By-Law Review Committee (BLRC)

2013-2014

Anjali Kaul Zutshi – Chairperson

Anjali Kaul ZutshiAnjali Kaul Zutshi works with conservation and youth/children-focused non-profits on organizational development (board development, non-profit governance, organizational assessment, etc.), strategic planning, and development and fundraising. For 12 years before launching her independent consulting business in 2007, Anjali worked with the California-based Trust for Public Land -one of the nation’s leading land conservation organizations -on conservation lands acquisition. As the associate state director and development director for this national organization, Anjali has coordinated several capital campaigns, raising millions of dollars in capital and operating funds. Through her efforts, Anjali has established a successful track record of working with non-profits on building sustainability through effective management, and for building sustainable partnerships with funders -foundations, corporations and individuals -for mission support and delivery. A Land Trust Alliance (Washington DC) trained facilitator, Anjali has worked with several statewide land trusts on self-assessments, and has provided accreditation-prep services to land-trusts to successfully achieve their national Land Trust Accreditation.

Anjali is an architect by training, with a graduate degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a graduate of Leadership Austin, and has served in leadership positions on multiple national and local non-profit boards (the Environmental Support Center, Open Door

Preschool, Texas Land Trust Council, Earthshare of Texas, Association of Fundraising Professionals – Central Texas, American Planning Association – Texas Chapter, Forest Trail Elementary PTA, and the Kashmiri Overseas Association), and committees (City of Austin Planning and Implementation Committee, Travis County Bond Advisory Committee, City of Austin Sustainability Indicators Advisory Group, etc.). Anjali is a committed community volunteer, and a “mentor” on the TEDxYouth@Austin team.

Mr. Raj Khoshoo, Member

Raj KhoshooRaj Khoshoo is the senior vice president of Strategy Initiatives for Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation division. In this role he is responsible for product portfolio management and Lean initiatives, focused on achieving sustainable business improvements. In addition, he is working on laying the PLM foundation for integrated “sustainability” and “design for environment.”

Raj has over thirty years’ experience with Siemens PLM Software in a variety of senior management positions in strategic planning, product development (PDM, CAM, and SRM), product management, consulting, business development and strategic marketing.

Prior to his PLM career, Raj worked for over ten years in the Automotive and Machine Tool industries in the area of product development and manufacturing engineering. He is responsible for several innovations in the integration of electronics and hydraulics as related to machine tools.

Raj has served on the Board of PLM World and MESA and co-conducts the MBA course on “Enterprises of the Future” at Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon.

Raj holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Computer Science.

Mr. Dijjotam Raina, Member

Dijjotam RainaDijjotam Raina has been a Life Member of KOA since 1996. He served as Secretary of KOA in 2005-06 and more recently as Chapter President in Atlanta Chapter from 2010-12. During his term as Secretary, he started the process of conducting elections electronically and manage membership database on eTapestry.

Previously, he also lead the initiative of educating Atlanta community about exodus of community by holding private screenings of movie “Sheen” for over 700 viewers in an Atlanta theatre. He also helped his father, Piyaray Raina, in releasing a landmark book for our community “Socio-Cultural Traditions of Kashmiri Pandits” (http://kp-culture-andreligion.blogspot.com/) in 2006.

Dijjotam has been a successful entrepreneur for 15+ years. He is a founder/CEO of a Healthcare BPO (www.medofficepro.com) with back office in Pune, India. He also runs a premier Preschool and Daycare in Gurgaon, India (www.crystalchildrenscentre.com). After completing his Engineering in BITS (Pilani) and brief stint as an Instructor in REC Srinagar, he immigrated to USA in 1987 hoping to complete his MBA and return back to the valley to take over a calcium carbide manufacturing unit. He has never visited the valley since he left but yearns to return to a “free” homeland.

Dijjotam lives in Atlanta with his parents, Piyaray and Krishna, spouse Aarti (a Pediatrician), and two teenage sons, Neel and Rohan. He enjoys outdoor sports – golf, tennis, and cricket.

Mr. Amit Khardori, KOA Legal Oversight

Amit KhardoriAmitabh (Amit) Khardori, a son of Kashmiri Pandits, was born in Oregon after his parents moved to the US in the late 1970s and spent parts of his upbringing in New York, Texas, and Illinois. He has now settled in the Washington, DC, area with his wife, Soniya, and their baby son, Siddharth. He has happy memories from all of these places, but has long appreciated his roots in Kashmir. Entering his teen years during the migration, he was keenly aware of the privilege of safety and comfort he experienced while members of the KP community suffered from internal displacement and other hardships.

Amit earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and his law degree from The George Washington University Law School. He now serves as a government attorney focusing on humanitarian assistance issues for the US Agency for International Development.

With the arrival of his new son, he hopes and plans to rely on KOA to help pass on our community’s culture, history, and memory. He is grateful that KOA exists and would be honored to be able to contribute to its success.