Veena Panjabi


Veena Panjabi’s company, World Industries, is based in Coral Gables, Florida. They are distributors for about 30 U.S. food companies with offices in Suriname, Guyana, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas. World Industries is the Pepsi bottler for Suriname and is a franchisee for KFC, Pizza-Hut, and Haagen-Dazs in most of the above mentioned countries.


Mrs. Panjabi lived and was educated in Cairo, Egypt and Beirut, Lebanon; went to boarding school in England; and then studied languages in Switzerland.


  • Member, Board of Directors, Voices for Children (Miami, Florida) (helped raise $3.3 million in 2006 for the Guardian Ad Litem program)
  • Recipient, American Red Cross Spectrum Award for Volunteerism (2004)
  • Recipient, Donor Next Door Award (2004)
  • Women’s Leadership Board, J.F.K. School of Government, Harvard University
  • Time Group, Mumbai, India
  • SOS Village, Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Indo-U.S. Chamber of Commerce of Florida
  • Member, Dean’s International Council, Harris School of Public Policy, Studies, University of Chicago
  • Member, Buck Advisory Council, The Buck Institute for Research on Aging (Novato, CA)


Mrs. Panjabi has been married to Ramesh Panjabi since 1967. They have two children and six grandchildren. She was born in Cairo, Egypt and is of Indian descent. While living in India, she worked with orphanages and when she moved to Jamaica, she helped start the S.O.S. Village in Montego-Bay. In the Virgin Islands, she was an “Inner Wheel” and involved with the beginnings of the Virgin Islands Film Festival, the Theatre, and the new Virgin Islands’ Hospital. She speaks six languages: Hindi, Sindhi, English, French, Arabic, and Spanish.

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