8th WZYC: London Calling! Spotlight On Youth Organisers

With the 8th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress (8WZYC) 2023 hosted by the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe (ZTFE) in the United Kingdom (UK) in Summer 2023, a dedicated team of youth volunteers have already commenced early groundwork to start planning and organising this momentous event. As part of a series of articles, we will be sharing the insights and visions of our 8WZYC organising team.

As Treasurer for the 8WZYC, I’m currently a manager with KPMG’s Audit Technical Programmes Team, having graduated (2015) and completed my Chartered Accountancy in 2018 (ICAEW). Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family, watching Bollywood movies and doing crosswords.

I love and take pride in being a Zarthusthi and in our everlasting faith. I vividly remember one of my very first trips to Mumbai as a young girl, visiting Bikhaji Behramji’s Kuo, and the warm and homely feeling, being surrounded by countless Zoroastrians on Ava Roj. I loved that feeling, so much so that I dreamt of getting married in an Atash Behram in the future. My dream came true in December 2018.

Being a Zoroastrian in the UK is a privilege as I can be a melting pot within myself – from learning how to cook my favourite dishes with instructions from my Mum and Mother-in-Law to debating with my Dad and Father-in-Law about why we lost that last round of Hokum! Having family worldwide facilitates combining Eastern and Western practices of our culture and religion, while still feeling close to my roots – something that our youth overseas strive to do and what we endeavour to bring to this Youth Congress.

The 8th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress to be hosted by ZTFE (UK) inspires me to showcase with pride what London has to offer our global Zoroastrian community! I’m thrilled to participate and look forward to welcoming our Zoroastrian youth from across the globe.

As Treasurer, my responsibilities include creating a master budget and ensuring this is adhered to. I’m the first point of contact for approving any expenditure and keeping a general (but stringent!) check on whether our incoming donations match our outgoing plans. At this stage of the Congress organisation, I’ve been busy crunching numbers and working with the sub-committees to ensure that we provide an affordable and inclusive experience for participants. Working closely with the Entertainment Committee, I plan to ensure we have a diversified and interesting set of events lined up to make this Congress truly memorable!

The opportunity of getting to know fellow Zoroastrians and seeing what each brings to the team, and their passion and enthusiasm for our Zoroastrian community, fills me with pride. I cannot wait for what’s to come in the lead up to 2023!

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