Indian Americans Preet Bharara & Rakesh Khurana honored with Carnegie’s ‘Great Immigrant’ award

Among the 38 Great Immigrants honored this year are two Indian Americans- Preet Bharara (left) and Rakesh Khurana
Among the 38 Great Immigrants honored this year are two Indian Americans- Preet Bharara (left) and Rakesh Khurana

NEW YORK (TIP): The Carnegie Corporation has announced the 2015 “Great Immigrant”: The Pride of America” awardees. These are the individuals who have helped advance and enlighten our society, culture, and economy. Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York is among 38 eminent personalities selected as 2015 ‘Great Immigrant’ honorees, on the eve of the nation’s birthday on July 4th by Carnegie Corporation.

The other Indian American awardee, Rakesh Khurana is the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School (HBS), professor of sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and co-master of Cabot House and dean of Harvard College.

“Our founder, Andrew Carnegie, came to this country as the son of impoverished immigrants and grew up to become one of the greatest contributors to American industry and philanthropy,” said Vartan Gregorian, President of the Corporation. “His devotion to U.S. democracy stemmed from his conviction that the new infusion of talent that immigrants bring to our country keeps American society vibrant.”

The 38 Great Immigrants honored this year come from more than 30 countries around the world and represent leadership in a wide range of professions.

They include:

  • Preet Bharara S. Attorney, Southern District of New York (India)
  • Geraldine Brooks Pulitzer Prize-winning Author, Journalist (Australia)
  • Thomas Campbell Director and CEO, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (England)
  • Rabia Chaudry Attorney, Civil Rights Activist (Pakistan)
  • Mica Ertegun Interior Designer (Romania)
  • Stanley Fischer Economist; Vice Chair, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System (Israel)
  • Jonathan Hunt Fox News, Chief Correspondent (Canada)
  • Malek Jandali Composer, Pianist (Syria)
  • Rakesh Khurana Professor, Dean, Harvard College (India)
  • Marie-Josée Kravis Economist, Philanthropist (Canada)
  • Nastia Liukin Olympic Medal-winning Gymnast (Russia)
  • Bette Bao Lord Author, Human Rights Advocate, Philanthropist (China)
  • Ali Malekzadeh President, Roosevelt University, Chicago (Iran)
  • Silvio Micali Turing Award-winning Professor of Computer Engineering (Italy)
  • Lorne Michaels Peabody Award-winning TV Producer (Canada)
  • Franziska Michor Vilcek Prize-winning Professor, Computational Biology (Austria)
  • Anchee Min Author (China)
  • Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani Philanthropist; Chief Investment Officer, Private Wealth Management Group, Goldman Sachs (Iran)
  • Firouz Naderi Director, Solar System Exploration, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Iran)
  • Azar Nafisi Author, Scholar (Iran)
  • Craig Nevill-Manning Engineering Director, Google (New Zealand)
  • Maria Otero U.S. Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights (Bolivia)
  • Eddie Pérez Bullpen Coach, Atlanta Braves (Venezuela)
  • Ilana Rovner Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit (Latvia)
  • Arturo Sandoval Grammy Award-winning Jazz Trumpeter (Cuba)
  • Madhulika Sikka Vice President, Executive Editor, .Mic (India)
  • Thomas C. Südhof Nobel Prize-winning Neuroscientist (Germany)
  • Antonio M. TagubaS. Army Major General, Retired (Philippines)
  • Ann Telnaes Pulitzer Prize-winning Political Cartoonist (Sweden)
  • Thalía Singer, Actress (Mexico)
  • Tuyen Tran Vilcek Prize-winning Fashion Designer (Vietnam)
  • Abraham Verghese Physician, Professor, Author (Ethiopia)
  • Eugene Volokh Professor, Legal Scholar, Blogger (Ukraine)
  • Arieh Warshel Nobel Prize-winning Biochemist (Israel)
  • Raffi Yessayan Judge, Massachusetts Superior Court (Lebanon)
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