AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023

Abha Thorat-Shah
Executive Director, Social Finance


British Asian Trust


Abha is responsible for our programmes across South Asia. As a founding member of the team she developed a unique grant giving model that has ensured that donors were directly connected with the work of grassroots organisations in the region. She is now responsible for leading the substantial programme growth we envisage in the coming years. Before coming to the Trust Abha was the Chief Operating Officer of the UK India Business Council. She grew up in Mumbai, India, and came to the UK to study Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University. Abha has extensive experience of creating and nurturing philanthropic, business and cultural relationships between the UK and South Asia and practical experience of both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Abha has a keen interest in theatre and the arts and has worked at Asia House in London and the National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai.