Asians on New Year Honours List 2023

The New Year Honours List 2023 recognises individuals who have delivered extraordinary services. We highlight the British Asians featured.

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The official publication of the New Year Honours List for 2023 was released to commemorate the contributions made by people of all backgrounds across the UK, including British Asians to British society.

The 2023 list is the first to be signed off by King Charles III.

There are 1,107 recipients – 50% of whom are women.

These prominent individuals have delivered services in areas of sport, arts, business and technology. They will be honoured with a British Empire medal and title in the coming months.

The honours handed out include Companions of Honour (CH), Grand Cross, Order of the Bath (GCB/KCB/CB), Order of St Michael and St George (Knight/GCMG/KCMG/DCMG/CMG), Knighthood and damehood (Knight/DBE), Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) and British Empire Medal (BEM).

As for the Asian contributions, the New Year Honours List commends the hard work and efforts by men and women with South Asian roots who have made a major impact on communities around the UK.

Professor Sir Partha Sarathi Dasgupta has been recognised with the rare honour of the Knights Grand Cross for his services to economics and to the natural environment.

He said: “I’m delighted Charles, who will be King Charles, will be giving the award because I approve of him.

“I think the last person who got it was a couple of years ago was David Attenborough.

“That’s what my grandson said to me because he was looking for it. He told me that not many people get it.”

Politician Alok Sharma received the Order of St Michael and St George for his services to tackling climate change.

He explained: “I am humbled to receive this honour.

“Delivering the COP26 conference and getting almost 200 countries to agree the Glasgow Climate Pact was a great UK team effort, supported by many of our dedicated civil servants and diplomats around the world.

“However if we are to keep alive the prospect of limiting average global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, which will help to avert the worst impacts of climate change, all countries need to redouble efforts to meet their climate action commitments.”

Asians on New Year Honours List 2023

Other Asian recipients on the New Year Honours List 2023 include Nadra Ahmed who was made a CBE for setting up the first-ever UK medical school’s patient partnership collaboration, Ivan Menezes received a Knighthood for his services to business and equality and Dr Krish Kandiah received an OBE for his services to refugee integration.

British Asians who have been recognised in the New Year Honours List 2023 include:

Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE)

  • Professor Sir Partha Sarathi Dasgupta – Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Cambridge. For services to Economics and to the Natural Environment.

Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE)

  • Professor Robina Shahnaz Shah – Director, Doubleday Centre for Patient Experience. For services to Patient Care.

Knights Bachelor

  • Dr Mayur Keshavji Lakhani – Chair, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and General Practitioner, Highgate Medical Centre, Loughborough. For services to General Practice.
  • Ivan Manuel Menezes – Chief Executive Officer, Diageo PLC. For services to Business and to Equality.

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

  • Nadra Ahmed – Executive Chair, National Care Association. For services to Social Care.
  • Professor Vengalil Krishna Kumar Chatterjee – Professor of Endocrinology, University of Cambridge. For services to People with Endocrine Disorders.
  • Dr Ramesh Dulichandbhai Mehta – President, British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. For services to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Nageshwara Dwarampudi Reddy – Portfolio Director, Labour Market and Plan for Jobs, Department for Work and Pensions. For Public Service.
  • Dr Gurdial Singh Sanghera – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Oxford Nanopore Technologies plc. For services to the Technology Sector.
  • Jatinder Kumar Sharma – Principal, Walsall College. For services to Further Education.
  • Jasvir Singh – Chair, City Sikhs. For services to Charity, to Faith Communities and to Social Cohesion.
  • Professor Keshav Singhal – For services to Medicine and to the community in Wales.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

  • Usman Ali. Lately Chair, Black Workers’ Committee, Scottish Trades Union Congress. For services to Equality and Cohesion in Scotland.
  • Rashid Begum – Lately Acting Deputy Director, Home Office. For Public Service.
  • Professor Nishi Chaturvedi – Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Director, Lifelong Health and Ageing Unit, University College London. For services to Medical Research.
  • Professor Peter Ghazal – Sêr Cymru II Professor of Systems Medicine, Cardiff University. For services to Systems Immunology.
  • Ravinder Gill – Founder, College of Accountancy Ltd. For services to Higher Education.
  • Puneet Gupta – Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PG Paper. For services to Business, to Charity and to the community in Scotland.
  • Mouhssin Ismail – Lately Principal, Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre, London Borough of Newham. For services to Education.
  • Saika Jabeen – Assistant Chief Officer, Nottinghamshire Probation Service. For Public Service.
  • Sharon Kaur Jandu – Director, Yorkshire Asian Business Association. For services to International Trade.
  • Dr Harren Jhoti – Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Astex Pharmaceuticals. For services to Cancer Research and to Drug Discovery.
  • Dr Krishna Rohan Kandiah – Founder, The Sanctuary Foundation. For services to Refugee Integration.
  • Fukhera (Frank) Khalid – Managing Director, Elbrook Cash and Carry. For services to Business, to Charity and to the community in North London.
  • Professor Kantilal Vardichand Mardia – Senior Research Professor, Leeds University. For services to Statistical Science.
  • Hitan Mehta – Executive Director, British Asian Trust. For services to the British Asian Community.
  • Gotz Mohindra – Senior Volunteer, Conservative Party. For Political Service.
  • Sheikh Aliur Rahman – Chief Executive Officer, London Tea Exchange. For services to the Tea Industry and to Young People.
  • Riaz Shah – Founder and Chair of Trustees, One Degree Academy. For services to Education.
  • Professor Sunil Shaunak – Emeritus Professor of Infectious Diseases, Imperial College London. For services to Infectious Diseases and Drug Discovery.
  • Mahanta Bahadur Shrestha – Philanthropist. For services to the community in the London Borough of Ealing and to the Nepalese community.
  • Asrar Ul-Haq – For services to the community in Greater Manchester.

