The Queen released the 2017 Honors list in time for the New Year, to recognize key individuals across the UK.
1197 people will be receiving the prestigious award, with a number of them being British Asians from all different sectors such as art, finance, education and business.
The titles given range from Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) and Medallist of the Order of the British Empire.
Titles are awarded to people who have contributed incredible work in society and for the public.
British Indian Professor Shankar Balasubramanian was the only Asian to receive a Knighthood, being recognized for his work with Next Generation DNA sequencing, which had been noted as being the most transformational advance in biology and medicine for decades.
The rise of Asians being recognized is a step in the right direction as it dispels the myth of Britain being racist and divided.
We’d like to congratulate all of this year’s Honourees and hope to see many more Asians in the list in the forthcoming years.
• Professor Shankar BALASUBRAMANIAN Herchel Smith Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Cambridge. For services to Science and Medicine.
Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
• Naim Ibrahim ATTALLAH Publisher, Quartet Books. For services to Literature and the Arts.
• Hardip Singh BEGOL Director, Independent Education, Safeguarding in Schools and Counter Extremism, Department for Education. For services to Education.
• Professor Kamaldeep Singh BHUI Professor of Cultural Psychiatry and Epidemiology, Queen Mary University of London. For services to Mental Health Research and Care.
• Ms Neena GILL Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands. For parliamentary and political
• Ravindra Pragji GOVINDIA, MBE Leader, Wandsworth Borough Council. For services to Local Government and the community in Wandsworth, London.
• Professor Anita THAPAR Clinical Professor, Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, Cardiff University. For services to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
• Ms Iman ABOU-ATTA Founder, SCEME. For services to Community Cohesion.
• Abdul Fazal BHANJI Deputy Chair, University of London Board of Trustees. For services to Education and Young People.
• Imran GULAMHUSEINWALA Global Lead for FinTech, Ernst and Young. For services to Financial Services.
• Poonam, Mrs GUPTA Chief Executive Officer, PG Paper Company Ltd. For services to Business and charity.
• Naseem Aslam KHAN Managing Director, Jennings Motor Group. For services to the Economy and charity.
• Dr Brinder Singh MAHON Chief Executive Officer, Nishkam School Trust. For services to Education.
• Professor Ghulam Jeelani MUFTI Professor of Haemato-oncology, School of Medicine, King’s College London. For services to Haematological Medicine.
• Avtar Singh PUREWAL Regional Head of Learning and Skills, HM Prison Service Yorkshire. For services to Prisoners.
• Jasvir SINGH Founding Chair, City Sikhs. For voluntary service to Faith Communities and Social Cohesion.
• Mohammad TAJ President, TUC. For services to Trade Unionism.
Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
• Councillor Mohammed AIKHLAQ Chair of Governors, Leigh Primary School, Birmingham. For services to Education.
• Imran AMED Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Business of Fashion. For services to Fashion.
• Anjana Purnawaty, Mrs APPIAH Foster Carer, Islington Council. For services to Children.
• Surjit Singh CHOWDHARY Vice-President, Central Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Glasgow. For services to the Sikh Community and charity.
• Parkash Singh DHAMI President, Telford Gurdwara. For services to charity and Community Cohesion.
• Arjuna Gihan FERNANDO Investor and Entrepreneur. For services to the Digital Economy.
• Sharan, Mrs GHUMAN Higher Officer, Outbound Detection Heathrow, Border Force. For services to the Safeguarding of Vulnerable People.
• Sunita, Mrs GOLVALA For services to South Asian Dance in the UK.
• Uzma, Mrs JOHAL Festival Director, Frequency Festival and Cofounder and Director, Threshold Studios. For
services to the Digital Economy in the East Midlands.
• Sarbjit, Mrs KAUR Detective Sergeant, Merseyside Police. For services to Policing.
• Javid KHAN For services to the Prevention of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence.
• Massa Singh NANDRA For services to charity and the community in South London.
• Shezad NAWAB Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Sfhere. For services to Business and Diversity.
• Inayat OMARJI For services to Built Heritage and the community in Bolton.
• Priyesh PATEL Managing Director, Cofresh Snack Foods. For services to the Economy in Leicestershire and
• Vanita, Mrs PATEL Anti-Slavery Ambassador, Worldwide Eradication of Slavery. For charitable services to Human Rights.
• Ms Indhu RUBASINGHAM Artistic Director, Tricycle Theatre. For services to Theatre.
• Mohammed Abid SALEH Detective Constable, CSE Team, Lancashire Constabulary. For services to Policing and the community in East Lancashire.
• Mohamed Karim SBIHI For services to Rowing.
• Mukesh SHAH For charitable and community service in the UK and Abroad.
• Sangeeta Rajesh, Mrs SHINGADIA Field Force Officer, HM Revenue and Customs. For services to Debt Collection and charitable service in the UK and India.
• Tony SINGH Chef Director. For services to the Food and Drink Industry and charity.
• Professor Sital SINGH SITARA For services to Sikh Heritage and Culture.
• Miss Manisha TAILOR For services to Football and Diversity in Sport.
• Jatinder VERMA Co-founder, Tara Arts. For services to Diversity in the Arts, particularly Drama.
• Mira, Mrs VYAS Senior Executive Officer, Universal Credit Programme, Department for Work and Pensions. For services to Welfare and the community in London.
• Dr Premila Nalini WEBSTER Director of Public Health Education and Training, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford. For services to Public Health.
• Ms Riffat Perveen YOUNG Head of Corporate Services, Department for International Development Nepal. For services to International Emergency Response.
Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)
• Mohammed FAROOQ For services to Fundraising and Providing Meals to Disadvantaged Children in Peterborough.
• Prithipal Singh KANG For services to Fire and Rescue Awareness and Community Cohesion in North Kent.
• Ms Davinder KAUR Chief Executive Officer, SWEDA and Chair, Sandwell Consortium. For services to Women’s Enterprise and the community in Sandwell, West Midlands.
• Gurcharan MALL For services to British Asian Music and Performing Arts.
• Siraaj-Ul-Haq NADAT Senior Quality of Life Facilitator, Changing Our Lives. For services to People with Disabilities in the West Midlands.
• Sewa Singh NANDHRA For services to the community in Woolwich, London.
• Miss Saba NASIM For services to Cricket and Young People in London.
• Carmen Kamini, Mrs PATEL Lately Head of Year 11, Oasis Academy Coulsdon, Croydon. For services to Education.
• Paritaben, Mrs PATEL For voluntary and charitable services to Poverty Reduction in India.
• Ms Induji POPAT Hindu Priest, Ashton Under Lyme Hindu Temple. Indu Popat For services to Asian Women in the North West.
• Baljinder Singh RANA Chairman, Guru Nanak Football Club. For services to Football and Inclusion in Kent.
• Vijey, Mrs RATTAN Chair, Naree Shakti. For services to Interfaith Relations in Enfield.
• Miss Nadia Fauzi SABA For services to Triathlon in Bristol.
• Miss Qurratul Annie ZAIDI For services to Football Coaching.