Executive Committee


President - Kamlesh Darji

Kamlesh Darji is what is now called a knowledge worker. He is a spiritual and wise person so we think of him as Yoda—although taller and a tad younger and certainly better dress sense.

He is currently the Vice President of NRISTARTUPINDIA.COM and is charged with developing the Southeast region as well as helping to amplify the entire national footprint. NRI Startup India provides a winning strategy for Indian entrepreneurship and innovation mobilizing resources to bolster India’s foremost talents and creative geniuses.

Being born at sea between an expanse of water somewhere between Mumbai and Karachi, has given Kamlesh superhuman powers and strength. Kamlesh loves to work on helping start-ups and enterprising individuals work towards excellence by leaping over tall buildings (he calls them challenges) and take on the bad guys by using competition-crushing moves. He moved from the UK to the USA in 2004 and has maintained his British accent. He can do several impersonations of mainly past political leaders and personalities.

He has held senior level roles, been an Executive Director for the local TiE chapter, owned businesses, consulted and worked with Government as well as managed a few people too. His passion is coaching and he is the founder and host of winning karma on BlogTalkRadio. If you are lucky enough, you can find him naval-gazing somewhere in the Himalayas where he is meditating on some new start-ups. Always available for a chat or coffee.  He can be reached at: kamlesh.darji@nristartupindia.com

Jal Irani

Mr. Irani is the owner of Excel Building Services, a commercial cleaning and building maintenance company servicing clients in the Tampa Bay region. Mr. Irani has been a dedicated member of the executive committee.

Secretary: Srinivas Vadlamani

Srinivas Vadlamani has 26 years of experience in IT services industry in various leadership role both in IT Talent acquisition and Sales and Marketing.
Mr.Vadlamani specializes in building strong teams and optimizing IT staffing and Sales operations to maximize both client satisfaction and business profitability. His leadership of IT Staffing and Services has focused on business growth and development into new territories and industries.
Mr Vadlamani holds undergraduate degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering and Post Graduate Diploma in Management from india.

Vice President of Communications: Roshni Hannon

Roshni Hannon is a former television news executive. Most recently she was the Executive Producer of the Emmy award winning and number one rated morning news show in Tampa Bay, Fox 13. Before that she worked in television in Chicago and Jacksonville. She is currently VP of Communications for the Indo-US Chamber and a Story Architect for Mad Bear Productions, a video marketing company. Roshni is a graduate of the University of Florida where she also became Miss India Florida and went on to become the First-Runner Up for Miss India USA. Roshni and her husband Patrick have two children, Jaxon and Raina. They also have a French Bulldog, Chewbacca. When she’s not training for a marathon or chasing her two beautiful children around you can generally find Roshni in a quiet place writing, blogging or creating a unique story-telling video.


Member: Aakash Patel - Elevate, Inc.

Aakash M. Patel is the President of Elevate, Inc. – a Florida-based business consulting firm providing a variety of services, based on recognizing, forming and leveraging strategic relationships. Aakash serves as a member of the Centre Club Board of Governors, Leadership Tampa Bay Board of Directors, University of Tampa Board of Counselors Chair-Elect and as a member of the Florida Holocaust Museum Leadership Council. He has been a member of the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee since 2006 has served as Vice-President for Sponsorship, Vice-President of Communications, Secretary, and Public Relations Co-Chair. Aakash received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature & Political Science from Florida State University.

Vice President of Web Communications: Anitha Kancharla



Anitha Kancharla is experienced IT Functional Consultant with strategic vision and pragmatic execution, 14 plus years of IT experience with strong knowledge of application design, development and integration techniques.
Principal, Goldtec, Inc leading software solutions and IT services company . Our goal is to help organizations achieve their financial and business objectives by using current technologies more effectively. She received Bachelor of Science in Management of Information Science from USF.

Chair of Web Communications: Jigish Desai - Intelitech Computer Solutions

Web Communications:Vatsal Patel

Chair of Marketing: Amit Patel

Amit Patel

Amit D. Patel is a Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual. Amit strives to develop enduring relationships with clients by providing expert guidance for a lifetime of financial security. He works with his clients to identify their financial security needs and then focus on solutions that can help make those financial goals a reality.

