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About Us

We are a not-for-profit organisation created to promote networking, personal development and charity amongst Hindu professionals in London.

Advisory Board

Dixit Joshi

 

Dixit Joshi is the Group Treasurer of Deutsche Bank AG based in London. Prior to this, he was Head of the Debt Institutional Client Group and Listed Derivatives and Markets Clearing from November 2015 to March 2017. Mr. Joshi joined Deutsche Bank in October 2010 from Barclays Capital to head the EMEA Equities business across Sales, Trading, Research and Structuring. His other roles at Deutsche Bank have included Global Head of Prime Finance and Head of Equities for Asia Pacific.

At Barclays Capital, he was responsible for the EMEA equity business, had overseen the Asian Equities business, was the Head of Equity-Linked Products and led the growth of the Equity Derivatives business. He currently serves as a third time board member of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA).

 

Mr. Joshi serves as a board member of Pratham, a leading India focused education non-profit. He is also a trustee of the Student Sponsorship Programme in South Africa, focused on creating educational opportunities for the disadvantaged.

 

He has served as a board member of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art in Washington D.C, and has been President of the Advisory Board for National Sewa Day, a social action and volunteering initiative for local communities.

 

Mr. Joshi holds a degree in Statistics and Actuarial Science from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Cllr Dhruv Patel OBE

 

Cllr Dhruv Patel OBE Dhruv is the Founder and a Director of CHN. He is a businessman with interests in private rented sector property, retail pharmacy and the Lloyds of London insurance market. He is an Independent Elected Councillor at the City of London Corporation representing Aldgate Ward EC3 and is Chair of the City Bridge Trust Committee. He is also the Chair of the local governing body of Hindu faith primary school Avanti Court in Barkingside. He was appointed an OBE in 2018 for his voluntary service to the British Hindu community and to Social Cohesion. He is married with two young children and lives in Leytonstone.

Lord Jitesh Gadhia

 

Lord Jitesh Gadhia is a British Indian investment banker and businessman and Member of the House of Lords since September 2016.

Lord Gadhia was previously Senior Managing Director at Blackstone based in London and has over 25 years’ investment banking experience, having also held senior positions at Barclays Capital, ABN AMRO and Baring Brothers. He has advised on a wide range of high-profile M&A transactions across developed and emerging markets including some of the largest investment flows between UK and India.

Lord Gadhia is currently a Board Member of UK Government Investments, the centre of excellence for corporate finance and corporate governance for the UK Government, managing major assets including Royal Bank of Scotland. Lord Gadhia is also a Board Member of BGL Holdings, which owns comparethemarket.com, the UK’s largest digital price comparison website for financial and household services. He is also a Director of Accord Healthcare, a leading supplier of generic pharmaceuticals in the UK and internationally.

Lord Gadhia is a member of the UK-India CEO Forum and serves on the Advisory Board of the City Hindus Network. He graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in economics and attended the London Business School as a Sloan Fellow.

Jitesh is an active philanthropist both personally and through The Gadhia Foundation, supporting a wide range of charities in UK and overseas. He is a Patron of the British Asian Trust established by HRH The Prince of Wales, which is active in multiple projects in India.

Nishma Gosrani

 

Nishma leads the Banking and Capital Markets Change and Organisation Design practice at Consulting powerhouse Deloitte as a Director. She has authored a number of publications and articles in the banking and capital markets sector and became famous for the controversial article the crash might not have happened if Lehman Brothers had been Lehman Sisters.

She has won a number of prestigious business awards which include; Young Achiever of the Year, Asian Professional of the Year and Overseas Female of the Year. She is also the Sponsor of the Multicultural Business Network for Deloitte which won the Race for Opportunity ‘Network of the Year Award’ in 2015.

Nishma is a trustee and board member of City Hindus Network and Tamasha, a leading theatre company which champions the voices of emerging and established BAME artists. She was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce, and was named the diversity and inclusion leader of the year at the GG2 Awards in 2015.

Nishma has featured in the Movers and Shakers’ Survey as one of Britain’s most influential young women. In 2015, she was quoted by Management Today as a rising star under 35. In 2017, she was listed as an EmPower Top 100 Leader in the Financial Times.

Alpesh Patel

 

Alpesh Patel is a barrister turned fund manager. He is a Financial Times author and has had over 200 investment columns published in the FT. He is a UK Government Dealmaker responsible for Middle East and Asia Pacific and bringing high growth tech companies to the UK. He is co-Chair of the Loomba Trust which supports widows and orphans. A former Visiting Fellow in Business at Oxford University, he was a founding member of the UK India Business Council and TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) which mentors entrepreneurs. He previously presented his investment show on Bloomberg TV helping regular people learning about finance and investing. The then PM appointed him to the UK India Roundtable to advise Government on building closer UK India ties. He does the BBC World News Paper Review to a global audience of 300m and uses it when he can to give a ‘Hindu’ perspective and also lectures annually at Oxford University on Hinduism and Leadership for the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies to a management audience.

Punam Denley

 

Punam Denley set up Blanchards law, a boutique family law practice in the City and the Home Counties. She is a solicitor, mediator and collaborative lawyer, carrying out divorce, finance and children work. She has 25 years of experience in this area of law. She prides herself on her accessibility to her clients and the quality of her work.

She is a published author.

In the Legal 500, she “attracts plaudits from clients”, as well as being described as “organised, empathetic and strategically excellent.”

