Professor Monder Ram beats stiff competition to take Best in Education Award

Birmingham Business School’s Professor Monder Ram fought off stiff competition to win the Best in Education at the British Indian Awards in Birmingham.

Local Asians from a wide variety of professions were amongst those honoured at the British Indian Awards which were announced last week at a ceremony held at the St. Johns Hotel in Solihull.The evening, sponsored by accountant BDO Binder Hamlyn, honoured the success and achievements of Britain’s Indian individuals, groups and business people. The evening was one of recognition and celebration, which highlighted the significant role Indian’s play in contributing to a better Great Britain.

Reflecting on receiving the award, Professor Ram said:

It's a great honour to receive this award. I see it as recognition for the work that my colleagues and I have been doing to advance understanding of the role that minority communities play in facilitating entrepreneurship. It's also wonderful to receive this recognition in my home city, particularly with CREME now based within Birmingham Business School at the University of Birmingham."

Arbinder Chatwal, Head of India Advisory Services, BDO LLP commented:

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists, who demonstrate an impressive mix of dedication, hard work, integrity and creativity. BDO is really pleased to see the achievements of the Indian community in Britain today being recognized and we are proud to be part of a ceremony that puts the spotlight on the very best in Indian talent.”

Professor Ram heads up the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) at Birmingham Business School, which sits within the wider Entrepreneurship and Diversity Research Cluster.

CREME applies insights gained from high quality research into issues faced by minority businesses in terms of capital and finance, supplier diversity, wages, migration policies, technology and social inclusion and supports SME’s with their development.

Monder was named as one of the country’s most influential Asians by the Institute of Asian Professionals and was awarded an OBE in the 2004 New Year Honours List for his services to black and ethnic minority businesses.

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Professor Monder Ram discusses the mission of CREME.