Gopal Khanna Appointed CIO of the Peace Corps
June 28, 2002Washington, D.C., June 28, 2002—Peace Corps Director Gaddi H. Vasquez announced recently the appointment of Gopal Khanna as the agency’s Chief Information Officer. He joined the staff on June 17, 2002, as a member of the senior management team.
”Gopal Khanna brings to the Peace Corps his extensive experience in leveraging technology to improve business processes,” stated Director Vasquez. “We are very pleased to have him as a part of our team as the agency plans and grows for the 21st century.”
The Chief Information Officer is a senior policy-making position, responsible for strategizing and directing the information technology functions for the agency. Mr. Khanna will serve as the first-line advisor to the Peace Corps Director and other senior agency officials on matters related to IT.
“The ultimate honor one can receive in life is to have an opportunity to serve one’s country,” said Gopal Khanna, of his appointment. “I am pleased to be part of this great agency and feel privileged to have an opportunity to serve.”
Prior to his appointment to the Peace Corps, Gopal Khanna was president & CEO of ITC, a Minneapolis-based technology solutions firm that specializes in providing IT process improvement, building customized optimization tools, and implementing information systems projects for Fortune 1000 companies.
Gopal Khanna earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970 with a concentration in economics, mathematics, and political science from Christ Church College, Kanpur, India. He then earned an MBA at the graduate school of business at the University of Maine in 1973.
Mr. Khanna has a long history of civic and charitable involvement. He frequently writes and speaks on issues related to information technology, global markets, indo-us relations, and diversity management. He actively participates in several professional organizations and has chaired many community initiatives. Mr. Khanna is a resident of Edina, Minnesota where he lives with his wife Anjali, daughter Rohini and son.
More than 165,000 volunteers have served in 135 countries since the Peace Corps was established in 1961. Today, more than 7,000 volunteers serve in programs to address business development, health and HIV/AIDS, the environment, education, agriculture and information technology.