KPMG launched its inaugural Asian Festival Drinks Reception on the 8th October, to celebrate the brightest and best of the next generation of Asian talent from the worlds of business and entertainment.
The event, which is set to take place annually, brought together a roll call of standout young Asians to the firm’s new West End client space.
Bina Mehta, Partner at KPMG, hosted the event and leads the firm’s engagement with next generation Asians: “There are 50,000 British Asian businesses in the UK, which together generate more than £60 billion nationwide. Beyond this influence on our economy, the Asian community has made incalculable contributions to our public services, as well as our culture and society.”
“By bringing this group of outstanding and innovative young Asian’s together – extending beyond the business community into arts and culture, this event was about celebrating these achievements while providing the inspiration to take them to the next level.“
KPMG UK Chairman and Senior Partner, Simon Collins, opened the evening by praising the bravery and talent of the guests, who have all, in their different fields of expertise, achieved incredible success. He went on to introduce Farzana Baduel; managing director at Curzon PR and 2015’s Asian Women of Achievement’s Entrepreneur of the Year, who gave the first keynote speech.
She was followed by the Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Mike Tobin OBE, former boss of Telecity Group. Drawing on his own journey, from the humble origins of a council estate in Bermondsey to successful CEO in the UK, via war torn Rhodesia, he urged attendees to take a positive approach to set backs, as opportunities to both learn and develop.
The event saw attendees from across the spectrum, in the world of enterprise and beyond. From talented musicians such as Arijit Chakravarty to comedians like Sajeela Kershi; as well as nominees and winners of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards.
To demonstrate the community’s unique and diverse talents, the reception featured folk Bengali art – Kalighat – as part of the Arts and Culture of India’s (ACI) initiative to support the artists and communities in India who are keeping these art forms alive.
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