Top 5 couples to Watch in 2017
Fresh from their lavish wedding in the summer of 2016, Pranav & Shefali Bhanot are both currently involved in Hindu community events; he is on the committee of the Hindu Lawyers Association and Shefali Davda is part of the City Hindus Network projects team. Binita Mehta-Parmar & Hemant Parmar are involved in community campaigns with Binita recently co-founding the centre right campaign group Modern Britain. Sonal Sachdev Patel & Niral Patel are also community supporters; Sonal is the Chief Executive Officer of the GMSP Foundation which launched the ‘Give A Girl A Future’ campaign and she is exploring how women in the city can contribute to the world’s social problems, with the help of her husband Niral Patel. Rishika Lulla Singh & Swaneet Singh look set to rule the digital world: Rishika is the CEO of Eros Digital and Swaneet is CEO at high-tech security firm Eirene Systems. Not content with helping run his father’s multi-million pound Sigma pharmaceuticals business, Bhavin Shah finds time to support his wife Sita Shah’s S9 Muses venture in ethical fashion.
Top 5 Couples to Watch in 2017
- Pranav & Shefali Bhanot
- Binita Mehta-Parmar & Hemant Parmar
- Sonal Sachdev Patel & Niral Patel
- Bhavin & Sita Shah
- Rishika Lulla Singh & Swaneet Singh
Pranav & Shefali Bhanot
Pranav Bhanot is a lawyer, most recently for Bevan Brittan Solicitors who are the largest provider of commercial legal services to the public sector. He was offered the role in 2014 after gaining a distinction in his LPC at BPP Law School, Holborn, and completing an LLM in Commercial and Administrative Law at University College, London, and his LLB at the University of Manchester. Within the Hindu Community, Pranav is most known for his role as President for National Hindu Students Forum (UK) from 2011 to 2014. He was also president of BPP Law School, Holborn and a founding member of its Hindu Society. He is currently involved on the committee of the Hindu Lawyers Association. He married Shefali Davda in the most “talked about” British Indian wedding of 2016.
Shefali Davda is a graduate in Pharmaceutical Science from the University of Portsmouth and is currently Recruitment Director for Seventh Degree, leading a team whose focus is on the Information Management & Analytics space. Shefali is also MIRP CertRP qualified, and has over 3 years of experience in this industry. She been affiliated with National Hindu Students Forum for 5 years, having held the role of Vice-President of her University chapter, and contributing to the national organisation through the role of South Zone Team member and is part of the City Hindus Network (CHN) projects team.
Binita Mehta-Parmar & Hemant Parmar
Binita Mehta-Parmar is a corporate communications consultant at Brands2Life and Conservative Party campaigner, currently Director of centre right campaign group Modern Britain. Binita is involved in a number of community organisations in her hometown of Watford and is a Trustee of charity Progressive Women, committee member for No One Ever Told Me About Politics and Governor of a local free school in Watford. She holds a BA (Hons) degree in PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) from the University of Warwick and was a Councillor for Watford Borough Council between 2014 – 2016. She is married to Hemant Parmar.
Hemant Parmar is a Senior Portfolio Analyst, having passed his Chartered Financial Analyst exams at the young age of 24, and works for T. Rowe Price’s European and International Small Cap Equity Investment Portfolio. He holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics from the University of Warwick and started his career as a researcher for the Global Investment Management team at Aon Hewitt in 2011.
Sonal Sachdev Patel & Niral Patel
Sonal Sachdev Patel is the Chief Executive Officer of the GMSP Foundation, set up by her parents Ramesh & Pratibha Sachdev, and leads the strategy and operations of the Foundation. Having spent a number of years as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company, she is keen to bring the rigour of investment in the private sector to the development sector in order to create systemic change. Sonal is interested in exploring how women in the city can contribute to the world’s social problems using the skills and resources they already hold and in September 2016, she helped to organise the launch of the British Asian Trust ‘Give A Girl a Future’ appeal with a ‘Rise on the Runway’ fashion show featuring couture by Raishma Islam and shoes by Lucy Choi London. Sonal has an MA in Economics and Management from Cambridge University and is currently Head of Global Partnerships for Think Equal, a global initiative which constructs and delivers an equality studies curriculum. Sonal is also a Director of KMP Taste alongside her husband Niral Patel and others.
Niral Patel works at the KMP Group, a family office that manages a diverse portfolio of property, private equity & franchise investments. Niral oversees group strategy with a focus on private equity & property Investment opportunities. KMP Group manages a portfolio of commercial and residential investments in London with a primary focus on developing houses and apartments as starter homes for young professionals and families. Since its formation in 2011, KMP Taste Limited has rapidly become the UK’s largest Pizza Hut delivery franchisee, operating 28 stores in London & the South East and employing over 550 team members. Prior to joining KMP, Niral qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, London. He holds a Masters in Economics from Cambridge University.
Bhavin & Sita Shah
Bhavin Shah graduated from the University of Warwick in 2004 with a degree in Economics. Following that he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte, specialising in Corporate Tax, before joining Sigma Pharmaceuticals plc as a Director in 2009. Sigma, a family-owned business is celebrating its 35th year of business in 2017. Within the business, Bhavin currently oversees the financial activities of the Company and the export business. The exports received recognition in 2014 and 2016 in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 list for Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales.
Sita Shah studied Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London and married Bhavin Shah in 2008. Having obtained her Masters degree, she then pursued a career in scientific publishing, followed by pharmaceutical exports. In 2013, together with her childhood friend Anjli Shah, she co-founded S9 Muses – curators in fashion. S9 refers to Section 9, an area in the quaint yet bustling town of Thika, Kenya, where they both grew up. S9 Muses curates collections from new-age, trendsetting, luxury designers who share their ethos and sensibility. Strongly believing in sustainability and slow fashion, S9 Muses held pop-up shops around London, showcasing saris, jewellery and accessories, and now the business has taken a leap forward with the launch of their online retail platform in September 2016.
Rishika Lulla Singh and Swaneet Singh
Rishika Lulla Singh, is the CEO of Eros Digital, which covers all of the digital initiatives for Eros including Eros Now. The daughter of Eros International founder Kishore Lulla, Rishika has been instrumental in spearheading the growth and development of Eros Now within India and internationally. She holds a BA in South Asian Studies and Management from the School Of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, and has completed postgraduate studies at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television. She has done several placements at prestigious global financial firms including Citi, Grant Thornton and RBS prior to joining Eros.She married investment banker Swaneet Singh in 2012.
Swaneet Singh started his career as an Associate at Goldman Sachs (Investment Banking Division) in 2008 after completing a BSc degree in Business Management from King’s College, London, a role he held until 2014. He is now CEO at Eirene Systems, a high-tech security and defence systems manufacturing company including robotics, nano-machining facilities, electro optics & high-precision engineering.