Asian Achievers Awards 2017

The 17th annual Asian Achievers Awards is returning on Friday 22nd September to celebrate South Asian excellence. The official list of nominees has been unveiled and includes, 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.


Bollywood singer, actress and model, Raageshwari will join former Eastenders star, Nitin Ganatra to host the glittering ceremony, which this year highlights the great strides made in the fields of Media, Art and Culture.


Mr. CB Patel, Publisher/Editor, ABPL Group says: “Year on year, the Asian Achievers Awards has recognised and honoured outstanding individuals, role models and pillars in our community, and once again our esteemed judges have shortlisted some remarkable nominees. We are incredibly proud to showcase the achievements of these people in a glittering ceremony with some of the country’s most influential leaders.”


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.

Notable guests attending are:

  • Farhan Akhtar
  • Anushka Shankar
  • Naughty Boy
  • Ahsan Khan and many more.

The special thing about this year’s Asian Achievers Awards is that 22 out of the 36 nominees are women, which has never happened at any awards before.



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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