Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, has received a top award from the region’s Asian business community.
Malala was given the prestigious President’s Award by the Institute of Asian Businesses (IAB) in recognition of her inspiration, achievements and efforts to help others.
Nasir Awan, president of the IAB, said: “The president’s award each year is given to a person who has shown dedication and inspires others.
“We are honoured that this young teenager who inspires both young and old and has risked her life for this cause, has chosen Birmingham as her home. In making this award, we felt that there is none more deserving.”
Winning business person of the year, sponsored by Irwin Mitchell, was Mike Hopkins, principal of South & City College Birmingham in recognition of his achievements in providing the inspiration for the successful growth of the college.
Mr. Hopkins oversaw the merger between South Birmingham College and City College Birmingham and has grown the overall business to a figure of £61 million. The college now employs over 1,500 full and part-time staff, making it one of the largest employers in the city.
Young entrepreneur of the year, sponsored by Total Gas & Power, went to Pav Shergill, who launched the Monsoon Venue Group this year.
JM Security Systems and the NEC Group were named joint winners of the outstanding customer service of the year award, sponsored by East End Foods.