2014 Executive Committee:
Mr Dipak Modha, President
Chartered Accountant, Finance Director & Management Consultant with over 25 years experience in financial, operational, company secretarial, legal, HR and IT functions of small and medium sized FMCG businesses. Worked in India with Chartered Accountancy firms G.P. Kapadia & Co. and Love Lock & Lewis. Then worked in Oman for PwC Muscat and in Bahrain as Head Office Auditor with $500M Conglomerate, Kanoo Group. Finally, moved to London to work as a Finance Director for various companies, including a subsidiary of Coats Viyella Plc, a £30M turnover company that supplied high street stores.
Mr Jayesh Rajyaguru, Vice President
An experienced tax professional specialising in corporate, international and partnership taxation with a degree in Mathematics with Management and Finance from King's College London. Previously Finance Director of UK Youth Parliament, a charity with turnover in excess of £1.2m, leading high-level negotiation with blue chip companies and wide-scale company restructuring. An accomplished leader and public speaker with a charismatic style and progressive approach. Joined the committee to drive forward the ascension of our Samaj to new heights and engage every segment of the Bardai diaspora.
Mr Nilesh Thanki, Hon. Secretary
International Politics graduate from Brunel University, currently working as a Client Relationship Manager within the Recruitment industry. Passionate about volunteering, having done so for the Hare Krishna Temple in Watford since 2000 and serving our Samaj since January 2013. Proud to be part of the organising committee for Brahmins Connect and keen to be involved in similar initiatives that encourage greater interaction and participation of members within our Samaj and the wider Hindu community.
Miss Falguni Modha, Hon. Treasurer
First class graduate in BSc (Hons) Business Management from King's College London and Big 4 qualified (PwC) Chartered Accountant with 8 years of audit and non-audit assurance experience. Notable industry experience includes real estate, asset management and private equity. Excels at managing multiple teams, preparing Board and Audit Committee reports, and presenting both externally to clients and internally to 500 employees at Departmental AGMs.
2014 Management Committee:
Miss Chandni Pandya
Retail banking professional with 4 years experience in customer relations, management and service at Santander UK Plc. Spent two years in the property development sector as a landlord whilst continuing to prosper in voluntary work, such as participating with Cancer Research, Marie Curie and many other charities. Was a key speaker in the organisation 'We Are What We Do' where presentations were made for the benefit of youths and young adults. Proud to be the youngest member of the committee and has already completed one year of service for the Samaj. Wants to help make the Samaj a big happy family.
Mrs Harsha Modha
UK benefits professional with over 23 years experience with a global pharmaceutical organisation. Responsible for the strategic direction of Employee benefits for over 14,000 UK employees. Experience of external procurement of benefit providers and managing spend in excess of £40 million. Responsible for providing and overseeing the budget for social events for the retired staff association consisting of overs 40,000 retired employees. Leadership skills developed in working with internal auditors, accountants and other professionals. Well known speaker at external HR conferences.
Miss Meera Thankey
An Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing with a degree in Marketing from the University of Hertfordshire. Was involved in the organising and planning of high profile events such as a Vivienne Westwood fashion show to official events as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Experience extends across a number of sectors including health, digital media, online commerce, mining and metals, sustainable development and public relations.
Mr Naresh Joshi
Graduate in BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Hertfordshire, currently working for Soundcraft (by Harman) with two years of Test Development knowledge, specifically in Pro Audio Digital Mixing Consoles. Also, one years experience in Design Assurance at BAE System having worked on the T45 Destroyer Warships project and specifically on Sea Trails whilst working closely with the MoD. Founder at iFused Electrical, LED Genie and Pure Desi Experiences.
Mr Rishi Modha
First class graduate in BSc (Hons) Business Management from King’s College London and founder of FIPLAB - an award winning application development studio that has achieved over 17 million app sales worldwide. 10 years experience in managing remote teams, negotiating partnership deals with multi-billion pound corporations and handling the operations (finance, legal and marketing) of a high growth software firm.
Mr Sumit Joshi
An MBA graduate from Imperial College London, ranked amongst the top 10 B-Schools for entrepreneurship in the world. 14 years of diverse experience in conceptualising and growing businesses, having founded three businesses in the past and advised C-suite executives in strategic initiatives and investment appraisals. Currently, advising a growing renewable energy business in increasing shareholder value and investing in downstream assets. Joined the BBSL committee to get to know more "Gnatibandhus" and now focussing on developing the charity and making it more interesting for the youth in our community.