The winners of the prestigious nineteenth annual Asian Achievers Awards were revealed in another glamorous ceremony on Friday  6, September at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, onPark Lane.

Winners included, BBC News Economics Editor, Faisal Islam for Achievement in Media, Arts & Culture; Woman of the Year, Neeta Patel, CEO of New Entrepreneurs Foundation; and Harjit Singh Bhania, head coach of the men’s GB wheelchair basketball team for Sports Personality of the Year. The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award went to philanthropist business tycoon, Anil Agarwal, Chairman of Vedanta Resources, while London Deputy Mayor, Rajesh Agrawal received the Editor’s Award for Public Services.

Hosts, actor Nitin Ganatra and Nisha Parmar, semi-finalist of BBC’s Masterchef UK, were joined by business tycoons, entrepreneurs and dignitaries, including Jeffery Archer, whose skilful auctioneering helped to raise a staggering £150,000 for this year’s chosen charity Yuva Unstoppable, a youth movement in India that works towards educating underprivileged children.

Mr. CB Patel, Publisher/Editor, ABPL Group says:This year our theme is inclusivity. As you know inclusivity is not just about diversity, but about being inclusive of everyone. That’s why we have so many shortlisted candidates this year from the LGBTQ community. Today historically, it also completes one year of decriminalisation of homosexuality in India.

“Societal exclusion, identity seclusion and isolation from the society are still the stark realities faced by many individuals, and for Asians it’s even harder. So, our job as always, is to set an example, not only through our publications of Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar, but especially through today’s Asian Achievers Awards – campaigning for individual liberation and rewarding people for striving so hard against any odds. 

“And in our effort to do so, I must thank the inputs from all our readers and supporters for nominating such outstanding candidates and our independent panel of judges who did their job so brilliantly. I would like to congratulate all the winners of our 19thannual Asian Achievers Awards. Their remarkable contributions to society and community have had a profound impact and I take great pride in highlighting their accomplishments.”

The Asian Achievers Awards sponsors include EY, Starling Bank and Edwardian Hotels, with Colors TV on board as Media Partner.

The full list of winners are:

Winner Category
   
Onkardeep Singh Achievement in Community Services

 

Faisal Islam Achievement in Media, Arts & Culture

 

Vipul Vadera Businessperson of the Year

 

Kush Kanodia Entrepreneur of the Year

 

Krishna Omkar Professional of the Year

 

Harjit Singh Bhania Sports Personality of the Year

 

Hafsa Qureshi Uniformed, Civil and Public Services

 

Neeta Patel Women of the Year

 

Anil Agarwal Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Rajesh Agrawal, London Deputy Mayor Editor’s Award for Public Services
Dr. Nilesh U Patel MD Editor’s Award for Contribution to Thoracic Surgery

 

Pradip Dhamecha Editor’s Choice Award for Community Service, Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship