CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE OF BENGAL ACROSS THE WORLD IN UK

2022 will mark the third year of the Bengal Pride Awards, dedicated to celebrating the achievements of the Bengali ethnic community from India and Bangladesh. The community has been, for decades, contributing to growth not just across South Asia but right across the globe. This is nowhere more evident than in United Kingdom, where the nearly half a million Bengalis live, thrive and excel in every sphere of life.

Draw up a list of the greatest academics and professors in UK, the greatest doctors, the greatest artistes across the nation or some of the most successful media personalities, chances are your list will include several names from the Bengali community.

Extremely successful restauranteurs, entrepreneurs across sectors and commercial establishments run by Bengalis have for long enriched the diverse tapestry of UK. The community has also been greatly contributing back to this land of opportunity. Leading social workers, not-for-profit and charitable organisations and politicians across party lines hail from this extremely dynamic and diverse community.

ABOUT THE AWARDS

As the global Bengali community grows, numerous Bengalis have made significant contributions to every professional area, including healthcare, banking, politics, education, arts among others. Even though Bengalis thrive in a broad range of businesses throughout the world, there is no global platform that recognises all of their efforts and accomplishments.
The Bengal’s Pride Awards strive to accomplish just that: to honour and recognize Bengalis from all over the world for their worldwide achievements and contributions. Since 2019, The Bengal’s Pride Awards has offered a forum to recognize Bengalis and their efforts, and they hope to develop platforms similar to the Nobel Prize and the Grammy for the Bengalis in the Bengali community

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CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE OF BENGAL ACROSS THE WORLD IN UK

 2022 will mark the third year of the Bengal Pride Awards, dedicated to celebrating the achievements of the Bengali ethnic community from India and Bangladesh. The community has been, for decades, contributing to growth not just across South Asia but right across the globe. This is nowhere more evident than in United Kingdom, where the nearly half a million Bengalis live, thrive and excel in every sphere of life.

Draw up a list of the greatest academics and professors in UK, the greatest doctors, the greatest artistes across the nation or some of the most successful media personalities, chances are your list will include several names from the Bengali community.

Extremely successful restauranteurs, entrepreneurs across sectors and commercial establishments run by Bengalis have for long enriched the diverse tapestry of UK.

The community has also been greatly contributing back to this land of opportunity. Leading social workers, not-for-profit and charitable organisations and politicians across party lines hail from this extremely dynamic and diverse community.

The Bengali community itself represents a wide diversity within, representing two primary countries of origin- India and Bangladesh, several religions, multiple dialects, and diverse professional and economic backgrounds.

Bringing this diverse community in one platform and celebrating the immeasurable contribution of this community across various fields – we are proud to announce the 2022 Bengal Prides Award.

This will be the only award in UK to acknowledge Bengalis and their achievements across all walks of life and aims to create role models for tomorrow’s community leaders – entrepreneurs, professionals, and social workers.

We strive to recognize the pioneering spirit of the Bengali and honour the individuals who, through their work have made a huge difference to all our lives, inspiring us to endure, flourish and nurture. While the awards are being held in UK, we are inviting nominations right across the world.

ANNA FIRTH

MP Southend West​

Annalissa Firth, is a British politician serving as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Southend West after winning the by-election caused by the murder of Sir David Amess. She is a member of the Conservative Party.

Firth originally comes from Leigh-on-Sea, born to an engineer and a teacher. She obtained a law degree from Durham University, and worked for a time as a barrister.
Firth served as a district councillor on Sevenoaks District Council for the area covering Brasted, Chevening, Sundridge and Ide Hill from May 2011 to her resignation on 7 January 2022.

In the 2015 general election Firth stood for the Conservative Party in the parliamentary constituency of Erith and Thamesmead.
She was first elected to parliament in the 2022 by-election held following the murder of David Amess in his constituency of Southend West. Following the precedent set in 2016 after the murder of Jo Cox and the ensuing by-election in Batley and Spen, no other major parties contested the seat. In her maiden speech, she spoke of Amess’ life and career, particularly praising his connection both to his constituents as well as to other MPs, as well as discussing her love for the city of Southend.

