Advisory Board



Dr. Patel is an Urologist & Philanthropist at Beverly Surgery Center & Association of Los Angeles Physicians of Indian Origin (ALAPIO).










Mr. Sarkar is a prominent retired executive who is active in various philanthropic roles today. He serves as Chair for the ISM Alumni Association, North America; Vice President on the Board for Bharat Sevashram Sangh in West Brea, CA; a founder and past president, and currently on the Advisory Board of Pratham Los Angeles, a non-profit dedicated to educating children in the slums of India; and past president, India Association of North Texas, Dallas.

Mr. Sarkar continues to consult in petroleum energy. He was a Senior Petroleum Consultant for Energy Analysis International in Denver, Colorado, and held the position of Manager, Planning and Evaluation for ARCO Pipeline in Independence, Kansas. In addition to his distinguished career, he holds an MS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa and an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

He currently resides in Riverside, California with his wife, Chitra.



Mr. Walia is an entrepreneur and highly successful executive, specializing in business software applications. He is currently President and CEO of Unify. More recently, he was President of Hitachi Solutions Asia Pacific. Prior to this, he was co-founder and CEO of Ignify, a business that grew rapidly and specialized in providing specific software products and services to customers on the Microsoft Dynamics Platform.

His recent philanthropic focus has been with Lotus Petal Foundation, a non-profit which provides financial and other support to Lotus Petal School in New Delhi, India. This school provides freed education and nutrition to children living in the urban slums. Besides education, this school provides free primary and secondary healthcare to the children and their families. Currently the school has 500 children actively pursuing their studies.



Mr. Prabir Bakshi is a renowned individual in the Southern California region who serves as Vice-president at Bank of the West. He served in the US Treasury from 1986 -2002. With his experience and expertise in Financial Management, and his ability to understand the intricacies of finance, being Special Advisor to the Board for this organization was natural. He believes in women’s financial empowerment and has been a generous donor for the organization. In his spare time he golfs, sometimes even for social causes. He likes the idea of mixing sports and fund-raising! We are grateful for his presence as Special Advisor to the Board.






Dhruba Bose-Roy joined Hope in Life Foundation in 2016 and is a resident of Pasadena and a Nuclear Engineer who retired from Southern California Edison after 25+ years of service. She is a renowned playwright and loves directing plays. In her free time she likes to travel and do philanthropy work.






Founder and President- Founding President of Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope (S.A.R.A.H),  mother of 2 amazing young adults, author and workshop facilitator of Make A Difference 101, Community Service, A Practical Step-by-Step Guide for Kids. Sande’s also the International Head Coach of the Compassion Games and founding Chief Compassion Officer of Compassionate California.







Usha Chanani joined Hope in Life Foundation in 2017. She actively supports philanthropic work and participates in homeless feeding in and around Los Angeles. With over two decades of Accounting experience, she manages the organization’s accounts as well as helps prepare the taxes annually.









Ratul Chatterjee M.D. has two practices located in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach. Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Chatterjee has been practicing internal medicine for over 10 years. He graduated from University of California-San Francisco and completed his residency at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. His practice focuses on cardiac and emotional health. His special interests include diabetes.