At the Asian Who’s Who Awards 2011 which took place on Monday 21st November at Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London, seven outstanding members of the Asian community from around the world were recognized for their achievements in selected categories. Now in its 36th year and an institution in itself, the high profile event pays homage to the most influential Asians the world over, who have made a phenomenal contribution to their respective fields and continue to set a shining example to their peers among the global Asian fraternity and beyond. Prominent BBC journalist Sangita Myska was the event emcee.

Those honored are as follows:

Joginder Sanger, a leading NRI hotelier, has been named the Asian of the Year 2011.

Rajesh Agrawal, founder of RationalFX, for Asian Leadership as Young Entrepreneur.

Natasha Mudhar, CEO & MD of Sterling Media, for Asian Leadership in International Media

Ashook Ramsaran, president of GOPIO International, for Asian Leadership in promoting international harmony.

Jagdeep Rai, corporate area director of Barclays, for Asian Leadership in diversity.

Dr Pushpinder Chowdry, prominent practicing psychotherapist, for Asian Leadership in community service.

Dr Diwan Rahul Nanda, global chairman of Topsgrup, for Asian Leadership in International Business.

The annual launch of the Asian Who’s Who International publication, founded by Mr. Jasbir Singh Sachar, is an important event for Asian communities around the world. It reflects the growing number of achievements by Asians as they continue to contribute to the economic, political, cultural and social activities of their host country. “The event itself presents an opportunity to celebrate the community’s success and for global counterparts to share their stories and inspiration”, said Jasbir Singh Sachar.

 Photo (l-r): Natasha Mudhar, Dr. Pushpinder Chowdry, Rajesh Agrawal, Joginder Sanger, Jagdeep Rai, Dr. Diwan Rahul Nanda, Ashook Ramsaran




GOPIO’s Umesh Chandra (International Coordinator, Oceania) is among 40 Australians who have been recognised for their outstanding work in building strong and cohesive local communities. Based in Brisbane, Australia, Umesh Chandra was named a People of Australia Ambassador. Mr Chandra arrived in Australia with his family in 1987 and began community work in 1990. It was in 2003 that Chandra launched Queensland’s first full colour community newspaper for the Indian and ethnic communities. Chandra was appointed Secretary General of Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland (FICQ) and was very active in reviving the activities of FICQ which had been dormant for a few years prior to his election.

GOPIO International (Global Organization of People of Indian Origin) chose Chandra to spearhead GOPIO activities in Queensland. As the founder

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