When not engaged in our events or programs, our speakers are happy to present to your sangat, speaking on themes specific to your community. Some topics may include life, family, history, culture, language, etc.
Most of the speakers are available anywhere in U.S. and Canada, with some willing to travel globally.
Dr. Gurpal Singh Bhuller, an Orthopedic Surgeon in Chester, Virginia, served on Sikh Research Institute’s Board of Directors since the organization’s inception until 2012. He grew up in Malaysia and did his medical training in India and New Zealand. After moving to the US in 1980, he has been involved in several Sikh organizations and charities. He is a collector of Sikh artifacts and coins and has authored “The Enquiring Guru”, published in 2006. Dr. Bhuller serves on the Board of Directors of Sikh Research Institute Canada
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.
Gurpreet Kaur has been in the management consulting field for over 18 years. She is currently working as a Director of Application Delivery for LifeCell. Gurpreet Kaur is the project coordinator for Grihast as well as a facilitator for Saneha and Sidak programs. She spent two years in the Panjab enriching her experience of Sikhi and Panjabi cultures while implementing projects towards educational, psychological, and social empowerment. For the past 20 years, she has played an active role in coordinating and facilitating workshops at camps, retreats and conferences focused on inspiring Sikh values. Her passion in music expands from classical to folk, from kirtan to git. She lives in New Jersey with her family.
Harliv Kaur is a Sojhi curriculum developer and teacher trainer with SikhRI. She has BA in Elementary Education from Upper Iowa University and specialized credentials in English as a Second Language from Kansas State University. At SikhRI, she has been an active courseware developer for the Sojhi Elementary School curriculum and creates programming for families and resource materials for educators. Besides her work with SikhRI, she founded Kikli, a company committed to developing fun and innovative tools for learning Panjabi including “Ik Chota Bacha & Other Sikh Nursery Rhymes,” a collaborative project involving the Ujjaldidar Singh Memorial Foundation. Harliv lives in San Antonio with her husband and 3 kids.
Inni Kaur serves as the CEO of Sikh Research Institute. An influential leader, respected artist, poet and published author, her eloquent words have been heard around the world, including presentations at Yale and Fairfield Universities, and the U.S. Office of the Pentagon Chaplin. Inni Kaur is dedicated to community and service of others, and continues to be an integral member of several faith-based organizations.
Jasmine Kaur has worked in the education field for over 20 years and holds degrees in elementary education, sociology, human development and family studies. Jasmine served as the Director of Education with SikhRI for over 8 years. She was the coordinator and chief developer of the Sojhi - Gurmat and Panjabi Education Resource. She has developed training using the curriculum to increase classroom confidence and maximize the resources in content areas of Boli and Virsa, as well as classroom management and teaching techniques. To date, Jasmine has personally trained over 750 educators and administrators. Her passion is developing creative and interactive activities for all ages, especially young children. She works with SikhRI’s newest project Sikhia and continues to consult on all pre-K-12 programming. She also conducts kids workshops and teacher training. Jasmine has published articles on the future of Sikh education and her own experiences growing up as a Sikh in Japan, India, Canada, and the US. She lives in Washington, DC area with her husband and four-year-old twins who keep her very busy and remind her every day how blessed she is.
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.
Jotinder graduated with a major in Chemistry from Brandon University with greatest distinction. Upon graduation he received the Governor General’s Medal for highest standing Bachelor of Science program, and Gold Medal for highest standing last two years of Bachelor of Science Program, and a Silver Medal in Chemistry for highest standing for B.Sc majoring in Chemistry. He went on to complete his medical training at the University of Manitoba, after which he completed a Family Practice Residency at the University of British Columbia. He currently is a family physician and often has medical students and residents rotate through his clinic as he enjoys teaching. He also mentors IMG (international medical graduates) so that they may obtain recertification in Canada. He also helped start an organization called “I am Community,” which is run through a local high school and reaches out to single mothers and their children. He has been volunteering with Sikhri since the organization first brought programming to the lower mainland. He is a founder and a volunteer with the Pilot Sojhi School in BC that implements the Sohji curriculum developed by SikhRI. Jotinder lives with his wife, Parminder, and their two sons, Arjan and Raajan, in Surrey, British Columbia.
