The Sikh 100 2015 1. Sant Baba Kulwant Singh Ji Jathedar, Sachkand Sri Hazur Sahib India 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. 2. Sant Baba Labh Singh Ji Spiritual Leader India Sant Baba Labh Singh Ji, Kar Sewa Wale is a name that brings to mind the idea of generosity, help and service. Sant Baba Labh Singh Ji services are a supreme example of dedication and sacrifice. 3. Giani Gurbachan Singh Ji Jathedar, Akaal Takht Sahib India Jathedar Singh Sahib Giani Gurbachan Singh is the current religious Head of Sri Akaal Takht Sahib, the supreme religious authority of the Sikhs, based in Amritsar, Punjab, India. 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 and is one of the top 10 richest politicians in India. 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. Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa Human Rights Activist India 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. 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 a working-class part of Bristol and attended Bristol Grammar School. 10. 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. 11. 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. 12. Mr Rajinder Singh Chhina Director, Punjab National Bank India Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, currently Director of Punjab National Bank, is a visionary with a distinguished background. 13. Sant Baba Ranjit Singh Ji Spiritual Leader India Sant Baba Ranjit Singh Ji, aged 31 have been promoting Sikhi for the last 15 years. From a very early age, they set out to bring the message of Guru Granth Sahib Ji to the people. 14. 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. 15. 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. 16. Mrs Harsimrat Kaur Badal Union Cabinet Minister India 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. 17. Malvinder & Mr 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. 18. Simon, Bobby & Robin Arora Retail UK B & M European Retail Value S.A. was formed in 1978 and is now one of the leading variety retailers in the UK, employing over 20,000 staff. 19. 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. 20. 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 21. 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. 22. MR ONKAR SINGH KANWAL Chairman, Apollo Tyres India 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. 23. 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. 24. Mr Davinder Singh Sachdev SC Ceo, Drew & Napier LLC Singapore Davinder Singh was born in Piunjab 1 August 1957, he is a Singaporean lawyer and the Chief Executive Officer of the law firm Drew & Napier. 25. 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. 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. Justice Anup Singh Chowdry High Court Judge Uganda Anup Singh Choudry, a Sikh writer and businessman born in1950, is a Ugandan-born Sikh of Punjabi ancestry. 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 Preneet Kaur Minister For External Affairs India Preneet Kaur, born in Shimla to Satinder Kaur and Gian Singh Kahlon on 3 October 1944, is an Indian politician, currently serving as Minister of State for External Affairs. 33. Mr Manvinder Singh Banga 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 Balwinder Singh Special Director, CBI India Balwinder Singh, a Senior IPS officer of Andre Pradesh, was appointed as Special Director in the Central Bureau of Investigation headquarters in New Delhi, 2010 37. Mr Manjit Singh Gk President, DSGMC India Manjit Singh is President of prestigious organisation of Sikhs, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), managing gurdwaras in India capital, Delhi. 38. Mr Vikramjit Singh Sahney President, Sun Group India Vikramjit Singh is a well known entrepreneur, educationist and social worker of Delhi who has been conferred with the honour of Padma Shri and the International Peace Award. 39. Mr Harvinder Singh Phoolka Lawyer, Delhi High Court India 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. 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. Lord Indarjit Singh CBE Director, Network of Sikhs UK Mr Kuldip Singh Dhingra is an industrialist. He is Managing Director at Spectro Analytical Labs Pvt. Ltd and the Chairman of Berger Paints Group. 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. 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. 45. 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. 46. Mr Harpal Singh Kumar CEO, Cancer Research UK UK Harpal Singh studied chemical engineering at Cambridge and attained an MBA at Harvard. He worked in scientific research and management consultancy. 47. Dr Raminder Singh Ranger MBE MD, Multiple Hauliers (EA) 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. 48. Mr Ranjit Singh Baxi Chairman, J & H Sales International UK Ranjit Singh is the Founder and Chairman of J and H Sales (International) Ltd, one of Europe leading exporters of paper for recycling, operating across the USA, Europe and the Far East. 49. Mr Rajinder Singh Baryan Co-Founder & M.D., 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”. 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. 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. 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 Tarlochan Singh Politician India Tarlochan Singh is an Indian politician and a Member of the Parliament of India, representing Haryana. 