2019 List

1. JATHEDAR SANT BABA KULWANT SINGH JI

Sachkand Sri Hazur Sahib, Jathedar

Singh Sahib Jathedar Sant Baba Kulwant Singh Ji was born in Nanded Sahib on 1st May 1967. Baba ji grandfather was Sardar Mangal Singh Ji, Kadewale, who was a saintly soul who earned his livelihood by making Kade and led a simple life. His father name was Balwant Singh Ji and his mother name was Sant Kaur Ji. Babaji father was an accomplished Kirtaniya. Sant Baba Kulwant Singh Ji received his dharmic and social education from Master Taan Singh Ji, Giani Jagjeet Singh Ji and Giani Hardeep Singh Ji. He also learnt in-depth katha techniques. Jathedar Sahib started his sewa with his brother, Bhai Sukhdev Singh Ji as Ragis at Sachkhand Darbar Sahib. Observing his humility, dedication and reverence for Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Gurudwara Sachkhand Board appointed him to serve as a Granthi. As time passed Baba Ji studied various religious scriptures and served as a Kathakaar.

2. BHAI GOBIND SINGH LONGOWAL JI

President of S.G.P.C

Gobind Singh Longowal, who has been Vice-President of Shiromani Akali Dal Badal for 10 years, was numerous times an MLA and former minister. He was elected as the 42nd President of Shriomani Gurdwara Pharbandhak Committee (SGPC) during its General House election in November 2017. Longowal won 154 of 169 votes, clearly beating his rivals. All the five Jathedars were present but they did not vote as per tradition.

3. JATHEDAR SINGH SAHIB HARPREET SINGH JI

Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Jathedar

Giani Harpreet Singh Ji is the Jathedar of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib and Sri Akal Takht Sahib – the highest temporal seat of Sikhs. Born in May 1972, he hails from Gidderbaha in Muktsar and is probably the youngest ever to occupy the chair. He joined the SGPC as a “pracharak” in 1997 before being appointed the position of the head priest of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Muktsar two years later. After serving as head priest for 17 years, he was appointed Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib in 2017. He also holds a Master’s degree in religious studies and is pursuing a PhD on the comparative study of teachings of the Quran and the Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

4. CAPTAIN AMARINDER SINGH

Chief Minister, Punjab

Amarinder Singh, born March 1942, is the President of Punjab PCC. He served as the Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007. Captain Amarinder Singh is the son of Yadavindra Singh and Mohinder Kaur, former Maharaja of Patiala and he is the titular (who posses few powers) Maharaja of Patiala. He attended the Welham Boys School, Lawrence School Sanawar and The Doon School in Dehradun. He has two children Yuvraj Raninder Singh and Jai Inder Kaur. His wife Preneet Kaur is an MP serving as Minister of State in the External Affairs Ministry.

5. JATHEDAR BABA BALBIR SINGH JI

Jathedar of Budha Dal

Baba Balbir Singh Ji, born in Patiala in 1964, were sworn as the 14th Jathedar of Budha Dal by their predecessor Singh Sahib Baba Santa Singh Ji. Baba Balbir Singh Ji is the son of Baba Assa Singh and Bibi Kulwant Kaur. The Budha Dal served as the fifth mobile throne (Panjwan Takht) of the Sikhs. Akaal Takht, Patna Sahib, Kesgarh Sahib and Hazoor Sahib are the four stationary Takht Sahibs. For their maintenance was the Chalda Vaheer – a moving encampment who spend time moving from one Takht to another ensuring those appointed perform duties entrusted to them.

6. SINGH SAHIB JATHEDAR SANT BABA NIHAL SINGH JI

Misl Shaheedan Tarna Dal

Jinda Shaheed, Singh Sahib Jathedar Sant Baba Nihal Singh Ji, of the Sikh organisation Misl Shaheedan Tarna Dal Harian Belan, is a living embodiment of the true teachings of the Sikh religion. He received his religious education at the Sikh temple of Harian Belan, of which he was selected leader at the remarkably young age of 24. Baba Ji controls 40 temples, many of historical significance, throughout the world. He is a spokesman worldwide for his devotion and leadership of the Nihang Singhs.

7. SANT BABA IQBAL SINGH JI

President, The Kalgidhar Trust

Baba Ji, born in 1929, grew up with a resolve to dedicate his life to spreading the Divine Message of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Baba Ji attained a Bachelor degree in Agricultural Science from the Punjab Agriculture College in Lyallpur. Whilst studying their BSc they met Sant Teja Singh Ji, who told them how Sant Attar Singh Ji had established a girls college at Mastuana in 1906 and had asked Sant Teja Singh to visit Europe and America to study the western model of education. Baba Iqbal Singh meeting with Sant Teja Singh Ji inspired him to serve mankind with humility and dedication. Sant Teja Singh Ji established the spiritual retreat at Baru Sahib in the year 1956 and in 1965 Baba Iqbal Singh Ji joined as Director of Agriculture, Government of Himachal Pradesh.

 

8. BHAI SAHIB DR MOHINDER SINGH JI KSG

Chairman, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha

Bhai Sahib (Dr) Mohinder Singh Ji, Chairman of the Nishkam Group of Charitable Organisations since 1995, is the third inline of the Spiritual Leaders of Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ). GNNSJ are based in Birmingham with sites in London, Leeds and internationally in Kenya and India. Bhai Sahib Ji has three honorary Doctorates from Universities in Birmingham. He holds three Directorships of Care Homes, eight Chairmanships, another eight Patronships, seven Trusteeships and some thirteen memberships of various organisations.

9. PADMA SHRI BABA SEWA SINGH JI

Spiritual Leader, Khadoor Sahib

Baba Sewa Singh Ji is an Indian social worker and environmentalist, involved in the restoration and maintenance of the historic Gurudwaras at Khadoor Sahib. Baba Ji is a recipient of the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation Sewa Award in 2004. The Government of India honored him in 2010, with the fourth highest civilian award of ‘Padma Shri’. He is the founder of ‘Nishan-e-Sikhi Trust’. Baba Ji has been involved in many humanitarian and environmental projects. A very ambitious project to plant trees on all the roads leading to Khadoor Sahib was initiated by him and now 10 miles on each of the 5 roads have been covered with trees. He has also planned to plant 500 acres of fruit bearing plants.

10. BABA KASHMIR SINGH JI

Spiritual Leader, Bhuriwale

Baba Kashmir Singh Ji was born on 12 Harh 1967 at the home of Sardar Buta Singh and Gyan Kaur. Baba Ji learned from his mother as she used to take an active part in the Panthak services being done by sevadars of Sant Baba Gurdial Singh Ji and Nirmla Sant Baba Jaimal Singh. The religious domestic atmosphere of Baba Gurdial Singh Ji inspired Baba Kashmir Singh for services and worshipping and in the year 1989, he permanently started serving at the place of Baba Gurdial Singh Ji. By the blessings of Satgurus, Baba Kashmir Singh Ji deserved the patience, Sidak and service and Sant Baba Gurdial Singh Ji, during his life time, assigned the responsibility of `Jathedar’ of his service community to him in 1992.

11. SARDAR DR MANMOHAN SINGH

Former Prime Minister of India

Dr Manmohan Singh, India’s fourteenth Prime Minister, is highly acclaimed as a thinker and a scholar. He is well regarded for his diligence and his academic approach to work, as well as his accessibility and his unassuming demeanour. Manmohan Singh was born on 26th Sept 1932, in a village in Punjab, India. He completed his Matriculation exams from Punjab University in 1948. Then in 1957, at the University of Cambridge (UK) he attained a 1st class (Hons) degree in Economics, followed by a D.Phil in Economics from Oxford University in 1962.

