Nomination and Election Committee 2017-18

KOA’s Nomination and Election Committee 2017-18 consists of the following members:

  • Sanjay Dhar (Chairperson)
  • Ajay Garyali (Member)
  • Sanju Salman (Member)

Brief profiles of the above members are given below:

Sanjay Dhar

Sanjay DharDr. Sanjay Dhar has been in US for last 17 years and lives in Irvine, CA. Prior to settling down in California, he lived in Bethesda, MD and Boston, MA. He has been involved in community activities for a long time. He has previously served as the Membership Director of KOAUSA. He and his wife Jyoti successfully organized a Kashmir Awareness Event in Irvine, CA highlighting the genocide and mass migration of Kashmiri Pandits.

Dr. Dhar is a scientist by profession with doctorate in molecular biology. His research is currently focused on the therapeutic applications of stem cell regenerative technology. Besides, he has been an avid sportsperson as well, and has represented the State of Jammu & Kashmir in Cricket at various levels (Ranji Trophy, C.K Naidu under-22 and Cooch Behar under-19) and Badminton (Junior Nationals). He also represented and led the Kashmir University Cricket and Badminton teams on several occasions.

Ajay Garyali

Ajay GaryaliAjay Garyali is an Electronics Engineer with an MBA in Marketing, working as an IT Architect in Energy sector. He was born in Jammu, India and has been living in Greater Los Angeles area for over 18 years. He is married to Shivani Chaku Garyali and is blessed with two beautiful daughters, age 11 and 8.

Ajay has been Zonal director and Chapter President for Zone-10 on a few occasions in the past. Apart from being committed to contributing towards our community, he is a passionate league cricketer. He has also been president for SCCA (Southern California Cricket Association) for 2 years, has successfully hosted and organized ICC Div-4 tournament in LA which was first time in history where ICC event was hosted in USA.

Sanju Salman

Sanju SalmanSanju Salman was born in Srinagar, Kashmir. His parents Sh Girdhari Lal Salman and Mrs. Phoola Salman emigrated to US in 1996 and currently reside in Shrewsbury MA. He has a brother Vikram Salman and sister Bhawna Sadhu who also live in MA. He is married to Monica Aima and blessed with two amazing girls Yuvika and Esha.

After finishing his schooling from Srinagar, Sanju graduated with a Bachelors in Electronics and communication from Karnatak University in 92. After working for few years in Delhi Sanju moved to US in 1997 and has since been living in Orange County California. Sanju at present works for Pacific Life Insurance company as Technology lead in the Corporate IT Department.

Sanju has been actively participating in the local KOA events for the last 20 years and also his wife Monica Aima has worked in the past as KOA treasurer. Sanju is proud to be a Kashmiri Pandit and does not shy from any opportunity in promoting Kashmiri culture and values.