The eagerly awaited British Bangladeshi Power & Inspiration 2014 list was announced last night in a packed Commonwealth Room in Parliament.
The top 100 names were
announced by prominent British figures.
The 2014 list showcases British
Bangladeshi talent in 20 different categories including, politics, business and
enterprise, innovation, media, sport, culture, celebrities, restaurateurs and
Prominent names in 2014 BB Power & Inspiration
are, amongst others, Iqbal Ahmed OBE (Chairman of the Seamark Group), Sapnara
Khatun (Barrister and Judge), Lutfur Rahman (first directly elected British
Bangladeshi Executive Mayor), Asif Anwar Ahmed (Ambassador to Thailand), Prof
Moorad Choudhury (Treasurer RBS) and Mihir Bose (Sports Journalist), Shadoq
Education Minister Rushanara Ali, Prospective Parliamentary candidate Tulip
Siddiq, Former British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury and
The list also contained less well-known and emerging
faces such as Rupa Huq (Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Ealing)
and Zubair Hoque Formula 4 Racing Driver.
first time, ordinary people participated in the selection process by nominating
their most inspiring figures in British Bangladeshi society.
awarded the prestigious People’s Choice to five people for their extraordinary
success that serve as profound inspiration:
Hammed Ahmed, Entrepreneur of
Northampton, Sofina Aktar Motin Islam OBE, Headteacher of Coventry, Jelina
Berlow- Rahman, Partner of JR Rahman Solicitors in Edinburgh, Kawsar Zaman,
Fulbright Scholar, Shabina Begum, Barrister and London’s Acid Victim
BB Power also published a list of top ten Bangladeshis at the
global level. Among them are Mohammed Yunus, Founder of Grameen Bank and Nobel
laureate, Jawed Karim, Founder of YouTube, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder &
Chairperson Brac, and Salman Khan, Khan Academy.
Abdal Ullah, Founder of
BB Power & Inspiration said: “In the 2014 BB Power & Inspiration you
will find 100 bright, ambitious and successful British Bangladeshi names across
20 categories demonstrating the dynamic, entrepreneurial, philanthropic,
pioneering and innovative nature of our community.”
He thanked all those
who took part in the People’s Choice who found “some amazing role models to
Ayesha Qureshi MBE, Editor of BB Power & Inspiration said
explained the purpose of the exercise. “We are often asked why we produce this
list; the answer is simple – to inspire the next generation.”
during 2014 with the help of the 100 names on BB Power & Inspiration list,
“a series of BB Power Inspirational Events would be held to provide role models
and mentoring for young people across different sectors”.
OBE, BB Power & Inspiration Judging Panel said that their campaign last year
led to “better representation”.
“However, there is still a job to be done
to ensure representation from across the political spectrum and we will continue
to work with all mainstream parties to address this issue,” he
Syed Nahas Pasha, another BB Power & Inspiration Judging Panel
member said: "By highlighting 10 Inspirational Bangladeshi figures from around
the world, we are demonstrating to the next generation that they can be proud of
their Bangladeshi heritage at home and abroad, they have strong role models