Amit truly loves giving back his time and energy by serving his community through volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Amit has been a member of the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce In Tampa Bay since moving to Tampa in 2012 and currently serves as the Vice-President of Social Media and Marketing. Amit is an Advisory Committee member for Brewster Technical College, which serves and educates adults with disability in employment skills training. Amit also serves on the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Indian Advisory Council and is an active member in the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay. Nationally, Amit serves on the Kachhia Patidar Samaj Board of Directors and is a member of AAHOA – Asian American Hotel Owners Association; and NAIFA – National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

Amit is very passionate about charitable giving and raising awareness for his passion projects. Amit has been continuously impacted by the stories of family, friends, and members of the community that have directly been impacted by the horrific disease of blood cancer. Amit has been involved with LLS – The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for the past 3 years and most recently fundraised for the Man and Woman of the Year Campaign in which he raised close to $22,000. Amit is also on the Executive Board for the Community Action Committee for the Northwestern Mutual – Greater Tampa Bay office in which their mission is to raise funds and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily in the areas of research into new treatments and cures, specifically in the Greater Tampa Bay Area.

Vice President of Annual Events: Lakshmi Sastry - Ritti Couture Living Style, Inc.

Mrs. Sastry is a member of the Special Events Committee of the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce and an active member since 2005. Sastri is the Director of Ritti Couture Living Style, Inc. of Tampa, a company specializing in interior design and professional event planning. Demonstrating her passion for the arts, Sastri has served as Chair of events for several organizations, including FAPI, FIA and the Savita Society. As an avid supporter of the Chinmaya Mission for over 10 years, Sastry continues to teach Bala Vihar, a program aimed at instilling culture and values among children of Indian origin.

Lakshmi holds a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Madras in Madras, India and a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore.

Manoj Krishnappa

Manoj Krishnappa is a native of Philadelphia and New Jersey area.  While in the Philadelphia, he graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering.  He has extensive knowledge in Engineering as well as software industry.  Manoj Krishnappa has been in the Tampa Bay area for about eight years.

Currently, Manoj Krishnappa is the President of Emmrys Global Solutions, LLC, which is a recruitment firm that specializes in placing foreign candidates in the US.  Manoj’s main focus is to assist individuals who currently in the US to find the best available opportunity that may not be available elsewhere.

Aside from being involved in day to day operations of his company, Manoj enjoys giving back to his community.  His main passion and hobby is photography.  Manoj has been a member of the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce in Tampa Bay since 2014.  Currently, he provides assistance to the organization in media and marketing committee by being their “go-to” photography and Videography.  Manoj enjoys spending time with his family and especially playing golf with his daughter.


Vice President of Corporate Membership: Kuleen Shah

Kuleen D. Shah is born & raised in Tampa. He is working for Harbor Light Investment Advisors & doing Administration & Marketing for his company. Kuleen strives to develop enduring relationships with many clients by providing expert guidance for a lifetime. He works with building up his clients & to identify their needs and then focus on solutions that can help make those financial goals a reality to grow.

Kuleen truly loves giving back his time and energy by serving in his community through volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Kuleen has been a member of the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce In Tampa Bay since 2012 and currently serves as VP of Corporate Membership  for the Chamber. Kuleen also serves on the Men Go Red For Women that is part of the American Heart Association, also an Associate member of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Indian Advisory Council and is an member in the Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay, on the India Festival Committee.

Annual Events:Neil  Khant

Neil R. Khant is the Principal of NRK Real Estate Advisors, LLC, which markets and manages healthcare and professional real estate throughout the Tampa Bay Area (Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco Counties). Over the last few years, Neil’s primary focus has been assisting on selling, purchasing, and leasing as well as developing commercial properties. He also prides himself on detailed analysis of site selections, strong client relationships, and insider knowledge of market trends. Neil currently holds aFlorida Real Estate Brokers License and owns his own firm.Raised in Tampa, Neil attended H.B. Plant High School before earning his Bachelors of Science degree from The University of South Florida. If not practicing real estate, Neil enjoys volunteering in the community, attending regional sporting events, and playing golf.

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