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SABA North America kicks off 13th Annual convention in Houston

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Opening Night Reception, Photo courtesy of Bhavin Misra, User of Reality Photography

HOUSTON (Diya TV) — The South Asian Bar association kicked off its 13th Annual convention at the Hilton Americas in Houston.

The opening night reception Thursday evening began with an address from the host city Mayor Sylvester Turner and featured an opening keynote address from Judge Ravi Sandill, the first South Asian-American District Court Judge in the state.

Friday’s lunch featured an address from Nandita Berry, former Texas Secretary of State and the only rocloerson of South Asian descent to hold such an office in any state.

The event serves as a primary tool for the nation’s South Asian lawyers to collaborate and discuss their craft. This is showcased in a series of panel discussions ranging from sports law, labor & employment, banking and business development, intellectual property and white collar defense. Experts sitting on the various panels include: Umar Hussain, Manager of Global Distribution Strategy for Disney and the ESPN Media Networks; Chandra Bhatnagar, Senior Attorney Advisor to Chair Jenny R. Yang of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Sandra Buja, Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Neel Chatterjee with SABANA President Anne Gwal; Photo courtesy of Bhavin Misra, User of Reality Photography

Neel Chatterjee with SABANA President Anne Gwal; Photo courtesy of Bhavin Misra, User of Reality Photography

SABANA has a long history of recognizing exceptional efforts within the legal community. This year’s Spotlight awardees will include Monika Kalra Varma – ‘2016 Public Interest Achievement Award’ for her work on human rights and social justice issues; Priya Harjani. ‘Corporate Counsel Achievement Award’ as the deputy General Counsel for Northwestern University. During Thursday night’s opening ceremonies, Neel Chatterjee accepted an award on behalf or Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP for the 2016 Law Firm Achievement Award. Chatterjee is a partner in Orrick’s Silicon Valley office and is recognized as one of the nation’s leading IP litigators. Friday he participated in a Mock Exam regarding Patent Damages with Judge Vince Chabbria on the bench for an informative and witty exchange involving a mock exam determining the damages in a patent case.

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner with SABA North American President Anne Gwal; Photo courtesy of Bhavin Misra, User of Reality Photography

The convention will continue through the weekend featuring panel discussions around Cybersecurity, Intellectual Property, Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation in the Civil Justice System, risks in the healthcare organizations as well a focus on Congressional & Internal investigations implicating high-profile issues ranging from national security and corruption to government misconduct and corporate malfeasance.

The Saturday night gala will feature a keynote address from Rais Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi American who works as a technology professional in Dallas. Bhuiyan is best remembered for being the victim of a vicious hate crime shortly after the September 11 attacks, when Mark Anthony Stroman attempted to shoot and kill him because he resembled an Arab. Bhuiyan was saved from brain damage, but lost sight in one of his eyes.

Since the attack, Bhuiyan has begun a campaign to appeal the execution of his attacker, telling MSNBC during an interview, “I’m trying to do my best not to allow the loss of another human life.

SABA 2017I’ll knock on every door possible.” He said, “In Islam it says that saving one human life is the same as saving the entire mankind. Since I forgave him, all those principles encouraged me to go even further, and stop his execution and save another human life.” Bhuiyan named the movement to save Mark Stroman World Without Hate and partnered with Amnesty International.  The convention official wraps up Sunday with the executive board meetings. Washington D.C. will play host for the convention next year in July 2017 at the Marriott Marquis.

Diya TV is an official media sponsor of this year’s event.

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Former MGM executive Roma Khanna named Revolt TV’s next CEO

Former MGM executive Roma Khanna named Revolt TV’s next CEO

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Sean Combs Announces Roma Khanna CEO of Revolt TV

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — Sean Combs has announced Roma Khanna the CEO of Revolt TV.

“As Revolt continues to grow as a brand and expand globally, I knew we needed a seasoned executive with a proven track record to keep the momentum going and help me lead the network into the future,” said Combs. “Roma is that person. She has the experience and tenacity to build on Revolt’s success and as we continue to influence content and culture around the world.”

“After decades of building large-scale businesses in TV and media, I am excited to have the opportunity to work alongside visionary Sean Combs to get hands-on and redefine content models with a view to building a modern, relevant, global cultural brand,” said Khanna. “Revolt is ready to create and curate content and super-serve its audience on its own TV platform and beyond, living and breathing with its audience wherever they might be.”

