Meet Our Staff
Board of Directors
Yasho LahiriBoard Chair
Yasho Lahiri is a Partner in the Corporate group and Global Investment Funds practice in the New York office of DLA Piper LLP (US), where he directs its Institutional Investor Practice. He has almost a quarter century of experience as a business lawyer. Yasho was born in Kolkata, India, and grew up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Lusaka, Zambia. He moved to the United States with his parents during high school, and is intimately familiar with the challenges facing Bengali-speaking and other immigrants to the United States.
Meghana ShahBoard Co-Chairs
Meghana is a partner at Eversheds Sutherland LLP in New York City. She has pursued human-rights related pro bono work throughout her career, both representing individuals seeking political asylum in the United States and providing legal services for a number of organizations including Lawyers Without Borders and the Cherish the Children Foundation. Meghana was also a founding member of the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut (SABAC). Meghana is a graduate of McGill University and the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Tania KhanBoard Co-Chairs
Tania is Assistant General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at New York Life Insurance Company. In addition, she is an active member of New York Life’s OGC Diversity & Inclusion Committee and Asian American Employee Networking Group and serves as a mentor in the LEAD Diversity Mentoring Program. She has pursued her interest in issues impacting immigrant communities in the US and abroad for many years, including prior work with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in the UK, Human Rights Watch and the Immigration Affairs Department of former Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Tania is a native New Yorker of Bangladeshi heritage and graduate of Barnard College and Georgetown University Law Center.
Ravali ParsaFundraising Chair
Ravali focuses on client services and business development activities at Pantheon Ventures in New York City. She covers large public pension plans throughout the United States. She was previously at Credit Suisse in Investment Banking focusing on Technology, Media and Telecom group. She graduated from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business with a major in Finance and a minor in public policy and management. In addition to her work with Sapna as their Fundraising Chair, Ravali is involved in Student Sponsorship Group and Minds Matter.
Neeta Jain is a Program Manager for the Ad Technology Platform at Amazon. She graduated from University of Delaware in 2006 with a Masters in Computer Science degree. She is deeply committed to improving gender diversity in STEM fields within schools. Currently, she is championing the Girls Who Code partnership at the Amazon New York location. Her other interests include sports and dance, from the perspective of using these activities as tools to change the body language and empower women and young girls with confidence. In 2016, she was part of the host committee for Sapna’s annual fundraiser, Festival of Dreams.
Debarati Roy is a journalist with Bloomberg News, having started in journalism as a freelance reporter in India covering the film industry. She was employed by various publications before joining Bloomberg in 2004. Born and raised in India, she is a graduate of Sophia College in Mumbai, and earned a Masters Degree in Economics from Bombay University. Debarati volunteered with India’s National Social Service, where she taught at an orphanage and has also worked with and counseled patients at drug treatment facilities. She has worked with Kallol Women’s Forum, a non-profit focused on raising money for under-privileged children in India.
Sehra Eusufzai is global head of brand marketing and communications at Openlink. A versatile change agent and problem-solver, Sehra has delivered brand and revenue growth, client success and culture change at technology, professional services and telecommunications companies. Previously, she held leadership roles in marketing, brand and communications at IBM, including positions in South Asia. She earned a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a M.S. in Mass Communications and Journalism studies from the University of Denver. Sehra also is an advisor to early-stage social businesses such as Silicon Harlem and Overture and is a volunteer activity consul with InterNations.
Jean BurgCo-founder/Former Board Member
Jean Burg is a family physician. Dr. Burg is the Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine in the North Bronx Health Care Network. She provides primary care services and conducts community research in the Bronx community. She is a co-founder of Sapna NYC