Two of the rising stars of the BBC have been signed up for the Institute of Asian Businesses Annual Dinner.

Hardeep Singh Kohli is a stand-up comedian and comedy writer, as well as being one of the regular presenters on the BBC's nightly One Show. He has also featured in sitcoms, presented documentaries such as In Search of the Tartan Turban and reached the final of BBC's Celebrity Masterchef.

Adil Ray, of BBC Asian Network, will be the host on the evening. Born in Birmingham, he joined the BBC in 2002 and presents a daily show that is best described as "popular music with stuff in the middle". He also co-presents BBC2's music, fashion and lifestyle show Desi DNA. Coincidentally he started his broadcast career at Radio XL under the guidance of IAB chairman Arun Bajaj.

Lisa Ibbotson, events manager at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where the IAB is based, said: "These are two of the rising stars of the BBC and we are delighted to have them on board for this special 20th anniversary celebration.

"Hardeep's profile has risen dramatically over the past year and it is a real coup for us to get him. We're sure his unique approach to being a modern British Asian will be really entertaining on the night.

"Adil meanwhile is gradually moving from the Asian Network over to the mainstream BBC, after making appearances on numerous radio and television shows across the corporation."

Also taking place on the night will be the IAB Business Awards.

Split into four categories - Outstanding Small Business, Outstanding International Trade, Outstanding Woman in Business and Outstanding Young Businessperson of the Year - they will celebrate the very best of Asian entrepreneurship over the past 12 months. Entries are still being sought, with the closing date being Thursday.

Taking place at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham, on November 3, this year's IAB annual dinner promises to be the biggest and best yet, and it is hoped there will be close to 1,000 guests there on the night.