The South Asian Studies Association (SASA) is an alliance of scholars, academicians, and business leaders dedicated to fostering greater understanding of the region’s global importance. This is accomplished via study of its history, cultures, religions, philosophies, governance, politics, economics, art, literature, and more. SASA members and collaborators focus on South Asia’s rich and diverse past, its bold and remarkable present, and its soaring prospects for the future.

Since 2007 SASA has hosted eleven international conferences at preeminent colleges and universities across America, including one each in India and in Russia. We have additionally published six books and five issues of the scholarly journal Exemplar, and bestowed annual Exemplar Awards on 18 prominent South Asia scholars and community service leaders. We have additionally produced and live-streamed multiple interviews with South Asia-focused scholars and newsmakers. 

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SASA 2018 Conference  March 23 – 25, 2018

South Asian Studies Association

Claremont McKenna College – Claremont, California

Shining A Spotlight On South Asia:

Arts | Business | Culture | Economics | Entrepreneurship | Gender | Governance

Higher Education | NGOs and Nonprofits | Philanthropy | Philosophy | Religions | Trade


3 Major Plenary Sessions

US-India Higher Education
& Entrepreneurship Alliances

South Asia: NGOs,
Nonprofits & Philanthropy

Entrepreneurs & CEOs:
An Interactive Forum


• 18 Richly Diverse Panel Sessions

• Speakers from Around the Globe

• Cultural Performances

• Regional Cuisine

• 50+ Scholarly Presentations

• Exemplar Awards Banquet

• Shorts’ Film Festival

• Unique Exhibits


SASA 2018  Exemplar  Award  Honorees


Dr. Christopher Chapple

Doshi Professor of Indic & Comparative Theology
Loyola Marymount University


Dr. Mukesh Aghi

US-India Strategic Partnership Forum USISPF


Dr. Varun Soni

Dean of Religious Life
University of Southern California (USC)


SASA 2018 Plenary Session Speakers

Some speakers await final confirmation

Dr. Hiram Chodosh

Claremont McKenna College

V. Ashok

Consul General of India
(San Francisco)

Adrian Mutton

Founder & CEO
Sannam S4 Group

Dr. Meghana Joshi

Program Director
Biocon-KGI Program
Keck Graduate Institute

Dr. Bryan Penprase

Dean of Faculty
Soka University of America

Dr. Larry Cox

Associate Professor – Entrepreneurship
Pepperdine University

Ken Silverman

SASA Chairman & CEO
Head of North America Sannam S4 Group

Dr. Vandana Asthana 

SASA Director & Executive Chair of  SASA 2018 Program Committee; Founder Eco Friends (India)

Navin Doshi  

SASA Director 
Philanthropist, Author, Entrepreneur, Investor

Robin Meili

International Programs
The RAND Corporation

Vandana Tilak

Akshaya Patra, USA

William Simon

Global Sector Leader,
Media & Entertainment
Korn Ferry

Dr. Ajit Singh

Managing Director
Artiman Ventures

Smita Bagla

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)
Southern California
CEO Gamritt Inc.

Arnold Peter, Esq

SASA Director 
Managing Partner
The Peter Law Group

Ravi Kapur

Founder & CEO
Diya TV


Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy

National Institute of Food & Agriculture
US Dept. of Agriculture

Dr. Mukesh Aghi

US-India Strategic
Partnership Forum

SASA 2018 

is made possible in part via grants by

Pratima & Navin Doshi 

and by

Sannam S4 Group 

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