Key NRI Community Leaders Assemble for the “BIG Ideas for a Better India” Event in Washington, DC


HOUSTON: Overseas Volunteer for a Better India announced that it will hold ‘Big Ideas for a Better India’ conference on December 22 in Washington, D.C metro area. This event will bring together a panel of prominent leaders, decision-makers, and well renowned professionals from across the United States in a stirring conversation about ideas to bring change for a better India and further unifying these ideas into action.
World renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will preside over the event as the keynote speaker. The other guest speakers include Rajiv Malhotra (philanthropist and founder of Infinity foundation), Naveen Jain (innovator and entrepreneur) and Sheela Murthy (lawyer and founder of world’s leading U.S. immigration law firm). The event will include the unveiling of the “Vote for a Better India” android app and a presentation about ‘I Vote for a Better India’ campaign launched by VBI (Volunteer for a Better India).
More than 100 Indian community leaders from 25 major cities in the U.S are expected to attend this event at Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. Representatives from lawyers and doctors associations, students’ representatives from over 50 US universities, cultural and regional associations, and business owners associations, academicians, software professionals and fellow Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) from all walks of life are expected to attend the event that aims to bring about a positive change in India. The conference will provide a platform to discuss, and come up with practical ideas that can address some of the challenges ailing India today. Volunteer for Better India (VBI) in conjunction with Election Commission of India is driving a huge effort to create awareness of the voter registration program in light of the upcoming general elections in India in 2014. This will be discussed as well.
“It’s important as NRIs that we come together and give back to our home country. India is our motherland and we must make every effort to bring meaningful changes at a time when our country needs our support,” said Naveen Jain, Inome and Moon express founder and CEO. Well-known personalities, both Indian and Indian-American have lent their support to our campaigns. These include Ramon Magsaysay awardee and social worker – Kiran Bedi, renowned venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, eminent academic & researcher Vivek Wadwa, famed innovator Sabeer Bhatia & popular Indian actress Dia Mirza.
Overseas Volunteers for a Better India (OVBI), an apolitical organization, was launched in May 2013 and is the overseas wing of the Indian organization VBI. It provides a global platform for the 23 million non-resident Indian (NRI) community worldwide; a platform to work toward a positive transformation.
OVBI and its corps of volunteers are working tirelessly on a campaign to boost the voter registration, education and voter turnout for the 2014 India elections. With a target to increase the voter turnout by 100 million, the ‘I Vote for a Better India’ campaign is gearing towards one of the largest nation building activity in 2014 to impact the future of India.
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