Bangla Mirror Desk : The British Bangladeshis have made their own place in multicultural Britain with contributions in their respective fields and have been playing a major role in the growth of this country. The British Bangladeshi Who’s Who publication emphasises the success of the Bangladeshi community and showcases it to both the British and Bangladeshi community in the UK. Pauline Latham OBE MP, Currently a Member of the International Development Select Committee, Bangladeshi High Commissioner to the UK Nazmul Quaunine, Mayor of Tower hamlets John Biggs, Mayor of Brent Bhagwanji Chohan, Mayor of Leighton Syed Mohibur Rahman, Speaker of Tower Hamlets Council, Clllr Sabina Akhtar and Chairman of Channal S, Ahmed Us Samad Chowdhury JP were present as special guests along with other dignitaries and leaders of Bangladeshi community at the 10th anniversary British Bangladeshi Who’s Who award ceremony and gala dinner. The enormous event was held on 9th of November at Meridian Grand in London.
In her speech, Pauline Latham OBE MP praised highly of the work of British Bangladeshis and also emphasised on the invaluable contribution they are making as the integral part of British society. She also congratulated the award winners.
The programme was Introduced with the opening remarks by Barrister Anawar Babul Miah who also welcomed guests. The event was presented by most outstanding and highly accomplished presenters of present time, Anawar Babul Miah and Nadia Ali.
Barrister Shahadoth Karim, the Editor of British Bangladeshi Who’s Who delivered the welcome speech where he expressed his gratitude to everyone for their co-operation and said “the Publication and Awards Ceremony are now an important date in the calendar for British Bangladeshis. I am thrilled that our brainchild to recognise our community has reached its first milestone. We have reached our first milestone as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of this publication and launch gala dinner.
From humble beginnings the publication and gala event have firmly positioned themselves as leader in overall and all-inclusive celebration of British Bangladeshi Community and at an exponential rate. We have unearthed some of the real gems of our community. As it grows we also find the challenge of limiting the number of profiles to a sensible quantity because the reality is that there are just so many successful British Bangladeshis, all with their own unique stories. However the publication features what we believe to be a good selection of individuals from various walks of life representing the wealth of success to be celebrated amongst this unique and wonderful community. I hope you enjoy this edition and I hope this is the first of many milestones for our publication”.
Abdul Karim (Goni), Editor-in-Chief of the British Bangladeshi Who’s Who said, “This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of this important publication. The publication has really gone from strength to strength. When we started we could have only dreamt of this publication continuing and growing at the rate it has. It amazes me that ten years on we continue to unearth some real talent in our community. Of course all of this is possible because of the foundations laid down by the first generation to whom we are ever indebted. I hope you enjoy this year’s publication and appreciate the success of our award winner and I hope you will continue to support us for many years to come.
Special guests who attended the event were founder of Channel S Mahee Ferduos Jalil; Country Manager of Biman Bangladesh Airlines UK Shafiqul Islam; Chairman of UK BCCI Bajloor Rashid MBE; prominent businessman Siraj Ali , Editor of Bangla Post Tareque Chowdhury,Former President of BCA, Nur- Ur Rahman Khandaker Pasha, Former Secretary of BCA M A Munim; Managing Director of Janomot Amirul Choudhury; journalist and community activist K M Abu Taher Choudhury, renowned community activist Faruque Ahmed; journalist and community activist Nazrul Islam Bashon; Editor of Weekly Janomot Nobab Uddin; Vice Chairman of Channal S Abdul Haque, Managing Director of Shah & Co Nasir Ali Shah, Managing Director of Al- Amin Travels Nazrul Islam; Managing Director of Hussain Travels Samsul Hussain; renowned businessman Ahfaz Miah; renowned businessman Harun Miah; renowned businessman Abdul Quayum Khalique (Jamal), renowned businessman Emdadul haque Tipu, Director of Eastern Pride Mazhar Ali; Director of Kenza Creations Shabu Miah, renowned businessman Abdul Malique, renowned businessman Syed Altab, Managing Director of Shah Global Sonam Miah, renowned businessman Sukur Ali, renowned businessman Mohammad Abul Lais, Renowned businessman Monir Ali; Managing Director of Apex Accountancy Kamru Ali to name but a few.
