As many as three Indian-Americans, namely Manish Bapna, Pawan Dhingra, and Sangay Mishra, have been named to the newly created American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) Victory Alliance Advisory Board for its Think Tank — the first to focus on AAPI policy issues. These advisory board members have expertise in fields like immigration, library science, media studies, climate change and more.
“We are beyond excited to work with our new advisory board members to advance a bold agenda that propels the AAPI community towards equity,” AAPI Victory Alliance Chair member Dr Tung Nyuyen was quoted as saying.
“This is the first step towards moving out of invisibility. Today and everyday, AAPIs matter and our communities and our strategic priorities will help shape the national agenda,” Nyuyen added.
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Manish Bapna is the interim president and CEO of the World Resources Institute and is all set to become the president and CEO of the Natural Resources Defense Council. The World Resources Institute is a global research organization working to address the urgent sustainability challenges related to food, forests, water, climate, energy, cities and the ocean. Bapna has been working at WRI since 2007. He was also the lead architect of various multi-stakeholder coalitions — the Global Commission on Adaptation, NDC Partnership and US-China and US-India Track 2 Dialogues on Energy and Climate.
Bapna holds graduate degrees in business and political and economic development from Harvard. He also has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from MIT.
Pawan Dhingra, who currently serves as a professor in the Department of American Studies and Contributing Faculty Department of Anthropology/Sociology at Amherst College, is an author, professor, curator, and diversity/equity/inclusion officer.
Sangay Mishra, who is an associate professor of political science and international relations award-winning books, including Hyper Education: Why Good Schools, Good Grades, and Good Behavior Are Not Enough, which is a “fascinating exploration [that] gets to the root of education obsessions to expose our global anxieties, national biases, and parental hopes for our sons and daughters.” at Drew University, specializes in immigrant political incorporation, transnationalism, and racial and ethnic politics.
Desis Divided: The Political Lives of South Asian Americans, a book written by him, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2016 and Sage India in 2017. The American Sociological Association’s Section on Asia and Asian America awarded it the best book on Asian America (2017).