Winners of the Asian Voice Bengal's Pride Awards in 2019

Ahievement in Health & Social Care

Dr Suvro Banerjee

Suvro Banerjee is a consultant interventional cardiologist, practicing in Kolkata. He has worked at various hospitals in the United Kingdom, and is a ellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London as well as Edinburgh. His procedural skills, among others, include coronary and peripheral angioplasty, pacemaker, ID and CRT implantation. He is the first doctor in Kolkata to successfully use the ID which is the Implantable Carvioverter Defibrillatorto to treat a patient’s abnormal heart rhythm. Banerjee is a clinical examiner for the MRCP (UK) examinations in India. He is also a postgraduate teacher in Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU). He has also been involved as Principal Investigator in epidemiological studies with University of Calgary, Canada and Coventry & Narwickshire NHS Trust, UK. His work on the “Prevalence, awareness and control of hypertension in the slums of Kolkata” was carried out in collaboration vith Kolkata

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Sports Person of the Year

Isa Guha

Isa Tara Guha (born 21 May 1985) is an English cricket commentator, television and radio cricket broadcaster and a former England cricketer who played in the 2005 World Cup and the 2009 World Cup. She cites winning the World Cup in 2009 as a career highlight. Guha’s parents came to the UKin the 1970s from Kolkata, India. Guha was bor in this Bengali family in High Wycombe, England. Guha started playing cricket with her older brother, when she was about age 8, and was selected for the Development England side at age 13.She went to Wycombe High School, a state grammar school. She then graduated in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and gained an MPhil in Neuroscience, both at University College London.

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Small & Medium Size Enterprise of the Year

Dr Suman Saha

Dr Suman Saha is Co-Founder & Medical Director at Doctify. The platform has become the leading healthcare review platform in the UK. It also enables patients to search, compare and book doctors and health professionals. It features reviews written by patients and recommendations by other health professionals. It covers 47 different specialties and is accessible on web or mobile devices. They work with doctors, clinics and hospitals across the UK to create more transparency and trust in healthcare. With the misson to drive trust and transaprencey in healthcare, Doctify will be launching in markets outside of the UK in 2019 to drive that mission forward – aiming to become the global healthcare review platform. In 2017, Doctify was named one of the ’15. UK Healthtech Startups to Watch’ by Tech World

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Politician of the year

Dilip Ghosh

Dilip Ghosh was born into a Bengali family at Kuliana village near Gopiballavpur of Paschim Medinipur district, West Bengal on 1 August 1964. He was the second of the four sons of Bholanath Ghosh and Puspalata Ghosh. After completing his schooling at the village schools, he moved to Jhargram for higher education. (citation needed) An RTI report was later published that Ghosh did not obtain any diploma in Engineering from Polytechnic College in Jhargram. In 1984, he formally joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a pracharak with his family’s consent. His inspirations at the RSS, among many others, were Mohan Bhagwat and Keshav Dixit. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) inducted him into mainstream politics and appointed him as the president of the party. 

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Entrepreneur of the year

Rajeeb Dey

Rajeeb Dey MBE is passionate about helping people connect to opportunities and flourish in their careers. Most recently he launched Learnerbly – the professional development platform supporting employees to achieve their goals by connecting them to the best development experiences (courses, conferences, articles, coaches and more) and enabling businesses to engage, develop and retain talent. Prior to this he founded Enternships, a portal connecting students and graduates to roles in over 7000 startups and fast growing businesses for which he was named the “02 X Young Entrepreneur of the Year” and the youngest recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2013. Rajeeb is also the Co-Founder of StartUp Britain, a national entrepreneurship campaign launched by Prime Minister David Cameron in 2011 and served as Trustee of UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs for over 10 years.

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Community Service

Dev Aditya

Dev Aditya started his work when he came to the UK to study in 2009. From this hard and humble beginning, coming from a separated family, he first worked for refugee rights and supported actions like From Syria with Love’, supported anti-islamophobia campaigns, organised a Women’s Conference and through his work became involved with other social projects to become one of the champions of his local community in West London. His biggest achievement was when he led a team to crowdfund and secure over £185,000 from local individuals, companies and Santander bank last year to bring a green
transportation link for this local community in Uxbridge; lovingly called Brunel Bikes. He has also worked on several UK student related issues where his drive has helped him secure over £400,000 for disabled students and the mental health and well-being of students in UK Universities.

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Dental Clinic of the Year

Apollo White Dental

Apollo White Dental is a Center of Excellence for Oral and Maxilloracial Care. We are committed to provide the highest quality dental care with superior technology, outstanding chair-side skills, and a compassion for care. With more than 70 centers across 17 cities in India, Apollo White Dental provide all-round dental services form minor procedures to complex dental With
highly experienced dental surgeons, implantologists, endodontists, periodontiests, and pedodontists across all our centers, Apollo White Dental ensures that every patient receives personalized dental care with long -lasting results. We specialize in providing dental care solutions that are aestherically pleasing and, affordable.

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Life Time Achievement of the year

Mrs Shanti Kar

Mrs Shanti Kar came to the UK in the 1960s from West Bengal and has been a stalwart in the UK Bengali community dedicated to promoting Bangla and sharing the Bengali culture with all. When becoming a mother, her passion to share her Bengali values and rich heritage with the local community became stronger. In the early 1980s, with a group of other Bengali mothers, she founded a Bengali school and a non-profit organisation that became known as Darpan. Striving to make Bangla board exams accessible to all, Shanti successfully campaigned for Bangla GCSE and A level to be taught in Darpan. The school she started grew in size, and it is still going strong almost 40 years after it was first established. To date, all Darpan’s students who have sat Bangla GCSE and A level exams have achieved A grades. Teaching children as young as 3 upwards, she provides students a full rounded education of the Bengali arts and culture as well as the language to read and write.

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