“Together we see a world where people unite and take
action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our
communities and in ourselves”
ROTARY IN ACTION
FREE Global Online Event
Sunday 16th January 2022
2pm till 8pm GMT
(All times are in GMT (Greenwich Mean Time))
Dr Honey Kalaria
Introduction to Rotary
A Humanitarian Service Organisation
Dr Honey Kalaria is A Multi Award-Winning Creative Dance Expert With Over 30 Years Of Experience In The Field Of Art, Culture & Entertainment, She is also an Examiner & Founder of Honeys Dance Academy which ran 20 dance schools throughout UK and is known to be a highly sought after Talent Ambassador & Achievement Coach. Her community based and youth development work includes being an Advisory Member To The National Dance Council, Ambassador For The Duke Of Edinburgh Award, Member Of Local Mayors Fundraising Appeal Committee and Chairwoman Of The New Members Committee At Rotary Club Of London. Honey is passionate about Delivering Health, Wellbeing And Spiritual Growth Programs Using Power Of Meditation which she has been providing for over 20 years. Her Professional Skills include being a Popular Radio And TV Presenter; Production Director And Online Media Host For Healing Our Earth, A Global Online Platform, and Nominated As One Of The Top Three Asian Businesswomen In The UK. Her International work includes being a Founding Director Of Global Business And Investment Consortium and being a Global Ambassador For The Commonwealth Entrepreneurs’ Club.
Chairwoman of New Members Committee, Rotary Club Of London
“People of Action” changing the world for the better
Eve Conway will serve as Rotary International Director from 2023-25 sitting on the Rotary International Board, the governing body of one of the world’s largest humanitarian service organisations. Eve was President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland in 2016-17. She is currently Vice-Chair of Rotary International’s End Polio Now: Countdown to History Campaign Committee and Director of the Rotary Action Group for Endangered Species. Eve’s unwavering commitment to Rotary has continued to grow ever since she was given the life-changing opportunity of being a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Thanks to Rotary, she graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, the home of Rotary International. Eve has worked as a multimedia journalist for 35 years, including 20 years for BBC News. One of Eve’s proudest accomplishments was starting the Rotary Young Citizen Awards in association with BBC News in 2006/7.
In 2012/13, Eve became the first female District Governor of Rotary in London. Leading up to the London 2012 Games, she organised numerous projects and sat on Rotary GB&I’s Olympics/Paralympics Committee. As District Governor, Eve started a successful Vocational Training Team project with the District Governor of the Mumbai District in India to stop mothers and babies dying in childbirth. Eve is passionate about achieving Rotary’s goal of a polio-free world and, as President of Rotary GB&I, launched the Purple4Polio campaign. Outside of Rotary, Eve is Chair of The Media Circle, part of The Circle NGO founded by singer-songwriter and activist Annie Lennox to empower women and girls globally. She will be sharing the many reasons why members of Rotary are known as “people of action”.
Life Transforming Opportunities Within Rotary
Colleen has over 20 years of Rotary experience which she draws upon to identify opportunities for Rotarians to serve the Community as a Chairwoman of the newly established Vocational Committee of RCL. Her energy and passion for sharing the Rotary ideals, spirit and opportunities is evident through her Rotary work, which includes Club, District and International activities such as: –
- Establishing English conversation clubs across London
- Planning Vocational visits in industry/organisations
- Developing Training opportunities for Rotarians
- Piloting a podcast on ‘Rotary Radio’
- Piloting a satellite club to learn different ways of ‘doing Rotary’
- Initiating the ‘Soho soup kitchen’ project
- Serving meals to homeless people during the CV-19 pandemic
- Mentoring program with Rotaractors
- District conference 2020 committee – developed our first virtual conference.
- Installing water filters in 50+ schools in rural Thailand
- Rotary Volunteer: – Zambia (women’s adult education), Thailand (English training in Ubon University)
Colleen’s professional career as a Business Analyst, on private and public sector IT transformation programs, utilises her skills and experience of leading diverse teams on projects. Colleen believes in “Service Above Self” and today she will discuss the types of invaluable training and life transforming opportunities that are offered and delivered within Rotary.
