Above: SASA 2018 Conference organizers and supporters after the wrap party.

Included are SASA Board Members, Ken Silverman (Chairman), Dr. Deepak Shimkhada (President), Dr. Vandana Asthana, Dr. Purnima Bhatt, Dr. David Blundell, Dr. Bradley Clough, and Dr. Cynthia Humes. Also pictured are Naresh Barsagade, Deepti Dawar, Arvind Gupta, Sundus Jaber, Benjamin Kaila, Ravi Kapur, Kumran Muthusami, Adam Pave, N. Gauthan Prabhu, Ashok Chandra Shukla, Jon Paul Sydnor, Frank Tadesco, and Hui-Jin Wang.

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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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5,000 years of history and home to a quarter of the earth’s population and the world’s fastest growing major economy


SASA 2019 Conference  March 1 – 3, 2019

South Asian Studies Association

Claremont McKenna College – Claremont, California

Shining A Spotlight On South Asia:

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

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

• 80+ Scholarly Presentations

• 4 Major Plenary Sessions

• Cultural Performances

• Exemplar Awards Banquet

• 20+ Richly Diverse Panel Sessions

• Speakers from Around the Globe

• Regional Cuisine

• Unique Exhibits

Representative Plenary Speakers at SASA 2018

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

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