12. MR HARDEEP SINGH PURI

Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs

Hardeep Singh is the current Union Minister of State with Independent Charge in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. He is a 1974 batch Indian Foreign Service officer who served as the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013. He formerly served as Chairman of United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee, Vice President of International Peace Institute and Secretary-General of Independent Commission on Multilateralism in New York. As of 2 September 2017, he has been appointed as one of the new ministers in Prime Minister Modi’s Cabinet.

13. MRS HARSIMRAT KAUR BADAL

Minister of Food Processing

Harsimrat Kaur Badal, born on 25 July 1966 to Satyajit and Sukhmanjus Majithiahas in Delhi, is the Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing and MP from Bathinda. She is a member of Shiromani Akali Dal and the wife of deputy chief minister of Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal and holds a diploma in textile design. Harsimrat started her political career in 2009 when she was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from the Bhatinda. Her first speech was on 3 December 2009, where she expressed her concern about the victims and survivors of the 1984 anti Sikh riots.

14. MR SARABJIT SINGH MARWAH

Senator

Sarabjit or Sabi as he is otherwise known as a Senator in the Senate of Canada. The Governor General of Canada on the advice of the Prime Minister appointed him to the Senate in 2016.  Prior to his appointment, Sabi was the Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of the Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank), a position he had held since 2008. Sabi was also the Chairman of several Scotiabank Subsidiaries and retired from the Bank in 2014. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children. He was a Founding Member of the Sikh Foundation of Canada. Sabi has been recognized with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award; Words & Deeds award from the United Jewish Federation in 2009, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012.

15. MR NAVDEEP SINGH BAINS PC MP

Minister of Innovation, Science & Development

Navdeep Singh is the Member of Parliament for Mississauga–Malton and was appointed Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development on November 4, 2015. He has extensive parliamentary experience, having represented Mississauga–Malton from 2004 to 2011. He served as Privy Councillor and Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Paul Martin and then as Critic for Public Works and Government Services, the Treasury Board, International Trade, Natural Resources, and Small Business and Tourism. Navdeep was an adjunct lecturer at the Master of Public Service program at the University of Waterloo and a distinguished visiting professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University

16. MR HARJIT SINGH SAJJAN PC OMM MSM CD MP

Minister of National Defence

Harjit Singh is a Canadian Liberal politician, the current Minister of National Defence and a Member of Parliament representing the riding of Vancouver South. He is the first Sikh to become Minister of Defence. Sajjan was first elected during the 2015 federal election, defeating Conservative incumbent MP Wai Young, and was sworn as defence minister into the Cabinet, headed by Justin Trudeau, on November 4, 2015. Before politics, Sajjan was a detective investigating gangs for the Vancouver Police Department and a regimental commander in the Canadian Armed Forces decorated for his service in Afghanistan. Sajjan was also the first Sikh-Canadian to command a Canadian Army reserve regiment.

17. MS BARDISH KAUR CHAGGER PC MP

Minister of Diversity & Inclusion

Bardish Chagger PC MP is a Canadian politician who is the current Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Diversity & Inclusionand the Member of Parliament for the riding of Waterloo. She was elected as a Liberal member of the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 Canadian election. Bardish assumed the responsibilities of Leader of the Government in the House of Commons on August 19, 2016, in addition to the responsibilities she already held as Minister of Small Business and Tourism. She was appointed as the first female Leader of the Government in the House of Commons by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

18. MR SUKHBIR SINGH BADAL

President of Shiromani Akali Dal

Sukhbir Singh is currently the youngest President of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) political party and serves as Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab. Sukhbir Singh was born on 9 July 1962 in Badal, Distt. Faridkot (Punjab) and is a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. A post-graduate in economics with a Management degree from the California State University in Los Angeles, Sukhbir Singh is also engaged in promoting the family business. He went to the Lawrence School, Sanawar and studied to acquire a B.A. (Hons) Economics, M.A (Economics) and MBA. He is an alumnus of Punjab University, Chandigarh and California State University, Los Angeles (USA)

19. MR PARKASH SINGH BADAL

Former Chief Minister of the state of Punjab

Parkash Singh Badal is an Indian politician who has been Chief Minister of the state of Punjab since 2007 and is one of the top 10 richest politicians in India. Parkash Singh was born on December 8 1927 in Abul Khurana to Late Sardar Raghuraj Singh and Sundri Kaur Badal. He is married to Surinder Kaur and is the proud father of a son and a daughter. His son Sukhbir Singh Badal is currently the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab. His daughter is married to Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon of the legendary Kairon family and the grandson of the legendary Pratap Singh Kairon and nephew of former Chief Minister and Governor Harcharan Singh Brar.

20. MR MANPREET SINGH BADAL

Minister of Finance, Punjab

Manpreet Singh Badal is the Minister of Finance, in the Government of Punjab. Previously he was a member of Punjab Legislative Assembly from 1995 to 2012 and served as a finance minister in the government of Parkash Singh Badal from 2007-2010. His father is Gurdas Singh Badal, the brother of former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Manpreet Singh Badal attended The Doon School and St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. He was subsequently awarded a law degree by the University of London.

21. MR RANA GURMIT SINGH SODHI

Minister of Sports & Youth Affairs, Punjab

Rana Gurmit Singh was elected to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in 2002, 2007, 2012 and again in 2017. He is a direct descendant of the Fouth Sikh Guru-Sri Guru Ram Das Ji. He was previously Parliamentary Secretary for the Department of Youth Affairs, Sports and Education. Political Secretary to the Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2004, General Secretary Youth Congress for the Ogranising Secretary and General Secretary of PPCC, Chief WHIP Congress Legilative Party, Member of Committee on Questions & References, Committee on Petitions, Committee on Public Accounts and Committee on Estimates and Chairman of Question and References Committee of Punjab Vidhan Sabha. Presently, Rana Gurmit is the Cabinet Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of Punjab.

22. MR AJAYPAL SINGH BANGA

President & CEO, MasterCard Worldwide

Mr. Ajaypal Singh Banga, aged 51, is the current president and CEO of MasterCard Inc and on the Board of Directors. He succeeded Robert W. Selander in July 2010. Beginning his business career with Nestle in 1981, Ajaypal Singh spent the next 13 years in a variety of assignments spanning sales, marketing, and general management. He later joined Pepsico and was instrumental in the launch of its international fast food franchises in India as the economy liberalised. Within the last five years, Ajaypal Singh served on the boards of Trustees of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., the National Urban League and the New York Hall of Science, and was Director of the Council for Economic Education. He was named by The Economic Times of India as the fourth ‘Most Powerful Indian’ in the world.

23. MR MANJINDER SINGH SIRSA

President of D.S.G.M.C.

Manjinder Singh Sirsa was born 28 February 1972 and he is an Indian politician and member of the Shiromani Akali Dal. He has been a member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly from the Rajouri Garden in the 2017 polls. Currently he is the elected member and president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee. Manjinder Singh defeated outgoing president Paramjit Singh Sarna in the elections of 2013. He led the move for the separate marriage act for the Sikh community and was the first one to get his marriage registered under the act so as to lead by example for the members of the community.

24. MR SATWANT SINGH

President, P.S.G.P.C.

The elected members of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) representing all four provinces of the country unanimously elected Sardar Satwant Singh its President in 2019. Sardar Satwant Singh is from Kyber Pakhtaunkhwa. The Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (or PSGPC) is a Sikh religious organisation in Pakistan. The PSGPC was formed by the Government of Pakistan and is entrusted with the maintenance of Sikh religious institutions, places of worships in Pakistan.

25. DR INDERJIT KAUR

President, All India Pingalwara Society

Dr Inderjit Kaur was born on 25th January 1942, she studied medicine and acquired an M.B.B.S. degree from Govt. Medical College, Patiala in 1967 and after a brief stint with Directorate of Health Services; she joined a private practice with her father. Bhagat Puran Singh Ji, founder of the Pingalwara Society took over the care of Dr Inderjit Kaur after the demise of her father in 1975. She emulated him and devoted her entire attention and energy to the service of the suffering. In 1986, Bhagat Puran Singh nominated Dr Inderjit Kaur as his successor, and she succeeded him as Patron President of the Society after his demise in August, 1992.

26. BHAI SAHIBA DR BIBI INDERJIT KAUR KHALSA

President, 3HO

Dr Bibi Ji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa was born on January 22, 1935 in Wazirabad. Bibi ji mother traces her lineage directly to Guru Nanak Dev Ji. She was entitled Bhai Sahiba of the Western Hemispher by her husband, Harbhajan Singh Yogi and the Khalsa Council of Sikh Dharma of the West. In 2004, a proclamation letter from the Akal Takhat confirmed her position as a Bhai Sahiba. In 1973, she achieved her PhD in counselling, serving the Sangat with hours of compassionate listening and guidance. She is known all over the world for her religious work, her wisdom, her philanthropy and her dignity.

27. RT. HON. LORD RABINDER JUSTICE SINGH

Judge & President of the IPT

Rabinder Singh was born in 1964 in Delhi, India. He grew up in a working-class part of Bristol and attended Bristol Grammar School. Rabinder Singh was named the Barrister of the Year by the Lawyer Magazine in 2001, became a QC in 2002 and was appointed a deputy High Court judge in 2003. Aged 39, he was thought to be the youngest judge to sit in the High Court. In 2004 he became a Recorder of the Crown Court. In 2006 he received the Liberty/Justice award as Lawyer of the Year. His appointment as a judge of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court was announced on 29 July 2011. Rabinder Singh is the first Sikh to be made a High Court judge, and wears a turban rather than a wig. Rabinder Singh was sworn in as a High Court Judge at Royal Courts of Justice in October 2011.

28. MR MANJIT SINGH GK

Chairman, Santokh Singh Foundation

Manjit Singh was President of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), managing gurdwaras in India capital, Delhi. He is now Chairman of Santokh Singh Foundation. His father Jathedar Santokh Singh who earned tremendous respect for his selfless service towards Sikh community was assassinated in 1981. Manjit Singh, who is also president of the Delhi unit of Shiromani Akali Dal-Badal, is carrying forward legacy of his father and traditions of the Akali party. Apart from giving selfless service to Sikh community and DSGMC, Manjit Singh keeps a modern outlook and has keen interests in the environment conservation and education. Manjit Singh is continuously fighting for Sikh rights and the anti-Sikh riots that broke out in 1984.

29. BUPU SURAT SINGH KHALSA

Human Rights Activist

Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa has been hailed as one of today  Sikh heroes. He was born on 7th March 1983 and has been involved with human rights activism since early 1970’s. Ever since he was initiated as a Khalsa in 1972 in Bombay, Surat Singh has advocated human rights and has spoken out against injustice to Sikhs and other minorities living in India. During the ‘Dharam Yudh Morcha’, a political movement launched by Sikhs for equal rights in the 1980’s, he served as an advisor.

30. MR NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU

Minister of Local Government & Tourism

Navjot Singh Sidhu is an Indian politician, television personality and former cricketer. He served as the Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs and Museums of the State of Punjab until 2019. As a professional cricketer, he had a career spanning over 19 years after his first-class debut in 1981–82. After losing his place in the national team after his international debut in 1983–84, he returned to score four half-centuries in the 1987 World Cup. Playing mostly as a top-order batsman, he went on to play in 51 Tests and 136 One Day Internationals for the country.

31. MR JAY SINGH SIDHU

Chairman and CEO, Customers Bancorp

Jay Singh is Chairman and CEO of Customers Bancorp, Inc. and Customers Bank with headquarters in Wyomissing. Today it is a proforma $5 billion asset high-performing bank extending from Boston to Washington, D.C. Before assuming leadership at Customers, He was Chairman and CEO of Sidhu Advisors, LLC, a private equity and financial services consulting company based in Palm Coast, Fla. and Reading, Pa. from 2006–2009. Prior to that he was Chairman and CEO of Sovereign Bancorp, Inc. and Sovereign Bank, a $90 billion financial institution. Jay Singh has been recognised as Financial World’s CEO of the year, Turnaround Entrepreneur of the Year, the Chamber of Commerce’s Large Business Leader of the Year, the Caron Foundation’s Citizen of the Year, and has also been the recipient of many awards and other honors.

32. MR KULDIP SINGH DHINGRA

Managing Director, Berger Paints Group

Mr Kuldip Singh Dhingra is an industrialist. He is Managing Director at Spectro Analytical Labs Pvt. Ltd and the Chairman of Berger Paints Group. He is a promoter of the company and has a extensive experience in the paint industry. He has been Non-Executive Chairman at Berger Paints India Limited since 1994 and also serves as a Board Member of Al Masah Capital Limited. Kuldip Singh is a science graduate from Delhi University and recipient of the distinguished alumni award from the Hindu College. He is also Honorary Consul of Georgia in India.

33. MR KARTAR SINGH THAKRAL

Chairman, The Thakral Group

The Thakral Group was founded in 1905 by Kartar Singh father, Mr Sohan Singh. The Group beginnings were in Bangkok textile trade, operating as Punjab Store. Kartar Singh joined his father and in 1952 moved to Singapore. Gradually Kartar Singh led the Group, transforming it into a multinational conglomerate, employing over 10,000 people across 30 countries. The Group businesses include distribution of consumer electronics, IT hardware and timepieces; manufacturing garments; logistics and warehousing; hotels and real estate. Kartar is Chairman of the Thakral Group with assets over $1.2 billion (31st Dec 2010).

34. MR SANT SINGH CHATWAL

President & CEO, Hampshire Hotels & Resorts

Sant Singh is the president and CEO of Hampshire Hotels & Resorts and has hotels in the USA, UK and Thailand with over 2,500 rooms in Manhattan. Sant Singh is trustee of William J. Clinton Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative and the Urban Enterprise Initiative. He was honoured with ‘Order of Khalsa’ award by Govt. of Punjab (India) in 1999 for outstanding service to community. Chatwal company invested $200 million in India for hotels over next 5 years with rights given for franchise and management to Wyndham Hotel Group. Sant Singh works closely with the Democratic Party, in particular Hilary Clinton.

35. MRS PRENEET KAUR

Former Minister of State for External Affairs

Preneet Kaur, born in Shimla to Satinder Kaur and Gian Singh Kahlon on 3 October 1944, is an Indian politician, served as Minister of State for External Affairs and a member of Indian National Congress. She represents the Patiala constituency in the 15th Lok Sabha and is the wife of Maharaja of Patiala, ex-Chief Minister of Punjab Capt. Amarinder Singh. She started her political career as a member of 13th Lok Sabha in 1999. Prior to that she volunteered with the Indian Red Cross and also started Sanjeevani, an institute in Patiala for children with different abilities.

36. MR TARANJIT SINGH SANDHU

Indian Ambassador to the United States

Taranjit Singh was born on 23 January 1963 and graduated with History (Hons) from St. Stephens, Delhi. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1988 and served in the former Soviet Union. In 1992 he opened a new Embassy in Ukraine where he served as Second Secretary. From 1994 to March 1997 he was responsible for liaison with foreign media in India as Minister of External Affairs. From April 1997, Taranjit Singh joined the Embassy of India Washington as First Secretary, where he spearheaded India successful efforts to obtain congressional waiver of sanctions imposed on India in 1998 following nuclear tests. He is now the Indian Ambassador to the United States.

