Our Trustees and Staff
Dr Narinder Singh Kapany, is founder and chairman of the Sikh Foundation who is also widely known as the “father of fiber-optics”. His achievements encompass the world of science, business & entrepreneurship, academics, art and philanthropy.
Dr. Kapany has endowed 3 Chairs – The Kundan Kaur Kapany Chair in Sikh Studies at UC. Santa Barbara, The Narinder Singh Kapany Professorship in Entrepreneurship at UC Santa Cruz & the Narinder Singh Kapany Chair in Optoelectronics. He has also gifted the Satinder Kaur Kapany Gallery of Sikh Art, a permanent Sikh Art gallery at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
Mark Juergensmeyer is professor of sociology and global studies and interim Kundan Kaur Kapany Chair of Sikh Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is author or editor of 20 books, including Sikh Studies: Comparative Perspectives on a Changing Tradition, Songs of the Saints of India, and Religious Rebels in the Punjab. He has also written on “Global Sikhism” for the Oxford Handbook of Sikhism. He has taught at Berkeley, UC-Santa Cruz, the University of Hawaii, and Punjab University, Chandigarh, and served as a research scholar at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.
Dr. Ratinder Paul Singh Ahuja is a businessman and entrepreneur. His is currently serves as the CTO & VP for the Network, Cloud and Content Security Business Units at Intel Security Group. Dr. Ahuja was founder and CTO for Reconnex Corp. a leading Data Loss Prevention vendor that was acquired by McAfee in Aug 08. Prior to founding Reconnex, Dr. Ahuja founded and developed several successful companies that were acquired by technology market leaders.
Sonia Dhami serves as the Executive Director of the Sikh Foundation. She joined in 2008 and since then has organized and assisted in Sikh art exhibits, conferences, community events, and numerous publications. She is the co-editor of the “Sikh Art from the Kapany Collection” a definitive volume on Sikh Art co-published with the Smithsonian Institute. She has also edited a richly illustrated volume, Games We Play. A graduate of St. Bede’s College–Shimla, she earned her Masters in Business Administration from Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana.
Dilmohan Singh Chadha the CEO of Integrated Resources Group, Inc which imports, markets and sells marble, granite and other stone from around the world. It has two office-showroom-warehouse locations (Brisbane and Dublin) and is the premier stone supplier in the Bay Area. Prior, to opening this own business Mr. Chadha was the vice-president of the commercial lending group at Wells Fargo.
Kiran Kaur Kapany is the CEO of Kikim Media. She manages all of the entertainment law and day-to-day business required in Kikim’s operations, including overseeing business development, strategic planning, finance and administration. She is currently executive producing The Valley (forthcoming 2017) and, Science Bytes (pilot project), a series of short science videos for the web, hosted by PBS.org, that translate peer-reviewed scientific studies into engaging stories for general audiences.
Dr. Kanwaljeet S. (“Sunny”) Anand is currently the head of the Pediatrics department at Stanford Hospital. As a Rhodes Scholar at University of Oxford, he received the D.Phil. degree, followed by post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Pediatrics training at Boston Children’s Hospital and Critical Care Medicine training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. He is a leading authority on pain and stress in newborn babies, and management of pain in infants and children.
Raj Kapany, an entrepreneur, is currently on the Boards or Advisory Boards of seven private technology companies. He currently resides in Los Altos, California. In the technology field his specialization has been fiber optics. Mr. Raj Kapany has held executive positions with Tyco International Ltd, Amp Inc, K2 Optronics Inc, Emcore Corp and Nest Corp.
Sukhi Singh is the founder of Sukhi Foods. Sukhi Foods is a fast growing company in the United States which produces quick readymade India gourmet cuisine. Sukhi Gourmet products are stocked in over 100 retail stores in the area.
Sardool Singh Samra is a successful businessman and entrepreneur in the Bay Area. He is also a member of many charitable organizations in the area. He organized the distribution of Sikh child books to public and university libraries across California.
Pritinder Singh Arora is a life-long entrepreneur and businessman. Mr. Arora has a passion for Sikh and Punjabi studies and has been heavily involved in establishing and maintaining the Punjabi language class at UC Berkeley.
Gurdip Singh Malik is the founder of Papillon clothing. The Malik family trust Satnam Sarab Kalyan Trust, which provides gurmat education to over 150,000 school students studying in Punjab each year.