Council for Strategic Affairs

Council for Strategic Affairs

Strategic Affairs RoundTable – Texas US conflict: Geopolitical Implications

You are cordially invited to Strategic Affairs RoundTable

Date and TimeSaturday, February 17th, 2024, 10.00 AM EST; 9.00 AM Central; 7.00 AM Pacific Time / 8:30 PM IST

Location: Online

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Distinguished Panelists 
Mr. Burt Thakur 
Mr. Akshar Prabhu Desai 
Ms Caitlin O’Connor, Esq 

Dr. A. Adityanjee, President 
Council for Strategic Affairs

About the Lecture 

About the Distinguished Panelists 

Mr. Burt Thakur 

Burt Thakur started his professional and American dream in 980 when he joined to attend Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Navy and gave up his Indian Citizenship, in order to serve our country. Burt served as a nuclear reactor operator on the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. He was honorably discharged in 2006, after serving for 6 years.

After the service, Burt moved to California and worked for MMR Power Solutions. He built, operated, and managed Co-gen power plants. He subsequently worked in critical power and is currently an engineering project manager facilitating construction processes for large data centers.

In 2020, during the week of the presidential election, Burt received national recognition, when he appeared on the television game show Jeopardy!, during Alex Trebek’s final season as a host. Burt became a Jeopardy! champion, but received the most attention for sharing his personal story of how the show changed his life. The moving story – a tribute to both his grandfather and the late Alex Trebek, would go on to be shared and seen by millions of people on television, social media, on Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN, and various other media outlets across the globe, inspiring and reminding millions of Americans of the importance and impact of empathy, family, and the American Dream.

Mr. Akshar Prabhu Desai 

Akshar Prabhu Desai is a technologist from silicon valley and alumni of IIT Bombay. He is a classical liberal and has been writing about immigration, technology and edu policy on various platforms. He also runs IndicForum, a platform for History and Indology experts

Ms Caitlin O’Connor, Esq 

Caitlin M. O’Connor has been working with immigrants and non-immigrants for over 10 years as an Immigration Attorney and also recognized attorney at  American Immigration Law Group. She is committed to helping bring families together and help them navigate through the immigration process. Each of Caitlin’s clients know that they are important and are being treated fairly.

Caitlin attended Indiana University and has been an attorney since she graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2003. She is licensed in the state of Illinois and authorized to practice federal immigration law nationwide. Caitlin decided to pursue her passion for working with international clients after spending several years working closely with J-1 visa holders.

In her free time, Caitlin volunteers with immigrants and refugees in the St. Louis area through iHELP (Immigrant Home English Learning Program) and ISPN (Immigrant Service Providers Network), where she is Chair of the Legal & Housing Committee. Caitlin is a member of the Illinois State Bar, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and Association of International Educators (NAFSA).

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