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South Asia Research and Information Institute (SARII) is governed by a board of directors consisting of the following directors.


Mr. Paul Pandian

Mr. Pandian is founder and president of Transglobal Technologies, Inc., a holding company with investments in telecom, media, oil and natural gas. He also serves as an advisor to Tech Mahindra, a software services company based in India. Previously, he founded Axes Technologies, a provider of telecommunications products and services for multinational companies and telecom service providers, before merging it with Tech Mahindra. Paul serves on the Advisory Council of the University of Texas at Dallas School of Management and is a board member of TiE Global, the Greater Dallas Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, the World Affairs Council of Dallas, SB International, KERA Public Broadcasting and the Institute for Innovation and Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has engineering degrees from Annamalai University and Syracuse University, as well as graduate business education from the Wharton School of Business.

Dr. Vijayan Pillai

Dr. Pillai is Professor of Social Work, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX. He has published several books and research papers on demography and sociology. Pillai earned his B.Sc. from University of Kerala, India, M.A.  (Social Work), from School of Social Work, The University of Indore, India, Post Graduate Diploma (Urban and Regional Planning) from Center for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad, India, and Ph.D. (Sociology) from The University of Iowa, Iowa City, U.S.A. Prior to coming to the University of Texas at Arlington, he was Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of North Texas at Denton, Texas. Vijayan Pillai serves as the Secretary of SARII.

Dr. S. Palaniappan

Dr. Palaniappan is an Indologist as well as an independent business consultant. He has been active in South Asian community organizations too.  He has authored articles and presented lectures dealing with South Asia.  Palaniappan has worked for several years in the transportation and information technology industries.  He earned his B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, India, MS  from the University of Iowa, MBA from the Wharton School, and PhD  from University of Pennsylvania. Palaniappan is Vice Chairperson of SARII's Board of Directors. He also serves as the President of SARII.

Mr. V. S. Gopi Gopinath

Mr. Gopinath is CIO at The American Nurses Association which represents the interests of the nation’s 3.6 million nurses.  Most recently he was EVP at XtremeData, a provider of a high-performance SQL engine that enables "data warehouse/analytics as a service" on public and private clouds. Prior to that he was President and COO of the Enterprise business of Reliance Communications.  Gopinath spent many years as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Global Network Services India leading AT&T’s enterprise business in India, prior to which he had spent several years managing AT&T’s and Orange’s Asia-Pacific business out of Hong Kong.   Gopinath has held several senior positions in marketing, sales, product development, and information services with Global One in Brussels and Sprint in the U.S. over the space of fifteen years. Gopinath holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and engineering degrees from the University of Iowa and Madras University.

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