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Raj Baddhan shortlisted for Asian Achievers Awards 2022

The shortlist for the prestigious Asian Achievers Awards for this year has been announced, and it contains business executives, Hollywood actresses and music stars that have found fame across the world.

South Asians in the UK today occupy leadership positions across a range of fields, including politics, business and civil society. The Awards recognise the outstanding work of such individuals right across the South Asian community.

Across ten categories including Art & Culture, Business Person of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and Community Service, the AAA received more than 500 nominations, from which the Judges shortlist four per category, evenly divided between male and female candidates.

Amongst those shortlisted is Raj Baddhan, radio broadcaster and CEO of Lyca Media who was previously at Sabras Radio in Leicester for 14 years. Raj said, “I am delighted to be shortlisted amongst the best of South Asian excellence from right across the UK. During my tenure at Lyca Media, I’m proud to have achieved some wonderful milestones. I’m thankful to the Asian Achievers Awards for recognising this journey.”

Included in the business names in the shortlist are Namit Malhotra, the Indian CEO of visual effects company DNEG, which has won seven Oscars, as well as Shamil and Kavi Thakrar, the co-founders of iconic London restaurant Dishoom.

Dr Debashis Bhattacharya is a surgeon by training and currently is the Global Director of Human Risk Management at Reckitt. Fellow shortlisted candidate Samir Desai founded Funding Circle in 2009, with over £13.7bn of loans provided to more than 122,000 businesses since inception.

Amongst the shortlist is also the Rt Hon Suella Braverman, the British politician and barrister who is the Attorney General for England and Wales. Captain Harpreet Chandi, a 32-year-old Indian-origin British Sikh army officer and physiotherapist also known as Polar Preet.

Alongside them are Karenjeet Kaur Bains, first female Sikh powerlifter to represent Team GB, Mercury prize winner Charli XCX, who started writing songs at just 14 years old and CEO of Gift Wellness Dr Zareen Roohi Ahmed.

The Judging Panel for this year’s AAA was reflective of the diversity and experience of the nominations received. It includes Former Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bas Javid, Former President of the Royal College of General Practitioners Dr Mayur Lakhani CBE, COO of Monzo Bank Sujata Bhatia, music producer Bally Sagoo, Welsh Assembly Member Natasha Asghar and Artistic Director of the Darbar Festival Sandeep Virdee OBE.

Established in 2000 and held annually since then, the Awards return in 2022 following the pandemic. Hosted by global advisory firm EPG, the AAA are consistently recognised by the community as the most prestigious and highly respected such Awards in the calendar.

“The Asian Achievers Awards aim to celebrate Asian excellence across the UK. They harbour a special place in the community, documenting our growth and contribution to life in the country over the last two decades. We have been impressed by the breadth and calibre of nominations from across the country that came in this year which show quite how extensive our positive contribution is across all aspects British life,” according to Pratik Dattani, Managing Director, EPG.

Performers on the night include Brit Award nominee Rumer and star of TV’s Man Like Mobeen stand-up comedian Tez Ilyas, with Lord Jeffrey Archer conducting the charity auction in support of the chosen Charity Partner Pardada Pardadi.