdeo Panday, Former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, delivered the inaugural Address, and Ashook Ramsaran, Executive Vice President, GOPIO International, delivered the vote of thanks.


Session I:  Theme: Women of Indian Origin and Sustainable Development

Chaired by Lady Shruti Rana (UK) and Co-Chaired by: Rekha Gupta (USA). Keynote speaker was Padma Vibhushan Dr. Sonal Mansingh (Renowned classical dancer and social activist); other speakers included Usha Teji, Eminent Barrister, UK and Ms. Rita Abraham, Entrepreneur, South Africa.


Session II: Theme: Gender Issues in Education, Culture and Health

Chaired by  Baroness Shreela Flather -Member, House of Lords, UK. Keynote address by Lord Naren Patel, KT, FRSE, Member, House of Lords, UK.  Other speakers included: Kamala Lakhdhir, US Consul General to Northern Ireland (USA);  Dr Lakshmi persaud, Celebrated Author and Novelist, Trinidad and Dr Asha Samant, DMD, MDS, BDS, FICD (USA).


Session III: Theme: Women and Industry

Chaired by Mr Mahyendra Utchaanah (GOPIO Mauritius), Co- Chaired by Indy Aujla. Keynote Speaker was Maggie Semple, OBE, FCGI, Chief Executive, The Experience Corps. Speakers included Atul Pathak; Chairman Appt Corp Trading UK         


Session IV: Theme: Legal and Marital Issues of Women of Indic Origin

Chaired by Mr. Vijay Sharma, Legal Advisor- GOPIO. Speakers included: Priya Hingorani  Advocate, Member- Legal Panel, Women & Child Development Ministry , India;  Leela Maria-Goretti Ramdeen, Trinidad and UK; Pavit Mattewal, Additional Advocate General, Punjab, India and Seema Anand, Narratives expert, U.K.


Concluding Session:  Theme: Ways and Solutions for Success

Chaired by  Dr. Piyush Agarwal, GOPIO Regional Vice President, USA. Validictorian Address by  H.H. Anandmurti Gurumaa, India and concluding remarks: Lady Shruti Rana, Convener.  Dr Pushpinder Chowdhry delivered the vote of thanks.


Lady Rana summed up proceedings as 'a new beginning'. She acknowledged the value of the learning and experience shared by the speakers and invited all present, to remain connected, forge networks and to continue the discussions and problem-solving via the GIWC e-group, dialogues forums and practical projects.







GOPIO International Women's Council (GIWC)


FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO)

Purpose of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)


GOPIO International Women's Council (GIWC) and FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) are desirous of collaborating so as to further the cause of empowerment of women of Indian Origin and their individual objectives and missions.

GIWC-FLO MOU After Signing

Photo above. GIWC-FLO MOU signing ceremony.From L. to R.: Priya Hongorani, Rekha Gupta and Lady Shruti Rana


GOPIO is a non-partisan, non-sectarian global organization with chapters in several countries, actively promoting the interests of people of Indian origin worldwide by monitoring and addressing current critical issues of concern, and by enhancing cooperation and communication between groups of Indians living in various countries.


GOPIO Individual Life membership is open to all who believe in the mission of GOPIO. The one- time fee is $5,000 for Platinum Life Membership, $2,500 for Gold Life Membership and $1,500 Silver Life Membership and half the amount for each category for those from developing countries and India.


GOPIO is looking forward to opening chapters in all major cities of the world so as to network people of Indian origin all over the world. If you do not have chapter in your city, please visit GOPIO website (

and get details of chapter initiation (visit Process involves sending a letter of intent to start a chapter by a committee of five people or more.  For more information, contact:


GOPIO Chairman - Inder Singh, Tarzana, California, USA, Tel: 818-708-3885, E-mail:

GOPIO President - Lord Daljit Rana, UK, Tel:  +44 28-9807-8787, Email:

GOPIO Executive Vice President - Ashook Ramsaran, Fresh Meadows, New York City, Tel: 718/939-8194, E-mail:


To become a Life member of GOPIO, one can sign up online at or fill up the form and send it with a check to: GOPIO International, PO Box 560117, New York NY 11356, USA.



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