The Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe Incorporated (ZTFE), in its 160th year, held a virtual (online) Annual General Meeting on 18th December, 2021, to ensure the health and safety of its members, in keeping with the surge in COVID-19 infections, mainly the Omicron variant.
The ordinary business of the AGM included the election of the Management Committee, where the newly constituted ZTFE Managing Committee for 2021 – 2022 comprises Malcolm M Deboo – President, Behram R Kapadia, Shenaz B. Sadri JP, Rohinton F Munshi, Javid S Canteenwala, Kobad S Avari, Gav D Buhariwala, Darius J. Karkaria, Jesmin Sorab, Parivash F Kiani, Shazneen Y Munshi and Dorab E Mistry OBE.
ZTFE Life-member, Bapsy Dastur was elected as the new Trustee at the AGM. A globally polished professional, Bapsy is currently the General Counsel and Head – Corporate Risk, Legal and Compliance at VFS Global, the world’s largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide. Bapsy is qualified to practice law in several countries including the UK. Her brilliant professional achievements include being ranked as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the Middle East and a World leading General Counsel in 2017. She boasts of diverse industry experience in the fields of Energy, Oil and Gas, Logistics, Transportation, Terminals, Maritime, FMCG, Infrastructure, Construction, Banking, Financial Services, Travel and Medical Systems. Bapsy is a director at TRACE International, an international organisation with its mission to advance commercial transparency worldwide, raising the standard of anti-bribery compliance.
She has globally shared her expertise with leading MNCs including General Electric GE General Counsel India and Middle East; ANZ Grindlays Bank (now Standard Chartered in Dubai); ALSTOM ABB – Legal Head Middle East; Stolt Nielsen – Legal Head, London Head Office Aldwych; and VFS International Global General Counsel and Head – Corporate Risk, Legal and Compliance.
Additionally, Bapsy has mentored students, especially women, from developing countries in the field of law and has also led various social welfare projects in India. She is on the advisory board of the SOAS Shapoorji Pallonji Institute of Zoroastrian Studies (SSPIZS) since 2019 and has been associated with the ZTFE since 1997.