Category Archives: Global Working Group (GWG)


The Global Working Group brings together representatives of Federations in the diaspora. The GWG met in Hongkong on 15 and 16 December. As per tradition, the meeting was presided by the host Federation Chair which this year was Mr Neville Shroff of Hongkong. The meeting coincided with the AGM of the WZCC which was also graciously hosted by Hongkong. The GWG regretted the absence of any representative from the BPP though Mr Farokh Rustomji from FPZAI was indeed participating.

The GWG discussions took on from the previous meeting in December 2015 at Udvada which preceded the  landmark 1st Iranshah Udvada Utsav. In retrospect the GWG consensus was that the 1st IUU had been a great success and congratulations were tendered to the Organising Team led by Vada Dasturji Khurshed. The GWG looks forward to the next IUU scheduled for 23 and 24 December 2017. Mr Dinshaw Tamboly briefed the GWG about preparations and the progress in the regeneration of Udvada, with help from the dynamic Central Minister Mrs Smriti Irani. The GWG welcomed the proposal to establish a Museum in Udvada as a milestone towards regeneration. Mrs Meher Bhesania was delegated with progressing this idea, based on suggestions received from the Prime Minister himself and Mrs Irani and the help and encouragement coming from that direction. There was also a suggestion to examine if the museum could be established in Mumbai rather than in Udvada but the balance of logic was in favour of Udvada – considering the cost of land in Mumbai. The Museum Project would be developed in conjunction with Dasturji Khurshed and Mr Tamboly while calling upon the technical expertise of Dr Shernaz Cama, Mrs Pheroza Godrej and Mrs Firoza Mistree.

A proposal to enable overseas Anjumans and Donors to donate in each case One Year’s supply of Kathi to Agiaries that require such assistance was also taken up.

The GWG received an update on preparations for the 11th World Congress to be hosted in Perth, Australia – from Mr Firoz Pestonji and Mr Jimmy Medhora on behalf of the Organising Committee. Details will be released in due course by the Organisers.

The GWG has appointed a committee to handle the 11th WZC Awards programme

The GWG has also appointed a committee to select the venue for the 12th World Zoroastrian Congress

The GWG also decided that Mr Yazdi Tantra will expand the portal to disseminate information on Demographics, Opportunities, Activities and related Developments worldwide and the Regional Federations will publicize this portal to their memberships. This should ensure a Single Window of Information.

It was mooted that GWG should appoint an Administrator to oversee progress on its decisions and be a central point for communications. Initially Mr Neville Shroff of Hongkong was requested to take up this assignment subject to the agreement of the Hongkong Board.

The GWG has initiated the following sub-committees with individuals charged with reporting their work;

Women    Mrs Behroze Daruwalla and Mrs Katayun Kapadia

Youth        Mr Arzan Sam Wadia

Resettlement and Information   Each Region to appoint one Coordinator and report the name within the next 30 days

Arts & Culture   Mrs Meher Bhesania

Education    Mr Farokh Rustomji

As regards Entrepreneurship, it was felt the WZCC was the right forum to progress this initiative. Subsequently several members and well wishers have continued this dialogue and will be taking forward initiatives to Change the mindset of Zoroastrian youth and more importantly their parents towards Risk Taking.

The GWG reiterated the view that it was most important for leaders and in particular elected officers from the diaspora to meet and talk periodically because the contacts and frienships that are made in such interaction serve dramatically to improve relations and tackle problems.

Neville Shroff and his team were profusely thanked for their hospitality and for hosting these twin events with great warmth and professionalism.

Further details can be obtained by the media from Dorab Mistry, Dinshaw Tamboly, Homi Gandhi or Rohinton Rivetna.

Many thanks and best regards

Dorab Mistry OBE

Global Working Group

The Coming Together Round Table (CTR), a legacy of the 8th World Zoroastrian Congress (WZC) at London, now renamed the Global Working Group, met in Mumbai on 8 and 9 January 2011, with elected community representatives from Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA), Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe (ZTFE), Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) / Federation of Parsee Zoroastrian anjumans of India (FPZAI) and representatives of United Arab Emirates (UAE), World Zoroastrian Chamber of Commerce (WZCC) and others, including special invitees. The meeting was a follow-up emanating from the 9th WZC held in Dubai in December 2009.

