Hailing from Darbhanga district in North Bihar, Dr Warsi migrated to USA a few years ago. Presently he teaches in the department of Asian and Eastern language and literatures in Washington University.
Known for his extraordinary knowledge on the basis of many languages in the world,Dr Warsi has also written a number of books on language and communications.
Among the previous receipients of the coveted global award were Mother Teresa,Sunil Gavaskar,former CBI Director Joginder Singh and film personality Dev Anand in recognition of their 'unmatched contribution' in respective fields.
Incidentally,the IIFS is known for its prime driving factor of bridging the socio-cultural gap between successful resident and non resident Indians in various fields.The award also carries a cash prize.