US President Obama names two NRIs for key posts

US President Barack Obama has nominated two NRIs to key posts. Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri has been nominated for post of Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), the only federal agency focused solely on the regulation of gambling. Mr Chaudhuri is currently Vice Chairman and Associate Commissioner of the NIGC, positions he was held since 2013. He also served as Acting Chairman of the NIGC for a few months. He attended Dartmouth where he earned a BA in 1993. He took a few years off before going to law school at Cornell. He also worked in Indian law, business and finance and commercial litigation before he struck out on his own in 2006, running his law firm. It was during this time Chaudhuri began sitting as a judge in Native American national courts. In 2012 he was named senior counselor to the assistant secretary for Indian affairs in the Department of Interior before he moved to the gaming board. The second NRI is Deven J Parekh, who has been nominated to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the US government's development finance institution that mobilises private capital to help solve critical development challenges and in doing so, advances US foreign policy. Parekh is the managing director at Insight Venture Partners. He held a number of roles at Berenson Minella & Company between 1992 and 2000. He is Treasurer and Member of the Board of Governors of the National Academy Museum, a Member of the Board of the Tisch MS Research Center of New York. He is also a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York. Parekh attended Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.