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FINAL POWER 100 BOOK 2.59 TUE_Layout 1 14/02/2017 13:55 Page 80 ASGHAR ALI ASIM SIDDIQUI JAMSHED ANWAR Businessman Businessman Academic at the age of just 36, asghar ali’s rise in prominence as one of Bradford’s foremost entrepreneurs is noteworthy indeed. currently presiding over two of the city’s leading independent lifestyle brands – ‘Smart moves Group’ and ‘lahore’ – asghar is passionate about his home town and is committed to transforming its economic fortunes through positive actions and wholehearted advocacy. Sharing his late father’s love of the food industry, asghar has established a successful multi-site food retailing business that also offers an external catering service to companies and private individuals alike. with an unwavering commitment to quality produce and true customer service, the lahore brand is likely to appear in yet further locations across the region during coming years. asghar’s second business, Smart moves Group, occupies an enviable position in Bradford’s blooming city living industry. as the principal broker of urban residential properties to buy or rent, Smart moves is similarly regarded as the leading source of independent advice relating to city centre housing development and is a key contributor to Bradford’s annual presence at the industry-leading mipim conferences in cannes. asim Siddiqui has over 17 years of experience in managing the family steel business. as managing director, he devises corporate strategy, oversees operational processes and directs aGe Group’s senior management efforts. age Group is in the business of steel stockholding, coil cutting and galvanizing with operations in the United arab emirates and Saudi arabia.. asim graduated from webster University in Geneva, Switzerland and has a Bachelor of arts degree in management with a major in economics. he began his career as a banker in london before joining aGe Group as chief manager in dubai in 1995. Since becoming managing director in 2002, his extensive banking background has greatly assisted him in managing the flow of the company’s steel trade, and aGe Group has since seen 10-fold growth in the company’s business activities. asim attributes aGe Group’s long-term success to his mentor, his late father Ghayoor Siddiqui, and the company philosophy, which is based on the cultivation of a proactive workforce culture. professor Jamshed anwar is a highly acclaimed academic and scientist whose research is set to revolutionise how medicines are developed. he is leading the development of computational (in-silico) methods and tools that will minimise the need for experiments including those using animals, enhance quality, cut development costs, reduce time to market, and yield safer and more effective medicines. he has an exceptional international standing and reputation in physical chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences, evidenced by numerous research publications, invited talks at international meetings, and visiting fellowships at leading institutions. his research laboratory was highlighted for its world-leading contributions in computational pharmaceutical sciences in the Uk’s research assessment exercise (2008). he is a fellow of Sidney Sussex college (cambridge University), the royal Society of chemistry, and the royal pharmaceutical Society of Uk. prof. anwar currently holds a chair in computational pharmaceutical Sciences at the institute of life Sciences research (ilrS), University of Bradford, Uk. prior to his appointment at ilrS, he was a reader at king’s college london. 80

FINAL POWER 100 BOOK 2.59 TUE_Layout 1 14/02/2017 13:55 Page 81 ALI ZAFAR Actor & Singer ali Zafar is a pakistani musician, composer, song writer, singer, actor, painter and model, popular for his music, acting in pakistani dramas and now movies. he graduated from the national college of arts as a painter in 2002 with honors. Before entering the pakistani musical scene, Zafar worked as a model for several advertisements besides acting in television. Some of his acting works includes the famous mini series kollege Jeans. he was also in the music video of preeto sung by abrar-ul-haq. in college he also acted in a musical theatre based on “ten things i hate about you”. ali Zafar made his debut as a musician with the album huqa pani, released in pakistan in 2003 and worldwide in 2005. the album was an instant hit, selling over 600,000 copies worldwide and winning several major awards and nominations. his first two albums namely “huqa pani” and “masty” were pop albums but with his third album “Jhoom” Zafar made a shift towards more serious and spiritually inclined music. the album,besides his own, had verses from the great Sufi poets like Bulley Shah, Baba Ghulam fareed and mirza Ghalib. the album that Zafar produced, arranged, mixed and engineered himself showcased a visible transition and growth in him both as a musician and as a writer and elevated him into a space of a well respected and serious musician with multiple talents rarely witnessed. he won the award for “Best album” category at the lux Style awards in 2004 for his massive hit album huqa pani and also the “Best male artist” at the 2008 mtV awards. in addition to the album’s popularity being reflected in the music Zafar became the first to have rendered his services as an actor, singer, composer, lyricist, writer, arranger, programmer, recordist for his recent film London, Paris, New York. stores and by critics, it has been widely claimed that himesh reshammiya plagiarized one of the most well-known tracks from the album, rangeen, for his song dillagi mein Jo. Soon pritam too copied his track “channo” as “chori ki Baatein” in the film fight club. Zafar also won the “Youth icon” award in the lux Style awards 2007, in malaysia. Besides being a singer, painter, model and an actor, Zafar has also produced and directed his music video ek pal from his first album huqa pani. his song “dekha” of his album masty was part of the soundtrack of american film wall Street: money never Sleeps which was released on September 24, 2010. he is the fourth pakistani artist after nusrat fateh ali khan, Strings and atif aslam to have their song(s) featured in an american film. 81

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