WZCC Plan to help Parsi Entrepreneurs



 Mumbai, March 07, 2018: World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce – India (WZCCI) and WZO Trust Funds (WZOTF)  are delighted to announce a joint plan to support entrepreneurs / professionals / start-ups by funding selected projects in India with interest-free loans. The principal amount only would have to be returned, over a pre-determined period.

WZCCI and WZOTF would like to invite Zoroastrian Donors to please come forward to donate Rs. 5 – Rs. 25 lakhs towards creating a corpus of Rs. 5 crores to help young people to start-off their entrepreneurial careers or help small businesses reach scale.

Says Edul Davar, Global President, WZCC from New York to young Zoroastrians, “Today is the right time for the right idea and opportunities are limitless for the bold and restless who are willing to dream big, work hard and persist until they achieve success”.

Says Captain Percy M Master, WZCC President – India Region, who will drive the project in India, “With this Financing Initiative we are fulfilling a long time need to encourage the youth of our community to venture into business. Our request to Youth is to come forward with a good Business Plan. We will Guide you and Mentor you to taking the first steps to start your own  business. We are confident that this is a small beginning of something big. Please don’t miss this opportunity. We have great confidence in the future of our youth and in the glory of our community. May Ahura Mazda bless our youth and propel them to greater heights to become the stars of our Community”.

Says Mr. Dinshaw Tamboly, Chairman WZOTF, the enabling organization for this project,                  “WZO Trust Funds, have over the years encouraged, motivated and supported community members to be self-employed. Between 1995 to end March 2017 we have extended interest-free financial support up to Rs. 5,00,000/- to 1,038 individuals at 114 locations in India towards being self-employed in disciplines of their choice. The new initiative of WZCC and WZOTF working together in tandem towards a common goal promises to give a further boost to the Zoroastrian spirit of entrepreneurship lying latent in the minds of  many in our community.”

WZCC – I and WZOTF sincerely hope that a large number of well placed, India based Zoroastrians will come forward and donate sums of money to give a big boost to Zoroastrian Entrepreneurship in India. A separate fund raising drive has also been initiated in US and other parts of the world to contribute to this fund. WZCCI and WZOTF also hope that a large number of youngsters will come forward and avail of this offer by presenting well-thought through and comprehensive business plans. For more information, please contact: wzccindia@on-lyne.com | +91 9619165444 / +91 7045225939 | trustees@wzotrust.com; admin@wzotrust.com | +91 22 23684451/52/53 or USA: eduldaver@gmail.com | +1 9083974443



WZCC is a global enterprise established in the year  2000 and now has 14 chapters established in Vancouver, Southern California, Houston, Chicago, Central Florida, New York, London, Tehran, Dubai, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hong Kong and Sydney. The  mission and purpose of WZCC is to  facilitate networking, enhance trade & commerce, build  the Spirit of  Entrepreneurship and thus bring economic prosperity to Zarathushtis worldwide.


WZOTF was established in the year 1995 at Mumbai and has a Pan India presence actively extending support to Zoroastrians in diverse areas of need, in keeping with its principles – ‘Building Confidence, Changing Lives, Creating a Strong Community’.



Afternoon DC_8th March, 2018


Yazdi Tantra – Global VP WZCC – Tour to USA

The need to connect is an overwhelming need for life itself. Personal, Social and Commercial connections enhance the very meaning of our being. More so, when our tiny community is thinly spread across the world, and, perhaps, losing its connections. Today there are probably more Zarathushtis living outside of India than in India. Our future as a community is interlinked with how well we remain connected and be of support to each other.

Yazdi is a firm believer that the internet will help unite the far-flung Zoroastrian community across the globe and towards that end, Yazdi has developed several Zoroastrian Websites. His talk will be a brief overview of these websites and how each one of us can utilize these websites to our advantage. It is about how we can revive our connections, go back to our roots, in terms of religion and culture, our institutions and also how to connect to the globally thriving, living diaspora across the world for personal, social and professional connections. Building upon the omnipotent power of the Internet, let us explore the possibilities and opportunities to make it possible for ourselves and also for our future generations.