Harinder Singh is a widely respected educator and thinker who is deeply in love with 1Force, the Oneness that radiates in all. Love and Justice symbiotic paradigm propels him to leverage public awareness for social change. He currently serves as the Senior Fellow, Research & Policy, at the Sikh Research Institute. Mr. Singh co-founded the Sikh Research Institute and the Panjab Digital Library, organized the Free Akal Takht movement, and envisioned Kaur and Singh Academy. He served on the boards of the National Conference on Community and Justice, The Fellowship of Activists to Embrace Humanity, The Nanakshahi Trust, among others. He is an author and sought after public speaker, raising consciousness of audience around the world. He regularly appears on radio and television programs globally. He also consults on curriculums, exhibitions, and films. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering, MS in Engineering Management, and MPhil in Guru Granth Sahib. He is Guru’s Sikh, Panjab’s lover, and Begampura’s Jedi.
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.
I. J. Singh came to the United States in 1960 on a Murry & Leonie Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and is professor emeritus of anatomical sciences at New York University. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the United Sikhs and on the Editorial Boards of the Sikh Review (Calcutta) and Nishaan (New Delhi). Dr. Singh has authored five collections of essays on his journey as a Sikh in North America, is a regular columnist on the Internet and has lectured extensively on interfaith issues.
Inderpreet Singh is a technology professional focusing on networking, security and solution architecture . He is currently a Principal Solutions Architect working for a technology firm focusing on modernization of DMV systems and applications. His passion is Sikhi and Sikh community related community projects and he is heavily involved with Sikh youth camps, retreats and conferences, where he conducts seminars, lectures and interactive workshops on Gurmat-related topics. Inderpreet has frequently spoken at Interfaith conferences and events. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Sikh Research Institute and a Board of Advisor for the Sikh Coalition. Inderpreet grew up in India, Canada, Japan and the US and now he continues to grow in Chelmsford, MA.
Kulvir Singh Gill is a Senior Principal with Clareo Partners, a growth strategy consultancy based in Chicago. Previously, he worked as a management consultant with Oliver Wyman and with Barrick Gold Corporation in their organizational effectiveness practice. Kulvir has been actively involved in the Sikh-Canadian community. He has served in leadership roles with the Sikh Centennial Foundation, Spinning Wheel Film Festival, and Toronto Sikh Youth Retreats. He is a co-founder of Mississauga’s Seva Food Bank and Sikhs Serving Canada. Kulvir also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the William Osler Health System Foundation and is on the board of Habitat For Humanity – Brampton. He is also The Chair of Sikh Research Institute, Canada. He was a 2011 Action Canada fellow and is a recent recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Mr. Gill holds a B.Sc. and a B.Comm. from the University of Calgary and currently lives with his family in Brampton.
Mandhir Singh has over 20 years of experience in Asset Management in the US. Before joining his current firm, IronBridge Capital Management, he worked at HHR Asset Management, J. & W. Seligman & Co., and McKinley Capital Partners. Mandhir has an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from St. Stephens College, Delhi University, India. Mandhir has been very active on the social service area both through providing funding as well as contributing his own time. He was the Principal of Bridgewater Khalsa School. He also helped plan and implement a number of aspects in the school successfully such as setting up of the website, implementing Sojhi coursework, starting a Gurmat Sangeet program at School and starting a soup kitchen effort. He lives in Basking Ridge, New Jersey with his wife, Achint, and two children, Noor Kaur and Dayaal Singh. Mandhir Singh is also the Tri-State Area Coordinator for SikhRI.
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.
Dr. Pritpal Singh is a Physician Executive with Cigna where he serves as a Mentor to Health Management teams by providing Clinical insight, Educational support, and HealthCare solutions & strategies. Himself a product of Sikh camps and retreats, he facilitates workshops and projects which aim to fight both religious and political oppression through reflection, self-introspection, and activism. Pritpal is a board member of Coppell Education Foundation which supports Education by distributing resources for Innovative Learning. He lives in Dallas, TX, with his wife, Arpinder Kaur, and two sons, Insaf and Jivat.
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.