GC2017 program det
The Indian Diaspora: A Force to Be Reckoned With? (Invite only)
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 / 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
International Gallery

Reuben Abraham, Asia Fellow, Milken Institute; CEO and Senior Fellow, IDFC Institute

Nisha Biswal, Former Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, U.S. Department of State
Bhagwan Chowdhry, Professor of Finance, UCLA Anderson School of Management
M.R. Rangaswami, Founder, Indiaspora
Sonal Shah, Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, Georgetown University

Although second to China in terms of population, India's diaspora is the largest in the world at 16 million people. Of that, almost 4 million live in the United States. Immigrants came in waves: early arrivals were largely unskilled, followed by engineers and doctors and other professionals. Today, they are the top recipients of temporary high-skilled worker visas and are more likely to be higher educated, be employed, and earn a higher income that other foreign-born populations. Questions to be discussed:

  • What is the impact and influence of the Indian diaspora in India and the U.S.?
  • Is their position in the U.S. is threatened by the new political climate in Washington?