Best of British Talent Honoured at Inaugural Asian Professional Awards
Spectacular evening saw Awards go to new generation of role models for Britons of Asian heritage
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Husband and wife winners Professor Sanjay Sharma and Dr Seema Sharma
Bobby Friction (centre) with the Awards Directors (left to right) Harry Virdee, Onkardeep Singh Khalsa, Jasvir Singh and Param Singh
Unsung heroes and professionals at the height of their careers were honoured last night at the first ever Asian Professional Awards at the Emirates Stadium in North London. Nominees from all parts of the UK were joined by industry leaders and celebrities at the event, which saw awards being given out in categories such as Banking, Creative and Design, and Legal.
Over 350 people were in attendance at the event which was hosted by the renowned BBC broadcaster and DJ Bobby Friction. Amongst the award winners were husband and wife Professor Sanjay Sharma and Dr Seema Sharma, who won the Medical Award and Dentistry Award respectively. Dr Sharma was particularly humbled by the honour, adding that:
“It is fantastic to celebrate Asian and British culture together, as well as inspire other professionals to excel in their own careers. However, I’m keen that we do not just celebrate our own successes but also support those who may not have the same opportunities as we have.”
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg had sent a video message to the attendees, in which he
said “Your achievements are all your own. But, in many ways, you’re standing on the shoulders of those British Asians who, for generations, have strived to make their mark on this country.” Messages of support were also sent by the Prime Minister David Cameron, Labour leader Ed Miliband and London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Harry Virdee, one of the Directors of the Awards, said “As an Asian professional myself, I wanted to help create the next generation of role models that people like me can look up to and aspire to be. Excellence within professions can often be hidden away, but the Asian Professional Awards makes sure that there is a platform from which we as a community can shout about our successes and inspire people to follow in their footsteps.”
Following on from the success of last night, the nominations for the Asian Professional Awards 2015 will open in mid-March 2015 and the ceremony will take place in November 2015.
The Asian Professional Awards are the only pan-Asian awards in the UK designed to celebrate and honour the very best of Asian achievement across a range of professional sectors.
The Award winners are:
Banking – Asif Razaq
Dentistry – Seema Sharma
Design & Creative – Kiran Singh
Education – Mital Thanki
Finance – Satvir Bungar
IT & Technology – Dipesh Pattni
Legal – Mandeep Kaur Virdee
Media – Paul Chowdhry
Medical – Professor Sanjay Sharma
Public Service – Asif Sadiq
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