Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Goan Olympics: I have a dream

The Goan Olympics for
outstanding achievement

My dear friends around the Goan world:

ONE OF my pet gripes has been about the lack of a global recognition process to honour outstanding achievement by Goans in the four corners of the world and just as widespread in the fields of achievement.

For want of a better title, may I suggest a working phrase: Goan Superstars Awards!
I think it is time we set up an organisation that (a) set up a pilot group of people to do the ground work in fleshing out the organisation: Secretariat (the admin arm of the organisation, all the ps and qs of such a global organisation including setting out the guidelines for who can qualify for the award/s), the Jury (the final arbiter in naming the winners every four years), the celebrations committee (to organise the event every four years in a different venue, perhaps a Goan organisation/s would vie for that privilege), Funding Committee (to raise funds worldwide to fund the aims and aspirations of the organisation). Perhaps, the most important task of the pilot group would be to recommend a broad brush view of the whole project, aims and objectives, ways and means, risk assessment and management especially in the area of integrity, honesty and the Wisdom of Solomon.

One way forward could be the Goan Olympics in outstanding achievement with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals awarded in the various categories (as in education, business, sport, music, etc, etc)
It will require an organisation that will be free of the ills that have dogged Goan organisations around the world for millennia such as petty prejudices, selfish and petty arguments, abuse of power and the finances and such other ills. In both the young and senior professionals around the global Goan community I believe we have the requisite skills and integrity to rise above the mundane and the pathos of little minds. We have the global professionals who do the community proud and inspire a new global dream amongst the brilliant budding young Goans everywhere.
I would suggest that the initial foray towards such an organisation must be the canvasing of every Goan organisation anywhere in the world. With the assistance of such luminaries as Vivek Menezes, Frederick Noronha and other outstanding personalities, a small team from Goa also is set up to represent home grown interests.

I am not for one moment suggesting that the above is gospel. In fact, it is a humble effort to try and fire the brilliant minds to come up with the answers and make this dream a reality.
My one other suggestion is that perhaps the initial drive could come from the young Goan adults from Canada. The Goan Overseas Association and the organisers of the Kenya Nite have recently shown outstanding abilities in organising big-time events. Similarly, the Goan Association UK will also be able to contribute considerably as will the Goan Institute Nairobi. In the final analysis, it is not my intention that every Goan organisation is represented but the best amongst us. The founding genes must be the best amongst us to father and mother an organisation which will be the best ever.

Please send me your thoughts at skipfer@live.com.au

I am hoping this is only the spark ... I will walk away if and when an organisation is set up!


While I don't count myself as a 'luminary', I do feel that everyone needs to contribute their mite in helping the wider community understand itself and its achievements.

We should all do this at our individual levels. 

My fear is that if we wait for all to come together, then this will never happen. I would like to share a modest effort I made some time back in this direction, based on a little bit of documentation and referencing. Kindly see below, FN

FN's 101 cybergoans honours list: New Year Day 2007
Recognising people of Goan origin making a difference the world over
PANJIM (Goa), Dec 31: From coaching top football clubs in
Moscow to fighting race discrimination, from becoming Telugu
film stars to heading hundred million-dollar technology
firms, members of the Goan diaspora are notching up a
surprising range of achievements worldwide.

This point gets underlined in a new initiative, a list of
"101 cybergoans" worldwide, who are making a major mark in
diverse fields across many unexpected parts of the globe.

Compiled by cyber-journalist Frederick Noronha, the list aims
to "acknowledge the contributions by people of Goan origin,
regardless of where they are located, and in what field they
work". It has been released at the start of the year 2007.

Noronha says the listing is based on information emerging in
cyberspace. "But much of it is yet to be adequately noticed
by readers back home," he says.

"It is networks like the UK-based Goanvoice.org.uk, edited by
Eddie Fernandes (till recently at University College London),
and the 12-year-old volunteer network Goanet (www.goanet.org)
that is throwing up a wealth of such information," says he.

Some of those on the list aren't even people. But whether
men, women, rich or as average as anyone else, or
organisations, all have some visible link with Goa.

Most are individuals or organisations which have been
attracting attention in cyberspace in the past year. Some
have passed on long back, but remain in the news nonetheless
-- like Kenyan vice-president Joseph Zuzarte Murumbi and the
famed Mumbai-based Goan gynaec Dr V N Shirodkar of the
'Shirodkar stitch' fame.

"All have done things that deserve to be better noticed back
home... if this society is to build more effectively on the
talent, resources and brain-power of Goa's diaspora," argued
Noronha, commenting on the list released as the New Year gets
ushered into Goa.

