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FINAL POWER 100 BOOK 2.59 TUE_Layout 1 14/02/2017 13:55 Page 78 AKEEL & JAMEEL AMINI ALMEENA AHMED BBC ARIF ZAMAN Chair Pakistan Action Group ranis Bradford was formed in 2005 by twin brothers akeel and Jameel amini, who saw a gap in the asian fashion market for luxury fabrics and ready to wear garments. with existing experience of the textiles industry, and respectively educated in marketing and fashion design, the brothers embarked upon a journey that was determined to raise standards. Specialising in offering bespoke evening, bridalwear and menswear design, as well as carrying exclusive fabrics, the Bradford-born siblings have become synonymous in the asian fashion industry, attracting a global client base covering the Uk, europe, africa and asia. the boutique itself is referred to as ‘bringing Bond St to Bradford’, with its flawless interior, merchandising and creative window displays, and with projects in the pipeline to bring in new ranges of casual ladieswear and an extension to the appointmentonly Bridal Suite, the twins are excited to take their brainchild to broader audiences. almeena ahmed is a Senior Broadcast Journalist at BBc london tV news. She has been a Journalist for over ten years and has worked at itn, itV news, channel 5 news, GmtV, newsnight, the BBc’s newschannel and Six / ten o’clock news. almeena was the first muslim presenter on itV wales news and has also reported from abroad including the “brain drain” of nurses from the philippines and the aftermath of the earthquake in kashmir. She read Social and political Science at cambridge University and completed a postgraduate course in Broadcast Journalism from cardiff Journalism School. almeena is involved with a range of mentoring charities and has set up her own charity called the Sasya foundation which aims to raise educational aspirations for schoolgirls and their mothers. . Governance and South asia; international chair of the pakistan action Group on foreign investment; on the faculty of the pakistan institute of corporate Governance; community alliance director of open london (the organisation of pakistani entrepreneurs); an associate at mettle consulting on governance and reputational risk; and visiting faculty at henley Business School, University of reading. he is author of the bestselling briefing on reputational risk (financial times, 2004 and published in russian, 2008). he was Global market and industry analyst at British airways where he won several company awards and industry awards and previously at hSBc. arif was a Visiting researcher at the Japanese ministry of economy, trade and industry; a member of the drafting committee of the european conference on cSr at the invitation of the dutch presidency of the eU; and the first person of pakistani origin to be a Visiting fellow at chatham house. arif is on the Board of the Sunshine project, which aims to empower muslims against domestic violence. he was the first associate director and a founder member of mosaic (founded by hrh the prince of wales) and Vice chair of the Business and economics committee of the mcB. he is on the Board of the intercountry adoption centre. in 2011 he received an award from former malaysian pm abdullah Badawi at the first Global muslim public relations awards for his ‘excellent contribution in the field of public relations serving world communities.’ 78

FINAL POWER 100 BOOK 2.59 TUE_Layout 1 14/02/2017 13:55 Page 79 AMIR KHAN Boxer the rising superstar of world boxing, Britain’s amir “king” khan burst on to the scene at the 2004 olympics in athens, where he captured a silver medal at the tender age of just 17. Quickly tipped for superstardom following his stunning success he has carried that momentum into his professional career which has seen him rise to the very top of the light-welterweight division. khan won the wBa lightwelterweight world title in July of 2009 with a commanding 12-round win over andriy kotelnik and then successfully defended his belt with knockout wins over dmitriy Salita and paulie “magic man” malignaggi. in what was his US debut, taking place at the legendary madison Square Garden in new York, the boy from Bolton wowed onlookers with his assured demolition of the former world champion malignaggi. his poisonous jab, along with his speed, was too much for the new Yorker who saw the fight stopped in the 11th round. Boxing’s greats were at ringside and were quick to lavish praise on a fighter who is set to dominate the sport for years to come. his most exciting defence, however, came on december 11, 2010 during which khan scored a dramatic 12-round unanimous points victory over argentine bruiser marcos maidana. the fight saw khan score a first round knockdown and dominate the early rounds of the fight before maidana made the bout a close one by closing the gap in the late rounds. khan displayed an incredible amount of heart and fortitude in surviving a vicious tenth round onslaught by maidana that would have sent most fighters to the canvas. he survived the round and came out swinging in the eleventh and twelfth round, sealing the unanimous decision Khan’s future in the sport of boxing is an extremely bright one as he looks to regain his position at the very top of the 140lb division. victory in an instant classic. the fight was so acclaimed that it was named the Boxing writers association of america’s 2010 ‘fight of the Year’. on July 23 2011 khan took on the iBf light-welterweight world champion, Zab Judah, in a unification matchup at the mandalay Bay in las Vegas. his bid was to become Britain’s youngest ever unified champion and show the boxing world that he had no equal in the 140lb division. away from the ring khan is a humble and down-to-earth sportsmen who is often keen to support charitable causes such as raising funds and awareness for those affected by natural disasters like the July 2010 floods in pakistan and the devastating haiti earthquake which struck only a few months earlier. the boxing ace is also eager to offer his help closer to home, opening up Gloves community Gym, which keeps underprivileged kids of the street by giving them the chance to learn the art of boxing. khan has also supported a number of other causes such as network rail’s ‘no messin’ campaign’ which aims to make young people aware of the dangers of playing on railway tracks by getting them involved in activities such as sport or music. 79

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