KOA Executive Team (2008)

President, CEO and Chairman

Sunil Fotedar, President, KOASunil Fotedar
15902 Highway 3, Apt 1523
Webster, TX 77598
e-mail: president@koausa.org
Website: http://sunilfotedar.com

Sunil Fotedar is a Sr. IT professional and has worked in telecom, defense, space- industries. His association with KOA has been since 1990-91 when the Kashmiri Pandits back in Kashmir were driven out of their homes. He was Houston chapter president for KOA in 1991. 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. For a complete list of Websites, click here.

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.

Vice President

Dr. Inderjit Kaul, Vice President, KOADr. Inderjit Kaul
16 Quail Run
Leominster, MA 01453
e-mail: vicepresident@koausa.org
Inder Kaul’s association with the KOA dates back to 1984 when he immigrated to the USA. He kept himself socially bound to the Kashmiri community regardless of which state in the USA he lived in (MA, CT and IL). At present, Inder resides in Massachusetts with his wife Sunita, daughters Varsha and Pooja, and parents Pushkar and Veena. Inder was elected in 2008 to be the Zone 2 Director. He was a key member of the 2007 KOA Annual Camp organizing committee. Socially he has been an active KOA member and has consistently contributed, in whatever manner he could, towards its growth.

Dr. Kaul obtained his MBBS and MD degrees from the University of Kashmir and an MPH from Harvard University. He is a senior executive for a multi-national biopharmaceutical company.

Treasurer

Ajay Tikoo, Treasurer, KOAAjay Tikoo
2065 Niagara Dr.
Troy, MI 48083
e-mail: treasurer@koausa.org
Ajay, originally from Kashmir, moved to US about eight years back and has since been living in Michigan. He is an IT professional with specialization in systems/network engineering and security.

Ajay has been a member of KOA for last seven years, and has also served as the Chapter President of the KOA Zone 8 (Michigan) in 2006-2007. He continues to volunteer for the work that benefits our community.

Secretary

Soman Dhar, Secretary, KOASoman Dhar
2308 Sedgwick Ct
Naperville, IL 60564
e-mail: secretary@koausa.org
Soman Dhar is originally from Vicharnag, Kashmir. Currently working as an executive in a large MNC (Energy company) in Naperville, he was transferred to USA from the Indian sister concern in 1999 and has since been living in Naperville, IL alongwith wife Promila and kids Jyotsna and Archit.
Soman has been involved in community work in Chicago as well as in Jammu through KWI. He believes in getting people together and hopes to contribute in making KOA a vibrant and productive organization.

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