JEWEL AWARD WINNERS 2005 - SOUTHERN REGION
(11 July 2005)
winners of the prestigious Lloyds TSB Asian Jewel Awards (Southern
Region) 2005 were announced at a glittering awards ceremony in central
London on Saturday 9 July 2005. The Awards, now in their fourth
successful year, celebrate the achievements of British Asian people
in all walks of life. The Awards are organized by the Institute
of Asian Professionals.
and Commerce Award : Tony Sarin
Sarin has, over the last five years, gone from being a professional
accountant to a 'serial entrepreneur'. In this time he has raised
in excess of £90m of institutional, private client and debt
funding for a variety of businesses that he has founded. In January
2004, Mr Sarin was elected Chairman of the Asian Business Association,
part of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and he also
sits on the Bank of England's panel advising on Asian businesses.
Sarin was recently appointed a Business Ambassador for London's
successful 2012 Olympic bid and a trustee of the Safer London Foundation,
a new charity created to develop innovative crime reduction projects
for Greater London. Previously he was founder and CEO of Numerica
Group plc, which listed on AIM in late 2001, having raised £50m
of equity and debt funding. Mr Sarin lives in Hampstead, North London.
In his acceptance speech Mr Sarin thanked his parents and his wife
Anita, and said of his role as chairman of the Asian Business Association:
'I look forward to the days when Asian businesses no longer have
specific issues and are at one with the rest of the business community
' and I'm confident that this day isn't too far away.' On the subject
of glass ceilings, he advised: 'We should all keep in mind that
glass can be shattered if we strike it long enough and hard enough.'
Award : Joginder Sanger
Sanger's entrepreneurial story began with a small travel agency
in East London in 1965 and today his businesses consist of several
London hotels including The Bentley in Kensington and The Washington
in Mayfair, properties, travel agencies and a life insurance company.
He is passionate about his social and cultural work and devotes
an enormous amount of time and energy to raising funds for worthwhile
causes, including the Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Southall, London's
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, the Balaji Temple in Birmingham and the
Sardar Patel Memorial Society.
is the Treasurer and Trustee of the Balaji Temple at Tividale, Birmingham
as well as Vice Chairman of the Institute for Indian Art and Culture
'Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan' in West Kensington; following his involvement
the building has been extensively renovated and is now the only
institution in the UK propagating India's rich culture, education
and traditions. In his acceptance speech Mr Sanger dedicated his
award to his children.
Award : Iram Shah
Iram Shah, born in Peshawar, graduated with top honours from a college
in Pakistan where she was the only female in a class of 80 and moved
to the US to complete her MBA at the University of Chicago. Over
the past 14 years Ms Shah has held a variety of positions with a
number of Fortune 500 companies in several countries around the
world. Her experience ranges from marketing and strategy to business
development and operations.
Coca Cola as Divisional Marketing Director, she developed a solid
foundation for the expansion of the business into completely new
and profitable beverage categories. At BP (British Petroleum), as
Marketing Director, she has been involved in developing the Company's
marketing and brand strategy. She is currently General Manager -
Global Innovation for BP, and is responsible for creating new businesses.
In her acceptance speech Ms Shah thanked her husband 'who gives
me the space to be who I am' and dedicated her award to her mother
and to her daughter Sonia.
Sports and Arts Award : Lopa Patel
Patel is founder and editor of redhotcurry.com, the award-winning
lifestyle portal for UK Asians, which she launched in 2001. The
site is Britain's most popular South Asian resource, having achieved
staggering readership growth from humble beginnings as a cookery
site. It features an informative collection of in-depth articles
on race, culture, entertainment, religion, food, fashion and beauty
' all written with a South Asian perspective ' and attracts over
40,000 unique users and several million hits each month.
Mrs Patel is also Managing Director of DMS Direct Ltd, a business-to-business
marketing services company, which she founded with her husband in
1991. Prior to this, she was on ICI's fast-track graduate scheme,
which she joined after attaining a joint honours degree from University
of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology . In her speech
Mrs Patel thanked her husband and her parents-in-law for their constant
and Education Award : Professor Shahina Pardhan
Shahina Pardhan is Professor of Optometry and Opthalmic Dispensing
at Anglia Polytechnic University and was the first female Professor
of Optometry in the UK. She has worked as a research fellow, lecturer
and senior lecturer in the Department of Optometry at the University
of Bradford and has authored well over 100 scientific research papers
and has published internationally in the field of optometry.
2001, Professor Pardhan led a team of optometrists to the remote
areas of Hunza and Gilgit in Northern Pakistan to conduct charity
eye camps. The group examined well over 1,500 patients in eight
days and provided eye care in the form of medicine and prescription
glasses to people who, in some cases, had been blind for years.
