Sri Iftekhar Shareef was the First Indian to receive the “First Dual Citizenship of India” (OCI), from Honorable Prime Minister of India, Dr. Man Mohan Singh. He is the Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer—The largest credit card processing Company in Chicago Land Area, National Bankcard Corporation.
Apart from holding many honorary positions in Chicago he has Hosted many receptions and Fund-Raisers to, U.S Senators, U.S Congressmen, U.S Congress Women, Presidential Candidates Bill Clinton, Barrack Obama and many Governors and Mayors in US. Hosted events for all visiting dignitaries from India in Chicago irrespective of their political affiliations including the senior leader Mr. L.K. Advani to budding National leader Rahul Gandhi.
He currently holds many honorary positions including Trustee, Federation of Indian Association – FIA Chicago, Chairman, RR Dist. Foot Ball Association, Hyderabad, TS, India, Chairman, Telangana State TUG-OF-WAR Association, President, World Kabaddi Federation, New Delhi India Advisor, Secretary Of State of Illinois, Vice-Chairman, All Saints High School, Hyderabad Alumni Association, Chicago, Illinois. Member of Asian Advisory Council Secretary of State of Illinois. Member, Asian Advisory Council Cook County Clerk, Illinois, Founding President, Telangana Association of North America previous Andhra Pradesh Association of North America – APANA. The new name has been TANA (Telangana Association of North America–2014) after the formation of new state Telangana.
He has been recognized for his services and has received many Community Leadership Awards, Humanitarian Awards, Business Leadership Awards from several prestigious National and International Organizations and Governments including National Integration Award at Hyderabad presented by Honorable Home Minister Of Telangana State.
He holds a B.S. (Hons) – Osmania University Hyderabad & Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL.