Asian Achievers Award Winners Announced


Awards Recognise the Outstanding Work of Individuals

The winners of the 14th annual Asian Achievers Awards were announced on September 19th at a star-studded gala event at the Grosvenor House Hotel, on London’s Park Lane. Winners included Hanif Kureshi CBE for Media, Arts and Culture; Mahmud Kamani, co-founder of for Business Person of the Year; and Wasim Khan MBE, the first British-Pakistani to play professional cricket in England, for Achievement in Community Service.                                                                                              


Picking up the Editor’s Award for Rising Star, was ground-breaking music producer, Naughty Boy, akaShahid Khan, who shot to fame and critical acclaim last year with his hit single, ‘La La La’; and also the late Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan, whose parents collected the Editor’s Award for Bravery and Patriotism. Fl Lt Chauhan tragically lost his life in Afghanistan during a routine flight and was honoured for his service to his country.


Rt Hon Phillip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, said in his speech: There is much to     celebrate in the contribution of British Asians made to our national life – be it in sports, in culture, in academia, in public service and in community life. But perhaps most strikingly and most dramatically in business and the professions where the British Asian community hunches well above its weight and produces some outstanding successes… the PM has asked me specifically to add his congratulations to all of you”


Mr. CB Patel, Publisher/Editor, ABPL Group says: Our winners at this year’s Asian Achievers Awards have truly reached remarkable heights of success and achievement, and it gives me great pride to celebrate these incredible individuals, who are no doubt exceptional role models for the next generation.”                                                                                                                                  


The Asian Achievers Awards celebrates individuals who have inspired communities and achieved outstanding accomplishments in their respective fields.


Since launching 14 years ago, The Asian Achievers Awards has helped raise millions of pounds for charity and this year, the chosen charity partner is the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.




1.      Business Person Of The YearMahmud Kamani



2.      Entrepreneur Of The YearDr. Richie Nanda

Executive Chairman, The Shield Group, the UK’s largest independent Total Security Solutions provider


3.      Sports Personality Of The YearDilawer Singh MBE

Sports Council for Glasgow Elected Director


4.      Uniformed And Civil ServicesNazir Afzal OBE

Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West


5.      Media, Arts And Culture – Hanif Kureishi CBE

Playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker and novelist. In 2008, The Times included Kureishi in their list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”


6.      Woman Of The YearPriya Lakhani OBE

Ethnic food entrepreneur, founder of Masala Masala, an Indian stir-in sauce


7.      Achievement In Community ServiceWasim Gulzar Khan MBE

Chief Executive, The Cricket Foundation and CEO, Chance to Shine.


8.      Professional Of The YearProf Sir Tejinder Singh Virdee, FRS

Experimental physicist and Professor of Physics at Imperial College London and one of the ‘founding fathers’ of CMS


9.      Editor’s Award for Rising Star – Shahid Khan, aka Naughty Boy

Music producer, acclaimed for his global summertime hit single ‘La La La’, featuring Sam Smith and A-list collaborations


10. Editor’s Award for Bravery & Patriotism – The Late Fl Lt Rakesh Chauhan

29-year-old RAF Officer who died in Afghanistan when his helicopter (Lynx) crashed during a routine flight.



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