Judith Diment MBE
Rotary work within the United Nations and Commonwealth
Judith started an independent award-winning Thames Valley public relations consultancy in 1988 and has held senior positions in marketing and communications for over 30 years including working as Head of PR at the Natural History Museum, London. Judith also has a wide-ranging experience of event management at all levels including international conferences, exhibitions, workshops, seminars and business excellence awards. Judith’s involvement in local community work includes Thames Hospice Fund Raising, Rivertime Boat Trust, Stanley Spencer Gallery and many more. Judith has also been a District Governor for Rotary International District 1090, President of the Rotary Club of Windsor St George and is currently a member of Rotary Club Maidenhead Thames. In July 2015 she was appointed to the International Polio Plus Committee and has chaired the IPPC Grants Sub Committee which recommends grants up to $150million annually to the World Health Organisation and UNICEF, and currently is Chair of the IPPC Sub Committee on Afghanistan. Her vast range of work within Rotary also includes being a Coordinator for Rotary’s PolioPlus National Advocacy Advisers, Member of Rotary International Strategic Engagement Working Group, Vice Chair of the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery Board as well as leading the official Rotary delegation to attend the recent COP26 summit as Dean of Rotary Representatives to the United Nations, the Commonwealth and International Agencies. Judith will share how lives are being transformed around the world through Rotary and the vast range of work being carried out alongside other International organisations.
Panel – Host
Peace, Interfaith and Unity Projects
Mohammed Ayyaz is an accomplished facilitator and community development worker, specialising in partnership working and building community networks. He has over 20 years project management experience in East London (UK) delivering local action plans and regeneration programmes. He has a passion for community cohesion and interfaith dialogue, with reference to the Indo-Pakistani relations. He is a community catalyst, encouraging bridge making, paradigm shifting to a problem-solving mindset. A Rotarian for over 10 years he became an Assistant Governor for London District 1130. He now serves as the Vice President of the Indus Peace Park Society and organised the global project launch in the British Houses of Parliament on March 4, 2019. He used his creative negotiation skills to ensure the attendance and participation of prominent South Asian leaders which included Lords, MPs, London borough mayors, and community and faith representatives who all came together to make a united stand for peace.
Today we will get to hear about the importance of the work being carried out by Rotary to promote peace globally and about the Indus Peace Park project.
Rita A Cojuhari
Rita Anastasia Cojuhari
Women Empowerment in the 21st Century
Anastasia Cojuhari was born and raised in Italy and moved to London at the age of 16. In Italy she studied foreign languages and went on to pursue Politics & International Relations in London. At the early age of 17 Anastasia gained lots of experience working for some wealthy families in Kensington and Chelsea. Experiences and knowledge that allowed her to build multiple successful businesses in different sectors such as real estate, e-commerce, marketing and fintech. Thanks to her businesses she was often involved in working with companies such as St. James’s Place and L’Oreal.
In her free time Anastasia volunteers and reads non-fiction books. Think and Grow Rich, Principles by Ray Dalio, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and Reality Transurfing are some of her favourites. Anastasia meditates every day and follows values and teachings from different cultures, religions and leaders. In 2020 Anastasia was involved in supporting a start up AI Software company driven by the mission to assist in the fight against domestic/sexual violence.
Anastasia is passionate about tackling the most pressing issues (healthcare, women’s abuse, education, poverty and space travel.) Today she will be discussing her work as a Community Committee Vice Chair of Rotary Club of London and the importance of women’s empowerment in the 21st century.
Panel – Host
Turning Footsteps Into Forests – Environment Protection Initiative
Tony Sharma was born in Slough, England and Studied textile engineering in Cardiff University. He is the Director of Land & Company, a property company established 1988 and Vice President of Nanoland Global Ltd. Established in 2012, Nanoland Global are suppliers of cutting edge Nano technology that is not available on the open market and providing Nano solutions for environment safety. Tony has been a Rotarian for over 30 years and a member of The Rotary Club of Woodford Green. He has also served as Past President, Past Assistant Governor and District Governor in 2019-2020 and contributed to rotary projects in UK and abroad, including working in Mexico, Brazil, Albania, India, Ethiopia and South Africa. In London he has been working as a lead for volunteer teams for marshal duties in the London marathon and other running and cycling events for over 12 years. On top of that he is the Founder of Rotary Dragonboat Festival (1997), and London New Years Day Parade (2001). Current projects he is working on is The Indus Peace Park to support Peace & Conflict resolution and the Rotary-Treekly Partnership to help reverse climate damage by planting Mangrove trees and mitigating your carbon footprint. Today he will be sharing with us information on the Environmental projects that Rotary gets involved in to help make this world a better place.
