Arun Patel BCAh was born in Mbale. After finishing his primary education at Nakivubo Primary School he enrolled at the Old Kampala Senior Secondary School (1966 to 1969). In 1970, he went to the UK where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. After a brief stint at KPMG's, an international firm of auditors, branch in Zambia, he started his own practice in Ilford, Essex. In 2006, he sold his practice to devote all his energies to run Polio Children, a charity he set up with his two brothers in 2002. Polio Children has assisted over 1000 children with polio and helped more than 200 students pursue University education. Arun attributes his success to the solid academic foundation that Old Kampala Senior Secondary School provided and says, “I feel extremely lucky and privileged to have this opportunity to reconnect with my alma mater. Old Kampala SSS has always meant a lot to me and has given me a lot of wonderful memories”. Arun feels passionate about the academic performance of the current students of Old Kampala SSS and feels that they all, especially the economically disadvantaged, should be given an equal opportunity to emulate the successes of their predecessors.
Arun lives with his wife in the UK and they have two grown up sons.
Dr. Shirish Patel (M.D.) was born in Mbale. After finishing his primary education at Nakivubo Primary School he joined the Old Kampala Senior Secondary School (1967 to 1970). He was a student of the ’famous’ class of 1970 whose ‘O’ Level results were nullified. He simultaneously pursued ‘O’ and ‘A’ level studies but had to leave prematurely in 1972. After qualifying as a doctor from the Baroda Medical College in 1979, he obtained his M.R.C.Psych. in England in 1986. He immigrated to the USA in 1988 and is currently the Chief of Psychiatry at a Veteran Affairs Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, New York. In 2002, he set up the USA branch of Polio Children which has assisted over 1000 children with polio and helped more than 200 students pursue University education. Shirish strongly believes that given the right conditions, every child has the potential to succeed and feels humbled to have this opportunity to help the economically disadvantaged students of OKSSS.
Shirish lives in Rochester, NY with his wife, a pharmacist, and their daughter.
Amar Thakrar is a 4th generation Ugandan Asian born in the UK. After obtaining his B.A. in Business Management and Spanish Language, he returned to Uganda to join his family businesses, Translink and Transtel.
He keeps in close touch with our associates at Old Kampala Senior Secondary School.
He lives with his wife and baby girl in Kampala.
Mayoor Patel BCAo was born in Kampala. After completing his primary education at Nakivubo Primary School he joined Old Kampala Senior Secondary School in 1971 but had to leave prematurely in the Asian exodus of 1972. He completed his schooling at the Marlborough College and obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) from Surrey University. Currently, he is a partner in a financial services firm. A passionate supporter of education, especially for the disadvantaged, Mayoor has been actively promoting this cause through his involvement in several charities including Polio Children (which he set up with his two brothers), the Little Drops Charity, and the Shravana Project. Of his brief, but pleasant, association with the Old Kampala Senior Secondary School, he muses, “Primary Standard 7 was the first major public exam I took. To secure a place at OKSSS, one had to score 70% or more. My best moment was not when I received the news that I had met the required score but that I had obtained a place at the OK!”.
Mayoor lives in Bolton, England with his wife and daughter.