Dr Wali Tasar Uddin
Pola Manzila Uddin
Baroness Uddin was raised to the Peerage as Baroness Uddin of Bethnal
Green in 1998. She is the only Muslim, female member of the House
of Lords. Baroness Uddin’s career background includes being a Youth
and Community worker at YWCA, Liaison Officer for Tower Hamlets
Social Services, and Manager of Tower Hamlets Womens’ Health Project.
Baroness Uddin has special interests in education, health, children,
local government, equal opportunities among others.
Baroness Manzila Pola Uddin was born in Bangladesh and brought up
in London, where she attended Plashet Grammar School. A youth and
community worker in Tower Hamlets she became the first Bengali woman
to sit on a local authority in Britain when she was elected as a
councillor in Tower Hamlets in 1990, and served as Deputy Leader
there for two years. As a community activist she helped to initiate
many projects, such as a women's health and advocacy project, counselling
services for families, an IT project and notably the Jagonari Centre,
the first purpose built women's education and training centre in
the country. In 1988 she obtained a social work qualification from
the University of North London and began a long career with Newham
Social Services. During this time she headed the development of
initiatives on domestic violence and worked as a child protection
officer and team manager. She continues her social services career
as an independent consultant. When she received her peerage in 1998,
she was the youngest woman on the government benches. She was also
the first Muslim to enter the Lords, and the only Muslim woman in
Parliament. Raised to the peerage as one of Tony Blair's "working
peers", she became the first Bengali and the first Muslim woman
to sit in the House of Lords. She swore by "Almighty Allah"
as she took her seat.
Since entering the House of Lords, Baroness Uddin has continued
her work on human rights and local government and has advised various
government departments. She is married with four sons and one daughter.
Baroness Uddin is proud to support BritBangla. " I am pleased
to be associated with BritBangla and give my support;and with worthwhile
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Born to Bangladeshi parents and graduated from Cambridge University.
Konnie Huq is the well-known and popular presenter of “Blue Peter”.
Konnie is best known for presenting this long running British Children's
magazine show "Blue Peter", however she was presenting
the satellite show “TVFM” in 1991 (at the age of 16) and from there
went on to appear in a number of Children Television programmes.
She joined Blue Peter in December 1997 and kept herself the coveted
role of Blue Peter presenter for seven years (so far), and also
was a presenter on the CBBC Top 40 show and Top of the Pops. Konnie
was presenting Channel Five's MILKSHAKE morning shift before moving
to the BBC. She also interviewed Neil Kinnock for NEWSROUND when
she was about 14. She was nominated for a presenter award at the
British Academy Children's Film and Television Awards, in association
with the Lego Company, on 24th November 2002.
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Born in Bangladesh and moved to England during the war in Bangladesh
(formerly East pakistan). Monica Ali was raised in Bolton. She studied
at Oxford University. Monica Ali has been identified as one of Britain’s
best young novelist by influential literary magazine Granta. The
successful writer of Brick Lane, Granta’s Best of Young British
Novelists and was shortlisted for the Bookers Prize. Brick Lane
is one of the year's literary sensations and is described as an
intimate epic set in the contemporary Asian community in the East
End's once infamous, now celebrated 'Banglatown'.
She has been shortlisted for the National Critics Circle awards
Monica supports BritBangla with its charitable causes and helped
with the fundraising for Plan International at her book launch.
"BritBangla is a great idea. Bengalis need to come out of
the shadows into the light. BritBangla provides the space for us
to do that."
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Born in Colchester to parents of Indo-Pakistan descent. Shahin's
father is Bengali. Shahin spent her formative years growing up in
Kuwait in the United Arab Emirates. From a tender age she showed
a naturally talented musical vocals inspired by her mother Zohra
Ahmed. Shahin decided to turn her talents towards music. She sang
in Arabic all the time and was encouraged by teachers in Kuwait
to sing in Arabic during school assemblies. She won several talent
competitions. She returned to England to continue her schooling
at Gilbert Grammer School. Upon leaving she took up a respectable
position in Customs and Excise. She soon began performing at various
shows in London and started making demos before releasing Jind Mariye
which she contributed to and was produced by Taz from Stereo Nation.
The single hit the No.4 spot in the Bhangra charts. The popularity
of Jind mariye got Shahin noticed and approached by British music
producer Kuljit Bhamra who helped her make her debut solo album
Destiny. Destiny had a mellow flavour with distinct Arabic influences;
a sound that has now become Shahin's trademark.
She has been shortlisted, nominated or won awards for her achievements
as the Best Female Vocalist Winner for Asian Pop Awards 2000, twice
short-listed for Asian Women of Achievement Awards and received
a finalist nomination for the equally noted Ethnic Multi Cultural
Media Awards. She is one of the UK based female South Asian front
runners of innovative musical collaborations with her blend of powerful
Arabic/Indian vocal resonance in music in its various genres. To
add to this she has worked with respected mainstream and Asian musician’s
producers such as Prodigy, A.R Rahman, Jah Wobble, Doug Laurent,
Miss Shiva, Justin Scharnova etc as well as up and coming stars.