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CTR & WZCC Houston – Dec.2010

Coming Together Roundtable/ World Zarthushti Chamber of Commerce

PRE-CONGRESS ACTIVITIES : (See the two attachments)

CTR-WZCC_Dec.2010    WZCC Houston_2010_Flyer

You do not have to be registered for the Congress to participate in any of the pre-congress activities.

The deadline for registration has been extended… Please do not delay…Register now….

 DECEMBER 27, 2010

 ·        2: 00 pm to 9:00 pm (REVISED!!!)

Coming Together Roundtable (CTR) Conference

InterContinental Hotel, Speaker Room

Contact Zenobia Damania

December 28, 2010

·        12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Bus Tour to Ocean Star Oil Rig Museum (Galveston Island)

Pick up from InterContinental Hotel Lobby

Contact Zarir Sethna

·        5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

WZCC Member Meeting – All invited

InterContinental Hotel, Speakers Room

Contact Rustom Engineer

·        7:00pm to 9:00 pm

WZCC Gala Dinner – Speaker Mr. Jehangir Mehta, Chef and Entrepreneur

“Passion & Risk: Two sides of the Success Coin”

Contact Zarir Sethna

Courtesy : Behram Pastakia


North American–CTR information and discussion

All persons interested in the preservation, perpetuation and prosperity of our world wide community, and especially those in leadership positions in FEZANA, the FEZANA Associations and Small Groups, are invited and encouraged to participate in a meeting to be held preceding the Congress in Houston, for information exchange and discussion pertaining to the “Coming Together Roundtable (CTR)”:


Date:   Monday, December 27, 2010

Time:   2:00 to 9:00 pm with dinner

Place:   Intercontinental Hotel, Houston


Registration. Please be sure to contact FEZANA Administrator Zenobia Damania at if you are coming.  There is no registration fee.  There will be a fee for dinner. Congress organizers have arranged to extend discounted room rates at the hotel to include December 26th and 27th.  For information on Accommodations visit  For information on the CTR visit (category “Round Table).

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Announcement and invitation to the Coming Together Roundtable (CTR) – Houston 2010

Announcement and invitation to the Coming Together Roundtable (CTR) – Houston 2010
The last Coming Together Roundtable (CTR) held in conjuntion with the World Congress in Dubai, was a momentous event, establishing the regional heads of the four major regions (India, Iran, N. America and UK/Europe) to serve as co-chairs and take ownership of the CTR. For a report and photographs of the Dubai CTR meetings, please visit   It gives us great pleasure in knowing that we are beginning to “come together and work together” to realize our potential and act in consort with each other for the greater good of our worldwide community and humanity at large. With each Roundtable meeting our direction becomes clearer and our resolve stronger.
This is an early announcement for the next CTR to assist you in making your travel plans.

The CTR will be held in Houston on December 27 and 28, 2010, just prior to the NA Zoroastrian Congress from December 29 – 31.   The meeting will commence on December 27 at 9:30 am finishing at 5:00 PM and then continue the next morning, December 28, ending in the early afternoon.   The CTR will be followed by the WZCC meeting in the late afternoon of December 28. You will notice that a 2 day CTR meeting is planned instead of the customary 1 day meeting to allow more time for discussions and full coverage of all items on the agenda.
The CTR will be co-chaired by the regional leadership — Dinshaw Mehta (India), Esfandiar Ekhtiari (Iran), Bomi Patel (N. America) and Malcolm Deboo (UK/Europe) or their delegates. Anyone interested in our worldwide community affairs is welcome to attend. Please identify your interest in participating, as early as possible, to the co-chairs, so that venue and food arrangements can be made. Suggested agenda items for discussion may also be sent to the co-chairs.  A full agenda will be prepared and circulated immediately prior to the CTR. As usual there will be a small charge to cover some of the costs.  For boarding and lodging information, please contact Rustom Engineer

Impact ! – Make one for Breast Cancer

Impact ! – Make one for Breast Cancer in Washington DC –  5th June 2010
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and launched the global breast cancer movement.
How to Participate
You can run or walk the 5K route, or if you can’t make it to the National Mall on June 5, register to Sleep In for the Cure®. Kids ages 5 to 12 can register as Kids for the Cure® and participate in their own special race and activities. If you prefer to work behind-the-scenes, you can be one of our all-star volunteers. 
Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.

