About us

The Committee

Ravi Bhanot

Chairperson DIL 2017
Vishwa Hindu Parishad

 

Ravi Bhanot is Director of Coolherbals Ltd. He is a researcher, author and entrepreneur in natural health and beauty. He is Trustee of Make It Beat Charity, Co Founder of Sewa Week, Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, Justice of Peace, Committee member of the VHP Ilford Hindu temple and is in the Top 100 Asian Power Couples in the UK.

Sanjay Gadhvi

Chairperson DIL 2016
ISKCON

 

Sanjay, a dynamic enterpreneur, is a senior member of Iskcon, Hare Krishna Temple, Bhaktivedanta Manor, Herts.Sanjay is a founding member of (DiL), Diwali In London Committee. He is a also a CEO of The Lotus Trust, an Iskcon Charity.

 

 

Satya Minhas

Chairperson DIL 2015
Deputy Chairperson Metropolitan Police Hindu Association



Satya is the longest serving member of the Metropolitan Police Hindu Association and has been actively reviewing and protecting Hindu Police officers, members of staff and community interests by securing fair and just resolutions. 

 

Satya is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors in London and until recently, he was a Internal Audit Manager within the Mayor of London Policing and Crime, Directorate of Audit, Risk & Assurance. His report on Gifts and Hospitality has been cited in Lord Justice Leveson's Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press.

Varsha Mistry

Deputy-Chairperson DIL 2015

DIL Committee Member

Chairperson Metropolitan Police Hindu Association

 

Varsha is a Forensic Practitioner in the Metropolitan Police Service, engaged in laboratory and crime scene work, relating to pan London serious crime investigation. She has additionally been an active member of the MPHA, voluntarily reviewing policy formation and organising spiritual, cultural, social and charitable networking events for the membership and partners. Varsha is also on the panel of the Hindu Christian Forum.

Rupesh Bhayani

Co-Chair Person 2014

DIL Committee Member

Chinmaya Mission UK

 

Rupesh is a senior project manager at a leading investment bank in London. He is a dedicated volunteer for Chinmaya Mission UK, often taking on leadership roles with organising major spiritual events.

Dipti Vyas

DIL Co- Chair Person 2014 

DIL Media

Chinmaya Mission UK

 

Dipti is a qualified solicitor working in the legal department of a City-based bank. She is an active volunteer with Chinmaya Mission UK and frequently organises spirtual events for young professionals. 

Ameet Aggarwal

DIL Chair person 2013 

Art of Living

Ameet is a Dentist by profession, representing Art of Living and is the chairman of Art of Living, London. He has been serving in the DIL committee for the last 5 years.



Chiman Shamji Shah

DIL Chair Person 2012

Oshwal Association of the UK

  

Chimanbhai is a Group Financial Controller at Crimson Hotels, and has been part of the Diwali in London committee for many years.

Harsha Trivedi

DIL Chair Person 2011

DIL Committee Member

Brahmin Society North London

 

Harsha is a Local Business Manager at HSBC London. Harsha is a past President and an active member of Brahmin Society North London.

 

Ranu Mehta-Radia

DIL Chair Person 2010

DIL Creative & Stage Team
Sai School Harrow



Ranuben is the Founder & Chair of Sai School of Harrow, an award winning citizenship & value based School. She has 30 years' experience working in the community including disabilities, interfaith & performing arts. She has been stage coordinator for DIL for the past 7 years.

Jaymini Patel

DIL Chair Person 2009
DIL Committee Member

Brahma Kumaris

 

Sister Jaymini is a dynamic speaker and spiritual teacher and plays a major role in the administration of the Brahma Kumaris organisation in the UK. This is driven by her passion for humanity. In her company, things begin to happen as she acts as catalyst in making a difference.

Sanjay Gadhvi

Chairperson DIL 2008
ISKCON

 

Sanjay, a dynamic enterpreneur, is a senior member of Iskcon, Hare Krishna Temple, Bhaktivedanta Manor, Herts.Sanjay is a founding member of (DiL), Diwali In London Committee. He is a also a CEO of The Lotus Trust, an Iskcon Charity.

