The Indian American GOPIO-CT 2016 awardees (l-r): Sachin Lawande, Anjali Sharma, Anna Duleep and Roopa Modha. (photo provided)

The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin-Connecticut chapter will honor four outstanding achievers of the Indian American community in Connecticut at its ninth annual awards banquet June 18 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Stamford Hotel in Stamford, Conn., a press release reported.

The four Indian Americans who will be honored for achievements in their profession and community service are Sachin Lawande, Anjali Sharma, Anna Duleep and Roopa Modha.

Lawande, president and CEO of Visteon Corporation, will be recognized for his achievement as a corporate leader. At Visteon, he is leading a rapid evolution of electronics technology and software to meet the demands of the connected car era. 

Sharma, a trustee of the American India Foundation, will be honored for her community service and for promoting philanthropy. Sharma has worked tirelessly as a humanist and philanthropist to promote India’s development.  

Anna Duleep, a former Norwalk Councilwoman, will be recognized for her contributions and achievements in political involvement.  After the Newton tragedy, she lobbied the legislature, police and other authorities to enforce gun control.  

Modha, a lawyer who has been working tirelessly to promote women’s issues using her legal expertise to further women’s causes, will be honored with GOPIO-CT President’s Young Professional Achiever Award.          

“The GOPIO-CT chapter has done a great service promoting Indian culture and values to the new generation as well as promoting Indian Americans to take an active role in the civic, educational, charitable and community services of the local communities,” Dr. Thomas Abraham, founder and president of GOPIO, said in a press release.  

For the first time, GOPIO-CT will recognize an employee of an institution as a ‘Friend of GOPIO and the Indian American Community.’ This year's award will go to David Smith, a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives at Stamford Hospital. He currently serves as senior vice president, strategy and chief strategy and network development officer at Stamford Health, and has supported the Indian American community for many years.

Several dignitaries are scheduled to attend the event, including Congressman Jim Himes, Stamford Mayor David Martin, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, Connecticut State Senators Tony Hwang and Toni Boucher, and Connecticut State Assemblyman Dan Carter.

The program will include entertainment and a Bollywood DJ. For reservations or to buy tickets, please call Anita Bhat at (203) 524-2935 or send an e-mail to

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