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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 founded Tech Mahindra R&D Services Ltd. (formerly Axes Technologies Inc.) in 1990 and has been President of the corporation since its inception.  Prior to founding Axes Technologies Inc., Mr. Pandian was at Rockwell International from 1975 to 1984 serving in various engineering and senior management roles. After leaving Rockwell, he was involved in the startup and growth of a high technology company engaged in the design and development of high performance computers and peripheral cards. Mr. Pandian is a member of the Dallas Chapter of the Lions Club, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Business School at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also a member of the India-U.S. Business Council in Washington, D. C., and is a charter member of the Greater Dallas Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. Paul Pandian is the Chairperson of SARII's Board of Directors. He also serves as the Vice President and Treasurer of SARII.

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

V.S. Gopi Gopinath is EVP at XtremeData, a provider of a high-performance SQL engine that enables "data warehouse/analytics as a service" on public and private clouds.  Most recently he was President and COO of the Enterprise business of Reliance Communications, part of the $28 B Reliance Group of companies.  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, based in Bangalore.  Gopinath spent several years managing AT&T’s and France Telecom’s Asia-Pacific business out of Hong Kong.   Gopinath held several senior positions in marketing, sales, product development, and information services with Global One in Brussels and Sprint in the U.S. over a 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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