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Sanjay Shah, An Entrepreneur and Philanthropist.


The Autism Rocks Festival is a fun-filled event that raises awareness of autism and also funds for research on the condition. Sanjay Shah Denmark and his wife Usha are behind the event that is committed to changing how autistic people are dealt with in the society. The couple has an autistic son and supports research to know causes of autism and what can be done about the neurological disorder. Autism Rocks, a live concert and charity based organization, was founded in 2014 and has managed to raise over £600,000. The 2016 festival features face painting, live music, barbecued petting zoo, horse rides, bouncing castles, rodeo bull, inflatable rides, crazy golf, and zip line. The event is in partnership with 117 Live and rappers Tyga and Flo Rida and DJ Fever and BFG. Autism is an incurable condition, and it affects how autistic people communicate with others. In the UK it affects 1 in every 100 people. Supporting autistic people is vital as lack of support can have terrible effects.

Sanjay Shah is an entrepreneur and a philanthropist based in Dubai. He previously worked as a banker in Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Rabobank. The hedge fund manager studied medicine but later dropped out, started Solo Capital following unemployment. The brokerage, investment management and principal trading firm has offices in London and Dubai. Sanjay owns more than 30 companies in Dubai, The British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Luxembourg and Malta.

The father of three has a golden heart and seeks to make a difference in autism research. Sanjay has sponsored children in India and donated several Hyundai vehicles to the Dubai Autism Centre. The center supports families who have autistic children. He started Blended Festival in partnership with Done Events so that he may have experience in organizing Concerts. The idea of setting up gigs was inspired by Snoop Doggy and through which Autism Rocks was founded. The funds from the charity organization go to Autism Research Trust which in turn supports the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University. The live concerts have featured artists like Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Michael Buble, Drake, Elvis Costello and Joss Stone.

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