The Universal News Network: A New Way Of Staying Connected And To Contribute Towards Making Our Universe A Better, Just, and Safe Place For All To Live, Grow, And Succeed

We live in a world of uncertainties, and at the same time, is interconnected as never been before in human history. We get to see, experience, and learn of things happening in places across the universe with a click, which was not imaginable when most of us were born.

The Universal News Network comes to connect every one of us with the universe and all its beauties, the noble deeds, the inventions, the heroic deeds, the mysteries, and the uncertainties that we encounter every day in our lives, helping us become aware of the rapid changes in the universe. Given the pace of fast changes today, we need the media that helps us navigate through the uncertainties, giving us perspectives hidden behind what we see and encounter daily.

As cultural storytellers, journalists influence the collective story of humanity. The purpose of journalism is to support us in making sense of our world, providing us with the news and information; it also engages, inspires, and activates us to be free and self-governing.

At the Universal News Network, we want to focus on possibility-oriented storytelling that fuels hope and sparks innovative ideas and actions; seeking to lead discussions, creating, disseminating, and using news and information that serves us all, and providing a platform for diverse voices, forms, and engaging everyone, continually engaging and innovating.

Welcome to The Universal News network. Please join us, and let’s together journey and work towards informing, educating, and engaging the peoples of the universe in a way that makes our universe a safer and healthier place for the entire humanity to live, cherish and succeed.

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Chief Editor, TheUNN.com & Vice President, TheUNN Corporation

Ajay Ghosh, the Chief Editor of Universal News Network, came to the United States to pursue his higher studies in Journalism in 1997 and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the School of Journalism at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. Having a Master’s Degree in Social Work, he worked as a freelance writer on social issues for numerous publications in Delhi and had worked as the Chief Editor of The Voice Delhi.
In the United States, starting as a reporter for India Post, he worked as the New York Bureau Chief of Indian Reporter and World News and had worked as the New York Bureau Chief of India Tribune, a weekly newspaper, published from Chicago. Ajay had served as the Executive Editor of NRI Today and was the North American Bureau Chief of The Indian Express, North American Editions. Ajay serves as the Media Consultant of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI). In December 2019, he was part of a nearly 200 member expedition to Antarctica, the 7th Continent on Earth.
In addition, Ajay taught Social Work Seminar and guided students at the Graduate School of Social Work, Fordham University in New York City from 2006 to 2016. He was an Adjunct Professor at Bridgeport University. At present, he works as a Psychiatric Social Worker at Yale New Haven Hospital and serves as a Social Worker at Hartford Health At Home. Ajay had served as the founder President of Indo-American Press Club in 2014. In 2015, Ajay was honored with Excellence in Reporting Award by American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. Ajay received the Excellence Award in 2018 from NAMAM, a North American Community organization that fosters collaboration and education among members of the Indian American community.

Editorial Board Members

Dr. Mathew Joys is a regular Columnist and Journalist in various print and digital media, in the US and India. He is also a Creative author and authored many books including ‘Oh My Beloved’ an interpretation of the Song of Songs in the Bible, and ‘ American Aadukal’ (the Goats of America) are a few. He is the Executive Editor for the JAIHINDVARTHA Newspaper from NY and Associate Editor for Express Herald and editorial board member for the NERKAZHCHA Weekly from Houston. He is the Regional Reporter for Global Reporter TV channel.

After his studies at Bangalore, his career began in India at the Finance department of the Indian Government and extended his abilities to be the Rotaract/Rotary club Director and National General Secretary of Employees federation (NTC) in India. His philanthropic activities and leadership in different projects of social importance at his homeland at Kottayam are commendable and recognized.

As a founder member of the Indo American Press Club, currently serving as the Vice Chairman of its Board of Directors. He has been the Chief Editor of IAPC Annual Souvenirs since it’s inception. He is now settled in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife Dr. Alice Mathew, who is also a Professor in UNLV and renowned YouTube channel anchor on her own Cookery and Gardening videos.

Seema Govil is the Founder & CEO of Cosmo City Media, a multi-faceted marketing firm representing the US South Asian community. The company specializes in public relations, branding, social media, & video production.  Seema is an Anchor with TV Asia for the last seven years; she covers major social-cultural, corporate, and political events in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio. Furthermore, she has her own Podcast, Fablife 360, on Rukus Avenue Radio. She covers positive and uplifting stories about celebrities, artists, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists.

