U.S. India Trade Foundation


Thursday, March 02, 2006  

 "To promote, facilitate and expand trade business opportunities for people in US & India"



USINF Management

Dr. Mukesh Aghi
Chairman, USINF
President & CEO, U.S. India-Business Council


Dr. Mukesh Aghi is the President of the U.S.-India Business Council.

With over 27 years of experience across diverse industries and geographies, Dr. Aghi has a proven track record of leading various international business giants. His last assignment was as Chief Executive and Member of the Board at L&T Infotech. Earlier he served at Steria, Inc. - India, as its’ CEO, Asia-Pacific and Global Executive Sales Director. He brings with him unique market knowledge and access in Europe and extensive experience in several verticals in the Services industry. He was responsible for Steria Inc. – India’s top 50 global accounts with revenues exceeding $ 1.5 billion and was instrumental in the successful merger with Xansa, creating a multi-billion dollar technology services business. In his previous roles, Dr. Aghi has associated with Universitas 21 Global (world's largest consortium of research-led universities and a global leader in providing post-graduate online education); IBM Corporation where he was the President of IBM India; Ariba Inc.; JD Edwards & Co. to name a few. His expertise spans across management of global consumer and corporate strategies; building and maintaining talents across geographies; profitable turnaround of operations through effective business strategies; management of global joint ventures and alliances and building strong leadership teams.

Dr. Aghi holds an advanced Management Diploma from Harvard Business School, and a Ph.D. in International Relations from Claremont Graduate University in California. An MBA in International Marketing from Andrews University, Michigan, Dr. Aghi has also completed his BA in Business Administration from the Middle East College, Beirut, Lebanon. Fluent in many international languages, Dr. Aghi was recognized by Esquire magazine as a Global Leader and has won many awards including the J. R. D. Tata Leadership award. A major marathon and mountaineering enthusiast, Dr. Aghi has competed in over 22 international marathons and has climbed some of the highest peaks both in North America and Europe.

KV Kumar
President & CEO, USINF
Managing Partner, KV Kumar & Associates, LLC

Mr. KV Kumar is the Managing Partner of KV Kumar & Associates.

Mr. Kumar has a proven record of over 40 years of diverse management, turnaround and strategic planning experience with a diverse group of small and large companies,government entities, and community based organizations. His latest turnaround companies include a healthcare company and a real estate development company, both located in Southern California. Mr. Kumar has vast experience in project Completion, Monitoring & Evaluation of multi-million dollar projects and special management studies while working with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. His leadership roles in his Presidential and Governors’ appointmentsand the organizations he founded like the U.S. Indian Chamber of Commerce have made him a prominent champion of small businesses, entrepreneurship and community service. He has served all U. S. Presidents starting with President Ronald Reagan.

Mr. Kumar has a Master’s Degree in Organization Development from South-East Asia Interdisciplinary Institute, Manila, a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Diploma in Industrial and Production Engineering. Mr. Kumar is the recipient ofnumerous prestigious awards, including the 2015 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He was honored by the Brain Injury Association (USA) for ‘Unheralded Advocacy’, which lead to the enactment of “1996 Traumatic Brain Injury Act” of U.S. Congress. KV Kumar is featured in “Notable Asian Americans”. Mr. Kumar serves on boards of several organizations and companies.  

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Frederick W. Schoenhut
Director, USINF
Founder & Principal HonorVerus Research LLC.


Frederick W. Schoenhut is Principal of HonorVerus Research, a commodity trading advisor. He is the current Chairman of the Commodity Floor Brokers and Traders Association and has been past Chairman of the Board of Governors of ICE Futures US, formerly known as the former New York Board of Trade (NYBOT), the world’s leading exchange for soft commodities.

In September 1980, Mr. Schoenhut formed Copia Trading Co., Ltd., a coffee futures execution firm on the Coffee, Sugar & Cocoa Exchange (CSCE) trading floor. He expanded that business into cocoa in 1982. He has served as Coffee Floor Committee Chairman, Operations and Technology Committee Chairman, as well as in various other committee leadership posts. Mr. Schoenhut chaired the NYBOT Relocation Committee, which was responsible for finding the exchange a new home since its destruction in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In 2006, Mr. Schoenhut was extensively involved with the successful merger and integration NYBOT experienced with the Intercontinental Exchange.

Among his interests, Mr. Schoenhut is a former director of the Intercontinental Exchange Board of Directors, Board Chairman of the United States Indian Trade Federation; former Chairman of the United States Indian American Chamber of Commerce Corporate Advisory Board, he is Chairman of the Business Council for the Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association of America. He has served as the Treasurer of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. He also devotes volunteer time to a local youth ice hockey association as President of the Gulls Amateur Hockey Association.

Mr. Schoenhut was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1956, and currently resides in Oyster Bay, Long Island. He attended Baldwin High School and later graduated from Clarkson University in 1978 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He and his wife Laurie have been married since 1985 and have four children.

Glenn Falcao
Director & Secretary, USINF
President, Falcao Investment Group


Mr. Falcao is an accomplished executive with over twenty years of experience in the telecom industry. Glenn is a prior venture partner with Bessemer Venture Partners, bringing top-tier private equity experience to the Venturepreneur team. As a Venture Partner of Venturepreneur Partners, Glenn focuses on creating and identifying investments in the communications sector.

He was most recently the Executive Vice President at Corvis Corporation, where he was a member of the executive team that took the company public raising over one billion dollars and achieving a market capitalization of over thirty billion dollars. Corvis’ IPO was one of the most successful in the telecom sector in 2000.

Prior to joining Corvis, Glenn had an accomplishment-rich career with Nortel Networks, where he held a number of executive positions. One initiative hed led was the launch and development of Nortel’s optical business. As President of the company’s Internet and Service Provider business, he was a key executive in positioning the company in the Internet Protocol sector with the specific focus of achieving leadership in high-speed access.

In 1997, Glenn engineered Nortel’s acquisition of Aptis Communications and played a key role in its acquisition of Bay Networks. He currently serves on a number of boards. Glenn received a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, in Montreal. Mr. Falcao also served as member of executive board of US Indian American Chamber of Commerce (USIACC).


Satish P. Shah
Director & Treasurer, USINF
President, Satish Shah Associates, CPA


Mr. Shah has over twenty years of experience in accounting standards, income tax laws, IRS audits, and overall accounting and financial management. He manages three offices in Washington DC metropolitan area, providing accounting services, financial planning and business planning to physicians, dentists, IT professionals and hospitality industry. In addition, his office provides services to small businesses from setup, incorporation to compiling write-ups, reviews, payroll management and accounting.

Mr. Shah has Master’s Degree in Accounting and is a licensed Chartered Public Accountant (India) and a CPA in Maryland.

He serves on the boards of many business and community organizations: National Treasurer: United States Indian American Chamber of Commerce; Honorary Accountant: Rotary Foundation of Charlotte Hall, MD; Honorary Auditor: Jain society of Metropolitan Washington, DC; Honorary Controller: Gujarati Samaj of Washington DC; National Treasurer, U.S. India trade Foundation. 


Brenda Morant
President & CEO, IWTO
Special Adviser to the President, USINF

Ms. Morant’s background includes work within several startups, associations and as an entrepreneur. She has consulted with and held leadership positions in nonprofit organizations, corporations and government; where her work has included strategic marketing, promotions, event planning and technology development. Her diverse background also encompasses business operations, program development, events management and non-profit administration.


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