Honouring Asian Excellence
Launched in 2010, the Asian Awards in partnership with Lebara were created to celebrate the highest calibre of individuals from the South Asian community across all spheres of activity. The Asian Awards honour pioneering individuals who are an inspiration to people all over the world.
Earlier this year, Alpesh Patel, Founding Principal of Praefinium Partners ltd, author and UK financial commentator, joined a panel of 20 accomplished judges to choose a winner in categories including Outstanding Achievement in Sport, Outstanding Achievement in Science, Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Public Servant of the Year.As the Asian Awards 2011 are now fully underway, Mr Patel is keen to share his thoughts on why the Awards are so important, on a national and global scale, and which qualities in business and in life make a true winner. “It‘s all about inspiring the next generation and to reward those who serve to inspire,” says Patel.
This comes from a man that is quick to admit that the person that has inspired him the most throughout his own career and in life is his father. “My father worked 18 hours a day to provide me with the best education in the world and the opportunity to make a difference,” he adds. When asked what makes the Asian Awards stand out from other Awards programmes, his answer is characteristically simple and humble: “SCALE, execution, the people involved. It’s all A-list – with the exception of myself!” We have to disagree with the latter observation, as there are plenty of initiatives to shout about.