The Sikh 100 2019 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. Bhai Gobind Singh Longowal Ji President of S.G.P.C India Gobind Singh Longowal, who has been Vice-President of Shiromani Akali Dal Badal for 10 years, was numerous times an MLA and former minister. 3. Giani Harpreet Singh Ji Jathedar, Akaal Takht Sahib India Giani Harpreet Singh Ji is the Jathedar of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib and Sri Akal Takht Sahib – the highest temporal seat of Sikhs. 4. Captain Amarinder Singh Chief Minister of Punjab India Current Chief Minister, Arminder Singh, born in March 1942, is the President of Punjab PCC. He served as the Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007. 5. Jathedar Baba Balbir Singh Ji Jathedar of Budha Dal India Baba Balbir Singh Ji, born in Patiala in 1964, were sworn as the 14th Jathedar of Budha Dal by their predecessor Singh Sahib Baba Santa Singh Ji. 6. Sant Baba Nihal Singh Ji Misl Shaheedan Tarna Dal India Jinda Shaheed, Singh Sahib Jathedar Sant Baba Nihal Singh Ji, of the Sikh organisation Misl Shaheedan Tarna Dal Harian Belan, is a living embodiment of the true teachings of the Sikhi. 7. 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. 8. 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). 9. Padma Shri Baba Sewa Singh Ji Spiritual Leader, Khadoor Sahib India Baba Sewa Singh Ji is an Indian social worker and environmentalist, involved in the restoration and maintenance of the historic Gurudwaras at Khadoor Sahib. 10. Baba Kashmir Singh Ji Spiritual Leader, Bhuriwale India Baba Kashmir Singh Ji was born on 12 Harh 1967 at the home of Sardar Buta Singh and Gyan Kaur. Baba Ji learned from his mother as she used to take an active part in the Panthak services. 11. Dr Manmohan Singh Former Prime Minister of India India Dr Manmohan Singh, India’s fourteenth Prime Minister, is highly acclaimed as a thinker and a scholar. 12. Mr Hardeep Singh Puri Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs India Hardeep Singh is the current Union Minister of State with Independent Charge in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. 13. 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. 14. Mr Sarabjit Singh Marwah Senator Canada Sarabjit or Sabi as he is otherwise known as a Senator in the Senate of Canada. The Governor General of Canada on the advice of the Prime Minister appointed him to the Senate in 2016. 15. Mr Navdeep Singh Bains PC MP Minis of Innovation Canada Navdeep Singh is the Member of Parliament for Mississauga–Malton and was appointed Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development on November 4, 2015. 16. Mr Harjit Singh Sajjan MP Minister of Defence Canada Harjit Singh is the current Minister of National Defence and a Member of Parliament representing the riding of Vancouver South. 17. Ms Bardish Kaur Chagger MP Minister of Small Business Canada Bardish Chagger PC MP is a Canadian politician who is the current Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism. 18. 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. 19. Mr Parkash Singh Badal Former Chief Minister 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. 20. Mr Manpreet Singh Badal Indian National Congress India Manpreet Singh Badal is an Indian politician and leader of the Indian National Congress. He has been member of Punjab Legislative Assembly from 1995 to 2012 21. Mr Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi Minister of Sports & Youth Affairs India Rana Gurmit Singh was elected to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in 2002, 2007, 2012 and again in 2017. He is a direct descendant of the Fouth Sikh Guru-Sri Guru Ram Das Ji. 22. 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. 23. Mr Manjinder Singh Sirsa President of D.S.G.M.C. India Manjinder Singh Sirsa was born 28 February 1972 and he is an Indian politician and member of the Shiromani Akali Dal. 24. Mr Satwant Singh President of P.S.G.P.C. Pakistan The elected members of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) representing all four provinces of the country unanimously elected Sardar Satwant Singh. 25. 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. 26. 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. 27. 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. 28. 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. 29. 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. 30. Navjot Singh Sidhu Minister Of Local Government India Navjot Singh Sidhu is an Indian politician, television personality and former cricketer. He currently serves as the Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs. 31. Mr Jay Singh Sidhu CEO, Customers Bancorp USA Jay Singh is Chairman and CEO of Customers Bancorp, Inc. and Customers Bank with headquarters in Wyomissing. Today it is a proforma $5 billion asset high-performing bank. 32. 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. 33. 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 34. 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. 35. Mrs Preneet Kaur Minister of 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. 36. 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. 37. 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. 38. Mr Gurbir Singh Grewal Attorney General, New Jersey USA Before becoming New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Singh served as Bergen County Prosecutor, the chief law enforcement officer of the most populous county in New Jersey 39. Mr Ravinder Singh Bhalla Mayor of Hoboken, USA USA Ravinder Singh Bhalla was born January 13, 1974, often simply called Ravi Bhalla, he is an American civil rights lawyer, politician and the mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey. 40. Mr Ron Chatha Chair, Peel Police Services Board Canada Ron Singh Chatha is a long-time resident of Brampton and was recently appointed by the Provincial government to the Regional Municipality of Peel Police Service Board in January 2019. 41. Mr Bal Singh Samra Managing Director, BBC Television UK Bal Singh Samra is a senior media executive with twenty years of experience and is now operating at the highest level in his field. 42. Mr Narinder Pal Singh CEO, Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd India Mr N P Singh has been Chief Executive Officer of Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd., since January 3, 2014. Mr. Singh serves as Chief Operating Officer of Sony Entertainment Television since December 2004. 43. Mr Davinder Singh Bal Founder, Sikh Channel UK Davinder Singh Bal started his career as a successful Personal Injury Solicitor at Rowley Ashworth and Thompsons before founding DBS Law and Don’t Delay Claim Today. 