The Sikh 100 2012 1. Dr Manmohan Singh Prime Minister of India India Dr Manmohan Singh, India’s fourteenth Prime Minister, is highly acclaimed as a thinker and a scholar. 2. Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia Planning Commission India Montek Singh Ahluwalia, is a prominent Indian economist who has served the country in various Government departments. 3. Giani Gurbachan Ji Jathedar, Akaal Takht Sahib India Jathedar Singh Sahib Giani Gurbachan Singh is the current religious Head of Sri Akaal Takht Sahib. 4. Mr Parkash Singh Badal Chief Minister of Punjab India Parkash Singh Badal is an Indian politician who has been Chief Minister of the state of Punjab since 2007. 5. Sant Baba Iqbal Singh Ji President, The Kalgidhar Trust India Baba Ji, born in 1929, grew up with a resolve to dedicate his life to spreading the Divine Message of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. 6. Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh Ji Chairman, GNNSJ UK 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). 7. Dr Inderjit Kaur President, Pingalwala Society India 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. 8. Mr Ajaypal Singh Banga President & CEO, Mastercard USA Mr. Ajaypal Singh Banga, is the current president and CEO of MasterCard Inc and on the Board of Directors. He succeeded Robert W. Selander in July 2010. 9. Mr Rabinder Singh QC Judge, Royal Courts of Justice UK Rabinder Singh is a High Court Judge who grew up in grew up in a working-class part of Bristol and attended Bristol Grammar School. 10. Mr Preetinder Singh Bharara U.S. Attorney, New York USA Preetinder Singh was born in 1968 in Firozpur, Punjab, India. He grew up in New Jersey and attended Ranney School, where he graduated as valedictorian in 1986. 11. Mr Surinder Singh Kohli Ex Chairman, IFFC India Surinder Singh is a Nominee of the Indian Government on the IDFC Board and the Chairman & Managing Director of India Infrastructure Finance Co Ltd (IIFCL). 12. Dr Isher Judge Ahluwalia Chairperson, ICRIER India Isher Judge Ahluwalia is Chairperson, Board of Governors, and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). 13. Mrs Gursharan Kaur PM Manmohan Singh’s Wife India Gurusharan Kaur was born in 1937 in the village Dhakkam, Pakistan and has four sisters and a brother. 14. Mr Jaspal Singh Bindra Director, Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong Jaspal Singh Bindra is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has an MBA from Xavier Labor Relations Institute, Jamshedpur. 15. Dr Inderjit Kaur Khalsa CEO, Sikh Dharma USA Dr Bibi Ji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa (Bhai Sahiba) was born on January 22, 1935 in Wazirabad. Bibi ji’s mother traces her lineage directly to Guru Nanak Dev Ji. 16. Mr Kushwant Singh Indian Journalist & Novelist India Kushwant Singh was born in 1915, he is a Indian novelist, journalist and post-colonial English writer known for his clear-cut secularism, wit and a deep passion for poetry. 17. Sir Mota Singh Judge UK Sir Mota Singh was raised in Nairobi, Kenya before coming to England in 1954 to complete his studies in Law. 18. General Joginder Jaswant Singh Governor, Arunachal Pradesh India Joginder Singh is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and commissioned into the 9 Maratha Light Infantry in 1964. 19. Mr Sant Singh Chatwal CEO, Hampshire Hotels & Resorts USA 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. 20. Mr Bob Singh Dhillon CEO, Mainstreet Equity Corp Canada 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. 21. Malvinder & Shivinder Singh Fortis Healthcare India Malvinder is Chairman and Shivinder is the Director of Fortis Healthcare. They inherited the family’s 35.5% stake in India’s leading pharmaceutical company Ranbaxy Laboratories. 22. Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal President of Shiromani Akali Dal India Sukhbir Singh is currently the youngest President of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) political party and serves as Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab. 23. Mr Harbhajan Singh Plaha Professional Crickter India Harbhajan Singh, born in 1980 in Jalandhar is a professional cricketer. A specialist bowler, he has the second-highest number of Test wickets by an ‘off spinner’. 24. Mr Gurutej Singh Khalsa Senior Vice President, Akal Security USA Gurutej Singh, Founder and Senior Vice President of Akal Security, set up the largest security company in the USA in 1980. 