Rajeev Kaul

USIFA Director & President

Rajeev Kaul is a principal with the New York- based Kaul Group. The Kaul Group provides financing, corporate advisory, and tax and audit services to a diversified client base. Kaul Group is also involved with BPO operations in India. The Kaul Group helps enterprises at various stages of capitalization – from startups to mergers & acquisitions. Clients of the Kaul Group range from one-man start-up operations to Fortune 100 companies.
Rajeev is also a principal in Berkshire Ventures Corp – a hospitality related investment group whose portfolio properties are spread across from Washington DC to Florida. Rajeev is one of the founders of UnderHill Technologies Inc, which is in the process of setting up an IT Park in India.
Rajeev Kaul is a CPA and has a MBA in Finance. He has spoken about finance, investment and taxes at various places like Columbia Business School, Harvard Business Club, CUNY and Asian American research institute. The Kaul Group received top ten Asian American business award from USPAAACC in 2013.
Rajeev is a Board member of US India Friendship Alliance Inc and Women’s Empowerment Project. Rajeev is also a founding member of MP NRI Development Committee Inc, a NGO dedicated to the improvement of education of young girls in the state of MP, India. He currently is an Executive Board member of Indo- American Arts council Inc.

Mukesh Aghi

USIFA Director & Secretary

Mukesh Aghi is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the US- India Strategic Partnership Forum. Dr. Aghi has extensive experience working with business and government leaders in the U.S. and India to promote trade and strengthen ties between the two countries. He also currently serves as a trustee at Claremont Graduate University.


Previously, Dr. Aghi served as Chief Executive and Member of the Board at L&T Infotech where he expanded the business on a global level. During his time at Steria, Inc. (India), Dr. Aghi served as Chairman and CEO of the Asia-Pacific region. Additionally, Dr. Aghi was the founding CEO of Universitas 21 Global, the world’s largest consortium of research-led universities and global leader in providing post-graduate online education. He was also the President of IBM India for IBM Corporation, and spent time working with Ariba, Inc. and JD Edwards & Co.


Dr. Aghi holds several degrees, including an advanced management diploma from Harvard Business School, a Ph.D. in international relations from Claremont Graduate University, an MBA in international marketing from Andrews University, and a BA in business administration from the Middle East College, Beirut, Lebanon.


As a fluent speaker in many international languages, Dr. Aghi was recognized by Esquire Magazine as a Global Leader and has won many awards over the course of his professional career, including the J. R. D. Tata Leadership Award. Most recently, he was the recipient of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award. In his free time, Dr. Aghi is a major marathon and mountaineering enthusiast. He has competed in over 27 international marathons and climbed some of the highest peaks in North America and Europe.

Gaurav Verma

USIFA Treasurer

Gaurav Verma is the Chief Operating Officer of USISPF. He supervises day-to-day operations, oversees revenue generation, and coordinates the strategic management of the forum’s various programs and initiatives. He provides leadership and direct management oversight to the forum’s team and engages senior leaders across member companies, government stakeholders, and the forum’s Board of Directors.
Prior to this role, Gaurav worked with U.S. companies as they navigated business in India, providing a forum for senior industry and government leaders in both countries to meet their foreign counterparts. He has experience in global business development, growth, strategy, day-to-day management, and digital economy portfolio execution for non-profit organizations, as well as Board of Director relations and oversight. He also created a coalition for jobs and growth to ensure that American businesses have access to international expertise needed to continuously drive economic growth and job creation.
Gaurav is an Advisory Council Member of the Global Institutional Investors Forum in Mauritius, Advisory Council Member of One Globe “Uniting Knowledge Communities” in New Delhi, and a Member of the Board of Women’s Education Project (WEP) in New York.
Gaurav holds an MBA in Finance and Investments from City University New York and a Bachelor’s of Commerce Degree from Delhi University in India.