Eric R. Ocheretyaner, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP

Title: Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Company: Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, LIU Pharmacy

Location: Livingston, NJ

Education: PharmD, Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Long Island University (2015)

Career History: Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Long Island University (2017-Present); Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist, St. Barnabas Hospital, SBH Health System, Bronx, NY (2017)

Eric R. Ocheretyaner, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, LIU Pharmacy, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of health care.

Dedicated to excellence and advancing in his profession, Dr. Ocheretyaner has combined his expertise in infectious disease pharmacy, compassion for patients, and education at Long Island University since 2017. In his role as assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the institution’s Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy, he teaches on-campus and at a hospital site; works with multidisciplinary teams, such as physicians and nurses, to come up with the most effective treatment plans for patients; and educates and mentors pharmacy and medical residents. Prior to this post, he served as an infectious disease clinical pharmacist at St. Barnabas Hospital within the SBH Health System for a year and previously gained experience in the field as a pharmacy intern at Rite Aid from 2012 to 2015 and a resident in PGY-1 pharmacy practice and PGY-2 infectious diseases pharmacy practice at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University between 2015 and 2017.

Outside of these primary endeavors, Dr. Ocheretyaner developed in his field through numerous avenues, from volunteering at pop-up vaccination and diabetes prevention events on behalf of Walgreens and the American Diabetes Association, respectively, to conducting a blood pressure screening at the Jacob Javits Center. He has also participated in a drug take-back event at Staten Island University Hospital South in 2013, supported brown bag events at the Brooklyn Hospital Center and Educational Alliance and Older Adult Services, and served as a medical van assistant for different causes, in 2014, and most recently acted as an education outreach member regarding COVID-19 at the Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center in 2020; that same year, he won a grant related to the coronavirus through a competitive grant program. As the pandemic continued, he was active throughout 2021 as a presenter on the topic as well as other pharmaceutical matters across virtual meetings within the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. In addition, he has contributed articles to numerous professional journals within his field.

Recognized for his excellence and passion for what he does before he even obtained a degree, Dr. Ocheretyaner, while a student at the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, earned a Pharmacy Rising Freshman Spring Award in 2010, a Pharmacy Dean’s Award for 2010 and 2011, and a Pharmacy Academic Incentive Award between 2009 and 2013. He has also been honored with a Pharmacy Scholars Award from 2010 to 2013, a Dean’s Scholarship, and a Graduate Excellence Award. In 2014, he won first place in a Pharmacy Clinical Skills Competition held by Long Island University. But, in his eyes, the greatest reward was graduating in 2015 with a Doctor of Pharmacy and subsequently becoming an academic professor. While in pharmacy school, he wanted to pursue residency training and be directly involved in the care of patients, and he enjoyed teaching and academia as well. He has found it rewarding to be able to encourage students to be involved in academic projects. Over the course of his professional life, he has been directly connected to his industry as a member of the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists, Infectious Diseases Practice and Research Network within the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists, American Society for Microbiology, and Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Looking ahead, Dr. Ocheretyaner hopes to continue to progress and advance in his career and ultimately be promoted to higher-level positions in academia. Additionally, he strives to continue to conduct the research he’s currently involved with.

Hannah Mallette

Title: Music Teacher

Company: Pascagoula-Gautier School District

Location: Long Beach, MS

Education: BME, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MI, with High Honors (2017)

Career History: Music Teacher, Pre-k-4th Grade, Pascagoula-Gautier School District (2018-Present)

Hannah Mallette, Music Teacher at Pascagoula-Gautier School District, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of education.

Growing up in a family of church musicians and singers in Mississippi, Ms. Mallette has been surrounded by songs since the day she was born. Her passion and inspiration for music carried her throughout her youth and while in high school, she developed an interest in performing in the band program. Proving to be a gifted player, she auditioned and was selected among the top 10 students across different schools to join the honor band, for which she learned music over the course of a couple of days and put on concerts across the state, and even in Germany and Austria with the Mississippi Lions Band, and worked with several conductors. It was an experience that exposed her to musicianship on a higher level of artistry. There was one concert she will never forget. She and the band were playing for somebody who was retiring; it was an extremely lyrical piece of music that made everybody immediately emotional. It was the first time she realized she was capable of doing that that to an entire room through her performance. That day changed her and set her on the course of devoting her career to music.