She specialises in private family law and particularly income and asset distribution on divorce. She deals with both international and domestic matters. She has particular expertise in appealing against previous orders and setting aside orders made in financial proceedings, and applications under Part III of the MFPA 1984.

Specialties: She commentates on legal matters and lecture regularly. Aside from two books, she writes for legal journals and lecture to other solicitors and professionals. She participates in web and other training sessions and recordings for other lawyers.

COMMITTEE

Prerna Bhardwaj – Chair

 

Prerna is a non-practicing barrister and has specialised in UK and EU Regulations at Goldman Sachs and UBS. She is now the Chief Operating Officer at Linetex Investments Ltd, a real estate investment company where she advises and manages legal, HR and strategic matters.

In 2017, Prerna founded Vaahan, an international political magazine focussing on the UK, India and the Middle East. Prerna has over 10 years’ experience in broadcast and print media and broadcasts political shows on Nusound Radio 92FM interviewing eminent guests including top politicians and community leaders. Prerna has also appeared as an expert on international affairs and equality on numerous television channels.

Prerna is passionate about Hinduism, working for the community and was previously the Vice Chair of CHN. In September 2017, Prerna was awarded with the Pride of India Award 2017 by the NRI Institute and in March 2017, Prerna was awarded with the Bharat Nirman Award for her contribution to India as a Non-Resident Indian. She is also part of the Secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Hindus.

Nihaal Khanna – VICE CHAIR

 

Nihaal is a Private Equity Finance Solicitor at Travers Smith, a Tier-1 international law firm in the City of London. He specialises in acquisition finance with a particular focus on advising private equity houses and financial sponsors on their domestic and cross-border leveraged finance acquisitions and investment holdings. He has spent 6-months on secondment as Legal Counsel in the corporate and acquisition finance division of Investec Bank, advising on mid-market private equity transactions.

By background, Nihaal read Law at the University of Warwick and achieved a Master of Laws with distinction at the University of Law. He has spent time working in leading Indian corporate law firms in Mumbai and New Delhi and also sits on the India Group Committee at his law firm. Nihaal also serves as UK Director of global microfinance charity, Shanti Life. In 2018, he was recognised as one of the ’35 under 35′ Young Leaders in fostering UK-Indo relations.

Remya Unnithan – PR AND MARKETING HEAD

 

Remya qualified as a Solicitor in 2018 at Needham Poulier Solicitors, a Legal Aid firm that specialises in Criminal Defence and Mental Health Law.She read law at Queen Mary, University of London and graduated in 2012. She had since gone on to complete her Legal Practice Course at BPP University and obtained a large amount of pro bono experience on the way.

Remya has an extensive amount of voluntary experience, which includes pro bono and volunteering in the Hindu community, the latter predominantly being with the National Hindu Students’ Forum (UK), where she undertook various roles including National General Secretary and Public Relations Coordinator.

Hinesh Patel

 

As a mechanical engineer and programmer Hinesh spends much of his time developing new technology and innovations. Hinesh has a keen interest in solving environmental issues. He enjoys doing voluntary work and likes to keep active.

Ruchi Gupta

 

Ruchi is a Research Optometrist at OTGi. She joined the CHN committee in 2017 with a focus on Sewa. Since then she has organised campaigns for the Grenfell Tower Appeal, supported blood donation drives and homelessness initiatives. She volunteers weekly with the homeless and is passionate about incorporating Sewa into future CHN events.

Radhika Chopra

 

Radhika is a qualified dentist with a special interest in surgery, sedation and aesthetics. She currently works at Guy’s hospital as a specialty dentist. In 2014 she was elected onto the board of the Faculty of General Dental Practice, where she plays an active role. Radhika joined CHN in 2015 and was appointed as Sewa lead and organised some of CHNs first successful Sewa events, such as homeless feeding. Her ability to leverage key partnerships was instrumental in forging a long term collaboration with Wrap Up London- a leading charity. Following the successes of her Sewa events, she continues to offer her support and expertise to CHN.

Shivang Patel

 

Shivang is currently a corporate paralegal at Forsters LLP in London. He previously attained his Masters in Law from UCL. Shivang was born and raised in Hong Kong, and he has always strongly believed in the values of a strongly connected community and celebrating our unique culture anywhere in the world.


Roshni Thakrar

 

Roshni is a pensions solicitor at international law firm, DAC Beachcroft LLP in the City of London. By background Roshni read law at City university and completed her Legal Practice Course at BPP London (Holborn). She has spent time working in an array of different law firms and in-house organisations spanning several sectors prior to her training contract.

 

She has a huge interest in seva and philanthropy and has been serving at the Hare Krishna Temple for over 16 years. There she has been and continues to be a core member of the Communications team which hosts media, VIPs and dignitaries throughout the festival year. She is also Secretary for the Young Lohana Society in North London and has very much enjoyed that role for the last 5 years. Here she has taken great joy in project managing events such as the well-attended careers fairs, helped co-ordinate the first YLS ball, family fortunes or even trips to theatre. Roshni is a bubbly personality who enjoys networking and looks forward to a new term here at CHN and the opportunity to put on some enjoyable events for our Hindu professionals in the city.


Rohan Shivalkar

 

Rohan Shivalkar works in a law firm as a paralegal, assisting solicitors and barristers in criminal cases and trials. He graduated from the University of Birmingham having studied Economics and Political Science. He was Treasurer of the Hindu Society at the University of Birmingham.