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First Bangladeshi origin to join Obama admin

First Bangladeshi origin to join Obama admin

N Nina Ahmad. Photo courtesy: www.aapip.org

US President Barack Obama has announced his intent to appoint for the first time a Bangladeshi origin American to his 14-member advisory commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).

Dr N Nina Ahmad is co-owner and Executive Vice President of Government Affairs for JNA Capital, Inc., a real estate finance and development company based in Philadelphia that she helped to co-found in 1994. 

Three other Indian-Americans are also set to be appointed to the commission. They are: US Air Force officer Lt Col Ravi Chaudhary, prominent community leader Shekar Narasimhan and popular film and television actor Maulik Pancholy.

According to a White House press release, the members will advise the President on innovative ways to engage AAPIs across the country and to improve their health, education, environment, and well-being. 

"I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have agreed to join this Administration, and I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years," Obama said.

Hailing from all over the US and from across a wide range of disciplines, "these accomplished individuals will work to advance the inclusion of the AAPI community and to uplift the community’s contributions to America", reads the press release.