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. Mr Inderjit Singh Lawyer Singapore Inderjit Singh is an entrepreneur and politician in Singapore’s parliament and has represented the Ang Mo Kio GRC from 1996 to 2015. 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 Ajinder Pal Singh Businessman Botswana Arjinder Pal Singh is a prominent businessman based in Botswana. His business empire spreads across the education, construction, tourism, airline, manufacturing and agriculture industries. 58. Baroness Sandip Kaur Verma Houses 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 Taranjit Singh Sandhu Embassy of India, USA USA 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. 60. Mayor Kashmir Singh Gill Mayor, Yuba City USA Kashmir Gill is the current mayor of Yuba City, California. This is Kashmir second term as Mayor, previously 2009-2010, he is the first Punjabi-American and first Sikh to hold the title. 61. Mr Surinder Pal Singh Oberoi Businessman UAE 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. 62. 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. 63. Mr Rupinder Singh Sodhi Managing Director, GCMF India 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. 64. Mr Upjit Singh Sachdev Consul General, Republic of Liberia 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, H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. 65. Mr Gurjit Singh Ambassador of India to Indonesia Indonesia Gurjit Singh is a post graduate in International Studies from JNU. Appointed to the Indian Foreign Service in 1980, he has served in Indian Missions in Tokyo, Colombo, Nairobi and Rome 66. 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. 67. Prof Dr Devinder Singh Chahal Author Canada Devinder Singh achieved an MSc and PhD (Microbiology) from the Ohio State University and University of Southern Illinois in 1966. 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. 70. Mr Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi Member of Parliament New Zealand 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. 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 Harinder Singh Takhar Minister of Government Services Canada Harinder Singh, of Mississauga has a Master’s degree in Economics and Political Science, he also graduated in English, Economics and Political Science 74. Mr Navtej Singh Sarna Ministry of External Affairs India Navtej Singh is an Indian author-columnist, diplomat, and former Indian Ambassador to Israel. Born in Jalandhar to a noted writer in Punjabi, Mohinder Singh Sarna. 75. Mr Jagmeet Singh Dhaliwal Member of provincial parliament Canada MPP Jagmeet Singh was elected in the riding of Bramalea-Gore-Malton in the 2011 provincial election. 76. 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. 77. 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. 78. Dr Gurdev Singh Khush Education USA Gurdev Singh Khush from Punjab, India, graduated from Punjab Agricultural University with a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, where he served as a faculty member for 7 years. 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 Pritpal Singh Panesar President, Coleman University USA Pritpal Singh is President of Coleman University, a non-profit institution recognized as leader in IT education. 81. 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. 82. 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. 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. 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. 85. Mr Ramesh Singh Khalsa Patron, Pakistan Chief Council Pakistan Ramesh Singh Khalsa is a young Pakistani Sikh leader and social worker from Karachi Sindh. Ramesh Singh is the Patron in Chief of the Pakistan Sikh Council. 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. Dr Naranjan Singh Dhalla Executive Director, IACS Canada Dr Naranjan Singh Dhalla, from Ghanieke, Punjab graduated in Physics and Chemistry (Punjab University) with an MSc and PhD in Pharmacology (University of Pennsylvania). 88. Dr Anarkali Kaur Honaryar Senator Afghanistan 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 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 Mohinder Singh Bhullar Businessman Brunei 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. 91. Mr Kuldeep Singh 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’. 92. Dr Raghbir Singh Bains Education India Raghbir Singh is from Dagana Kalan, India and has a BA in Education, a MA from Punjab University and a PhD on World Religions and Cultures from (USA), including an LLB in 1982 from Punjab University. 93. Mr Gurvendra Singh Suri Businessman USA Gurvendra Singh is an accomplished entrepreneur and community activist. Over the past decade he has pursued an extensive philanthropic agenda that includes numerous charitable activities. 94. 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. 95. 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. 96. 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. 97. 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. 98. 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. 99. 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. 100. Mr Amarjit Singh Head of India, Dutton Gregory UK Amarjit Singh is an award winning commercial lawyer and nationally recognised expert in Indian business affairs.