Faridé strives to motivate, inspire and educate the community about the importance of diversity and inclusion, refresh the ideals of corporate social responsibilities and clear common misconceptions about people facing physical or mental challenges.
With over 30 years of experience teaching people with special needs, Faridé works to understand different abilities with an inner passion and expertise, providing an uplifting approach towards inclusion. Before moving to Hong Kong, she worked in a Special Needs School in India, focusing on educating children and young adults with mild to severe disabilities. Whilst pursuing her Masters in Education from The University of Sheffield (UK), Faridé worked as a special educational needs (SEN) and mainstream class teacher. Having worked with the English Schools Foundation (ESF) in Hong Kong for over 21 years, she has assisted students in reaching their full academic potential, whilst encouraging overall development. Currently, Faridé is also a Director on the executive board for CareER, a registered charity that supports students with disabilities, and continues to provide counseling for individuals and families.
In recent years, it became more apparent that after education, many students with disabilities, reached a hurdle of being unable to continue with university, or find suitable jobs after graduation. Realising the need for equal opportunities, Faridé founded SENsational Consultancy in 2013, to raise awareness of equal opportunities, empower people with different abilities, and drive positive socio-cultural ideas.
Nikhilesh is currently the Asia Pacific head of Talent Acquisition for Moody's Corporation. Previously he led Talent Acquisition in Asia Pacific at The Bank of New York Mellon for over four years. Before joining BNY Mellon Nikhilesh had over 10 years of staffing and headhunting experience across APAC, Middle-East and Europe. D&I and Community Partnership have always been a key element of his work everywhere.
At BNY Mellon, Nikhilesh led the Community Partnership team close to three years, building and implementing programmes that encourage employees to give back to the community in fun and productive ways. He led the organisation to its very first Caring Company award in Hong Kong in 2012. He also founded the HEART Employee Resource Group in APAC at BNY Mellon. The HEART team engages with employees to raise awareness of disabilities and to create an inclusive workplace for the disabled.
Being part of the SENsational team allows me to participate in a group effort that is making huge strides in raising awareness of disabilities and in creating a more inclusive society. All of these things are very close to my heart.
Benjamin brings over 12 years of experience working in Sydney, London, Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong. He covered sovereign wealth funds, insurance and global banking. Born in Australia, Benjamin completed a double degree program in Applied Finance and Actuarial Science at Macquarie University. He also completed a post graduate financial engineering program with Stanford University.
Benjamin is currently a Vice President, Senior Project Manager, within one of the largest US-based Banks by market capitalisation, Wells Fargo Bank, responsible for strategic and business management for the Regional Asia Chief Operating Office. Outside of the office, he is active in the Australian Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong & Macau.
Benjamin has had a huge passion in making a positive difference in the community, particularly with those disadvantaged within society. In particular, Benjamin has had the honour of being involved in a number of initiatives around Students with Special Education Needs, initially through SENsational at his previous firm BNY Mellon through their joint workshop day with SENsational. He is privileged to join the team and hopes to further make a positive impact to this sphere with SENsational team.
Sukrit Khatri is Vice President at Deutsche Bank, Hong Kong, and is responsible for providing investment advice on Asian Financials. As an appointed member of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) committee and the Equity Research People Development Committee, Sukrit helps shape the bank's philanthropic, social and cultural direction. Sukrit is also the Chairperson of the Asia chapter of Sewa Day, a UK-based NGO, which aims at the selfless donation of one's time for the betterment of those in need.
Over the past 4 years, Sewa Day HK has positively influenced the lives of over 5,000 people through more than 70 meaningful projects which have benefited the elderly, children, differently-abled, animals and the environment. Sukrit is a CFA Charterholder and an alumnus of St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, where he graduated in Economics with first class honors.
Rekha is a long-time resident of Hong Kong and is married with two grown up children and a delightful little grandson. She has over 22 years of school experience in 8 schools (both local and international), including volunteer work, serving on the PTA Executive Committee and Board of Governors, working with Special Needs Children, administration and also several years of working in the corporate field.
Rekha hopes to bring the best that she can to SENsational Consultancy Ltd, whilst also reflecting and underpinning the ethos of the organisation and its stakeholders. Innovation leads, experience supports.
Sati is a qualified pharmacist with over 25 years of professional experience in hospital and community pharmacy in the UK. In Hong Kong she studied for her MBA in International Marketing and took up teaching English as a second language in local Chinese schools. During two years in Hyderabad, India, Sati joined fund raising activities and general support for Amboth Tanda, a school for underprivileged girls. This was funded by a single benefactor and the teaching staff was prepared to work for a fraction of their earning potential.
Returning to Hong Kong in 2014, Sati attained a TESOL qualification and continued her work as an English teacher. Sati has recently joined XLR8 Health, an international Pharma company specialising in organising medical conferences across the globe. Sati’s management qualifications combined with her people skills and experience in charitable work help develop and drive the SENsational cause.
Sasha graduated from The Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology in Mumbai in 2004. She then joined the Taj Group of Hotels. She was actively involved in community service including teaching and interacting with under privileged children and ones with learning disabilities. She moved to Thailand and joined a luxury resort Indigo Pearl in their sales and marketing department. Sasha and her team organised corporate, social and charity events. She was actively involved with a charity The Phuket Sunshine Village which is an orphanage the resort supported.
She moved to Hong Kong in 2014 and is currently looking after her very active toddler.