Yazdi TantraYazdi Tantra is a Chartered Accountant by training, Computer Consultant by Profession, Entrepreneur Developer by hobby and Trainer in his leisure time. Yazdi writes a regular weekly column for Parsi Times, Mumbai, and a fortnightly column for MoneyLife on Android apps for efficiency at the workplace. He is currently Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the IT Committee of Zoroastrian Co-operative Bank Ltd. He is also the Global Vice President and Technical Chair of World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce. He runs a medium-sized Computer Company ON-LYNE for the last 24 years, developing websites, portals, payment gateways, sales and service of computer hardware.

Below is a brief itinerary of his talks during his US tour:

13 Oct., 2017
– Houston
Websites for Zoroastrians Worldwide & their Impact on the Current Zoroastrian Activities on Social Media Click for Program
15 Oct., 2017
– New York
Annual Erach Munshi Udvada Fundraiser and Memorial Lecture Click for Details
17 Oct., 2017
– Chicago
A Global vision for Zarathushti Worldwide Hosted by Roshan & Rohinton Rivetna
21 Oct., 2017 – Sunnyvale The Need To Connect, and How We Can Do It! Click for Details
22 Oct., 2017
– Los Angeles
How to make & revive our connections with other Zoroastrians worldwide through the Internet Click for Details
Edul Daver – WZCC Global President

WZCC Global Meet 2017 – 2nd Preview

8th September, 2017
WZCC Global Meet 2017
In our second preview, leading up to the Annual Global Meet, we introduce two more speakers.

DR. RASHNA WRITER, who, by training, is a political scientist and has also pursued a parallel career as a political analyst. She commenced her career as a Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London; went on to become a Contributing Editor of the Defense & Foreign Affairs Handbook; Defense & Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy. Subsequently, she was Head of Global Risks for a leading strategic risk consultancy in the UK, where she specialised in advising Lloyds of London syndicates specialty insurance underwriters on political risks, war and terrorism risks; as well as being a senior advisor to some major Austrian and German companies.

rashnaShe has authored several books on the Zoroastrian Community and holds a doctorate from the London School of Economics in International Relations. She is also the recipient of several international awards.

Dr. Writer will address the subject of “Entrepreneurial Social Conscience as a Means of Zoroastrian Self-Preservation”. She hopes that her talk will highlight Parsi entrepreneurs who, having acquired wealth, will consider it their duty to re-invest a part of it in the community. In her own words, “this was the genesis of the outstanding Parsi infrastructure that exists to this day. The challenge for today’s Zoroastrian entrepreneurs is to assess our current situation and make decisions tailored to our times.”

The youngest of our speakers, at 30, is PRONITA SAXENA. Pronita is a graduate in Economic, with honours from UC, Berkeley. After earning her degree she worked at MIT’s Poverty Action Lab in rural Bangladesh and contributed to several policy papers for the World Bank and IMF at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC.
pronitaShe moved to India and founded CITIZENGAGE, a technology company operating the world’s first waste-to-resource platform that channels waste into energy, compost and recycled products. Pronita was recently named one of India’s Top Women Entrepreneurs by Cosmopolitan and specialises in creating markets for disruptive technology. She drafted new policies related to smarter waste management systems while working with Citizengage’s first customers to champion a Waste-to-Resource platform.

Pronita is a great example of Social Entrepreneurship and we look forward to hearing about her journey as an Entrepreneur at the forthcoming Global Meet.

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“Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond the resources currently controlled.”

Please consider becoming a member by visiting www.wzcc.org or contacting your Region Director/Chapter Chair.


WZCC Youth Wing presents – Speed Networking

To all  young Zoroastrian entrepreneurs and corporates. I urge you to go for this unique evening.
Here is the link – https://apps.facebook.com/my-surveys/speed-networking-form



Greetings from WZCC.

Folks, it is once again time for our Annual Global Meet. Earlier, our Global AGMs were successfully held in India as well as foreign locales, namely, Houston, London, Tehran, Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Pune, Goa, etc. This year’s Global AGM will be held in India, viz. Bangalore – a dynamic city with its IT hub and pleasant environment. The name “Bangalore”, which is the capital of Karnataka State, represents an anglicised version of the Kannada language name “Bengaluru” – by which the city is now known.

In this fast changing world, Entrepreneurs, as well as Professionals, have to remain alerted on all fronts so as to become successful. Global Meet, therefore, arranged by WZCC is the ideal platform for all of us to establish a network so as to capture the market share and achieve sustainable growth.

