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Prem Jain Biography

JAINA Executive Committee 2013-15 | JAINA Executive Committee 2011-13

Prem Jain

Past President (2013-15)


"The following is my vision for JAINA's future: I would like to make JAINA a global organization by ensuring that it is financially strong. By working together, we can make JAINA the #1 service organization for the Jain community in North America."


Education: B.E. (Hons) BITS Pilani, MS (EE/CS) UCD 1976

Occupation: Co-CEO/CFO and Co-Founder of Insieme Networks, a majority-owned subsidiary of Cisco Systems


  • Senior VP, Cisco Server Access & Virtualization Group 
  • Founder, CDO and CFO, Nuova Systems
    • Acquired by Cisco (2008)
  • Senior VP, Cisco Routing Technology Group until 2005
    • Managed $6 billion Service Provider business for Cisco
    • Managed 5000+ people
  • Founder, Crescendo Communications
    • Acquired by Cisco (1993)

Member Association: Jain Center of Northern California


  • Make JAINA a global organization
  • Make JAINA financially strong
  • Make JAINA the #1 service organization to the Jain community in North America



  • JAINA Founding Member (1981)
  • JAINA First VP (2011-13)
  • Convener, 1991 JAINA Convention and Chairperson of Program Committee
  • JAINA VP West (1989-91)
  • JAINA Patron Member
  • JAINA Director & Director at Large (multiple terms)
  • Member, 2005 JAINA Convention Program Committee
  • Advisor, 2007 and 2011 JAINA Convention Program Committee
  • Member, JAINA LRP Committee (2005-current)
  • Member, JAINA Election Committee (multiple terms)
  • Member, JAINA Constitution Committee (multiple terms)
  • Chairperson, Advisory Council to JAINA President (1995)
  • Created JAINA 25th Anniversary video
  • Created a video of blessing from Acharyas of all traditions for 2005 JAINA Convention
  • Co-Chair (with Dr. Dipak Jain), JAINA Leadership Conference at Kellogg School of Management (multiple events)
  • Member, JAIN Digest Executive Advisory Board (1989-91)
  • Speaking engagements at many YJA/YJI/YJP/JAINA conventions

Jain Centre of Northern California

  • Founding Member
  • Founder, JCNC Pathshala
  • JAINA Recognition Award (1993 and 1997)
  • JCNC Outstanding Service Award (1998)
  • YJA Distinguished Service Award (2002)
  • Chairperson, JCNC 10th Anniversary Celebration
  • Member & Chairman, JCNC Board of Directors (multiple terms)

Other Ventures

  • Founding Advisory Board Member, The Ahimsa Center, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Board Member, Bhagawan Mahavir Professorship of Jain Studies at Florida International University
  • Founding Director, YJI (Young Jains of India)
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