Carnegie Mellon University
September 28, 2014

CMU President, Two Alumni Attend Private Meeting With India's New Prime Minister

Contact: Ken Walters / 412-268-1151 /

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University President Subra Suresh and two alumni were among top Indian-American CEOs, venture capitalists and higher education leaders who attended a personal briefing with India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, Sept. 27, prior to a large-scale gathering of Indians and Indian-Americans at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Francisco D'Souza (TPR '92), CEO of Cognizant Technologies, and Romesh Wadhwani (E '70, '72), CEO of Symphony Technology Group, joined Suresh in greeting the prime minister. D'Souza earned an MBA from the Tepper School of Business and serves as a member of the university's board of trustees. Wadhwani earned his master's degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from CMU.
Their meetings preceded a Sept. 28 Community Reception at Madison Square Garden, where Modi addressed a crowd of almost 20,000 attendees. The event — billed as one of the largest gatherings ever for a speech by a foreign leader — was organized by the Indian American Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization promoting cooperation between the United States and India and advancing the shared values of democracy, inclusive economic development and mutual respect.
Modi's five-day U.S. visit will conclude in Washington, D.C., where he will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama.