British Asian Trust Vice-Chairs recognised in King’s Birthday Honours

In recognition of their philanthropic services , British Asian Trust’s Vice-Chairs , Asif Rangoonwala and Shalni Arora, have been awarded CBE and OBE respectively by His Majesty King Charles III in the Birthday Honours list 2024.

Asif Rangoonwala CBE received the honour for services to Charity and Philanthropy. As a prominent business leader and philanthropist, Asif has been a driving force in the philanthropic landscape for many years, with a focus on creating positive change within communities both in the UK and South Asia. Through the Rangoonwala Foundation, he has championed numerous projects aimed at improving the quality of life for disadvantaged individuals. The Foundation's work includes providing scholarships for underprivileged students, funding medical research and facilities and supporting community development programmes.

Shalni Arora OBE received her award for Social Cohesion and Philanthropy. She has dedicated decades to supporting numerous charitable causes. As a philanthropist and social entrepreneur, she has been actively involved in numerous charitable initiatives that address critical social issues. One of her notable achievements includes founding the Savannah Wisdom Foundation, which supports a range of projects aimed at empowering disadvantaged communities.

In their roles at the British Asian Trust, Asif and Shalni have been instrumental in advancing the Trust's mission to tackle poverty and inequality. Their efforts have significantly contributed to the Trust's programmes which have impacted the lives of millions of people across South Asia.

Asif Rangoonwala CBE said, "I am deeply honoured and humbled to receive this recognition. I will strive to further our mission of creating a more equitable and compassionate world."

Shalni Arora OBE said, “This award is a testament not just to me but to the incredible work of so many partners. Together, we strive to create a more inclusive and compassionate society, and I share this award with everyone who has supported our mission.”

Lord Jitesh Gadhia, Chair of the British Asian Trust, expressed his congratulations, “Asif and Shalni’s passion and commitment to charitable causes is truly inspiring. Their leadership has been pivotal in advancing our goals and making a tangible difference to the lives of those we serve. We are immensely proud of their achievements and this well-deserved recognition.”

The British Asian Trust is committed to championing initiatives that address vital social issues, working towards a brighter and more equitable future for all.