25. Mr Kartar Singh Thakral Chairman, The Thakral Group Singapore The Thakral Group was founded in 1905 by Kartar Singhs father, Mr Sohan Singh. The Groups beginnings were in Bangkoks textile trade, operating as Punjab Store 26. Mr Bhupinder Singh MD, Punjab National Bank India Mr Bhupinder Singh is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Punjab National Bank (International) Limited UK, operating out of London. 27. Mr Harindarpal Singh Banga Vice Chairman, Noble Group Hong Kong Harindarpal Singh Banga has been Vice Chairman emeritus of Noble Group Limited since Sept 2010. 28. Mr Gurmant Singh Grewal Member of Parliament Canada Gurmant Grewal is a Science and Administration graduate from the University of California. 29. Captain Amarinder Singh President, Punjab PCC India Amarinder Singh, born March 1942, is the President of Punjab PCC. He served as the Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007. 30. Mr Analjit Singh Founder & Chairman, Max India India 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. 31. Mr Kuldip Singh Dhingra MD, Berger Paints Group India Mr Kuldip Singh Dhingra is an industrialist. He is Managing Director at Spectro Analytical Labs Pvt. Ltd and the Chairman of Berger Paints Group. 32. Mrs Sukhinder Singh Founder & Chairman, Joyus.com USA Sukhinder began her career in investment banking, media and online services while working at Merrill Lynch, British Sky Broadcasting and Amazon. 33. Mr Manvinder Singh Partner, Clayton Dubilier Rice India Manvinder Singh is a Senior Partner of the private equity fund Clayton Dubilier & Rice since 2010, after a 33 year career at Unilever. 34. Col Arjan Singh Marshal of the Indian Air Force India Arjan Singh was born on 15 April 1919 in Lyallpur in Punjab. He was educated at Montgomery, India and entered the RAF College Cranwell in 1938. 35. Mr Jasminder Singh OBE CEO, The Edwardian Group UK Jasminder Singh is Chairman and CEO of The Edwardian Group Limited (the parent company of Radisson Edwardian Hotels). 36. Mr Surender Singh Kandhari Chairman, Al Dobowi Group UAE Surender Singh is youngest President of the Automobile Association of Andhra Pradesh and youngest Captain of the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai. 37. Dr Raminder Singh Ranger MBE Chairman, Sun Mark Ltd UK 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. 38. Mr Ravi Singh CEO, ElectionMall USA Ravi Singh is the CEO and founder of ElectionMall Technologies, a pioneer company in the field of online politics. 39. Mr Gurbaksh Singh Chahal CEO, RadiumOne USA Gurbaksh Singh, born in Tarn Taran Sahib 1982, came to America aged 4. At 16, he dropped out of high school and started ‘ClickAgents’ which sold for $40 million 18 months later. 40. Mr Gurbachan Singh Partner, KhattarWong LLP SIngapore Gurbachan Singh is Managing Partner of KhattarWong LLP and has worked with Tax Law for 35 years. 41. Mr Hardeep Singh Bedi VSM CEO, Tulip Telecom India Hardeep Singh, served in the Indian army for over 22 years, he took voluntary retirement to start his own company at 42. 42. Mrs Kamel Kaur Hothi Community Director, Lloyds Bank UK Kamel Kaur was Lloyds TSB Bank’s first Female Asian bank manager at a time when gender and race was an issue. 43. Dr Narinder Singh Kapany Inventor of Fibre Optics USA 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. 44. Dr Jas Singh Sandhu President, Santec Systems, Inc. USA Jas Sandhu is President and Founder of Santec Systems, Inc. and is best known for his pioneering work in developing ‘Acoustography’, a novel exploring ultrasound imaging methods. 45. Steven Singh & Rajeev Singh Concur Technolgies USA Concur Technologies Inc., founded by the Singh brothers in 1933,is a leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions based in USA. 46. Mr Jindy Singh Khera MD, KTC Edibles UK Jindy Singh is co-founder and Managing Director of KTC Edibles Ltd. Set up in 1973 KTC is now Britain’s largest manufacturers and distributor of oils and fats with a turnover in excess of £220m. 47. Mr Rajinder Singh Baryan MD, Multiple Hauliers (EA) Kenya 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”. 48. Mr Suneet Singh Tuli Founder & CEO, DataWind Ltd India Suneet Singh is Founder and CEO of DataWind Ltd with 22 years of experience as an entrepreneur. He has launched two successful companies that conducted Initial Public Offerings on the NASDAQ. 49. Mr Harpal Singh Kumar CEO, Cancer Research UK UK Harpal Singh studied chemical engineering at Cambridge and attained an MBA at Harvard. Before taking on a number of CEO roles he worked in scientific research and management consultancy. 50. Mr Satyendra Singh Huja Mayor of Charlottesville USA Satyendra Singh, known as the Sikh Architect of Charlottesville and previously Professor at University of Virginia school of Architecture, spent 25 Years as Director of Strategic Planning. 