Shared Interest (SI)
U.S. Department of State’s Passport to India is an important initiative to raise the number of U.S. students participating in learning programs in India. Presenters will discuss survey findings on the challenges to student mobility to India, including cost, curriculum, culture, and safety concerns, and will provide strategies for increased student, intern, and volunteer mobility to India.
Passport to India
Nick Booker serves as the Executive Director of the US Department of State's Passport to India initiative to encourage and enable young Americans to study abroad and intern in India.
As Co-Founder of IndoGenius, Nick works with institutions engage from across the world with India through student immersion programs, original research, academic and research partnerships and other strategic initiatives. IndoGenius has brought over 1,000 students from the U.S., UK and Australia to India on short term programs and internships. Nick has lived in India for over ten years.
Executive Director - Passport to India
The Ohio State University
Christopher Carey is the Director of Global Gateways at The Ohio State University. He leads the operations of Ohio State’s Global Gateway offices located in strategic regions around the world, including Shanghai, China, Mumbai, India, and São Paulo, Brazil. Ohio State is also exploring future locations in Turkey, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Europe. In addition, Chris serves as the Executive Director of the U.S. State Department initiated Passport to India program.
Chris received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Business Administration from the Vlerick Business School in Belgium. His has previous international management experiences with the US Army, Morgan Stanley, Nestlé, and the Battelle Memorial Institute.
University of Iowa International Programs
Rajagopal is a professor of geography and International Studies at the University of Iowa. He is a distinguished teacher, researcher, and a mentor. He has organized and directed over 200 workshops and seminars on a variety of topics dealing with environment and social entrepreneurship to over 10,000 people in academe, government, non-profits and industry. He serves as a nominator for the annual Japan Prize (Japanese equivalent of the Nobel), since its inception in 1985. He is the founding editor of the journal "Environmental Practice" (formerly known as the "The Environmental Professional") published by the Cambridge University Press. He graduated with a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1974. Over the last 11 years, he has designed and implemented one of the most successful and prestigious award-winning (Andrew Heiskell Award) faculty-led study abroad program for over 1,100 University of Iowa faculty and students in India. It has provided transformative learning experiences and opportunities for social and business entrepreneurial education.