Winners of the prestigious 16th annual Asian Achievers Awards were announced at another glamorous event at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, on Park Lane. They include, Selva Pankaj, CEO Regent Group, a London-based education skills and training development group; Manjit Gill, CEO Binti, who runs a social enterprise that works tirelessly for women’s causes in India and Africa; Paralympian, Ryan Raghoo, a long jumper who suffers from cerebral palsy; and Lord Naren Patel KT who was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The success of the night was underlined with the incredible £180,000 raised for charity partner Indian Ocean Disaster Relief, which was founded in early 2005 following the devastating tsunami on Boxing Day 2004. In its 16 years, the Asian Achievers Awards has helped to raise millions of pounds for various charities it has supported.
Mr CB Patel, Publisher/Editor, ABPL Group, says: “I would like to send a wholehearted congratulations to all the winners of the Asian Achievers Awards, now in our 16th year. As in years gone by, the winners are exemplary individuals who not only have excelled in their chosen professions, but also are incredible role models who work for social justice, equality and those less fortunate.
“It makes me very proud to give these people a platform to be recognised for their hard work and remarkable contributions to society and the community. I am also very overwhelmed with the generosity of our guests who helped to raise £180,000 for our charity partner and I want to thank everyone who donated and bid at the auction.”
Farrah Storr, Editor, Cosmopolitan UK magazine and co-host for the evening said: “I’m delighted to be here this evening at The Asian Achievers Awards, because I think awards like this are so crucial, particularly for setting role models for young people and some of the shortlisted candidates and winners are exceptional. I think without awards like this people wouldn’t really have anything to look or aspire to, so I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of it this evening.”
The evening was once again hosted by Eastenders star Nitin Ganatra, who was joined by glamorous Editor of Cosmopolitan UK, Farrah Storr. Over 650 guests, including business tycoons, entrepreneurs and members of parliament and the uniformed services, attended the 16th Asian Achievers Awards. Celebrity guests included cricketing legend and former England Captain Mike Gatting, Pakistani film star Armeena Khan, former X-Factor contestant Monica Michael and MOBO Awards Founder, Kanya King MBE.
Leading ethnic media outlets Sunrise Radio and Colors TV were media partners. The Asian Achievers Awards were launched in 2000 by London-based newsweeklies Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar, which are now in their 45th year and have a significant readership within the UK’s Asian community.
Businessperson of the Year
Mr. Nik Kotecha
CEO Morningside Pharmaceuticals
Entrepreneur of the Year
Mr. Selva Pankaj
CEO Regent Group
Sports Personality of the Year
Mr. Ryan Raghoo
Uniformed and Civil Services
PC Karmi Rekhi (Ms.)
Lifetime Achievement Award
Lord Naren Patel KT
Media, Arts and Culture
The Singh Twins
Award winning painters
Woman of the Year
Ms. Manjit Gill
CEO & Founder Binti, a Womens’ Charity
Achievement in Community Service
Ms. Zlakha Ahmed
CEO & Founder Apna Haq, a Women’s Charity
Professional of the Year
Jo Sidhu QC