There will be ommissions on this list. There might be even
debate over who gets included. "It's a subjective view, and
certainly not the last word on the subject. But we do need to
start recognising the contribution of people from this small
region... where ever they are located, and in whichever
field," argued Noronha.

Some surprise inclusions on the list are Miss Great Britain
(Preeti Desai, 25); CEO of zedo.com Roy De Souza; Symantec
senior vice president Francis deSouza; Cognizant COO Francisco
D'Souza, Dell Inc manager Andrew Fernandes, Kent busdriver
Ken D'Souza; meditation teacher Lygia Monteiro; campaigners
against racism and more.

Eight bullet-points listed refer to organisations: the alumni
BMX (Brittos-Marys-Xaviers) network founded in Toronto;
VascokarsUnited mailing list founded by engineer Jen Lewis in
Birmingham; GoaSudharop.org from the US; the
GoaComputersInSchools Project/Knowledge Initiatives Trust;
Tanzanite Goans in Africa; Leonoras Restaurant (run by expat
Jerome Mendes, for promoting Goan film); Goenkarancho Ekvott
(New Delhi) and even "various kudds still surviving against
odds in Mumbai".

A special section looks at 'cyber pioneers' among Goans who
founded initiatives which make a difference to how Goans
communicate and are perceived by the outside world -- Herman
Carneiro (Goanet), Marlon Menezes (GoaWeb, GoaCom), Ulysses
Menezes (GoaWorld), Eddie Fernandes (GoanVoiceUK).

World Under-8 Chess Champ Ivana Furtado, though based in Goa
itself, is an exception to this list of non-residents, in
view of her achievement, which surprised all, during the past year.

"Seen in context, it is amazing that a tiny region like Goa
(and its diaspora) could produce such a human resource. It is
equally amazing that this talent still goes largely
unrecognised back home," says Noronha, involved with
cyberspace for the past dozen years.

This initiative is expected to feed in wider intitiatives to
build networks among Goans worldwide. Below is the list under
varied categories:

Community-builders, creating social capital

* Prof Dr. Jose Pereira, New York researching Goan music and more
* Victor Rangel-Ribeiro, author mentoring writers back home
* Dr Colin Saldanha, Mississauga, Strong Communities Coalition
* Shalini Pereira, 26, Leicester, project on sustainable housing
* Dr. J.Clement Vaz, octogenarian, biographer of Goan achievers
* Carolann Fernandes, Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens' Orgns
* Domnic Fernandes, Gulf, reminding Goa about her yesterdays.
* George Pinto (Ca), building social entrepreneurship in Goa
* Basilio Magno, musician, building Goa's image in Spain

Technology, enterprise, finance, the corporate world, etc

* Roy De Souza, CEO and co-founder, zedo.com IL 60201 US
* Romulus Pereira, former CEO Riverstone Networks Inc
* Francis deSouza, senior VP, Symantec, enterp messaging mgt group
* Francisco D'Souza, COO, Cognizant Technology Solutions
* Andrew Fernandes, Dell Inc, US, manager, global business continuity
* Tony Fernandes, AirAsia CEO, Malaysia's E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year
* Victor Menezes, retired senior vice chairman, Citigroup Inc
* Late Avertano Furtado, expat in the Gulf, hotelier in Goa
* Francis D'Souza, Maryland, real estate, relocation services.
* Gerard Sequeira, director, Canada's largest pension plan, OMERS.
* Chris Diaz, Kenya Chartered Institute of Marketing president
* Michael Braganza, owner, Berehill Nursing Home in Whitchurch
* Trevor D'Mello, NSW, Au. owner, The Yellow Piano restaurant
* Anil D'Souza, Ottawa entrepreneur

Goans, where you didn't expect them

* Preeti Desai, 25, Miss Great Britain
* Esperanza & Edwin D'Souza, Toronto. $9.9m Lotto winners
* Reita Faria, first Indian to win the Miss World title
* Xavier D'Souza, Grand Cayman, bodybuilder
* Bosco Santimano (Sarzora), inspiring Diwali in Peebles, Scotland.
* Bus-driver Ken D'Souza, Kent, nominated favourite driver
* Johncy Menezes (Chandor), Iowa, liquor store in N. Liberty
* Laila Rouass, former Channel [V] VJ, model and actress
* Susie Coelho, lifestyle expert, author, HGTV host. Model.
* Collien Fernandes (24), Germany. MTV host of Dancing on Ice
* Lygia Monteiro, UK, teaching meditation for a decade.
* Melanie Carvalho, Zambia-born Aberdeen-based artist


* Herman Carneiro, founder Goanet. Now researching malaria in Goa.
* Marlon Menezes, founder GoaWeb, GoaCom.com and now GoaCom.org
* Ulysses Menezes, founder, Goa-World.com webspace for non-profits.
* Eddie Fernandes, amazing researcher, editor goanvoice.org.uk

Organisations building social capital

* BMX, effectively networking alumni from around Mapusa.
* VascokarsUnited/Jen Lewis, persistently networking Vasco
* GoaSudharop.org, offering new directions to initiatives in Goa
* GoaComputersInSchoolsProject (now KIT), an idealistic dream
* TanzaniteGoans, Goa's most effective cyber-network across Africa
* Leonora's Restaurant, Verna, giving a new life to old Goan film
* Various kudds, still surviving against odds in Mumbai, India.
* Goenkarancho Ekvott, New Delhi.

