Ram Acharya took over as the president of the North American Konkani Association in May 2021. Ram and his wife Aruna are also the current presidents of the Konkani Sammelan, to be held in San Jose, CA, in July 2022. After the convention was postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ram led his Sammelan team to create “Gharanthu Ek Saan Milan,” a set of virtual Amchigele programs to entertain our Konkani community at home. These programs featured prominent Konkani speakers and artists in a preview to the in-person convention during the lockdown time period.
Ram is passionate about several non-profit causes, particularly charities associated with the Konkani language, culture, heritage, and people. With his wife Aruna, Ram has been organizing annual “Arpana” dance fundraisers featuring Bay Area Konkani artists since 2015, raising over $300,000 for the Konkani Charitable Fund in the last six years. He is also on the Board of Directors at Sanatana Dharma Kendra (SDK) Temple in San Jose.
Ram is Vice President of Engineering at a multinational company, and leads worldwide engineering teams.