Click for more information. 

Courtesy : Behram Pastakia

British Red Cross – Virgin London Marathon 2010

Dear Friends,
I am participating in the Virgin London Marathon 2010 to be held on 25th April, 2010. I will be running 26.2 miles (40 kilometres) to raise money for the British Red Cross. The British Red Cross is always a forerunner, both in the UK and abroad, in providing first aid, health and social care, as well as emergency relief arising as a result of war, conflict and natural disasters.

You can support the British Red Cross by sponsoring me on:
On behalf of the British Red Cross, I appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.
Best regards,
Parizad Avari 

Footnote :

Parizad is the key person who has taken on the responsibility of creating awareness for the screening mammography for breast cancer  project for Parsi women with support from the ZTFE in London (which was discussed at the 5th Coming Together Roundtable in Dubai on 27 December 2009.
Thanks for helping.
Courtesy : Behram Pastakia

Minutes – CTR 2009 – Dubai

Fifth Coming Together Roundtable (CTR)


Dubai, December 2009


The Vth “Coming Together Roundtable” (CTR) was held with the 9th World Zoroastrian Congress, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai, on December 27, 2009 (Session I), December 30th (Session II) and December 31st (Session III).  The invitation [Att. 1] and Agenda [Att. 2] are enclosed.

Attendance. Over the three sessions, leadership from all regions of the world participated: MP in the Iranian Majlis Dr. Esfandiar Ekhtiyari, Tehran Anjuman President Dr. Rostam Khosravian; BPP chair Dinshaw Mehta, BPP trustee Khojeste Mistree;  FEZANA President Bomi Patel and past presidents Firdosh Mehta, Dr. Dolly Dastoor and Rohinton Rivetna, and Behram Pastakia; past ZTFE presidents Dorab Mistry and Paurush Jila. Participants from the smaller pockets included Russi Ghadiali (Singapore),  Phil Madon (Australia), Toxy Cowasjee (Pakistan), the host Meher Bhesania from Dubai and a large number of Association heads. Several international organizations also participated: Mobed Councils (Chair of the Iranian Mobeds Council Mobed Dr. Ardeshir Khorshidian, NAMC chair Er. Kobad Zarolia and past chair Er. Dr. Jehan Bagli), WZO (Chair Darayus Motivala and past Chair Sammy Bhiwandiwalla),  WAPIZ (Khojeste Mistree), WZCC (President Kersi Limathwala and numerous chapter chairs),  ZWIN (Dr. Zareen Araoz); and concerned individuals from around the world.

Click Here for the Full Minutes of all 3 Sessions.

For Photos and Videos of the Sessions – Click Here

Att1 – CTR Dubai Announcement

Att2 – CTR Dubai Agenda

Att3 – RMR CTR Dubai Rohinton Rivetna

Att4 – Yazdi Tantra – Web Presence

Att5 – IVth CTR Houston Notes

Att6 – CTR MOU Preliminary

Att7 – Jehangir Sarosh –  INZO (2)

Att8 – Eric Engineer – Tech Platform for Communication

Att9 – Meher Bhesania -_Results of Regional Survey

Att10 – Jim Engineer –  NextGenNow

Att11 – Iranian Youth

Att12 – Behram Pastakia – Breast Cancer Initiatives

Att13 – Diaspora – Rights Duties and Privileges

Att14 – Ethic of Collective Giving

Att15 – Homi Dhalla – WZCF Activities

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