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15th Edition Asia-Africa Business and Social Forum: Awards & Business Summit & Greatest Brands and Leaders 2020-21– Asia, Middle East & Africa

Asia-Africa Business and Social Forum

Asia-Africa Business and Social Forum

With the vision of bringing together business and social leaders from Asia, Middle East and Africa on a global platform for mutual welfare and collaboration, AsiaOne Media Group organized the 15th Edition of Asia-Africa Business and Social Forum: Awards & Business Summit on 26th October’21 at Emirates Ballroom, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai. The one-day mega Summit was joined by esteemed dignitaries from India, Singapore, Thailand, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China/Hong Kong, Nigeria, the UAE, Oman, Malaysia, Moldova, USA, UK, Nigeria and South Africa where key leaders from business and government sectors congregated to facilitate fresher avenues of economic cooperation, networking and investment opportunities in the Asian, Gulf and the African region. Once again, AsiaOne Media Group created a unique and unmatched platform where highly intellectual and insightful thoughts were created on the significance of collaboration and mutual cooperation especially in the light of the pandemic.
The Summit was organized by AsiaOne magazine and URS Media, which is rapidly emerging as the Number 1 international media company towards the cause of business, political and social issues in the entire Asia & Middle east, thus supporting not only the Indian Government’s initiatives such as Skilling India, Digitizing India, and Incredible India, but also supporting United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and World Health Organization’s targets. Darwin Platform Group of Companies (DPGC) was the Preferred Partner for the entire Summit and Awards.
Mr. Rajat Raj Shukal, Global Head & Principal Partner, AsiaOne magazine and URS Media Consulting P.L., opened the forum and talked about how Asia, GCC and Africa have to come together in the post COVID-19 times to collaborate for a convergence and creating a New Renaissance which should indeed focus on creating more new Businesses which are technology-enabled as this would create more Business Leaders from Asian, Middle Eastern and African regions and generate more employment opportunities and add contribution to the GDP and grow the economies. AsiaOne and Darwin Platform Group of companies – the preferred partner for the 15th Edition Asia-Africa Business and Social Forum 2021 would come together and initiate a TV reality show where 40 million higher education students first from India would be reached out for scouting their business ideas and then a three tier selection would be done by industry experts and a few inspiring ideas will be seed funded and created in to ventures, this would first start as an initiative from India, being called "Let’s Make Great India Again" as we are the largest youth in current demographics and then further a similar platform would be initiated in other countries of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Another important aspect he spoke about was mental health, especially for the youth who currently may not get good employment opportunities in the COVID-19 times since many businesses have slowed down. And a similar message from Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji was also broadcasted at the Forum. Gurudev, a recipient of AsiaOne COVID-19 Commitment Award 2020-21, spoke about mental health as one of the biggest challenges that the world is facing today and he was pleased to learn that more than 200 awardees were being recognised at the forum and were being motivated in these unprecedented times.
Ajay Harinath Singh, Chairman and Managing Director of Darwin Platform Group of Companies (DPGC) said, “I am proud of the fact that the rapidly expanding, one of the fastest growing Indian global business conglomerates, DPGC gave 34,000 jobs to the youth of the nation at the time of COVID-19 pandemic. Ultimately, our target is to offer one lakh twenty-five thousand more jobs by December 31st, 2021.”
As a keynote speaker at the Forum, Dr. Raja Rao Choudhary, CEO, Darwin Platform Group of Companies, talked about the significance of consistent innovation and mutual collaboration to sail through the pandemic smoothly. The Forum also saw the gracious presence of his colleagues namely Mr. Sandeep Singh, Group Vice Chairman and Dr. Balwant Singh, Vice Chairman, Pharmaceuticals &IT.

Special Message
Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji, Founder, The Art of Living Foundation
Distinguished Dignitaries
The following distinguished dignitaries graced the Forum:
- Mr. Omar Al Humaidi, Director, Department of Anti-Injurious Economic Practices, Ministry of Economy, the Government of UAE
- Ms. Amal Alblooshi, Director, the National Program for Wellbeing, Ministry of Community Development, the Government of UAE
- HE Mr. Hasan Omar, Chairman, Dubai Quality Group
- Mr. Abdulla Al Nuaimi, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai National Insurance & Reinsurance
- Ms. Fatima Al Taei, Emirati Actress, The UAE Film Industry
- Ms. Urvashi Rautela, Philanthropist & Actress, The Indian Film Industry
- Ms. Daisy Shah, Actress, The Indian Film Industry
- Mr. Gulshan Grover, Philanthropist, Producer & Actor, The Indian Film Industry
- Mr. Vivek Oberoi, Actor, the Indian Film Industry
- Mr. S. Sreesanth, Cricketer and Actor, the Indian Film Industry
- Dr. Sara Al Madani, Co-founder and CEO, HalaHi
- H.E. Ms. Arshi Ayub Mohamed Zaveri, CEO, TrustWithTrade Group
- H.E. Mr. Rashid Sesay, Ambassador of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Embassy of Sierra Leone in Abu Dhabi
- H.E. Mr. Malraj de Silva, Ambassador of Sri Lanka, Embassy of Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi
- H.E. Mr. Victor Haruta, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova, Embassy of Moldova in Abu Dhabi
- H.E. Mr. Mohammed Dansanta Rimi, Ambassador of Nigeria, Embassy of Nigeria in Abu Dhabi
- H.E. Mr. Nalinda Wijerathna, Consul General of Sri Lanka, Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Dubai
- H.E. Mr. Paul Raymund P. Cortes, Consul General of the Republic of Philippines, Consulate General of the Republic of Philippines in Dubai
- H.E. Mr. Marco Antonio Santivañez Pimentel, Consul General of Peru in Dubai, Consulate General of Peru in Dubai
- H.E. Dr. Aman Puri, Consul General of the Republic of India in Dubai, Consulate General of the Republic of India in Dubai

