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British South Asians ‘Desi’s’ Honored in King Charles III’s 2024 New Year Honors List


The 2024 New Year Honors List reflects the contributions of distinguished individuals from British South Asian backgrounds, including those of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Sri Lankan descent. Notably, healthcare professionals, philanthropists, and community activists have been acknowledged for their outstanding service.


  • Professor Amritpal Singh Hungin OBE DL. Emeritus Professor of General Practice, Newcastle University. For services to Medicine. (Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham)
  • The Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP. Member of Parliament for Bromsgrove. For Political and Public Service. (London, London)


Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

  • Dr Chandra Mohan Kanneganti. General Practitioner, Goldenhill Medical Centre, Stoke-on-Trent. For services to General Practice. (Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire)
  • Naguib Kheraj. Chair, Rothesay Limited. For services to Business and to the Economy. (London, London)
  • Dr Mala Rao OBE. Senior Clinical Fellow, Imperial College London. For services to Public Health, the NHS, and to Equality and Diversity. (Colchester, Essex)
  • Bidesh Sarkar. Chief Financial Officer, Department for Business and Trade. For Public Service. (London, London)

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

  • Baldev Parkash Bhardwaj. For services to the community in Oldbury, West Midlands. (Oldbury, West Midlands)
  • Dr Dipankar Datta. Chair, South Asia Voluntary Enterprise. For services to Charity. (Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire)
  • Mahboob Hussain JP. For services to the community in Buckinghamshire. (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire)
  • Salim Hassanali Moledina Janmohamed. For charitable and voluntary services to Faith Communities. (Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire)
  • Rajwinder Singh. Principal Project Sponsor, Prison Infrastructure Team, Ministry of Justice.For Public Service. (Leicester, Leicestershire)
  • Dr Sabesan Sithamparanathan FREng. Founder and President, PervasID and Enterprise Fellow, Girton College, University of Cambridge. For services to Innovation Technology. (Cambridge, Cambridgeshire)
  • Ushaben Ladwa Thomas. Race Adviser, Welsh Government. For services to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities. (Cardiff, South Glamorgan)
  • Vinaichandra Guduguntla Venkatesham. Chief Executive Officer, Arsenal Football Club. For services to Sport. (Hertford, Hertfordshire)
  • Zehra Zaidi. For services to International Development, to Humanitarian Action and to Community Cohesion. (Longhope, Gloucestershire)
  • Taslima Parveen Ahmad. Founder, Creative Design and Manufacture UK. For services to Disadvantaged People and to the Minority Ethnic Community. (London, London)
  • Shabnam Ahmed Butt. Lead for Adult Safeguarding, Camden London Borough Council. For services to Social Care. (London, London)
  • Tajinder Kaur Banwait. Founder, Urban Apothecary London. For services to Business and to the Beauty Industry. (Huddersfield, West Yorkshire)
  • Dr Sanjay Bhandari. Chair, Kick It Out. For services to Sport. (Potters Bar, Hertfordshire)
  • Dr Manav Bhavsar. Lately Clinical Lead, Critical Care. For services to Healthcare, particularly during Covid-19. (Londonderry, County Londonderry)
  • Khumi Tonsing Burton JP – For services to the community in Manchester and Cheshire.
  • Nilesh Bhasker Dosa – Founder, icanyoucantoo. For services to Social Equality.
  • Chitraleka Bolar. Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher. For services to South Asian Dance. (Birmingham, West Midlands)
  • Syed Jason Andrew Ghaboos. Deputy Director, Civil Service Employee Experience, Cabinet Office. For Public Service. (Bude, Cornwall)
  • Permjit Gosal (Pam Gosal) MSP. Member of the Scottish Parliament for West Scotland. For services to Business, to Racial Equality and to Charity in Milton Keynes. (Dunbartonshire)
  • Zahid Hamid. Lately Member, Peak District National Park Authority. For services to National Parks. (Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
  • Anoushe Husain. Ambassador, Ehlers Danlos Support UK, LimbPower and Disability Champion. For services to People with Disabilities. (London, London)
  • Jasdeep Hari Bhajan Singh Khalsa. Founder, The Sikher Project. For charitable services to the Sikh Community. (London, London)
  • Mohammed Gulam Moula Miah. Chairman, Rajnagar Business Group and Moula Foundation. For services to the Bangladeshi Community and to Charity. (Solihull, West Midlands)
  • Dr Meenakshi Nagpaul (Meena Thakur). General Practitioner, Honeypot Medical Centre and Clinical Director, Harrow East Primary Care Network. For services to the NHS. (London, London)
  • Satish Manilal Parmar. Senior Policy Adviser, Department for Work and Pensions. For Public Service. (London, London)
  • Imran Adam Patel. For services to the community in Blackburn, Lancashire. (Blackburn, Lancashire)
  • Jayshree Rajkotia – Trustee and Vice Chair, Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, Institute of Indian Art and Culture. For services to Indian Culture.
  • Dr Muhayman Jamil – Founder, Wheels and Wheelchairs. For services to People with Disabilities.
  • Rizwan Javed – Station Assistant, MTR Elizabeth Line. For services to Vulnerable People. Mostaque Ahmed Koyes – Director, Community Interest Luton. For services to the community in Luton, Bedfordshire.
  • Sadia Sadiq. Manager, Community Care and Wellbeing Services. For services to Minority Ethnic Communities in Wales. (Cardiff, South Glamorgan)
  • Majida Aly Sayam. Founder and Director, Jannaty Women’s Social Society. For charitable services to Ethnic Minority Women. (London, London)
  • Yassamin Sheel. National Lead, United Teaching, Greater Manchester. For services to Children. (Rochdale, Greater Manchester)
  • Savraj Singh Shetra. Field Intelligence Officer, Home Office. For Public Service. (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire)
  • Dr Hamsaraj Gundal Mahabala Shetty. Consultant Physician, University Hospital of Wales. For services to Stroke Services in Wales. (Cardiff, South Glamorgan)
  • Nirmal Singh. Chaplain, North West Prisons, HM Prison and Probation Service. For services to Community Development and Interfaith Integration. (Preston, Lancashire)
  • Dr Muhammad Saleem Khan Tareen. Psychiatrist, Northern Health and Social Care Trust. For services to Mental Ill Health and to Community Development in Northern Ireland. (Belfast, Belfast)
  • Suman Vohra. Vice Chair, Edinburgh Hindu Mandir and Cultural Centre. For services to the community in Edinburgh. (Edinburgh, Edinburgh)

