On the occasion of US President’s Day on February 15, Indiaspora unveiled a list that recognized the impact the Indian-origin leaders have globally.
A list consisting of around 200 members of the over 550 million-strong Indian diaspora holding highest positions across the world, including heads of state, was revealed on Monday. The 2021 Indiaspora Government Leaders List released, recognised more than 200 leaders of Indian heritage who have ascended to the highest echelons of public service in 15 countries across the globe, with more than 60 of these leaders holding Cabinet positions.
On the occasion of US President’s Day on February 15, Indiaspora, a US-based nonprofit community of global Indian diaspora leaders from various backgrounds and professions, released the list.
The latest leader to join the list is US Vice President Kamala Harris. Founder of Indiaspora MR Rangaswami said: “It is a huge source of pride to have the first woman and first person of colour as the Vice President of the world’s oldest democracy be someone of Indian heritage. We wanted to use this seminal moment on Presidents’ Day to highlight a host of others in the diaspora who also are in public service.” Rangaswami is a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur and investor.
The list also constitutes legislators, diplomats, heads of central banks and senior civil servants from countries with prominent histories of diaspora migration including Australia, Canada, Singapore, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia Congressman Ami Bera said: “It is an honor to be included on the 2021 Indiaspora Government Leaders List. As the longest-serving Indian American member of Congress, I am proud to be a leader in the Indian American community, which has become an integral part of American life and society.”
According to India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Indians are the largest diaspora population in the world with more than 32 million people of Indian origin spread across the globe.
The 2021 Indiaspora Government Leaders List showcases the impact that the Indian-origin leaders have globally with officials on the list collectively representing more than 587 million constituents, and their countries accounting for an estimated $28 trillion in GDP.