37. MR JAGMEET SINGH DHALIWAL MPP

Leader of New Democratic Party of Canada

MPP Jagmeet Singh was elected in the riding of Bramalea-Gore-Malton in the 2011 provincial election. As a criminal defense lawyer in the Brampton and Mississauga area, he had always been a strong voice for vulnerable people and vocal on a number of human rights issues. In December 2013, his bill to recognize April as Sikh Heritage Month in the province of Ontario received Royal Assent. MPP Singh was one of the Toronto Star, 12 people to watch in politics and named as one of the 75 most powerful people in the 2013 Queen Park Briefing Power List. He was named in Toronto Life magazine as one of the five youngest rising stars and featured in the top 10 best dressed of 2013. In 2017 he was elected as the Leader of New Democratic Party, Canada.

38. MR GURBIR SINGH GREWAL

Attorney General, New Jersey

Before becoming New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Singh served as Bergen County Prosecutor, the chief law enforcement officer of the most populous county in New Jersey and home to nearly 1 million residents living in 70 municipalities. He also established a Community Affairs Unit, which is dedicated to assisting local departments improve police/community relations. From 2010 to 2016, Grewal worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. Before becoming a federal prosecutor in New Jersey, Grewal also served as an AUSA in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York from 2004 to 2007.

39. MR RAVINDER SINGH BHALLA

Mayor of Hoboken, USA

Ravinder Singh Bhalla was born January 13, 1974, often simply called Ravi Bhalla, he is an American civil rights lawyer, politician and the mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey.  Prior to becoming mayor, he served in the city council of Hoboken, New Jersey since 2009. On November 7, 2017, he was elected New Jersey’s first Sikh mayor, as well as the first elected mayor in the United States who is a Sikh and wears a turban. Bhalla was a civil rights attorney at the law firm of Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Fader who have represented NJ Transit.

40. MR RON SINGH CHATHA

Chair, Peel Police Services Board

Ron Singh Chatha is a long-time resident of Brampton and was recently appointed by the Provincial government to the Regional Municipality of Peel Police Service Board in January 2019 for a three year term ending in January 2022. Ron has been a Realtor since 2008 and is currently working for a leading real estate firm in Peel Region. Outside of real estate, Ron has a lengthy history of serving his community. Passionate about community service, Ron is an active volunteer and is serving on many not-for-profit boards. He is serving as a board member for the Peel Children’s Aid Foundation and has also served on Brampton’s School Traffic Safety Council.

41. MR BAL SINGH SAMRA

Managing Director, BBC Television

Bal Singh Samra is a senior media executive with twenty years of experience and is now operating at the highest level in his field. He holds a number of roles in executive and non-executive capacities. Bal took up his most recent role as Managing Director of BBC Television in July 2014, in addition to his role as Commercial Director for the BBC group. Across the two roles, he leads around 900 staff and is responsible for managing a budget of around £1billion. He is also Chairman of Freesat; a Trustee of the National Film and Television School, furthering the development of the next generation of leading Directors and writers in the industry.

42. MR NARINDER PAL SINGH

CEO, Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd

Mr N P Singh has been Chief Executive Officer of Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd., since January 3, 2014. Mr. Singh serves as Chief Operating Officer of Sony Entertainment Television since December 2004 and oversees the operations of the two principal channels of the network – the flagship SET and the movie-cricket channel MAX. Previously, Mr. Singh served as Chief Financial Officer of Sony Entertainment Television.

43. MR DAVINDER SINGH BAL

Founder, Sikh Channel

Davinder Singh Bal started his career as a successful Personal Injury Solicitor at Rowley Ashworth and Thompsons before founding DBS Law and Don’t Delay Claim Today. He is also the founder and CEO of the UK’s first Sikh television channel, ‘The Sikh Channel’. He started the channel in 2010 and its viewership is growing year on year. He even started sister channels in India and other countries around the world.

44. MR AMRIK SINGH KOONER

Founder, Akaal Channel

Amrik Singh came to the UK 1976 at very young age. He owns many commercial properties and farms in and around Birmingham. He started the Akaal Channel on the 1st September 2013, with limited resources. Today the channel is most watched Sikh Channel in 106 countries. With its head office in Birmingham, the channel has 87 staff and sub studios in Southall, Leicester and Bradford. In India there are 16 staff and there are studios in Amritsar, Dehli and Patiala. The Akal Channel is big on charity and giving back to the community.

45. MR MILKHA SINGH

Sportsman

Milkha Singh is an Indian athlete, nicknamed the Flying Sikh. He won Gold in both 200m and 400m events at 1958 Asian Games, clocking 21.6 seconds and 47 seconds respectively. He also won Gold in the 400m at the 1958 Cardiff Commonwealth Games with a time of 46.16 seconds. This achievement made him the first gold medallist at Commonwealth Games from Independent India. He has represented India in Olympics in 1960 (Rome), 1964 (Tokyo) 1956 (Melbourne) in both the 200m and 400m events. Post retirement, Milkha Singh holds Director of Sports in Punjab. He is the father of professional golfer Jeev Milkha Singh.

46. MR DILJIT SINGH DOSANJH

Actor/Singer

Diljit Dosanjh is a Punjabi actor, singer, television presenter and social media celebrity who works in Punjabi and Hindi cinema. He is recognised as one of the leading artists in the Punjabi music industry. He also acts in Punjabi movies, with many of them being noticeable hits, including the 2012 film Jatt & Juliet, the 2013 films Jatt & Juliet 2 and Punjab 1984, the 2015 film Sardaar Ji, and the 2016 films Ambarsariya, Sardaar Ji 2 and the 2017 Punjabi Film Super Singh – which are among the most successful Punjabi movies in history. His first recorded mainstream performance was his solo track and music video Ishq Da Uda Ada from his 2004 album produced by Finetone Cassettes. He made his Bollywood debut with Udta Punjab in 2016 for which he earned the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.

47. MR GURU RANDHAWA

Singer

Gursharanjot Singh Randhawa born 30 August 1991 is an Indian singer, songwriter and music composer associated with Punjabi, Bhangra, Indi-pop and Bollywood music. He is known for songs like “Lahore”, “Patola”, “High Rated Gabru”, “Daaru Wargi”, “Raat Kamal Hai”, “Suit song” Ban Ja Rani”, “Made in India”, “Ishare Tere”, “Tere Te”, “Fashion”, “Downtown” and “Slowly Slowly”. Guru Randhawa’s debut single was “Same girl” in collaboration with Arjun. His two most-viewed songs, “High Rated Gabru” and “Lahore”, have over 885 and 820 million views on T-Series’ official YouTube channel respectively. His first international collaboration is “Slowly Slowly” featuring Pitbull, received 38 million views on YouTube within 24 hours, becoming one of the world’s all-time most-viewed music videos in 24 hours.

48. DR NARINDER SINGH KAPANY

Inventor of Fibre Optics

Narinder Singh is an Indian born American physicist known for his work in fibre optics. The man who ‘bent light’ has been at the centre of hi-tech for over 50 years and is still going strong at 70. He is known as father of fibre optics. His career spans science, entrepreneurship, lecturing and farming. His personal interests include philanthropy, art collecting and sculpting. He founded Optics Technology Inc in 1960. He was named ‘Unsung Heroes’ by Fortune magazine in Businessmen of Century issue (Nov 11). Narinder has served on many boards and members of Young Presidents and World Presidents Organizations.

49. MR UPJIT SINGH SACHDEVA

Consul General, Republic of Liberia

Upjit Singh is a graduate of Guru Nanak Dev University and was uniquely appointed to the Board of Trustees of the University of Liberia, by the President of Liberia, Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Upjit Singh is the Honorary Consul General of India to the Republic of Liberia and is recognised for playing a pivotal role in protecting the lives of Indians and Liberians during the heat of the 1996-2003 civil wars in Liberia. He is President of Jeety Trading Corporation and Chairman of the Gurudwara in Monrovia. Mr. Sachdeva is associated with various charitable and social organisations and was awarded best philanthropist of the year award by fedration of liberia muslim scholars in 2010.

