CRY America dinner 'Pledge' - Friday, May 10th, 2013

Taj, The Pierre, New York
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Cocktails: 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm
Presentation: 7.10 pm - 8.30 pm
Dinner & Entertainment: 8.35 pm onwards


Padma Desai, Gladys and Roland Harriman Professor of Comparative Economic Systems and Director of the Center for Transition Economies at Columbia University and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1960 where she began her teaching career. Professor Desai has published extensively in professional journals on issues of economic planning and reforms in the Soviet Union and Russia and the emerging market economies.

Ruchir Sharma is Head of Emerging Market Equities and Global Macro at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. He has been a contributing editor with Newsweek and has penned essays for The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Foreign Affairs and The Economic Times. Ruchir has also authored the book, Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles, which is an international bestseller.

Shefali Sunderlal - CRY America President and Program Director


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Autographed Rolling Stones Guitar by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and Bill Wyman

Autographed Pink Floyd Record Album by Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason

Mother Teresa autographed photo

Past Pledge events

Pledge 2012 held on May 18th was attended by 110 guests from New York and New Jersey, including prominent personalities Bobby Ghosh, Sree Srinivasan and Maneet Chauhan.

Pledge 2011 held on May 13th at the Taj, The Pierre Hotel in New York included special guests legendary actress Sharmila Tagore and Soha Ali Khan.

Vikram and Meera Gandhi, Fareed Zakaria (editor of Newsweek International and CNN anchor) with Shefali Sunderlal (President, CRY America) and CRY Trustees at Pledge 2007.