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CHIRINJEEV KATHURIA

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Chirinjeev Kathuria, dreamt of being an astronaut but turned out as an President and Co-founder of New World Telecom, LLC a company that develops and operates telecommunications and Internet Projects throughout the world. But his dream of Outer Space does not take beating as he plans to make outer space an tourist destination with his investment in "MIRCorp" a joint venture Russia's Energia.
           
While watching a program he and his friend got the idea of leasing the Mir the Russia space station that was on the row of being decommissioned. He and his friend air dashed to Russia and proposed their idea to Energia. Kathuria's self-confidence and innovation got the nod for his proposal.
           
At age of eight months, in 1964 Delhi born Kathuria migrated to Chicago with his parents. In the childhood he dreamt of becoming an astronaut. Kathuria has got a Bachelor's degree in science and an MD degree from Brown University, with his inclination towards Outer Space he studied Space Exploration along with Economics and Business in college. He received an MBA and a Master's in public management from Stanford.
            
Kathuria is globally recognized as a serial entrepreneur in Telecommunications Industry.He has previously backed some down to earth projects such as Ushafone, a mobile telephone services company that is licensed to serve U.P , Bihar and Orissa which covers one third of Indian Population. His another venture X-Stream Networks Inc, is the third largest ISP in the UK.The company which merged with LibertySurf, went public and is traded on La Bourse de Paris. LiveDoor Inc., is a large Japanese ISP that he co-founded.
MirCorp, the project has turned into an attractive and adventurous that recently Mark Burnett, Producer of Survivor has signed for a series. According to Agreement, the "Destination Mir" winner will be sent on a 10-day trip to the outer space and will orbit the earth more than 20 times.
Kathuria estimates that currently trip on Mir will cost $20 million per person, which includes training and the mission.His idea is to make space accessible to ordinary citizens.
His training as Physician helped him to chalk out his most recent project, HealthCite Inc., which serves as a single point of online contact among customers, physicians,retailers,vendors,pharmacy companies, and suppliers. HealthCite diverted attention to focus group discussions among doctors and patients regarding maintaining the confidentiality of patient records and the need for information to be presented in laymen's terms. It has formed a Strategic alliance with biotechnology company Amgen involving software, technology and web development.
Dr. Kathuria with his diversified career played many roles and he tried to do something for his mother land in whatever way possible with his resources.
             

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