Several influential Bengali people are among the finalists at this year’s Asian Achievers Awards, which pays tribute to the best of British Asian talent across the arts, community service, the professions, uniformed services, sports and the world of business.
Poppy Jaman OBE, Programme Director for the City Mental Health Alliance which is focussed on helping people at all levels in the City of London talk about mental health without fear of stigma. Poppy is also CEO and co-founder of Mental Health First Aid England. (Achievement in Community Service category).
Top ‘virtual’ surgeon Dr Shafi Ahmed, a Member of Council at the Royal College of Surgeons of England (Professional of the Year category).
Kolkata-born, Saurav Dutt, a City lawyer turned author and philanthropist (Achievement in Media, Art and Culture category)
The outstanding achievements of the 32 finalists will be showcased and at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday, 14 September. Eight winners will be selected from the following categories: Entrepreneur of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Achievement in Media, Art and Culture, Achievement in Community Service, Professional of the Year, Woman of the Year, Uniformed and Civil Service, Sports person of the Year.
In addition, the awards will raise vital funds for this year’s chosen charity partner, Oracle Cancer. So far, the awards have raised £1.5m for several charities over the years.
This year’s ceremony promises to be the biggest yet with some 800 guests including an array of celebrities, entrepreneurs, MPs, industry leaders, senior professionals, titled dignitaries and members of the uniformed services.
The hosts of the evening are Eastenders actor Nitin Ganatra and KissFM’s DJ Neev Spencer.
The Asian Achievers Awards are widely considered to be the premier event within the BAME community. They are hosted by Asian Business Publications Ltd., (ABPL), the owners of Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar which are 45-year-old print and on-line news weeklies.
As ABPL Chairman CB Patel explained: “I am delighted to unveil the shortlist for this year’s nominees – each of whom is singularly responsible for bringing the Asian community to the centre stage of British life. They are inspiring role models for us all and for future generations.”
The event sponsors are EY, Edwardian Hotels London, Axiom Stone Solicitors, SBI UK, Sow and Reap, DDO Solicitors, Starling Bank and Education specialists, Regent Group. The media partner is Colors TV.
Poppy Jaman OBE
Mental health campaigner is finalist at Asian Achievers Awards 2018
The Programme Director of City Health Alliance and the CEO and co-founder of Mental Health First Aid England has been nominated as a finalist in the 18thannual Asian Achiever Awards (Community Service category).
Poppy Jaman, who was raised in a Bangladeshi family in Portsmouth, was awarded an OBE for her services to people with mental health issues and her work to change public perceptions of mental illness and mental health.
Her own experience of post-natal depression helped Jaman to develop an understanding of the challenges facing people with mental health issues, particularly among diverse groups.
She has over 20 years’ experience of influencing and leading change in public mental health. Since October 2015 she has been Programme Director for the City Mental Health Alliance- a well knit team of London-based organisations focussed on improving and raising awareness of mental health in the workplace.
Jaman sits on the board of Public Health England as a non-executive Director and advises on public mental health and community development. She is also the PHE lead on Diversity and Staff Inclusion and acts as a mental health advocate to prioritise mental health for both public and private sector employers.
The British Bangladeshi has extended her boundaries beyond England and contributed to mental health globally. This includes her support of the development of Mental Health First Aid in Bangladesh, and training orphanage workers in mental health literacy in Goa, India.
Dr Shafi Ahmed
Top ‘virtual’ surgeon is finalist at Asian Achievers Awards 2018
An innovative London surgeon has been nominated as a finalist in the 18th annual Asian Achiever Awards (Professionals category).
Dr Shafi Ahmed is a passionate teacher and educator and is well known for his pioneering use of technology to teach during surgery.
An associate dean of Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, the Bangladesh-born surgeon was awarded the Silver Scalpel award in 2015 as the best national trainer in surgery by the Association of Surgeons in Training. He is also an elected as a Member of Council at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Raised in East London, after coming to the UK aged four, Dr Ahmed is a consultant laparoscopic colorectal surgeon, working at the Royal London Hospital, specialising in colorectal cancer.
Ahmed was announced as the countrywide winner of the NHS England Future NHS Award category earlier this summer. Often dubbed ‘the virtual surgeon,’ in 2014 he became the first surgeon to use Google Glass for a surgical training session, transporting more than 13,000 people from over 100 countries directly into the operating theatre.
His online videos have been watched hundreds of thousands of times, earning him the accolade of most-watched surgeon in human history. His company Virtual Medics has developed the use of wearable technology in education and clinical practice. This has allowed the development of a web-placed platform to stream live and interactive teaching.
Author, film producer and philanthropist, Saurav Dutt has been selected as a finalist in the 18th Asian Achievers Awards 2018 (Arts, Media and Culture category).
Born in Kolkata and educated in London, Dutt holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Law from Kings College London University.
His novel, The Butterfly Room, which explored domestic violence and abuse towards women and LGBT discrimination in Asian cultures was made a Notable Book of the Year in both The Los Angeles Times and The Indian Express. He is also a Guardian Books and LA Times Books short-listed novelist of fiction and nonfiction works.
Dutt regularly donates proceeds of his book sales to charities supporting the issues he covers in his books. Proceeds from the sale of The Butterfly Room, for example, have benefitted several charities that offer assistance to survivors and victims of homophobia, LGBT discrimination, and domestic violence and abuse, including Refuge, Southall Black Sisters, Women’s Aid, Stonewall UK, and Amnesty International.
His journalism, essays and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, International Business Times, The Times of Israel, London Review of Books and The Times Literary Supplement. His books have been shortlisted and featured at the London and Frankfurt book fairs, Kolkata Book Festival and BookExpo America.
As co-writer and associate producer of the independent film ‘Live Life Dearest’ he is also a Gothenberg Independent Film Festival winner.
Dutt’s earlier books are primarily non-fiction titles dealing with biographies of Hollywood movie actors, most notably Mickey Rourke, Corey Haim and Roy Scheider. Some of his other notable novels are The Puglist’s Son (E-Book Short Story) 2013, The Wind Sculpture (E-Book Short Story) 2014 and the Sword (2016).
BBC News anchor and documentarian, Babita Sharma has been unveiled as a finalist in the 18th annual Asian Achiever Awards (Achievement in Media category).