Transforming Lives Through
Technology and Communications
Liu Kit Shan, known as Candy Liu, is the Founder & CEO of Shine Technology Limited and has over 20 years of experience holding senior regional executive roles in the ICT industry. She started her career in global telecom working for companies such as Cable & Wireless, BT, Verizon and Hong Kong Communication Holding Limited, a Hong Kong listed company. Candy was the first woman sitting on the HKC board which focused on RFID and robotic solutions; and was responsible for leading their Research & development, as well as the sales and marketing teams in Asia. She won the 3rd Golden Bauhinia Women Entrepreneur, Technology Innovation Award 2020 which fully recognizes her leadership and contribution in the field of Innovation.
Her graduation was from City University of Hong Kong where she received a degree in Electronic Engineering, and serves on many non-profit organization boards, Contributes as a Governor of various schools, and is also a Board of Director of The Women Foundation. Candy was a Charter Member and President of Rotary Club of Smart Hong Kong, utilizing technology to help groups in need such as students and the elderly from 2018-19. She currently works as a Communication Chair of Rotary Club of London and enjoys compiling newsletters, social media updates and inspiring stories to keep members informed of latest events and developments, as well as celebrate the many successful charitable and community based Rotary projects.
Leadership Roles within Rotary that inspire powerful change
Shropshire born and schooled David Johnson Served an apprenticeship at a telecommunications company in Coventry, graduated with a degree in business studies from Coventry University and qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). He has served as a member on the CIMA Council and worked as a Management Consultant in London and Kuwait. Alumni of Price Water Cooper and Deloittes consulting firms, David has also worked as a Commercial Director of a start-up Robotics company. His business experience includes being a joint Owner of a consulting business and Director of a dental instrument business. He is a Freeman of and Liveryman in the City of London, and pioneered and managed a successful Government apprenticeship pilot scheme in the City of London. He is the Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants and a Rotarian since 2015. His current role as a President of Rotary Club of London 2020 -2022 has led him to work on many exciting charitable and community-based projects as well as offered a chance to display great leadership skills. Today David will be discussing role of the President, the various roles within the organisation and how Rotary clubs operate as part of Rotary International.
Rotary Grants That Benefit People Worldwide
Ian Balcombe was born and raised in the Manchester area. He moved to London in 1982. He has practised for almost 30 years as a Public Insurance Loss Assessor, acting on behalf of Insured or Third Parties in pursuing claims on their behalf. He retired from full time work 2 years ago, and now serves as the Secretary of the Institute of Public Loss Assessors. He is married to Gillian and his son is a Consultant Engineer. He lives in St John’s Wood and is a Life Member of the MCC. He is a keen Philatelist and has been elected a member of the Royal Philatelic Society London.
He was elected to the Council of the London Borough of Barnet from 1986 to1990, and was Chairman of the Governing Bodies of 3 schools in Barnet until 1992. In 1992 he was Chairman of Chipping Barnet Conservative Association. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers.
He has been a Member of the Rotary Club of London for 30 years and has been Chairman of the Foundation and International Committees. He has been elected as Honorary Secretary twice, and has served as such for a total of 10 years and is currently Vice President and President Elect. He has taken part in many fund raising and community activities.
Today we will get to hear about the wonderful work he is carrying out as a Vice President within Rotary, as well as get an insight into the impactful work being carried out by the Rotary Foundation.
Panel – Host
Contributing Your Time & Talents For Rotary Projects
Clive Amos was born and raised in Colchester. He was a senior manager in the NHS before retirement and a magistrate for nearly 25 years. Rotary International is a global organisation of over 1.2M members in nearly 200 countries and geographical regions from all race, creeds and orientations dedicated to providing humanitarian service in their home countries and abroad. Members organise fund raising events to support a vast range of projects but also give of their time and talents.
He has been a Rotarian for 45 years and has held appointments at all levels of the organisation. He has taken part in many activities including helping to feed the lonely and destitute; collecting items for food banks; helping immigrants with their English language skills; to organising regional and national conferences to inspire Rotarians.
Today he will be discussing his work as a Chairman of the Membership Committee and share with us the range of activities that new members can participate in, as well as share some insight into the types of appointments he has been blessed to get involved in within Rotary.
