Noshir H. Dadrawala
Noshir H. Dadrawala, since the past 15 years, is Executive Secretary of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy, a company specializing in areas of charity law, finance, management, taxation, resource mobilization and human resource development.
He is a Fellow of the Center for the Study of Philanthropy (1990) which is affiliated to the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York.
He is member of the Executive Committee of the 'Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium', representing India since March 2000.
He has presented research papers at national and international forums. His research paper titled "Legal Framework for Non-Profit Institutions in India" for the Johns Hopkins University, USA, has been published by the 'Society for Participatory Research in Asia' in February 2001. His 'Country Report' on "NGO Laws and Regulations" has been published by the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law (Washington, DC, and USA).
In June 2001 he was invited by the London School of Economics as the only Indian to participate in the International Seminar on Charity Law.
Books and Publications
He has authored several resource books including, 'Hand Book on Administration of Trusts', The Art of Fund-Raising', 'Investment Opportunities for Charitable Organizations', 'Management of Philanthropic Organizations' (with a foreword by noted jurist Mr. Nani A Palkhivala) and 'Laws Governing Voluntary Organizations in India'.
He also edits since 1987, 'Philanthropy', the journal of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy and he is a regional contributing editor of the 'International Journal on Non-profit Law'.
Trusteeship and Other Involvements
He is a trustee of India Sponsorship Committee, the Polson Charity Trust, the P.D. Chinoy Memorial Trust and the Zarathushti Youth Foundation. He is also a member of the governing council of The Helen Keller Institute for the Deaf and Deaf-Blind, the J.D. Bharda Education Society and Honorary Adviser to a number of trusts including The Bombay Community Public Trust and Make A Wish Foundation.
He is a member of the Core Committee on Social Development and Community Affairs of the Confederation of Indian Industries as also a member of the Social Infrastructure Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He is also a member of the Credit Rating Board of Indian NGOs.com.
He is a member of the ethics committee of the Indian Oncology Network and the Foundation for Medical Research.
He regularly conducts seminars, conferences and training programmes for voluntary organizations in India.
He is also a guest lecturer for Diploma in Business Management for Voluntary Organizations at the N.M. Institute of Management Studies.
He is a correspondent of 'Jam-e-Jamshed Weekly' (a popular Parsi newspaper established in 1832), since 1981 (also during 2000-01, it's Associate Editor) and regularly write for other newspapers and magazines.
He has authored of a travelogue titled 'Iran - The Spiritual Motherland of Zoroastrians' and two other books titled 'Zarathushtrian Saints and Martyrs' and 'Dokhmenashini and it's Sustainability (with a Preface by Dastur Dr. K.M.JamaspAsa, High Priest).
He has also edited for about 8 years, with four other Zoroastrian scholars, a Parsi Zoroastrian socio-religious journal called 'Deen Parast'
He regularly delivers talks in India and abroad on Parsi history, culture and religion and particularly under the auspices of the "Zarthosty Brothers Fund" managed by the Parsi Punchayet of Mumbai. In India, among other places, he has addressed Parsis in Dahanu, Bordi, Bulsar, Navsari, Baroda, Ahmedabad, Pune, Deolali, Nagpur, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
In March 2001 he was invited by the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Hongkong to address members of the community on the ethics of the Zoroastrian religion and later in June 2001 by the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe to address Parsis of London on the same subject. He has also read a paper on Zoroastrianism at the Parliament of the World's Religions held in Chicago in 1993 and addressed Parsis of Toronto, Canada in the same year.