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ADVISORS

Taha Coburn-Kutay

Taha Coburn-Kutay

Taha is the Chair of UK Asian Business Council (UKABC). In addition, he is the President of Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) International, UK and the Managing Director of Monkey Consulting Ltd, where he specialises in international business development and marketing. His experience of 20 years in business spans across a number of geographical regions, including the UK, Europe, Asia, Americas and Africa. He has been recently appointed at the Economic & Business Advisor to the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara in Uganda. He works very closely with the public sector in India, consulting for various developments in the technology sector. Taha holds several non-executive director roles in the private sector and is an advisor to Charities in Britain.

Mahendrasinh Jadeja

Mahendrasinh Jadeja

A much-respected community leader, Mr Jadeja is President of Rajput Samaj of UK, National Executive Council Member of the National Congress of Gujarati Organisations of the UK (NCGO UK) and the longest serving General Secretary for the NCGO UK, the organisation that supports over 800,000 Gujarati origin community members in the UK. A keen fundraiser, Mr Jaedja has completed successful campaigns for Great Ormond Street Hospital, BAPS Swaminaranyan and the Loomba Foundation for widows. Mahendra led the 2015 UK Vibrant Saurastra business delegation to India and is the Honorary Member of the Leicestershire Asian Business Association. Serving as National President and the first Asian President of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents, Dada transformed the membership by achieving an unprecedented paid membership of over 25, 000 independents and has gone on to become the largest trade organisation in Europe. Mr Jadeja has spear headed initiatives for the Indian community in relation to access and support from the Indian High Commission in London. He also advises the Indian High Commission in relation to their engagement strategies with the Indian Diaspora in the UK.

Charan Singh

Charan Singh

Charan is a renowned philanthropist with over 20 years' experience in education, environment, project management, public relations, health wellbeing & yoga, community and charity fundraising. He is a Senior Environment Officer for the Environment Agency UK. A local Councillor for over 15 years, actively involved in youth, charity and sports projects, he led many fund-raising campaigns including the London Marathon to raise funds for people with disabilities. He is the Founder and Chairman of Social Education Voluntary Association (SEVA) Trust UK, a registered charity in England and India, working on Education, Environment and Health. He holds several advisory and voluntary roles including Community Engagement Ambassador for Equality Council, Yoga teacher and an Area Coordinator for PYP (UK) Trust, Welfare and H&S Officer for UNISON and BAME Rep. Working with diverse communities and faith groups, Charan played a key role in raising significant funds for many local and national charity projects. He has been honoured with a number of national and regional awards including the 'British Asian Pride of Britain' Award at the House of Commons, Volunteer Fundraiser Award by the Papworth Trust, Cambridge and Bedford Mayor's 'Citizen of the Year' Award for his outstanding community and charity services.

Dr Priya Virmani

Dr Priya Virmani

Priya was awarded a PhD from the University of Bristol, UK and post her Doctorate she studied Management Strategy at Harvard University specialising in Emerging Economies including India and Brazil. She is a TED Speaker and has given talks on topics ranging from globalisation; political economy; entrepreneurship; women's rights; the non-profit sector; psychology and motivation in various countries including India, China, the USA, the UK, Ireland, India, Austria and Puerto Rico.

As a Political and Economic Analyst she contributes regularly to BBC Radio and writes for publications across the globe including The Guardian, London and The New Statesman, London.

She is the Founder and Director of Paint Our World, a humanitarian art project that empowers and rehabilitates underserved children who have endured unimaginable trauma www.paintourworld.org. As a mentor, Priya has worked with corporates and individuals empowering them to define and realise their goals.

Mr. Vikram Duhan

Mr. Vikram Duhan

An alumnus of the university of Brighton, Vikram is Advisor and Founding Member of the National Indian Students and BAME executive for his local labour party. He works at a management consultancy firm as 'Client Solutions Manager' where he responsible for developing client specific solutions to resolve complex operational issues.

Vikram is a strong believer of youth empowerment, equal opportunities, dynamic leadership and skill developments for all. He also believes that the success and the achievements of young people need to be highlighted and world leaders shall realise that youth are the untapped resources to bring creativity, energy & world peace.

Sanam Arora

Sanam Arora

An alumnus of the London School of Economics, Sanam is Chairperson of the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK. She is a Consultant specialising in Investment Management, and works with top global asset management houses, providing strategy and management consulting. Further she is the Youth Coordinator — UK for the People of Indian Origin Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Head of Youth Affairs at the UK Asian Business Council. Sanam is extremely interested in furthering India's engagement with the world, particularly through its youth, in the fields of Higher Education, Foreign Institutional & Direct Investment and Tourism. At the same time Sanam is developing a network of young Indian diaspora leaders to create a unique ecosystem that can foster entrepreneurship, leadership and patriotism. She is a recipient of the Honorary Studentship of the London School of Economics, the highest honour bestowed by the LSE SU upon a student and has been nominated for multiple national level awards including the British Indian Awards. In 2016 she was honoured for her services by the Bedford Indian community, and the award was presented by the former Deputy High Commissioner of India to the UK, Dr Virander Paul, at the High Commission of India, London. More recently Sanam was awarded the UK India Thought Leadership — Youth Icon of the Year Award, where she was the youngest amongst twelve awardees which included figures such as the Deputy Mayor of London.