SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, and SAMMA, South Asians in Media, Marketing and Entertainment Association, present the latest in their series of high-profile webcasts - via BlogTalkRadio - with some of the leading South Asian names in global media, arts, entertainment, politics and much more...
Join us for a webcast with Sunil Gulati, president of U.S. Soccer, chairman of the U.S. effort to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup (Bill
Clinton is the honorary chairman) and the most influential South Asian in American sports. Fresh from Team USA's run at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, he'll discuss the state of the sport, his career and more. He'll be interviewed by Deepti Hajela, Associated Press newswoman and former SAJA president; and SAMMA member Vijay Setlur, sports marketing instructor and former media manager for FIFA Under-20 World Cup 2007 Toronto.
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See Gulati's full bio below.
PREVIOUS SAJA SPORTS WEBCASTS:
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- Rinku Singh and Dinesh Kumar Patel, two non-baseball players from India, signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates to a minor-league contract
- Raj Mathai, one of the first South Asian sportscasters in the U.S. and sports director of NBC Bay Area
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- Danny Boyle, director of "Slumdog Millionaire"
- A.R. Rahman, music maestro
- Ashok Amritraj, Hollywood producer
- Manu Narayan, actor, writer discusses his work
- PANEL: South Asians & Hollywood, on the eve of the 2008 Oscars
Sunil Gulati has more than 30 years of experience at all levels of soccer in the United States
and has helped the sport rise to new heights.
Gulati, who was re-elected U.S. Soccer President for his second four-year term in 2010,
has continued his mission of improving soccer in the United States by taking an active
approach on improving the structure and development of the sport in the country, while also
reaching out to broaden the organization’s relationships within the international community.
As Chairman of the USA Bid Committee, Gulati is spearheading the USA’s effort to
earn the right to play host to the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022. A veteran of the
process after also serving on the bid committee for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Gulati is
supremely qualified to help bring the world’s game back to the shores of the Unites States.
Gulati currently serves as the President of Kraft Soccer Properties, taking the position after
serving as Major League Soccer's Deputy Commissioner from its launch until 1999 and
teaches in the economics department at Columbia University. He was first elected U.S.
Soccer President in Las Vegas on March 11, 2006.
The native of Allahabad, India, has played a role in the development of U.S. Soccer since
the early 1980's and has been intimately involved in the rise of the U.S. National Teams to
prominence. He served as U.S. Soccer’s Executive Vice President from 2000 to 2006 before
stepping into his role as President.
He has served in numerous other positions for U.S. Soccer, including Managing Director
of National Teams, Chairman of the International Games Committee and Chairman of the
Technical Committee. He was also the original Managing Director of U.S. Soccer's Project
2010 and served as Chairman of both U.S. Cup '92 and U.S. Cup '93, two events that
helped showcase U.S. Soccer’s rise and prepare the federation for the upcoming 1994 FIFA
Gulati is a member of the CONCACAF Executive Committee and represents U.S. Soccer
as Chairman of CONCACAF National Team Competitions Committee. At the FIFA level,
Gulati serves on the FIFA Confederations Cup committee as well as the FIFA Ticketing
Additionally, Gulati served on the Board of Directors of FIFA Women's World Cup USA
1999 and 2003 and is currently a member of the Board for the U.S. Soccer Foundation and
National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Gulati graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bucknell University and earned his M.A. and M.
Phil. in Economics at Columbia University. He served on the Columbia Economics Faculty
from 1986 to1990 before joining the World Bank through its Young Professionals Program in
1991 and serving as country economist for the emerging country of Moldova.
Gulati, 50 and his wife, Marcela, have one son, Emilio, and one daughter, Sofia. They live in
New York City.