Winning Leaders and Brands
As the 15th Edition of Asia-Africa Business and Social Forum was a Summit of 16 industries, more than 200 Brand and Leader award winners were felicitated on 26th October 2021 with a presence of eminent business and social leaders and celebrities from cinema and sports from Asia, Middle East and Africa.
Exclusive winners of Guest of Honour Awards are as follows:
- Mr. Omar Al Humaidi, Director, Department of Anti-Injurious Economic Practices, Ministry of Economy, the Government of UAE
- Ms. Amal Alblooshi, Director, the National Program for Wellbeing, Ministry of Community Development, the Government of UAE
- HE Hasan Omar, Chairman, Dubai Quality Group
Knight of Honour Awards
- H.E. Mr. Rashid Sesay, Ambassador of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Embassy of Sierra Leone in Abu Dhabi
- H.E. Mr. Malraj de Silva, Ambassador of Sri Lanka, Embassy of Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi
- H.E. Mr. Victor Haruta, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova, Embassy of Moldova in Abu Dhabi
- H.E. Mr. Mohammed Dansanta Rimi, Ambassador of Nigeria, Embassy of Nigeria in Abu Dhabi
- H.E. Mr. Nalinda Wijerathna, Consul General of Sri Lanka, Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Dubai
- H.E. Mr. Paul Raymund P. Cortes, Consul General of the Republic of Philippines, Consulate General of The Republic of Philippines in Dubai
- H.E. Mr. Marco Antonio Santivañez Pimentel, Consul General of Peru in Dubai, Consulate General of Peru in Dubai
- H.E. Dr. Aman Puri, Consul General of the Republic of India in Dubai, Consulate General of the Republic of India in Dubai
AsiaOne Super 50 COVID-19 Commitment Awards 2020-21
- Mr. Naveen Jindal, Chairman, Jindal Steel & Power Limited and Chancellor, O. P. Jindal Global University
- Ms. Urvashi Rautela, Philanthropist & Actress, The Indian Film Industry
- Mr. Gulshan Grover, Philanthropist, Producer & Actor, The Indian Film Industry
- Mr. Vivek Oberoi, Actor, Indian Film Industry
- Mr. S. Sreesanth, Cricketer and Actor, the Indian Film Industry
- Dr. Ram Buxani, Chairman, ITL Cosmos Group
- Mr. Abdulla Amiruddin Ajmal, Deputy COO, Ajmal Perfumes
- Dr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President, Thumbay Group
- Mr. Sudesh Agarwal, Chairman, GRP Industries
- Mr. Vasu Shroff, Chairman, Regal Group
- Mr. Adeeb Ahmed, Managing Director, Lulu Financial Holdings
- Mr. Avi Bhojani, Group CEO, BPG Group
- Mr. Paras Shahdadpuri, Chairman, Nikai Group
- Mr. Neelesh Bhatnagar, Managing Director, NB Ventures
- Mr. Ryan Pinto, CEO, Ryan International Group Institutions
- Mr. Rizwan Sajan, Chairman, Danube Group
- Dr. Nawab Shafi Ul Mulk, President, Mulk Healthcare Enterprise
- Mr. Nitish Jain, President, SP Jain School of Global Management
- Mr. Tariq Ahmed Nizami, Founder & CEO, CEO Clubs Network Worldwide
- Ms. Vidya Chhabria, Chairperson, Jumbo Group
- Dr. Surender Singh Kandhari, Chairman, Al Dobowi Group
- Mr. Vardaraj Manjappa Shetty, Chairman and Managing Worker, Ramee Group of Hotels and Resorts
- Mr. Dananjay Datar, Chairman, Al Adil Trading
- Ms. Poonam Bhojani, CEO, Innoventures Education
Global Leader of the Year 2020-21/ Global Asian of the Year 2020-21/ Global Indian of the Year 2020-21
- Mr. Amitt Nenwani, Managing Director, Shiva Group
- Mr. Ajay Harinath Singh, Chairman, Darwin Platform Group of Companies
- Mr. Dipak Choudhary, Director & CEO (India Operation), PMD Chemicals Pvt. Ltd.
- Mr. Manish Shah, Managing Director, Prakash Chemicals International Pvt. Ltd.
- Mr. Birendra Sasmal, CEO & Founder, GreenFinch India
- Mr. Swapnil Agarwal, CEO, Nitya Capital
- Dr. Sukanta Kumar Jena, CEO, Inovaantage
- Mr. Satender Sharma, CEO & Board Member, Petrocontracts International Ltd.