Her vocal work profile credits are included in the soundtrack to
several successful major feature films. Hollywood/Bollywood movies
include: The Incredible Hulk (Universal Pictures / Hollywood), The
remake of the 70s classic Charlie’s Angel (Columbia Pictures/Hollywood),
Zubeidaa (Background score;India), Scary Movie 2 and Dhai Akshar
Prem Ke (Bollywood) Starring Ashwayarai. Latest single with Tim
Deluxe -Mundaya (the Boy) Featuring Shahin Badar.
Despite her growing success, shahin finds time to endorse and
support various charitable and good causes. Shahin gave a speech
at the BritBangla launch party to give her support to BritBangla
"that realises the potential of Bengalis in UK."
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Tommy Miah, 44, left Bangladesh for Britain as a child of 10 without
a word of English. He is now one of the most successful Bengali
businessmen and a celebrity chef in UK.
After moving to Edinburgh from Birmingham he started a successful
Indian restaurant business and runs an Indian-theme hotel in the
city called The Original Raj Hotel. His Raj Restaurant in Edinburgh,
colonial-style decor introduced by chef-proprietor Tommy Miah when
he opened the restaurant in 1981, is set in a listed building and
is designed to feel like you are stepping back in time to late 19th
century India. The Raj Restaurant in Edinburgh is the first Indian
restaurateur to be honoured by Britain's Seafish Authority with
its "Pride in Seafood" award. Iain MacSween, chief executive
of the Scottish Fishermen's Organisation, presented the prestigious
award at a ceremony in Tommy's restaurant. The award recognises
Tommy's pioneering work in promoting Haddock as a prime item on
Indian restaurant menus.
Tommy Miah is a canny businessman whose International Chef of the
Year competition attracts the world's top Asian chefs. Edinburgh
businessman Tommy Miah started the annual "International Indian
Chef of the Year" competition in 1991 to promote innovation
and quality in Indian cooking. The first competition was launched
by Edwina Currie and finalists were chosen from 400 entrants for
a three-hour cook-out at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh,
in February 1992. Entries have risen steadily each year, reaching
around 5,000 in 2001-2. Entry is free and the worldwide competition
is the only one open equally to all amateur or professional cooks.
The winner is announced at a Curry Ball in Edinburgh.
He recently opened a restaurant in Dhaka showcasing his innovative
"Bangla fusion" cuisine that has become a big hit with
diners. The Bangladeshi-born celebrity chef Tommy Miah cooked hundreds
of kilograms of lentils and meat in Dhaka in a bid to win entry
into the Guinness Book of Records for preparing the largest-ever
He has been appointed as Chairman of Palma Apparel (UK). Palma
Group has its headquarters in Bangladesh, Tommy will be representing
the UK office. Palma Group is an apparel/clothing export/import
Tommy Miah has supported and worked with many charities in UK and
Bangladesh. He is currently working on collating a recipe book for
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Dr Wali Tasar Uddin, MBE
Edinburgh businessman and restaurateur, Dr Wali Uddin MBE, has
been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Britian's biggest
celebration of Asian success and achievement the Asian Jewel Awards
on 11th February 2006. The objectives of the Lifetime Achievement
Jewel Award are to increase awareness and applaud the longevity
and outstanding achievements which have been made by the leading
British Asian business & corporate powerbrokers throughout the
UK. Their brilliant and relentless day-to-day pursuit of excellence
epitomises the high standard of endeavour and success that has been
attained and which has had a positive impact on the quality of life
for everyone in Britain.
Dr Uddin is Chairman of the Bangladesh British Chamber of Commerce,
a key player in establishing the BanglaScot Foundation and a founding
director of the acclaimed Edinburgh Mela. He is also (amongst many
other things) the owner of a highly successful group of award-winning
restaurants (including Edinburgh’s Britannia Spice Restaurant) and
a dynamic fundraiser for good causes. He was the first Bangladeshi
Justice of the Peace in 1984 and was appointed as the first Honorary
Consul of Bangladesh in Scotland in 1993. In 1995 he received an
MBE for his services to race relations and in 2005 was named as
one of the Asian Power 100.
hie is the Chairman and C.E.O of the Universal Koba Corporations
Ltd, Chairman of Frontline International Air Services (London) and
the Chairman of the Commonwealth Society of Edinburgh. He is the
award winner of the following: Britannia Spice winner of the 2001
Pat Chapman’s Good Curry Guide ‘Best Curry Restaurant in Scotland’,
Les Routiers ‘Newcomer of the Year 2001 Award’ and the Sunday Times
‘Best Ethnic Restaurant Award’.
Dr Uddin is active in the Edinburgh Mela, Rotary International,
and numerous charity initiatives that have raised hundreds of thousands
of pounds for good causes. In addition his own commercial interests
he is a respected consultant to several major award-winning restaurants
in Scotland and in UK.
Dr Uddin puts his success down to a combination of values: People
respect you when you have determination, dedication, honesty and
integrity. Teamwork is very important too, and you have to give
something back to society.
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