Board of Directors
Faudia D. Baijnauth, Chairperson
Faudia is a founding member of ICA and the current Chair of the Board of Directors. She is responsible for the overall governance and direction of the organization to ensure that ICA operates to its fullest capacity. Faudia graduated with a bachelor degree in political science from Baruch College and earned her masters degree in social work from Hunter College. Faudia is a licensed social worker who works for Housing & Services, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to end chronic homelessness in New York City. She was born in Corentyne, Guyana and moved to New York in 1998.
Vedesh Persaud, Vice Chairperson
Vedesh helped design PRYDE, our mentoring-based youth program. He currently shares responsibility for managing the relationship between mentors and mentees, communication, and program activities for the PRYDE program. Vedesh also handles our data and data tracking system, which he also spearheaded. Vedesh graduated from Hunter College where he majored in physics and minored in mathematics. He has solid managerial experience and has helped put together start-ups in high profile companies in the aviation industry. Vedesh is currently registered in a civil engineering program at City College. He is from Clonbrook village in Guyana and lives in Nassau County, Long Island.
Diana Persaud, Treasurer
Diana works at JP Morgan Chase Bank’s Private Bank as a Hedge Fund Controller. She has over eight years of experience in the financial industry including four years of audit experience at KPMG. She holds an MBA in accounting from Pace University and is currently studying for the CPA exam. Diana migrated with her family from Guyana in 1995 and has always held a strong interest in identifying similarities and differences in Indo-Caribbean culture and practices with those of South Asia. Diana has served as a mentor with ICA and also served as a mentor to inner city children through other mentoring organizations. Her goal is to enrich the lives of the local community by promoting awareness of resources and opportunities available to help every aspiring person realize their potential and attain their goals, even in the face of adversity.
Shivika Rajkisore, Secretary
Shivika has a been a volunteer with ICA since 2011. She started as a co-creator of the Mentoring Program and then volunteered for multiple years as a mentor in that program. She has taken on other responsibilities on behalf of the organization including organizing events, developing programs, and doing outreach in Queens.
Shivika graduated with a degree in biology from Hunter College and received her masters in education from Pace University. She is currently a public school teacher at a transfer high school, which serves students who are overage and under-credited, in Canarsie, She is also a member of her school’s leadership team. Shivika was born in Guyana and lives in Richmond Hill, Queens.
Annie Behari, Director
Annie is an Admissions Counselor at Johns Hopkins University, where she recruits and reads applications from around the world. Her interests lie in helping students of an Indo-Caribbean background attain higher education. She assists in ICA's marketing and communications efforts, including film and media initiatives. She previously worked at Lafayette College in Easton, PA; Boston University in Boston, MA; and MIT in Cambridge, MA. Annie has a masters degree in higher education from Harvard University. Her family is from Corentyne, Guyana, but she was born in Brooklyn, New York and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Riyadh Mohammed, Director
Riyadh Mohammed is a Vice President at Partners Group, a private markets investment manager. Before joining Partners Group, Riyadh worked at Auldbrass Partners and Citigroup. Outside of his role at Partners Group, Riyadh served on the Sponsors for Educational Opportunities (SEO), a college readiness program, and Junior Leadership Board, where he was a member of the fundraising sub-committee. He is a member of the Student Diplomacy Corps Board of Advisors, an internationally focused high school enrichment program. Previously, Riyadh held the position of CFO and Chair of the Investment Committee at Sparkseed, a social venture capital incubator and winner of the 2010 Financial Times Social Innovation Award. Riyadh is an SEO alumni, Tufts University Gift Officer and a fellow of the StartingBloc Institute. He holds a bachelor degree from Tufts University in economics and mathematics. Riyadh’s family is from Trinidad and Tobago and he is a native of South Ozone Park, NY.