44. Mr Amrik Singh Kooner Founder, Akaal Channel UK Amrik Singh came to the UK 1976 at very young age. He owns many commercial properties and farms in and around Birmingham. 45. 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. 46. Mr Diljit Singh Dosanjh Actor/Singer India Diljit Dosanjh is a Punjabi actor, singer, television presenter and social media celebrity who works in Punjabi and Hindi cinema. 47. Mr Guru Randhawa Singer India Gursharanjot Singh Randhawa born 30 August 1991 is an Indian singer, songwriter and music composer associated with Punjabi, Bhangra, Indi-pop and Bollywood music. 48. 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. 49. 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. 50. 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. 51. 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. 52. 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). 53. 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. 54. 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, before taking on a number of CEO roles. 55. 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. 56. 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. 57. 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. 58. Mr Rajinder Singh Chadha Chairman, The Wave Group India With an experience of over 30 years, Mr. Chadha is responsible for the Group’s strategic decision making along with corporate finance activities. 59. 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. 60. Mr Gurmastik Singh Khalsa Founder, Sikhnet USA Gurmastik Singh Khalsa was 7 years old when his parents sent him to India (Guru Nanak Fifth Centenary School & Guru Ram Das Academy) for his education. 61. 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. 62. Mr Jaspal Singh Bindra Executive Chairman, Centrum India India Jaspal Singh is a global financial services industry executive with a consistent track record of driving profitable growth and increasing brand and shareholder value. 63. The Chatthe Family The Chatthe Group Kenya For over 90 years, The Chatthe Group are well known throughout Africa for sugar milling in Kenya. The group consists of Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries. 64. 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. 65. The Rai Family The Rai Group Kenya The Rai Group known as RaiPly is Kenya’s largest agro-forestry concern. It has spread its plywood wings to Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi – where it’s the biggest wood processor. 66. Mr Didar Singh Bains Businessman USA Didar Singh is of the best-known Punjabi Americans. He is the largest peach farmer in California with 40,000 acres in 13 counties and one of the largest in the world. 67. Mr Tarlochan Singh Politician India Tarlochan Singh is an Indian politician and a Member of the Parliament of India, representing Haryana. 68. 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. 69. 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. 70. 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. 71. Mr Darshan Singh Dhaliwal Businessman USA Darshan Singh is the largest petrol retailer in USA. With more than 1,000 petrol stations across 11 states in the US and an annual turnover of $2 billion. 72. 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. 73. 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. 74. Sardar Ramesh Singh Arora Politician Pakistan Ramesh Singh was born in 1974 to Punjabi Sikh family in Nankana Sahib. His family left Lyallpur to settle in Nankana Sahib in 1965. 75. Sardar Swinderpal Singh Ji Sevadar, Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji India With the blessings of Sri Guru Ramdass Ji Swinderpal Singh has been participating in Sewa at Sachkand Sri Harmandar Sahib Ji, for over 20 years. 76. Mr Balwinder Singh Sahni Founder & CEO, RSG International UAE Raj Sahni was born in Kuwait and is the owner of RSG Group of Companies spanning across the Middle East, USA and South Asia 77. 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. 78. Mr Narinder Singh Founder, Sikh Coalition USA As a Sikh Coalition co-founder and current Executive Board Chairman responsible for providing leadership support to the organisation. 79. Dr Rajwant Singh President, EcoSikh USA Dr. Rajwant Singh was born in Calcutta, India, in 1961. He immigrated to the United States in 1979 and settled in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. 80. 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. 81. Mr Balbir Singh Kakar Chairman, BMK Group India Balbir Singh is the Founder and Chairman of the BMK Group. Now a Philanthropist and Social Worker. A commerce graduate from Delhi university. 82. Mr Gurinder Singh Bawa President, Bawa Group India At a very early age Gurinder Singh joined his father’s business, which involved taking projects for the Government. Today the Bawa Group of Companies has spread into various sectors. 83. 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. 84. 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. 85. 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. 86. Dr. Parvinder Singh Pasricha 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. 87. 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. 88. 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). 89. 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 90. 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. 91. Mr Harmeek Singh Director, Plan B Group UAE In 2003, Harmeek Singh moved to Dubai with just grit and a fiery ambition in his wallet. He is the director the Plan B Group, which comprises of eight companies 92. 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. 93. 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. 94. 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’. 95. Mr Navdeep Singh Bhatia Toronto Raptors Superfan Canada Nav Bhatia spends more than $300,000 a year on Raptors’ tickets. Each year Navdeep celebrates Vaisakhi and Diwali on the court purchasing thousands of tickets for children. 96. Mr Arjinder 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. 97. Dr Birinder Singh Ahluwalia Doctor Entrepreneur Canada Birinder Singh has a lifetime of service in Health Care, Entrepreneurship, Community Activism and Philanthropy. As president of BSA Diagnostics Limited, Birinder Singh oversees many locations. 98. Surjit Singh Babra Entrepreneur Canada In 1988, Surjit Singh became the world’s first Sikh to start an airline. Gifted with extraordinary business acumen, he turned his SkyLink Group into a multi-million-dollar conglomerate. 99. 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. 100. 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.