Autism Awareness, Business Leaders

Most parents would do anything, to make sure their children are healthy and happy. Mr. Shah is no different. On finding out that his 4 year old son was autistic, his first thought was on how to fix it. After hosting Snoop Dog, the world renowned rapper, in his house one afternoon, he discovered a way that he could help fund autism research.

The charity Autism Rocks, stages concerts in London and Dubai, and donates all the money collected towards autism research. Since its creation in 2014, the charity has raised over DH15 million for the research. Mr. Shah has so far managed to arrange invite only concerts with Drake, Prince and Lenny Kravitz in London, as well with Joss Stone and Elvis Costello in Dubai.

All the funds go to the Autism Rocks Trust which in turn, funds the Autism Research Center, based at Cambridge University. The center currently has 15 ongoing projects, aimed at finding ways to identify people who are likely to get autism early, as well as finding ways that can make their lives more comfortable.

Autism rocks is currently not out to find a cure for the condition. Its main goal, is for families, like the Shahs, to understand and relate better with their autistic children. As he says, he would not change anything about his son. The charity has a page where you can comment, tweet or donate to the cause.

The Man Who Came up With the Plan

Mr. Sanjay Shah is a British multimillionaire, father, husband and the founder of Autism Rocks. The 43 year old retired trader, was raised in a well off London neighborhood and studied medicine at Kings College, before dropping out and becoming an accountant. He worked at a number of investment banks till 2009, then decided to start his own brokerage business. He named it Solo capital and in 5 years he had a net worth of €280 million, and offices in London and Dubai.

For Mr. Shah, Autism research is a cause close to his heart, with his son Nikhil having been diagnosed with the condition. Having been a Dj in university, he was able to get in touch with Dubai based Done events, and get Prince for the launch of his charity. His goal apart from funding autism research, is to create an autism compilation album, with tracks from various artists. Check out Sanjay’s blog on WordPress for more news and information.