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

  • Rasheed Alawiye. Detective Inspector, Metropolitan Police Service. For services to Policing, and to Diversity and Inclusion. (London, London)
  • Dr Jahangir Alom. Doctor and Campaigner, NHS. For services to Tackling Health Inequalities, particularly during Covid-19. (London, London)
  • Waqas Arshad. Chair, Bradley Big Local. For services to Families with Mental Health Issues in Lancashire. (Nelson, Lancashire)
  • Saeqa Ashraf. For services to Law Enforcement. (London, London)
  • Harbaksh Singh Grewal. Vice Chair, UK Punjab Heritage Association. For services to Punjabi and Sikh Heritage, and to Charity. (Hastings, East Sussex)
  • Sundeep Kaur. Director, United Sikhs. For services to the community in the West Midlands during Covid-19. (Kingswinford, West Midlands)
  • Azam Ahmed Khan. Executive Officer, Department for Work and Pensions and Founder, The Akhirah Team. For Charitable Services. (Leeds, West Yorkshire)
  • Mubarak Hussain Mahmed. Well-Being and Engagement Co-ordinator, First Bus North and West Yorkshire. For services to Mental Health. (Batley, West Yorkshire)
  • Moez Kass Amali Nathu. Chief Executive, Peterborough Asylum and Refugee Community Association. For services to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Peterborough. (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire)
  • Sukhdev Singh Phull. Engineer, Department for Transport. For services to Transport Technology and for charitable services through the Ekom Charity Trust. (London, London)
  • Rehana Khanam Rahman. For services to the Bangladeshi Community. (London, London)
  • Sanjay Shambhu. Councillor, South Gloucestershire Council and Chair, BAME Conservatives. For Political Service. (Patchway, Gloucestershire)
  • Versha Sood-Mahindra – Lately Dementia Lead, BUPA. For services to Community Cohesion and to People with Dementia in Cardiff.



  • Dipak Parbhubhai Karadia. Team Leader, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. For services to National Security.



  • Faroque Hussain. Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, Police Service of Scotland.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

  • Abdul Wahed Mohammed. For services to Education, to Business Development and to the communities in the National Capital District and Central Provinces during Covid-19.
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