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International Day of Persons with Disabilites

From the sound of silence to my greatest blessing

Author: ICAEW Diversity & Inclusion Community

Published: 03 Dec 2021

Hardeep and Eshan
Hardeep and his son Eshan

Hardeep Rai, CEO of Kaleidoscope Group, talks about his years jostling with the city’s financial elite and then seeing his world turn upside down, when his son Eshan was born severely disabled.

About Hardeep Rai

Hardeep is the co-founder and CEO of the Kaleidoscope Group (Kg). He set the company up following the birth of his severely disabled son.

Prior to this, he spent 17 years in the Investment Management industry including 13 years at the well-known Hedge Fund, Gartmore Investment Management (US$56 billion Assets Under Management) where he had a number of different roles, his parting one being the COO for the Investment Division.

He then spent the next 7 years as an Investor and Start-Up Growth Specialist. During this time he worked for a VC and the Private Equity firm, Hamilton Bradshaw (founded by ex-Dragon, James Caan). He was mentored by James on how to aggressively grow Start-Up businesses with a view to preparing them for an Exit.

In his spare time he is an ‘Expert By Experience’ for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) the regulator for the Care Home industry.

He is educated to Master’s level in International Business law and graduated from the University of London.