Niranjan Shah – A Figure of Philanthropy, Entrepreneur, and Public Service

Published / by TheRugbyUnion

When Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan were announced as special guests that will headline Hillary Clinton’s Chicago fundraiser, many other names were revealed to be on the guest list. With entrance to the fundraiser event priced at $1000 per guest, the event was considered to be one of Hillary Clinton’s largest fundraising events. Among the names on the guest list was Niranjan Shah, an entrepreneur from Chicago who was prominent in the public service circle.

Since the 1990s, Niranjan Shah was already heavily active toward President Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. Even prior to his involvement in the presidential campaign, Niranjan Shah had already served on numerous local, state, and federal commissions. In the early 1990s, he served on Chicago’s Economic Development Commission. In 1994, he was appointed by President Clinton to the Goldwater Foundation for Excellence in Technical Education. He was also appointed to the Illinois Board of Regents, the governing board of Illinois state universities.

Aside from public service, Niranjan Shah was devoted to philanthropic endeavors. As a board member of Leading India’s Future Today (LIFT) Foundation, he was committed to improving the education and the development of future leaders in small communities around India – his home country.

Niranjan Shah received his Bachelor of Engineering in India, his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering in the United States in the 1970s, and then supplemented his engineering degree with management training at Harvard Business School. Following his graduation, Niranjan Shah founded the Globetrotters Engineering Corporation in 1974 with himself as the only full time employee.

Globetrotters Engineering Corporation is a privately owned engineering, construction, and architecture company that focuses on projects in the Chicago area. It has won multiple awards for its designs and projects, including the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Its projects include the Midway International Airport Redevelopment Project and the mechanical, electrical, and communication design of the John Stroger Jr. Hospital.

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