On the 27th January the 4th British Bangladeshi Power & Inspiration 2015 celebrated the success of 100 British Bangladeshis at an exclusive launch event in Canary Wharf, London.
This Year The North West of England was represented in the BBPI 100 list by Zubair Hoque, Muzahid Khan and Mashukul Hoque.
In the Business and Innovations category – Mashukul Hoque, the founder and managing director of Sandyx, was a new entrant. His company provides enterprise software development services to large businesses. The company recently built and commissioned the North West’s only privately owned Data Centre, in Manchester’s MediaCity. Data centres are the critical backbone of the growth in cloud-based services and it is quite an achievement for a small business to be behind one.
In the BB Champions category – Muzahid Khan was also a new entrant. He was recognised for his contribution to philanthropic activities and devotes his time to charitable works, having completed numerous runs and cycled from Sylhet to Cox’s Bazaar and a founder of Tour De Sylhet in Bangladesh to raise money for charity. He is a key member of the Oldham community working to improve cohesion, race equality and interfaith dialogue. He is well know to us as one of the founders of Oldham’s Sylhet Times Newspaper and for his work as co-founder part of the Amana Foundation.
The first ever BBPI ‘Person of the Year’ was awarded to Her Honour Judge Khatun Sapnara for her outstanding achievement as the first person of British Bangladeshi origin in a senior judicial position.
Distingushed guests to the prestigious event included the Chief Guest, the Rt. Hon. William Hague MP, the former British Foreign Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Dame Tessa Jowell, Ann Main MP, Alan Johnson MP and senior representatives of other political parties and invitees from the 2015 list.
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recognising and celebrating the contribution of the British Bangladeshi community to every walk of British life including business, technology and public life. British Bangladeshis are very much part of the tapestry that makes up the British success story”. Rt. Hon. Dame Tessa Jowell said of BBPI: “I am incredibly proud to be a friend and staunch supporter of BBPI and all that it has achieved. All credit to Abdal and Ayesha for taking on this important project which highlights role models and inspirations in the British Bangladeshi community at a time when we need to do more to celebrate and recognise that our diversity in London and the UK is what makes us strong as a nation.
– Rt. Hon. William Hague MP
We are delighted that BBPI has gone from strength to strength. We are especially proud that this year the new title of BBPI Person of the Year was awarded to Judge Khatun Sapnara. She is not only an inspiration to young British Bangladeshis, but it was because we wanted to celebrate people like Judge Sapnara that we started BBPI. Congratulations to her and all 100 BBPI names on the 2015 list. –
Ayesha Qureshi and Abdal Ullah, Founders of The British Bangladeshi Power &
“BBPI is an incredible project of which I am very proud to be a part of. I am particularly delighted to see a female winner of the new Person of the Year, but also that so many incredible British Bangladeshi women are recognised and celebrated on this year’s list. We need to see more women from our communities build careers, succeed and act as role models for more to follow suit.”
-Syed Nahas Pasha, 2015 BBPI Judging Panel
“BBPI has become the highlight event of the British Bangladeshi community and does us proud in providing incredible role models for the next generation of leaders and influencers from our community. The judging gets harder every year with so much boundless talent in the community. We are delighted to be finding so much undiscovered talent.”
-Iqbal Wahhab OBE, Chair of the BBPI Judging Panel
Read the full BBPI 2015 list exclusively on www.bbpower-inspiration.com