Winners of the Asian Achievers Awards in 2012

  • Business Person of the Year

    Subaskaran Allirajah is the Founder and Chairman of the Lycatel and Lycamobile Group of companies. Subaskaran is a high profile industry thought leader, a visionary and entrepreneur with over 15 years entrepreneurial experience in the telecommunications industry. In 2006 Subaskaran founded Lycamobile with the vision to create a benchmark model for MVNOs and a mission to building the global number one mobile international calling brand. Lycamobile now operates in 14 countries across European and Australian markets having the largest international footprint of any international MVNO. Lycamobile has acquired over 20 million customers in 6 years and will continue to grow its customer base and geographical footprint in 2012 and beyond.

  • Professional of the Year

    Prof Sunil Shah independently developed the laser eye surgery technique now called LASEK, and was the first person to use it in Britain, continuing to pioneer this technique. He teamed up with other colleagues from Campus One at the University of Ulster in Ireland and developed a comprehensive suite of distance learning postgraduate courses in cataract surgery and refractive surgery. The course is unique in that it enables students to learn at their own convenience regardless of time and location, with support of e-tutors and discussion pages. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications and his consistent pioneering work in ophthalmology has earned him a place in Who’s Who in the World.

  • Achievement in Community Service

    Kishan Devani is a lecturer, speaker and teacher and the Head of Religious Studies at an independent school in the UK. He has written for publishers and works with them on resources for both A Level courses and GCSE courses. Devani is in the process of embarking on a PhD at a renowned University in the field of Religion and Social Anthropology, with a particular emphasis on the Hindu diaspora, particularly in Britain. Furthermore, he is an attendee of EFTRE (European Forum for Teachers of RE) Conferences and represents Teachers of the Borough of Brent on the Brent SACRE (Statuatory Advisory Committee on Religious Education). Devani is deeply dedicated to the British Hindus Youths.

  • Achievement in Media, Arts and Culture

    Nileeka Gunawardene the Artistic Director of Bollywood Dance London (BDL); a full-service Indian dance company providing a range of teaching and entertainment services. She has a law degree from The University of Warwick and upon graduating worked in numerous jobs in PR, Media, Marketing and Advertising. The skills she has gained in these areas are benefiting her greatly in running her own company, particularly in negotiating business deals and in BDL’s branding and marketing exercises. Aged just 22, Nileeka set her sights on making Bollywood dance more accessible to Londoners. Now, two years on, she teaches at the world-famous ‘Pineapple Dance Studios’ and has a plethora of impressive achievements to her name.
Last month BDL made history as the first ever entertainment act to appear on BBC2’s ‘Newsnight’.

  • Sports Personality of the Year

    Akaash Bhatia only had a brief amateur career and since turning professional he has been undefeated. Promoter Frank Maloney keeps ‘Kaash the Bash’ in form by ensuring that he rarely goes more than three months between bouts. Sony Entertainment Television honoured Akaash’s achievements by crowning him Asia Sports Personality of the Year award in 2007, an achievement that exploded the 25-year-old’s popularity in his native Sikh community of London. While the university graduate is a model citizen outside the ring, recently becoming an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, he’s a nightmare for opponents inside the square circle. Akaash uses a combination of striking with a destructive, high volume style that mixes crafty, accurate combinations with shattering body attacks.

  • Woman of the Year

    Shahnaz Husain , the pioneer and leader of herbal care in India, has achieved unprecedented international acclaim for her practical application of Ayurveda.
After training for 10 years in cosmetic therapy and cosmetic chemistry, Shahnaz began studying Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of herbal healing. She set up her herbal clinic in her own home, rejecting the existing salon treatment methods, and devised her own herbal treatments. She introduced a totally new concept of “care and cure” and formulated her own Ayurvedic products. Today, Shahnaz Husain heads a chain of over 400 franchise salons in India and abroad, with outlets in prestigious stores and locations all over the world. She has received several national and international awards, including the World’s Greatest Woman Entrepreneur Award.

