Dr. Zarir H, Sholaprwala

Outstanding Zarathushti Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Dr. Zarir H, Sholaprwala, an Electrical/Nuclear Engineer after his graduation is a Nuclear Scientist who founded the Zeonics Electronic Engineers and Consultants on 15/2/1981 & Systech Capacitors Pvt Ltd. in 1985, both companies merged into a single company on 20/10/2006 as “Zeonics Systech Defence & Aerospace Engineers Pvt. Ltd.” He has to his credit Development of High Voltage & Nuclear Systems of unsurpassed capabilities. He has won several awards. His major contribution is in the Futuristic Advanced Weapon Systems like Electromagnetic Systems, Radar Pulser, IED Explosive Defeat, Wall through watch Radar Power Supplies & similar systems, E-BOMB, Fuel mix exploders, EPF systems, CFG systems, HPM weapons. He had the privilege to work with several famous Scientists like Late Dr. Homi J. Sethna, Late Dr. Raja Ramanna, Dr,. A P J Abdul Kalam, Dr. Stanley Glaros and Dr. Bom Beverly. He has to his credit development of more than 2200 products from which nearly 980 are being used by the Armed Forces on a regular basis. He has a own funded Charitable Trust under the name of “Z. H. SHOLAPURWALA CHARITABLE TRUST” and helps a lot of people from own generated funds for Educational help. Every year close to 70 people are funded from this scheme.

Ms Jasmin J. Sohrabji

Outstanding Zarathushti Professional of the Year 2015

Jasmin’s career in advertising (media planning) has seen rapid growth since she entered the profession. Her career is marked by vast local understanding and expertise coupled with international exposure and experience. In February 2007 Jasmin launched OMD India – Omnicom Group’s media agency and the #1 agency globally. In the first year of operation, OMD was given an A Grade by RECMA (a Paris-based agency that ranks all media agencies globally). This was the first time an agency in India was awarded a Grade A in its launch year.
In June 2013, Jasmin was promoted to CEO South East Asia, where she is now responsible for three media agencies within OMG (OMD, phd and M2M) across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam (+Indochina) and India. In 2012, 2013 : Ranked #1 among Advertising in IMPACT magazine’s top 50 most influential women in Media, Marketing & Advertising in India. Some of the media research studies initiated by Jasmin have not only won awards, but also become industry syndicated benchmark research offerings today (including Light TV Viewing and Multi-set Viewing). She has been the recipient of multiple industry awards for her ground-breaking, innovative approach to her work in media planning and research.


Outstanding Zarathushti Professional of the Year 2015

Dr. Urvakhsh M. Mehta grew up in Shahabad, Karnataka. He pursued his MBBS in Neuropsychiatric disorders at Mysore Medical College. He joined the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore for an MD in Psychiatry in 2007. He passed out from NIMHAS as the best outgoing student of his batch (2010). He has established himself as a leading clinician-scientist in the domains of mental health and neurosciences. Some of the techniques that he uses in his research include a combination of noninvasive brain stimulation (transcranial magnetic stimulation), functional neuro-imaging and genetic studies. At 28 years of age, he was appointed as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the prestigious National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences, Bangalore. Throughout his formative years, Urvakhsh has been felicitated for his academic achievements by the Bangalore Parsee Zoroastrian Anjuman (BPZA), the Baroda Parsi Panchayat and has received scholarships from the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP). In coming years, he desires to spread novel scientific knowledge about psychiatric disorders via public engagement in order to reduce stigma related to these devastating disorders. He also wishes to generate awareness among Zarathushtis about neuropsychiatric disorders vide such public engagement.

Ms Tanya Sam Balsara

A Special

This year, a very special Award was presented to Ms Tanya Sam Balsara (herself a visually challenged individual) for her outstanding contribution in making the lives of more than 200 visually impaired persons more fruitful and comfortable (in terms of giving training in Computers and helping them find appropriate job placements) in her new venture – Tanya Computer Centre. Tanya, in her acceptance speech, expressed her grateful thanks and was given a spontaneous standing ovation by all those who were present.