The Prime Minister David Cameron attended the GG2 leadership awards gala ceremony on 6th November. The award ceremony also unveiled the GG2 Power List 101 featuring Britain’s most powerful Asians.
Speaking at the ceremony, David Cameron recognised the significant contribution made by British Asians and encouraged the younger generation to follow suit and aim high. “I want the young Muslim girl to see Mishal Husain on TV and think she too can become a top broadcaster, the Pakistani teenager to hear Naughty Boy on the radio and consider a career in music, the budding journalist to read GG2 and Eastern Eye and want to follow in the incredible footsteps of Ramniklal Solanki.” He continued, “All of us here can think of someone who has inspired us to do what we’re doing right now. Well you can be that person to someone else out there, whether it’s speaking in schools, getting involved in charities or tweeting to your followers, and say “if I can do it then so can you”.
Cameron also paid tribute to the increasing number of Asian politicians saying “One day I want to hear that title ‘Prime Minister’ followed by a British Asian name” although he joked that not for a few more years.
Topping the Powerlist 101 this year was the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP who takes the top spot from Malala Yousafzai, in the annual listing of the 101 most powerful and influential Asians living in the UK. Compiled by The Asian Media and Marketing Group (AMG), the list features the top 101 most influential Asians in the UK, ranging from all walks of life. Now in its fourth year, the list honours some notable British Asians who hold power and influence not just in Britain, but also globally.
Quite simply, with his seat at the cabinet table, he is the only Asian voice at the heart of the Government’s most senior decision making process. He is responsible for what is effectively a ‘super-ministry’ with wide-ranging responsibilities.
The top ten of the Power List alone sees some distinguished names across different sectors including media and entertainment, politics and business. Last year’s number one, Malala Yousafzai moves down from the leading spot in favour of Mr Javid. Interestingly this year’s top 10 features a total of five leading politicians including Labour MPs Keith Vaz and Sadiq Khan.
The media, arts and music industry have even stronger representation this year with BBC presenter Mishal Hussain leading the field and Amol Rajan, editor of The Independent climbing an astounding 41 places to number 16 in this year’s list. The list features a total of 30 individuals from the media and entertainment sectors.
Girl Power is alive and kicking this year, with a total of 19 women featured in the list. This year’s women are fairly evenly split between the worlds of politics, campaigning and the media & entertainment industry. Many of the women in the list this year are household names, from BBC Breakfast presenters Naga Munchetty and Jameela Jamil to musician Anoushka Shankar as well as leading campaigners and vocal voices of Shami Chakrabarti and Yasmin Alibhai Brown – this year’s list sees strong, dedicated women standing strong.