L. GEORGE

George, or George as he is more commonly known, has over two decades of professional experience including as COO and CEO in media, publishing, and events.  He has been solely responsible to launch numerous magazines and events that have become extremely popular! He has accomplished corporate restructuring experience and is recognised for sound fiscal and operational management, strategic partnerships that resulted in enhanced profitability, and optimising shareholder value. 

He has practical experience with strategic negotiations, and international business he is currently responsible for commercial operations for large corporate events in the UK, including the flagship Asian Achievers Awards. He has helped raise thousands of pounds for various worthy causes over the years. He is well-known for his honesty and hard work, which has resulted in long-term relationships with clients. He is by nature reserved, but an extrovert in business.

Mr. SAMIT KUMAR BISWAS

An Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) and Global Entrepreneurship Programme (GEP), By Department for International Trade (DiT) alumni & a competent and result oriented health care professional with nearly 26 + years experience in Strategic Management, Business Operations, Marketing, Business Development and Product Management and previous 11 years in Commercial Functions.

Pioneer of Medical Tourism and Consumerism in healthcare in India and launched First Ambulance Booking android mobile app Book My Ambulance in India in 2011.

Presently working as a CEO & Director Advatech Healthcare Pvt. Ltd & Advatech Health Care Europe Ltd.  – A Health Care Technology and Service company. Building the World’s First Digital Safeguarding technology and services for disabled, elderly people and non-emergency patients.

Expertise in launching new Company with new products or Services, thereby, increasing the product portfolio and effectuating marketing as a part of brand building & market development effort to enhance product awareness. Exceptional communication and presentation skills with demonstrated abilities in training, team building. Displayed proficiency in opening new and profitable product/services markets and setting up business operations in International markets with enough national market exposure. An effective communicator with exceptional relationship management skills with the ability to relate to people at any level of business and management across the globe.

Holds the distinction of contributing maximum to the under privileged children education under Corporate Social Responsibility programme. Won Asia Pacific Contribution Committee Awards for 2008 in Vietnam. Successfully launched Advatech in India & Europe. Got:

  1. Best Start Up Company of the year 2011 by TiE,
  2. Best European Health Care Service Awards
  3. Nominated as Best Health Care Leadership Awards in Asia Pacific region.
  4. Nominated for Frost & Sullivan “Medical Tourism Company of the Year 2015
  5. Finalist for Llyod’s Bank’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2018
  6. Austin City Ford Mobility challenge finalist in 2019
  7. Nasdaq Milestone Makers 2020
  8. Leading Acceli city, Boston, US Ambassador
  9. 150 + Best Start-ups in the UK 2021
  10. Top 22 British Start-up brands in London

Founder Trustee of The Bengal’s Pride Awards in the UK Parliament since 2017, to celebrate Global Bengali’s success and reward them in the British Parliament.

SMITA SARKAR

Smita is a true citizen of the world, having worked and lived in Singapore, United States, and Hong Kong as well as her birthplace, India. Her natural curiosity and desire to help others is clear from her time working for news organizations like Associated Press London, The Hong Kong Standard and CNBC India and charities like the UNHCR, Loomba Foundation, My Life Films (London) and New Arrivals Institute and Faith Action, advocating for refugees, widows and people living with dementia, among others. She loves writing and films, in particular gaining a qualification from FTII India, that gave her the credentials to teach students in Mumbai documentary filmmaking. Smita is also very self motivated, having founded a website dedicated to sharing the stories of Indians around the world, called globalindianstories.com. She has been featured in BBC London, RTHK Hong Kong and other networks for her work in the community. She loves meeting new people and experiencing new cultures, never shy to help out when she sees those in need. In her spare time, she likes to travel, write, dance and cook up a storm in the kitchen.

