Nominees Unveiled Ahead of Asian Achievers Awards 2015

London, UK – The nominations for the 15th annual Asian Achievers Awards have been unveiled. They include, cricket icon, Moeen Ali; fashion tycoons, Nitin Passi of MissGuided and brothers, Nish and Sach Kukadia of Secret Sales; BBC’s Citizen Khan star Adil Ray; entrepreneur, Vanita Parti MBE of Blink Brow Bar; and international hotelier Surinder Arora of Arora Hotels.

Mr. CB Patel, Publisher/Editor, ABPL Group says: “We were overwhelmed with the calibre of entries for the Asian Achievers Awards this year, but our judges, led by Sir Vince Cable, have once again done a stellar job in shortlisting nominees. Each year we celebrate inspirational role models and pillars in our community, and our nominees this year represent this ethos to perfection and I would like to send a sincere thanks to all those who took the time to nominate.

“In the landmark 15th year of the Asian Achievers Awards, it brings me much pride to pay special homage to British Asian men and women who help to both run our country and also protect it. Their remarkable deeds can be life-changing, and even life-saving, and this is our opportunity to thank them.”

Taking place on September 18th at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, the Asian Achievers Awards celebrates the outstanding work of South Asian individuals from across a spectrum of backgrounds and professions. This year’s event is themed around the contribution of Asians in Uniformed and Civil Service.

Since launching, The Asian Achievers Awards has helped to raise millions of pounds for various charities and this year, the chosen charity partner is the Loomba Foundation, which works with widows and children. The Asian Achievers Awards is also proud to have Sunrise Radio and Colors TV on board as Media Partners.


Business Person Of The Year

Iqbal Ahmed OBE – Seamark PLC
Jasminder Singh – The Mayfair Hotel
Zameer Choudrey – Bestway Group
Surinder Arora – Arora Hotels

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Entrepreneur Of The Year

Nish & Sach Kukadia – Secret Sales
Vanita Parti MBE – Blink Brow Bar
Nitin Passi – Missguided
Karam Sethi & Jyotin Sethi – JKS Restaurants

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Sports Personality Of The Year

Rimla Akhtar – FA Council Member
Shehneela Ahmed – Sports Agent
Moeen Ali – England Cricketer
Ira Banerjee – Badminton Player

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Uniformed And Civil Services

Lance Corporal Tuljung Gurung – The Royal Gurkha Rifles
Imam Asim Hafiz OBE MA – British Armed Forces
Jaswant Kaur Narwal – Crown Prosecution Service
Makhdum Ali Chishty – Metropolitan Police

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Media, Arts And Culture

Deeyah Khan – Human Rights Activist /Film Director
Romesh Gunasekera – Author
Adil Ray – British Actor
Asif Khan – Architect

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Woman Of The Year

Bindi Karia – Vice President Of Silicon Valley Bank UK
Dr. Irene Khan – Lawyer
Dame Zarin Kharas DBE – Co-Founder, Just Giving
Smruti Sriram – CEO, Supreme Creations

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Achievement In Community Service

Amir Cheema MBE – Community Service
Arun Patel – Founder, Polio Children
Jasvinder Sanghera CBE – Founder, Karma Nirvana
Husna Parvin Ahmad OBE – Secretary General, World Muslim Leadership Forum

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Professional Of The Year

Satvir Bungar – Director, BDO
Anita Balchandani – Partner & Sector Head, OC&C Strategy
Dr Farah Bhatti – Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Prof Venugopal K Nair OBE – Head Of Viral Oncogenesis Group

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