Upon graduating from high school, and being honored with the John Philip Sousa Band Award in 2013, Ms. Mallette earned a Bachelor of Music Education with high honors from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2017. The following year, she launched her career as a music teacher to pre-K to fourth-grade students at Eastlawn Elementary School within the Pascagoula-Gautier School District, where she remains today—teaching 16 classes weekly and also serving as elementary music co-chair. In addition to her main roles within the district, she has found joy in collaborating with the director of the Pascagoula High School Choir to put on a production of “Beauty and the Beast,” serving as the stage manager for the show. For this effort, she was able to bring in some of the elementary school students and others from throughout the district to be featured and make the production as expansive as possible. Looking ahead, they are striving to continue putting on more musicals. In 2021, she was a presenter at Tech Camp for Teachers, hosted by her district, and this past summer, she obtained Orff Schulwerk Certification Level 1 for Music Teachers, a very hands-on methodology of teaching music—delving into the fundamentals of “imitation, exploration, improvisation, and composition”—that she loves. Ms. Mallette has been a member of the University of Southern Mississippi Horn Octet, with whom she performed at the 46th International Horn Symposium in London, England.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote learning, and safety protocols in-person, Ms. Mallette was instrumental in organizing a live talent show by having performers socially distanced across the cafeteria and live-streaming the show to all the classrooms, with all the doors open so that students could cheer on everyone performing. As a further effort, she planned a special surprise for all teachers at the school at the end of the show; the live stream switched to a “Thank You” song that every student had been taught. Hearing the echoes of the students singing throughout the building was a career highlight. “Even in a time we were so separated, we all felt together again for a bit,” she said. In recognition of her invaluable impact on the school district, she was named Eastlawn Elementary Teacher of the Year and Pascagoula-Gautier School District Teacher of the Year in 2021. Dedicated to her field, she is a proud member of the National Association for Music Educators, Mississippi Music Educators Association, and Mississippi Orff Chapter #100 of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.

Reflecting on her career so far, Ms. Mallette says it has been her primary goal to pass on the amazing experiences she had in the school band to young people. For her, the students make everything worth it.

Tiona D. Harris

Title: Adjunct Professor, Creative Writer

Company: Passaic County Community College

Location: New Jersey

Education: MSA in Creative & Professional Writing, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ (2022);

BA in Psychology and English Writing, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ (2017-2020);

AS in Psychology, Community College, (2017)

Career History: Graduate Resident Director, William Paterson University (will start in 8/2022);

Adjunct Professor, Passaic County Community College (6/2022-Present);

Mentor, Center for Diversity & Inclusion, William Paterson University (2021-2022);

Mary Kay Consultant, (2020-2021);

Program Coordinator, Community Charter School of Paterson (2020-Present);

Youth Development Specialist, Community Charter School of Paterson (2018-Present);

Student Caller, Ruffalo Noel Levitz, William Paterson University (2017-2019)

Tiona D. Harris, Adjunct Professor and Creative Writer at Passaic County Community College, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of education.

Attributing much of the success of her already-accomplished career to her parents, Ms. Harris was encouraged from a young age to want the best for herself and explore as many avenues as possible. Guided by her professional aspirations, she earned an Associate in Science in psychology from a community college in 2017—after which she pursued further education at William Paterson University in her hometown in New Jersey. It was here that she set her sights on what she wanted to do—help shape the minds of young people as an educator—and ultimately obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and English writing in 2020. In the midst of her studies, she gained experience as a student caller for two years and began working part-time at the Community Charter School of Paterson, where she has served as a youth development specialist since 2018 and a program coordinator since 2020.

Between 2020 and 2022, Ms. Harris has also been active as a consultant for Mary Kay Inc., a mentor at the Center for Diversity & Inclusion at William Paterson University, and became an adjunct professor at Passaic County Community College. Additionally, she serves as the graduate resident director at William Paterson University and recently acquired a Master of Science in Administration in creative and professional writing from the institution—for which she wrote a 217-page manuscript. Across her numerous positions, she considers it incredibly rewarding to be able to guide students, keep them engaged, and help them navigate their lives. She strives each and every day to be the educational figure she wished she had at their age; filling this role “means a lot” to her, she said. Looking ahead, Ms. Harris hopes to continue to do this as a licensed professional counselor, through which she can provide therapy for people within her community, especially young adolescent girls. Utilizing her skills and expertise as a writer, she wants to author a self-help guide as well as fiction books within the genre of dark and urban romance.