Bangalore is sometimes referred to as the “Silicon Valley of India” (or “IT Capital of India”) because of its role as the nation’s leading information technology (IT) exporter. Indian technological organisations ISRO, Infosys, Wipro and HAL are headquartered in the city. Information Technology, as we are all aware, is growing at a rapid pace and hence, any business or profession need to keep pace with innovation which can be disruptive at times. Bangalore City will, therefore, be an ideal place for all of us to meet for continuous growth and prosperity.

Although our Bangalore Chapter is comparatively new, they have made a splendid effort to organise this Event, led by Air Chief Marshal Fali Major (Retd.), Chairman – Bangalore Chapter along with his dedicated team.

With their special efforts, they have selected one of the most sought after resorts called “Clarks Exotica Convention Resort and Spa”, which is hardly 15 minutes from Bangalore airport. It is a sprawling place with all the facilities one could look for and would, therefore, be an ideal location for us to communicate and network with each other.’









The month of December, in particular, would certainly add flavour to our Meet. The coolest months are December/January with an average low temperature of 15.1° C (59.2° F). Hence, carrying of light woollens are recommended. Moreover, their efforts have resulted in all of us getting the highly competitive rate for our stay and I am, therefore, sure that we will have a large number of participants for this Global Meet.

It is my appeal to all our members to kindly release advertisements which would be published in our yearly invaluable journal “SynergyZ” which has a wide circulation. Click Here for the advertisement details along with the Rate Chart. We are sure members will help WZCC in augmenting its resources for mutual benefit.

For the convenience of our members, all the relevant details are given below. Request all my dear members to read them carefully and fill in the details and register their names at a very early date. A quick and sizeable response from all our members will help us to organise this Event in a most exemplary manner.

Invitation from WZCC-Bangalore with details of Global Meet
Registration Form
Program Details
Information on Tour in India
Information on Tour in Srilanka

Looking forward to your gracious presence and interact with you for mutual benefit.



WZCC Recognition Awards – 2017

1st June 2017

As you are aware, every year, the World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce (WZCC) honours individuals with Recognition Awards in three categories.

  • Global Outstanding Zarathushti Entrepreneur
  • Global Outstanding Zarathushti Professional
  • Global Outstanding Young Zarathushti Entrepreneur / Professional (up to age 35 years)

If you have a candidate who is a prominent Zarathushti, who fits the laid down criteria, you may nominate him/her in any of the aforementioned categories. Due consideration to be given to academic qualifications, progress in career, achievements and recognition by peers in their specific business/profession, in country of residence and world-wide, contribution made and also his/her involvement in community affairs. Appropriate weight-age to be given to achievement in the field of Trade, Business, Commerce , Economics and Industry. The nominator and the person he/she so nominates need not be a member of WZCC.

Based on the schedule determined by the Board, the nominations should be forwarded to the local Chapter Chair, before Monday, 31st July 2017. Nominations received thereafter will not be accepted. Details are available on our Website www.wzcc.org – under “Nomination Package – 2017.

Kindly note that the application should strictly adhere to the Nomination Package format to enable us to consider the same. If details are not according to the format, the application may not be considered.

In the past, earlier Awardees cherished this honour. This is, therefore, an excellent opportunity for those who nominate and those who are nominated to have this honour bestowed on them.

Please do make a conscious and determined effort to search and recommend potential Awardees.

Please rush your entries to wzccindia@on-lyne.com


Xerxes Mullan & Jasmin Sohrabji

15th April, 2017
Leading NYC-Based Financial Executive, Xerxes Mullan,
Launches Avestar Capital as an Independent Advisory Firm
In Partnership with Dynasty Financial Partners
Xerxes Mullan a WZCC – NY Chapter member and a good friend of ZAGNY used to head the Wealth Mgmt group for Merrill Lynch and BOA and recently separated from them and started his own Advisory firm” Avestar Capital”. Xerxes’ group handled all the foreign wire transfers and stock donation sales for the NY Dar-e-Mehr project.Click here for the related press release link.

This is a major entrepreneurial achievement and success of a WZCC member.

Jasmin Sohrabji gets global role with Omnicom Media Group
Jasmin Sohrabji has been appointed to a global leadership role with Omnicom Media Group, the media services division of Omnicom Group Inc. She will be replaced by Torie Henderson as CEO of Omnicom Media Group South East Asia and India. Henderson moves into the new role from her position as president, global account management, Omnicom Media Group Asia Pacific.

