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Two young Indian-Americans among ‘Asia 21 Young Leaders’

Phalgun Raju

Washington, Aug 31 (UITV)- Asia 21, the preeminent network of young leaders from across the Asia-Pacific, announced the 2016 class of Asia 21 Young Leaders. Ronak Desai and Phalgun Raju were two Indian Americans named among the 11th annual Asia 21 Young leaders.

The list comprised of 32 rising professionals from 24 countries representing the private, public and non-profit sectors, this year’s class is a remarkable group focused on shaping a brighter future for the Asia-Pacific region.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, MIT and Harvard, Phalgun Raju is the founder of Morph.org, an “active philanthropy” tackling tough social problems of India and emerging markets in areas like education and public health. Additionally, she is also a senior business leader and technology entrepreneur in Asia.

A graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School, Ronak Desai serves as attorney and adviser to the U.S. Congress. He is a recognized scholar in the field of law and foreign policy. He also holds teaching position at the Johns Hopkins University and was recently appointed to Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Commission on Asian and Pacific Islanders Community Development.

The 2016 class was selected through a highly competitive process based on outstanding achievement, commitment to public service and a proven ability to make the world a better place.

In addition to Desai and Raju, a number of Indian origin and the subcontinents leaders were announced.

Member of the 2016 class and select Asia 21 alumni will gather at the Asia 21 Summit this December in Seoul, which hosted the inaugural Asia 21 convening in 2006. The young leaders will share best practice of leadership and develop group public service projects.