Asians Honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017


The Queen has had an extra busy past few weeks, given Brexit, a snap election and the delayed Queen’s Speech. Amidst all that though, the royalty still managed to find to compile perhaps the most prestigious list one could hope to be on: The Queen’s Honours.

A total of 1,109 people were named on the Honours list, 438 awarded an MBE, 221 an OBE and 303 a BEM.

We bring you a list of the Asians who were named and knighted in the list.



  • Professor Mir Saeed Zahedi, OBE. Technical director, Chas A Blatchford & Sons. For services to Engineering and Innovation. (London)
  • Professor Alimuddin Zumla. Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health University College London. For services to Public Health and Protection from Infectious Disease. (London)




  • Paul Chandrasekharan Sabapathy, CBE. Formerly Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands.



DBE (Dame)

  • Professor Parveen June Kumar, CBE. Professor of Medicine and Education, Bart,s and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary, University of London. For services to Medicine and Medical Education.


  • Professor Haro Moushegh Bedelian, OBE. For services to Engineering and International Trade. (Tadworth, Surrey)
  • Professor Aisha Kulwant Gill. Professor of Criminology University of Roehampton. For services to Tackling Forced Marriage, Honour Crimes and Violence against Women.
  • Mrs Ani Magill. Executive Headteacher, St. John the Baptist Catholic Comprehensive School, Woking. For services to Education.
  • Professor Shamit Saggar. Associate Pro-vice Chancellor and Professor of Political Science and Public Policy University of Essex. For services to Social Science and Public Policy. (London)


  • Sultan Ahmed Choudhury. Chief executive Officer Al Rayan Bank. For services to the UK Market for Islamic Finance. (Birmingham, West Midlands)
  • Dr Mehtabunisa Currey. For services to Global International Development. (Headington, Oxfordshire)
  • Sital Singh Dhillon. Head of Law and Criminology Sheffield Hallam University. For services to Higher Education. (Loughborough, Leicestershire)
  • Asif Abdul Haseeb. For services to Racial Equality Health and Education in Scotland and Pakistan. (Giffnock, Renfrewshire)
  • Dr Kamaljit Kaur Hothi. Head of Colleague Volunteering and Group Fundraising Lloyds Banking Group. For services to Diversity in the Banking Sector.
  • Arvind Michael Kapur, DL. Chairman, National Space Centre and Founder and director, Signum Corporate Communications Ltd. For services to Science, Technology, Business and Enterprise. (Oadby, Leicestershire)
  • Chandrakant Kataria. Group chief executive East Midlands Housing Group. For services to Housing in the East Midlands. (Loughborough, Leicestershire)
  • Idris Khan. For services to Art. (London)
  • Dr Nikesh Kotecha. Chief executive Officer Morningside Pharmaceuticals. For services to Entrepreneurship, Innovation in Pharmaceutical Services and Philanthropy. (Rothley, Leicestershire)
  • Dr Ramesh Dulichandbhai Mehta. President British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. For services to the NHS. (Renhold, Bedfordshire)
  • Harinder Singh Pattar. Headteacher The Heathland School, London. For services to Education. (Hitchin, Hertfordshire)
  • Mohammad Shahed Quraishi. Consultant Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon and director ENT Masterclass, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals. For services to the NHS and Medical Education. (Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire)
  • Nardeep Sharma. Chief executive Officer The Thrive Partnership Academy Trust, Executive Principal, Colne Community College and Philip Morant School and College, Essex. For services to Education. (Coventry, West Midlands)
  • Rakesh Sharma. Chief executive Ultra Electronics. For services to Defence Capability. (Hunningham, Warwickshire)
  • Professor Mahendra Pratap Singh Varma. For services to Cardiology in Northern Ireland. (Bellanaleck, Fermanagh)
  • Sandeep Singh Virdee. Founder and director Darbar Arts Culture and Heritage Trust. For services to the Promotion of Indian Musical Heritage in the UK. (Birmingham, West Midlands)
  • Mrs Saeeda Ali. Higher Executive Officer, Ministry of Defence. For services to Defence. (London)
  • Mohammad Ashfaq. Founder and managing director Kikit Pathways to Recovery, Birmingham. For services to Vulnerable People. (Birmingham, West Midlands)
  • Ms Samera Jabeen Ashraf. For services to Sport and Diversity. (Edinburgh)
  • Mrs Shazia Azhar. Member, Diverse Leaders Network. For services to Education. (Huddersfield, West Yorkshire)
  • Ms Aqila Choudhry. For public and political service. (Leeds, West Yorkshire)
  • Dr Pushpinder Chowdhry. For services to the Asian community in the UK. (London)
  • Mrs Vilasgauri Ratilal Dhanani. For voluntary and charitable services. (London)
  • Ms Sahana Gero. For services to Music and the community in South London. (London)
  • Capt (retired) Gaubahadur Gurung. Executive Officer Ministry of Defence. For services in Support of Service Personnel. (Saffron Walden, Essex)
  • Mrs Razia Ismail. Chair and Founder, Aaghee. For services to Women in the Asian community in Birmingham. (Birmingham, West Midlands)
  • Mohamed Amin Issa. Senior Lecturer Ministry of Defence. For services to the Defence Centre for Languages and Culture. (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire)
  • Abdul Jabbar. For political and public service. (Oldham, Greater Manchester)
  • Surinder Singh Jandu. For services to Community Cohesion. (London)
  • Dr Nikita Kanani. General Practitioner and chief Clinical Officer NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group. For services to Primary Care. (London)
  • Dr Serbjit Kaur. Dentist Leicestershire. For services to Dentistry. (Leicester, Leicestershire)
  • Asif Amir Khan. For services to Architecture. (London)
  • Dr Shah Noor Khan. For services to the Muslim community and Community Cohesion. (Leeds, West Yorkshire)
  • Vikas Kumar. For services to the Arts and Culture. (Gateshead, Tyne and Wear)
  • Mohammad Ajman (Tommy) Miah. Chef and Restauranteur. For services to the Hospitality Industry and charity. (Edinburgh)
  • Majid Mukadam. Transplant Surgeon Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. For services to Transplantation Patients. (Birmingham, West Midlands)
  • Pritpal Singh Nagi, DL. For services to Business and charity in Staffordshire. (Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire)
  • Ms Pranee Nou. For services to Humanitarian Aid and International Development. (Gravesend, Kent)
  • Nitin Palan. For services to Interfaith Relations. (London)
  • Miss Anjna Morarji Patel. Principal Officer Road Safety and Parking, Sandwell Council. For services to the Parking Profession. (Perton, Staffordshire)
  • Mrs Sazeda Patel. For services to the community in Blackburn. (Blackburn, Lancashire)
  • Dr Bharti Rajput. Director Sole Body Soul. For services to Podiatry and the Economy in Dundee. (Dundee)
  • Dr Khalid Rashed. Consultant in Stroke Services Yeovil Hospital. For services to Stroke Care in Somerset. (Tintinhull, Somerset)
  • Asif Sadiq. For services to Policing and the community in London. (London)
  • Tejinder Kumar Sharma. For services to Hindi Literature and to Community Cohesion in London. (London)
  • Dr Shobba Srivastava. For voluntary service to Community Cohesion in North East England. (South Shields, Tyne and Wear)
  • Vernon Chandrasiri Udugampola. For services to Humanitarian Aid particularly in Sri Lanka and the UK. (London)
  • Tariq Zamir Usmani. Founding Chair Better Community Business Network. For services to Community Cohesion. (Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire)
  • Deepak Verma. For services to the Arts. (London)




