Winners of the 21st Century Icon Awards 2020 unveiled


The winners of the 21st Century Icon Awards have been unveiled today. The awards celebrate success of the next generation by recognising dynamic entrepreneurs and successful individuals.

The winners of the 21st Century Icon Awards 2020:

Adolfo Cambiaso, Professional Polo Player, Argentina – Competitive Sports Award
Adolfo is a professional polo player, ranked number one in the world with a 10-goal handicap rating, the highest possible in polo. He became the youngest player in history of the sport to reach the ten goals handicap at the age of 17. Adolfo has won every important international polo tournament in the world amassing 174 title wins. He has held the number one spot in the World Polo Tour’s rankings for an incredible twenty three years.

Shankar Mahadevan, Legendary Singer and Composer, India – Magnificent Performing Arts Award
Shankar Mahadevan is regarded as one of India’s top playback singers. As a singer and music composer, he has recorded over 7000 songs. He has also recorded songs for many non-film albums, tel-series, devotionals and classical collaborations. Shankar has won 27 prestigious awards for his music. He is also the recipient of the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honours from the President of India.

Mohit Burman, Vice Chairman, Dabur India Limited: – Dedicated Stalwart Award
Elephant Capital: Managing Director
Aviva India: Chairman
Burman Hospitality (Taco Bell): Director
KPH Dream Cricket Pvt Ltd (Kings XI Punjab Cricket Team, Indian Premier League): Chairman

Mohit is the Vice Chairman of Dabur India with Revenues of over USD 1.2 Billion and Market Capitalisation of USD 11 Billion. Promoted by the Burman family in 1884, Dabur has the largest herbal and natural product portfolio in the world available in over 100 countries. Mohit is the driving force behind the Burman family’s foray into several high-growth and sunrise sectors of Financial Services like Life Insurance, Pensions, Annuities and Asset Management, besides Agriculture, Retailing & Sports.

Raghavendra Rathore, Renowned Indian Fashion Designer – Exquisite Art & Fashion Award
Companies: Raghavendra Rathore Jodhpur, Imperial India Company, Gurukul School of Design, Jodhpur Design Company, Ajit Bhawan Hotel & Hotel Narlai.

Born into royalty, The Raghavendra Rathore Jodhpur is India’s premier menswear bespoke brand. For over two decades the brand has been a leader in customisation of lifestyle services for celebrities, power dressers and individuals with a sense of achievement. With stores in all major metros in India and in the UK, the brand evokes its creativity from the ancient town of Jodhpur. Reliance Brands Ltd and Ermenegildo Zegna invested in his company two years ago making him the first Indian designer to have an international partnership.

Christian Levett, UK – Astute Finance & Investments Award
For seven years Christian Levett was in the Forbes and hedge-fund lists of Wall-Street’s highest-paid earners and his Clive Capital was the world’s largest commodity trading hedge fund. He is an Art Aficionado, and his collection is showcased in his own museum, Mougins Museum of Classical Art. He owns one of the world’s most important collections of Roman Armour and female abstract paintings among others. He is the primary funder of Candy Kittens and Equals Banking Group. The former is the fastest growing sweet company and the latter Is the largest pre-paid currency card company in the UK

Chris Gayle, Jamaica (International Cricketer) – Competitive Sports Award
Jamaican cricketer who played international cricket for the West Indies. Chris Gayle captained the West Indies Test side from 2007 to 2010. Considered as one of the greatest batsmen ever in Twenty20 (T20) cricket, Chris has set numerous records across all three formats of the game. He is the most capped player for the West Indies in international cricket and is the only player to score a triplet of centuries – a triple hundred in Tests, double hundred in ODIs and a hundred in T20Is.

Ajeet Singh, Founder Guria India – Generous Philanthropist Award
Guria India is a nonprofit organisation that is dedicated to fighting child prostitution, second generation prostitution, trafficking of women and children for forced labour or sex primarily in Northern India. Guria was founded in 1993 and to date has rescued more than 2,500 children/women from brothels and other forms of slavery, pursued 3120 criminal cases against traffickers/brothel keepers including 15 Public Interest Litigation.