50. MR BOB SINGH DHILLON

CEO, Mainstreet Equity Corp

Bob Singh, born 1965, is President and Chief Executive of Mainstreet Equity Corp. After graduating, he completed his MBA at Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario. Bob sold homes from the back of his car at 19 but became a millionaire by 21. He now owns more than 6,000 rental properties across the country in addition to his 2,700-acre island in Belize where he has an orphanage programme. In Western Canada his company buys, renovates and manages rental apartment buildings, which attract young families. Mainstreet Equity Corp is the first Indian-owned company to be listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

51. MR ONKAR SINGH KANWAR

Managing Director, Apollo Tyres

Onkar Singh Kanwar is a Science and Administration graduate from the University of California. In 2002 he took control as the Chairman of Apollo Tyres Ltd, founded by his father in 1976, growing it to one of India largest tyre makers with revenues of $2.5 billion and factories in India, the Netherlands and South Africa. He’s also diversified into healthcare with Artemis brand super specialty hospitals in northern India. Onkar Singh is passionate about learning modern management practices and their successful application in business. He is member of many organisations, including the Trade Advisory Committee to the Government of India.

52. MR JASMINDER SINGH OBE

Chairman & CEO, The Edwardian Group Ltd

Jasminder Singh is Chairman and CEO of The Edwardian Group Limited (the parent company of Radisson Edwardian Hotels). A Chartered Accountant by profession, he founded the Edwardian Group in 1977 and joined with Radisson in 1993 to become the Radisson Edwardian Hotels group. He continues to set the direction, strategy, vision and culture for the senior management team who work for him. Jasminder determines the Group major expenditures and manages its capital. He was honoured with a Doctorate by the University of Stirling and awarded an OBE in 2007 for his services to the hotel industry.

53. MR ANALJIT SINGH

Founder & Chairman, Max India Limited

Analjit Singh is the Founder & Chairman of Max India Limited, Chairman of Max New York Life Insurance Company Limited, Max Healthcare Institute Limited and Max BUPA Health Insurance Company Limited. He has been the driving force behind the Max India Group sustained growth and success since the mid 80s. Max India Group turnover for the year 2010 was over INR 78,300 million with a customer base of 4.4 million. The total investment in various businesses at the end of 2010 stood at INR 22,500 million. The Group has over 400 offices across India and staff of over 73,000.

54. SIR HARPAL SINGH KUMAR

Head of Johnson & Johnson

Harpal Singh studied chemical engineering at Cambridge and attained an MBA at Harvard. He worked in scientific research and management consultancy, before taking on a number of CEO roles, in both the commercial and charity sectors. Harpal managed the Cancer Research Trust where he was responsible for discovering new cancer drugs. He was Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Research UK, the world leading cancer research charity. His annual budget of 500m is to driving the strategy that ensures survival rates improve for every type of cancer. He advises senior ministers on cancer and tobacco control and is a regular media spokesperson. He is currently Head of Johnson & Johnson.

55. LORD INDARJIT SINGH CBE

Director, The Network of Sikh Organisations

Indarjit Singh is Director of The Network of Sikh Organisations UK, Vice Chair and Founder of the InterFaith Network UK. He is also Head and Co-Coordinator of the Sikh Chaplaincy Services who provide pastoral care of Sikhs in Prisons, Hospitals and Armed Forces. He is a member of the House of Lords, editor of the Sikh Messenger, presenter of the ‘Thought for the Day’ on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought. He contributes to newspapers, journals and represents the community on many occasions including the Remembrance service at Cenotape and HM Queens 60th anniversary.

56. LORD RAMINDER SINGH RANGER MBE

Chairman, Sun Mark Ltd

Raminder Singh Ranger MBE, FRSA is a successful businessman, honoured five times by Her Majesty the Queen, four times for Business and once for services to the British Asian Community and was made a Member of British Empire in 2005. Raminder set up his first business in 1987 from a rented room in Hayes and with sheer dedication and commitment he now runs two of Britain fastest growing companies with an annual turnover of £120 million. Sun Mark Ltd was added to the Sunday Times most profitable 100 companies in Britain in their ‘Profit Track 100’ in 2011 and 2012.

57. BARONESS SANDIP KAUR VERMA

Baroness in Waiting, Houses of Parliament

Sandip Kaur was born in 1959 Amritsar India and moved with her parents to England in 1960. She was made a Conservative life peer as ‘Baroness Verma’ of Leicester in 2006 and the first Sikh lady to sit on front benches in either of Houses of Parliament. As a Baroness in Waiting she is a member of the Queen Household. Since 6 September 2012, she has been a Junior Minister at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Formerly, she was a Government Whip and Spokesperson for Cabinet Office, International Development and Equalities and Women’s Issues.

58. MR RAJINDER SINGH CHADHA

Chairman, The Wave Group

With an experience of over 30 years, Mr. Chadha is responsible for the Group’s strategic decision making along with corporate finance activities. He embarked his journey into business by operating a transport company at Delhi and Moradabad while pursuing his higher education. At a nascent age he established the Paper Mill, the success of which is contributed to his arduous hard work and commitment. At present, he administers the Sugar Manufacturing, Entertainment, Paper and other businesses under the Wave umbrella. Mr. Rajinder Singh Chadha along with Mr. Gurdeep Singh Chadha (popularly known as Mr. Ponty Chadha) were instrumental in steering Wave’s growth story across business portfolios of the group. With his leadership skills and never to give up attitude, Wave group is expected to grow bigger and better.

59. MR VIKRAMJIT SINGH SAHNEY

President, Sun Group

Vikramjit Singh is a well-known entrepreneur, educationist and social worker of Delhi who has been conferred with the honor of Padma Shri and the International Peace Award. Sahney, Chairman of the Sun Foundation, which is a charitable institution registered since 1998, established for the welfare of mankind having many altruistic aims and objectives to carry on relief work among the people who are in distress; to work to uplift the weaker section of society including old aged, destitute, handicapped and others in need of special care. Sun Foundation runs many educational institutions including the International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) and Taare Zameen Par. Besides this, the foundation has undertaken several projects of philanthropic nature.

60. MR GURMASTIK SINGH KHALSA

Founder, Sikhnet

Gurmastik Singh Khalsa was 7 years old when his parents sent him to India (Guru Nanak Fifth Centenary School & Guru Ram Das Academy) for his education. From early on, his parents instilled values and practices of Sikhi. Whilst studying he wished for more information and better resources on Sikhi and wanted to reach people to interact and share there information and knowledge. Sikhnet took him over 3 years to build and he created the website in 1983.

61. MR HARVINDER SINGH PHOOLKA

Lawyer, Delhi High Court

Harvinder Singh Phoolka is a senior advocate of Delhi High Court, Human Rights activist, and an author. After completing his law degree in Chandigarh, Phoolka practiced law in Delhi. He spearheaded one of the longest and most tortuous legal “crusades” to gain justice for the victims of 1984 Anti-Sikh massacre, fighting individual cases. He served as member-secretary of the Justice Narula Committee formed in 1993 to probe the carnage. Phoolka was appointed the counsel for Central Government in January 2001. He is known as a lawyer who won’t take up a case if he finds that the client is in the wrong. The Outlook Magazine included Phoolka in its list of 50 people that make a difference in India.

62.

MR JASPAL SINGH BINDRA

Executive Chairman, Centrum India

Jaspal Singh is a global financial services industry executive with a consistent track record of driving profitable growth and increasing brand and shareholder value in a broad range of leadership roles with major banking groups such as Standard Chartered Bank, UBS and Bank of America. He has successfully led businesses with revenues ranging from $1-13 billion. Recently he turned entrepreneur as promoter and Executive Chairman of Centrum, a leading financial services provider listed, headquartered in Mumbai, India with offshore presence in Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.

