Global Relief Initiative Trustees

Global Relief Initiative has a team of Trustees and other volunteers who, combined together, offer various skills, experiences and contacts to support Global Relief Initiative in the implementation of projects which further its philanthropic goals.

The Trustees meet on a regular basis in order to discuss new ideas on how to develop and promote the charitable work that Global Relief Initiative engages in.

Amit Bhatia, Chairman and Founding Trustee

Amit worked in mergers and acquisitions at both Morgan Stanley in New York and Credit Suisse First Boston in London.

Amit incubated Swordfish Investments, a private equity fund and Swordfish Capital Management, an investment management company. He owns and manages both of these Mayfair based companies.

Additionally, he is involved in a number of private businesses spanning the education, media, technology, telecoms and real estate sectors. Since 2007, Amit has been involved with Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club, where he was a driving force behind Club’s successful 2010 season and subsequent promotion to premier league in 2011. In January 2009 he was appointed Chairman of the charitable organisation, QPR in the Community Trust. Furthermore, in 2010, Amit Bhatia set up a grant-awarding charity, Global Relief Initiative.

In January 2013, Bhatia became the Chairman of Hope Construction Materials, which was UK’s first construction firm to join World Economic Forum’s Global Growth Companies community. Hope has become part of the Breedon Group plc, creating the UK’s largest independent construction materials group, following completion on 1 August of the acquisition first announced in November 2015.

Amit is an alumnus of Cornell University, Ithaca New York. He graduated in Economics and Investment Management. He has since remained involved in alumni matters, now serving on Cornell’s External Advisory Council for Internalization.

Ishan Saksena, Trustee

Ishan Saksena is a Director at Swordfish Investments. He is responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities in various sectors and geographies, with an aim to build a diversified portfolio, either through strategic stakes or operational control. As part of Swordfish, in 2010, Ishan was CEO of Queens Park Rangers F.C., and led the turnaround strategy that helped promote the club to the Premier League.

His experience as an investor ranges across private equity and asset management in North America, Europe and Emerging Markets. Prior to Swordfish, Ishan was a Director at Lehman Brothers (Nomura), where he led transactions in the M&A practice. Prior to Lehman, Ishan was an Investment Analyst at Private Capital Management, a value-based hedge fund based in the US.

In the past, Ishan has been invited to speak on Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the Cornell Business School and at the UK-India Business Council in London. Ishan is also actively involved in charitable organizations, and is a trustee on the Board of Global Relief Initiative and QPR in the Community Trust.

Ishan is an alumnus of Cornell University, USA. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Sajan Agrawal, Trustee

Sajan Agrawal is currently the General Manager Finance for Mittal Investments UK Ltd where he deals with banking, accountancy, taxation and legal issues, of which he has 21 years of experience.

Sajan moved to London in July 2006, but prior to this, he worked for 9 years with PT Ispat Indo, the first company of the Mittal family, in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Sajan was born in India, and is a member of ‘The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India’ and also is a member of ‘The Institute of Company Secretaries of India’. Having qualified, he worked for 6-7 years in India and was mostly based in Kolkata.

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