Shehla Raza Hasan

Executive Director
Manchester India Partnership

Shehla joined as Executive Director, Manchester India Partnership in April 2021. She has over 14 years’ experience in the UK India economic corridor, having worked in various capacities across organisations.
Shehla headed the CBI India office as Country Director- India in New Delhi between July 2012 and March 2021. Previously, she led inward investment work and healthcare trade for UKTI at the British Deputy High Commission in Kolkata for five years.

She started her career as corporate news reporter in Business Standard newspaper, followed by working four years at the Indian Chamber of Commerce. She did a brief stint as Consulting Editor at EEPC India, under the Indian Commerce Ministry.

She holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University and a professional diploma in management from the Open University Business School, UK.

In August 2021, she was named as one of the most successful women of India origin in the UK by Purple Halo club. In May 2019 she was named one of the 100 most influential women in the UK-India relationship. In March 2018, she was included in the list of 11 inspirational women in the UK India business corridor by the CII.

She founded the first ever UK India Women’s Leadership Network and was member of the CII’s MNC and Ease of Doing Business committees

She is the Founder of the CBI’s India Advisory Board, comprising 25 chiefs of UK companies in India.

She was part of the India Advisory Group of the Newcastle University Business School, and is a Committee Member of British Business Group, Delhi,

BANKIM CHANDRA

CEO
DotSquares

Bankim Chandra has been the CEO and passionate driving force behind Dotsquares since its inception back in 2002. From very humble beginnings in a cold garage to several hundred employees in six countries this is a family business that has an international focus. Dotsquares is a web and mobile app development company with an enviable portfolio in the Fintech and Travel industries amongst others. Bankim progressed through roles at RBS and American Express before identifying a gap in the market for software development.

Dotsquares has been involved in several ground breaking projects including Gamification on a car assembly production line and a Guinness Book of Records entry for the largest Android pad mosaic ever created. Recent developments have seen further expansion into a new London Office. Bankim has been heavily involved with UK Trade Missions as a Thought Leader, invited to sit on numerous Business Panels, and has been a KeyNote speaker at many events including GITEX in Dubai.A keen sense of business foresight is couple with a great capacity to give back – both to the communities in which the company operates and at a more business level. Bankim has been heavily involved in mentoring in schools and providing apprenticeships, whilst also not forgetting long established roots by providing employees the opportunity to help at the Mother Theresa Centre in Jaipur.

Anita Goyal MBE

Board Trustee at Hallmark Care homes Foundation

Chair and trustee of the Hemraj Goyal Foundation and trustee of the Hallmark Care Home Foundation, Vice President of Barnardo’s and Ambassador of the Alzheimer’s society as well as a member of the Khalsa Academies Trust and Tiffany Circle of the British Red Cross. Author of Voices from Punjab (2019) and Voices from Gujarat (2021). Host of podcast show ‘Relight your Fire’. Previously an Assistant Headteacher and Teacher of science for 20 years in secondary education. Founder of Enrichment Experiences in Education.

A regular international speaker on the topic of philanthropy particularly in female empowerment, passionate about making a difference and believes in doing everything with passion and purpose. MBE 2021 for services to diversity and female empowerment.

Tony Lit MBE

Tony Lit MBE, an accomplished entrepreneurial professional with over 30 years of experience in business, 24 years has been spent working in the British Media Industry with expertise in TV, Radio and Events. As a well-recognized and respected leader in the Asian Media industry, Tony has successfully helped to raise the profile of Asian Media in the wider market. Tony is a self-starter and strong leader, joining Sunrise 1998 as Commercial Director, in 2002 he was promoted to Managing Director after successfully doubling revenue for a number of consecutive years. In 2014 Tony returned to Sunrise as MD after three successful years as VP of Sony TV Asia UK & Europe, on his return to Sunrise Tony led the station to the renewal of the London License for a further 12 years and also won a National broadcast license. Today Sunrise is the only National Asian commercial radio station and has won AMA’s Radio Station of the Year 4 times in the past 6 years