Northern Asian Powerlist
A celebration of the exceptional Asian business and cultural leaders from across the Northern Powerhouse who are driving innovation and economic growth.
The Northern Asian Powerlist 2020 shines a spotlight on the significant and sustained contribution of the Asian business community across the Northern Powerhouse. It is an opportunity to celebrate the exceptional business and cultural leaders who are driving innovation and economic growth and accelerating the success of our regions, the North, and the UK as a whole.
The North is a place where diverse businesses thrive, and as this report showcases, there are many inspirational business and cultural leaders from across the Northern Powerhouse.
An esteemed panel of judges from across the UK reviewed hundreds of nominations to create the Powerlist. This year’s categories include:
- Politics and Diplomacy
- Digital and Technology
- Women in Business
- Business Leaders
- Emerging Talent – Entrepreneurs and Emerging Leaders
- Inspiring Professionals
- Thought Leaders
- Cultural Icons
- Social Changemakers
- Food and Drink
The concept for the Northern Asian Powerlist was launched by the Rt Hon. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi of Dewsbury at the House of Lords in 2019.
The Asian business community is one of the most prosperous and dynamic ethnic minority communities in the UK, making a substantial contribution to the UK economy. The British Asian community generates around 10% of the country’s GDP despite making up only 4% of the population, according to research published by the Confederation of Indian Industry.
Winners and shortlist
The Powerlist has been whittled down from hundreds of brilliant nominations to 101 people from across the Northern Powerhouse.
Leeds City Region Powerlist representatives
There is strong representation from Leeds City Region in the Northern Asian Powerlist, including five category winners. These exceptional business and cultural leaders are driving innovation and economic growth and making a significant contribution to their local community.
Key partners and judging panel
The Project Board and esteemed panel of judges from across the Northern Powerhouse had the unenviable task of deciding who made the Northern Asian Powerlist 2020, recognising the extraordinary achievements of the Asian community.