About Us

The South Asian Chamber

OUR HISTORY

The South Asian Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1993, by dedicated professionals, representing the South Asian countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The organization includes professionals and entrepreneurs from small to mid-sized businesses to large corporations.

SACC’s MISSION

To empower members through the Chamber by bridging the capital and talent in the South Asian community with the broader Houston business and philanthropic community.

OUR BENEFITS

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

SACC opens its doors for professionals from various career backgrounds, serving as a networking center for members to promote their businesses and learn about advancements in their industry.

BUSINESS EDUCATION

SACC hosts events, development seminars, and workshops. Attending these events, members have the opportunity to learn new skills and stay on the competitive edge of current business trends.

BUSINESS ALLIANCES

SACC connects members with important Houston business and government leaders to create awareness of the Chamber, bridge the cultural gap within the South Asian-American community, and open doors.

BUSINESS ADVOCACY

SACC serves as a liaison to economic vitality and prosperity by representing the collective voice of its’ members making sure their concerns are heard in local government.

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

A message from our current SACC President, Sohail Hassan.

It is with great pleasure and humility that I assume the position of President of the South Asian Chamber of Commerce at a time when it is celebrating its silver anniversary. Let me take this opportunity to give tribute to its’ Founding Members, Past Presidents and Chairmans and all those who worked tirelessly for nurturing this organization to the pre-eminent position it occupies at present as the first and oldest South Asian Chamber in Houston, Texas. Over the years, SACC has been filled with countless activities, events, government outreach programs, as well as a steady flow of budding entrepreneurs, all aimed at harnessing relationships between South Asian businessmen and women in the city of Houston. This year will be no different as we continue to help businesses grow and prosper through exposure at SACC’s chai exchange events and connections made at our networking mixers and seminars.

We are putting together an ambitious agenda for celebrating our twenty-five years of existence in a grand scale. There is no better time to join our organization as membership in the SACC means unparalleled access to business opportunities, strategic events, thought leadership, and networking. It is with the generous support from our board members that we hope to achieve unparalleled growth of our chamber in 2022 and the coming years. We are honored to have the privilege to serve you as your South Asian Chamber of Commerce and encourage you to participate as an active member.

Sohail Hassan
President 2019-2022

OUR MEMBERS

BOARD MEMBERS

PAST PRESIDENTS & ADVISORY BOARD

PAST FOUNDERS, PRESIDENTS, & CHAIRMEN
YearChairmanPresident
1993Inaugural YearKoshy Thomas
1994Musa DakriRaj Natarajan
1995Musa DakriRaj Nataraja
1996Ghulam BombaywallaDamodar Reddy G.R
1997Ghulam BombaywalaSrini Iyenger
1998George WillyLutfi Hassan
1999Srini IyengarHaroon Shaikh
2000Lutfi HassanMunir Ibrahim
2001Ghulam BombaywalaTanaz Choudhury
2002Harinath MediDr. Barkat Charania
2003Munir IbrahimMariam Issa & Faz’le Yousuf
2004Munir IbrahimFaz’le Yousuf
2005Ronnie PatelIsmail Mohammed
2006Vera LakshmiSam Syed
2007Shaukat ZakariaCelina Charania Shariff
2008Munira Panjawani & Shaukat ZakariaMustafa Tameez
2009Munira Panjawani & Shaukat ZakariaMustafa Tameez
2010Mustafa Tameez & Ash ShahNomaan Husain
2011Mustafa Tameez & Ash ShahNomaan Husain
2012Mustafa Tameez & Ash ShahNomaan Husain
2013Mustafa Tameez & Ash ShahNomaan Husain
2014Mustafa Tameez & Ash ShahNomaan Husain
2015Nomaan HusainShenila Naseem
2016Nomaan HusainMalik Jamal
2017Nomaan HusainMalik Jamal
2018Nomaan HusainSohail Hassan