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Malireddy Srinivasulu & Syama Reddy, Chairman & CEO of IMAX, Inc., Denver, Colorado. Lifetime Achievement Award in Business and Food Technology): Dr. Reddy  is from Nellore District, in Andhra Pradesh. He has received his B.V.Sc. degree from A.P. Agricultural University, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in food technology, bacteriology and virology, from Iowa State University, U.S.A. with honors and distinctions. He currently serves as Chairman and President of U.S.A. based American Dairy and Food Consulting Laboratories, and International Media and Cultures with twelve manufacturing facilities in eight states.


Syama Reddy: Syama Reddy, also from Nellore, and received B.Sc. degree from S.V. University, and B.S. degree from Iowa State University, U.S.A. She serves as Chairman and President of Reddy Properties, a real estate holding company with properties in 10 states in U.S. and elsewhere in the world, and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the American Dairy and Food Consulting Laboratories, Inc. and International Media and Cultures Inc., of USA, which she owns along with her husband, Dr. M.S. Reddy.


JK Reddy, M.D. Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Sciences: Janardhan Reddy hails from Hanumakonda near Hyderabad. After receiving medical degree from Osmania University in 1961, he received advanced training and MD from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi (1965) and migrated to Kansas City, USA in 1970. In a short period of six years, JK Reddy was promoted as full Professor. He moved to Northwestern University in Chicago in 1976 and is currently Professor of Pathology and chief of autopsy services. JK Reddy is the world authority on peroxisomes and his research has practical applications to human cholesterol and fat metabolism, atherosclerosis / hardening of blood vessels and obesity.


Guntupalli Kalpalatha, M.D. Physician, Leadership and Service: Kalpalatha K. Guntupalli, MD, is Professor and Chief, Pulmonary/Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. After graduating from Osmania medical college, she migrated to USA for further studies and training at The Georgetown University and University of Pittsburgh in the fields of Internal medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Guntupalli is the first woman President of the prestigious American Association of physicians of Indian Origin (1998- 1999).


Muthyala Subhakar, M.D. Second Generation Physician Chairman, Radiation Oncology, Scott & White Hospital, Temple, TX: Dr. Muthyala obtained his MD degree from Texas A&M University, he did residency at University of Miami, and did fellowship at Harvard. He was an Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and served as chief of oncology services for various medical centers in New York area. He moved to temple, Texas in 2005 as Associate Professor and Chairman of radiation oncology in 2010. Subhakar Muthyala is the son of Bhaskar Rao and Seetha Muthyala of Houston.


Potu Narasimha Rao, Ph.D. Cancer Research and Service to Telugu Community Lifetime Achievement Award: Potu Rao from Guntur obtained his degrees in agricultural sciences from Bapatla and IARI in New Delhi. He obtained his Ph.D. from University of Kentucky in 1963 and moved to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston in 1970. Dr. Rao quickly rose through the ranks and became full Professor and Chief of chemotherapy division. His research interest was cancer research and directed towards understanding how normal cells become cancer cells.


Kumar Annavarapu, Ph.D. Historian, Writer and Journalist.: Kumar Annavarapu is a person of many talents and made contributions in many areas. He obtained his Ph.D. from Krishna Devaraya University, Anatapur in 1995. He is a prolific writer who published many books on the History and Culture of Telugu people. He was staff reporter for many news papers including Eenadu. He is the editor and public relations specialist of Vidya educational magazine  He pioneered many courses with emphasis on topics like Success, Human Psychology & Behavior, Youth Development and Leadership and many more


Vanguri Chittem Raju, Telugu Literature, Culture and Arts: Dr. Vanguri Chitten Raju was born and brought up in Kakinada. After engineering, he earned Ph.D degree in 1974 from Institute of Technology, Bombay. He immigrated to USA and settled in Houston. He worked as a post doctoral fellow at University of Houston for two years and as a research & development engineer at M.W. Kellogg R & D center for five years. He is the founder and CEO of an engineering consulting & manufacturing company in 1982 which makes valve automation & custom designed control systems. Dr. Vanguri has an enduring passion for Telugu language and established Vanguri Foundation of America, Inc in 1994 in Houston and in Hyderabad in 2004.


Muthyala Rama – Distinguished Military Service : Rama Mutyala, 2005 engineering graduate of University of Houston is the son of Dr. Satyanarayana and Vaidehi Mutyala. Because of his strong urge to give back to the community and serve the country, he joined the U.S. Navy as a Civil Engineering Corps Reserve Officer. He was deployed to Iraq in 2007 where he served as a Staff Officer for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 15. The 500 man battalion built and maintained roads, drilled water wells, complete construction projects and assisted convoy security operations while in Iraq.


Dr. Vinjamuri (Avasarala) Anasuya Devi, Singer and Composer Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Vinjamuri Anasuya Devi is a singer, music composer, musicologist, author and expert in playing harmonium. She was the first woman music composer in Andhra Pradesh, first woman music director in South India, first woman music composer in All India Radio, first to sing classical, folk and light music on radio and concert, first to publish Andhra’s light and folk music in Carnatic notation. She has got her first gramophone record at the age of 8 years. Born in Kakinada on May 12, 1920; has five children, including Houston-based dance guru Dr. Ratna Kumar and Indo American News’ Krishna Giri.


Prabhu (Thunga Sivaprabhat Reddy), Editor, Journalist, Community leader: Thunga Siva Prabhath Reddy popularly known as “Prabhu” is the grandson of a prominent freedom fighter and son of Thunga Rajagopal Reddy, a Social worker who founded News weekly called “Lawyer”. He fought many a battle against social injustice and political corruption. Siva Prabhath Reddy also started internet edition www.lawyerteluguweekly.com which has 1,00,000 hits every week from all over the world. Prabhu actively participates in social, cultural and philanthropic activities. He is the District Convener, AIDS Awareness Program, in Nellore District and he organized public meetings and seminars in schools and colleges to create awareness among masses on AIDS control.


Agri Gold Haailand , The Theme Park and Resort, Promoting Indian Culture, Tourism and creating employment: The Agri Group in the year 2003 established tourism projects, one at Chinnakakani – Guntur District with the name of “Agri Gold Haailand” with Buddhism theme based, the second one at Yarada – Vizag with the name of “Paradise” with Divinity based theme. Agri Gold Group also plans to introduce “Nagarika” with scientific theme base and “Ganesh Vanam” with spiritual theme base, at Bangalore and Tirupati cities respectively.


Samba Reddy, Ph.D. Research in Drug Discovery: Samba Reddy is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D., in Pharmacology, Panjab University, Chandigarh and obtained advanced training in Austin and also as Postdoctoral Fellow, at National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. He is Chartered Member, NIH Study Section; Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Nanotechnology; Review Editor, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience and Delegate Member, The United States Pharmacopoeia (USP). His research interests include Epilepsy, Neurosteroids and New Drug Development. Reddy’s major research goals are to understand the molecular pathophysiology and develop translational novel therapeutic strategies for epilepsy.




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