The World Hindu Economic Forum London 2015 (“WHEF London 2015”): ‘Making society prosperous by investing in the youth of tomorrow.’ This was one of the many objectives WHEF London 2015 adhered to, which hit home for the National Hindu Students’ Forum (UK), NHSF (UK).

From Friday 11th September 2015 to Sunday 13th September 2015, WHEF London 2015 made history, hosting the 4th annual WHEF conference, after seeing successful ventures in Hong Kong, Bangkok and New Delhi.

The purpose of the World Hindu Economic Forum is to generate and spread surplus wealth to make society prosperous – a vision much in tune with that of NHSF, which hopes to one day see a prosperous and harmonious world based on Dharma.

NHSF was fortunate to be the official WHEF London 2015 Volunteers Partner Organisation, as well as being an integral part of the organising committee that helped to shape and run the event. NHSF (UK) members played an imperative role ranging from opening the forum, to becoming Co-Masters of Ceremonies to delivering talks (Yajur Shah, National President) amidst prestigious, well-renowned professionals

The conference delivered a wide array of high‑calibre sessions, from youth entrepreneurs explaining their business models to seminars on raising funds for expansion and growth. Whether you were a student, lawyer or from any other profession, the conference exposed all attendees to a multitude of opportunities. These opportunities were further enhanced by the networking sessions which allowed people to build relationships and foster contacts, whether it was to expand their own business or start-up ground-breaking initiatives.

Between leading and organising the conference, volunteers from NHSF (UK) actively took part in the sessions, gaining insightful knowledge to further their current and future careers.

Swami Vigyanandji, the founder of the World Hindu Congress (WHC), gave his thanks to NHSF and said “my heartfelt congratulations for your and your team’s hard work and commitment to make this international conference a real success. This conference gave an opportunity for many of the young volunteers of NHSF to show their leadership skills and capability, and they have proved it beyond expectations…the future Hindu community is in good hands.”

In the final speeches of the conference, NHSF (UK) received a standing ovation for the spectacular and tireless efforts of all the volunteers in ensuring the smooth running of the weekend.

NHSF (UK) would like to thank and congratulate the steering committee of WHEF London 2015:

  • Anil Puri – Chairman/Director
  • Kajal Valani Sheth – Director/Project Coordinator
  • Hiten Sheth – Project Coordinator
  • Subhash Thakrar – Vice Chairman
  • Gautam Sen – Steering Committee Member
  • Hasmukh Shah – Steering Committee Member
  • Hardev Singh – Steering Committee Member
  • Rosan Sapkota – Steering Committee Member
  • Remya Unnithan – Admin Secretary
  • Nat Puri – Patron
  • Swami Vigyanand – WHEF, WHC Founder

Special commendations were conveyed to NHSF (UK)’s National General Secretary, Remya Unnithan, who had been actively involved with the organisation since May 2014 as WHEF Secretary. She was appointed to represent NHSF (UK) within the steering committee to establish a mutually beneficial relationship from a youth perspective. From liaising with the delegates, to recruiting volunteers and ensuring the logistics of the conference were up to scratch, Remya reinforced the fact that NHSF (UK) members were “more than just volunteers”.

She explained “this year’s conference emphasised on youth development and I wanted to help cultivate the opportunity of giving fellow youth the experience of running an international conference”.

WHEF London 2015 committee have now passed the torch to Los Angeles, USA who will be hosting WHEF 2016. We wish the committee the best of luck and hope for similar success to that achieved at WHEF London 2015.