Board of Directors
Dr. Rashmee Sharma
Roshni Media’s Global and Emerging Leaders author Dr. Rashmee Sharma is an award-winning poet, author, educator,and a celebrated journalist recognized globally. Her journey, just like the many uplifting stories in this book, is remarkably inspirational. At a young age, Rashmee lost her husband, who was serving in the Indian military. In the late 80’s, she decided to move to Seattle with her two young children. Her mission was to complete a PhD in US literature and provide a new environment and a fresh start for her children. Her first book of poems, Amber in the Ocean, garnered various nominations and recognitions.
Along with her partner, Ms. Manee Kamboj, she founded the Autism Foundation RAYWA. Twenty years after, the Roshni Media group is now a multimedia platform that is dedicated to celebrating diversity worldwide while raising funds for their Autism foundation. This unique mission, which started as a means to increase American awareness of South Asian achievement, has evolved to including raising awareness of diversity on a global scale.
As a Senior Executive at a Japanese Multinational Bank, Manee Kamboj is a self-described accidental entrepreneur, unconventional executive, critical innovator, by-the-skin philanthropist, and Sprouting Film Producer. She also co-owns ROSHNI Media Group and RAYWA Foundation along with her long-time friend Dr Rashmee Sharma. Roshni Media’s inaugural awards program in North America, the TIA Awards, was initiated by her with guidance and leadership, and it was launched at The Pierre in NYC on May 29th, 2015. In addition to leading globally as a senior executive in the banking industry, she also sits on the board of several small-to-big nonprofit organizations. that backs efforts to educate children and empower women. RAYWA (Raising Awareness of Young Women with Autism) is a cause that Manee and her partner Dr. Rashmee Sharma hold dear.
Manee is a believer in continuous learning and giving back. Nish Kamboj, who graduated from Harvard and is a successful tech entrepreneur, has been a staunch supporter of Manee through all her endeavors. Their pride stems from the fact that their children, Divina Kamboj and Ranveer Singh Kamboj II, are enrolled at The Horace Mann School, one of the top American schools.
She and her family reside in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York.
Dr. Mak Jawadekar, Ph.D.
Dr. Mak Jawadekar is a distinguished Pharmaceutical Research & Business executive with over 35 years of cumulative experience. His career spans diverse roles at Pfizer Inc, where he demonstrated exceptional leadership in scientific, managerial, and business development positions. With a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Jawadekar has made significant contributions to Pharmaceutical Research & Development, particularly in drug product formulations and drug delivery.