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Raj Sharma Joins AIF Board Of Directors


02/28/2011

Raj Sharma's, Managing Director of Investments and head of The Sharma Group of Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group and a Sharon resident  has been inducted into the American India Foundation ( AIF) Board of Directors.  Raj  has been an asset to AIF over the years, dedicating time and resources as a longtime Trustee and an anchor and leader for the highly successful New England area Galas.  Raj and his wonderful wife Nalini have been instrumental in building a strong community in New England and are, in fact, the first AIF Trustees from the area.  Along with Venkat and Pratima Srinivasan (other Trustees from the New England area) and the members of the Leadership Council, they have helped the New England chapter grow to amazing heights.
 
Widely regarded as one of the nation's top investment advisors, Raj is Managing Director of Investments and head of The Sharma Group of Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group, where he is a member of The Circle of Champions, the firm's highest recognition club, and with over two decades of experience in financial planning and asset management, he was named as the number one advisor in Massachusetts by Barron's in 2009 and 2010, and has been recognized as one of America's top 100 advisors by Barron's for seven consecutive years (2004-2010).
 
Raj holds a Master's degree in Business Management, with specialization in finance from the Institute of Management Studies, Osmania University, India and a Master's degree in Mass Communications from Emerson College, Boston.  He is also a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA), a certification awarded by the Institute of Investment Management Consultants.  Raj was recently profiled in a new book, Boston:  An Extended Family, by Boston Globe photojournalist, Bill Brett.  He is a regular contributor to local and national radio and television programs on the current market environment and financial planning related topics.
 
In addition to his remarkable commitment to AIF, Raj is incredibly active in the community and serves on the Boards of The Boston Harbor Island Alliance and the Museum of Science in Boston.  He and Nalini are also on the board and trustees of The Interfaith Action, an internationally recognized organization promoting cultural understanding and tolerance among high school students.
 
As an AIF Board Member, Raj will be on the Development and Finance Committees.  Nalini and he will be very active and supportive of AIF and our activities.



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