Outside of these main responsibilities, Ms. Harris lent her artistry and volunteer services to “Painting with a Purpose” at the Redeem Fellowship Center, a community church in the city of Prospect, in 2017.  On the civic front, she also contributes as director of the youth choir at the Caring Development Ministry. Remaining aware of developments in her field, she maintains membership with Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Ms. Harris additionally attributes her success to Hilda Martinez, a licensed professional counselor, Wolany Gonell, and Myranda Barreau.

Speaking to young people with dreams and other budding professionals, Ms. Harris encouraged them, “Don’t be afraid to express your mind. Don’t live in silence, don’t cage your voice. Remember that the very thing you might think is insignificant or foolish could be the very thing that saves someone’s life.”


Jacob V. Carriero

NAME: Jacob V. Carriero

Title: Teacher

Company: Mascotte Charter Elementary School

Location: Mascotte Charter, FL

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management, Niagara University (2017); Associate Degree in Communications and Media Arts, Erie Community College (2015)

Career History: Physical Education Teacher, Mascotte Charter Elementary School (2020-Present); Customer Service Representative, Publix Super Markets (2022); Recreation Attendant, Exploria Resorts (2021); Teacher Assistant, Mascotte Charter Elementary School (2019-2020); Paralegal Assistant, Holland & Knight LLP (2019); Manager in Development, The Club at Ibis (2018); Pool Snack Bar Supervisor, New York Athletic Club (2017); Food and Beverage Intern, Fenway Golf Club (2016); General Lawn Maintenance, Erie Community College (2013-2015); Admissions Personnel, Erie County Fair (2011-2015)

Jacob V. Carriero, Physical Education Teacher at Mascotte Charter Elementary School, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leaders for their contributions and achievements in the fields of education and fitness.

Since 2020, Mr. Carriero has excelled in his role at Mascotte Charter within the Lake County Schools in Florida, where he managed virtual activities for his students throughout quarantine. In person, he coaches and guides classes of up to 50 students at a time, ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade. He sets age-appropriate fitness goals; provides drug prevention lessons; and coordinates the school’s early morning walking and running club. Focused on bringing positivity, fun, and important life values—such as responsibility and working as a team—to the kids in his class, his emergence as an impactful educator comes as no surprise, given a lifelong dedication to helping others and athletic excellence.

Raised in a loving family in Buffalo, New York, Mr. Carriero pursued his associate degree in communications at Erie Community College. While earning his degree, he served the college’s maintenance team. He felt this was an appropriate way to give back to his school by contributing to its beauty. He continued his education at Niagara University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management in 2017–all the while working jobs at country clubs. Climbing the ladder at the Fenway Golf Club, New York Athletic Club, and The Club at Ibis, he loved socializing and communicating with the members, visitors, and staff—but sought something more rewarding. By 2019, he was serving as a paralegal assistant at Holland & Knight LLP and a teacher assistant at Mascotte Charter School; in the latter position, he fell in love with the classroom environment and working with the students. The feeling would prove to be mutual, as a year into his full-time designation as a physical education teacher, he was honored as a top-three finalist for Lake County Schools’ Rookie Teacher of the Year in 2021—which he considers a career highlight. He takes great pride in the fact that the students go to him if there are any issues; he knows them all by name, their siblings, families, and which cars they need to be picked up in after school.

Outside of his primary role, Mr. Carriero also recently served as a part-time recreation attendant at Exploria Resorts and a customer service representative at Publix Super Markets in early 2022. Looking toward the near future, he strives to expand the school’s opportunities for students by designing STEM lessons, creating an intramurals program, and implementing classroom content into his physical education lessons.

Miaka Kemp

Title: Band Director

Company: Brooks County High School

Location: Valdosta, GA

Education: BM in Music Education, Cum Laude, The University of Georgia (2021)

Career History: Band Director, Brooks County High School (2021-Present); Facility Rental Assistant, State Botanical Garden of Georgia (2019-2021); Band Camp Instructor, Hart County High School (2019); Teacher, The String Project (2018)

Miaka Kemp, Band Director at Brooks County High School, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of education.

A gifted teacher and musician, Ms. Kemp has excelled in “striking up the band” in her role at Brooks County High School in Georgia, where she educates, guides students in expressing themselves through music, and directs members of the marching band—preparing them to perform during football games and beyond. In the role since 2021, she enjoys spreading her passion for music to young people, helping them to develop their skills, find value in making music together, and get better every day. Playing music herself in middle and high school was life-changing and inspiring, so much so that she wished to devote her career to extending that experience and paying it forward to future generations.

