WINNERS 2017 /
John Romeo (Specialist Professional Award)
Managing Partner :Oliver Wyman
Country: 27 countries globally
John is Oliver Wyman's Managing Partner in the Americas a member of the Executive Committee and in this role oversees offices activities in offices across the United States,Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Columbia. Revenue as of April 2017 $1.9 Billion.
Sachin Dev Duggal (Innovator Technology Award)
Co-Founder & Chief Wizard of Engineer.ai
Country: USA, UK, India & Mauritius
Sachin is a serial entrepreneur building a Human assisted AI engineering team that empowers everyone to build and operate tech, new app to AWS Cloud. He has bootstrapped Engineer.ai into a business that has seen $43m in revenue in the last 3
years and 180% profitability growth. Sachin took his last company Nivio (one of the pioneers of the Cloud in 2004) to $100m in
value before exiting. Sachin founded Shoto- a photo and video service and is also an active investor in over 20
startups including Popxo, Avocode, Clarify Health, Zeus and HealthHunt.
Robin Arora (Savvy Retail Award)
B&M has grown to over 560 stores and employs over 28,000 staff. B&M believe in selling top branded products at sensational prices. B&M attracts over 3 million customers a week. B&M has stores throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The company has a valuation of £4 Billion employing over 25000 and maintaining growth rate of 25% p.a.
Samir Kasliwal (Exquisite Art and Fashion Award Over 30)
Owner, Gem Palace, Jaipur, India
Country: India, USA, Japan, France, Turkey, Itlay
Samir heads Gem Palace, founded in 1852 which is not only India's oldest jewellery store,but one of the oldest family owned luxury businesses. Samir is the 9th generation of the family and heads this iconic business today. Gem Palace is now looking to expand globally and increasing presence in India.
Christian Oldendorff (Dedicated Stalwart Award Over 30)
Owner, Reederei Nord
Country: Germany, Cyprus, The Netherlands, Singapore
Christian family own Reederei Nord which runs 80 owned ships and supports operations of 250 ships. Christian is building a modern fleet of Eco vessels consuming an average of 15% less heavy fuel. He has an ongoing commitment to reduce emissions by 3% every year. He was named Winner of the 'Young Person of the Year Award 2017' by Seatrade
Awards. He has also set up Amplifier Group which combines a group of startup investors who want to invest in technologies like airships, brain-machine interface technologies and technologies to 'clean up' the merchant shipping industry.
Jyotin, Karam and Sunaina Sethi (Exceptional Team Award)
Established in 2008 by Jyotin, Karam and Sunaina Sethi. The Sethi restaurants include the Michelin starred Indian restaurants Trishna and Gymkhana and the award winning Michelin Bib Gourmand Sri Lankan restaurant Hoppers in Soho.The other independent restaurants included in JKS restaurants are the Michelin starred Lyle's and Kitchen Table,
Bubbledogs, BAO and XU.
Arunima Sinha (Outstanding Competitive Sports Award)
International Sports Icon
Arunima is first female amputee in the world to climb Mount Everest. Her aim was to climb all the continents' highest peaks and hoist the national flag of India. She has already climbed six peaks: Everest in Asia, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Elbrus in Europe, Kosciusko in Australia, Aconcagua in Argentina and Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya) in Indonesia.
She has been awarded the Padma Shri, the one of the highest civil honours in India and also the Tenzing Norgay Award, the highest mountaineering award in India.
Akshay Ruparelia (Tenacious Property and Construction Award Under 20)
Founder and MD Doorsteps.co.uk
Akshay is only 19 and his company Doorsteps is the UK's fastest growing online estate agents. His company has democratised the way homes are sold in the UK with the lowest cost service making Doorsteps the 14th largest estate agent in the UK.
Alexandre Mars (Generous Philanthropist Award Over 30)
Serial entrepreneur and Philanthropist - Epic Foundation
Country: UK, USA, France, Belgium, india, Thailand
Alexandre has launched and sold several companies in Europe and North America in a variety of industries including venture capital, social media, internet, mobile marketing and digital advertising. His last two startups, Phone valley (the largest global mobile marketing agency) and ScrOOn( a leader in social media management system), were sold to Publicis
Groupe and Blackberry. In 2014, he founded Epic, a nonprofit which brings solutions to individuals and companies to make giving the norm. Epic promotes a strategic approach to philanthropy to financially support high impact social organisations tackling youth and children issues globally. He was named in 2015 among New York's top philanthropists
under 40 by the New York Observer. He was awarded the Trophee de l'avenir Europe in 2016 and was appointed Chair of the Sport and Society Committee for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid.
Baron Laurent Bourbon De Brabandt (Generous Philanthropist Award Under 30)
Country: UK, UAE
Laurent has been raising awareness and money with a focus on children in need and the environment. His philosophy is to interconnect personal success with giving back to society. At 16 he assisted with the implementation of the social services structure at Eton and was also Chairman of the Eton Action Charity Organisation. He implemented similar ventures at Cambridge University, UCL, University of Gallen and now with the Harvard Alumni Association. Laurent has travelled to over 90 countries to explore how his social network can promote positive development. He has received diverse awards such as the
Honorary Chinese Citizen Award or the SOS Children Village Individual of the Year and has worked closely with the Leonardo di Caprio and Khalifa Foundations.
