THERE was an international theme at the last meeting of Morpeth Rotary Club when Nitin Shukla of Newcastle talked to members and visitors about the Asian Business Connexions organisation.
His family was originally from Gujerat in India but he was born in Kenya and moved to the North East in 1974 when he was 12.
He helped to found the organisation as he thought that many Asian run businesses did not take full advantage of the help and support mechanisms that are around. Mr Shukla also thought that often the views and opinions of Asian business men and women were not reflected in local and regional discussion and debate.
The organisation now has over 100 Asian and non-Asian business members throughout the area, with 50 regularly attending meetings and networks.
Nitin, who is Vice Chairman of Your Homes Newcastle is a trained careers adviser and also a diversity officer with Gateshead Council. He has twice been President of Newcastle West Rotary Club.
He said: “My main passion and interest is doing something about inequality, wherever it is found.”
Mr Shukla does a range of voluntary work, including sponsored activities to raise money for the Marie Curie Hospice.
He has agreed to arrange a visit to Newcastle Hindu Temple in the New Year.
Morpeth Rotary Club is looking for male and female business and professional people to join. Telephone Kevin Dunlop on 01670 512775 or John Pringle on 01670 513175 to arrange a visit.