With her sales and marketing as well as event management background she hopes to assist the team at Sen Consultancy to raise awareness and educate the community in Hong Kong about disabilities and how these can be included as a part of everyday life.
Lakshmi is currently a Senior Development Officer at The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, the city’s largest youth service organisation. Since the completion of her doctorate, she has worked predominantly with non-profits in the fields of social justice and developmental issues, with stints in academia. She holds a B.A. in History and Religious Studies (Honours) from The College of Wooster in Ohio, USA; an M.Phil. in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and a D.Phil. in History from the University of Oxford.
As a Community Representative on the Bradbury School Council, a Parent Representative on the Island School Council, and a Board Member for CareER, Lakshmi dedicates time to bettering the Hong Kong community for young, and differently-abled students. Formerly, she was the Board Chair of the Asian Migrant Centre, a regional NGO based in Hong Kong. She also sits on the Committee of La Sociedad Hispánica de Hong Kong and is on the Board of Advisors, Fulcra Consultancy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Tania strives to promote diversity and inclusion in Hong Kong through the conscientious use of language and a mindful attitude. This is evident at her current position on the editorial team for Sassy Media Group. Her desire to bring positive changes to the community stems from the volunteering she has been involved in since 2008.
Spending her own education years mentoring kindergarten, primary and secondary students with learning difficulties, and participating in bi-weekly visits to an elderly home throughout her university years, Tania relishes opportunities to engage with people of all ages and abilities. By providing in-class support as a Learning Support Mentor for students with special needs, to working as a Qualified Life Mentor for a charity in the UK, she confidently seeks creative solutions to embrace all abilities.
With work experience within Diversity & Inclusion, and Communications, she advocates the importance of raising awareness, sensitivity, and a deeper understanding of individual needs.
Hera is a qualified primary school teacher and has recently moved to Taiwan, after having lived in Hong Kong for five years. Hera has experience across the corporate, educational and charitable sectors. Through her contributions at SENsational, Hera hopes to help advance the opportunities for differently abled persons in Hong Kong and promote a truly free, fair and equal work environment for all.
In Hong Kong, she has worked at the English Schools Foundation. Hera also lived four years in the UK where she worked in the marketing department of a multi-national consumer goods company and at Asia House, the UK’s leading pan-Asian organisation providing insights into Asian business, policy, culture and education. Hera holds a PGCE from the University of Sunderland and an MSc. from the London School of Economics.
Living in a place like Bangkok, Nahesh comes across a wide variety of people, some of whom are struggling to make a daily living just because they have a special need. Nahesh has often found himself wondering what can be done to give them the same opportunities as others. When he began working with SENsational, he was delighted to find that there are well set, accessible strategies to integrate people of all abilities into the corporate world. He is happy to be a part of the SENsational team, helping them to give people with special needs the same opportunities as others.
Shubhi trained and worked with children with learning difficulties in India in the 1970′s. Since moving to England, for the last 30 years she has worked in teaching, advisory and management roles with children with special educational needs or disabilities, their families and educational practitioners. During this time she also gained an MA in Psychology and Special Educational Needs, most recently working in local government as Early Years expert for Vulnerable Children.
Tushar has background in team and leadership development and has worked extensively with both youth and corporate audiences across India and the US. He has been a critical team member of rapidly growing organizations including Magic Bus, Ashoka U & Dasra.
Having designed and run workshops for more than 600 leaders from nonprofits and corporates across India, Tushar is an experienced facilitator of change. In 2011 he played a critical role in initiating the Vodafone World of Difference program – the country’s most intensive corporate giving initiative. Working with Dasra and Harvard Business Publishing he helped to create and launch the inaugural class of the Dasra Social Impact Leadership program (DSILP). The focus of DSILP was to build the capacity of participants in areas of Leadership & Strategy, Human Resources, Marketing, and Personal development.
One of Tushar’s standing beliefs is that people do not stop learning – they stop trying. He has an uncanny ability to hold a space and an audience like few others. He thrives on creating shared experiences and fostering human connections. Delivering stimulating and challenging learning experiences is Tushar’s strength. From individual coaching to corporate trainings for large groups Tushar’s facilitation style motivates and encourages people to step out of their comfort zone and discover their potential.
Tushar has a BA in Environmental Science from SUNY Plattsburgh and a MSc. in Non Profit Management from The New School in New York.
He enjoys running for Marathons, Trains and motivates new runners,Scuba Diving and hiking.
Marjory is Australian and has lived in UK, Germany, Cyprus, and Hong Kong. She has three children, all born in Hong Kong. Her middle child was born with physical and mental disabilities.
Marjory joins SENsational Consultancy to continue making a positive difference to the lives of many and working towards an all-inclusive community worldwide. She believes the philosophy and aims of the organization are admirable and long overdue in Hong Kong.
In addition to the plenty social work she has done, Marjory has conducted research into the provision of services for disabled children and young adults in Hong Kong by NGOs in 2003, on behalf of the Kadoorie Charitable foundation.
Marjory hopes that by joining the team, she can help to enrich and fulfill the lives of challenged young people who have so much to give to our society and all those who participate in this inclusive ground- breaking venture.
Tom has worked with children with learning disabilities for over 30 years. He graduated with a BSc in Psychology before working with children in residential care. After gaining his PGCE he has worked in a school in England, UK for children with severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning disabilities. The school is now part of a ground breaking inclusive learning campus where he is lead specialist on behaviour, emotional well-being and family support.