  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year

    Shamir Shah is the Managing Director of Icone Group of Companies. His achievements and success to date would place him well within the growing ranks of second and third generation Asians who have made a positive contribution in establishing businesses within the United Kingdom. However, where this award winning serial entrepreneur would set himself apart is through the sheer diversity of his business interests and his continual quest for developing and investing in new business areas. With wholesale, retail and manufacturing divisions, Shamir Shah’s interests extend Worldwide encompassing a tea company, a snacks company, two packaging companies, franchised coffee shops and a microfinance charity. Further expansions into a health food business and glass mosaics business are planned over the coming year.

  • Uniformed and Civil Services

    Rear-Admiral Amjad Mazhar Hussain is the Director and Controller of the Royal Navy.
Hussain joined the Royal Navy as a Weapons Engineering Officer in 1976 and by 1993 he had reached the rank of Commander. In 2006 he promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral, and thereby became the highest ranking Muslim and the highest ranking officer from an ethnic minority in the British Armed Forces. He is a prominent advocate of greater minority participation in the armed forces. However, he dislikes too much emphasis being placed on his religion. He is recognised as one of the most influential Muslims in the UK.

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

    Lord Gulam Noon, MBE founded Noon Products in 1989, now part of the WT Foods Group of which he is an Executive Director. He is a Managing Director of Bombay Halwa Ltd, Southall and also serves as a Director on the boards of a range of companies and organisations. He was awarded an MBE for services in 1994 and knighted in 2002. Mr. Noon is a Member of the Advisory Board on Naturalization and Integration and acted as the President of the London Chamber of Commerce. He is a Member of the Advisory Council of The Prince’s Trust and the Board of CARE International U.K.
In the Sunday Times Rich List he was placed in 888th position with an estimated fortune of £65 million. In January 2011, he was created a life peer as Baron Noon, and he was introduced in the House of Lords on 31 January 2011, where he sits on the Labour benches.

  • International Personality of the Year

    Smt Hema Malini MP is an Indian actress, director, Bharatnatyam dancer/ chereographer as well as a politician. Intially given the title of “Dream Girl”, she went on to act in film with the same name starring with actors such as Dharmendra and Rajesh Khanna. She is renouned for the dramatic roles, her beauty, and her intricate classical dancing. Appearing in over 150 films within the period of 40 years, she was given a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, after being nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Actress 11 times. The Indian government has also honoured with the Padma Shri (fourth highest civilian honour) and an Honrary Doctorate was given to her with regards to her contribution to Indian cinema. Due to her contribution towards Indian culture and Dance, she received the prestige of the SaMaPa Vitasta Award by the legendary Pandit Bhajan Sopori in 2006.

  • International Sporting Personality of the year

    Kevin Pietersen MBE , orginally from South Africa is a right- handed batsmans and right-handed off spin bowler for England. He also plays for the Surrey Lions in the international cricket and previously represented the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, until was taken by the Deccan Chargers for the fourth season of the games. In 2008 and 2009 he was made the captain for the national English team, but later rsesigned. The MBE was given to him in recognition of his consistent efforts and for this reason he can perhaps be seen as one of the world’s greatest players. He has accomplished 6,000 runs in test matches and around 3,500 runs in One Day Internationals.

  • Special Editors award for Outstanding Services Through Legal profession

    HH JUDGE SIR MOTA SINGH QC A member of the Kenyan Parliament and a keen sportsman, who once played cricket for Kenya, Mota Singh was called to the Bar by The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 1956, where he trained to be an adovocate of the Supreme Court. At his return to the UK, he served time as a Legal Advisor to a group of British Companies, which was followed by him becoming an Deputy Judge of Queens Counsel, a Recorder of the Crown Courts and then a Circuit Judge. He was also commended by the Lord Chief Justice. Judge Mota Singh is the holder of many positions: Chairmanships, Patron, Trustee and Member of many chariatable organisations, as well as lecturing internationally based conferences on subjects such as multiculturalism, religion and inter-faith relations.

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