The American Institute of Indian Studies' General-Director Purnima Mehta was selected by The Economist as one of the top 50 diversity figures in public life, alongside such honorees as Ambassador Ruth Davis, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet, and the President and Mrs. Obama.
AIIS Director General Purnima Mehta
According to The Economist:
"Purnima Mehta has served for over a decade as the Director General of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS). Under Mehta’s leadership, the AIIS provides in-country language training in 16 South Asian languages, including three of the “critical languages” designated by the U.S. Department of State. The support provided by the AIIS is one of the crucial ingredients for improving and facilitating Indo-American relations regarding economic development, trade and diplomacy."
For the full list of The Economist's top 50 diversity figures in public life, click here.