 

Nitin Palan

DIL Chair Person 2007
DIL Committee Member

BAPS

 

Nitinbhai is a successful businesman, representing BAPS as their National Interfaith Coordinator. He has been serving with the DIL Committee from its inception.

DIL Committe Members

Gunvant Dave

DIL Committee Member

Brahmin Society North London

 

Gunvant is semi-retired from HMCS. He is the current Chairman of Trustees of Brahmin Society North London and has played active part in Brahmin Society North London and associated organisations for over 20 years.

Nilesh Badiani
DIL Committee Member

Sai School Harrow

 

Nileshji is a Trustee of Sai School Harrow. He has many years experience of event management with his dedicated volunteer & youth team, and is a winner of the Mayor of London's Peace Award 2010. He has been the Volunteer Coordinator for DIL for the past 6 years.

Prinal Nathwani

DIL Committee Member

City Hindus Network

 

Prinal works in tax litigation at a Big Four firm in London and is currently the Chair of the City Hindus Network. Prinal was previously active within the National Hindu Students Forum (UK), holding the role of National General Secretary for two years.

Rakesh Shah

DIL Committee Member

ISKCON

 

Rakesh is the Managing Director of Kingly Capital, an investment management company. He is also the Communications Manager at the ISKCON London Hare Krishna Temple, Soho and the Finance Trustee for Kirtan London.

Ravi Bhanot

DIL Committee Member
Vishwa Hindu Parishad

 

Ravi Bhanot is Director and Co-Founder of The Ayurveda Inst. of Europe, Research Chemist, author, speaker and industrial expert on ayurvedic therapies and is a Committee member of the Ilford Branch and is Chair of Ilford Exchange Diwali Committee and charitable organization Sewa Week.

Sarita Menon

DIL Committee Member

Art of Living

 

Sarita is the Managing Director of Inndus, a digital printing company that caters to the print requirements of the full range of businesses and other organisations.  She is also part of the DiL media team.

 

Shivali Nathwani
DIL Committee Member

Sai School Harrow

 

Shivali of Sai School of Harrow is the first student to take on the Youth Coordinator role. She has been nominated and received awards for voluntary service over several years. She has assisted with stage performance and volunteers for DIL for the last 4 years.

Toots Beckett
DIL Committee Member

Brahma Kumaris

 

Toots Beckett is a student at the Brahma Kumaris and is based at Global Cooperation House in London. Since 2005, Toots continues to be involved with Diwali in London. Toots works as a Welfare Officer in a large London primary school and also has a keen interest in interfaith work.

Urvashi Patel
DIL Committee Member

Brahma Kumaris

 

Urvashiben is the events co-ordinator for the Brahma Kumaris in London at Global Cooperation House. She has been serving with the DIL committee for the past 7 years. A keen team player, she enjoys bringing productions to life in a light and easy way.

Vamsee Mohan

DIL Committee Member

Telugu Association of London (TAL)

 

Vamsee has been serving the Telugu community through TAL.

He is a "TAL Trustee - Communications". 

Mallesh Kota

DIL Committee Member

Telugu Association of London (TAL)

 

Mallesh is a Trustee of Telugu Associaiton of London (TAL) a charity working for Telugu community in London. He looks after cultural activities of TAL.
He is an IT proefessional delivering key projects in digital content. He also supports and volunteers for other chairties across the UK.

 

Mira Kaushik

DIL Committee Member

 

With a background in literature, film, theatre and television, her professional experience includes TV and audience research for the BBC, translation, broadcasting, working with the Asian Women’s Voluntary Organisation and coordinating the Festival of India at the Commonwealth Institute.

Since her appointment in 1987 as Director of Akademi (formerly known as the Academy of Indian Dance), the organisation has excelled as a strategic arts development body of global importance through its work with audiences reaching millions.

Dipti Khatry

DIL Committee Member

Brahma Kumaris

 

Dipti has been studying Raja Yoga with the Brahma Kumaris for over 25 years whilst supporting the work of investment bankers. Working alongside traders, Dipti has used the values developed through her spiritual journey to maintain a sense of calm in the fast-paced city environment. Dipti now spends more time supporting the work of charities and communities. Dipti has been a member of Diwali in London since 2013, helping the committee deliver a successful Diwali on Trafalgar Square.

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