BBPI Judging Panel and Team
Abdal has held a number of senior executive roles across London and is a widely recognised personality in the British Bangladeshi community. Currently employed as a senior lobbyist and consultant, he was the first British Bangladeshi to serve on the Metropolitan Police Authority and the governing Council of Queen Mary, University of London. Abdal has a broad spectrum of voluntary and charitable interests including Trustee of the Thames Water Trust and the chair of the Labour Faith Network, he also hosts popular community TV and Radio shows.
Ayesha is a senior finance lawyer working for a range of clients in the City, she has developed award winning corporate social responsibility programs and acts as a mentor for emerging talent in the legal profession. Ayesha was awarded an MBE in the 2006 New Year’s Honours list for her unique role in the successful London Olympic bid. She was the only British Bangladeshi to present at a medal ceremony at the 2012 Games. Ayesha has also been recently appointed as a Magistrate, sitting in London.
Iqbal is a journalist, social campaigner and serial entrepreneur. He has just celebrated the 10th anniversary of the highly successful British restaurant and bar Roast, in Borough Market and previously founded the multi award winning Cinnamon Club. Iqbal supports a number social and food initiatives, he is patron of Mum’s The Chef and works with projects helping prisoners and ex-offenders get in to work. He received an OBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours list for public service and services to the hospitality industry.
One of the most respected British-Bangladeshi journalists in the UK and the editor in chief of the Weekly Janomot, a Bangla newspaper established in 1969. Syed is also editor in chief of restaurant magazine Curry Life and UK bureau chief of the largest Bangladeshi online news agency, bdnews24.com. He is vice president of the Commonwealth Journalists Association, a voluntary professional association for working journalists throughout the Commonwealth. Syed Pasha is one of the founding members and newly elected President of the London Bangla Press Club, which acts as a voice for British Bangladeshi journalists, and has worked with government bodies including the Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
A Senior Client Account Manager at Media Reach Advertising, Nahida has a City finance background and acts as a trustee for the Sir William Beveridge Foundation, a UK based international charity. Nahida was one of the first British Bangladeshi women to enter into a management role for a Bangladeshi Television Channel and has since successfully led highly popular channels NTV and Channel Nine UK, respectively holding the roles of Executive Director and CEO. During that time she has introduced innovative new programming, attracted a younger viewing base and forged stronger relationships with the mainstream media.
John is a creative and cultural entrepreneur, writer, freelance journalist and strategic consultant for the cultural industries. He is currently the Chairman of Creative England a national agency and is on the British Council's Advisory Board for Arts and Creative Economy. John serves on a number of boards and was previously the Head of Corporate Relations for Channel 4. He has also served as the Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Culture, Chris Smith, during which time John was closely involved in developing the UK government's policies for the creative industries. His other roles have included working as a policy adviser to Neil Kinnock. John is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of East London, as well as other international universities.
Howard has been Managing Director of Strategy at Canary Wharf Group PLC since 2015 having been Strategic Advisor at the company since August 2004. He is currently the Chair of the East End Community Foundation, and the Labour Party Friends of Bangladesh, as well as the Business Advisory Board of the University of East London School of Business and Law. He has held a number of board positions across London including, Think London, Gateway to London, East London Business Alliance, Tower Hamlets Partnership, The Young Foundation’s Fastlaners project, Careers Academies UK, and as a Governor of both the Legacy Trust and Legacy List for the 2012 Olympic Games. He plays a prominent role in supporting pro bono and community empowerment initiatives. He was the Boss in Channel S recent reality TV show “3G Boss” promoting business careers for young British Bangladeshis.