Dhruv Patel (politician)

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Dhruv Patel

Born
London
NationalityBritish
Alma materImperial College
OccupationBusinessman, politician
AwardsOBE (2018)

Dhruv Patel OBE is a British businessman, community organiser and politician. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2018 Birthday Honours.

Career[edit]

Patel has been elected to the Court of Common Council of the City of London Corporation since 2013[1] and was appointed chair of the community and children's services in 2015.[2] In 2019, he became the first Indian origin chairman of the City Bridge Trust which is London's largest independent grant making charity.[3][4] Prior to working as a councillor he was an executive at Barclays Capital.[5]

He is the founder of the City Hindus Network, an organisation based in the City of London which was setup in 2005 representing 3,000+ Hindu professionals.[6] In 2007 he organised the first Hindu community engagement event at City Hall with support from Ken Livingstone to celebrate the contributions of Britain's half a million Hindus living in the UK to economy, culture and social life.[7]

Patel organised the first celebration of the Hindu festival of Diwali at Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London in 2015.[8]

In 2020 he supported the set up the London Communities Response Fund to help provide money for organisations facing immediate financial pressures as a result of Covid-19.[9]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours, Patel was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to the British Hindu community and promoting social cohesion.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Anita Patel and they have 2 children. They are annually featured in the Asian power couples list.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dhruv Patel elected as a member of the City of London Corporation". Asian Voice (p.2).
  2. ^ News, Asian Lite (5 June 2015). "Dhruv Patel gets new post". Local News for British Asian and Indian Community in London. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  3. ^ Sangam, Sowmya (11 May 2019). "Dhruv Patel, Founder of City Hindus Network in London, Is Now Chairman of London's Largest Grant Provider". NRINewsToday. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  4. ^ "London's Largest Grant Provider Elects First Indian-Origin Chairman". NDTV.com. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Bankers who go into politics and champion the City". eFinancialCareers. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  6. ^ "In London, City Hindus Network Launched | The Pluralism Project". pluralism.org. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  7. ^ Subscribe. "Mayor of London Recognises Hindu Contribution to British". Hindu Janajagruti Samiti. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  8. ^ NewAsianPost (3 November 2015), Dhruv Patel speaking at the Mansion House Diwali celebration 2015, retrieved 17 May 2019
  9. ^ "City of London Corporation asks Square Mile to donate to coronavirus fund". CityAM. 22 March 2020. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Indian-origin entrepreneur receives royal honour in UK for service to Hindu community". Hindustan Times. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  11. ^ ABPL. "Dhruv Patel receives OBE from Duke of Cambridge, Prince William..." asian-voice.com. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Surname P". Asian Power Couples. Retrieved 19 May 2019.