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Yezdyar Kaoosji has spent nearly 40 years with Non-Governmental and Not-for-Profit organizations in India and the United States. He was Secretary General of the Indian Junior Chamber and later spent 6 years at the World Headquarters of Junior Chamber International in Coral Gables, Florida. In California since 1980 he has held various positions of responsibility in management and fund raising with the United Way movement in San Francisco, Stockton, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. He recently joined the Channel Islands YMCA Association in Santa Barbara as Vice President for Development and Public relations. He has also worked with the Hyderabad based Indian School of Business, setting up a USA support organization for the new institution.

Yezdyar is an active member of the international Association of Fundraising Professionals (formerly NSFRE) and serves on the Board of Directors of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, a JCI Senator and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.

He and wife Irene, who is Medical Staff Coordinator at the Santa Barbara Cottage Health System, have grown children.  Daughter, Afreen Kaelble, and her husband Ralph are both Deputy District Attorneys in Tulare County, California. Son, Sheheryar Kaoosji II, is working on his masterís degree in Urban Planning and currently lives in San Francisco.

The authorís brother Bakhtyar Kaoosji is a retired Indian Army Captain and lives with his wife Nonnie and their children Tehmina, Yasmeen and Darius in Malaysia. Sister, Nasreen Patel has held management positions in the Taj Intercontinental Hotel, Holiday Inn and the Bombay Hospital.  Her sons Kaizad and Viraf live in Mumbai and Hyderabad and are both well established in the hospitality industry.

  1. Kaoosji, Sheheryar, Remembering a Renaissance Man