T he prestigious Asian Achievers Awards was celebrated on 22nd September 2017 at the Grosvenor Hotel Park Lane, London. Now in its seventeenth year, the gala evening event had a phenomenal turnout with more than 800 high profile guests including entrepreneurs, industry leaders, members of parliament, Lords and Ladies, senior professionals, members of the uniformed services and celebrities.
Hosted by Asian Business Publications Ltd. the event was unique in that there was a record number of women among the winners. The focus this year was on media, art and culture where women stole a march over their male counterparts.
Nominations for the awards were made by the readers of Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar and the wider community. The shortlist and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges consisting of eminent women and men from diverse fields. The panel included Helen Gordon (Chief Executive, Royal Society of Medicine), Zishan Nurmohammed (EY), Bianca Miller (The Be Group), Navin Shah AM (Member of London Assembly representing the constituency of Brent and Harrow), Major General Duncan Capps CBE, and former English cricketer Owais Shah.
The evening was hosted by the ingenious Nitin Ganatra, as well as the splendid Raageshwari Loomba, both renowned individuals from the entertainment industry. The cherry on the cake was the multitalented Farhan Akhtar who graced the evening.
As glamorous as this event may appear it serves a higher purpose. In the last seventeen years, the Asian Achievers Award has helped raised millions of pounds for various charities. This year's event helped raise over £180,000 for charity partner Akshaya Patra, a foundation that strives to tackle issues of classroom hunger and lack of access to education in India by providing free freshly cooked, nourishing school lunches through their Food For Education Programme in government and government-aided schools. Akshaya Patra is currently feeding 1.6 million school children across 11 states in India everyday, and their goal is to be able to feed 5 million children per day by 2020.
Commenting on the awards CB Patel, Publisher/Editor of ABPL Group said, “We started the Asian Achievers Award 17 years ago.When we started this journey our mission was simple: to recognise and to honour those who have truly broken the glass ceiling. I'm extremely pleased that our mission is bearing fruits.”
Some of the eminent personalities at the event were, the Hindujas; Commissioner Cressida Rose Dick CBE QPM; Surendra Arora, Arora Group; Ian Strachan, Chairman, National Pharmacy Association; Sir Stephen Hillier, Chief of Air Staff; Sandi Bogle, Gogglebox; singer and producer MegaMan and Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor of London for Business.
The sponsors for this spectacular affair were EY, Edwardian Hotels London, Shanti Homes, Regent Group, AxiomStone, RationalFX, Galliard Homes, State Bank of India, Sow & Reap, and Nine Group. Travel partners for the event were Sky Lord Travel and British Airways. The after party was sponsored by Pure Heaven. The media partner for the event was Colors TV.