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.
Chair – Special Projects
Daksh Jaiswal currently works at Disprz, an enterprise technology venture, as a Regional Business Head. In his spare time, he volunteers with Harvard US India Initiative as the Chair of Special Projects. With an educational background in business & finance, Daksh is an alumnus of University of Delhi & the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. 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. Daksh spends his spare time reading, solo-travelling and working on self-improvement projects.
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.
Arjun Mirani is a sophomore at Harvard concentrating in Physics and Mathematics, with an anticipated secondary in Philosophy. He is interested in everything affecting the future of science and society, from space exploration and energy to international relations. Apart from HUII, he has written for the Harvard Science Review and is involved with Harvard Model UN. He greatly enjoys writing, reading, listening to the Beatles and playing blues guitar.
Shekhar Chatterjee is a freshman at Ashoka University where he intends to major in Computer Science. Shekhar has the responsibility to manage this website, the delegate portal and the payment systems for HUII. A night-owl, dorm-room programmer, and a startup enthusiast, Shekhar doesn’t like anything non-spontaneous. He is from Kolkata (East), was born and brought up in Vadodara (West), living in Delhi for a couple of years now (North), and is willing to move to Bangalore – The IT dungeon (South). He enjoys hunting and playing with vulnerabilities in IT Systems at Ashoka. How to become friends with him? Just start a conversation. What get’s him excited? An amazing start-up idea and Centre for Entrepreneurship. And no, he won’t hack Facebook accounts for you. Ask for something better.
The Conference Team