Dhiraj Mukherjee, Co-Founder Shazam – Innovator Technology Award
Dhiraj co-founded Shazam which pioneered mobile music recognition built on its proprietary breakthrough technology. Shazam has been downloaded over 1 billion times and is used by nearly 500 million people a year. Dhiraj has helped grow Shazam as an executive and board member until the company’s sale to Apple in 2018 for a reported $400 million.

Raissa and Joyce de Haas, (Twins) Co-Founders, Double Dutch Ltd, UK – ELITE Rising Star Award
Raissa and Joyce, Co-Founded Double Dutch in 2015. Double Dutch is a premium tonic and mixer brand that is currently selling just under a million bottles per month across 32 countries. They made it on the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2019. Charlene & Michel Heineken – De Carvalho who own the controlling stake in Heineken hold 10% in Double Dutch.

Tashi and Nungshi Malik (Twins), India – Inspirational Icon Award
Mountaineers and Explorers .
9 Guinness World Records. These include first female twins and siblings to scale Mt Everest, scale Seven Summits, complete Explorers Grand Slam, complete three pole challenge.

Aaron Shephard, Nick Cooke, Harry Hugo, Co-Founders, Goat Agency, UK – Outstanding Media & Entertainment Award
Goat is one of the leading global influencer marketing agencies. Started in 2015, the agency has grown to a global group with over 120 staff and 3 offices across UK, USA and Singapore.
In 2019 Goat was named the #1 Fastest Growing Agency in Europe and #4 Globally by Adweek, as well as LinkedIn’s #8 in its Top 10 Startups to work for.

Shalini Passi, Founder, Shalini Passi Art Foundation & MASH (My Art Shalini), India – Squared Watermelon Award
Founded in 2018, the Shalini Passi Art Foundation seeks to advocate a new aesthetic language within the Indian avant-garde – collapsing the hierarchical distinctions between architecture, art, craft, design, and fashion by eliciting a rich discourse around creativity in modernity. The Foundation is supporting, educating, and encouraging experimental new practices. Through her digital platform MASH, Shalini seeks to bridge the gap between art, craft, architecture, design and fashion to further a multidisciplinary approach to these fields.

Umaru W Ndagi, Rahma Integrated Concepts Ltd, Nigeria – Relentlessly Resolute Award
Umaru has worked relentlessly for over 12 years seeking solutions for chronic diseases in Nigeria and Africa. Rahma uses local ingredients to make nutraceuticals for chronic and usually debilitating ailments such as sickle cell, diabetes, arthritis etc. Umaru is running clinical trials on products. The trials for sickle cells been successful and will help alleviate the suffering of millions.

Raman Kant, Founder, NEER Foundation, India – Generous Philanthropist Award
Raman Kant founded NEER Foundation in 2004 as a not-for-profit working towards environment protection, managing water conservation and rural development. The Foundation has produced the first detailed census of natural water resources structures in India. They have cleaned up several ponds and rivers to reduce contamination and constructed many natural water resource structures. The over 5,000 volunteers conduct training programmes in schools on rainwater harvesting and other water conservation methods. The farming communities are motivated to stop use of chemicals. Many villages receive water filters to provide a safe drinking water source, saving thousands from life threatening diseases.

Dr. Sunil Daga Dr Indranil Chakravorty, Dr. Subodh Dave, Professor Geeta Menon, Dr. Neeraj Bala, Dr. Subarna Chakravorty (The BAPIO Institute for Health Research (BIHR) part of British Association of Physicians of Indian) – Specialist Professional Award
They teamed together to research and produce one of the most important studies during COVID 19. They drew attention of the government establishing Black Asian and Minority Ethnicity (BAME) as independent risk factors for acquiring COVID-19 infections in health care workers. This study featured on Channel 4 prime time news and was submitted as evidence for parliamentary committee review for unequal impact of coronavirus on BAME.

Tarun Ghulati, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer and Preeti Rana, Founder and Chief Creative Officer said
“We are delighted and tremendously satisfied that the 21st Century Icon Awards have become the preeminent Champions of the next generation of global leaders. The next generation of leaders and businesses are truly inspiring and we are absolutely thrilled to be a part of their journey and continued success”.

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