A list of 100 leading British citizens of Bangladesh origin have been published, containing those who are ‘helping shape Britain for the better with their ideas, example, talent and success.’
The ‘British Bangladeshi Power 100’ list for 2013 was published
at Westminster House of Commons on Tuesday (local time).
The list has
twenty categories – entrepreneur, brand, politics, policy/civil service, legal,
restaurateur, professional, networks & associations, academic/think tanker,
medical, the city/finance, community activist, media, culture, community
personality, sport, religious figure, 30 and under, community organisation and
35 new faces have made their way into the list. All
those categorised under ‘Emerging Influence’ were new inclusions, whereas there
is no new entry into the category ‘Entrepreneur’ and
Iqbal Ahmed , chairman of the Seamark groups, is listed
in the first category, ‘Entrepreneur’.
British Home Secretary Teresa May
was the Chief Guest at the gorgeous event that announced the 'British
Bangladeshi Power 100' list.
She praised the organisers for publishing
BBPower 100 founder Abdal Ullah said a lot of promising figures
have found their way into the list this year.
Its Editor, Ayesha Qureshi
said BBPower 100 should be treated as a resource and as a forum for
Iqbal Wahab, Chair of Judging Panel said mainstream political
parties in Bangladesh were not found to be having an impact on the
Syed Nahas Pasha from the Judges Panel pointed out that
everyone had a misconception that Bangladeshis were only contributing in the
catering sector. He said this year’s list has brought out other success stories
of Bangladeshis in 20 different sectors.
The publication event was hosted
by All Party Parliamentary Group Chair, St Albans MP Anne Main.