Prior to landing her current position, Ms. Kemp balanced a part-time job as a facility rental assistant at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, where she worked from 2019 to 2021, and being a student at the University of Georgia, where she ultimately graduate cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 2021. While in pursuit of her degree, she established herself by serving as the rank leader of the university’s marching band and chair of the Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. To this day, she works with the Redcoat Band Alumni Association, which is preparing for its 50th anniversary. Additional past experience includes being a band camp instructor at Hart County High School and a teacher with the String Project—which specializes in violins, violas, and cellos.

This upcoming fall, Ms. Kemp plans to prepare her marching band to perform against other bands at a variety of competitions across the state and eventually hopes to take the ensemble to nationally acclaimed festivals, such as the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference. Most of all, she wants to continue providing a place for students at school where they can feel good and creative. When Ms. Kemp isn’t shaping young minds in the music room, she enjoys playing clarinet in a local community band and a game of Dungeons & Dragons.





Eric R. Ocheretyaner, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP

Title: Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Company: Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, LIU Pharmacy

Location: Livingston, NJ

Education: Residency in PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Practice, SUNY Downstate Medical Center (2016-2017);

Residency in PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice, SUNY Downstate Medical Center (2015-2016);

Internship in Pharmacy, Rite Aid Pharmacy (2012-2015);

PharmD, Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Long Island University (2015)

Career History: Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, LIU Pharmacy (2017-Present)

Eric R. Ocheretyaner, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at LIU Pharmacy, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of public health.

Driven to succeed and build his profession, Dr. Ocheretyaner has served as an academic professor of pharmacy practice at the Arnold & Marie Schwarz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, a graduate school of Long Island University, since 2017. He teaches on campus and in hospitals, educates pharmacy and medical residents, and regularly works with multidisciplinary teams, such as physicians and nurses, to develop the best treatment plans for patients. Board-certified in infectious diseases pharmacy and a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, he is a gifted speaker on his expertise in infectious disease pharmacy across many professional meetings and platform presentations, has authored numerous publications in the field, and also lends his services to numerous charity causes at the hospital site where he practices.

Over the course of his robust educational journey, Dr. Ocheretyaner earned a Doctor of Pharmacy from the institution in 2015. Going through schooling, he knew he always wanted to pursue residency training and be directly involved in the patients’ care. In the midst of his studies, he completed an internship in pharmacy at Rite Aid, and then afterward, a residency in PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice and a PGY-2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Practice at SUNY Downstate Medical Center between 2015 and 2017. He also had an affinity for teaching; as a student, he was always interested in academia and sees his current post as an accomplishment of that initial goal.

A recipient of numerous awards from his alma mater and a grant from Pfizer, Dr. Ocheretyaner has been a dedicated member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Looking toward the future, he hopes to continue to advance in his career and ultimately be promoted to higher-level positions in academia, keep conducting research, and encourage his students to be involved in academic projects.


Kayla Rose Krapf

Title: Music Teacher

Company: Christopher Unit School District #99

Location: Christopher, IL

Education: Pursuing Master’s Degree in Music Education, Eastern Illinois University;

Bachelor’s Degree, Eastern Illinois University, Summa Cum Laude (2018);

Associate in Music Education, John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL (2015)

Career History: Music Teacher, Christopher Unit School District #99 (2019-Present);

With, Shiloh CUSD 1, Hume, IL

Kayla Rose Krapf, Music Teacher at Christopher Unit School District #99, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of education.

Following in the footsteps of her mother, an accomplished music teacher, Ms. Krapf has excelled in the role herself at Christopher Unit School District #99 in Illinois since 2019. Within the district, she teaches fifth-grade band, junior high school choir, and the high school band, choir, and jazz band—as well as works with the junior high school band for sectionals. She was previously active at Shiloh CUSD 1 and—strongly believing that it’s equally important to perform as it is to teach—utilizes her expertise in music and the arts as a musician, a singer, and an actress for numerous community theater productions and pit orchestras.

Excelling in a variety of positions at the nonprofit theater troupe Pyramid Players since 2003—from an actress to a choreographer to an oboe player—Ms. Krapf has showcased her skills on stage in productions of “Guys and Dolls,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” and “White Christmas,” among others. In addition, she sings at her local church, where she also frequently volunteers her services within its programs. She has also authored an article on professional development aimed at new teachers for the Illinois Music Educator, the official journal of the Illinois Music Education Association. In celebration of her wide range of achievements, Ms. Krapf has been honored with an Eric Mazzie Award and a Presto Foundation Scholarship.

