The nominations deadline for the UK’s most prominent and longstanding celebration of British Asian achievement across multiple fields is fast approaching, on 6 July.
South Asians in the UK today occupy leadership positions across a range of fields, including politics, business and civil society. The Asian Achievers Awards continue to recognise the outstanding work of such individuals within the South Asian community.
This year’s Awards will take place on Friday 15th September 2023 at the prestigious London Hilton on Park Lane. The event is organised by global advisory firm EPG in partnership with Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar.
Last year, the Awards paid tribute to Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II, with Dame Arlene Foster DBE PC, former First Minister of Northern Ireland, leading the tribute with a one-minute silence.
The evening was hosted by actor Nitin Ganatra OBE, and entrepreneur and documentary filmmaker Deana Uppal. It welcomed celebrities, public figures and dignitaries including Love Island contestant Priya Gopaldas; TOWIE stars Dani Imbert and Junaid Ahmed; comedian, Tez Ilyas (Man Like Mobeen); actors Raj Ghatak, Nisha Aaliya and Yanick Ghanty; music artists Bambi Bains, Rumer and H Dhami; Premier League presenter Manish Bhasin; former Miss England Hammasa Kohistani; Deputy Mayor for Business for London Rajesh Agrawal; Founder and Chairman, Vitabiotics Dr Kartar Lalvani OBE; Founder and Chairman of Lyca Subaskaran Allirajah, and lead researcher for the COVID vaccine from the Oxford Vaccine Group, Maheshi Ramasamy.
Now in their 21st year, the Asian Achievers Awards are recognised as the most prestigious and longstanding celebration of the leading figures of the UK’s South Asian community and their achievements, initiated by public nominations.
There are ten categories available for nomination, including Business Person Of The Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Uniformed And Civil Service, Media, Arts And Culture, Community Service, Sports Personality Of The Year, Professional Of The Year, Woman Of The Year and Entrepreneur Of The Year.
Former Prime Minister Liz Truss said: “This event is always a fantastic reminder of the tremendous contribution that the British Asian diaspora has made to the United Kingdom, and I am pleased to celebrate that alongside you.”
Leader of the Labour Party Sir Keir Starmer said: “British Asians are a driving force behind much of the social, cultural and economic innovation we see in Britain today. You represent so many of the values that help our communities thrive – inclusiveness, hard work and ambition to name a few.”
In the last edition, more than 500 nominations were received, from which the judges shortlisted four per category, evenly divided between male and female candidates. The judges for this year are announced alongside the announcement of the Shortlist on 3 August.
Members of the public can nominate change-makers in the community they deem worthy via the awards website at asianachieversawards.com. Strictly no nominations after the deadline on 6 July will be accepted.