63. MR SATWANT, SUKHWINDER & RAGHBIR SINGH CHATTHE

The Chatthe Group

For over 90 years, The Chatthe Group are well known throughout Africa for sugar milling in Kenya. The group consists of Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries Ltd, Kibos Distillers Ltd, Kibos Paper and Packaging Ltd, Kibis Sugar Refinery Ltd, Kibos Fertiliser Ltd, Star Sugar and Macadamia Farming in Southern Africa. They also have vast interests in real estate (The Horse Shoe) and (Village Runda) developments in East Africa.

64. MR SURINDER PAL SINGH OBEROI

Chairman, Apex Group of Companies

Surinder Pal Singh Oberoi, 57, is a Dubai-based businessman from a small town in Punjab. He came to Dubai in 1980 as a mechanic, returned to India after a year to launch a family business, and then returned to the emirate to start his own company. Mr Oberoi is well known for his charity work. Over the years, he has secured the release of 54 Indians by collecting donations and using his own funds – including the 17 men freed recently – sentenced to death for various crimes in the United Arab Emirates.

65. MR JASWANT, SARBJIT, JASBIR & IQBAL RAI

The Rai Group

The Rai Group known as RaiPly is Kenya’s largest agro-forestry concern. It has spread its plywood wings to Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi – where it’s the biggest wood processor. The Rai Group is also Kenya’s second largest sugar miller through its West Kenya Sugar and Sukari Industries subsidiaries in Homa Bay. It is also Uganda’s second largest miller through Kinyara Hoima Sugar Works, besides having interests in edible oils, fats and soaps (Menengai Oil Refineries), saw milling (Timsales), wood product manufacturers (Comply Industries), wheat farming, horticulture and real estate (Tulip Properties), paper (Rai Paper), cement manufacturers and wholesalers (Rai Cement).

66. MR DIDAR SINGH BAINS

Farmer, The Peach King

Didar Singh is of the best-known Punjabi Americans. He is the largest peach farmer in California with 40,000 acres in 13 counties and one of the largest in the world. He is widely known as the ‘Peach King’ due to his success in farming. Didar Singh has played critical roles in founding Sikh institutions and festivals in Yuba City and globally. He wields political influence in California, Washington and in India.During an inaugural visit to the Sikh temple in West Sacramento in 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown recognised him as the ‘Peach King’ of California, and referenced the millions of dollars he has donated to non-profits and schools in the U.S., Canada and back in his homeland of India.

67. MR TARLOCHAN SINGH

Former Politician

Tarlochan Singh is an former Indian politician and a Member of the Parliament of India, representing Haryana. He served as Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities from 2003 to 2006 with the Union Cabinet of India. He has done tremendous work for Sikhs worldwide, contributing huge efforts for the rescue and settlement of Afghan Sikhs after the Afghanistan civil war. He published calendars and developed museums on Sikh history, travelling worldwide to educate people about the teachings and values of Sikhism. He visited Maine in the USA in 2008. Tarlochan Singh has received many awards and was a member of Rajya Sabha (2004-2010).

68. DR KARTAR SINGH LALVANI OBE

Director, Vitabiotics

Dr Kartar Singh Lalvani founded Britain’s fastest growing nutraceutical company Vitabiotics in 1971. It a family business and has twice won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. It has a portfolio of UK No. 1 brand leading supplements including Pregnacare, Perfectil, Osteocare, Wellman and Wellwoman. Dr Kartar Singh, a fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society with a doctorate in medicinal chemistry, built his business on patented scientific innovations. The company sells its products in over 120 countries, UK alone over £60m worth of products are sold through retail chains. Vitabiotics employs over 2,000 worldwide with a turnover of over £200m.

69. MR SUKHPAL SINGH AHLUWALIA

Businessman

Sukhpal Singh left Uganda and moved to England at 13. He worked on market stalls in Liverpool Street and Petticoat Lane and at 18 had an opportunity to buy a car parts shop for £5,000 in Willesden in 1978. Sukhpal used funds from his father and a loan to buy the shop. Now Euro Car Parts has 61 outlets, an annual turnover of £145 million and pre-tax profits of £6.6 million. In the last few years Sukhpal has opened a 400,000 sq ft National Distribution Centre, eight Regional Distribution Centres, and 25 Branches throughout the UK employing more than 3,500 people. Last Year Sukhpal sold Euro Car Parts for over £250 million.

70. RAJ, HARPAL & TONY MATHARU

Hotels & Properties

Harpal, Raj and Tony, the founders of Grange Hotels, together own and manage 12 luxury hotels located in the heart of London and a 13th one at Bracknell, Windsor. Tony Matharu is the Managing Director whereas Raj serves as the Chairman.They provide luxury 4* & 5* accommodation, hospitality and events services. The hotels are established in major parts of London like Convent Garden and West End. The Brothers entered a Niche market in 2005 buying a wing, designed solely for business women. In 2011, they were listed in the Sunday Times rich list with a wealth of around £270m.

71. MR DARSHAN SINGH DHALIWAL

President, Bulk Petroleum

Darshan Singh is the largest petrol retailer in USA. With more than 1,000 petrol stations across 11 states in the US and an annual turnover of $2 billion he is the youngest Indian-American billionaire. He is known to be close to the Bush Administration and popular among the local Americans as a philanthropist. In the past 15 years, he has diversified his business by entering into real estate and construction. He has also set up a fellowship scheme that helped 400-odd students to study at the University of Wisconsin.

72. MR RUPINDER SINGH SODHI

Managing Director, GCMF

Rupinder Singh is the Managing Director of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd, he is a first-batch of alumnus from IRMA, Anand and obtained his B.E.(Ag) degree from CTAE, Udaipur. He joined GCMMF in the year 1982 directly after completing his post-graduation in rural management from IRMA and rose to the present level of Managing Director in 2010. Rupinder has 31 years of rich experience in Marketing and Sales function within the dairy industry, having served GCMMF in several capacities. He is a member of the Boards and Governing bodies of several organisations and institutions.

73. MR KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI

Member of Parliament

Kanwaljit Singh is a New Zealand politician and a member of the National Party, he was elected into the 49th New Zealand Parliament in 2008. He was born Delhi 1964 and attended Guru Harkrishan Public School, acquiring a degree in Commerce from the University of Delhi in 1989. Kanwaljit is both New Zealand’s first Indian and first Sikh Member of Parliament who has been recognized for fostering ties between New Zealand and India. He assisted the New Zealand Government in publishing their policies in Indian languages for the benefit of Indian Community. He also received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award in 2015 for building a positive profile of people of Indian Origin in New Zealand and the South Pacific.

74. MR RAMESH SINGH ARORA

Politician

Ramesh Singh was born in 1974 to Punjabi Sikh family in Nankana Sahib. His family left Lyallpur to settle in Nankana Sahib in 1965. He received a Master’s degree from the University of the Punjab in 1997 and thereafter began work with the World Bank as a microfinance and institutional development specialist. He graduated with an MBA in 2000. In 2013, he became the first Sikh in 63 years to be elected as a Member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab. He served as a Member of the National Commission for Minorities between 2011-2013, General Secretary of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee during 2009-13 and as Chief Executive of the Mojaz Foundation between 2008-13. He currently acts as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Commerce & Investment, is Patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Sikh Council and a member of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee.

