Source: News Bharati English11 Sep 2015 13:44:23

London, Sept 11: The fourth annual three-day conference of World Hindu Economic Forum (WHEF) beginning here Friday is expected to bring together international business and professionals, bankers and investors, young entrepreneurs and mentors from as many as 30 countries across the globe.

The WHEF conference will conclude on September 13, 2015. The mission of the conference is to make the society prosperous through the generation and sharing of surplus wealth with its motto “Dharmasya Moolam Arthah” or sustaining through economic prosperity.

The WHEF had organised conferences in Hong Kong, Bangkok and New Delhi with other regional conferences in Malaysia, Fiji, South Africa, Kenya, USA, etc. The organisers wanted to encourage Hindus to generate wealth for society's wellbeing. The Vedas refer to “Sat Hasta Samahara, Sahastra Hasta Sankira”. It literally means 'generate wealth with 100 hands and share it with 1000 hands'. The WHEF believed and practiced the principle of “Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam” i.e. the whole world is one family.

The visionary behind WHEF is Swami Vigyananand, an energetic Swami. He has IIT Kharagpur engineering degree, travelled the world and unique personality. This Swami talks about business and economics and his vision to bring Hindu business people together with professionals and entrepreneurs to generate wealth. Normally, one thinks of Swamis associated with religion, kathas and pujas. This Swami is totally different and he answered a few key questions on WHEF.

London is the world's leading city and we have progressed from Hong Kong, Bangkok and New Delhi. We already have cities marked out for next few years. Next year we shall be in the US. Hindus are the only community who are spread around the globe and WHEF is all about connecting Hindu business people in different geographies, the Swami said.

The patron of WHEF 2015 London is Prof. Nat Puri. The Chairman is Anil Puri, CEO of Purico Group and Vice Chairman is Subhash Thakrar, Senior partner of CBW LLP and Vice President of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Other committee members are Kajal Valani Sheth, Hiten Sheth, Hasmukh Shah, Dr. Gautam Sen, Hardev Singh, Rosan Sapokota and Alpa Raja. They are being supported by youth volunteers from the National Hindu Students Forum. Of course the central secretariat of WHEF from Bharat has also worked hard in support.

Business people from over 30 countries around the world are expected to be attending the WHEF meeting. There will be professionals, investors, bankers and young entrepreneurs. We shall also encourage young Hindu youths to come on special concessionary fee level.

Clarifying that this was a Hindu religious meeting Swami Vigyananda said that apart from the ceremonial lighting of the diya, there will be nothing to do with religion. This conference is about business and economics but of course also highlighting Hindu principles of doing business. The principles are honesty, fairness and taking care of environment as well as wealth creation for benefit of wider society, he said.

The conference is being held at Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, 18 Albert Embankment, London, in Westminster area close to the river.

More than 36 eminent speakers from diverse background such as senior academician from the area of business and economy, professionals, bankers, investors, and successful practicing businessmen will be addressing the confernce.

Referring to the past WHEF conferences, Swami Vigyananda said “we have given delegates to learn about new emerging opportunities around the world, growing businesses, obtaining affordable capital, new technology applications and support for young entrepreneurs”. Of course there will be active networking events, which have enabled business transactions to happen in the past. We hope to strengthen in all these areas, he added.

The WHEF is open for all business and professionals as well as budding entrepreneurs.