Autism Rocks is making headlines for recent movement in the board of trustees. The PR Newswire announced that Sanjay Shah, the founder of the charity, had appointed 2 new individuals to the board. The first was Will Best. Will ties in well with the charity’s method of raising money through private concerts. He has been involved in the music industry since he started organizing underground concerts in London during his days at King’s College. After graduating, he then went on to host music tv shows around the world. The network of industry professionals he brings to the charity’s disposal is astounding.
Sanjay Shah also appoint Will Best’s brother, Pete, to the board of trustees. Pete’s background is in finance. He spent more than 2 decades working in the financial markets in London and he then was asked to serve as the Chief Operating Officer of Icap. Most recently, Pete has made the decision to retire and spend time with family and pursuing a few good causes, both for profit and not for profit. Pete’s background is an extremely useful one for Autism Rocks to tap into.
Shah’s background is in finance. It was only in the last decade that he has had the chance to pursue other interests. Recently, he made the decision to step back from his largely successful firm. When he stepped back, he immediately moved onto new projects. His first project was a co-sponsored jazz festival in Dubai. Shah worked on that project with a local promotional firm and it was a huge success. Joss Stone was a headliner and Aloe Blacc performed. More than 3000 people came to the festival and in its first year, it managed it break even.
In the middle of the planning for this event, Shah decided to start a charity to help raise money for autism research. This issue is close to Shah’s heart as his own son was diagnosed with the illness in 2011. The charity has already managed to raise several hundred thousand dollars with concerts by famous musicians.