Apaara Chawla has always been passionate about working to combat hunger and provide meals to those who are in need. She has volunteered in meal packaging events since the age five. The values of seva (selfless service) and helping others have been instilled in her since early childhood. She is proud to have been awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award in 2021.
Apaara lives in San Diego with her family and enjoys reading, writing poetry, playing the violin and harmonium, and creating art in her free time. She participates in her school's Speech and Debate Team and is a dedicated advocate for social justice and equality.
Vandana Chawla co-founded Nutriment International in 2017 as a continuation of her personal commitment to end hunger and combat malnutrition. Prior to co-founding Nutriment,
Vandana served on the Board of Kids Against Hunger DC Metro from its inception in 2009 to 2015. She coordinated meal packaging events, leading to the delivery of over 1 million meals to individuals impacted by natural disasters or facing malnutrition and food insecurity.
Vandana firmly believes that by combatting malnutrition, we can help people lead healthy and productive lives. An attorney by training, Vandana has over a decade of experience advising non-profits, the public sector and private companies engaged in clinical research and development of new products for life threatening diseases. Early in her career, she worked at the NIH helping launch clinical trials for HIV/AIDS and other infectious and chronic diseases. She now advises private sector clients on drug development, regulatory compliance, supply chain management of API, and commercial contracts.
Vandana holds a JD and MPH from the George Washington University, and a BA from University of California, Berkeley. She lives in San Diego with her family.
Dr. Lakhmir Chawla co-founded Nutriment International in 2017. He believes that adequate nutrition is a basic human right and that we should strive to help those who cannot feed themselves. In addition to physical development, adequate nutrition is critical for cognitive development as well. Prior to Nutriment International, Dr. Chawla was on the Board of Kids Against Hunger DC Metro for 5 years.
Dr. Chawla is currently the Chief Medical Officer of La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company. He joined in July 2015 and oversaw the development and conduct of the Phase 3 ATHOS-3 trial. Prior to joining La Jolla, Dr. Chawla was a Professor of
Medicine at the George Washington University for 15 years.
Dr. Chawla lives in San Diego with his family and enjoys being bossed around by his three children.
Dr. Ruby Bajaj completed her undergraduate studies in Psychobiology at UCLA. During her time there, she worked at the Lovaas Institute for Autism as a Behavioral Modification Therapist in children with autism. Despite a sudden onset of debilitating allergies and immune system dysfunction during her graduate school years, Dr. Bajaj managed to get her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University. After being diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, TNBC and months of deep inner work, and empowering herself, she realized there was not much information available on the value of nutrition, yoga, meditation, energy healing, emotional cleansing, peace processing, and immune system reintegration. During her chemo, Dr. Bajaj got a Certification in Integrative Health and Nutrition, Peace Processing, Ultra High Frequency energy healing techniques, and began dream success coaching for women with breast cancer.
She expanded her clientele to include Mindset Training in individuals having trouble moving past challenging life experiences. Having a child with anaphylactic allergies, for 15 years Dr. Bajaj has worked tirelessly with immune system reintegration in kids with food allergies, the importance and value of food nutritional education & self empowerment, mindfulness, and meditation in our youth.
She successfully created Superhero Lifestyle, a company that is deeply invested in the belief of living better, feeling better, and doing better, to become the best version of oneself. Having created various programs on the importance of raising mindful kids while still achieving entrepreneurial goals, Dr.Bajaj is currently working on developing programs for small business owners in ways to cope, uplift, and succeed with the current changing world and its global economic climate. An unknown fact about Dr. Bajaj is that she loves to dance in the rain.
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