Farhan Akhtar to attend Asian Achievers Awards

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Bollywood actor, producer, director and singer, Farhan Akhtar will be attending the 17th annual Asian Achievers Awards, tying in with the theme of this year’s event, which centres around the fields of Media, Art and Culture. The awards will be held on Friday 22nd September and celebrate South Asian excellence at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. Bollywood singer, actress and model, Raageshwari will join former Eastenders star Nitin Ganatra to host the glittering ceremony.

This year, women have stormed the 17th annual Asian Achievers Awards nominees list, with 22 of the 36 shortlisted contenders being female. It is one of the few times that any awards event, Asian or otherwise, has women outnumbering male nominees. The nominees include, Vanita Patel MBE of Anti-Slavery International; England cricketer Haseeb Hameed; playwright, Tanika Gupta MBE; ground-breaking chemist, Sir Shankar Balasubramanian FRS and BBC journalist, Tina Daheley – full list below.

Since launching, The Asian Achievers Awards has helped to raise millions of pounds for various charities and this year, the chosen charity partner is the Akshaya Patra Foundation, which works to eradicate classroom hunger and facilitate childhood education by serving freshly cooked, nourishing lunches to 1.6 million school children across India every day. The Asian Achievers Awards is proud to announce EY, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, as its headline sponsor. Also sponsoring are Shanti Hospitality and Edwardian Hotels, with Colors TV on board as Media Partner.


Achievement in Community Service

Akeela Ahmed – Founder of She Speak We Hear
Davinder Kaur BEM – Chief Executive of SWEDA
Saba Nasim BEM – Cricket Coach/Lawyer
Vanita Patel MBE – Anti-Slavery International

Sports Personality of the Year

Haseeb Hameed – England Cricketer
Neethu Haridas – Footballer
Sivakumar Ramasamy – Taekwondo Coach
Tania Nadarajah – Paralympian

Business Person of the Year

Poonam Gupta OBE – PG Paper Company Ltd
Shahid Sheikh OBE – Clifton Packaging Group
Surinder Arora – Arora Group
Zuber Issa & Mohsin Issa – Euro Garages

Entrepreneur of the Year

Arjuna Gihan Fernando OBE – Founder, Freeformers
Alick Varma – CEO of Osper
Lisa Sohanpal – Founder of Nom Noms World Food
Madhuban Kumar – CEO of Metafused

Woman of the Year

Dr Faiza Shaheen – Director of CLASS
Jagdeep Rai – Head of Corporate Banking at Barclays
Shivvy Jervis –  Digital Specialist
Dr Tara Swart – Neuroscientist

Professional of the Year

Fayyaz Afzal OBE – Barrister
Maneesh Juneja – Digital Health Futurist
Prof Sanjay Sharma – Cardiologist
Sir Shankar Balasubramanian FRS – Chemist

Achievement in Media

Angela Saini – Science Journalist & Author
Coco Khan – Journalist at The Guardian
Tanika Gupta MBE – Playwright
Tina Daheley – Broadcast/Journalist at BBC

Achievement in Arts & Culture

Amrit Kaur Lohaim – Sarangi Player
Nanita Desai – Composer
Paul Sinha – Comedian
Ryan Chetiyawardana – Internationally Acclaimed Bartender

Uniformed & Civil Service

Anuja Ravindra Dhir QC – Judge
Lieutenant Brijinder Singh Nijjar – Army
Kulbir Pasricha – Kent Police
Sharan Ghuman MBE – UK home Office


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