In addition, the group established a purpose-built laboratory in
Hunza to manufacture spectacles. In her acceptance speech Professor
Pardhan thanked her husband John and said: 'I'm so impressed with
the level of talent and expertise in the Asian communities. I'm
proud to be British, proud to be Indian and proud to be Asian.'
Service Award : Irene Khan
Khan joined Amnesty International (AI) as the organization's seventh
Secretary General in 2001 as the first woman, the first Asian and
the first Muslim to guide the world's largest human rights organization.
She has led Amnesty International through challenging developments
in the wake of 9/11, confronting the backlash against human rights,
broadening the work of the organization in areas of economic, social
and cultural rights, and initiating a process of internal reform
and renewal to enable the organization to respond flexibly and rapidly
to world events.
concerned about violence against women, Ms Khan called for better
protection of women's human rights in meetings with President Musharraf
of Pakistan, President Lahoud of Lebanon and Prime Minister Khaleda
Zia of Bangladesh. She also initiated a process of consultations
with women activists to design a global campaign by Amnesty International
against violence towards women.
presented to Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur CBE and Kabir
Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur CBE is the highest-ranking Asian police
officer in the United Kingdom, having achieved Chief Constable status
in 2001. His current responsibilities include homicide investigation,
serious gun crime, the Flying Squad, Economic and Public Sector
crime and organised and serious crime. During his time as Assistant
Commissioner, Mr Ghaffur has overseen a number of large public enquiries
including the Damilola Taylor and Victoria Climbie inquiries. Mr
Ghaffur started his career with Greater Manchester Police in 1974.
In 1996 he was promoted to Assistant Chief Constable (Lancashire).
He then moved to the Metropolitan Police Service as a Deputy Assistant
2001, Mr Ghaffur was promoted to Assistant Commissioner and headed
the Directorate of Performance, Review and Standards. In 2002, Mr
Ghaffur assumed responsibility for the Specialist Crime Directorate,
undertaking a total reform of the way in which the business of serious
and organised crime was managed by developing a programme-based
approach. As a result of this, he oversaw massive improvements in
performance during 2003/4, with a murder detection rate of 97%,
large increases in drug and cash seizures as well as significant
reductions in gun-enabled crime, including commercial armed robbery.
Ghaffur received the Queen's Police Medal (QPM) in 2001 for his
services to policing. In June 2004, Mr Ghaffur was awarded a CBE
for services to policing in the 2004 Queen's birthday honours list.
In his acceptance speech Mr Ghaffur paid a personal tribute to the
officers who had worked to convict the people who had killed members
of the Chohan family and also said, on the subject of last week's
terrorist bombs in London, that 'the dignity, defiance and emotions
shown by Londoners provide a sense of real hope for the future.'
Kabir Bedi's career has taken him across the globe portraying many
different roles. In the James Bond film, 'Octopussy' he played Gobinda,
the villain who battled Roger Moore. In Europe, his greatest success
was the title role in 'Sandokan,' a record-breaking Italian-German-French
television series, the saga of a romantic Asian pirate and freedom
fighter during British colonial times. Over a billion people saw
him, for over a year, as Prince Omar in 'The Bold and the Beautiful,'
one of the world's most-watched television programmes, in 149 countries.
Bedi is currently starring in the West End musical adaptation of
M.M. Kaye's 'The Far Pavilions' at The Shaftesbury Theatre in London.
Over the last three decades Mr Bedi has acted in over 60 Bollywood
films, from Raj Khosla's super hit 'Kachche Dhaage' to acclaimed
roles in Rakesh Roshan's 'Khoon Bari Maang' and Feroz Khan's 'Yalgar.'
He also played pivotal roles in the Shah Rukh Khan blockbuster 'Main
Hoon Na' and Dharmesh Darshan's current hit 'Bewafa.'
his acceptance speech Mr Bedi said: 'There's nothing as gratifying
as recognition from one's peers,' and thanked his parents, children
and ex-wife for sharing 'the tumultuous adventure' of his life.
He dedicated his award to the bravery and courage of 'people who
have dared to dream' and said: 'If you do something from the heart,
then you're a professional.'
Asian Jewel Awards judges were Mike Fairey (deputy group chief executive,
Lloyds TSB); David Frist (director general, British Chambers of
Commerce); Digby Jones (director general, CBI); Steve Sharp (operations
and interim CEO, Duke of Edinburgh's Award); Iqbal Ahmed OBE (chairman
and chief executive, Seamark plc); Ranjit Sondhi CBE (chairman,
English National Forum); Admiral Sir John Band KCB (commander-in-chief
of the fleet); His Hon. Judge Mota Singh QC (retired Sotuhwark Crown
Court judge); Makhan Singh Ghattaura (MD, Polypack Polythene Ltd);
Nighat Awan OBE (chief executive, The Shere Khan Group); Prof. Sir
Netar Mallick (Professor Emertitus of Renal Medicine, Manchester
University); and Sukhvinder Kaur Stubbs (chief executive, Barrow