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Lord Diljit Rana of UK elected president of GOPIO

New York, Aug 27, 2009

NRI Lord Diljit Rana of UK, member of House of Lords, was elected president of GOPIO Int’l . Mr. Rana is a British politician and member of the House of Lords. In 1966, he was awarded MBE for his contribution to the economic regeneration of the city of Belfast through the development of hotels, restaurants, fashion shops and modern office accommodation.

Inder Singh who completed his term as the president/CEO of GOPIO Int’l, was elevated to head the international body. He is founder of "India Association of Los Angeles", USA and also founder of "India Heritage Scholarship Awards"


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Ashook Ramsaran, Guyana born was elected as the Executive Vice President.

On August 22, 2009, during the 20th Anniversary Celebration and Convention 2009 at the Hotel Crowne Plaza La Guardia in New York, USA, the result of the elections was announced.

Chairman Inder Singh, introduced new members of the world body team at the glittering gala banquet on the evening of Aug 22nd at the World Fair Marina. The following members of the team were present at the event.

Chairman: Inder Singh (USA)
President: Lord Diljit Rana (Northern Ireland)
Executive Vice President: Ashook Ramsaran (USA)
Vice President – Europe: Raj Loomba (UK)
Vice President – North America: Dr. Piyush Agrawal (USA)
Vice President – Oceania: Harish Bajaj (New Zealand)
Int’l Coordinator – Oceania: Noel Lal (Australia)
Int’l Coordinator – Middle East: Sunny Kulathakal (Bahrain)
Chair, Academic Council: Dr Mohan Gautam (Netherlands)
Chair, Health Council: Sangeeta Ahuja (USA)
Chair, Media Council: Munish Gupta (India)
Co-Chair, Media Council: J.P Gautam (India)
Co-Chair, Health Council: Dr Vivian Rambihar (Canada)
Co-Chair, Cultural Council: Haresh Panchal (USA)

List of the team members who were not present at the banquet will be released in a few days.

GOPIO is a secular, non-partisan, not-for-profit, international organization based in USA with chapters in various parts of the globe, representing the interests and aspirations of People of Indian Origin (PIOs), and promoting awareness and understanding of issues of concern -- social, cultural, educational, economic, or political, to global NRI/PIO community.