The British Bangladeshi Who’s Who 2017 publication were distributed as an insert into the UK’s no.1 British Bangla newspaper, the Bangla Mirror and will be available from the 24th November nationally across the UK. Readers can also log on to www.bbwhoswho.co.uk and find the 2008 to 2017 list. The British Bangladeshi Who’s Who is also available to read onboard on Biman Bangladesh airline. The publication has also achieved one of its many recognition of success from Biman, the national flag carrier of Bangladesh.
The awards were given to those who made significant contributions in the community as well as in the mainstream.
Syed Nahas Pasha, Vice President of the Commonwealth Journalists Association and President of London Bangla Press Club received awards from Pauline Latham OBE MP, currently a Member of the International Development Select Committee who was accompanied by Fahmina Choudhury, Event Manager Meridian Grand.
Kazi Arif is the managing director & founder of the multi award winning company Prime Estate Agents received his award from John Biggs the Mayor of Tower hamlets, who was accompanied by Mahee Ferdush Jalil, Founder of Channel S.
Shahida Rahman (Shahidun) is an author, publisher, freelance writer, public speaker and local campaigner.received awards from H. E. Mr Nazmul Quaunine, Bangladesh high commissioner to the UK, who was accompanied by Mohammed Shofiqul Islam, Country Manager of Biman Bangladesh Airlines UK and Ireland.
Dr Sanawar Choudhury, Senior Partner of the largest Chartered Accountancy firm of Bangladeshi origin in the UK, RCi Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors, received his award from Mayor of Brent Bhagwanji Chohan who was accompanied by Monir Ahmed, Managing Director of JMG Cargo.
Mahi Muqit PhD FRCO phth, Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital and an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Ophthalmology at UCL, London, received his award from Syed Mohibur Rahman Mayor of the Leighton who was accompanied by Mahbub Murshed, Managing Director of Mahbub & co.
Oli Khan FRSA award Winning Chef, King of British Curry and Secretary General of BCA, received his award from Keith Prince London assembly member, who was accompanied by Kamru Ali, Managing Director of Apex Accountent
The Bangla Mirror Group has been publishing the British Bangladeshi Who’s Who since 2008. The publication and event was the brainchild of the father and son who are the Editor in Chief and Editor respectively. This year’s publication consists of 273 individuals including medics, journalists, lawyers, businessmen, accountants and others from various walks of life.
The Bangla Mirror group who were behind the publication boast an impressive team
Barrister Anis Rahman OBE, Barrister Anwar Babul Miah, Koyes Uddin, Mohammed Ali,Sabia Khatun,Zakir Karim, Suhana Ahmed, Faruk Miah MBE , Ahad Ahmed Mazhar Ali, Sajia Afrin Choudhury Shakil Ishak also present at the event.
The 2017 publication and gala dinner is sponsored and supported by numerous
organisations and businesses, which include our lead partner Meridian Grand.
The event was organised by Hema Patel Managing Director of onlyred and the catering courtesy of Eastern Pride.
The media partners of the gala dinner includes: Channel S TV, G10 Design & printers, Bangla Post, Only Red Marketing, Surma NewsGroup, Eastern Pride, Impress Media, UKBD News. The chosen official charity partner for this year’s event is Just Smiles.
Organisations who are supporting the 2017 event: Biman Bangladesh
Airlines, JMG Cargo, Mahbub & Co, Kenza Creations, Unisoft, Apex
Accountancy, Bluestone Finance, UKAY JewellersGroup, General Auto, Eurasia food Service, Careworld London Ltd, Sha Global, London Tea Exchange, Mohammad Shas & Co, Portman State Agent, Littlestone Cowan Solicitors, Taj Store, Print Art for U, London Tiger, Probashi Polli, Alom & co, Home Warranty, NCL Tour, HRN Hoxton, Arif & Co , Maya & Co Solicitors, Excell Properties Limited, ARON, Naga King, Aubarey Solicitors, Citygate Accountancy, Horoppa, AL-Amin Travels, Hussain Travels, Al-Qibla Hajj and Umrah Travels and Tours, Kushiara Financial Service and Khan Associates.
The Bangla Mirror Group is indebted to those who have supported this publication and continuing to do so, as without the community’s support the publication and gala event of such magnitude would never be possible.
The evening was capped off with excellent entertainment by prominent singers Porosh Moni, Propa Rezwana Anwar, tephanie Rodriguez, Rasel,Dance by Taal Torongo group and lavish dinner served by outstanding catering enterprise Eastern Pride.