Women Empowerment Principles Leadership Award 2020-21
- Ms. Fatima Al Taei, Emirati Actress, The UAE Film Industry
- Ms. Daisy Shah, Actress, The Indian Film Industry
- H.E. Ms. Arshi Ayub Mohamed Zaveri, CEO, TrustWithTrade Group
- Ms. Renu Gupta, Managing Director, Red Velvet Rock Global Commercial Brokers LLC
- Dr. Leila Soudah, CEO & Founder, Dr. Leila Soudah Clinic
- Dr. Preeti Reddy, Director, Malla Reddy Narayana Multispeciality Hospital, Malla Reddy Narayana Multispeciality Hospital
- Ms. Smita Banerjee Sasmal, Philanthropist, Fashion Designer, Mrs India Earth Finalist & Leader
Greatest Brands & Leaders – World’s Greatest Brands and Leaders / Asia’s Greatest Brands and Leaders / India's Greatest Brands & Leaders
- Mr. Shanker Ganesh, Managing Director, The Nest Builders
- Mr. Gautam Boda, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, JB Boda Group
- Dr. Bu Abdullah, Chairman, Bu Abdullah Group
- Dr. Prashant Govindrao Zade, Chairman, A S AGRI & Aqua LLP
- Mr. Nitin Seth, Vice Chairman, Tops
- Mr. Manoj Soni, Founder & CEO, Harmonizer
- Mr. Jagdish Kadam, Chairman & Managing Director, Raj Path Infracon Pvt Ltd
- Ms. Satya Vadlamani, Chairperson, Murli Krishna Pharma Pvt. Ltd.
- Mr. Ajay Poddar, Managing Director, Syenergy Environics Ltd.
- Mr. Monish Ramchandani, Founder, CEO & Managing Director, Qcon
- Mr. Mohammad Yasin Chowdhury, Chairman, FMC Dockyard
- Mr. Raj Chodankar, Chairman and CEO, RRPS4E INNOVATION PVT LTD
- Mr. Dipak Choudhary, Director & CEO (India Operation), PMD Chemicals Pvt. Ltd.
- Mr. Manish Shah, Managing Director, Prakash Chemicals International Pvt. Ltd.
- Mr. Keshav Maheshwari, Director, Allen Career Institute Overseas
- Mr. Syam Panayickal Prabhu, Managing Director & Senior Consultant, AURION Business Consultants
- Dr. Nawab Shafi Ul Mulk, President, Mulk Healthcare Enterprise
- Mr. Shitij Kapoor, Managing Director, "LUXURY CONCIERGE REAL ESTATE - LCRE"
- Dr. Amit Andre, CEO, The DataTech Labs
- Mr. N. Sathya Pramod, Director, StarManch
- Mr. Satender Sharma, CEO & Board Member, Petrocontracts International Ltd.

World's Greatest CEO Award 2020-21
- Mr. Abdulla Al Nuaimi, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai National Insurance & Reinsurance
AsiaOne Global Youth Icon of the Year 2020-21/ AsiaOne Most Influential Young Leaders 2020-21/ Asian Youth Empowerment Leader 2020-21
- Dr. Sara Al Madani, Co-founder and CEO, HalaHi
- Mr. Amit Khemani, Group Vice Chairman, Khemani Group
- Mr. Ronak Chiripal, Chief Executive Officer, Nandan Terry Limited
- Mr. Prateek Suri, Founder, MASER
- Ms. Anjali Gaekwar, Country Head - India, Christian Louboutin
- Mr. Mark Laitflang Stone, Founder, Avenues
- Mr. Chandan Prashar, Founder, Aracion Technology Pvt. Ltd
- Mr. Shareef Muhammed, Director, Cubes International Logistics LLP
- Mr. Monish Ramchandani, Founder, CEO & Managing Director, Qcon
- Mr. Shitij Kapoor, Managing Director, "Luxury Concierge Real Estate (LCRE)"
Asia's Most Creative Leader 2020-21 Award
- Mr. Vevek Paul, Producer, the Indian Film Industry, and Founder, The Great Indian Film Festival

