About East Wave Chicago

The East Wave Chicago team connects and promotes the Asian American community in Chicago. We specialize in connecting influencers and leaders with the larger Chicago community and also helping talent find an audience. Join us as we strengthen and enlarge the Asian community in our beautiful Midwest city.

If you’re new to the area or simply want to surround yourself with supportive friends, East Wave Chicago is for you. We bring you happening events to attend and influencer profiles of people you can meet. Get to know your Chicago Asian community!

Meet the team

Lakhi Siap

Founder and CEO

Lakhi Siap has more than 10 years of experience in multicultural & millennial media marketing, public relations and community outreach. He has consulted with high profile companies and organizations such as Pepsico, Mcdonald's, AT&T, and the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the US State department. In 2016, Lakhi was awarded President Obama's Volunteer Service Award for Community Service and given the Distinguished Young Asian Professional Award by Asian Chronicle USA Cable Access TV. He was chosen by the former Philippine Ambassador to the US, Jose Cuisia Jr., to be part of the Filipino American Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) in 2015. He is on the board and volunteers for numerous Asian American organizations throughout the Chicagoland area.

Noah Yong Simon

Founder and COO

Noah Yong Simon is returning to Chicago, his hometown, after many years of campaigning in Austin, TX. While in Austin Noah operated a company designed to unite cities together and connect non profit communities while increasing donations. The software his team was developing served the purpose of helping people realize that we all live on this planet together thereby installing a unity consciousness our spirits could resonate with. His mission was not only unite local communities together, but also to unite the global community together through conversation, collaboration, and understanding.

Operations he ran included #UniteAustin, a marketing campaign designed to get a city thinking about living in harmony while resources and stories were collected and distributed. He connected with the local arts community and started a campaign to increase the number of art markets around the city while also working with the zero waste community, protecting community hubs, connecting with the authentic relating community, religious and spiritual communities, and tech circles.

In Chicago, Noah plans to carry on his mission to unite cities and people together while also learning the fundamentals of web development.

Megha Hamal

Communications Director

Megha Hamal is the Founder and CEO of Megha Hamal (MH) PR & Branding, a Chicago-based boutique firm that works in a wide range of categories including lifestyle, restaurants, healthcare, technology and everything in between.

In her previous roles, she has also managed and executed PR and thought leadership events on national and global scale, targeted to leaders and company C-suite executives , while partnering with national organizations like, the U.S. Embassy in Barbados; U.S. Congressional Office of Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema; American Veterinary Medical Association; Arizona Department of Administration, Office of the State's Chief Information Officer, Morgan Reed; American Humane Society; 1871-Chicago's Technology & Entrepreneurship Center; Girls Who Code; Chicago Urban League; Urban Alliance etc.

Megha is very active in the Chicago community and believes in giving back. As a Nepalese American, who migrated from Nepal for her higher education, she has served as a PR expert and provided strategic PR counseling to organizations such as the Indo-American Democratic Organization (IADO), Association of Nepalese Midwest Americans, that advocate for South Asians and Nepalese Americans within the socio-economic and political spheres of Illinois. She currently sits as an associate board member for the Chinese Mutual Aid Association, a pan-Asian American organization in the Uptown neighborhood.

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