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IISAC’s Trustees and Officials

IISAC’s board of trustees is made up of 7 executive members who are experts in their professional fields. They take administrative key roles and lead the organization within the confinements of its vision, mission and objectives.

  • 1. Prof. Ngan Huang – Chairperson
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Cardiology, Stanford University, California, USA

    As the Chairperson of IISAC, Dr Huang coordinates the educational activities of the organization. She is passionate about guiding students to develop their academic potential by didactic courses and experiential learning. She enjoys motivating young students to pursue the fields of science and engineering through summer research internships, seminars, and other speaking engagements.

    With a doctoral degree in bioengineering, she is also a medical scientist at Stanford University, where she actively studies the role of stem cells and extracellular matrices for applications in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

    Selected Publications:

    • Huang NF, Patlolla B, Abilez OA, Sharma H, Beygui RE, Zarins CK, Cooke JP. A Matrix Micropatterning Platform for Cell Localization and Stem Cell Fate Determination. Acta Biomaterialia 6: 4614-4621, 2010
    • Huang NF, Niiyama H, Peter C, De A, Natkunam Y, Fleissner F, Li Z, Rollins MD, Wu JC, Gambhir SS, Cooke JP. Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Endothelial Cells Engraft into the Ischemic Hindlimb and Restore Perfusion. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol 30:984-91, 2010
    • Huang NF, Fleissner F, Sun J, Cooke JP. Role of nitric oxide signaling in endothelial differentiation of embryonic stem cells. Stem Cells Dev 19:1617-1625, 2010
    • Huang NF, Sievers RE, Park JS, Fang Q, Li S, Lee RJ. A Rodent Model of Myocardial Infarction for Testing the Efficacy of Cells and Polymers for Myocardial Reconstruction. Nature Protocols1:1596-1609, 2006
    • Huang NF, Patel S, Thakar RG, Wu J, Hsiao BS, Chu B, Lee RJ, Li S. Skeletal Muscle Morphogenesis on Micropatterned and Nanopatterned Biopolymers. Nano Letters 6:537-542, 2006
    • Huang NF, Yu J, Sievers R, Li S, Lee RJ. Injectable Biopolymers Enhance Angiogenesis after Myocardial Infarction. Tissue Eng 11:1860-1866, 2005
    • Levenberg S, Huang NF, Lavik E, Rogers AB, Itskovitz-Eldor J, Langer R. Differentiation of Human Embryonic Stem Cells on Three-Dimensional Polymer Scaffolds. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 100:12741-12746, 2003

  • 2. Prof. Sunny Luke - Program Director
  • Dr. Sunny Luke- an accomplished American Scientist, Professor and International Educationist is proud to call both USA and India as his homes. Being one of the founders of IISAC, he has been guiding American study abroad students and professors through South India for over 15 years. He has traveled extensively both in USA and India and knows what type of cultural experiences the US students are looking for while in India. He encourages American students to develop cross-cultural skills through educational tours, blog writing, reflection papers, cultural exchange and short documentary films.

    With an extensive knowledge of Kerala’s society and culture, Dr.Luke is one of the editors of Introduction to Kerala Studies, a first of its kind inter-disciplinary book on Kerala (www.bookonkerala.com).

    Published by IISAC, this book is used as a reference book by several US universities for their faculty-led and semester in Kerala programs. To his credit, he has more than 70 scientific publications in International Journals of Repute in the areas of Medical Genetics, Molecular Pathology, Human Evolution, Stem Cell Technology and Tissue Engineering.

  • 3. Mr. Alex Koshy - Executive Director
  • Alex Koshy is working as a volunteer in the capacity of the Executive Director of the IISAC office in New Jersey. He oversees the administrative activities of IISAC in relation to student’s recruitment, US and Indian university collaborations, Office management including Finance and student visa issues. He also serves as the PRO of IISAC to represent both the print and visual media in USA and India.

    He holds an Engineering degree [B.E.] from the National Institute of Engineering, Warangal and a Masters degree in Business Management [MBA] from the Cochin University of Science & Technology, Cochin, India.

    As a professional engineer he works as the Fleet Manager, Water & Sewer Utilities, City of Newark, New Jersey, USA. Formerly he held the position of Engineering Manager, Hindustan Insecticides Ltd, Udyogamandal, India.

    He was commissioned by the New Jersey State Governor as a Commissioner into the Board of the NJ State Dr. MLK Jr. Commission, to promote the vision and mission of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Former Global President &Founder General Secretary of the World Malayalee Council-a Diaspora organization of people of Kerala, India.

    His professional expertise and community leadership have stood in good stead for him as the Project Coordinator for the successful implementation of the IISAC’s three year long project of publishing the Book on Kerala, titled “An Introduction to Kerala Studies.”
  • 4. Dr. Abraham Joseph- Director Global Relations and Social Responsibility projects
  • Dr. Abraham Joseph was a former Chief/Senior Socio-Economic Affairs Adviser, United Nations. In this position he contributed to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (2000 -2015) and also contributed inputs to the formulation of the United Nations Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development Goals which was later adopted by the 193 countries in September 2015. He was also the former Special Advisor to the Foreign Minister of Timor-Leste. Currently Dr. Abraham Joseph is serving as the Senior International Strategic Advisor, Public Service Institute of the University of Oklahoma, USA and he is also a Special Advisor to the Educational Training Institute of Oklahoma. Being think tank in Developmental Economics, he is well known for his initiatives in sustainable developments of Asian and African countries.

    Dr. Abraham Joseph is an international expert onInternational Economic Development Policy and Practice with over 30 years of experienceas a United Nations Advisor and also as a Government Advisor.

