Navnit Dholakia, Baron Dholakia, OBE, PC, DL Lord Dholakia is a British Liberal Democrat. He is the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. He is the former elected President of the Liberal Democrats and recently visited India with the Deputy Prime Minister and acts as his Business Advisor. He is the first recipient from UK of the Bhartiya Samman Patra awarded at the inaugural PBD Conference in New Delhi. In 1994 he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
Raj Loomba, Baron Loomba, CBE
Lord Loomba is a member of the House of Lords. He is a self-made businessman and philanthropist, who founded the Loomba Foundation, a UN accredited global charity, which is named after his late mother. The charity works for widows around the world. He launched 23rd June as International Widows Day in 2005, which was recognised by the UN in 2010. Lord Loomba has received many accolades, including the NRI Philanthropist Award from Forbes India in 2012.
Priti Patel MP
Priti Patel MP was elected as the first Member of Parliament for the Witham constituency. As MP, she has been fighting actively in and out of Parliament for a number of important causes, including lower taxes for British families, supporting the growth of SMEs, and deepening the UK’s relationship with India. In the past two years the Prime Minister appointed Priti the UK Indian Diaspora Champion and as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury.
Alok Sharma MP
Elected to Parliament in 2010, Alok has served as a member of the Commons Science and Technology select committee, a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Treasury and since 2012 as a Conservative Party Vice Chairman. He is also a member of the Commons Treasury Select Committee and Co-Chairman of Conservative Friends of India. Prior to entering Parliament Alok worked for 20 years in senior roles within accountancy and banking.
Keith Vaz MP
Keith Vaz MP has been Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee since July 2007. He has served as a Member of Parliament for Leicester since 1987 and an appointed member of the Privy Council since 2006. He is the longest-serving Asian MP and has been named amongst the most influential Asians in Britain. He has been a member of the labour party since 1982.
Virendra Sharma MPVirendra Sharma MP is the Labour Party Member of Parliament for Ealing Southall. He served as a councillor in Ealing for 25 years, including a term as Mayor. He is currently a member of the Health Select Committee, the Human Rights Joint Committee and chairs the Indo-British All-Party Parliamentary Group.
Nat Puri is an industrialist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and an advocate of education. He began his career in the UK at the age of 27 and has since become one of the most successful Asian businessmen in the nation. He was made Honorary Freeman of the City of Nottingham and has received Honorary Doctor of Engineering from London South Bank University and Honorary Doctor of Laws from The University of Nottingham.
Joginder Sanger is the Chairman of Mastcraft Group of companies and considered one of the UK’s top Hoteliers. The Hotel collection includes the Washington Mayfair Hotel, The Bentley Hotel, and the Courthouse Hotel London. Mr Sanger is also currently the Chairman of the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, London and Trustee/ Patron of several other cultural and sport organisations. He was named “Asian of the Year” in 2011 and more recently awarded the Pride of India in May 2013.
Rami Ranger is both an entrepreneur and active political reformer. His companies specialize in international marketing, distribution, shipping, beverage manufacturing and property development. He has been honoured by Queen Elizabeth II on multiple occasions—six times for business, once for community service.
CB Patel is the Publisher/Editor of the Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar newsweeklies and other magazines that Asian Business Publications Limited (ABPL) publishes. He is the Chairman for the Asian Achievers Awards, a prestigious awards body in the UK. CB is also a Patron and Trustee of many other organisations and Chairman of the historic India League.
Kalpesh Solanki is the Managing Editor of the Asian Media & Marketing (AMG) Group. He graduated with a law degree (LLB Hons) from Queen Mary College, London and qualified as a barrister from the Inner Temple. As MD of AMG, he provides routes to market services focusing on the Asian community outside of India with operations in the US, UK and India.
Keshav Singhal MBE, FRCS
Keshav Singhal is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon from Cardiff. He was awarded MBE – the Queen’s Birthday honour, for services to the Welsh and Indian communities & charity. He is President of India Centre Cardiff and a Trustee of National Museums Wales. He serves on boards of various organisations promoting health & education in India. He is President of GOPIO Wales and Chair of BAPIO Wales.
Mr Ashok Verma, a philanthropist, successful businessman and member of various business and charitable organisations. Mr Verma is also involved in various charities in UK & abroad. He is currently the Chairman of Africa International Business Forum, Chairman of NRI Foundation, Founder of Sarla Foundation, Chairman of Rajasthan Bal Kalyan Samiti (UK) and also Founder Trustee of Hansraj Children’s Home in India which provides rehabilitation to over 60 orphaned girls making them self-independent.
