Vikas was born in Kent, but spent all of his time in London besides a few years in Nottingham, Bristol, and a year in the British Embassy in Iran. He worked for 12 years in the civil service across foreign, defence, business and trade policy. He now works just off Trafalgar Square helping developing and advancing economies with socio-economic issues like financial literacy and inclusion. He is part of the Westminster and City of London executive committee.
Diversity and equality is a big issue for him, having worked in institutions like the the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office which have struggled with this, but he had never really been part of any groups until this year. The protests in the summer last year made Vikas think that he couldn't just sit around and hope things will change, because they won't, and so he joined his work's new diversity and inclusion committee.
Fighting for race equality is in Vikas's blood. His parents were founding members of the Medway Racial Equality Committee, which, if you've ever been to Medway in Kent, you'll know is necessary. Because of that, but also because of his personal experiences, he's keen to ensure the UK does more to improve, and remove some of the institutional blockades to meaningful equality.