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Executive Committee


Deven Kane is an attorney practicing in the Chicago area and specializing in corporate law and commercial transactions including representing businesses and their owners. He has provided pro bono services to Indian cultural and heritage non-profit organizations including the National Indo-American Museum. Deven received his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance and Accounting from Texas A&M University in 1997 and graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2000. He has a keen interest in history and numismatics and is a member of the Board of the Chicago Coin Club.


Happie Datt came alone to the U.S. in 1970 to earn an MS in Food Science at the University of Florida. She moved to Chicago and received her MBA in 1975 and worked at AT&T and Ameritech before starting her construction company. She has served as the President of the League of Women Voters, Rotary Club and Lake Forest International Club and Economic Development Advisor in Peace Corps (2009-11) in the Republic of N. Macedonia after retirement. She is a Founder member of the National Indo-American Museum and enjoys her role as a docent at the Field Museum of Natural History. She & her husband have four children and three grandchildren.


Tasneem Osmani is a Senior Vice President at Northern Trust Bank. She has been in the financial services industry for more than 25 years. A Certified Public Accountant with an MBA from Depaul University, she is passionate about empowering women and youth by providing them opportunities to help them reach their potential. She serves on the Board of Trustees at Benedictine University, where she has been a trustee since 2008, and currently serves as the Treasurer of the Board and Chair of the Audit & Finance Committee. Tasneem was born in India and moved to the US with her family when she was 10 years old.


Padma Rangaswamy has a Ph.D. in History and a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is an historian and author of many books, journal articles and encyclopedia entries on Indian Americans. Among her major publications are Namasté America: Indian Immigrants in an American Metropolis, a comprehensive study of Asian Indian immigration, and Indian Americans, a secondary level reader chronicling the achievements and struggles of Indian immigrants in North America. She has taught courses on Immigration History, World History and Global Cultures at leading Chicago-area universities and is passionate about preserving, documenting and promoting the understanding of Indian American history and culture.

Kanwal Ghaey is a senior finance manager at Access One International, providing CFO services to start-up, small and medium sized companies, and project-related functional expertise to larger companies. He has been a docent at the Field Museum since volunteering for the Maharaja exhibition.

Sujaya Rupani migrated to USA in 1980 after graduating from Gandhi Medical College, Osmania University, and has practiced Ophthalmology in Chicago since 1985. She has served on the board of Avery Coonley School for 11 years, and chaired the annual giving campaign.