The KPMG NextGen network and tech entrepreneurs celebrated Diwali on Thursday 12th October 2017 at the company’s exclusive venue in Mayfair, London. Bina Mehta, Partner at KPMG, who hosted the event and leads the firm’s engagement with next generation Asians, spoke about the contribution that Asians continue to make to Britain’s economy. KPMG, think tank Diversity UK and NewAsianPost have for the past three years collaborated on publishing the ‘Top 100 Asians in UK Tech’ list showcasing many of the nextgen entrepreneurs in the sector who are building “billion dollar” enterprises. Guests, that included many of this year’s nominees from the ‘Top 100 Asians in UK Tech’ list, also heard from Sanjay Thakrar, KPMG Partner and UK head of Deal Advisory and Ahlya Fateh, Managing Director, Amanda Wakeley.
About Sanjay Thakrar
UK Head of Deal Advisory, KPMG LLP (UK)
Sanjay heads the Deal Advisory business in the UK. Sanjay began his career in Regions Audit joining the St Albans office in 1991. Having qualified he focussed on the technology sector and spent 18 months in Silicon Valley during Y2K and the dotcom boom. Sanjay joined Transaction Services in 1999. Sanjay became a UK partner in 2005 working closely with both Goldman Sachs and Virgin Media. In 2008 Sanjay was asked to help the Indian practice drive its Transactions & Restructuring business forward and was country lead partner for KKR, Vodafone and the Aditya Birla Group. During the last eighteen months Sanjay has become a banking and telecoms market recognised partner working closely with Vodafone, Barclays, assisting a Private Equity consortium on the Williams & Glynn buyout and advising Bob Diamond’s investment vehicle (Atlas Mara) on its investments into African banking.
About Ahlya Fateh
Managing Director, Amanda Wakeley
Ahlya Fateh graduated from Exeter University with a degree in French and Russian before securing a place at Price Waterhouse Coopers as a graduate trainee accountant. In 1996, Ahlya joined Condé Nast International as Assistant Business Manager and was involved in strategic analysis and researching new market opportunities. In 1998 with the launch of Russian Vogue she was seconded to Russia as Editorial Business Director before returning to Tatler in the UK as Managing Editor in 2001.
Ahlya was runner-up in the Asian Women of Achievement Awards (Media Professional 2009) and was appointed to the English Cricket Board as Head of Women’s Cricket Committee in May 2009. She left Tatler in 2010 to become Managing Director of the fashion label Tata Naka before moving to her current role, in 2014 as Managing Director of Amanda Wakeley.
About Bina Mehta
Partner, KPMG Enterprise Practice
Bina Mehta is a Partner in KPMG’s Enterprise practice and has over 20 years of international M&A and Restructuring experience in the UK, USA and Canada acting for private equity houses, lenders and corporate clients.
Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the UK, Bina worked in India during the establishment of KPMG India before returning to the firm’s London based Corporate Finance team and was subsequently seconded to the USA to grow the practice internationally. Bina then joined the Restructuring team in the UK providing advice in relation to restructuring situations across Europe before moving to Canada to lead their cash and working capital practice. Most recently, Bina was Chief of Staff to Simon Collins, the UK Chairman and Senior Partner. Bina currently works with fast growing private and entrepreneurial businesses. She also mentors entrepreneurs and manages a number of the firm’s partnerships in this space.
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