Indian American Trailblazers Raja Rajamannar and Dr. Guriqbal Nandra Named Recipients of 2024 Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Featured & Cover Indian American Trailblazers Raja Rajamannar and Dr Guriqbal Nandra Named Recipients of 2024 Ellis Island Medal of Honor

The Ellis Island Honors Society (EIHS) has unveiled the distinguished individuals chosen to receive the esteemed 2024 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, a coveted recognition in the United States.

Among the honorees are two Indian Americans: Raja Rajamannar, the Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at Mastercard, and Dr. Guriqbal Nandra, an anesthesiologist based in Chicago.

The medal, bestowed annually since 1986, celebrates Americans—whether native-born or naturalized—who embody and enrich the diverse tapestry of the nation. The recipients will be feted at a grand ceremony on May 18th, hosted in the illustrious Great Hall of Ellis Island.

Raja Rajamannar stands acclaimed for his pivotal role in elevating Mastercard into one of the world’s fastest-growing brands. His leadership has propelled the company to rank among the top 12 most valuable brands globally. Besides his role as the company’s CMO, he also spearheads its healthcare division as its founding president.

His literary work, ‘Quantum Marketing: Mastering the New Marketing Mindset for Tomorrow’s Consumers,’ has garnered widespread acclaim, emerging as a bestseller featured in The Wall Street Journal. Rajamannar’s insights serve as a guiding beacon for marketing luminaries and scholars worldwide. His academic journey includes a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Osmania University and a Master of Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore.

Dr. Guriqbal Nandra, known familiarly as Bal Nandra, is the visionary behind the IV Solution and Ketamine Centers of Chicago. With an illustrious career spanning over two decades, Dr. Nandra has administered nearly 10,000 ketamine infusions, positioning his center as a paragon of excellence and success among ketamine clinics nationwide.

Hailing from Punjab, Dr. Nandra completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Chicago and pursued his general surgery residency at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He attained his Doctor of Medicine degree from the esteemed University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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