Parveen Kaur Dhillon is an American-born Sikh and the author of My First Sikh Books, a set of board books designed to strengthen the pride and self-identity of young Sikh children. For several years, Parveen helped run the Lohgarh Retreat and is currently serving as a Director of the Lohgarh Sikh Educational Foundation. She was active in post-9/11 issues especially in the Bay Area, and helped draft the curriculum for The Sikh Next Door, a multimedia educational project about Sikhs in America. She has co-authored several resources to prevent bullying and is active in multiple Sikh community activities, including her local Khalsa Schools. Parveen holds a Masters in Education from the University of Virginia, and a BA in History and Asian Studies from Loyola University. She studied in Nanjing, China, as an undergraduate and taught English in Japan for the JET program. Her professional background is in Marketing and Business Development. Parveen was born in Virginia, raised in Maryland, and is settled in San Jose, California, with her husband, Mandeep, and three children, Tegh Zoraver Singh, Hazuri Kaur and Nivaaz Kaur.
Jasjit Singh Hundal is an Executive Director at a major biopharmaceutical company. His responsibilities include engagement of clinical research facilities around the world. Jasjit Singh is actively involved in the Sikh community and is a frequent speaker at Interfaith events. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a BSc in Cellular Biology. He currently lives with his family in New Jersey.
Charanbir Kaur is a Finance professional with 10+ years of experience in Business Strategy, Data Analytics, and Financial Planning in the retail and restaurant industry. She has an MBA from the Red McCombs School of Business, University of Texas, Austin. Prior to her Finance career, she did her Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, followed by Post-Doctoral research work at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has published a number of research papers in highly prestigious journals like the Physical Review Letters. She is currently employed as Senior Manager with retailer At Home. Charanbir lives in Plano (TX) with her husband Reet and a seven year old son Ishveer.
Manpreet Kaur Chadha is an active member of Southern California’s Sikh and Interfaith communities. She works closely with the Sri Hemkunt Foundation, and has served as their zonal convener. She is a member of their literary committee, helping to generate quality reading material for their symposiums. Manpreet has served as a board member of the Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment, an organization that promotes sustainability in a tolerant interfaith context. She is also very involved with Sikh activism in her community, and has pioneered several projects including the creation of a Food Pantry in California. She lives in Orange County, California, with her husband and is a mother to Angad Singh and Simran Kaur.
Ramandeep Kaur Grewal practices corporate law in the Toronto office of Stikeman Elliott LLP with a focus on corporate finance and corporate governance. She has written and presented extensively on a wide range of topics related to her practice and is currently the co-editor of the Corporate Governance Report, a quarterly newsletter focussed on governance developments, and teaches corporate governance as part of the Master of Finance Program at the Schulich School of Business, York University. Ramandeep is passionate about Sikh youth and community leadership building and regularly participates as a speaker/facilitator in various youth-focussed initiatives and has presented on topics including: Singh Sabha Movement, Gender Issues in Sikhi, Women and Sikhism, Threats to Sikhi, Sikh Contemporary History, Recognizing the Spiritual Self and Seva in Everyday Life. She resides in Toronto, Canada with her husband and three children.
Born in Lahore, Pakistan, HS Kohli moved to Delhi after the partition. In 1963, he left, driving 4000 miles in a Ford Zeffer to London, England. There he worked as a laborer until moving to Glasgow in 1972, where he opened a small wholesale business in The GORBALS in Glasgow. Seven years later, he made a foray to the United States, running businesses in in Texas. By 1989, he had moved back to West Street Glasgow and had opened a custom built wholesale distributor, employing 50 local staff members. Mr. Kohli retired in 2008 and enjoys spending time with his three children and three grandchildren.
Dr. Harbans Lal is the Ambassador of the Parliament of World Religions. He is Emeritus Professor and Chairman, of the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, at the University North Texas Health Science Center. He is member of the Interfaith Council of the World Center for Thanksgiving, and Founding President of the Sikhs for Interreligious Engagement. He is Board Member of United Nation Association Dallas; advisor to the American Project on Religion and the News Media; and to the Sikh Foundation International. He is a trustee of Bhai Nand Lal Sikh Academy and Founder Vice-President of the Sri Nanakana Sahib Foundation. Dr. Lal also serves as the Founder President of the Academy of Guru Granth Studies. In 1954, Dr. Lal was elected as the President of the All India Sikh Students Federation. He was recognized by robes of honor by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandhak Committee, the Chief Khalsa Diwan, and the Sikh Educational Conference. In 1995, Guru Nanak Dev University awarded him the Degree of Doctor of Literature (honoris causa) in recognition of his contributions in Sikh Studies. On April 14, 1999, the Anandpur Sahib Foundation awarded him the Order of Nishan-e-Khalsa for “for his superb accomplishments in promoting the glory and pride of the Khalsa Panth.”
