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Vikram Byanna Akula
Vikram is Chief Executive Officer of SKS and has several years of work and research experience in microfinance and rural development. He holds an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Chicago, where his dissertation focuses on microfinance. His professional background includes working as a community organizer with the Deccan Development Society in Medak and as a researcher with the Worldwatch Institute, an environment and development policy institute in Washington, D.C.

Malini Byanna Akula
Malini is a third-year law student at the Chicago-Kent College of Law planning to specialize in International Children's Rights. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois and has over 8 years of experience in the social services. Her experience includes serving as the Director of a Medicaid Physician Referral Service at Catholic Charities and as the Child Visitation Center Supervisor, Legal Advocate and Community Educator of Apna Ghar, a shelter for abused Asian women and children. Malini is currently serving as the Executive Director of Swayam Krishi Sangam Foundation.

Dave Madan
Dave began his professional career in the sales department for Car Telephones, Inc. in 1988. After expanding the business from the Midwest to the East Coast, he became the National Sales Manager, and also took ownership of two retail store locations. In 1994 he and a partner founded Internet Chicago, a provider of internet connectivity within the Chicago area. Now offering a full range of internet services and Web development, his company continues to win awards for its work and praise from its customers. Internet Chicago currently has 18 employees and over 1 million dollars in revenue.

Ritu C. Dhingra
Ritu earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State University and a Masters in Management (MM) from Kellogg Graduate School of Management. For the first seven years of her career, Ritu consulted with governmental entities such as US and State EPA and Fortune 500 companies on clean up options at hazardous waste sites and environmental compliance. She then worked for a Fortune 200 chemical company to proactively manage environmental compliance at their US coatings plants. Ritu is currently the US Marketing Manager at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), an independent, not-for-profit safety testing and certification organization.

Atul Trivedi
Atul earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1994. From then, until 1998, he worked for Baxter Healthcare Co. as a Product Development Engineer in their IV ("intravenous") Systems Division. In 1998, he left Baxter to start a legal education at Chicago-Kent College of Law and will graduate in May of 2001. Currently, he is working part time for Wallenstein & Wagner, a small law firm in downtown Chicago that specializes in intellectual property law including: patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.

Kim L. Reilly
Kim earned a B.A. from Marquette University, double majoring in English and Anthropology where her primary interest was physical anthropology especially cause of death analysis, physical evidence of trauma and disease. After completing field school at a historical cemetery in Whithorn Scotland, she worked for GLARC, a Milwaukee based archeological group excavating and cataloging the removal of a local Milwaukee cemetery. After attending classes at Arizona State University and working for the State Bar of Arizona as Administrator of Legal Specialization and Continuing Legal Education she returned to Chicago and is currently a third year law school student at Chicago Kent-College of Law. She is currently working as a research consultant for a local Chicago-based hedge fund and plans to pursue a PhD in forensics/physical anthropology.

Pamela Wilson
Pam earned her MSW from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1996 and her MJ in Child Law from Loyola Law School in May 2000. She is presently working as a Therapist on the Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at MacNeal Hospital where she has been for the past three years.

Andy Khan
Andy has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a MS in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has been employed by Motorola for 11 years and is currently developing advanced communication systems within Motorola Labs. He has two issued patents and several patents pending in the field of radio communications.

Nivedita Das
Nivedita has a BS in Biology from University of Illinois and an MS in Neurobiology from the University of Illinois. She currently works at Abbott Labs as a research scientist in the HIV diagnostic division.

Anita Tamirisa
Anita is starting her third year at the University of Chicago where she is majoring in sociology and pre-Med. In her free time, she is involved with the Univeristy of Chicago South Asian Students Association and with Dance Studio. Her future plans include involvements with Teach for America or an Americorp program, traveling, and attending medical school.

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