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By Arun Kumar

An alumnus of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India, Ranvir Trehan, was appointed as the general trustee on Board of the John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in the American capital.

“These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles. I look forward to working with them,” he said in announcing Trehan’s appointment along with five other individuals.

Dedicated to the memory of President John F Kennedy, the Kennedy Centre is the busiest performing arts facility in the US and annually hosts about 2,000 music, dance and theatre performances for audiences totalling nearly two million.

It also supports artists in the creation of new work and serves as a leader in arts education.

Trehan, who came to the US in 1964 after receiving a BS from BITS, is chairman of the Trehan Foundation, a philanthropic organisation he founded for giving primarily for international development in 2003. It’s focused on global poverty, as well as a performing arts centre and human services.

Previously, Trehan was Vice Chairman of Apptis Holdings, Inc. from 2005 to 2011 and was Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SETA Corporation from 1987 to 2005, according to the White House.

Trehan was a department head of Information and Communications Systems from 1985 to 1987 and a member of the technical staff from 1969 to 1985 at The MITRE Corporation.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of CARE and a former member of the board of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. He holds an MSE from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the University of Dayton.

At over 30, Obama administration has more Indian-Americans working in top jobs than any other previous US government.

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Ahluwalia heads consultancy and IT businesses in the Washington DC area, along with active participation in the US politics

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Washington, February 3, 2017: Indian-American Republican leader from Virginia Puneet Ahluwalia is contesting for the state’s House of Delegates for the 34th district against the incumbent Kathleen Murphy.

Ahluwalia, 10th District Representative on the Virginia Republican State Central Committee, served as a financial chair of the Asian American presidential inaugural ball in January, American Bazaar online reported on Friday.

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“The success of our community demands us to be active and participate in mainstream politics. It is our responsibility to strengthen the diversity of our nation,” he said.

“… We should be supporting President Trump and Republican leadership in creating and promoting American jobs with strong emphasis on balanced trade between US-Indo Pacific Region.”

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“We should not lose focus on eradicating terrorism and enemies of democracies,” he added.

Ahluwalia said that he would work to strengthen the Republican Party’s base in Virginia, among other things.

“We will watch our allies’ back and it is important that communities, including the Indian-American community that has benefited most from this great nation, play a pivotal role in the revival process. I had a choice but I chose to stand up and participate in the political process and serve the public of 34th district,” Ahluwalia said.

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“Our nation is at a crossroad where we will take new positive direction as we embark on a journey to make our nation stronger.”

He added: “I have the support of my wife, kids and friends, and supporters and very importantly the leadership of the Republican Party, especially Barbara Comstock.”

A Delhi Public School (DPS) alumni, Ahluwalia heads consultancy and IT businesses in the Washington DC area, along with active participation in the US politics, since 1998-99. (IANS)