Sohrabji joined Omnicom Media Group in 2007 with the mandate of setting up OMD’s India operations. She was promoted as CEO of SEA and India in 2013. Click here for the related press release link.

Jasmin was awarded the Outstanding Zarathushti Professional of the Year 2015 by WZCC.

“Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond the resources currently controlled.”

Please consider becoming a member by visiting www.wzcc.net or contacting your Region Director/Chapter Chair.


Request for Financial Support

Request for Financial Support


One of the objectives of WZCC (World Zoroastrian Chamber of Commerce) is to get involved in Socio-Business projects to help the less fortunate Zoroastrian population in India. It is one of the objectives of FEZANA to engage in charitable activities as required by the Zoroastrian faith.

WZCC worked with WZOT (World Zoroastrian Organization Trust) and FEZANA to identify worthy projects, possibly involving Clean Water and/or Solar Energy. WZOT has identified a need to install a hot water system at the Navsari Senior Citizen Center using Solar Energy. Currently hot water is provided in buckets whilst setting up the proposed facility will make running hot water available to the residents. Plus the environmentally friendly solar energy solution will make hot water available with no or minimal ongoing operating costs.

Refer to the brochure (link below) to find out more about the Senior Citizen Center

Senior Citizen Center Brochure (Download as PDF)
People interested in supporting this project may send their donations to FEZANA.FEZANA reserves the right to use the donated funds for any exempt purposes in keeping with FEZANA’s exempt purposes; and FEZANA is not obligated to give any donations to WZOT.

You can donate online by clicking on the button below.

Donate Online
You may also pay by check. Checks should be made payable to FEZANA with notation in memo column “Navsari Senior Center Project”.Mail your checks to

Nilufer K. Shroff, FEZANA Treasurer

P.O. Box 3873, 1175 Marlkress Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034


Hosi Mehta, Hutoxi Contractor, Freyaz Shroff

Co-Chairs, FEZANA Unity and Welfare Committee


WZCC-WE Event on Sat.18-03-2017

WZCC-WE Event on Sat.18-03-2017 –

Build, Grow & Scale your Business with Digital Media

WE – Women Entrepreneurs’ Wing of WZCC Build, Grow & Scale your Business with Digital Media An Interactive Workshop for Women Organized by ‘WE’ – Women Entrepreneurs’ Wing of WZCC

This year to celebrate International Women’s Day‘WE’ is organizing a workshop on: “Build, Grow & Scale your Business with Digital Media” On Saturday, 18 March, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at YWCA, 18, Madame Cama Road, Fort, Mumbai – 400001.

Click below for details

170318_WZCC-WE_Mailer – Digital Marketing_FINAL



Jehaan Kotwal Wins Mahindra’s Youth Transport Personality of the Year 2017 Award

Jehaan Adil Kotwal, the young 26 year old CEO of JFK Transport wins the 2017 Mahindra Youth Transport Personality of the year Award.
Besides this award Jehaan also won Castrol’s best Transporter of the year award. Jehaan recently was invited to speak on the panel at the WZCC Global AGM in Hong Kong. He was selected on scholarship to attend IIM Ahemdabad’s premier Logistics programme in 2016.

More about Jehaan

After completing his major in Entrepreneurship and minor in International studies from FLAME (Foundation of Liberal and Management Education) in 2012, 26 year old Jehaan Kotwal has been leading JFK Transporters and AvaInd Logistics.

One of India’s most reputed transportation services. Jehaan has introduced in the latest technological development in the field of Road Logistics, and continues to be the leader in this segment. After gaining cognisance and understanding the change in the market, Jehaan started AvaInd Logistics which is the Freight forwarding, Packing and Warehousing arm of JFK. It caters to every aspect of the logistics chain by providing the complete end to end service which is very unique in this field. At the age of 17 Jehaan founded a Cafeteria on his college campus (FLAME)

From a two product operation he and his two partners turned it into a 200 Product operation in three years having 4 different cuisines. They have served over 5000 students in many college Campuses all over Pune. He is actively involved in different business start-ups and consults young entrepreneurs on their ventures.

Being a Zoroastrian Priest and international level sports champion (skating and swimming) helps him lead a well-balanced life.