Trustees

Manoj Badale (Chairman)

Co-founder and Managing Partner of Blenheim ChalcotPhoto of Trustee Manoj Badale, Chairman

Manoj Badale was born in Dhule, Maharashtra, India; but grew up in the UK . He studied economics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University.

He is the co-founder of over 15 businesses, largely technology-related, since 1998. They were set up with his business partner Charles Mindenhall and are run through their management company Blenheim Chalcot. Manoj and Charles’s first venture was netdecisions group, a major internet services provider, which has evolved into a broad-based IT services and outsourcing business now trading as Agilisys. While starting netdecisions, they co-founded a number of internet start ups – the First Resort (now part of TUI), mad about wine (now part of Fosters), woowho (now part of match.com) and produxion.com (now part of EMAP).

Manoj also co-founded the technology companies Fluency, Eviivo and Steeltrace (now part of Compuware). In financial services, he co-founded TDX, Clear Start (now part of Fairpoint plc), Grove Capital and BMS Finance. In media, Manoj co-founded the Rights Company (now part of Warner Music), and has been active in Indian rights through Emerging Media. Recently, Manoj and Charles acquired Home Learning College, the country’s largest online vocational learning provider.

Manoj is the founding owner of the Rajasthan Royals IPL cricket franchise. Involved in extensive charitable activities, Manoj is chairman of both The British Asian Trust and Operation Smile UK . He was also a founding trustee of the Charity Technology Trust. Manoj was formerly a partner at Monitor Company, where he spent time in the UK, Germany and India.

“The organisations which we are working with in South Asia are running vital and inspirational projects with a high impact. We are delighted to be able to support their work in creating a sustainable future for these communities.”

Salman Mahdi (Vice-Chair)

Managing Director and Global Head of Key Clients Relationship Management & Corporate Finance Partnership at Deutsche Bank AGPhoto of Trustee Salman MahdiSalman Mahdi is a Managing Director and Global Head of Key Clients Relationship Management & Corporate Finance Partnership at Deutsche Bank AG in the Asset and Wealth Management (AWM) division, based in London. He is a Member of the Global Clients Group Executive Committee and the Group Sovereign Wealth Funds Committee.

Salman joined Deutsche Bank AG in May 2003 and has over 28 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Salman acquired rich experience in corporate and investment banking, private wealth management and private equity over 19 years in India, the UK and the Middle East, working with American Express Bank, Union Bancaire Privee and Merrill Lynch International. Between 2001 and 2003, he was a founding partner and Board Member of Abraaj Capital, the leading private equity firm in the Middle East region.

“As a member of the Asian diaspora, I feel particularly energised by the difference that each one of us can make in strengthening grass-roots relationships between those who need help and those who are best placed to provide it. Over the past 3 years that I have been associated, I have seen first-hand that The British Asian Trust provides a highly credible, creative, empathetic and powerful such bridge. It is a truly wonderful organisation, working with truly inspirational people and charities”

Salman is an Economics graduate from the University of Delhi and has attended management programmes at leading institutions including INSEAD. He has lived and worked in India, UK, UAE, Italy and in Switzerland and is married to Anita, with two children. His outside interests include sports, charity, music, art, literature, gastronomy and travel.

Sonny Takhar

 President of Syco Music

Chris Mathias

Partner, CMG PartnersPhoto of Trustee Chris MathiasChris Mathias was born and raised in India. He studied Politics and Economics at Bristol University and in 1987 completed an MBA at INSEAD in Paris graduating on the Dean’s List.

Chris has completed a number of successful business turnarounds and buyouts. He is the chairman and one of the seed funders of i2india, a technology commercialisation and investment company focused on creating commercial value from intellectual property developed in India.

“I believe it’s just as important to apply investment principles to not-for profit investments as it is to profiting-making investments and The British Asian Trust does just that.”

Chris was also a co-creator and seed funder of Digital Links which has had a significant impact on the use of technology in developing countries particularly Africa. He is a trustee and board member of several organisations including Digital Links International and Common Purpose. More recently he has joined the board of Bioss and the advisory board of Barclays Private Bank.

Chris works with a number of charities and not-for-profit organisations. Projects that involve the use of ITC in education and international developments in India are of particular interest to him. He believes that charities should work to build lasting values, develop local skills and help the poverty-stricken. He supported the start-up of Basic Needs India, is an Ambassador for Action Aid and is also an advisor to Oxfam GB.