51. Mr Tarninder Singh CEO, Manohar Singh & Company India Tarninder singh started work at the age of 18 with his father as a property dealer in Chandigarh under the name of Manohar Singh and company. 52. Dr Kartar Singh Lalvani OBE Director, Vitabiotics UK Dr Kartar Singh Lalvani founded Britains fastest growing nutraceutical company Vitabiotics in 1971. It’s a family business and has twice won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. 53. Mr Mohanjit Singh Jolly Managing Director, DFJ India India Mohanjit Singh joined global venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetsons (DFJs) in 2007. 54. Mr Guruka Singh Khalsa Founder, SikhNet.com USA Guruka Singh is the Founder of SikhNet and Co-Founder of Sun & Son, a computer consulting firm. He initially served as Senior Producer at a major entertainment software company. 55. Ms Gurinder Kaur Chadha OBE Film Director/Producer UK Gurinder Chadha is a Sikh film director, born in Nairobi Kenya in 1960 and moved to West London at the age of 2. 56. Mr Tim Singh Uppal MP for Edmonton-Sherwood Park Canada Tim Singh is a Canadian Politician, MP for Edmonton-Sherwood Park, first elected to House of Commons in 2008. 57. Mr Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia Managing Director UK 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. 58. Baroness Sandip Kaur Verma House of Parliament UK 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. 59. Mr Sachdev Singh Musafir Businessman UK Sachdev Singh is the youngest son of Late Giani Gurmukh Singh Musafir, a well-known politician, poet and the ex-chief minister of Punjab. 60. Dr Jogishwar Singh MD, Rothschild Group Switzerland Dr Jogishwar Singh is the first Sikh selected by the world renowned Rothschild Group in Switzerland as a Managing Director. 61. Mr Karpal Singh Lawyer Malaysia Karpal Singh, a Malaysian lawyer and politician, was MP of Bukit Gelugor (Penang) and National Chairman of the Democratic Action Party (DAP). 62. Ms Ruby Kaur Dhalla Member of Parliament Canada Ruby Dhalla, represented the riding of Brampton-Springdale in the Canadian House of Commons from 2004 to 2011, as member of the Liberal Party. 63. Mr Daljit Singh Jagait Corporate Sales Manager, Jaguar UK Daljit started his career at Jaguar as a production operative on the Jaguar assembly line at Castle Bromwich in 1998. 64. Mr Kuljinder Singh Bahia MD, Southall Travel UK Kuljinder Singh is Managing Director of the travel agency South all Travel Group, one of the largest travel agencies in the UK. 65. Mr Pritpal Singh Panesar President, Coleman University USA Pritpal Singh is President of Coleman University, a non-profit institution recognized as leader in IT education. 66. Mr Raj Singh Kohli Superintendent, MET Police UK Superintendent Raj Kohli, 45, believes he was destined to join the force from the time as a little boy when his mum gave him a police outfit. 67. Mr Navdeep Singh Bains Member of Parliament Canada Navdeep was born in Toronto, Ontario. He completed his Bachelor of Administrative Studies (BAS) undergraduate degree at York University. 68. The Matharu Family Hotels & Property UK 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. 69. Dr Parvinder Singh Parishca Officer, Indian Police Force India 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. 70. Mr Harbhajan Singh Samra Director, Samra Produce & Farms USA Harbhajan Singh came to California with an M.A. in economics in 1985 and he now dominates the okra farming industry. 71. Mr Milkha Singh Sportsman India 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. 72. Lieutenant Harjit Singh Sajjan British Columbia Regiment Canada In September 2011, Lieutenant Harjit Singh SajjanIn became the first Sikh in Canada to take command of British Columbia regiment which was established 1883. 73. Mr Rajpal Singh Captain, Indian Hockey Team India Rajpal Singh is the Captain of India’s National Hockey Team and plays the Forward (front line) position. 74. Mr HS Narula Chairman, DSC Group Ltd UK A visionary leader, H S Narula, 57, is Chairman at DSC Group Ltd. He led DSC Ltd into Asian continents, catering to a diverse mix of climates and languages. 75. Mrs Surina Kaur Narula Chairperson, Various Organisations UK Surina is Co-Chair and Trustee of ‘Consortium for Street Children’, UK based agencies. She has organised events to raise funds and profile of ‘Street Children’ and their needs at all levels. 76. Mr Paul Singh Uppal Member of Parliament UK Paul Singh Uppal is the only Sikh Member of Parliament and is seen as a future star of the Conservative Party. 77. Prof Dr Davinder Singh Chahal Author Canada Devinder Singh achieved an MSc and PhD (Microbiology) from the Ohio State University and University of Southern Illinois in 1966. 78. Mr Tarsem Dhaliwal Finance Director, Iceland UK Tarsem is the Finance Director of the Food Group Iceland. His career started as an accountant at Iceland nearly 28 years ago, where he trained and qualified whilst working there. 79. The Wouhra Family Food & Property UK Tony Deep Wouhra and his four brothers have built East End Foods, a UK- based Asian £100 million business empire from practically nothing. 80. Mr Baltej Singh Dhillon Canadian Police Force Canada Baltej Singh is the first Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) allowed to wear a turban. He came to Canada 1982 and studied criminology. 81. Mr Darra Singh OBE Chair, Commision For Integration UK Darra Singh was, until September 2011, Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus and Department for Work and Pensions. 82. Mr Varinder Singh Ghuman Professional Bodybuilder India Varinder is a professional bodybuilder, Punjabi wrestler and actor well known in India for being world first vegetarian pro bodybuilder. 83. Mr Harpreet Singh Director, Department Of Justice USA 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. 84. Dr Avtar Lit Chairman, Sunrise Group UK Sunrise Radio (originally Sina Radio), with broadcaster-entrepreneur Dr Avtar Lit at the helm, was the first 24 hour Asian radio station in the UK. 85. Mr Simmarpal Singh Bhurjee Country Head, Olam International Argentina Simmarpal Singh is an Agricultural Sciences graduate from Amritsar, India. He joined Olam in 2001 and was able to work in multiple geographies of Africa. 86. Mr Tommy Singh Nagra Executive Producer, BBC UK Award-winning programme maker Tommy Nagra has been appointed as an Executive Producer in the BBC’s Religion & Ethics Department in Manchester. 87. Ms Gunveena Kaur Chadha Director and Head, CII India Gunveena Kaur is the Director and Head of The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and holds a PhD degree in Economics. 88. Professor Tejinder Singh Virdee Professor, Imperial College UK Tejinder Singh is a renowned Professor of Physics at Imperial College in London. In April 2012, The Royal Society announced him in this years fellowship. 89. Mr Harvinder Singh CEO, PSI in Control Malaysia Harvinder Singh was the winner of the Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of The Year in 2008. 90. Mr Channi Singh Rapal OBE Artist & Music Director UK Harcharanjit Singh Rapal (Channi Singh) came from Punjab in 1975 and started the popularity of Punjabi music. 91. Mr Malkit Singh MBE Artist & Music Director UK Malkit Singh has performed live in over forty countries and has fans and audiences of all ages. 92. Mr Kulveer Singh Ranger Advisor to Global Cities UK Kulveer Singh Ranger is an advisor to global cities. He was an advisor for four years to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson on Transport, Environment and Digital Technology. 93. Mr Ravinder Singh Founder, Khalsa Aid UK 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. 94. Mr Harmander Singh Uppal Team Leader, Barclays Asia Singapore Harmander Singh is one of the youngest double masters winners in the UK. Having studied at the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University and London School of Economics. 95. Professor Kartar Singh Ji Head, Guru Nanak Girls College India Professor Kartar Singh, an octogenarian is a legendary figure and an epitome of dedication to kirtan in its original form. Very down to earth, this man has many accolades to his name. 96. Mrs Gurmeet Kaur Sodhi Television Host & Producer USA Gurmeet Kaur is television host/producer and youngest Sikh female to launch her own talk show. She is an icon in the international entertainment communities. 97. Dr Rabinder Kaur Buttar CEO, ClinTec International UK Dr Rabinder Kaur Buttar is Founder, President and CEO of ClinTec International and included in ‘Real Business’ list showing Britain’s 100 Most Entrepreneurial Women. 98. Mr Waris Singh Ahluwalia Actor & Jewellery Designer USA Waris Singh was born in Punjab in 1975 and is an Indian actor and jewellery designer. Aged five his family moved to the USA and he grew up in Brooklyn. 99. Ms Sharon Kaur MD, Sahara Homes Ltd UK Sharon Kaur is managing director of Sahara Homes Limited, a company she founded in 1997. Sharon is as passionate about her company as the community she serves. 100. Mr Jagjit Singh Matharu Wealth Advisor, Barclays Asia Singapore Jagjit Singh is one of the youngest members on our list and is recognised as one of the rising stars in the global Finance Industry.