The PwC Hindu Network marked its fifteenth Diwali celebrations on 17th October 2017 with a reception at recently opened The Lalit Hotel, London, with Lord Jitesh Gadhia as the keynote speaker. Guests also heard from Kevin Ellis, PwC Chairman & Senior Partner; Sunil Patel, Partner & PwC Hindu Network Board members; Lisa Dhanani, Director Banking & Capital Markets and PwC Hindu Network Board member; Sarah Churchman, UK Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing and Nilesh Solanki, PwC Hindu Network Leader. Over 150 guests, including network members, partners and clients were entertained with classical music by Raaheel and Gurdain; a Bharatanatyam dance performance by Vaani Sood and fusion music by Rekesh Chauhan and crew.
About Kevin Ellis
Chairman and Senior Partner
Kevin, Chairman and Senior Partner, joined the UK firm’s Executive Board in 2008, first as Head of the Advisory business and from 2012, as Managing Partner. He was elected Chairman and Senior Partner with effect from 1 July 2016. He joined the firm in 1984 on the graduate training program and qualified as a chartered accountant (ICAEW). Kevin specialised in providing turnaround and crisis management support to businesses in the public and private sectors for over 25 years.
Lord Jitesh Gadhia, Member of the House of Lords
Jitesh Gadhia has over 25 years’ investment banking experience, having held senior positions at Blackstone, Barclays Capital, ABN AMRO and Baring Brothers. He has advised on a wide range of high profile mergers and acquisitions, and capital raising transactions across developed and emerging markets. Jitesh is currently a Board Member of both UK Government Investments (UKGI) and UK Financial Investments (UKFI), which holds the public shareholdings in The Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group and a significant portfolio of mortgage assets. Jitesh is a Member of the UK-India CEO Forum and was also selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
About Sarah Churchman
Head of Diversity, Inclusion, Wellbeing & Mental Health, PwC
Sarah Churchman is Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Employee Wellbeing PwC UK. She joined PwC in 1987. She is frequently quoted in the press and has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today and Nice Work programmes and on BBC Radio 5 Live. Diversity is an issue that fascinates Sarah. “As a concept it’s pretty simple and straightforward. But making it part of an organisational culture is complex. There is often resistance to it because we as human beings like similarity and familiarity.
PwC Hindu Network Steering Board & Team
About Sunil Patel – Consulting Partner, PwC
Clients & Markets, Government and Health Industries
Sunil Patel is Senior Partner at PwC where he leads the Government & Health Industries consulting business. Sunil has a been a management consultant for over 27 years and has worked with numerous clients both internationally and domestically in his chosen markets of government, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. He has advised clients on business strategy and transformational issues. Sunil is also a member of the UK/India Business Council and is the Chair of PwC’s India Business Group and a member of the PwC Hindu Network Steering Board.
About Lisa Dhanani, Consulting Director, PwC
Banking & Capital Markets
Lisa leads and advises PwC clients on transformational change in the Banking & Capital Markets industry, from regulatory change, post merger/ separation and organisational restructuring, More recently, Lisa has helped clients substantially restructure and transform their front, middle and back office operations in response to regulatory change and Brexit. Lisa leads the FS Diversity initiative in Consulting; PwC Women on Boards and is also a members of the PwC Hindu Network Steering Board.
About the PwC Hindu Network
PwC knows that networking contributes to personal and professional fulfilment and success. That’s why the firm is home to thirteen people diversity networks. Each network has specific objectives tailored to its membership. But all of them share the aim of providing a sense of community, inspiring and supporting diverse talent and raising awareness of diversity within the firm. As well as the personal development and support aspects of the networks, they have a focus on identifying new business opportunities for the firm, supporting its strategy to be a leader in each of our chosen markets.
The PwC Hindu Network which is run by a team of fourteen and hosts events throughout the year. Founder and Chair Nilesh Solanki created the network in 2002 to bring together Hindu professionals to collaborate, network and learn.
The PwC Hindu Network team comprises: Nilesh Solanki (IFS) – Hindu Network Leader; Krupa Patel (IFS) – Hindu Network Deputy Leader; Tamal Bhattacharya (Consulting); Isha Gupta (Actuarial); Payal Shah (Deals); Vaani Sood (Assurance); Prashil Shah (Tax); Rina Popat (IFS); Minesh Patel (IFS); Gopi Patel (Consulting); Priya Patel (IFS); Kamal Nandha (Consulting); Prinal Nathwani (Legal) and Lalita Dey (Tax).