April 8th 2017 was a unique day for Thodomal Shahani Group of Institutions. About 60
members from the corporate world assembled for A UNIQUE WORKSHOP FOR
BUILDING UNITY IN DIVERSITY.
Prominent corporate groups like TATAs, Yes Bank, Colliers Intl, Kotak, HSBC, DCW, etc.,
were represented by senior functionaries. The NGO sector as well as Professionals,
Doctors, Lawyers were the other groups along with representatives from various religions
The workshop was part of an ambitious initiative called “UNITY IN DIVERSITY-World Civil
Society”, launched last year by the Shahani Group & Global Dialogue Foundation (GDF) in
collaboration with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).
The workshop was anchored by Peter (Pece) Gorgievski, Director-General & CEO Global
Dialogue (Melbourne), Maya Shahani Chairperson, Shahani Group, Iliana Schmatelka, Intl
Consultant from Vienna & GDF Deputy Director-General, and Akhil Shahani MD, Shahani
Each of the 7 groups of participants were encouraged to come up with suggestions as to
how they can, in their respective domains, bring about UNITY IN DIVERSITY. All the 60
participants displayed huge enthusiasm, gave their ideas & suggestions, and developed
individual action plans – these ideas were noted by other groups, as well.
THE UNITY IN DIVERSITY, India Chapter was officially launched in Mumbai in March last
year by Hanifa Mezoui – Senior Advisor, UNAOC. It was followed by the inauguration of a
PEACE GARDEN at Santacruz. Subsequently, an Interfaith Dialogue on the UN
International Tolerance Day was held in Nov. A round table discussion on ‘ Business For
Building UNITY IN DIVERSITY ‘ was conducted among 50 top business leaders, under
direction from Senior Advisor – UNAOC.