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IAPC ANNOUNCES NEW NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President : Dr.S.S.Lal, Exec.Vice President: Annie J Koshy, General Secretary: Biju Chacko

June 3, 2020

IMG_1578New York: INDO AMERICAN PRESS CLUB, Inc. (IAPC) has announced the National Executive Committee 2020. IAPC, the largest ethnic Indian American media forum, formed in 2013 to provide a common platform and to be the voice for media personnel of Indian origin, and to help shape the world to be world that is fair, just and equitable for the all today and future generations.

Dr. S.S.Lal, a world renowned Health Expert, Columnist and Guest Speaker on various Visual Media, has been selected to be the President of the National Executive Committee of Indo-American Press Club (IAPC), the largest ethnic Indian American media forum, formed to provide a common platform and to be the voice for media personnel of Indian origin, and to help shape the world that is fair, just and equitable for the all today and future generations.

Dr.Lal was a member of the Board of the Directors of IAPC during 2014- 2016. He is now the Director at the World Health Organization (WHO), in charge of the Department of Controlling contagious diseases (TB), with head quarters in Washington DC. Dr. Lal has been working for WHO in various countries,and has been instrumental in the setting up and management of its Global Fund at Geneva. He is a key member in various Advisory Councils of the WHO and often appears on TV sharing valuable thoughts on public health. Many of his scientific articles and findings have been published in various international journals. He is also a frequent columnist in various accredited Online and Print media.

Since 1993, for the first time in India  Dr.Lal initiated the broadcasting of Health Shows (Pulse, Asianet) and he was the Anchor for more than 500 biweekly episodes, until the end of 2003.  He has published so many Short Stories and Novels, and “Tittoni” a collection of his short stories was published by D.C.Books.

With his passion, dedication and academic achievements such as MBBS, MPH, MBA and Ph D, Dr. Lal makes his commitment towards betterment of health conditions all over the world with his responsible assignments at World Health Organization. Dr. Lal originally hails from Trivandrum, Kerala, and is an extensive traveler all over the world now lives at Vienna, Virginia along with his wife Dr. Sandhya and two sons.

Dr. Lal  will serve as the President of IPAC leading the organization to newer heights.

ANNIE J KOSHY elected as the Executive Vice President  joins the leadership team with her motto “Giving voice to the voiceless through thought leadership, photography, media and the arts.”

Award-winning media professional, Annie Koshy, is a recognized multi-talented media and events personality, trained elite speaker and emcee. Her work is highly applauded, as she has made a lasting impression within the arts, media, and events arena. Annie has gained a reputation for bridging opportunities for those in a variety of industries. Through her disciplined work ethic in multiple streams, aptitude for branding and skill in business networking, Annie is a role model to many within the community. As a fine example of a multi-disciplinary woman leader in the community, Annie’s story is inspirational and unique to young entrepreneurs and women. Her kernels of truth and words of wisdom are steeped in experience and cultural diversity.

The newly appointed Vice Presidents are C.G. Daniel, James Kureekattil, Prakash Joseph and Sunil Manjanikkara. C.G. Daniel is a well known writer and an amateur photographer with a large following especially on social media.  He is an environmentalist and his photos are published in the local newspapers. He is the President and CEO of the Deepalaya Foundation Inc. He is focusing to transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of children  living in low-income communities in Delhi and nearby states of North India by providing literacy and equality of education though Deepalaya Delhi. Before immigrating to the U.S., he was a successful entrepreneur in Delhi for many years. He has traveled several countries related to his business activities. Even while holding a full time job at Houston airport, he has been playing a major role in social and cultural activities in Houston. Daniel was the former president of the IAPC Houston chapter and the editorial Chairman of the International Media Conference 2019 Souvenir.

James Kureekkattil is a renowned Indo American free thinker, writer and columnist. He is also a reporter to Global Reporter TV channel. He has produced many news reports and features for the Reporter TV channel. His short stories, poems and articles has been published in several publications. His book “Malluklabbile Sadaachaaratharkkangal (Moral Argument of Mallu Club)” which was published last year is one of the widely discussed books among the Malayalee communities in the U.S. He was the Editor if Dhwani magazine published from Detroit. He is also actively involved in the writers forum, LANA.

Prakash Joseph was the Advisory board member of the IAPC Atlanta chapter. He is also a member of the Greater Atlanta Malayalee Association (GAMA). In 2016 he was elected as GAMA President and since 2017 he is serving as the member of the Board of Trustee. Recently he was elected as the Atlanta region president of World Malayalee Council.

Sunil Manjanikkara is working as a Program-in-Chief with the Global Reporter channel. He was the Program Director for JaiHind TV USA. He is a professional in photography and videography and exhibited his expertise through several TV programms.. He was the Public Relations Officer for the American Malankara Diocese and he played a major role to establish the diocese’s audio video media department. He was instrumental in the historic leap of telecasting of 250 episodes of a Realty Show organized by JaiHind TV, where participants from all American states could present their versatile talents for the first time. For Malankara TV, Sunil reported the Induction and Coronation events of H.H.Ignatius Aprem II, Patriarch of Global Syrian Orthodox Churches from Syria.