Fayeeza Naqvi

Founding Director, Saharay Welfare Organization Fayeeza Naqvi

Fayeeza Naqvi was born in Karachi Pakistan, but has lived for the last 25 years between Dubai and London. She studied Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, graduating in 1982. After a career in banking in London, she raised two young boys whilst immersing herself into volunteer work with social sector organizations in the Middle East and Pakistan over the last 25 years.

As a founding director of the Saharay Welfare Organization in 2002, a donor- driven vehicle that drove philanthropic funds raised into a range of NGO’s and charities across the region, she was responsible for fundraising activities. In addition, she was the joint-lead coordinator on behalf of Saharay for providing immediate humanitarian relief on the ground during the earthquake and ensuing aftermath in Northern Pakistan in 2005, an activity that then morphed into the rebuilding and rehabilitation of a number of villages in conjunction with the Citizen’s Foundation (TCF).

She is also a founding Trustee of The Aangan Trust in Pakistan since 2004, which offers access to education and medical care for young girls. Future plans include the provision of care and rehabilitation for abandoned/orphaned girls by setting up homes and day care centers.

She created the Aman Trust in 2006 which is a private family philanthropic trust that aims to champion dignity and choice for the underserved throughout the MENASA region, focusing on health, education and food security as its key pillars. One of its most visible initiatives has been the establishment of the Aman Foundation in Pakistan, where she serves as Trustee. The foundation is the largest privately endowed foundation in the country, with an endowment in excess of US$ 100 million (www.amanfoundation.org), active in the fields of healthcare, education and food security across Karachi, the largest city in the country.

Fayeeza’s other passion in life stems from her role as a significant collector of art from across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) regions. Her passion has helped to raise the profile of the artworks emanating from the region to enter the consciousness of important art collections from elsewhere in the world. She has been involved with Art Dubai since its inception in 2007, is a member of the MENASA Acquisitions Committee at the Tate Modern Museum and on the board of the Abraaj Art Prize.

“The British Asian Trust has been instrumental in bridging understanding between donor organizations and philanthropists in the UK with remarkably important initiatives in South Asia. These will have a transformative impact by bringing best-in-class thinking and intervention methods to bear on the pressing social needs in those countries and delivering value exactly where it is needed, to the marginalized segments of society”.

Asif Rangoonwala

Founder of Eurobuns Ltd and CEO of South Street Asset ManagementPhoto of Trustee Asif RangoonwalaAsif Rangoonwala is a successful business entrepreneur with interests spanning the food, property and sport sectors. He is also heavily involved in philanthropic activities through the Rangoonwala Foundation established by his late father.

He is the founder of UK-based Eurobuns Limited, a hugely successful venture in the industrial baking sector, for which he received the Queens Award. The company was sold in May 2008 to Lantmannen Unibake. Asif is a key player in the Southstreet property business – a rapidly growing provider of student accommodation.

“My belief has always been ‘to supplement the efforts of others’ and The British Asian Trust is a perfect example of how to achieve the balance between NGOs and Donor Trusts, those who do the work and those who help by funding the work.”

He is passionate about sports, particularly powerboat racing, and manages the World Championship for Powerboat P1, the top class of speedboat races. As Chairman of the Rangoonwala Foundation, he manages the charity which provides vocational training, medical centres, libraries and other educational and life-enhancing facilities for marginalised communities worldwide. He is also a fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Trustee of the Whitefield Development Trust, Director of Indus Entrepreneurs UK and Chairman of the World Memon Foundation.

Rajan Singh

Executive Vice President, International Business, Star Photo of Trustee Rajan SinghRajan Singh is the Executive Vice President for Star TV. With 300 million viewers in 53 countries, Star is watched by some 120 million viewers every day.

Rajan Singh is the former Executive Vice President for Sony Entertainment Television Asia where he was the highest ranking Executive in the South Asian Pay-TV market. Under his leadership, Rajan expanded the business to over 150 countries and developed the brand into a multi-million pound profit centre. He also served as CEO for ZEE TV in the UK and Europe, building and developing the Africa Operation for Zee TV and holding the position of Managing Director of East FM which was the first 24 hour radio service in East Africa.

“The British Asian Trust knows that donors today want to see that their money will make a sustainable difference and that is why regularly measuring the impact of funds and working with local partners is essential.”

Throughout his successful career, Rajan has worked with talent as diverse as locals from his hometown of Leicester to politicians, Bollywood film makers and CEO’s of multi-nationals around the world.

He is also the founding member of British Asian Sports Awards as well as a member of a number of charitable organisations.