Shantilal Siani

Treasurer

Name: Mr. Shantilal Siani

Birth place: Nairobi, Kenya

Reason I joined the committee: I have always been a person who enjoys being part of a community, sharing views and encouraging the youth.
KMK has provided this platform to fulfil my needs.
Being part of KMK for over 25 years has introduced me to the friends and colleagues that I socialise with today.

Education: I

My early education was at Saraswati Vidhyalay & MSV High School in Madhapar.
Secondary High school education (O Levels & A Levels) was in Cardiff, Fitzalan High School.
I studied BSc Hons Pharmacy at Sunderland University from 1979 to 1982 and qualified as a Pharmacist in 1983.

Work: Completed Pre. Reg. training in 1988, worked as locum till 1986, then started my own community retail pharmacy business and still working in as pharmacist for over 30 years.

Interests/Hobbies: II enjoy playing badminton every week, swimming as well as photography in the KMK media team.

Unusual facts: I was one of the first group of  Kanbi high school students, in Cardiff who went on to further Education and got qualification at degree level.

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Daksha Dilip Modha

Assistant Secretary

Name: Mrs. Daksha Modha

Birth place: Nairobi

Reason I joined the committee: I have been an active participant of KMK Workshop for over 10 years. I joined KMK as a volunteer and then two years ago I joined the committee as an Advisor. It gives me great satisfaction to help our gaam as well as our Kanbi community, and encourage our younger generation to hold onto their roots , culture and tradition. I am very proud to be in the KMK Committee.

Education: Primary and secondary education in Nairobi. I Studied at Eastman Dental Hospital and qualified as a Dental hygienist in 1989

Work: I started working as a Dental hygienist from 1989. At present I am working in three dental practices, in the Harrow area.

Interests/Hobbies: My passion is travelling and trekking. I also love dancing and performing on stage. I like watching documentaries, English and Hindi movies as well as music from the same genre, Yoga and Personal training.

Unusual facts: I have been very lucky to have trekked around Kailash Mansarovar and Peru. I am addicted to masala chai, you will always find masala tea bags in my handbag.

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Jeetendra J Halai

Vice-President

Name: Mr. Jeetendra J Halai

Birth place: Madhapar, India

Reason I joined the committee: I joined KMK when I felt that my children were losing their identity, culture and drifting away from the community. I have been actively involved with the KMK committee for over 10 years. During this time I have held the responsibility of being the KMK Vice President for 2 years, and for the last 6 years I have been serving as Public Relation Officer

Education: Accounting & Business Studies in Kenya

Work: For 2 years I worked as a part-time accountant, and then I started my own business Prizma Windows which I am the director of and has been running for over 20 years.

Interests/Hobbies: General History, Music and charitable work.

Unusual facts: Looking for Indian food in an Italian restaurant.

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Manjulaben Khokhani

Public Relations Officer

Name: Mrs Manjulaben Khokhani

Birth place: Madhapar

Reason I joined the committee: I used to go to the entire event organised by KMK as my husband was in the committee, then slowly started attending the monthly meetings with him.  In 2001 I joined the KMK committee as an Advisor and started organising health and education events, the same year KMK started a dance workshop and become a part of that sub-committee.  Then in 2011 I become a Team Leader of the KMK dance workshop. It gives me great satisfaction serving the community and helping the young and older generation to boost their confident and bringing out their hidden talents.

Education: I studied at a primary and secondary school in  Manchester. Later I decided to retake my GCSE's in Maths, English and IT. I also go on regular training course from work on Customer Care Skills, First AID and Health and Safety.

Work:I started working as Sale Assistant in 1979.  I was later promoted to a telesales clerk in 1989. The last 16 years, I have been working as Receptionist/Administrator for NHS.

Interests/Hobbies: Love going on holidays around the world and site seeing. Performing Yoga, meditation and going gym to keep fit..

Unusual facts: Love going to street markets when going on holiday only.

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Sandeep Hirani

Assistant Secretary

Name: Mr. Sandeep Hirani

Birth place: London

Reason I joined the committee: : I used to be part of the Madhapar Youth Association 20 years ago. I re-joined the madhapar committee, so my children know and understand the Hindu and in particular the kanbi customs and not forgetting their roots. Also, it gives me the opportunity to offer and share my skill set back with the community (Seva).

Education: BSc (Hon) Computer Science degree from the University of Westminster.

Work: I have been working in the IT industry for over 25 years. I started my career as field/IT engineer, then in 1996 moved to a law firm Allen & Overy where I spent 16 years. I am now working as an independent Business Engagement/Project Manager.

Interests/Hobbies: DIY, listening to music, read about technology gadgets and like to watching classic English and Bollywood films.

Unusual facts: I always look for an Indian restaurant, when travelling abroad.

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Shantaben Siani

President

Name: Mrs Shantaben Ramesh Siani

Birth place: Madhapar, India

Reason I joined the committee: I had been teaching my daughter and her friends dancing since they were 5 years old. In 2001 KMK started a dance workshop which I become a part of. Then joined the KMK Committee were I introduced new events such as the Mehfil night, themed dinner and dances and the Indian bazaar. I am a very much a social person and take great pride in organising events and giving back to the community.

Education: I studied at Saraswati Vidyalaya School in Madhapar. After coming to London I studied at Girls Secondary school where I completed my O’levels

Work: My first job was as till operator at large grocery and spirit store. I then joined a family run independent pharmacy as a healthcare assistant and dispenser. Looking for a new challenges I then began working at SK pharmacy. I am now retired and now giving time to my family and the community.

Interests/Hobbies: I enjoy shopping, cooking, yoga as well as organising community and family events.

Unusual facts: I once took part in a picket line to support workers rights, whilst being heavily pregnant and carrying my one and half year old daughter in my arms.

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Kanji Mavji Kerai

 

General Secretary

Name: Mr. Kanji Mavji Kerai

Birth place: Madhapar,  (Ranko)

Reason I joined the committee: Reasons I joined the KMK committee: I joined KMK as a volunteer in 1995 helping at KMK’s educational events.  I enjoy helping the community to stay together socially so that the future younger generation know their culture and their roots of their family.

Education: Degree in Electronics Engineering

Work: I worked as an electronics engineer in computer industry and then became wireless communication engineer and worked for Nokia for 20 years and currently working as an independent wireless consultant.

Interests/Hobbies: DIY, swimming and keeping fit.

Unusual facts: I learned Welsh language in school. I enjoy watching murder mystery films.

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