Tuesday 30th August 2016 12:36 EDT

The nominations for the 16th annual Asian Achievers Awards have been unveiled. They include, stand-up comedian Romesh Ranganathan; National Karate Champion Myra NasimCaptain Naveed Muhammad MBE British Army; Charity Khalsa Aid; Barrister Jo Sidhu QC; entrepreneur Selva Pankaj - CEO, Regent Group; Manjit Wolstenholme from Provident Financial PLC and Harish Sodha- international Executive Chairman,Diversity Travel.

CB Patel, Publisher/Editor, ABPL Group said: “The mission of the Asian Achievers Awards is two fold - recognise and reward genuine high achievers in the Asian community. I know for a fact that the high esteem with which the community holds the awards stems from the overwhelming participation from all sections of the Asian community in the nomination process, and the free rein given by ABPL Group to the esteemed judges to uphold meritocracy and meritocracy alone. Those twin pillars have been foundational to the success of the Awards and the affection it has come to enjoy as the 'People's Awards'.

"Given the record number of nominations that we received this year I am filled with awe and respect for the daunting process that the judges must have endured to select the very best from a galaxy of superstars".

Taking place on September 16th 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 theme is Professional Of the Year, for the outstanding achievement in the Professions and /or contribution to the community.

Since its launch, The Asian Achievers Awards has helped to raise millions of pounds for various charities and this year, the chosen charity partner is the Indian Ocean Disaster Relief (IODR). IODR’s aim is to create awareness of the perils of human trafficking, to assist in rescuing and rehabilitating trafficked girls and act to leverage the power of iconic sports and other personalities to raise funds to highlight this crime and intervene wherever the need. The Asian Achievers Awards is also proud to have Sunrise Radio and Colors TV on board as Media Partners.


Business Person Of The Year

Dr Nikesh Kotecha - Director at Morningside Pharmaceutical

Rakesh Sharma – Chief Executive, Ultra Electronics

Harish Sodha - Executive Chairman,Diversity Travel

Arjun Waney - Chairman, Robata Restaurants ltd

Entrepreneur Of The Year

Reshma Sohoni - Partner & Co-Founder, Seedcamp

Samir Desai CBE - Co-Founder and Director at Funding Circle

Harnoop Singh Atkar - CEO at Oakland Primecare

Selva Pankaj - CEO, Regent Group

Sports Personality Of The Year

Harleen Kaur – Martial Arts

Daanyal Spalding - Golfer

Ryan Raghoo - Paralympic long-jumper

Myra Nasim – National Karate Champion

Uniformed And Civil Services

Mabs Hussain - Chief Superintendent District Commander, West Yorkshire Police

PC Karmjit Rekhi MBE – Faith Officer, Metropolitan Police Service

Captain Naveed Muhammad MBE – Chair of Armed Forces Muslim Association (AFMA)

Lt Col Bilal Muhammad Siddique - Adjutant General’s Corps

Media, Arts And Culture

Janan Ganesh - Political Columnist, The Financial Times

Romesh Ranganathan - British stand-up comedian

Irvine Iqbal - Actor

The Singh Twins Rabindra & Amrit Kaur Singh– Contemporary British Artists

Woman Of The Year

Joysy John - Ada, National College for Digital Skills

Manjit K Gill – Binti International

Rupal Kantaria – Oliver Wyman

Manjit Wolstenholme – Provident Financial PLC

Achievement In Community Service

Professor Meena Upadhyaya OBE - Medical geneticist at Cardiff University

Khalsa Aid - An international relief work organisation to assist victims in disaster situations

Zlakha Ahmed MBE - Founder and Manager of Apna Haq

Prem Goyal OBE – CEO, Global Marketing Consultants

Professional Of The Year

Chitra Bharucha MBE – Director, Fit Biotech

Leena Nair – Chief HR Officer of Unilever

Nina Bhatia – Managing Director, British Gas Connected Homes

Jo Sidhu QC – Barrister, President Society of Asian Lawyers, Bencher of Lincolns Inn

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