Revolt says the company’s mission is to build on its platform to offer long- and short-form content revolving around hip-hop music and culture. According to Revolt’s website, “REVOLT is focused on expertly curating the best of the best in music and engaging youth in social conversation – on-air, on-line, on-demand. The multi-genre, multi-platform network offers breaking music news, videos, artist interviews, exclusive performances, and original programming.”

Revolt claims to have over 50 million young adult consumers through television, digital properties, social and mobile. REVOLT is accessible 24/7 – anytime, anywhere, any screen.

Khanna left MGM, where she served as president, in late 2015. She helped launch FX’s “Fargo” and History’s “Vikings.” She spent three years as president of global networks for NBC Universal’s international networks wing. She also oversaw the development of Hulu hit “Handmaid’s Tale.”

Revolt had been without a CEO for a year, since Keith Clinkscales left the company last August. Revolt launched as a linear channel in the U.S. in October 2013 and has since expanded to Africa and the Caribbean.

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Indian American Physician Vas Narasimhan Named CEO of Novartis

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Indian American Physician Vas Narasimhan Named CEO of Novartis

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Switzerland-based biotech giant Novartis says Indian American physician Vas Narasimhan will take reins as CEO on Feb. 1.

The 41-year-old Narasimhan joined Novartis in 2005. He currently serves as the company’s Global Head of Drug Development and Chief Medical Officer. He is also a member of Novartis’ Executive Committee.

“Both from a professional and a personal perspective, this is the right moment to hand the leadership reins of the company to Vas,” said current Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez. “Our strong pipeline and the strategic moves we have taken to focus the company have put Novartis on a strong path for the future. On the personal side, after 10 wonderful years in Switzerland, my family is ready to return to Silicon Valley and the U.S. I’m confident that Vas will be an excellent successor.”

Joerg Reinhardt, chairman of the Novartis board of directors, said the company anticipates “a smooth transition, as Joe built a strong leadership team and mentored his successor.”

Narasimhan graduated from Harvard Medical School. He also has a master’s in public policy from the university’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He earned undergraduate degree in biological sciences from the University of Chicago.

Prior to joining Novartis, he worked at McKinsey & Company, first as a consultant and then as an engagement manager.

An elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, Narasimhan has held a number of positions at Novartis.

Reinhardt expressed confidence in Narasimhan’s ability to lead the company to “expected next growth phase … The strength of Novartis is our ability to drive science-based innovation. Vas is deeply anchored in medical science, has significant experience in managing the interfaces between Research and Development and commercial units and has strong business acumen with a track record of outstanding achievements. As a physician, he has a strong patient focus and a genuine humane perspective and care for the mission and values of Novartis. As a result, the Board of Directors is confident that Vas is the right choice to lead Novartis on our expected next growth phase, driving innovation and further strengthening our competitive position.”

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Former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya to raise $500M for a large fund

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Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook executive and a minority owner of the Golden State Warriors is attempting to raise $500 million as he builds a large investment firm.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook executive and a minority owner of the Golden State Warriors is attempting to raise $500 million as he builds a large investment firm.

According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Palihapitiya is listed as CEO of “blank check company,” Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings. The company plans to raise $500 million in its IPO and subsequently acquire emerging private businesses that have little incentive to go public.

“Our mission is to create an alternative path to a traditional IPO for disruptive and agile technology companies to achieve their long-term objectives and overcome key deterrents to becoming public,” the filing said.

Palihapitiya has often condemned the traditional venture model and expressed his admiration for billionaire Warren Buffett, who erected Berkshire Hathaway into one of the World’s largest publicly-traded holding companies over a half century.

Social Capital is going to be more like a “bastard stepchild of Berkshire Hathaway and Blackstone and BlackRock” than a traditional venture firm, Palihapitiya said at an event in 2015.

One of Palihapitiya’s goals in the venture is bringing together “technologists, entrepreneurs, and technology-oriented investors,” the filing said.

The Wall Street Journal reported Palihapitiya’s team is planning to meet with investors soon, then initiating the IPO shortly thereafter on the New York Stock Exchange.

Hedosophia has offices in Hong Kong and London. Ian Osborne, CEO of Hedosophia, will be president of the new holding company. Former Skype CEO Tony Bates and former Twitter executive Adam Bain are among the Board members.

Palihapitiya spoke to Diya TV moments after the Warriors championship win in 2017

 

 

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