SAJA announces newly elected 2012-2013 board

Monday, December 12, 2011 3:04 PM | Jigar Mehta

Ten candidates ran for four open board seats


SAJA members re-elected three incumbents and added one newcomer to form SAJA's 2012-2013 board, in an election where ten candidates vied for four open seats.

Those elected at the annual meeting on Dec. 8 were Sovy Azhath, Anup Kaphle, John Laxmi and Anusha Shrivastava.

The other candidates, in what was a close election, were Tejinder Singh, Masum Momaya, Devin Banerjee, Sopan Deb, Malini Doddamani  and Shefali S. Kulkarni.

Shrivastava, reporter, foreign exchange at Dow Jones Newswires/The Wall Street Journal, is SAJA's current vice-president. Laxmi, a partner & chief operating officer at Alinda Capital Partners LLC is SAJA’s current treasurer and has served on the board since 2001. Azhath is a CNN headline news producer and SAJA’s current secretary. Kaphle, online world and national security editor for  The Washington Post, joins the board for his first term.

They join current board members Jigar Mehta, Aseem Chhabra, Sree Sreenivasan, Ismat Mangla, Amita Parashar, Sharaf Mowjood and Raakhee Mirchandani.
The annual meeting took place just prior to SAJA's festive holiday parties in New York.

After nine year including two as President, Sandeep Junnarkar is stepping down from the SAJA board. Junnarkar said that despite stepping off the board, he hopes to actively help SAJA with its long term strategies and fundraising efforts.

"It's been an honor to work for SAJA's members for nearly a decade," he said. "The growing number of members is a testament to the association's success with its scholarships, fellowships and events programming."

The board will hold its first meeting in January, when it will elect officers for SAJA's executive committee made up of SAJA's president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and an at-large officer.

The new board hopes you will get involved in SAJA activities in the new year. Send ideas, tips, suggestions to saja@saja.org

If you haven't made a donation to support SAJA's work this year, please consider doing so -- every dollar goes to support our programming, scholarships and fellowships.

If you haven't signed up or renewed your membership (just $40 for journalists; $40 for non-journalists; $20 for students), please do so now.

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