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

  • Mesba Ahmed – Founder and Chief Executive, London Tigers Charity. For services to the community in London.
  • Syed Samad Ali – Lately Teacher, Thornhill Academy, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. For services to Education.
  • Dr Minal Bakhai (Minal Jayakumar) – General Practitioner and Director, Primary Care Transformation, NHS England. For services to General Practice, particularly during Covid-19.
  • Nipa Devendra Doshi – Product and Furniture Designer. For services to Design.
  • Saleem Fazal – Co-Chair and Co-Founder, Freehold LGBT+ CIC. For services to Inclusion in the Property Industry.
  • Professor Nihal Trevor Gurusinghe – For Charitable Services.
  • Shadim Hussain – Chief Executive, My Foster Family. For services to Equality and to the Foster Care System.
  • Sarah Johal – Strategic Leader, Regional Adoption Agencies. For services to Adoption and Fostering.
  • Inderpaul Singh Johar – Co-Founder, Dark Matters Laboratories. For services to Architecture.
  • Dr Atiya Kamal – Health Psychologist and Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Birmingham City University. For services to Health Psychology during Covid-19.
  • Mohammed Wakkas Khan – Founder, Young Interfaith. For services to Charity, to Young People and to Interfaith Relations.
  • Dr Shaid Mahmood – Chair of Governors, Leeds City College Group. For services to Further Education in Leeds.
  • Jaspal Singh Mann – Director, Simply Shred and Recycle Ltd. For services to the Environment.
  • Syed Khaja Mohi Moinuddin – Customs Cooperation Agreements Lead, HM Revenue and Customs. For Public Service.
  • Professor Dr Syed Naseem Naqvi – President, British Blockchain Association. For services to Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies.
  • Bhavena Patel – Senior Relationship Manager, Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education. For services to Further Education.
  • Veejaykumar Chimanlal Patel – Founder, Business 2 Business UK Limited. For services to Employment and Training.
  • Professor Prashant Pillai – Director, Cyber Quarter and Associate Dean, University of Wolverhampton. For services to Cyber Security and to Education.
  • Aneeta Prem – Founder and President, Freedom Charity. For Charitable Service.
  • Dr Mohammed Qasim – Lecturer and Welfare Officer, Gower College, Swansea. For services to Academic Research and to Young People.
  • Abdul Aziz Qazi – Imam and Founder, Jamia Islamia Ghousia Trust. For services to the community in Luton.
  • Zebina Ratansi – Director of Nursing, Whipps Cross University Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust. For services to Nursing Leadership.
  • Dr Jyotiben Shah – Macmillan Consultant Urological Surgeon, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Medicine.
  • Keranjeet Kaur Virdee – Chief Executive and Artistic Director, South Asian Arts UK. For services to the Arts, particularly South Asian Music and Dance.

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

  • Nura Omar Aabe – Founder, Autism Independence. For services to People with Autism.
  • Shah Sheikh Shepali Begum – Lately Outreach and Impacts Manager, Commonwealth Games Legacy Team. For services to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Dr Wirinder Kumar Amar Nath Bhatiani – Lately Chair, NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group. For services to Health and to Diversity in Greater Manchester.
  • Ziana Ayesha Butt – For services to Netball and to Diversity.
  • Zakaria Arif Dada – For services to the community in the London Borough of Merton during Covid-19.
  • Reena Gudka – Senior Executive Officer, Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities. For services to Civil Servants Affected by Eating Disorders.
  • Javaid Iqbal – Foster Carer, Birmingham Children’s Trust. For services to Fostering.
  • Samina Qasim Iqbal – Foster Carer, Birmingham Children’s Trust. For services to Fostering.
  • Dr Sayyada Mawji – For services to Healthcare during Covid-19.
  • Neil Shonchhatra – For services to the Covid-19 Response.
  • Amarjit Singh Soora For services to the community in Ilford, London Borough of Redbridge.
  • Jagraj Singh Sran – For services to Charitable Fundraising and to the community in Cranford, London Borough of Hounslow.

Order of St Michael and St George

  • Masood Ahmed –  President, Centre for Global Development. For services to International Development.
  • Dr Mohamed Ibrahim – Founder, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. For services to Charity and to Philanthropy.
  • The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP – President, the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). For services to tackling Climate Change.

Overseas & International List

Order of the British Empire

  • Sonashah Shivdasani – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Soneva; and Founder, Six Senses. For services to Tourism, to Sustainability and to Charity.

MBE

  • Vineet Bhatia – Chef. For services to UK Cuisine, to Hospitality and to International Trade.
  • Faraz Khan – Founder and Director, Social, Entrepreneurship and Equity Development (SEED) Ventures. For services to UK/Pakistan relations.

King’s Ambulance Service Medal

  • Salman Desai – Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director of Strategy, Partnerships and Transformation, North West Ambulance Service.

These honorary titles are awarded to these individuals in recognition of their commitment to serve and help Britain in their areas of work and services.

The Asian recipients of these awards have proved their specific dedication without a doubt to their contributions.

DESIblitz congratulates all of the honoraries on the New Year Honours List 2023!

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