Youth Program Director and Youth Board Advisors
Youth Board Advisors
Akash Patel is a technology professional and works at CDW in Bellevue and lives in Greenlake. He attended Washington State for his undergrad degree in Management of Information Systems with an extensive background in marketing and attended University of Washington for his masters.
This is Akash’s fifth year as a Youth Board advisor. Akash has attended Camp Bharat as a camper, and he was also a YB counselor for three years, one of which as Vice President. His reason for getting involved was to “give back to an organization that gave me so much”.
In his free time, Akash provides pro bono marketing and communication services to local startup nonprofit organizations. He also enjoys spending time with friends and his 7 year old pitbull/lab mix named Ally. Go Cougs!
Vishaal Diwan studied Computer Science at the University of Washington and also holds a minor in biology. Currently he is working on his start-up.
This will be Vishaal’s second year as a Youth Board Advisor. Vishaal attended Camp Bharat for many years throughout his childhood and was also on the Youth Board for a year, during which he served as the head of the Youth Committee. Vishaal is very excited to have the opportunity to give back to an organization which gave him so much growing up.
When he is not busy with official YB business, Vishaal can be found listening to music or re-watching episodes of Entourage. Vishaal hopes he can bring a fresh perspective to the board and show the kids they can be themselves while still getting work done.
Abhishek Sodhi (Muni)
Muni Sodhi is a Retail Vendor Manager at Amazon.com, where he is a corporate buyer for large CPG manufacturers. Muni graduated from the University of Washington earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and Finance. He also has previous experience working as an Investment Analyst at Merrill Lynch.
Muni graduated from Issaquah High in 2010, and spent three years on YB during high school. He loves networking and meeting new people, traveling, listening to all types of music, and getting outdoors as much as possible to explore the great PNW. Muni is looking forward to bringing a fresh approach to the IAWW Youth Board and is excited to work with and mentor tomorrow’s future leaders.
Youth Leadership Program Director
My family moved to Seattle in 1982 and I have participated and performed in IAWW events from the start of the organization back in the late 1980s. As a teenager, IAWW was one of the platforms which gave me the opportunity to meet other kids with similar backgrounds and build lifelong friendships.
I am passionate about volunteering to make a difference. I was the PTSA treasurer for 2 years at Newcastle Elementary and joined the IAWW executive board in 2012 to give back to the community. IAWW has been an amazing and rewarding experience. I have served on the IAWW board as Secretary, Vice President and this is my fourth year as the Youth Leadership Program Director.
I started my career working at Microsoft while majoring in Marketing at the University of Washington and have held variety of roles over the years. Currently, I am working part-time at Stanford University.
Youth Leadership Program Assistant Director
Suhas Uliyar is a software professional and works at Oracle and lives in Woodinville. He moved with family to the Seattle area in 2003 from the San Jose Bay area. He has been an active member of IAWW since 2006 and has regularly volunteering at the IAWW functions and Camp Bharath. Suhas was on the IAWW board 2015, 2016 and was the Vice President for IAWW board 2016.
He is married to his wife Deepika and has 2 daughters Ananya who on the Youth Board member and Mahima who is in the Youth Council. He cares about giving back to the community and helping the youth generation to be good humans and citizens of the world. He strongly believes that the IAWW youth program provides a platform towards this goal along with understanding our culture and philosophies.