City Hindus Network

Not-for-profit organisation promoting networking, personal development and charity amongst Hindu professionals in London.

In May 2012, the CHN established an Advisory Board for the first time. The purpose of the Advisory Board is to provide independent, external and commercially-orientated advice to the CHN Executive Committee.

The functions of the Advisory Board are to:

  1. Advise on the overall strategy and direction of the CHN, particularly in terms of issues such as corporate engagement; external communications strategies and stakeholder engagement including identity and positioning of the CHN; and other questions of strategy and direction that may arise;
  2. Help establish and develop the CHN’s position within networks of practice, locally and nationally;
  3. Advise on fund raising activities, including identifying opportunities especially those most relevant to the focus areas of the CHN;
  4. Act as a sounding board for new ideas and developments in the CHN, as well as for boundaries for the CHN’s remit;
  5. Provide appropriate and constructive governance to the CHN’s financial performance, constitution and general governance process, including responding to risk and issues escalation from the Committee;
  6. Advise the Committee on upholding the Sanatan Dharma and fundamental Hindu values in its conduct where appropriate;
  7. Scrutinise and assure the Annual Implementation Plan following the Annual Strategy Day; and
  8. Provide appropriate and constructive challenges to the assumptions and operating routines of the CHN.
Click here to read about the role of the Advisory Board in the CHN Advisory Board Terms of Reference.

The following members make up the CHN’s Advisory Board for 2012/13:

ZyyTzNpyo55pT_ZyHHfzGpBBf0n3sV6iUuNhEdHU4BM Alpesh Patel is the Founder Principal of Praefinium Partners, a global venture capital/private equity firm. He is a non-practising barrister; author of 13 investments books; a former Financial Times Columnist and Bloomberg TV presenter; British Government Dealmaker for India, Singapore and Malaysia; was a visiting Fellow in Business & Industry, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University; was a Council Member for the Royal Institute of International Affairs; and sits on the Board of the United Nations Association.
featurelarge_jitesh_ghadia12 Jitesh Gadhia is a Senior Managing Director at The Blackstone Group, based in London. Mr Gadhia has 20 years investment banking experience, having held senior positions at Barclays Capital, ABN AMRO and Baring Brothers. He was most recently Managing Director and Head of Advisory at Barclays Capital, prior to joining Blackstone in September 2010. During his investment banking career, he has advised on a wide range of high profile M&A transactions across developed and emerging markets. Jitesh graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Economics and attended the London Business School as a Sloan Fellow.  He has also been selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
nisha Nishma Gosrani is a Director at Deloitte Consulting. She has won a number of prestigious business awards – including Young Achiever of the Year, Asian Professional of the Year and Overseas Female of the Year. She was invited to participate in a blue-chip trade delegation to India designed to increase trade with the UK and been elected as probably the youngest Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).  Nishma works with a wide range of financial services clients specializing in banking and capital markets. As well as strong commercial expertise, she has an impressive understanding of organizational change and design, leadership, culture and global business strategy. She finds that the best way to get results for her clients is to understand their needs, foster creativity and focus on delivery. She is often quoted in the press on current issues in the financial services sector. She has authored a number of publications and articles relating to banking and capital markets, strategic and behavioral change and gender diversity. She serves as a board member and trustee of two public sector organizations.  Described as ‘remarkable’, ‘strikingly ambitious’ and ‘a high flyer to watch’ by business and political leaders, Nishma has featured in the Movers and Shakers’ Survey as one of Britain’s most influential young women. She’s also been quoted by Management Today as a rising star under 35.

Dixit Joshi is Managing Director, Head of Equities for Asia Pacific at Deutsche Bank based in Hong Kong. His role includes strategic leadership of the Equity business including Research, Sales, Trading, Capital Markets and Structuring. Mr. Joshi joined Deutsche Bank in October 2010 from Barclays Capital to head the EMEA Equities business across Sales,Trading, Research and Structuring. Before joining Barclays Capital in November 2003, Mr. Joshi spent eight years at Credit Suisse First Boston. He has served as a Board Member of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC, and is APAC Chair for Sewa Day, a social action and volunteering initiative for Mr. Joshi holds a degree in Statistics and Actuarial Science from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

wk8qYyq7tag0WoteHk1MNt6AvS3nv54ZxxO4rTdN9ks Punam Denley is a partner at Blanchards Law, which is a niche practice specialising in divorce, financial and children matters. She is also a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer. She commentates on legal matters and lectures regularly. She has contributed to one legal textbook, and has authored a self help guide to divorce for lay clients. She writes for legal journals and is a keen blogger and tweeter.