The two new members include Pete Best whose expertise has been in the financial markets sector. Previously, Pete Best was the COO at Icap. He has years of financial experience and Shah believes that he will make a valuable addition to the organization.
The second new member of the Board is Will Best. Will’s expertise has been in the music industry. He used to organize underground music events and was a TV host on various music shows. This experience will be useful to Autism Rocks since the main way that they raise money and awareness for Autism is through their private concerts.
In the past, their concerts have featured such greats as Lenny Kravitz, Prince and Drake. The concerts are attended by invitation only and all the proceeds earned at the concerts go to fund research in Autism.
Sanjay Shah, a retired investment banker and broker, started his own brokerage business called Solo Capital about five years ago. Solo Capital now has offices in London and Dubai and, though Shah owns this company, he considers himself retired. This gives him time to focus on what he really loves- philanthropy.
Shah began Autism Rocks because his son, Nikhil, was diagnosed with Autism in 2011. He was concerned that there wasn’t enough research being done to help people understand and live with Autism. He was moved to do something about it and since then, he has spent much time working toward that goal. While talking with Snoop Dogg one day, he decided that hosting concerts would be a good way to raise money since he has always had a passion for music. He was right. His concerts have been a huge success and raised millions for Autism research.