Raju Chinthala, Ph.D
Founder & President
Indiana India Business Council
An emissary with a vision.
"If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We need not wait to see what others do” – Mahatma Gandhi
Mr. Raju Chinthala is the face of resurgent India in America. A persuasive, creative, self motivated, service oriented, people person who has molded himself into a visionary, challenge driven, successful professional, entrepreneur and leader in academic, business as well as community areas.
Raju has been widely recognized for his willingness to go beyond the norm and his ability to bring together divergent individuals and groups to see and seize opportunities, address challenges, solve problems, and enhance quality of life for all.
Mr. Chinthala currently serves as:
- Founder & President, Indiana India Business Council
- Executive Vice President, U.S. India SME Council
- President, Indianapolis Hyderabad Sister City Committee, City of Indianapolis
- Member, Mayor's Advisory Commission on Human Relations; Carmel Midtown Building Corporation & Board of Carmel Interfaith Alliance, Appointed by Mayor James Brainard, City of Carmel
- Chairman - SPC, India Association of Indianapolis
- Founder & President, Asian American Indiana PAC
- Chairman, US India Political Action Committee – Indiana
- Member, Board of Gregory Hancock Dance Academy
As the Founder of Indiana-India Business Council and a leader in multiple other internationally focused nonprofits, he has been a key player in the successful negotiations to encourage investments in the State by major Indian corporations, including a 2017 investment decision by Infosys, Ltd. that will create 2000 new, well-paying jobs to Indianapolis by 2022.
As a Liaison, he has been the bridge between 2 countries. Mr. Chinthala played a key role in establishing Sister State relationship between Indiana and Karnataka in 2017 as well as Sister City relationship between Indianapolis and Hyderabad in 2010. 2017, was a year when Mr. Chinthala’s efforts led to a historic landmark. He played a crucial role in aiding Governor Holcomb become the first Governor of Indianapolis to visit India. In 2010, Mr. Chinthala’s also played a crucial role in aiding Mayor Ballard become the first Mayor of Indianapolis to visit India. In 2006, was his first role in a historic event by aiding the then President of Secretary of States in US, Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita to be the first elected official from Indiana, visit India.
Mr. Chinthala is the recipient of Sagamore of the Wabash Award by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb in 2017 & Governor Mike Pence in 2015. He received this personal tribute for rendering distinguished service to the State and Governor of Indiana—the highest honor bestowed by the Governor of Indiana.
Mr. Chinthala is a civic and community leader and foreign relations advocate with a passion to promote the business, cultural, and diplomatic exchange between disparate communities. Raju is a native of India, citizen of the United States, and a community leader in Indianapolis and Indiana, who has been working tirelessly over the past decade to establish effective community and business outreach programs to improve opportunities for Indiana citizens, to promote trade and investment between Indiana and India, and foster improved international awareness and understanding. He is a key player in State negotiations with major Indian corporations, resulting in new international investments and job growth for the citizens of Indiana.
Raju is pride of himself as a visionary, architect, emissary, connector, instigator, and optimist. Raju builds bridges. Raju make things happen.
Holding a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Masters Degree in Speech and Hearing from All India Institute of Speech & Hearing, Mysore, India, he has garnered several awards including honorary Ph.D.
Mr. Chinthala moved to the US in 1994 and currently resides in Carmel, Indiana with wife Dr. Prasanna Chinthala, son Anoop Chinthala and a dog Snowball. His personal interest include photography, fitness, reading, networking and being a gadget fanatic or just hanging out at home with Prasanna and their dog Snowball.