Board of Directors

Ashref Hashim
Ashref HashimPresident
Ashref Hashim, Founder and President of the Blackstone Group
Deepak Kapoor, M.D.
Deepak Kapoor, M.D.Vice President
Psychiatrist – Alexian Brothers
Rishi Agrawal
Rishi AgrawalSecretary
Attorney at The Agrawal Firm, LLC
Sher M. Rajput
Sher M. RajputJoint Treasurer
New York Life, NRI and Community Activist
Syed Hussaini
Syed HussainiJoin Treasurer
VP of Small Business at Intrust Bank
Selma D'Souza
Selma D'SouzaExecutive Director
Former Director of Govt. Affairs at Governor’s Office of Health Innovation and Transformation


Bapu Arekapudi, M.D., Chief Executive, Lake Shore Medical Associates, LTD

Basanti Sen Banerji, M.D., Physician

Netta D’Souza, M.D., NMD, Physician, Allergy and Asthma Clinic

Ranjit Ganguly, Assistant Commissioner (Retired 2011), Chicago Department of Transportation

Ralph Nicholas, Ph.D., Professor, University of Chicago

Radha Patel, Asst. Complex Director of Revenue Management, W Hotels

Shobhana Sanghvi, Retired Banker

Selma D’Souza, Executive Director, Indo-American Center (ex-officio member)

Associate Board

IAC invites young professionals and future leaders to volunteer for the L21 (Leadership in the 21st Century) Board and help support the work of the Center by increasing awareness about the Center, encouraging volunteer participation in the Center’s initiatives, and raising funds through a variety of events and outreach activities compatible with the Center’s mission. The Associate Board operates as the Center’s associate board and directly supplements the efforts of the center’s staff and board of directors.

Membership in the Associate board can serve as a vehicle for creating the next generation of leaders for the IAC. The Associate Board that was established in 2011 included a diverse group of young professionals including lawyers, technologists, hotel-industry and marketing professionals. The Associate Board organized and participated in a wide range of events to enlist the support of Chicago’s young professional community. These events included networking events, service events, and fundraisers. Through these initiatives, L21 brought many new supporters to the Indo-American Center.

Please contact us if you wish to join the Associate Board and help support IAC’s mission.


Executive Director
Selma D’Souza

Adult Literacy Program
Renuka Sharma, Literacy Coordinator
Laura Smith, Literacy Volunteer Coordinator/ ESL Instructor 
Susan ChaudhriESL Instructor

Citizenship and Immigration Services
Syed Hashmi, Citizenship and Immigration Services Coordinator
Amina KhanCitizenship and Immigration Services Attorney

Civics Program
Loknath AgarwalCivics Program Coordinator

Computer Program
Chirag Shah, Computer Instructor

Public Benefits Assistance
Bharati PatelPublic Benefits Coordinator

Seniors’ Program
Gita ChawlaSeniors’ Program Coordinator
Kamlesh KaurGolden Diners Cook
Lakshmi Adhikari, Golden Diners Cook
Poonam Hans, Golden Diners Cook & Maintenance

Youth Program
Kushagra Patel, Youth Program Coordinator

Workforce Development Program
Tanvi Shah, Workforce Development Coordinator
Sal Salam, Program Assistant

Naureen FidaiAdministrative and Finance Coordinator
Kemal HuricMaintenance
Mohammed MollaClient Intake 
Shehnaz BegumClient Intake
Mohammed AhmedClient Intake