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Joel Sibusiso Ndebele, Mustapha Jawara, Dr. JC Chaudhry, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma and Rajat Raj Shukal Image Credit: Supplied

"Celebrating 75 Years of India’s Independence" was the theme of the 18th Edition of Asia-Africa Business & Social Forum 2022 Awards & Business Summit, which concluded successfully on the 25th August at the majestic Taj Palace Hotel, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

The Forum's main aim was to highlight the glorious journey of development and progress commemorating 75 Years of Indian excellence. Through the theme of the "Pride of the Nation Series Awards & Business Summit: India’s Greatest Brands & Leaders", the Forum highlighted the envious social and economic progress India has achieved since independence.

At the same time, the Forum witnessed gracious participation of some of the great leaders of our time – ministers, ambassadors, business owners, investors and professionals like CEOs, CFOs, CTOs, CHROs, from India, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and US.

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Rajat Raj Shukal, Global Head & Principal Partner, AsiaOne Media Group

Rajat Raj Shukal, Global Head & Principal Partner, AsiaOne Media Group, said: “As a child while growing up in an Indian family, I would hear from people that Indians are great academicians, Indians are great lawyers, Indians are great doctors. Later on people started saying that Indians are great at finance and accounting, Technology etc. and so some of our CFOs, CTOs are great. That's when in 2014, AsiaOne Magazine started with a vision and passion to create a narrative that Indians are great business leaders as well.”

Minister of State for MSME Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma and Minister of State for Steel, Faggan Singh Kulaste threw open the summit by lighting the lamp along with Rajat Raj Shukal and the other dignitaries present at the Forum namely Dr. JC Chaudhry, Ajay Harinath Singh, Dr. Vishwajeet Rana and Prof. Sasmita Samanta.

Dr. JC Chaudhry, the Founder Chairman – Chaudhry Nummero was felicitated with Bhartiya Mahantam Vikas Puraskar at the Forum. The winner of the First-Ever Guinness World Record in Numerology unveiled his book "JC Chaudhry – The Incredible Aakash Story", and also addressed the audience at the forum.

A motivational speaker, philanthropist, educationist, and powerful orator, Dr. Chaudhry dons many hats and each with equal panache. He is the man behind one of India’s largest and most successful test preparatory institute – Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESL). Born in a small town of Haryana, he always dreamt big. He focused hard on his studies and completed his MSc from the BITS, Pilani, in 1972. He started his professional journey as a teacher and realized that there was a huge gap in the coaching segment in the country. He saw it as an opportunity to carve his niche and started Aakash in his house with just 12 students. In his first batch only, 7 students cleared the tests and word spread quickly about his success. Rest as they say is history.

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Dr. JC Chaudhry, Founder & Chairman, Chaudhry Nummero and Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, Minister of State for MSME, India

India’s most-valued Edtech startup Byju’s has recently acquired AESL for $1 billion to bolster its presence in the test preparation segment in the country. The deal is the biggest acquisition by Byju’s to date. Dr. Chaudhry has made a grand foray into the UAE market and currently, he has offices in Dubai, Singapore and London.

Some of the winning brands and leaders are – Dr. JC Chaudhry and Chaudhry Nummero, Ajay Harinath Singh, Dr. Vishwajeet Rana, Global Education Holding (GEDU),  Suresh Krishna, Northern Tool + Equipment, Sandeep Tiku, DAZN Group, Shri RK Agrawal - WAPCOS AND NPCC, Mukesh Thakwani, B5 Plus, Vikash Kumar Vikash, Mysore Sales International Limited, Sudhir Gupta, Founder- Eau De Luxe Ltd and Facticerie, Amandeep Kochar, Baker & Taylor, Amardeep S. Hari, IPMC Ghana, and Atif Rahman, ORO24 Real Estate Development.

India-UAE relations have reached a new high with annual AsiaOne summits being organized in the UAE. Till date, AsiaOne Media Group has organised six international summits in Dubai and Abu Dhabi where more than 1,000 Indian and Emirati business and social leaders have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the economy and society of India and the UAE. Some of the award recipients are Vinod Adani, Dr. Ram Buxani,  Surender Singh Kandhari, Talal Al Murad,  Fatima Al Taie (Emirati Actress), Sania Mirza, Ananya Birla,  Celina Jaitly,  Mandira Bedi, Urvashi Rautela, Gulshan Grover, and Vivek Oberoi.

The Indian diplomats who have graced the summits are Dr. Aman Puri, Consul General of India in Dubai, and Former Indian Consul Generals Vipul, and Anurag Bhushan, and the Former Indian Ambassador TP Seetharam.

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Ajay Harinath Singh, Dr. JC Chaudhry, and Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, Minister of State for MSME, India

Next event in Thailand

Celebrating 75 Years of Indo-Thai Diplomatic Relations is the theme of the upcoming 19th Asian Business and Social Forum which aims to showcase India and Thailand as Partners in Progress. The one day mega summit will be held on 17th December’22 at Marriott Marquis, Bangkok, Thailand. The Summit promises a spectacular platform of intense discussions indulging some of the great leaders of our time – including Ambassadors/High Commissioners, CEOs, Business Owners, and Investors, from all over India, Asia, and beyond.

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“AsiaOne Greatest Brands & Leaders – Asia, Americas & Africa” is the most broadcasted TV Series in the World, reaching 81 countries with a B2B viewership of over 46 million.

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 over 40 monthly episodes already broadcasted at 06 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, Americas Africa – with a viewership of over 46 million viewers in 81 countries and was honoured twice in a row by World Book of Records, UK in 2021 and 2022.

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