The South Asians in Sports community boasts some of the industry’s best and brightest talent. Click the picture or name of one of our featured members to read their interviews, and join the SAIS community here to instantly get connected with them.

South Asians in Sports

Vijay Setlur: Marketing Instructor and Sport Marketing Lead, Schulich School of Business-York University and Instructor – Professional Football Development, Concacaf

Ajay Sharma: Head Coach Women’s Basketball, Humber College (CCAA)


Sheil Kapadia: ESPN Seahawks Beat Reporter

Ami Parekh: Former Figure Skating Athlete (Professional Skaters Association, International Skating Union, Ice Skating Association of India, US Figure Skating)

Neeta Sreekanth: ESPN Monday Night Football and NFL Social Media

Rajeev Ram: Global Sponsorship & Strategy Manager at Leverage Agency

Pavitra (Belli) Chandra: Founder and CEO of B7 Sports

Neil Thakur: Regional Representative/US Tennis Association

Harsh Mankad: Founder of Tenicity, a player development and performance management platform


Shikha Tandon: Science Program Lead at United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)

Payal Doshi: NBA Canada Social Media Manager

Rashi Kakkar: Brand consultant, Freelance sports writer and Co-Founder, The Sports Business Networking Group

Payal Patel: Public Relations – Chicago Chapter of the Navy Pier and NFL Players Association

Hemal Jhaveri: Editor, USA TODAY’s For The Win

Akshay Khanna: Vice President of Strategy, Philadelphia 76ers & New Jersey Devils/Prudential Center

Harpreet Pandher: Analyst/Colour Commentator on Hockey Night in Canada and Punjabi edition on Omni TV


Shaun Jayachandran: Founder and President of Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy (

Iciri Rai: Global Sponsorship & Strategy Manager at Leverage Agency

Sanjay Kirplani: National Recruiting Analyst at The Bleacher Report

Other featured SAIS members:

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Aditi Kinkhabwala: ESPN Sports Reporter

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Megha Parikh: Senior VP and Chief Legal Officer, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Aneesh Ahuja: Adidas head of NBA partnerships

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Priya Narasimhan: YinzCam CEO

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Dev Sethi: Instagram Head of Sports

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Paraag Marathe: President of 49ers Enterprises and EVP of Football Operations

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Sean Desai: Chicago Bears Football Coach

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Devi Mahadevia: Facebook Sports Director

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Atul Khosla: Chief Corporate Development and Brand Officer of the Buccaneers

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Deepen Parikh: Courtside Ventures Partner, NYVC Sports Co-Founder