Frank F Islam is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, civic leader and thought leader in America with roots in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh. He has a special commitment to civic, educational and artistic causes. In all his endeavours, he strives to create opportunities that are sustainable and uplifting for humanity, guided by hard work, focus, quality, innovation and kindness. Frank currently heads the FI Investment Group, a private investment holding company that he established in 2007 after he sold … [Read more...]
Frank blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and writes occasional columns and articles for publications such as the International Business Times and The Economic Times of India.
Frank writes on a wide variety of topics that are critical to shaping the future of America and the American dream and to making the United States and the world a better place. These include: Business; education; poverty and inequality; politics and public policy; immigration; manufacturing; innovation; leadership; citizenship; and social commentary.
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Our country needs to be able to make war, but it needs to try to make peace first. The release of President Donald Trump’s first budget on May 23, 2017 has created quite a fuss. With its huge cuts to and elimination of domestic programs, redistribution of funds from the middle class and poor to the richest Americans and failure to balance, the budget has generated a significant hue and cry against it. There has even been dissatisfactionexpressed by some in the areas of military … [Read more...]
When Donald Trump came into office as president on January 20, 2017, he had neither governmental nor military experience. This was the first time in the history of this nation that any American president did not have a background in one of those two areas. The thought and hope of many was that because he was a “successful” business person he would learn on the job, be a quick study, and become presidential. He has not. What Trump has done instead is to try to run this country … [Read more...]
On May 29, the United States and the world will celebrate the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy`s birth. Tragically, President Kennedy, or JFK as he was known universally, did not live to see the ripe old age of 100 or even get close to it. He was assassinated on November 22, 1963 -- when he was only 46 years old -- as he sat with his wife Jackie in an open top convertible in a Dallas motorcade. Kennedy`s premature and horrific demise caused professor of history Robert Dallek to … [Read more...]
On May 29, the United States and the world will celebrate the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth. Tragically, President Kennedy, or JFK as he was known universally, did not live to see the ripe old age of 100 or even get close to it. He was assassinated on November 22, 1963 - when he was only 46 years old - as he sat with his wife Jackie in an open top convertible in a Dallas motorcade. Kennedy’s premature and horrific demise caused professor of history Robert Dallek … [Read more...]
Kennedy Center Special Evening Remarks By Frank F. Islam May 7, 2017 Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen: I am Frank Islam. Welcome to our humble home On behalf of my wife Debbie and myself, it is my distinct pleasure and privilege to welcome Chairman David Rubenstein, President Deborah Rutter, my fellow board members, members of the NCPA, and you distinguished guests and friends of the Kennedy Center to this special evening in recognition of the John F. … [Read more...]
In 2010, during his first visit to India, President Barack Obama proclaimed: "I believe that India and America are indispensable partners in meeting the challenges of their times." I agree wholeheartedly with the assessment and feel strongly that Indian Americans can play a key role in strengthening that partnership and helping India achieve its full potential. Because of their accomplishments in the United States and understanding of India, Indian Americans are uniquely positioned to step … [Read more...]
President Trump’s “America First” federal budget proposes drastic cuts or the outright elimination of many programs that support the socially and economically disadvantaged; scientific and health research; education; and, the arts. If it is enacted in full, or in part, it will have a dramatic negative effect on this nation and many of its citizens. That will make philanthropy even more critical than it is today here in the United States for promoting the common good and equality of … [Read more...]
Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen: Thank you for those opening comments. I would like to now give some thanks of my own. I have a few comments to make on why we are supporting Smitha Rajan through the Frank Islam and Debbie Driesman Fellowship Alfred Friendly Press Partners Fellow. Before, I do so, however, I would like to give some thanks. First, my sincere thanks to Susan and Alberto for having us here in their spectacular home for this special dinner. As … [Read more...]
There is an airline cone of silence relegating the customer to a captive state of information deprivation. Back in the days when air travel used to be fun and an experience to be looked forward to rather than dreaded, United Airlines advertising was wrapped around the slogan “Fly the Friendly Skies.” United discontinued its friendly skies promotion in 1996 but revived it again in September of 2013. The friendly skies ads may be back for United but the reality of a pleasurable … [Read more...]