    Upon completion of his tenure with the UN, Dr. Joseph represented Pubic Service Institute, University of Oklahoma (PSI/OU) in the UN meetings and contributed to “2030 Development Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (2015 – 2030)”. He also has represented PSI/OU in the USAID meetings held in New York and Washington D.C. In July 2016,Dr. Joseph represented the PSI/OU in the “White House Summit on Global Development” in Washington D.C. hosted by President Barack Obama; and also in the President’s Global Development Council Meetings.

    As Senior Socio-Economic Adviser of the United Nations (UN), he actively contributed to the the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (2000 -2015) and also contributed inputs to the formulation of the United Nations Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development Goals which was later adopted by the 193 countries in September 2015.

    A highlight of Dr. Joseph’scareer has been an extended relationship with Timor-Leste (East Timor) as Senior Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Timor-Leste in 2011. Prior to this assignment, he was Chief/ Senior Socio-Economic Affairs Advisor ofthe United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT). Hehas also served in various capacities at the United Nations Headquarters, notably Office for Economic and Social Council Support and Coordination, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (OESC/DESA); Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS); Secretariat of the Chief Executives Board for United Nations System Coordination (CEB); Office of the Special Coordinator for Africa (OSCAL); UN/DIESA’s Division for Policy Analysis and Research; and UN Center for Transnational Corporation (UNCTC).Also Dr. Joseph has guided internsat the UN for over 20 yearsfrom various Universities.

    Before his tenure at the United Nations,Dr. Joseph worked in Government of India’s Planning Commission under leadership of Dr. Manmohan Singh, ( Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission and later former Prime Minister of India) and at India’s Ministry of Finance’s Department of Economic Affairs in New Delhi.

    Dr. Josephholds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics from India. He conducted his advance research in Tokyo under the Japan Foundation Fellowship Program with the eminent economist, late Dr. Saburo Okita, (former Chairman of the Japan Economic Research Center, who later became Foreign Minister of Japan). He attended several special training programs/courses which included organized by Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden on “Economic Actors in Conflict Prevention and Peace Building”; the US Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California on “Promoting Livelihoods in Conflict -Affected Environments” and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Inter-Regional Project Program on “Trade Protectionism”.

    Dr. Joseph recently co-authored a book with economist, Takako Hamaguchi titled “Timor-Leste: The History and Development of Asia’s Newest Nation’. His first book was on “India’s Trade with Japan: Challenges and Opportunities”. He has also prepared books on African development issues published by the United Nations and published articles in journals.

    Dr. Josephis a member of the American Economic Association (AEA), USA; Academic Council of the United Nations System (ACUNS), Canada; and the Asia and the Pacific Policy Society (APPS), Australia.

  • 5. Mr. Sanoop Luke - Director Youth Empowerment
  • Sanoop Luke leads YouTube’s Family & Learning content in Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia. He serves as a strategic adviser to leading producers, ranging from international TV broadcasters to independent studios to native YouTube creators. Prior to YouTube/Google, Sanoop was with Turner in Atlanta and Hong Kong, where he managed Content Strategy for its Kids & Entertainment channels in Asia-Pacific, including Cartoon Network. He started his career with GE in their Financial Management Program, where he served as an Analyst with NBCU Universal Television in New York and Los Angeles. Sanoop holds BA in Economics from Emory University.

  • 6. George Jacob PhD-
  • Director of Publications, Former Medical Director, Tristate Institute for Reproductive Medicine, New Jersey

  • 7. Rajeeve Thachil - MD, MRCP, Critical Care Medicine
  • Easton Pulmonology Associates, Easton, PA 18042

Faculty Directors

Faculty Directors and Junior Consultants

The Institute has identified and inducted over 100 eminent scientists, professors, engineers and executives in different disciplines to give their services as Faculty Directors and inducted over thirty Junior Consultants to work as Peer Counselors among the High School and College Students. The services of these Faculty Directors and Junior Consultants are free to those who seek guidance from the institute after attending IISAC’s educational seminars.

The Junior Consultants are young professionals working in various fields, providing academic counseling to the High School or Junior College students. They consult and take the advice of the Faculty Directors.

The Faculty Directors give authentic and expert advice on higher education, careers, scholarships, research opportunities as seminar presenters. They also assist the outstanding undergraduate students for getting internships, externships and career placement.

IISAC Programs

  • 1. IISAC’s Semester in India Program with various universities and colleges in India (www.semesterinindia.org)
  • 2. IISAC’s science semester with KIIT University, Odisha. (www.sciencesemesterinindia.org)
  • 3. IISAC’s faculty led programs in Tropical Biology , Ecology , Biodiversity and subjects related to Kerala Studies.(www.studyabroadkerala.org/)
  • 4. IISAC’s Experiential Learning Program Abroad
  • 5. IISAC’s Graduate Study and Research Program Abroad
  • 6. IISAC’s Youth Empowerment Programs
  • 7. IISAC’s Faculty Development and Professor for Inspiration Programs
  • 8. IISAC’s Publication: Books and Journals

IISAC's Founding Members And Profiles

The extra ordinary visions of its’ founding members has resulted the formation of IISAC as a true Indo-US bridge for internationalization of higher education and research for instilling success in young minds. They are:

  • Sunny Luke
  • Ngan Huang
  • Sanoop Luke
  • Alex Koshy

US and Indian office addresses

US Office

IISAC, 15 Honnis Place, Suite # 1
Newark, NJ, 07104 USA

India Office

IISAC Office
3rd Floor, Parish Building
Christ the King Cathedral,
Kottayam, Kerala, India-686001
TEL: 944-654-0922