  • Mrs Bula Chakravarty-Agbo. For services to the Arts within the community in South London. (London)
  • Ajaz Ahmed. Mentor Mosaic Network and Council Member / Advisory Board Member, Huddersfield University. For services to Young People. (Huddersfield, West Yorkshire)
  • Mrs Noor Jahan Ali. Senior Buying manager, World Foods, Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc. For services to Diversity in the Retail Industry. (Leeds, West Yorkshire)
  • Suraj Bhan Khandelwal. Chairman and managing director S&A Drapers Ltd and Secure Deposit Ltd. For services to Business and the community in Leicester. (Birstall, Leicestershire)
  • Mohammed Tauqeer Malik. Councillor Aberdeen City Council. For services to the community in Aberdeen. (Aberdeen)
  • Mrs Iffet Anwar Mian. Founding Member, All Pakistan Women’s Association Birmingham Branch. For charitable and community service. (Birmingham, West Midlands)
  • Dr Sohail Munshi. General Practitioner Five Oaks Family Practice, North Manchester. For services to Primary Care. (Greater Manchester)
  • Mohinder Singh Sangha. Member Board of Jathadars, Sikh Council. For services to the community in Leicester. (Rushey Mead, Leicestershire)
  • Kandiah Sivayogaiswaran. For services to the Midlands Tamil Cultural Association and to Young People in Birmingham. (Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands)





  • Asif Anwar Ahmad. HM Ambassador Manila, Philippines. For services to British interests in South East Asia.



  • Dr Jaswindar Singh Wouhra. Chair Institute of Directors, West Midlands, and director and Company secretary, East End Foods plc. For services to business and international trade.


  • Mrs Helen Rupa. For services to State Owned enterprises.



  • Ashwant Kumar Dwivedi. For services to community development.




  • Col Khashayar Dominic Sharifi.


  • Maj Prembahadur Gurung. The Royal Gurkha Rifles



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