Honorees from more than 30 different countries of origin, with two Indian origin men, have been presented with the Great Immigrants award in the US.
Two Indian-Americans, Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen and former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, are among 38 immigrants who have been bestowed with the Great Immigrants award and recognised for their work that have aided the country develop its society, culture and economy.
The awardees were presented the annual award on U.S.’s independence day on July 4.
Vivek Murthy, 39, who was born in the UK and is an alumnus of Harvard and Yale is the first Indian American and also the youngest ever to occupy the post of general surgeon of the country. He was appointed by the former President Barack Obama in 2014. He, however does not hold the position anymore and was dismissed by the Trump administration in April 2017.
Shantanu Narayen, 55, has an undergraduate degree in electronics engineering, a master’s degree in computer science, and an MBA from UC Berkeley. He is a native of Hyderabad. A board member of Pfizer and US-India Business Council (USIBC), Narayen was among a select group of CEOs who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington for a round-table during the leader’s visit for the first bilateral meeting with President Donald Trump.
Other awardees include Jeff Skoll, a Canadian-origin social entrepreneur and Max Levchin, PayPal co-founder of Ukrainian origin.
Since 2006, each year the corporation has been recognising the contributions by naturalised citizens and for 2017, the people from more than 30 different countries of origin were honoured.
“Our annual tribute to ‘Great Immigrants’ demonstrates the richness of talent, skills, and achievements that immigrants from around the world bring to every sphere of American society,” an Indian daily quoted Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York.
“This campaign reminds us of the debt the United States owes to generations of immigrants who become citizens and contribute to the progress of this country. Today, we celebrate and thank them,” he said.
Established in 1911 by the Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie Corporation of New York promotes the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. It focuses on issues related to international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and a strong democracy.