The elected General Secretary, Biju Chacko is a well known media person of North America. He is the member of the Director Board of Jai Hind News which is publishing from U.S. and Canada. He is actively involved with many organisations including NORKA. He was the front runner of New York State Senator Kevin Thomas’s election campaign and now actively involved in the community services of Sen. Kevin Thomas.

The elected Secretaries are Andrews Jacob, Raj Dhingra, Annie Anuvelil and Dr. Neethu Thomas.

Andrew Jacob is the reporter of Global Reporter channel. He was the former secretary of IAPC Houston chapter. He is a good singer in Malayalam and Hindi especially ghazal songs. He is the Treasurer of Malayalee Association of Houston, President of Houston Kottayam Press Club, Cultural Forumn Chairman of World Malayalee Association of American region. He is involved in the charity organization like Ragam Arts, Prathibha Arts etc.

Raj Dhingra is the publisher of New York based Indian Republic News paper. He is also members of several Indo-American community organizations.

Annie Anuvelil is a freelance journalist based at Atlanta. She has a post graduate diploma from Manorama School of Communication (MASCO). Before immigrating to the U.S. she worked with the New Indian Express and R R Donelly publishing department. She played a major role to start the monthly news bulletin, “Nattu Vishesham”, publishing by the Atlanta Metro Malayalee Association (AMMA). Currently she is the news editor of this monthly magazine. She is also actively involved in the community activities.

Dr. Neethu Thomas is working as Senior Reporter at Global Reporter TV. Many of her daily reports to Global TV Channel under ‘Global News Hour’ have claimed popular attention. She is also working as Surgical Tech in Broadlawns Hospital Des Moines ,Iowa.

The newly electedTreasurer Reji Philip is the reporter of Global Reporter channel and a popular media professional also. He has a Post Graduate degree in journalism. He is engaged in several visual online media and an expert in creative digital department .He is based at Philadelphia..

Advocate Innocent Ulahannan is elected as the Jt.Treasurer. He is the Vice president (operations) of Asian Era Magazine. He has 25 years of experiance as a Revenue Manager in New York. He was the former president of Hudson Valley Malayalee Association and Chairman of the Board of Trustee. He served as American Political Action Council President and Secretary of FOKANA, New York region. He was the Treasurer of the Indian American Lawyers Forum. As a certified Notary, he has been active in the community engaging in tax affairs for the last 22 years. He has decorated many official positions in various organizations and a recipient of various awards to his honor..

Baiju Pakalomattom and Rupsi Narula were elected as National Co ordinators. Baiju Pakalomattom was the former IAPC Secretary. He is the regional director and columnist of JaiHind News, Niagara region. His several articles have been published in many of the publications. He was one of the founder members of the Niagara Malayalee Samajam and now serving as the president. During 2007 he joined Knight of Columbus, the global Catholic organization and elevated to fourth degree as Sir Knight for his dedications. In 2016 he was elected as the regional Vice President of FOKANA Canada region.

Roopsi Narula has been  prominent  with her presence in the digital marketing sector. Roopsi who has attained MBA from USA, is also holding Masters in Sociology.  She has been active for the last ten years with her print and  digital chain of telecasting in the ZeeTV Americas, TV Asia, Oxford University Press, and The South Asian Times.

The new elected Public Relations Officers (PRO) are O.K. Thyagarajan, Teresa Tom and Shibi Roy. Originally from Kannur, O.K. Thyagarajan is based at Vancouver, Canada. He is the editorial board member of Jai Hind News. He studied law and journalism and worked with the Kairali TV channel also. He has published a collection of short stories.

Shiby Roy is the Owner/CEO and Lead RJ of Mallu CafeMalayalam Radio U.S.A available @99.5 FM. Her radio station is based at Houston but streaming is available through out the world. She is also a director board member of the Greater Houston malayalee Association. This year she was elected as the womens representative of the Malayalee Association.

Teresa Tom is a well known as a Writer and Columnist, publishing many poems and articles in Newspapers, magazines. She has published two collections of her poetries and two collections of her essays of social importance and women empowerment. She was the Chairperson of the Literary Seminar held by the WMC. Teresa is an active member holding different positions of IAPC since its inception.

IAPC was formed with the lofty goal of realizing a long-felt need to bring together the media groups and the Indian American media persons across the North American continent  under one umbrella to work together and support one another, and thus giving them a powerful voice in the media world and the larger society. IAPC members are dedicated to fulfill the vision of enhancing their own journalistic skills while striving to help fellow journalists and future generations to work towards the common cause of enhancing the well being and efficiency of all peoples of the world. For more information, please visit: https://indoamericanpressclub.com

Report: Dr. Mathew Joys, Las Vegas


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