HUII, or the Harvard College US-India Initiative, is a student-run organization that aims to create dialogue between Indian and American youth to address some of India’s most pressing social, economic, and environmental issues today.
Started in 2011, the founders set out with the goal of fostering long-term cooperation between the United States and India, and leveraging these relationships to address some of India’s most pressing social and economic issues.
We aim to:
• Create a dialogue between students and exchange on issues related to India
• Help foster long-term relationships from young leaders around the globe
• Provide resources for social entrepreneurship in India
The Executive Board
Pulkit Agarwal is a junior at Harvard College from New Delhi concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Government. He is interested in the fields of macroeconomic and public policy with a particular focus on international trade and investment, and he spent his summer researching at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. Aside from HUII, he is actively involved in Model UN and the International Society, and is an editor for The Harvard Independent. He loves a good argument, and spends his free time reading historical fiction and watching Netflix.
Radhika Goyal is a junior at Harvard College from Mumbai. She is interested in History and Government, especially in the context of South Asia and the Middle East. Aside from HUII, she’s also involved in Women in Business, Smart Women Securities and some initiatives at the Institute of Politics. She has previously interned with Brookings India, and Nanhi Kali – a Mahindra initiative on educating underprivileged girls in India.
Aashim Vaish is a junior at Harvard, concentrating in Social Studies with a minor in Mathematical Sciences. He is interested in international development, politics and constitutional law. He writes for a satire publication and the Harvard Political Review. He is a peer counsellor for relationship and sexual assault related issues at Response. And he is also involved in many programs at the Institute of Politics, including liaising for former British Ambassador to the U.S Sir Peter Westmacott.
Naira Oberoi is a junior at Davidson College, North Carolina where she is pursuing a double major in Political Science and English Literature. She spent the past semester studying abroad in Hong Kong, where she was also a digital intern at CNN International. In India, she has previously worked at J. Walter Thompson, Observer Research Foundation, Perfect Relations — among other stints. She also loves to read (anything from Judith Butler to Missmalini.com) and is by all accounts a fashion junkie. As outreach director for HUII, Naira is able to channel her passion for logistics and event planning towards a theme she cares about deeply: India’s future.
Vedant Bahl is a rising sophomore at Harvard College from Dubai. He is planning to concentrate in Social Studies. When he’s not obsessively listening to Taylor Swift, he debates at college, writes for the Harvard Crimson and participates in economics research
Daksh Jaiswal currently works at Ola as a Category Manager. In his spare time, he works with Harvard US India Initiative and looks after finance as well as strategic partnerships. Daksh has an educational background in business & finance. He graduated from University of Delhi & was a student of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). He’s been an active part of debates, MUNs, non-profits in the past which infused in him, an interest in India’s political & socio-economic environment. A startup enthusiast, he has a deep interest in technology & business. He loves to read, travel and crack nerdy jokes.
Shekhar Chatterjee is a freshman at Ashoka University where he intends to major in Computer Science. In his spare time, he works with Harvard US India Initiative and looks after the HUII website development. Shekhar loves all things web. He codes for leisure and always craves for new ideas to work on. He loves to code in PHP and Python, and hates every developer who doesn’t like PHP. He is also a startup enthusiast, and likes technology, algorithms & business. He loves food, travel and crack nerdy jokes.
The Conference Team
- Naira Oberoi
- Shekhar Chatterjee
- Dhruv Singh
- Lakshay Jaiswal
- Arjun Mirani
- Anand S. Rajagopal
- Simi Shah
- Arnav Agarwal
- Varsha Varman
- Parth Mehta
- Vedant Bahl
- Kanishk Mittal