Arvind Singh is an attorney with a law degree from the University of Miami and a member of the Florida Bar. Currently he is the operating partner of a private equity group that purchases and renovates commercial real estate. He is heavily involved with the Sikh Society of Florida, serving currently as their legal liaison and in the past as treasurer. He is a public speaker, a student at the local Punjabi school, and a spokesperson in local schools about Sikhi and combatting school bullying. He has been involved with Sikh Coalition and United Sikhs as a volunteer and supporter, as well as organizing and presenting at Sikh youth camps and conferences.
Chattar Raj Singh practices general dentistry in Surrey, British Columbia. Being an international dental graduate (IDG), he is very aware the struggles professionals face moving to Canada and therefore he is committed to mentoring dental and IDG students. However his passion is health. He has a special interest in the foods we eat and how misunderstandings around nutrition are at the core of many western diseases. He loves experimenting with new ideas of “wholesome desserts.” He is a strong believer in Sikhi education and has been instrumental in establishing the pilot SikhRI Sohji school program in Surrey. He lives in Surrey with his wife and two young daughters, who keep him very busy with their skating, swimming and piano lessons. He enjoys biking and taking long road trips savoring the Canadian landscape.
Harpreet Singh is a member of the faculty in the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University. He received his PhD in South Asian Religions from the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard in 2012. Harpreet also co-founded Academic Room, a platform where academics and subject matter experts from over 200 countries interact, share content and find short-term consulting opportunities. Harpreet previously held various senior management positions in the New York area. He left his career on Wall Street to help found the Sikh Coalition in the wake of hate crimes against Sikh-Americans after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Harpreet serves on the Board of Trustees of the Sikh Scholarship Foundation and on the advisory board of Institute for Asian American Studies. Harpreet received his Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School and received training in Persian, Arabic, Sanskrit, Brajbhasha, Urdu, French and German. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2003, along with Desmond Tutu, Harpreet was honored with the James Parks Morton Interfaith Tribute by the Interfaith Center of New York for his work to help heal local communities on the grassroots level.
In addition to serving on SikhRI’s Board of Advisors, Jagdeep Singh is the Area Coordinator for SikhRI’s programming and resources in the United Kingdom. In this capacity, he organizes events, conferences, and media coverage for SikhRI in London and surrounding areas several times a year for tours through England and Scotland. Jagdeep was pivotal in starting the Liv webinar programs and his service towards SikhRI continues to be instrumental for global outreach activities at the organization and online development. He works for a media company in London.
Jujhaar Singh is a software engineer for Airbnb and a recent graduate from Stanford University (June 2014). While at Stanford, Jujhaar held leadership positions as a board member on the Vice Provost’s Office, a Resident Assistant for 100 freshmen, a Teaching Assistant in Computer Science and Design, and captain of the Bhangra team. He also was involved in several volunteer organizations, including Kids with Dreams (working with special needs children) and East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring (tutoring underprivileged youth). Jujhaar benefited greatly from Sikh camps growing up. In 2010, he had the privilege of attending Sidak for the first time, and felt absolutely addicted by the experience. Since then, Jujhaar has come back to Sidak as a participant (Sikhi 201 – 2013) and as a Teaching Assistant (Sikhi 101 – 2014) and hopes to continue learning at the retreat. Other than Sidak, Jujhaar has recently attended Lalkaar and Sikholars (Jakara), been a camp counselor for Camp Saanjh for three years, and is currently a Sikhya volunteer (college application review organized by Jakara).
Parminder (Par) Singh has more than 25 years of professional experience in building, operating, and managing international businesses for private companies, government clients, and multi-national corporations around the world. He is the currently the President of Intellectual Ventures Canada. Par sits on Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of British Columbia and DigiBC and is an advisor to Canada’s Centre for Wireless and Digital Health innovation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and lives in Surrey, BC, with his wife, three children, two dogs, and an occasional goldfish.
Rajdeep Singh, MD is a practicing neurologist in Charlotte, NC. He is quite active in the Gurmat School in Charlotte where he lives with his wife and two children.
Tripat Singh is an East Asian medicine practitioner based in South Seattle. He has served in leadership roles with the Seattle Sikh Retreat (Kudarat), Sikh Coalition, West Coast Sikh Youth Alliance, and Gurduara Singh Sabha and has attended SikhRI’s Sidak twice. Tripat is passionate about helping Sikhs connect with the broader Seattle community in a variety of forums. In addition to working with the Wing Luke Asian Museum to develop exhibits detailing Sikh-American diaspora stories, he regularly collaborates with local organizations advocating for social justice. Tripat lives with his wife, Jasmine, and dog ambassador to humanity, Momo Kaur.