Board of Directors

Board Chair: Sharan Salian


With a 20 year career in the logistics and transportation industry, Sharan has a very broad set of experiences covering engineering, operations, customer support, market research, and customer data acquisition and integration. Currently he has product management/ marketing responsibility for two supply chain related products covering the healthcare industry and transportation management. In his broad career, Sharan has completed global projects managing internal and vendor teams across APAC, EMEA, Mexico, Canada and the US. He has been recognized with many internal awards for his leadership, customer spirit and goal-focused project completion including 2 time recipient of the highest employee corporate award.

Professional Certifications:  M.S. Industrial Engineering (Texas Tech University), B.E. Industrial Engineering (Nagpur University)

Number of years in Memphis:  _19 years

Past charitable endeavors:

Leadership Giver – United Way@ FedEx

Festival Director – IndiaFest  2010, 2011, 2005

Team WingSutra (Southern HotWing Festival fundraiser for RM House) – 2014, 2013, 2012

Association for India’s Development (AID) – Parent Supporter

Chair – FedEx Diversity Council – Asia Network at FedEx (2004-2009)

Member- MPACT Memphis (2003) Lead for the DineAround program (2004)

Vice Chair (Festival Admissions): Memphis In May International Festival (1999)

Steering Committee (Volunteer Services): Memphis In May International Festival (1997-99)

Vice Chair: FedEx Arts Services Corporate Neighborhood Team, Memphis, TN (1997-2001)

Harish Vishria
Harish Vishria is a Senior Financial Advisor with an Ameriprise Platinum Financial Services practice. He has been an advisor for the last 19 years and holds the designation of a Certified Financial Planner. As an advisor he has been awarded among the top 100 advisors across the nation and recently appointed a Private Wealth Advisor (top 2% of the nation) with Ameriprise Financial.
He received his M.B.A. in management from Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, CA. He also has a Masters Degree and Bachelors Degree in electrical engineering.

He is a founding member of both the Indian Community Fund for Greater Memphis and Diversity Memphis. He has served on the boards of Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), Service Core of Retired Executives (S.C.O.R.E), and the Financial Planning Association of Memphis. He has also served on the economic, finance and retirement committee for the City of Germantown.
He is married to Urmi and has two sons, Eric and Aaron who both reside in California. He enjoys involvement in community service and traveling.


Madan Birla

Madan Birla is a veteran of the “hard” side of business. In his 22 years at FedEx, he was Managing Director of Long-Range Operations and Facilities Planning and Materials and Resource Planning before being named Managing Director in the company’s Leadership Institute. For eight years as a member of the Long Range Planning Committee he worked closely with Fred Smith (Founder & CEO) and the senior management team in evaluating strategic ‘what-ifs’. For the last five years he has been advising executives on how to unleash employee creativity and commitment to build a culture of innovation and performance.

He completed his undergraduate work in Mechanical Engineering at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India. Following that he enrolled at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, IL, where he received his Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering.After graduating from IIT, he joined RCA Records in Indianapolis. While in Indianapolis he did graduate work in Business at Butler University.After moving to Memphis to join FedEx, he received a Master of Science degree in Counseling from the University of Memphis.He is author of FedEx Delivers: How the World’s Leading Shipping Company Keeps Innovating and Outperforming the Competition, published by John Wiley & Sons. This book has been translated into Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Korean and Thai.He is a regular speaker in Executive Education programs at Kellogg Management Institute, Northwestern, Tuck Business School, Dartmouth, University of North Carolina, American Management Association, The Conference Board, and professional meetings including Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Global Human Resource Forums, Tennessee Leadership conference and Leadership Academy, Illinois Institute of Technology, Columbia, Fordham, Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore, Indian School of Business, Singapore Institute of Management, and others.

He has received many awards including Membership in Alpha-Pi-Mu, Industrial Engineering Honor Society, Honorary Citizen, City of Indianapolis for community involvement and Five-Star Awards, the highest recognition for Leadership Excellence at FedEx.

He is actively involved in volunteer work for giving back to the community. He led the effort to establish the Indian Community Fund for Greater Memphis that funded the permanent exhibits including the Gandhi exhibit at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis and ‘Windows to the World’ an interactive educational exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Memphis. He developed long range plans for the Church Health Center (serving working poor), Friends for Life (serving HIV/AIDS affected population), the Tipton Commission on Aging (serving seniors) and Shelby County Schools Education Foundation. He lives with his wife Shashi in Collierville, TN and has two grown children who live in New York and Chicago.

Salil Parikh

Salil Parikh is a physician who works in a local group practice. He graduated from Rhodes College with a chemistry degree and from the University of Tennessee Medical School. He is Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Tennessee. He serves on the board of his medical group and is Chief of Staff of Methodist Hospital- Olive Branch.

He has previously volunteered for India Fest and is currently involved in marketing for the ICFGM. He grew up in Memphis. After living in Florida for 5 years, Salil moved back to Memphis with his wife and kids in 2004.

Anupam Lahiri

unnamed (4)Anupam Lahiri is a Healthcare Executive with Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare in Memphis, TN. He has been in healthcare management for the past 19 years. He received his M.B.A.  from the University of Memphis, TN. He also has a degree in Occupational Therapy from Calcutta University, India. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member with Arkansas State University and served as the Guest lecturer at UTHSC.

He is a member of American College of Healthcare Executives and board member of Mid-South Healthcare Executives. He has also served as the President of India Association of Memphis and Mid-South Bengali Association.

He is married to Mohua and has two sons, Emon and Ean. He enjoys  community activities, photography and traveling.

Philji Johns

Bryan D’Souza

Rakesh Goorha

Shankar Natarajan