Growing up, Ms. Krapf was greatly inspired and supported by her family, particularly her parents, who encouraged her development as a musician, and nourished her potential in the art, since before her kindergarten years. They have also been there for every performance she has been part of to this day. In fact, her father recently built a percussion instrument that she uses for her students. As her parents stressed the importance of good grades since she was young, Ms. Krapf was a determined and focused student—and proud to have earned an associate’s degree in music education from John A. Logan College in 2015 and the highest distinction when she graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Illinois University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in 2018.

Brittney Potter

Title: Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher

Company: Campus High School

Location: Wichita, KS

Education: Bachelor’s Degree, Kansas State University (2019)

Career History: Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, Campus High School (2019-Present)

Brittney Potter, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher at Campus High School, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of education.

As a young girl, Ms. Potter moved to a small town and enrolled in a new school, where she felt isolated and unaccepted by her peers. However, there was a bright light for her in the form of her fifth-grade teacher, Mary Pinkston, who took her under her wing, helped her navigate the new surroundings, and made her feel like she belonged. This mentorship continued throughout middle school, during which she also served as her volleyball coach. It was Ms. Pinkston’s compassion and support that made her want to pursue a career as an educator—so that she, too, could help every student feel accepted, loved, motivated, and like there is always someone to rely on. To this day, Ms. Potter is still in contact with her and often defers to her when she has questions in the field.

In fact, it was Ms. Pinkston, who helped Ms. Potter—after she earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 2019—get her first job. Since 2019, she has found success as a family and consumer sciences teacher at Campus High School in Wichita, Kansas. In her role, she has strived to go above and beyond for her students, the school, and the community as a whole. A sponsor for several clubs, she also heads an annual holiday event with the kids and town through which clothes, shoes, and toys are donated to those in the area who might be struggling financially. Additionally, she serves as vice president of the Kansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences; an adviser for the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America; and is a member of the Kansas Association of Career and Technical Education and American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Determined to make an impact on the lives of students for years to come, Ms. Potter has ambitions of opening up a daycare at her school; obtaining a master’s degree; and one day becoming a college professor. However, she doesn’t think she could ever leave her high school students—looking into the field of counseling as an additional area of expertise, she wants to build on the connections she has with them and help them out as much as possible.

Annette Lord Cohen

Title: Chief Executive Officer

Company: Lammie’s Daycare Inc.

Location: New York

Education: MA in Public Administration, Long Island University (2000);

BA in Marketing

Career History: Chief Executive Officer, Lammie’s Daycare Inc.

Annette Lord Cohen, Chief Executive Officer at Lammie’s Daycare Inc., has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of education.

For more than two decades, Ms. Cohen has excelled as both an independent contractor and a child care advocate and life coach, culminating in her current role teaching others how to start or expand a successful home-based childcare business. Through Lammie’s Daycare Inc., which was established in 1997 but is in full operation now, she lends her expertise and passion in the areas of early childhood development, business, marketing, and public administration—as well as raises funds in order to offer free workshops to the community. In the wake of COVID-19, her business approach has changed entirely, but her success has been maintained.

In addition, Ms. Cohen serves on the planning board for the Queens Community Board 14 and is a dedicated member of the American Society of Public Administration, and volunteers for the New York Community Board. Chief among her proudest achievements has been her launch of the first children’s health fair in her community, for which she worked hard to find event sponsors and booked entertainment. A pivotal goal of hers has been to spread awareness about preventable children’s illnesses. In recognition of her hard work, she was honored with a council citation for contributions to the community.

In preparation for her professional journey, Ms. Cohen became the first in her family to receive a college degree when she earned a Bachelor of Arts in marketing, which she followed up with a Master of Arts in public administration from Long Island University in 2000. She also proudly served in the Marine Corps—a post she considers a major factor in her overall success. Looking toward the future, she plans to continue her business and, as a survivor of cervical cancer, strives to educate more women about the illness and her experiences with it. In her free time, Ms. Cohen enjoys traveling, reading, swimming, and going to the beach.