Jay Sean (Magnificent Performing Arts Award)
Country: UK, USA
Jay is one of UK's highest selling single artists. He has sold over 18 million songs, topped the billboard charts as the only British artist to have both English and Spanish No 1 single and the first Asian artist to have 2 simultaneous Billboard Top 10 singles.
Jon Rasmussen (Ardent Techie Award)
Country: The Netherlands
Through his tech consultancy Product Labs he has built innovative solutions for clients in banking, telecoms, automotive, smart energy and mobile commerce throughout Europe and Africa. He recently co-founded Smartplants.io which builds systems to boost digital transformations for traditional industries like manufacturing, by taking advantage of big data and artificial intelligence to become more efficient. Through several rounds of funding and global clients and partnerships, they are now expanding internationally.
Joshua Kane (Savvy Luxury Retail Award)
Joshua was a designer at Burberry and Paul Smith before he produced his own collection. His collections are unique and distinctly British in design. Every fabric used in his collections is designed by Joshua personally and woven uniquely for him in traditionally English mills. He has been compared with and quoted as the next Alexander McQueen. His last two fashion shows have been held at the London Palladium and he has been shortlisted for 'Beyond the Runway' category in the Fashion Futures.
Kanika Kapoor (Inspirational Icon Award)
Indian Playback Singer
Country: UK, India
Kanika is an Indian playback singer who sings for Hindi language films. Several of her songs have topped the charts and she has won several awards including the Best Female Playback Singer Award. Kanika has also launched her own fashion brand.
Kartikeya Sharma (Outstanding Media and Entertainment Award)
Entrepreneur, Media Personality Sports League Owner
Kartikeya is the founder and promoter of ITV Network India's fastest growing news network and Pro Wrestling League. ITV network owns and operates three national news channels. He also owns a line of digital properties which focus on making news and information. Kartikeya also runs two newspapers.
Marc Jacques Burton (Savvy Luxury Retail Award)
Designer of British label MJB
Country: UK, Germany, France, Italy, Finland, USA, South Korea, Japan
Marc started of in the nightlife sector and opened profound venues in London like Mahiki, Whiskey Mist and Tonteria. Marc started his fashion business venture eight years ago. Marc integrates his art on the leather jackets and then developed the collection further as customers asked for a full head to toe look. Unique hand painted pieces, bomber jackets, hand distressed denim, tops and customised shoes were added to the collection. The label operates through an artistic process. Each inimitable piece is hand crafted under the expert eye of the MJB artisans in Venice, Italy before being hand painted in the MJB studio
in London in extremely limited quantities.
Rahul Mulchandani (Relentlessly Resolute Award)
Founder, Enfield Brewery
Rahul's Enfield Brewery is the only Brewery that produces hand crafted beers with locally sourced ingredients and fresh mineral water from deep beneath London. Over the last 20 months, Rahul has grown Enfield Brewery from a start up to a brand available in over 150 pubs and hundreds of stores in London. He works with several other breweries and drinks
companies on consultancy for packaging and distribution in the off trade drinks sector. Growth is being pursued nationally and internationally.
Reema Khan (Astute Finance and Investments Award)
Founder and CEO Green Sands Equity
Country: USA, Singapore, UAE, Germany
Reema set up this boutique private equity and investment advisory firm with headquarters in San Francisco and offices in Singapore, Dubai and Frankfurt. Clients include corporate funds, governments, endowments, corporations, banks and sovereign wealth funds around the world. Investments initiated to date of $1.4 Billion.
Sanjay Arora (Dedicated Stalwart Award Under 30)
Director, The Arora Group
Sanjay oversees all the group's new acquisitions. The group is a successful private company which leverages synergies across its specialist property, construction and hotel divisions to its strategic advantage. It currently manages over £1.5 billion of property
assets which include operated hotels, a portfolio of externally leased hotels, offices and commercial spaces as well as land holdings across London, major regional airports, home counties and Scotland. The group is one of the UK’s largest private / owner operator of hotels.
Vivek Chadha (Exceptional Hospitality Award)
Founder, Nine Group
Vivek founded the company in 2011 and is a Hotel Owner, Residential Developer and Commercial Investor. He is a Franchisee of 'IHG', 'Hilton' and 'Marriott' and owns and operates 18 hotels. He won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of year 2017 for London and South East.
Sonam Fabiani (Exquisite Art and Fashion Award Under 30)
Founder and Creative Director ESSE VIE
Country: UK, India
Sonam founded the contemporary British label in 2015 giving it her radical, fresh approach to design that considers the woman's natural shape above all. ESSE VIE's ethos is to create clothes for real women that lead healthy lifestyles but who do not look like a mannequin and do not fall under the plus size category. The approach ensures that each
piece flatters every silhouette.
Aradhana Khowala (Extraordinary Travel and Tourism Award)
CEO Aptamind Partners
Aradhana runs a strategic Hospitality and Tourism Consultancy, advising family offices and governments on tourism investments. She is a Global Advisory Board Member of the World Tourism Forum Lucerne. A regular speaker, moderator and presenter at the foremost Family Office conferences and Tourism Summits. Aradhana is also a guest
lecturer for MBA level courses on tourism and entrepreneurship at different universities and organisations.
Yashvardhan Binani (Tenacious Property and Construction Award Over 20)
Founder, Synergy Homes
Yashvardhan comes from a commodity, mining and industrial background. Synergy offers luxury serviced offices suites and services apartment accommodation in Regents Park and Hyde Park. Over 2500 guests stay at their apartments each month. The company also offers rental and sales brokerage services.