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ELEVATOR INTERVIEWS

TV style interviews hosted by the CHN Chairman with members of our community who elevate and inspire others.

Dr Vijay Patel

Dr Vijay Patel, CEO Waymade PLC, discusses how he made it from nothing to billionaire with passion, clear goals and hard work. His objective in any business that he started is to build to its maximum potential. He says, “Never shy away from hard work, innovation and continued improvement. Recruit smart people recognise talent, promote and reward appropriately.”

Lavina Mehta MBE

Lavina Mehta MBE, is an Award Winning, Personal Trainer & Wellness Coach, and a big advocate of the mental health benefits of exercise. Her mission is to make people feel good mentally and physically. Lavina talks about her concept – Exercise snacking where you do short bouts of exercise and also the huge benefits of strength training.

Bijal Majithia

Bijal Majithia – Assitant Director | Diversity & Inclusivenes  | EMEIA Financial Services at EY, an award winning Diversity and Inclusion speaker she shares what it really means to be an innovator and how interaction, diversity and mentorship can help close the gap between people, “You can come together in diversity and make amazing things happen.”

Lord Michael Hastings

Lord Michael Hastings Chancellor of Regents University London and Professor of Leadership, Stephen R Covey Institute at Utah State University in the USA talks eloquently and passionately on finding your purpose and mission not just to create wealth but use it to right wrongs and remove injustices. “Find Your Purpose in Life – Build Financial Freedom For You and Others.

Sandip Patel

Sandip Patel – former Army Officer turned Entrepreneur shares his journey with us. Sandip knows what it is to be a leader having served in Afghanistan as a Captain in the Army. He touches on how to elevate people who are experiencing extreme stress, keeping your mind healthy, the importance of having a solid support system and important tips of being an entrepreneur.

Arti Halai

Arti Halai – Director and Co-founder of the Fleet Street Group shares her inspiring story. A broadcaster, entrepreneur, public speaker, and author she says, “Don’t let other people tell you what you can and can’t do.  You have to be passionate, focused and really determined to do it.” Arti adds, “There’s always a time and a place for giving back. We grow and develop when we learn to give back.”

Gopal Patel

Gopal Patel – Co-Chair, United Nations Multifaith Advisory Council and Director Bhumi Global speaks about his journey. As an important voice on the United Nations for ensuring Hindus are heard, Gopal has dedicated his life to elevating those without a voice. From the Bhumi Project at Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies to Advisor to the Parliament of World Religions to the UN.

Lakshmi Kaul

Lakshmi Kaul, Head & Representative – UK at Confederation of Indian Industry says, “If you don’t speak up for yourself, no one else will.” She touches upon her connect with India, her identity as an Indian and Hindu, changing misconceptions about Kashmir, the diversity of India and her Handmade in India campaign.

Derek Goodwin

Derek Goodwin a senior civil servant from humble beginnings talks about how he elevated himself with the help of mentors who gave him self-belief to beat the odds. He went on to be a diplomat and now as the UK Government’s Head of the Global Entrepreneur Programme explains how he helps global technology companies solve the world’s biggest problems from a UK base.

Chanda Pandya

Retail expert Chanda Pandya speaks about shining through fear, being discounted for being a woman or minority, pivoting in retail in tough times, and now her cause to help Black Lives Matter movement. She hopes to elevate others so they can benefit from her experiences – she shares the good and bad trials of her journey.

Lord Popat

Lord Popat, Member of the House of Lords speaks inspiringly and passionately about his important report of caring for the elderly, the roots of success coming to the UK from Uganda and building a business empire and success from zero. He encourages people from the community to come forward to serve government bodies as there are huge opportunities available.

Baroness Verma

Baroness Sandy Verma Member House of Lords, former Minister and Chair UN Women says, “There will be 9 people in your way, but you only need 1 to help. Network, help others, go out and ask for help.” She reiterates, despite facing gender and race discrimination it just made her more resilient and stronger. She adds, “The best way to get a mentor – ask for help.”

Samit Biswas

Samit Biswas Founder, Director and CEO Advatech Healthcare Europe & Advatech Healthcare Pvt. Ltd, company helps the NHS and creates jobs. Samit  created the Uber of Ambulances, moved his family and faced obstacle after obstacle. Not wealthy – just inspired. The CHN Advisory board Member says, “If your purpose is great, great things will happen and so will obstacles.

Bijal Shah

CEO of Booktherapy.io, talks about the powerful healing quality of literature on the latest episode of The Elevator. She advises people to turn to literature when they are feeling down or need comfort. From a successful career in banking, to moving countries, raising a family, starting a business – with passion for mental health – this CHN Advisory Board member inspires and reassures.

Raenu Barod

Former Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in conversation with one of its advisory board members Raenu Barod. The UK Barrister and US Law Firm Partner tells us how she juggles busy family life with a hectic work life and explains how she uplifts others. She feels that getting mentors and sponsors are key to success and shares her tips on networking confidently.

Aekta Mahajan Patel

Aekta Mahajan Patel, Head of Venture Capital Unit at Department for International Trade says, “I don’t think of myself as a ethnic minority woman, just a professional. Don’t be afraid to be yourself, you can be authentic and still do well.” She elaborates on getting into Deutsche Bank then leaving it all behind to move onwards and upwards.

Jay Vitale

Jay Vitale Founder and CEO Air For Life UK LTD. “You gotta have self-belief,” he says in his interview with City Hindus. He also talks about overcoming mental health hurdles to build a global business. The importance of faith, entrepreneurship, NASA, life-saving, purpose in business and breaking global markets.

Hemal Randerwala

Hemal Randerwala Founder and Chairman Go Dharmic. How does a boy from Luton break into City finance – and then feed a million people? Finding purpose and meaning in your work to succeed. CHN Advisory Board Member Hemal Randerwala tells us more on , How to elevate others when you’re starting in the basement.

Nish Kotecha

Chairman & Co-founder at Finboot and Deputy Chairman of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry in conversation with City Hindus says, “Respect for others is the key to success”. The son of a cleaner to JP Morgan, Lehman Brothers and big tech IPOs, to using tech to help the poorest in the world. An inspiring story of elevation and elevating others.