Ramya Narayanan - President
Ramya Narayanan is Vice President and General Manager Credit Card Product Management at American Express OPEN. OPEN is American Express’s business unit dedicated exclusively to supporting small business owners and is the leading card issuer to this segment. Ramya assumed this position in April 2012 and is responsible for development and marketing of OPEN’s Proprietary Lending credit cards as well as Co-Brand credit cards (Delta, Starwood, Costco and Lowe’s). Ramya is on the board of Jiva Performing Arts, a NYC-based Indian classical dance (Bharatanatyam) and Carnatic music organization. Ramya has an MBA from Cornell University, a MS in Industrial Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BE in Industrial Engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
Giri Devulapally - President
Giri Devulapally, CFA, is a portfolio manager at J.P. Morgan Asset Management where he is responsible for managing the large cap growth portfolio. Previously, he has worked for T. Rowe Price for six years, where he was an analyst specializing in technology and telecommunications. Giri received his M.B.A. in Finance at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.
Supriya Ramamurthy - Treasurer
Supriya Ramamurthy is a Senior Vice President at Citigroup New York. She has been a banker with Citi for over 16 years in several roles in New York and Sydney Australia. She is a MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management in Sydney Australia and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. She also holds bachelors degrees in Commerce (B.Com) and Law (LLB) from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad. Supriya lives in Manhattan New York with her husband Shanker Ramamuthy and two daughters. She is actively involved with Maina Foundation, an organization that focuses on raising awareness of Breast Cancer and the Chinmaya Mission NY. She enjoys Indian Classical music, cooking and reading and is a member of a monthly non fiction book club that discusses current events and international affairs.
Annu Warikoo - Secretary
Annu is a Risk Management professional with significant experience in leading multi-phase, multi-platform projects with global teams, in Financial firms. Her areas of expertise are in Technology Risk, Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Regulatory Response for Technology and Business Process operationalization for the Enterprise. Since February 2012, Annu has been with Millennium Partners, an alternative investments firm with offices globally, in the role of Global Head of Business Continuity. Annu has an MBA from Baruch College C.U.N.Y and a BA in Computer Science from Queens College, C.U.N.Y. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Both her children are enrolled in local Public Schools and she is an active member of the Parents Association Executive Board for both schools. She actively participates in organizational aspects of the Yorkville Softball League for Girls where her daughter has been playing for many years. She is the Secretary of the Jiva Performing Arts Board. Her interests are reading fiction, listening to world music, downhill skiing and cooking.
Piyali Kothari - Gala Chair
Piyali Kothari was a Bharatanatyam dancer all through her childhood growing up in Chennai, India, the Bharatanatyam center of the world, and continues to have a keen interest in it today. She holds Bachelors degrees in Economics from Stella Maris College, Chennai, India and from New York University. She was an analyst at Goldman Sachs Equities and Goldman Sachs Asset Management, New York, for many years and then proceeded to be the Director of Business Development at Deepbridge Content Solutions, New York.
Piyali lives in Manhattan with her husband, Nakul Krishnaswamy and two children. She is the admissions liaison for the Gateway School of New York, a specialized school for kids with learning disabilities. She enjoys Indian classical dancing and music, reading, travel and jewelry design.
Ami Jain - Gala Chair
Ami Jain brings to Jiva a deep commitment to the preservation and expansion of classical performing arts in the New York City area. She is a yoga teacher who has taught adults and children for over 11 years and has also studied Bharatanatyam as a young adult. She was the co-chair of Jiva’s first Gala in 2013 and has strong experience in fund-raising for non-profit organizations such as Sakhi for South Asian Women and All Souls School. Prior to becoming a student and teacher of yoga, Ami worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for two years in financial risk assessment for regional banks. She then focused on lending to Fortune 50 companies at National Westminster Bank for three years in the Chicago and New York offices. Ami received her B.A. from The University of Michigan in Economics and French.
Shruti Ramachandran is a dance student of Jiva and has been learning under the tutelage of Sonali Skandan since 2011. Originally trained by Smt. Radha Ganesan at the Natya Nilayam School in Maryland, Shruti spent 12 years learning the Rajarjeswari style and performed her arangetram in 1999. In the summer of 2001, she had the esteemed privilege of being one of the principal dancers in “Creeda”, a production directed by Shri C.V. Chandrasekhar. This marked her introduction to the world of Kalakshetra. Since joining Jiva, Shruti has worked closely with Sonali in further learning and mastering the Kalakshetra sytle of bharatanatyam. As a Jiva board member, Shruti provides the student’s perspective to strengthening dance education and plays a supportive role with respect to various events and performances.
Deepica Warikoo - Legal Counsel
Deepica Capoor Warikoo is an attorney in New York specializing in intellectual property law. Her practice focuses primarily on intellectual property prosecution, litigation and transactional matters and contract law. She is also a published author in the field of intellectual property. She received her Masters in Law (L.L.M.) in Intellectual Property from Cardozo Law School, Yeshiva University where she received the honor of “Distinguished Performance in the L.L.M. Program.” She received her Bachelors in Law from ILS Law College, Pune, India.
Cristina Jasen - Director of Marketing & Development
Cristina Jasen was hired by Jiva in March 2015. As a dance artist in NYC, Cristina produced and presented choreographic work for eight years with funding and support from organizations such as Brooklyn Arts Council and New York Foundation for the Arts. Cristina was an artist-in-residence in Normandy, France in 2014. In addition to her work at Jiva, she is currently a youth educator and advisor in Brooklyn for the social service organization, Center for Family Life. Cristina is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.