Indian-American, and Indian elected to Princeton University Board of Trustees


Two individuals of Indian descent are among the 9 new members of Princeton University Board of Trustees.

The Ivy League university announced June 18, that the 9 members elected to serve starting July 1, include Indian-American Sumir Chadha of Hillsborough, California, and Sarah Varghese of New Delhi, both for a four-year term.

Other trustees elected are Heather Gerken, Anthony H.P. Lee, Brad Smith, Amy Alving, Terri Sewell, Bob Peck, and Anthony Yoseloff, a press release from the university said.

Sumir Chadha, co-founder and managing director at Westbridge Capital Partners, elected to the Princeton University Board of Trustees beginning July 1, 2019. (Photo: Linkedin)

Chadha, a 1993 graduate of Princeton’s computer science program, is the co-founder and managing director of WestBridge Capital Partners, and has been investing in India for the past two decades. He also co-founded and was managing director of Sequoia Capital India. Early in his career, he worked in the Principal Investment Area (PIA) at Goldman Sachs, and at McKinsey & Co.

Chadha’s 2018 gift to Princeton established the M.S. Chadha Center for Global India at Princeton, with the goal of bringing together scholars and students from all disciplines to broadly explore contemporary India. The center is part of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), where Chadha is a member of the advisory council.

Varghese graduated in June with an A.B. in computer science. Before starting classes at Princeton, she participated in the Novogratz Bridge Year program in Kunming, China, where she volunteered at an anti-human trafficking NGO and taught English and dance. The following summer, she participated in a PIIRS Global Seminar on Contemporary Chinese Society at Peking University in Beijing. Most recently, she spent time at the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya as an education initiatives summer intern, teaching math and computer science and helping with community-based projects on disease awareness and prevention.

Sarah Varghese who graduated in June 2019 from Princeton University and has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the university. (Photo:

At Princeton, Varghese has been an Orientation leader, Outdoor Action leader, student worker at the Rocky-Mathey Dining Hall, member of the academic committee of the Undergraduate Student Government, peer tutor and learning consultant at the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, and fellow with the Fields Center.

She also has been a dancer and choreographer for Raqs Princeton Belly Dance Company and Expressions Dance Company, a member and co-founder at the Scully Co-op, and an actor and co-director for “The Vagina Monologues.”

She will join Digital McKinsey’s New York location as a business analyst, while also applying to master’s programs relating to the intersection of technology and society, the press release from the university said.




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