Fighting race

* William Gama, 61, Quantas ex-aircraft engineer, racial suit winner
* Anna de Souza, UK. Hounslow's race crime outreach officer
* Theodora Monserrate, housemaid fighting exploitation, Bahrain
* Tube driver Clement Lobo (50), UK, UKP25K race compensation

Political achievers, and attempters

* Late Joseph Anthony Zuzarte Murumbi, Kenya's second Vice-President
* Pio Gama Pinto, assassinated Kenyan leader, still remembered
* Keith Vaz, MP, member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council.
* Gary Pinto, former boy band member. Family First Party candidate
* Troy DeSouza, Victoria, BC, Conservative candidate 2006
* Candidates in Mississauga polls: Patrick Mendes, Dale D'Souza

Contributing via academia

* Late Dr. Babla Singbal, gifted mathematician, Maths prof, TIFT
* Dr. Damodar Sardesai, Professor of History at UCLA
* Dr. Sharad Keny, Prof of Math, Whittier College, California
* Dr Eddie D'Sa,  critical perspectives on Goa and diaspora
* Alt.issues: Charles Camara (Sweden, Siddis) Des Fernandes (UK, Kurds)
* Dr Teotonio R de Souza, Goa Research Net.

Creative talent: making Goa proud

* Patricia Rozario, Goa's Bombay-born international soprano
* Lorna, Goa's nightingale
* Warren Noronha, UK, fashion designer.
* David Sequeira, artist, Australia. www.davidsequeira.com
* James D'Silva, London, Madonna's fitness guru
* Judy Luis-Watson, DC Metro, BluesWork blues, jazz, world rhythms
* Ileana D'Cruz, makes waves in the Telugu film industry
* Carol Furtado, UK, dancer, female lead in Merchants of Bollywood
* Michelle Sequeira, Belgium, high school student, Indian dance

World of sport

* Thomas Pereira, Norway, nifty footballer, Viking FK
* Mariano Barreto, former football coach, Dinamo, Moscow
* Indian sharp-shooting footballer forward late Dereyk DeSouza
* Saude George, Olympian for Kenya.

World of science

* Dr Joaquim Goes, scientist, Bigelow Lab Ocean Sciences, Maine
* Datta V. Naik, Dean, Graduate School, Monmouth University
* Rui J.P. de Figueiredo, Prof EE and CS, Univ of Calif Irvine
* Vasudev M Kenkre, U. of New Mexico, panda.unm.edu/kenkre/
* Helga do Rosario Gomes, scientist, blogging from Antarctica

Taking human, and soft, skills forward

* Sean D'Souza (NZ), CEO, Psychotactics Ltd. author, speaker, trainer
* Brendan Fernandes, Ontario, artist. brendanfernandes.ca
* Ignatius Camillo, supermodel cum deejay.
* Ivana Furtado (Goa), World U-8 Chess Champ, Georgia.
* Iggy Tavares, UK, 4000+ fish-related photographs published.

Posthumous: not here, but not forgotten

* Erica D'Silva (10), NZ, died after cross-country run.

Feeding "the world"...

* Floyd Cardoz, US, executive chef
* Antonio F Fernandes, Manager, Royal India Restaurant, Milwaukee
* Barbara Gomes, owner Cumin and Goan Restaurant, Ottawa
* Valerie Heredia-Viegas, teaching Indian cuisine in WA, US.
* Samir Sadekar, London. Imli's Executive Chef from Porvorim.
* Larry Mendonca, Melbourne, "ex-curry king"


* Late Dr V N Shirodkar, Indian obstetrician 'Shirodkar's operation'
* Dr Agnelo Fernandes, Croydon, Fellow Royal College of GPs (RCGP)
* Yasmin D'Souza, Canada, researching MMR-autism link
* Dr Caje Moniz, UK. clinical director London's Kings College Hospital
* Dr Manuel Fernandes, MD, Premier Occupational Healthcare, UK


* Frank Pinto, exec coordinator UNDP Global Environmental Facility
* Baroness Frances D'Souza, daughter-in-law of Goa
* Richard Rozario, Principal, Mississauga Secondary School

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