Asian Business Association Committee Profiles
T.S.Matharu (Chairman) - Founder and Managing Director, Grange Hotels
Tony is Founder and Managing Director of Grange Hotels - 'London's Leading Independent Hotel Group' - former winner of the "Best Small Hotel Company" (Business Travel Awards). His responsibilities include designing, building and managing luxury central London hotels. Tony combines his passion for hospitality with philanthropy, sport and community engagement; acting as Founder and Chairman of IODR UK - a children's charity with projects mostly in the Indian Ocean Region. Tony holds a number of Board and other positions in the Arts, charitable sector, and sport - particularly cricket and hockey, and he continues to play at representative and international levels.
Rahul Mehta (Deputy Chairman) - Managing Director, ViCoS Ltd
Rahul Mehta started ViCoS 15 years ago as a niche, highly-specialised technology consulting firm focusing on all aspects of virtualisation. He is a technology entrepreneur as well a senior programme manager who specialises in the latest virtualisation and infrastructure technologies as well as programme and business governance.
John Athwal OBE - Managing Director, Premier Decorations Ltd
John Athwal is Managing Director of Premier Decorations Ltd, UK’s number one Importer of Christmas Decorations, which he founded in 1987. In 2010 John was awarded the prestigious ‘Asian of the Year’ Award. Premier Decorations has been winner of the best Christmas Supplier for many years. Recently John has started his own property portfolio. Additionally, John works tirelessly for his chosen charities – he is on the organisational committees for Children with Cancer, and is treasurer for The Fence Club. He was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s honours list.
Satish Chatwani - Director, Fairview Hotels & Healthcare Ltd
Satish Chatwani FCA, FCCA, FBIM is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Accountants, Certified Accountants and Management Accountants. He set up his own company Chatwani & Co in 1981 and later formed Kanta Enterprises Limited in 1982 and Fairview Hotels & Healthcare Limited in 1989. He is a Member of London Entrepreneurial Exchange, TIE UK, British Asian Trust and various other organisations.
Kalyani Gandhi-Rhodes - UK South Asia Engagement Manager, Oxfam
Kalyani heads up Oxfam's UK South Asian Engagement Programmes including one that engages the UK-based South Asian diaspora community, in supporting national and global issues that Oxfam and its partners work on. She has 20 years' experience of planning and developing social welfare for BME communities and has also worked at the Hanover Group, a leading national provider of retirement housing.
Abby Ghafoor - Managing Director, Arc Management Consulting Limited
Abby (Abida) Ghafoor is the Managing Director of Arc Management Consulting Limited London and Paris. Managing the outsourcing of Marketing teams to businesses and organisations as a complete outsourced service or assisting current Marketing teams within companies in delivering niche projects or just an extension of their internal team. With over 25 years’ experience as a marketing consultant in both digital and offline marketing experiences, this has enabled Abby and her team to deliver activations across all sectors / industries in business and luxury. Gold Award Winner, Fellow at the Institute of Consulting, Member of the Chartered Management Institute, delivered live business advice on 'Business at 10' on Sky.
Tarun Ghulati - President and CEO, Squared Watermelon Ltd.
Tarun has extensive global leadership experience in financial services across Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, primarily as an International Manager with HSBC, its select group of global managers. As Global CEO, UTI International Ltd, he managed assets in excess of USD 2.4 billion. As Head HSBC Premier, he managed assets in excess of USD 40 billion and was also Head of HSBC International Personal Banking, ensuring a seamless proposition across countries for international customers. He has led HSBC's Operations for 15 countries across Asia Pacific and also led HSBC's credit and risk for 14 countries across Asia Pacific. He has held several roles with Citibank, India, including Regional Head Sales & Distribution and Credit & Risk. Tarun has sat on over 30 boards in the UK, Singapore, Guernsey, Mauritius, Kenya and Botswana.
Mihir Kapadia - Director, Sun Global Investments Ltd
Mihir Kapadia is chief executive and founder of Sun Global Investments Limited, a London-based investment banking and investment advisory firm. His role includes providing strategic advice to companies and active oversight of all operational areas of Sun Global. Mihir is also a founder of a commodities trading firm in Romania focused on Eastern Europe and Asia.
Sheetal Kapoor - Managing Director, Europoint Holdings Ltd
Sheetal Kapoor has been working in the Hospitality Industry for over 30 years. He is Managing Director of his family group of businesses which includes The Edinburgh Collection. In London the family group also owns Europoint Centre, a 100,000 square foot multi -tenanted office building and the Blackfriars Wine Bar.
