Faiza Seth, glamorous London socialite (recent winner of the Indian ‘Hello’ Magazine Hall of Fame ‘Celebutante’ award,) and founder of the charity ‘Soham for Kids’(www.sohamforkids.org) has been appointed as a judge for the prestigious Miss India UK pageant, 2012.
The event will be hosted on board HMS President, on the 4th of Febuary, 2012. http://www.missindiaworldwideuk.co.uk
Miss Seth is the CEO of the award winning interior design house Casa Forma in London, and dedicates her spare time to alleviating poverty among the hardest hit children in an extremely impoverished area in Mallapur, India.
Born in India and raised in the US, Faiza eschewed the convention of being a socialite wife and rejected the easy option of working in the family apparel business. Instead she took a demanding job at Lehman Brothers. Next came an MBA at Stanford, one of the world’s most exacting business schools, punctuated with a spell at Morgan Stanley. “At the time I was unsure of what I really wanted to attain in my career, but knew that business training and a financial background would be of value in whatever I might set my heart on,” she explains.
Faiza is CEO of Casa Forma and leads their strategy and business initiatives, for both their UK and their India offices. Casa Forma won two awards at the International Design and Architecture Awards, 2011.
She lives in London with her husband. She was nominated for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2011, for The Social and Humanitarian Award, for her work with the Soham For Kids, a registered UK charity.
Faiza Seth founded the Soham for Kids School in Hyderabad, India in 2010 because she believes that educating the impoverished is a long-term solution to alleviating poverty. This strategy requires self-enabling individuals to permanently break the cycle of poverty and eventually provide for themselves and their families. Faiza developed the holistic concept of establishing this completely free school that not only delivers a well rounded education, but also provides food, clothing and healthcare to 100 children across four grades ranging from pre-school, lower kindergarten, upper kindergarten to first grade. The charity aims to expand the school one grade each year. Soham for Kids is one of a few charitable schools in India that is non-denominational promoting a culture of acceptance and open-mindedness.
The Soham for Kids inaugural fundraiser, held on 24th September, 2011, at the Cotswolds home of patron George Davies, raised over £200,000.