The 2014 list showcases British Bangladeshi talent across 20 different categories including, politics, business and enterprise, innovation, media, sport, culture, celebrities, restaurateurs and emerging influence.
For first time the general public have participated in the selection process by nominating their most inspiring figures in British Bangladeshi society. The Judges have awarded the highly prestigious People’s Choice places to following five names who demonstrate extraordinary examples of success and inspiration:
Mr Hammed Ahmed, Entrepreneur of Northampton
Mrs Sofina Aktar Motin Islam OBE, Headteacher of Coventry
Ms Jelina Berlow- Rahman, Partner of JR Rahman Solicitors of Edinburgh
Mr Kawsar Zaman, Fulbright Scholar of London
Ms Shabina Begum, Barrister and Acid Victim Campaigner of London.
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) and in top of Dr Yunus & Sir Fazle Hasan Abed as well.
The list also revealed less well known and emerging faces such as Rupa Huq (Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Ealing) and Zubair Hoque Formula 4 Racing Driver.
The top 100 names were announced by prominent figures such as Baroness Syeda Warsi, Rt. Hon Danny Alexander MP, Anne Main MP, Dame Tessa Jowell MP, Lord Karan Bilimoria, Mijarul Quayes Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK and a number of other MPs and dignitaries were in attendance.