Ved Nanda

Title: Law Educator, Director, Academic Administrator

Company: University of Denver

Location: Denver, CO

Education: LLD (Hon.), Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, India (2000); LLD (Hon.), Soka University, Tokyo, Japan (1997); Postgraduate Coursework, Yale University (1962-1965); LLM, Northwestern University (1962); LLM, University of Delhi (1958); LLB, University of Delhi (1955); MA, University of the Punjab (1952)

Career History: Distinguished University Professor, University of Denver (2018-Present); Director, The Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law (2014-Present); Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law (1970-Present); Honorary Professor of Law, University of Delhi (India) Faculty of Law (2017); Vice Provost, University of Denver (1994-2008); Evans University Professor, University of Denver (1992-Present); Thompson G. Marsh Professor, of Law Emeritus, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Founding Director, International Legal Studies Program, University of Denver College of Law; Assistant Provost, University of Denver (1993-1994); Associate Professor, Law, University of Denver College of Law (1968-1970); Assistant Professor, Law, University of Denver College of Law (1965-1968)

Ved Nanda, Law Educator, Director, and Academic Administrator at the University of Denver, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leaders for their contributions and achievements in the fields of law and education.

A renowned figure in legal education, academic administration, and the fight for human rights, Mr. Nanda has dedicated himself to helping students reach their highest standards, predominantly at the University of Denver—where he has been a Professor of Law at the Sturm College of Law since 1970, an Evans University Professor since 1992, and was recognized as a Distinguished University Professor in 2018. In addition, at the university, he has served as director of the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law since 2014, through which he and other colleagues promote quality writing and research in international law and excellence in international law teaching, scholarship, and practice among faculty, staff, and alumni. He was previously active as the assistant provost from 1993 to 1994; an associate professor from 1968 to 1970; and an assistant professor from 1965 to 1968—and was the founding director of the university’s international legal studies program. Among the many students he helped to guide and mentor was former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

On top of these primary endeavors, Mr. Nanda has also lent his expertise to numerous other institutes of learning, finding success as a visiting professor at Florida State University, the University of Iowa’s College of Law, the University of San Diego, the University of Colorado, and for numerous summer programs between 1973 and 1992. In the midst of those appointments, he also excelled as a consultant for the Solar Energy Research Institute from 1978 to 1981, a consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy from 1980 to 1981, a distinguished visiting professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1981, a distinguished visiting professor of international law at California Western School of Law from 1983 to 1984, and a distinguished visiting scholar at the University of Hawaii from 1986 to 1987. In 2010, he was honored as a distinguished visiting scholar at the John Marshall Law School. A dedicated member and chair across several national and international civic organizations, he has been affiliated with the Board of Trustees for both the Hindu University of America and Hindu Temple & Cultural Center of the Rockies since 2019, and previously served on the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado and World Federation of United Nations Associations in Geneva, Switzerland. Additionally, Mr. Nanda has been the honorary vice president for the American Branch of the International Law Association since 2001, honorary president of the World Jurist Association since 2000, a counselor for the American Society of International Law since 2000, and a member of the governing council for the United Nations Associations since 1990, among several other professional organizations.

Just as prolific in his written works, Mr. Nanda has authored and edited numerous publications over the course of his career, acting as the co-editor of several texts in the field, including “A Treatise on International Criminal Law,” “Water Needs for the Future,” “The Law of Transnational Business Transactions,” “Global Human Rights,” “World Climate Change,” “Human Rights and Third World Development,” and “Climate Change and Environmental Ethics,” among many others. He also recently co-wrote “Litigation of International Disputes in US Courts” and “Private International Law: Avoiding and Resolving Conflict of Law,” has been a columnist for the Denver Post, and has served on the editorial boards for the American Journal of Comparative Law, Indian Journal of International Law, and Transnational Weekly. In recognition of his impact on the world of education and law, he has earned several accolades, including the World Legal Scholar Award from the World Peace Through Law Center in China in 1990; Civil Rights Award from the Anti-Defamation League in 1996; Medal of Honor from the World Congress of Ukrainian Lawyers in 1999; was named an Ambassador for Peace by the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace in 2001; a Lifetime Teaching Award from All India Law Teachers Congress in 2009; and a Founder’s Faculty Award from the University of Denver in 2020, among others.

Born and raised in India, Mr. Nanda obtained a Master of Arts from the University of the Punjab in 1952 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Delhi in 1955. Then, in 1960, he immigrated to the United States, where he earned a Master of Laws from Northwestern University in 1962, completed postgraduate coursework at Yale University from 1962 to 1965, and later received honorary degrees from Soka University in Japan in 1997 and Bundelkhand University in India in 2000. A significant voice in the area of human rights, Mr. Nanda has greatly valued his ability to help people and take care of his students.