75. SARDAR SWINDERPAL SINGH JI

Sevadar

With the blessings of Sri Guru Ramdass Ji Swinderpal Singh has been participating in Sewa at Sachkand Sri Harmandar Sahib Ji, for over 20 years, everyday from 9pm to 6.30am. Swinderpal Singh heads the sewa of the Palki Sahib and anything else that is required with the entire complex. He is overseeing the renovation of the Akhand Path rooms, sewa within Sachkand and many other Gurdwara’s in Amritsar. Swinderpal Singh is guided by Singh Sahib Ji and the S.G.P.C. to ensure all Sewa is carried to perfection.

76. MR BALWINDER SINGH SAHNI (ABU SABHA)

CEO, RSG Group of Companies

Raj Sahni was born in Kuwait and is the owner of RSG Group of Companies spanning across the Middle East, USA and South Asia. The family started their humble business in the 70’s selling Automotive Spare Parts but soon grew into a progressive organization dealing with different sectors such as Automotive, Real Estate, Industrial Equipment, Investments and Property Development. The group takes pride in exemplary relationships with its customers, stakeholders and business partners. Sahni started investing in Dubai’s real estate and later relocated to Dubai, considering it the ‘best city in the world’. Sahni family are known for buying the second highest auction sale of Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s number plate code O number 9, bought for $6.5 million.

77. PROFESSOR DR DEVINDER SINGH CHAHAL

Author

Devinder Singh achieved an MSc and PhD (Microbiology) from the Ohio State University and University of Southern Illinois in 1966. He established a Department of Microbiology at the Punjab Agricultural University, but left this institute to work as a Visiting Scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Fulbright Fellow for one year. In 1975 Professor Chahal moved to Canada and worked at the University of Waterloo and the Institute Armand-Frappier, Universite in Quebec. He retired in 1996 as Professor of Applied Microbiology and has written many books and research articles. His process to produce chemicals from waste has five patents in Canada, USA and India

78. MR NARINDER SINGH

Co-Founder, Sikh Coalition

As a Sikh Coalition co-founder and current Executive Board Chairman responsible for providing leadership support to the organisation. He is also a technology entrepreneur and is currently focused on utilising artificial intelligence to improve healthcare delivery and decision making.  Previously Narinder co-founded Appirio, led strategy, marketing and its Topcoder business, and served on its Board of Directors until the acquisition of the company by Wipro in late 2016. Narinder’s leadership in Sikh civil rights and business has been recognised in several national news outlets, including the New York Times, CNN, and The Daily Show.

79. DR RAJWANT SINGH

President, EcoSikh

Dr. Rajwant Singh was born in Calcutta, India, in 1961.  He immigrated to the United States in 1979 and settled in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He is the co-founder of the National Sikh Campaign. Dr. Singh also launched EcoSikh – the Sikh community’s response to Climate Change, which was launched in New Delhi in July 2009 and Dr. Singh is the founding member and board member of the Sikh Human Development Foundation, which gives scholarships to poor and needy students for higher education in Punjab and other northern states in India. Rajwant Singh was one of the founding members of the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation a Sikh congregation based in Rockville, Maryland. He organises youth camps for Sikh children every summer and also conducts classes in Punjabi on Sikh history and philosophy in Washington.

80. MR HARPREET SINGH

Regional Director, Department of Justice

Harpreet Singh, Esq., former Legal Director of United Sikhs recently joined the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Service as the Regional Director of Region III. As part of United Sikhs legal team, one of Harpreet most important cases consisted of winning a groundbreaking Kirpan case in 2005 in Detroit. The judge ruled that the kirpan should not be considered a knife or a weapon, and that ruling has been used by many advocates to defend the right to wear the kirpan. Harpreet worked on many important cases for Sikh rights including the United Sikhs Right to Turban campaign in France and Belgium.

81. MR BALBIR SINGH KAKAR

Chairman, BMK Group

Balbir Singh is the Founder and Chairman of the BMK Group. Now a Philanthropist and Social Worker. A commerce graduate from Delhi university, he started his carrier with American MNC ‘Johnson & Johnson ‘, later he migrated to Canada in 1969 and pursued business studies and entered into real estate in 1975. He owned and managed various residential and commercial projects in the USA and Canada. In Canada his real estate investments were in residential and commercial Projects. His main projects were in Alberta, Guelph, Kitchener, London, Brantford, Ontario, BC etc. In the USA, his office was in Denver, Colorado which controlled his investments in Denver, Omaha and Maryland.

82. MR GURINDER SINGH BAWA

President, Bawa Group of Companies

At a very early age Gurinder Singh joined his father’s business, which involved taking projects for the Government. Today the Bawa Group of Companies has spread its arms into various sectors with the most notable being hospitality, infrastructure, realty and the growing health and wellness industry. Mr. Bawa has also been involved in several philanthropic initiatives and has successfully established the fortress that we, recognize as Bawa Group of Companies. He adheres to one simple philosophy, “The obstacle is the path”.

83. MR DAVINDER SINGH SACHDEV SC

Ceo, Drew & Napier LLC

Davinder Singh was born in Punjab 1 August 1957, he is a Singaporean lawyer and the Chief Executive Officer of the law firm Drew & Napier. He was in the first batch of senior counsel appointed in 1997 and an international arbitrator with over 30 years experience. Davinder was the only Singapore lawyer to win the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession Award’ at the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2014. He earned the ‘Best International Lawyer: Singapore’ accolade for six consecutive years. Davinder Singh was educated at National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law and has a legal career spanning over 20 years.

84. MR INDERJIT SINGH

Lawyer

Inderjit Singh is an entrepreneur and politician in Singapore’s parliament and has represented the Ang Mo Kio GRC from 1996 to 2015. Born in Punjab, he attended Kaki Bukit Primary School in Singapore and then progressed to a Bachelor of Engineering from Nanyang Technological University in Electrical and Electronics. He continued his education at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, earning an MBA in 1991. Inderjit Singh then began a career of entrepreneurship, in which he started six businesses. He became an active grassroots leader and a Member of Parliament for the Kebun Bahru ward in the Ang Mo Kio GRC during the 1996 General Elections.

85. TONY, TRILOCK, JAS, DAVID & JON WOUHRA

Food & Property

Tony Deep Wouhra and his four brothers have built East End Foods, a UK- based Asian £100 million business empire from practically nothing. He is one of the greatest self-starter success stories of the Midlands. East End Foods now employs about 250 people and opened the largest rice mill in Europe in 2006. Last year it also bought the former HP Sauce factory in Birmingham, saying it hoped to create up to 200 jobs at the iconic plant. The honorary doctorate at BCU comes a decade after he was awarded an MBE for services to food.

86. DR PARVINDER SINGH PASRICHA

Officer, Indian Police Force

Parvinder Singh, a Police officer, served as 30th Police Commissioner in Mumbai and as Director General of Police and Managing Director of Maharashtra State Welfare and Housing Corporation. In the1980s he was Deputy Commissioner of Mumbai traffic, introducing schemes to improve traffic management. He was also Superintendent managing crime in Thane, Kulaba, Nashik and Amravati districts. Parvinder Singh played a major role in restoring the confidence of Muslims and other communities following the 1992-93 Mumbai riots. He was awarded with President’s Police Medal for distinguished service, and Indian Police Medal for meritorious service

87. MR RAJINDER SINGH BARYAN

Co-Founder & M.D., Multiple Hauliers (EA)

Rajinder Singh is a respected businessman and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and Managing Director of Multiple Hauliers (East Africa) Ltd, the flagship of Multiple Group of Companies. It has an annual turnover of over $200m, employs 3000 staff and operates a fleet of over 1,300 trucks. Multiple Hauliers are market leaders in assembly and distribution of renowned franchises like RANDON Trailers and VW trucks and buses. Rajinder also imports petroleum and construction products, operates inland containers & storage warehousing terminals. He recently invested in plastics and polypropylene industries and his forthcoming port facility will be East Africa largest private development.

