Celebrating its fifth year, the British Bangladeshi Power & Inspiration (BBPI) list is a celebration of the success of the UK’s Bangladeshi community.
Guests at the event included a wide spectrum of the British Bangladeshi community including leading entrepreneurs, social activists and global philanthropists. Notable guests included Lord Karan Bilimoria
The list recognises and celebrates the hard work, contribution and efforts of the pioneers, leaders and role models who reinforce positive perceptions of the community. Helping to shape Britain for the better with their ideas, example, talent and success.
Nadiya Hussain, who rose to fame on the hit baking show, scoops the ‘Person of the Year’ 2016 award – presented only in a year where a pioneering achievement took place. The previous winner of this award was The Honourable Judge Khatun Sapnara, the first British Bangladeshi promoted to a senior judicial position at the Crown Court.
Speaking before the event Nadiya Hussain said:
“I would like to thank the British Bangladeshi Power & Inspiration for naming me the Person of Year 2016. To be part of such a unique celebration of the Bangladeshi community is a fitting culmination of what has been an incredible year for my family and me.”
To mark the fifth anniversary of the publication of the BBPI list, the organisers announced the launch of the BBPI Foundation, which will provide both financial and mentoring support to disadvantaged young British Bangladeshi students. More information about the Foundation will be announced in the coming weeks.
Abdal Ullah, Founder of the British Bangladeshi Power & Inspiration Award said:
“I am delighted with the success the BBPI has achieved over the last five years. From humble beginnings the list has become an incredible testament to the exceptional contributions made by British Bangladeshi community. Every year it becomes harder to put forward just 100 outstanding individuals.
“I am also excited to announce the launch of the BBPI Foundation. This will allow us to support the next generation of British Bangladeshis, to ensure our community continues to thrive and inspire.”