Nish Kotecha - Director, Znaptag Ltd
Nish is President and founder of geonsar, a banking and financial services enterprise aimed at India's 600 million 'unbanked'. He is also managing director of Fusion, a private equity group headquartered in Nairobi with a focus on impact investing, real estate and money management within East Africa. Fusion has completed over 200 investments and employs 45 staff in offices across the region. Nish chaired the Asian Business Association from 2011-2013.
Harshad Kothari - Senior Consultant, SAS Consultancy
Harshad is a Fellow of Association Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and Chartered Management Institute (FCMi) and has run his Accountancy, Business & Management Consultancy for over 30 Years. The Practice has an Accountancy Outsourcing hub in India. He has broad "hands-on" commercial experience, assisting clients in managing their businesses and raising and managing finance.
He has considerable financial and project management experience in Design & Build. Harshad is also a business Development Consultant for Asian Voice Magazines and Events.
Mitul Patel - Managing Director, Face2Face
Mitul is the founder and Mangaing Director of face2face creative merchandise, a multi award winning promotional merchandise company. Initially funded by the Princes Trust he now boasts over 15 years' experience in the events, marketing and branding sector working with a multitude of large multinational companies like ArcelorMittal, Ted Baker, Starbucks, Day Lewis etc. A young, vibrant driven individual that enjoys the challenges of business and a keen golfer.
S K Mongia - Chairman, Strongfield Technologies Ltd
Surinder (Max) Mongia is the chairman of Strongfield Technologies Ltd, a specialist supplier of high-tech components and equipment, and provides Engineering Design and Consultancy support for world-wide Aerospace, Defence and Security programmes. In recognition of outstanding achievement in Business and the community, Max was Awarded "Asian of the Year" by Asian Who's Who in 2009, in conjunction with live BBC World service.
Rami Ranger - Managing Director, Sun Mark Ltd
Dr. Rami Ranger MBE, FRSA is a successful businessman who has been honoured by HM the Queen on seven occasions, six times for business and once for community service. He was made an MBE in 2005. His company, Sun Mark Ltd, received the Queens Award for Enterprise in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and in the process made business history as no other company has received this accolade before.
Vimal Shah - Director, PSJ Alexander&Co LLP
Vimal is a partner since 1998 of a leading Indian Diaspora focused Chartered Accountancy, audit and tax advisory firm established in 1930s and servicing SMEs through to large traders and many Indian charitable trusts and community bodies. Established in London in 1973, and also with a Mumbai office since the 1960s, his firm assists many Indian entrepreneurs and corporates setting up in the UK and Europe.
Mahanta Shrestha - Chairman, Khukuri Beer
Mahanta Bahadur Shrestha, universally known as Monty, is a successful businessman, philanthropist and well-known supporter of the Nepalese Community in the UK. Monty came to London in the mid-70s and worked his way up to opening his own restaurant in 1980. To complement his curry dishes he now produces a quality Nepalese beer, Khukuri, in the UK.
The Hon Haarprit S Suri - Director, Oceanic Jewellers Ltd
Born in Kenya, entrepreneur Pitu Suri migrated to Britain in 1977. His parents established the Oceanic business in the same year. Based in Soho, its business activities included: student accommodation; commercial property sector; fashion and fashion jewellery - national and global. Pitu is involved in City Livery companies in their charitable activities and Oceanic supports many other charities.
Manish Tiwari - Founder and Managing Director, Here & Now 365 Ltd
Manish Tiwari started specialist agency Here & Now 365 in 2005. Understanding the needs of United Kingdom's diverse audiences and influences he has strived to bridge the gap between products and their multicultural audience through marketing and communications. Awards include Asian Lite Campaign of the Year Award 2011.
Vandana Dass - Managing Director and Senior Solicitor, Davenport Solicitors
Vandana Dass is the Managing Director and Senior Solicitor at Davenport Solicitors. She specialises in Employment and Business Immigration Law. Her vast experience and knowedge has enabled her to help many businesses and individuals achieve the outcome required. Vandana, chairs the School Stakeholder Committee at a Krishna Avanti Primary School and holds the post of Module Leader of Human Resources Management at South Bank University. She speaks regularly at events, on various topics related to Employment law, Business Immigration and Setting up a business in the UK. Vandana is also co-founder of U.K Advisory Services (UKAS), an organisation that helps establish businesses across the UK and India corridor and Davenport HR, an end to end HR consultancy practice.