The Lord Noon Kt, MBE of St John’s Wood
Lord Noon is a renowned British based businessman and entrepreneur who has founded and operated a number of major food product companies in London specialising in ready meals and aviation catering. After receiving an MBE in the Queen’s Honours List in 1996 and a knighthood by the Queen in her Jubilee year in 2002, he then went on to be awarded Peerage to the House of Lords in 2011.
Lord Ranbir Singh Suri
Lord Suri is a peer in the House of Lords, appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron earlier this year. He is the MD of Oceanic Jewellers Ltd, established in 1977 and founder and chairman of the British Asian Conservative Link which he set up to encourage Asians to get involved in the political system. Having arrived in Britain in 1974, he held the following public roles: Justice of Peace, General Commissioner of Income Tax, Middlesex Probation Committee and Home Office Advisory Council of Race Relation.
Mr. Lalubhai Parekh
Lalubhai (Dhirajlal) Parekh B.A.LLB Hons is President of the Overseas Friends of BJP U.K. He is also advisor and past president of the National Congress of Gujarati Organisation (2005-2007), a federal body of 106 Gujarati Organisations. He is a Trustee of Navnat Vanik Association, a registered charity and Swayamsevak of Hindu swayamsevak Sangh (H.S.S.) (R.S.S.) since 1946.
Dr Cyriac Maprayil
Dr.Cyriac Maprayil came to the UK for higher studies and has two PhDs. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Britain in 1983. He was Chairman of NAME (National Anti-Racist Movement in Education) and served as Director of Tower Hamlets Race Equality Council for ten Years. He has written several books including Nehru and the Commonwealth (1976) and the Agony of India (2009). He is the Executive Director of V.K Krishna Menon Institute and Vice-Chair of the India League.
Surinder (Max) Mongia
Surinder (Max) Mongia is the chairman of Strongfield Technologies Ltd, a specialist supplier of high-tech components and equipment, and provides Engineering Design and Consultancy support for world-wide Aerospace, Defence and Security programmes. In recognition of outstanding achievement in Business and the community, Max was Awarded “Asian of the Year” by Asian Who’s Who in 2009, in conjunction with live BBC World service.
Mr Anshuman Mishra
Anshuman Mishra, founder of MPH Holdings, a financial Investments firm. Mr Mishra is also a close aide of Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani. He advises them on their investments and personal matters. He was trained as an attorney at law. After working in Banking & Finance practices of the prestigious global law firms, he became a Banker. He initially assisted Goldman Sachs, and then joined Investec Bank. Mr Mishra is also affiliated with RSS – a socio-cultural organisation in India & Abroad.
Mr Rajni Mehta
Mr.Rajni Mehta is Founder and Chairman of Parker Lloyd Group,specialising in Cross Border taxation,project financing ,mergers and aquisitions in mining and oil sectors and sourcing commodities and Real Estate for its international base of clients.
Mr Rajeev Dewedi
Rajeev Dewedi, the Managing Partner of Rajeev Accountants, has been a practicing accountant and business advisor for over 25 years. He is actively participating in support networks and benefit of economically deprived communities and businesses. Rajeev is known for his contributions and efforts to support and strengthen the Hindu Cultural Society in Bradford, the committee behind the Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, the largest in the North of England. He is also the Director of “Inspired Neighbourhoods”, a central government initiative to support communities and neighbourhoods in Bradford.
Coordination team of the Organising Committee
Vijay Goel (Chairman of Assocham UK): Chief Coordinator
Viijay Goel is a Senior Partner at Singhania & Co. He is also the Chairman of the London Chamber of Commerce Asian Business Association, Chairman of ASSOCHAM (UK), Founder of the Indian European Business Forum and a Member of Gandhi statue Special Advisory Panel. He was also awarded the ‘National Law Day Award’ by Her Excellency, Smt. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil, the Hon’ble President of the Republic of India.
Rakeshh Gupta: Coordinator
Rakeshh Gupta is a Sr. Investment Banker with over sixteen years in Relationship Management, Investment Advisory, Planning & Strategy, Private Equity & Fund Raising , Managing Global Business and Partnering along with Project Management for Global financial institutions at an International level. He is the President of AMAS Investment & Project Services Limited (Hinduja Group)
Manish Tiwari: Publicity Coordinator
Manish Tiwari is synonymous with diversity, media and multicultural communications in the UK. He started Here & Now 365 in 2005 and made it UK’s leading ethnic advertising and marketing agency. In the past 8 years he has constantly strived to bridge the communications gap between products and their multicultural audience through marketing and communications.