Asia's Most Innovative Brand Award for Short Films & Documentaries
- The Great Indian Film Festival
Asia's Most Promising Real Estate Leader 2020-21
- Mr. K. Srinivas Reddy, Founder & Managing Director, Shathabdhi Townships Pvt. Ltd., Shathabdhi Townships Pvt. Ltd.
Asia's Fastest Growing Leader
- Mr. Randeep Bhattacharya, Founder & MD, StarManch
Credible Builder of the Year 2020-21
- Mr. Shanker Ganesh, Managing Director, the Nest Builders
CSR Awards
- Asia's Fastest Growing CSR Brand – Urvashi Rautela Foundation
Keynote Addresses
- H.E. Dr. Aman Puri, Consul General of the Republic of India in Dubai
- Dr. Raja Rao Choudhary, CEO, Darwin Platform Group of Companies
- Mr. Randeep Bhattacharya, Founder & CEO, StarManch
- Mr. Mark Laitflang Stone, Founder & CEO, Avenues
- Mr. Keshav Maheshwari, Managing Director, ALLEN Career Institute Overseas
Brief Itinerary
- Date: 26th October, 2021
- Venue: Emirates Ballroom, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai
- Registrations & Walk Through: 6:15 PM to 7:15 PM
- Welcome Speech & Intro to Awards & Summit: 7:15 to 7:30 PM
- Awards Felicitation (First Set) Knight of Honour / Global Leaders of the Year Awards: 7:30 to 7:50 PM
- Sponsor Presentation: 7:50 to 8:05 PM
- Awards Felicitation (Second Set): 8:05 to 8:35 PM
- Key note Speeches: 8:35 to 8:50 PM
- Awards Felicitation (Third Set): 8:50 to 9:10 PM
- Networking Dinner: 9:10 PM onwards

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About AsiaOne
AsiaOne is an international media house and the only Business & News magazine, with presence in more than 15 countries of Asia, Middle East and Africa. AsiaOne Media has pioneered the research-based listing of Brands & Leaders and supplements its listings with National & International Business & Social Summits and Awards function. It has been offering Indian, Asian and African brands & leaders with higher visibility through its several prestigious mediums including Magazine, Coffee Table Book, Television Broadcast, various websites, Android and iOS Apps.

“AsiaOne Greatest Brands & Leaders – Asia, Middle East & Africa”: The Most Broadcasted TV Series in the World – Reaching to 79 countries with a B2B viewership of over 39 million

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the socio-economic fabric of the world yet despite the numerous challenges it has posed, the adversity has also thrown open umpteen opportunities. We, at AsiaOne, intend to bring to fore and recognize such Leaders who have perceived the current challenging times as an opportunity to rise above the rest and have thereby led the Brand by their exemplary resolve and have also contributed to the revival of the economy and collective welfare of society, nation and the Asian and African continent at large. Therefore, AsiaOne recognized many Business and Social leaders for their contribution not only to Business but also towards the society through its prestigious AsiaOne COVID-19 Commitment awards 2020-21.

AsiaOne Magazine made a grand foray into the digital realm with the first episode of AsiaOne Greatest Brands & Leaders – Asia & GCC broadcasted on 6th June 2020. With a total of 21 Television episodes already, broadcasted at 4 Leading Business and News channels, the series has earned a unique distinction of being ‘the Most Broadcasted Business Brands and Leaders TV Series 2020-21 in Asia, Middle East & Africa – with a viewership of over 39 million viewers in 79 countries and was honored by World Book of Records, UK 2021. The series showcases a unique mix of greatest leaders from varied spheres including the Union Government ministers, Business and Social Leaders, change makers, and celebrities from cinema and sports and has been rising up the popularity charts with each passing day.

The series has been featuring eminent business and social leaders from different spheres including the Indian Union Government Ministers such as Shri Anurag Singh Thakur ji, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi ji, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri ji, Shri Kiren Rijiju ji, Shri Arjun Munda ji, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat ji and others. The episodes also featured some of the greatest business & social leaders from varied spheres namely the late Smt. Indu Jain, Smt. Savitri Jindal, Shri Gautam Gambhir (Former Indian Cricket player & current Member of Parliament), Shri Niranjan Hiranandani, Shri Samir Modi, Ms. Sania Mirza, Ms. Ananya Birla and Ms. Karisma Kapoor among others.

To learn more about the event, research and the greatest brands and leaders, visit www.theworldsgreatestbrands.com, www.theasiasgreatestbrands.com, www.theindiasgreatestbrands.com, www.asiaone.co.in, and www.asiaone.me or call us at +91-011-43281161-66 or write to us at india@asiaone.co.in , dubai@asiaone.co.in , Singapore@asiaone.co.in

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