KOA Executive Team (2016)

Sunil FotedarSunil Fotedar

President

Sunil’s association with KOA has been since 1990-91 when the
Kashmiri Pandits back in Kashmir were driven out of their homes. Sunil was Houston chapter president for KOA in 1991, and KOA National President in 2007-2008. As a web curator on a volunteer basis,

he developed and maintained web servers for KOA (1996-2001), and maintained and contributed to the development of several community fora, especially KOA-sponsored KPnet – a forum that allowed KPs worldwide to stay connected – long before yahoogroups and googlegroups came into existence.

Sunil has been interacting with several India-based KP associations in Jammu, Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata over past several years. He has created a variety of community websites, the first Kashmiri Pandit to create what has been referred to as Virtual Sharda Peeth – a Repository of a Kashmiri Pandit’s culture, heritage, religious practices, language, music, history and political literature.

To recognize for his efforts, Sunil was presented with Special Zaan Award by the Kashmiri Pandit Association, Mumbai. He was featured as an Indomitable Personality in The Sharada Tarangini, Vol. 1, No. 3, March/April-June 2004 issue, the Official Newsletter of Kashmiri Sewak Samaj, Faridabad. He was also presented KOA Plaque for Internet Activities (1997), first of its kind given to any volunteer.

Sudesh SarafSudesh Saraf

Vice-President

KOA Zone 7 Director

Sudesh Saraf came to the U.S. in 1987 as a graduate engineering student at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. He got plugged in to the local KOA chapter right away and has been part of the Chicago chapter of KOA ever since. He currently works in the construction industry as V.P. of Engineering at an Architectural Engineering firm located in Darien, IL. Sudesh is married to Ruby (Sunita Pajnu) Saraf since 1989, and they have raised three wonderful kids (triplets) Kartik, Sneha and Maegha who are 22 years old and have graduated from college.

Sudesh has actively participated in Kashmiri community building at the local level. He also unsuccessfully contested the Zone 7 directorship in 2005. Currently, he is involved in a local initiative in Chicagoland area that is focused on teaching the kids in the community about Kashmir History, heritage, language etc. so they are connected to and proud of their roots.

Sudeshji feels honored and privileged to represent Zone 7 at the national level and is committed to serving our community with zeal and passion.

Ajay TikooAjay Tikoo

Secretary

Ajay Tikoo lives in East Windsor, New Jersey along with his wife, Vaneeta, and their son, Sagar. By profession, Ajay is an IT engineer specializing in systems engineering, virtualization, and security. Ajay has been a KOA member ever since he moved to USA, about fifteen years back. Ajay has been actively involved with the community, and has served KOA at various levels:

  • KOA Secretary (2013-2014)

  • KOA Treasurer (2008-2010)

  • Member of KOA Zone 3 Volunteer Team

  • Member of the KOA Zone 8 Management Committee for one year in Zone 8

  • Chapter President KOA Zone 8 for one year

  • A grassroots volunteer for three years in KOA Zone 8, helping arranging and conducting the local community events.

Rajeev Kaul

Treasurer

Rajeev Kaul was born in Srinagar and came to USA as a student in 1988. He is a life member of KOA. He runs a Financial/Accounting advisory firm in New York City. He lives in Long Island with his wife Dr. Vanita Kaul and Son Saagar and Daughter Jherna.