Impact Created & Lives Changed By The Rotary Foundation
As a highly motivated finance professional with a breadth of experience in property, consultancy, retailing and accountancy management, Rajiv has created forward thinking management systems which support business objectives and provide swift and accurate financial information. With extensive knowledge of financial control systems, he has the ability to manage their practical implementation. Rajiv also possesses strong people management skills, as an excellent and energetic communicator. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA) and currently works at Suttons based in Pall Mall as a Commercial Chief Executive Officer, providing accountancy and property related services together with acquiring commercial properties with strong covenants including retail, offices and warehouses. As an active member of the Rotary Club of London since 2015, he is currently on the board of Trustees helping in the management of the Funds held by the Rotary Club of London. In addition, Rajiv is the Foundation Chair, looking after the Global scholars who come to study in London and is looking forward to continue in the role, contributing in his usual, lively way. Today Rajiv will be sharing about his Rotary work and involvement within the field of global scholarship programs, global grants and funding programs.
Panel – Host
Community Service and
Stéphanie is the big sister of 5 other siblings born and raised in Paris, France from Congolese parents. At seven, she was stealing her mother’s fabrics making clothes for dolls and selling them to friends at school. Stéphanie was trained in Classical dance, gymnastics, ballet, modern & street jazz dances and triathlon where she won a few regional medals on the way. She started her studies with a degree in English civilisation and literature, but quickly switched to Business Management studying in 4 different countries. After graduation, Stéphanie went on to work with some of the most successful beauty and fashion groups, however she also likes contributing by giving talks in schools, giving back to the community, or even writing a book about relationships. Her passions have led her to win 4 awards since she founded Ste Tumba Capital in 2016 and these were “Best Mentor, Best Book Cover, Inspiring Woman of the year and the Community Investment Award”. Somehow, Stéphanie strives to achieve a life that is balanced between her business interests, the projects and causes she is passionate about and spending time with her family and friends. Her work within Rotary includes being the Chairwoman of Community Services committee where she focuses on building relationships and partnerships with organisations within the community, organising events as well as opening up voluntary opportunities for people to get involved in a range of activities that help to make a positive difference to the lives of others.
Importance of Compliance Rules and Guidelines Within Rotary
Olivia Ow has been the Chair of Compliance & Health and Safety at the Rotary Club of London since 2020. The post requires her to follow the legal framework of the GDPR guidelines for collection and processing of personal information of members in Rotary, as well as follow strict rules to ensure that information collected is used fairly, lawfully and transparently. Olivia’s work also requires her to ensure that the club complies with the government guidelines, especially during the Covid pandemic. She enjoys the assignment as it gives her an accurate and deep understanding of various rules and regulations and enhances her knowledge within this field. By profession, Olivia works as an accountant and is a director of a company that provides business services to small and medium sized firms.
Being a member of Rotary for around 5 years and having also served in the entertainment and International Services committees since joining, she has enjoyed a sense of fulfilment by following the Rotary motto of “Service above Self”. Also, being a social person, Olivia has found that as Rotary is an international organisation, she gets an opportunity to meet people from different professional backgrounds and from various parts of the world, helping her to enjoy the diverse environment. She also enjoys the opportunity to listen to leading members from different professions who are invited to give lectures on varied topics, helping all members become conscious of different aspects of life.
Olivia finds Rotary Club of London to be a very organised club, where everything is planned and prepared systematically in a very functional manner compared with other organisations of similar size. Today she will be sharing about the importance of compliance rules and following governmental guidelines within Rotary.
Technical Director – Nishit Kotak
Creative Director – Sarita Menon
Production Director/Anchor – Dr Honey Kalaria
Kitchen Episodes Producer/Host – Seema Bhatia
Mauritius Co-Ordinator/Host – Saivani Samboo
U.S.A Co-Ordinator/Host – Sharron Rose
Host Director – Simran Ahuja
Media Team – Kesh Morjaria
Host Team – Dr Honey Kalaria
Back Up Team – Dr Lalit Sodha, Dr Sheila Dobee, Dr Milen Shah, Dr Wai Ching Lee, Shivali Ruparelia, Ravi & Sushma Bhanot, Deepa Vithlani and Shivani Vithlani.
Facilitator Team – Various
Channel Partners – Hindu Forum of Europe, MentalHealth_Connect, Hindu Matters in Britain, Enrich TV, Sanskruti, Simran Ahuja Official, Diwali in London, Bhakti Sagartv, Sarita Sabrawal Official, Sunrise Radio UK and many more.