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Karti Chidambaram is a member of the All India Congress Committee. He was selected by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) to observe the 2004 US presidential election. Karti has been politically and socially active in his home state of Tamil Nadu. He has played an active and crucial role as a campaigner in all state and national general elections since 1996. He is fluent in English and Tamil. He plays an active role in development of sports and participates in select management committees of cricket, tennis, and athletics. He is one of the founders of the Chennai chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization, a worldwide association of young entrepreneurs. Karti has co-founded an online social forum, "Karuthu" (which means opinion), which promotes freedom of speech. He is a founder-director of Chess Management Services Private Limited, a company actively involved in corporate governance and legal compliance management. He holds a business degree from the University of Texas, Austin and a law degree from Cambridge University, England. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.