88. DR NARANJAN SINGH DHALLA

Executive Director, IACS

Dr Naranjan Singh Dhalla, from Ghanieke, Punjab graduated in Physics and Chemistry (Punjab University) with an MSc and PhD in Pharmacology (University of Pennsylvania). He is a Canadian cardiovascular research scientist focusing on cardiovascular Pathophysiology and therapy of heart disease. With many accolades, he is recognised as a world leader in heart research, discovering a novel approach for reducing the scar-size and preventing mortality from heart attacks. Naranjan Singh trained over 125 scientists, working in many research centres as Professor of Physiology, joining St. Boniface Hospital in 1996, where he currently the Executive Director of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences.

89. DR ANARKALI KAUR HONARYAR

Senator

Anarkali Kaur in 2010 became the first Sikh and non Muslim Senator in the Afgan Parliament. Her dream job was to be a pilot, but she realised this was going to be impossible in Afghanistan. She trained as a dentist and is now a leading campaigner for Afghan women’s rights. She is one of only 3000 Sikhs & Hindus in Afghanistan today. In May 2009, the 25 year old was chosen by Radio Free Europe’s Afghan chapter as their ‘Person of the Year’. In 2011 she recieved the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the promotion of tolerance and non-violence.

90. MRS SUKHINDER SINGH

Founder & Chairman, Joyus.com

Sukhinder began her career in investment banking, media and online services while working at Merrill Lynch, British Sky Broadcasting and Amazon. She started her first company Yodlee Inc in 1999 based in Silicon Valley. She was the Co-founder and Vice President of business development at Yodlee a leading software provider. Sukhinder then served as President of Asia Pacific and Latin America at Google for over six years. More recently, she was Chief Executive Officer of Polyvore.com, a leading fashion community website. With the wealth of experience behind her, she is now the Founder and Chairman of Joyus.com, the first premium online video shopping destination.

91. Mr Harmeek Singh

Director, Plan B Group

In 2003, Harmeek Singh moved to Dubai with just grit and a fiery ambition in his wallet. He is the director the Plan B Group, which comprises of eight companies with presence in three continents. The company has its headquarters in Dubai. Year on year, Harmeek is the forerunner of Plan b team delivering quality experience at landmark events like Dubai Standard Chartered Marathon, Dubai’s Crown Prince annual heritage championship, Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament 2016, FIFA. Harmeek was instrumental in introducing 3D out of home advertising in Dubai. Last year, Harmeek Singh led his team to close a five-year long contract with Dubai’s Women Run to completely undertake the event, which hosts over 10,000 women annually. Harmeek Singh has been instrumental in establishing a strong rehabilitation system for the youth of Punjab entwined in substance abuse.

92. MR SURENDER SINGH KANDHARI

Chairman of Al Dobowi Group

Surender Singh is youngest President of the Automobile Association of Andhra Pradesh and youngest Captain of the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai. Chairman of Al Dobowi Group, one of the largest tyre distribution companies in the world, he contributed a total of 65million Arab Emirate Dirhams to build the first legal Gurudwara in the United Arab Emirates. It is built on land donated by the ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The structure is over 100,000sq foot and has served over 40,000 worshippers in a single day. The Gurudwara had its opening ceremony in 2012.

93. MR MOHINDER SINGH BHULLAR

Business Man

Mohinder Singh Bhullar has risen from a simple beginning to a successful businessman in Brunei Darussalam. He has been instrumental in the formation of the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Brunei Darussalam and has also assisted the Indian community there in multifarious ways. He has also contributed immensely to humanitarian causes and charity initiatives in India. Mohinder Singh Bhullar received the 2010 Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award.

94. MR KULDEEP SINGH BHULLAR

President, Sikh Youth Federation USA

Kuldeep Singh is a clinical scientist by profession and he is President of the Sikh Youth Federation USA. In 1996 he helped with the forming of the ‘World Sikh Council America Region’, a representative body of Sikh Gurdwaras and Sikh institutions in the USA, and became Chairperson in 1998 to 2001 and then 2003 to 2004. For 37 years he actively organised Sikh youth camps in the USA and Canada. An able fundraiser and sought-after speaker, he has published several articles on various aspects of Sikhism. Kuldeep Singh helped with the Sikh presence at the Chicago 1993 Parliament and was a major speaker at the Melbourne 2009 Parliament of World Religions conference.

95. MR NAVDEEP SINGH BHATIA

Toronto Raptors Superfan

Nav Bhatia spends more than $300,000 a year on Raptors’ tickets. Each year Navdeep celebrates Vaisakhi and Diwali on the court purchasing thousands of tickets and bringing kids from all backgrounds to the games. He is constantly giving back to the community and the country that has given him so much, while also trying to help the mainstream population in North America learn more about his Sikh identity and South Asians as a whole.Nav owns both Rexdale and Mississauga Hyundai locations. His passion today lies with his foundation whereby he is focusing his attention on building basketball courts across Canada

96. MR ARJINDER PAL SINGH

Businessman

Arjinder Pal Singh is a prominent businessman based in Botswana. His business empire spreads across the education, construction, tourism, airline, manufacturing and agriculture industries. He started his humble beginnings in 1992 by venturing into the education sector. In 2007 he set up a manufacturing plant which manufactures medical and houseware products, based in Dubai. In addition to this, he has business interests in Australia and India. Arjinder Pal is also a philanthropist who believes in the welfare of the community and less privileged members of the society.

97. DR BIRINDER SINGH AHLUWALIA

Doctor Entrepreneur

Birinder Singh has a lifetime of service in Health Care, Entrepreneurship, Community Activism and Philanthropy. As president of BSA Diagnostics Limited, Birinder Singh oversees many locations within Canada. For his professional and cultural accomplishments, he was chosen among the top 25 immigrant achievers and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper invited him to accompany him to India in 2009.BirinderSingh was also involved hands-on in starting a local chapter of the Sikh film festival in New York and another in California. Both continue today. He is also widely known as a philanthropist and a patron of education, arts and culture in the Sikh community.

98. MR SURJIT SINGH BABRA

Entrepreneur

In 1988, Surjit Singh became the world’s first Sikh to start an airline.Gifted with extraordinary business acumen, he turned his SkyLink Group into a multi-million-dollar conglomerate of SkyLink Aviation, SkyLink Travel, SkyLink Express, SkyLink Holidays and Dollar Rent -A-Car, with each servicing a particular segment of travel, tourism, aviation and cargo transport. He is currently a partner in the investor group ‘Highbury Canco Corp’. The Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce honouredSurjit Singh with the Business Person of the Year award in 1996 andhe received the Mother Teresa Humanitarian of the Year Award by Friends of Indio-American Community (FOIAC) and City of Los Angeles in 2005.

99. MRS GURINDER KAUR CHADHA OBE

Film Director/Producer

Gurinder Chadha is a Sikh film director, born in Nairobi Kenya in 1960 and moved to West London at the age of 2. After graduating from the University of East Anglia, Gurinder attended the London College of Printing, studied for a post-graduate diploma in radio journalism and worked as a BBC Radio reporter. She began work in television until moving into film production by setting up Umbi Films in 1990. Her films explore the lives of Indians living in the UK with hits like Bhaji on the Beach (1993), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004) and It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (2010).

100. MR RAVINDER SINGH

Founder, Khalsa Aid

Ravinder Singh was born in Singapore and is the founder of Khalsa Aid. Established in 1999, Khalsa Aid is an international non-profit and relief agency founded on Sikh principles and has volunteers in many countries providing relief to victims of disaster, wars and tragic events. In April 1999, Sikhs were celebrating the 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa Panth but at the same time there was conflict in Kosovo. Ravinder launched an aid mission for the Kosovan refugees as a tribute to mark the birth of the Khalsa. This was the birth of Khalsa Aid, the first Sikh Cross-border humanitarian organisation.