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DR BINITA KANE
Dr Binita Kane is a Consultant Respiratory Physician in Manchester. She was a contributor to the BBC1 Documentary 'My Family Partition and Me' which aired in 2017 for the 70th Anniversary of the Partition of India. Her personal journey led her to Parliament in 2018 to campaign for a formal ‘Partition Commemoration Day’, which has since been declared 17th August (the day the Radcliffe line was published). She has gone on to create ‘The Partition Education Group’, bringing together multiple stakeholders from across the UK to campaign and create material for the inclusion of British-South Asian and Colonial history on school curricula. She went on to co-found South Asian Heritage Month.
JASVIR SINGH OBE
Jasvir Singh OBE is a prolific activist within the British South Asian community. He is an established family law barrister who has been in practice for the last 14 years and is based in London. He is a trustee and patron of several regional and national charities within the faith and minorities sector, including City Sikhs and the Faiths Forum for London, and he is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, which is listened to by over 7 million people across the country. He was awarded an OBE in 2017 for his extensive community work. He is also the co-founder of South Asian Heritage Month.
Anita Rani, is a British radio and television presenter. Anita’s episode of BBC1’s Who Do You Think You Are? broadcast on 1 October 2015, led her to discover the history of her maternal grandfather Sant Singh and his tragic personal losses during the violence of the Partition of India in 1947. The public interest in the topic, particularly from second and third generation Asians led her and Director Leo Burley to create ‘My Family Partition and Me’ aired in 2017, which was nominated for Best TV Documentary at the National Television Awards in 2018 and for which she won best Presenter. She has been a passionate supporter of the South Asian Heritage Month campaign and is the Founding Patron.
Ruby Bukhari is young British-Punjabi entrepreneur and powerhouse with 10 years of experience in the publishing and creative industries. She is former Editor of Disorder Magazine (one of the largest music magazines of its time) and is currently a Photography Lecturer at University of Arts London. She is also the Events Lead at South Asian Heritage Month UK, the country’s first ever and first-of-its-kind ode to and celebration of South Asian heritage. Ruby established her own online magazine, Ruthless, in late 2018 that creates space for underrepresented groups of people in fashion and media. Ruthless has held many events and talks since its inception including Discover, a music festival featuring over 100 local bands in Birmingham just before the first lockdown. Now, Ruthless Magazine, with its merge with Himmat Co, is a springboard for equity and representation across the globe.
Natasha Junejo has been writing under a pseudonym for ten years. Through her writing she has been invited to speak on BBC Woman’s Hour, Lena Dunham’s Women of The Hour, BBC Asian Network, City Radio, and Europe & Me. She is a freelance Communications and D&I consultant committed to creating access and opportunity for marginalised people in society. In the wake of the EU Referendum result in 2016, Natasha co-founded two social justice movements focused on exposing and fighting racism and xenophobia that gained worldwide press attention and influenced UK government policy. She is the founder of South Asian Writers, a hashtag that went viral in 2017, inviting writers of South Asian descent to introduce themselves and their work. She now leads the Literary arm of South Asian Heritage Month and the #ourstoriesmatter campaign.
Laks is a Met Police Officer and a Met LGBT+ Network Executive Committee Member, specialising in Intersectionality and Community Engagement. Laks is Secretary for the National LGBT+ Police Intersectionality Working Group, and a confirmed keynote speaker at the National LGBT+ Police Conference 2021.
Laks is an appointed Mayor of London Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Adviser to City Hall and advocates through an intersectional lens of race, ethnicity, faith, LGBTQ+, and working class lived experiences.
Laks is listed in the UK’s Top 30 BAME Leaders of 2020 by University of Oxford, House of Commons, and OBV. Laks is a Pride 365 Certified Champion, and a 2020 Finalist for the National Diversity Awards, British Diversity Awards and European Diversity Awards.
Numan Azmi is a social entrepreneur. He is the Managing Director of a multi award winning textile heritage based social enterprise and Founder, Non-Executive Director and Chair of other
social enterprises, supporting the ethnic minority communities to maximise their potential in a range of different areas.
Numan has served as a Board Member of a number of local, regional and national public, private, community, voluntary and statutory sector organisations and Govt department Advisory Board. Currently, he is a Member of Manchester Museum’s South Asia Gallery Community
Collective and GM BME Network Leadership Forum.
Numan is the Founding Director of Manchester South Asia Centre, an independent organisation dedicated to promoting the history, heritage and culture of South Asia. He is passionate about languages, especially the diverse languages spoken within the UK South Asian diaspora and has helped to set up South Asian Language Centre UK, where he is a Non-Executive Director. Numan has keen interest in the South Asian sufi music genre and is an accomplished South Asian sufi music singer. He was a Founding Member and later Director of the largest and most well known Bangladeshi sufi music group called Saimum.
Manpreet is a communications specialist. She has extensive experience working as Head of International Communications at Department of Health and Social Care, Director of Communications at The Bartlett, University College London, and running her own consultancy working with art and design, built environment, charity and government clients.
As part of her roles she has always overseen strategy development and delivery of operational projects such as institute and scholarship launches and brings a unique communications viewpoint to these projects.
Nazia is a human rights and policy specialist and has extensive experience of working in non-profit, international and philanthropic organisations. Within her roles, she has developed advocacy programmes relating to the protection and promotion of social inclusion and minorities.
She is currently working at Open Society Foundations as an advocate and grant-maker. She was a program director leading its work on integration of marginalised, minority and migrant communities in western Europe and works as a regional manager in the Asia Pacific Regional Office.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Nazia worked in various post-conflict countries. She was deployed as a human rights officer with the United Nations in Afghanistan, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Kosovo and Croatia and with the European Union Monitoring Mission in Macedonia. She has also been the strategic lead, analysing political, social, economic and legal developments impacting human rights protection in Afghanistan as a researcher at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International.
Tiya Dahyabhai is a curator, material researcher and community workshop facilitator. With a drive to connect with multigenerational audiences through storied collections, Tiya’s research is concerned with the role of material and visual cultures of the British South Asian home.
From British Asian youth movements to the diaspora’s wider representation in popular culture. Running alongside her curatorial design practice, Tiya leads interdisciplinary textile workshops in galleries, community centres and studios across London. Demonstrating the accessibility of traditional and contemporary textile processes.