Speakers. Oxford Summit of Leaders 2014

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Posted on 30 May 2014.
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Drashna Kotecha

Director, Rainbow International School, Kampala, Uganda

Presentation: Rainbow International School, Kampala, Uganda


Mrs. Drashna Kotecha was born in Kenya in 1963 and raised in the United Kingdom where she spent the early part of her life. Whilst in the UK, she studied Business and Management at Loughborough College in Leicestershire, England, before returning to Kenya in 1983.

Upon returning to Kenya, she married Mr. Bhasker Kotecha, with whom she has one son, Shyam. They founded the Midland Group of Companies, which became the umbrella organisation for control and management of their family businesses. The Group has business interests in over 17 countries in the Middle East and Africa and employs close to 1,200 personnel in fields of telecommunication, agriculture, education, healthcare, electronics assembling, estate development, transport & logistics, and foreign exchange trading.

In 2003, Rainbow International School Uganda (RISU) was added to the Group’s portfolio and is recognised as the leading choice for international education in the region. RISU follows the British Curriculum of education and has over 850 students and 150 teachers; it is currently undergoing a Council for British International Schools (COBIS) accreditation process.

Through the Midland Foundation, which was established in 2012, the Kotecha family has put in place a thriving Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Community Involvement programme that supports development projects in education, health, environment, and sports in the entire East African region.

Examples of projects supported by the Midland Foundation include eye and heart surgeries, blood donations, provision of furniture and educational materials to schools, cancer programs, development of various sports and regular donations to various charities and welfare organisations.

Mrs. Kotecha also holds the post of Chairperson of Lohana Community in Uganda, where for the past 5 years, she has been at the helm of co-ordinating various activities aimed at supporting the underprivileged communities. In addition, she is actively involved with the Indian Association of Uganda, which carries out similar developmental initiatives in Uganda.

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