Seema understands that living a fulfilling life is only possible when you contribute beyond yourself. She looks for opportunities to make a positive impact and create awareness about causes that speak to her. All this and more can be traced back to her early roots and upbringing.

President & CEO, TheUNN Corporation

Dr. Chalil, an author of several scientific and research papers in international publications, is the Chairman of the Complex Health Systems Advisory Board, H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University in Florida and a member of Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine (NSU MD) Executive Leadership Council. A veteran of the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, he is board certified in healthcare management. He has been awarded a Fellowship by the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems, and other healthcare organizations. Dr. Chalil is the Chairman of the Indo American Press Club (IAPC), the largest ethnic fraternity of Indian American and Indian Canadian media with a mandate to help shape a world through media that is fair, just, and equitable for all, and future generations. He is an expert in U.S. healthcare policy and a strong advocate for patient-centered care.

Advisory Board Members

Ambassador Pradeep Kapur is an acknowledged “luminary diplomat,” with a distinguished career working with leaders and policymakers in different continents of the world: Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and South America. Author and editor of many books, he was Ambassador of India to Chile and to Cambodia, and Secretary at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, before joining as an academic in reputed universities in USA and India. A graduate of the globally acclaimed Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D), he is Executive Director of Smart Village Development Fund (SVDF); International Economic Strategic Advisor, Intellect Design Arena; and Chairman, Advisory Council, DiplomacyIndia.com.

A physician by profession, having a passion for media and commitment to serve the larger humanity, with special focus on women’s empowerment, Dr. Manju Sheth is a Board Certified Internist, currently serving patients at Beth Israel Lahey Hospital.in the Boston Region in Massachusetts. Dr. Sheth is the co-founder and CEO of INE MultiMedia, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting and supporting charitable organizations, art, culture, education and empowerment through workshops, seminars and multimedia. Dr. Sheth is a former trustee of the Indian-American Forum for Political Education. She served as the president of Indian Medical Association of New England in 2013. Dr. Sheth is known to be a natural storyteller her popular “Chai with Manju” celebrity series is one of the most read news features in the New England region, where she featured celebrities and spiritual leaders such as Sadhguru, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the Kennedys and the like.

Dr. Thomas Abraham is the Founder President and currently serves as the Chairman of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) and Chief Editor of GOPIO News. He was the Convener of the First Global Convention of People of Indian Origin held in New York where GOPIO was formed. Earlier, Dr. Abraham served as the Executive Trustee of GOPIO Foundation.
Dr. Abraham has been serving the NRI/PIO community for the last 45 years. He served as the first president of the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of New York (1976 to ’99) which does the largest India Day Parade outside India and the National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA) (1980-’88). Dr. Abraham also served as the Co-Chairman of the fundraising campaign to institute Jagdish Bhagwati Chair at Columbia Univ. Other than GOPIO, two other groups initiated by Dr. Abraham are National Indian American Association for Senior Citizens (NIAASC) and South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS), and also co-founded Indian American Kerala Center. Dr. Abraham was presented with Bharatvanshi Gaurav Award by former Vice President of India Bhairon Singh Sekhawat, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award by President of India Pratibha Patil and Lifetime Achievement Award by India Abroad in 2012. Dr. Abraham was also presented the Outstanding Alumnus Award by India’s Malaviya National Institute of Technology. A graduate of Columbia Univ., Dr. Abraham is a materials scientist and nanotechnologist by profession and is President of Innovative Research and Products, Inc., an industry and market research firm based in Stamford, CT, USA.

Dr. Zachariah P. Zachariah, one of the nation’s leading cardiologists, medical director of UHealth Cardiology in Fort Lauderdale, FL, appointed to the Florida State University System Board of Governors by the Governor of Florida, is the Director of the Fort Lauderdale Heart Institute. In addition, he is also Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Chairman of the Florida Board of Medicine, and a member of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health. Among Dr. Zachariah’s professional credentials are certification in the American Board of Internal Medicine and in the sub-specialty Board of Cardiovascular Diseases.

He is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the Society for Cardiac Angiography, the American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the Society of Clinical Scientists. He was awarded a fellowship in cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic. There, he worked closely with the late Mason Sones, M.D., who pioneered the technique of coronary arteriography and paved the way for modern cardiology. Dr. Zachariah has personally performed over 10,000 cardiac catheterizations and 2,000 PTCA’s. In addition, Dr. Zachariah is a member of the Commission to study long-term care in the State of Florida and was appointed by Florida’s Insurance Commissioner. Dr. Zachariah is a member of the Health Advisory Committee and the Citizen Advisory Committee appointed by U.S. Senator Connie Mack. Active with the American Heart Association, Dr. Zachariah is President of the Broward Region, and past President of the American Heart Association, Florida Affiliate.

