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 short listing 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

Iqbal Ahmed

Jasminder Singh – The Mayfair Hotel

Jasminder Singh, 54, head of Radisson Edwardian hotels. Source:

Zameer Choudrey – Bestway Group

Zameer Choudrey

Surinder Arora – Arora Hotels

Surinder Arora

Entrepreneur Of The Year

Nish & Sach Kukadia – Secret Sales

Nish & Sach

Vanita Parti MBE – Blink Brow Bar

  Vanita Parti


Karam Sethi & Jyotin Sethi – JKS Restaurants

Karam & Jyotin Seti

Sports Personality Of The Year

Rimla Akhtar – FA Council Member


Shehneela Ahmed – Sports Agent


Moeen Ali – England Cricketer


Ira Banerjee – Badminton Player


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

Media, Arts And Culture

Deeyah Khan – Human Rights Activist /Film Director

Deeyah Khan

Romesh Gunasekera – Author

Adil Ray – British Actor


Asif Khan – Architect

Woman Of The Year

Bindi Karia – Vice President Of Silicon Valley Bank UK

Dame Zarin Kharas DBE – Co-Founder, Just Giving

Smruti Sriram – CEO, Supreme Creations

Dr. Irene Khan – Lawyer

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

Professional Of The Year

Satvir Bungar – Director, BDO

Anita Balchandani

Dr Farah Bhatti – Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Prof Venugopal K Nair OBE – Head Of Viral Oncogenesis Group