Dr. Ravi Jahagirdar, a past president of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), is a Florida-based renowned Urologist, has devoted his time, energy and resources for numerous charities. He was the Chairman of the Hindu Society of Central Florida, and has been active in multiple Charities here in USA and in India. Of all, he considers his work at the AAPI Charitable Foundation to be the “best.” Dr. Jahagirdar considers, his “best professional accomplishment has been to try to do the utmost for my patients.”

Having completed his Master of Surgery Degree from G.S.Medical College and KEM Hospital in Mumbai, Dr. Jahagirdar obtained his Board Certification in Urology from Tulane University, New Orleans in 1984. Since then, he has been in active urology practice in Orlando Florida. He specializes in minimally invasive   da Vinci robotic  and laparoscopic surgeries, and corrective surgery/prosthetics for erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence.  Recognitions and awards came his way as he began his professional and community leadership across the country.

 He has been active in American Urological Association and Florida Medical Association. He served as the President of Orange County Medical Society and of Doctors of South Asia (DOSA) and on Board of Directors of FLAMPAC. He has been on the Risk Management Committee of Florida Hospital for over two decades.

Mr. Zacharisha’s interests are in Business, Real Estate, Science, Technology, etc. Currently he works as a Real Estate Broker in Florida with Fabulous Homes, Inc. He obtained his Doctorate Degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the School of Aerospace Engineering with a broad area of specialization in Plasmas, Fusion, Acoustics, and Renewable Energy Sources such as Solar, Wind, Waves, etc., his Masters from IIT Madras in the School of Aerospace Engineering in Rocket Propulsion and Combustion along with a minor in Mathematics; and his Undergraduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kerala. He had been a Boy Scout and became an Eagle Scout and President's Scout.

Gloria is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Society & Diplomatic Review (SDR), a United Nations accredited publication that serves as a directory of Ambassadors, UN Secretariat, and the Consular Corps. SDR covers diplomatic events and is the premier journal covering the UN. The publication is in partnership with MaximsNews Network, an online website dedicated to the UN community and global affairs. Gloria was a founding member of the well known “Breakfast for Leaders” located in Washington D.C., a forum for corporate leaders to discuss important issues impacting the business community, and to develop strategies to initiate global outreach for business expansion.

In addition, Gloria has been a long-time Society and Diplomatic Editor of Irish Connections magazine and Irish Examiner newspaper. She is also a veteran UN Correspondent, Society and Diplomatic Editor of the Greek newspaper, and a Correspondent for the Jewish Post newspaper. You will often find her work on various websites such as the German Mission to the UN and the UN Office for Partnerships

Renowned community leader with decades of experience in community service and sales/marketing, Andy Bhatia, has served as the president of the Federation of Indian Association in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in 2018. Andy Bhatia was the president of American Sales and Marketing Partners LLC, with extensive experience in the airline/travel industry. He retired as the Area Sales Manager for Air India in New York, where he worked for nearly 35 years, both in the field and at the North American Headquarters in various capacities. For a quarter of a century, he actively participated in organizing the India Day Parade and Diwali Festival in New York City and Diwali Mela in Jackson Heights, among other community events in the Tri-State area on behalf of Air India. He was honored thrice by the FIA and the National Federation of Indian Associations (NFIA.)
He is credited with conceptualizing and launching the ‘Know India Seminars’ in USA and Canada which were attended by more than 6000 American travel agents to qualify as India tourism specialists. He also formulated the concept of selling co-op tours by agents in non-conflicting sales territories to increase tourist bookings to India. Bhatia was also instrumental in the launching a bi-monthly India Travel newsletter and the Traveler’s India magazine. He continues to be engaged in the industry as a consultant and serves as a member of several travel trade associations including the Pacific Asia Travel Association’s New York Chapter and  the American Society of Travel Agents, Airline Sales Managers Association and SKAL International.
He also worked at the Public Relations and Development Office at the University of Bridgeport as executive secretary of the Committee on Informal Education. He chaired the Halsey International Scholarship Program consisting of community support groups representing sixteen countries including India’s Shastri Scholarship Committee.
He is now the Past President & a Trustee of The Federation of Indian Associations NY,NJ & CT and is  also affiliated with several other  community  and travel trade organizations.

Creative Team

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