DVK Group Ltd, a global, boutique commodity trading and finance company, was proud to support the third annual The Sikh Awards which took place on Sunday 21st October at The Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster, London.
The Sikh Awards is an established institution, held to recognise the contribution and excellence of the international Sikh community across a variety of industry sectors. The gala ceremony was presented by former Mayoral advisor Mr Kulveer Ranger and model/actress Ms Anu Singh. Over 750 guests attended, including Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, BBC’s Head of religious programming Mr Tommy Nagra, Ms Charlotte Leslie MP, Mr Paul Uppal MP and Dr Kate Wharton from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s office.
DVK Group sponsored the award for Sikhs in Seva, which recognised an individual for his or her contribution to society through means of Seva (selfless voluntary service) or for an outstanding individual who has excellently demonstrated exceptional leadership and vision when helping others. Sikhs in Seva was awarded to Mr Surendra Singh Khandari from the United Arab Emirates. Surendra Singh is the youngest president of the Automobile Association of Andra Pradesh and the youngest captain of the Emirates Gold Club in Dubai. He is now the Chairman of Al Dovbowi Group, one of the largest tyre distribution companies in the world.
Other esteemed award recipients included Britain’s richest man Lakshmi Mittal, who received the Special Recognition Award from the world Sikh community for his joint venture between State-owned Hindustan Petroleum Corporation and Mittal Energy Ltd, in the Punjab region of India, Harpal Singh, CEO of Cancer Research who was awarded the Sikhs In Charities award, Ms Rashpal Kaur from India who was awarded the Sikhs In Sports award for her unprecedented sporting achievements despite losing her sight, and Mr Rajinder Singh Baryan from Kenya who was awarded the coveted Sikhs In Business – Businessman award.
In speaking about The Sikh Awards, Deepak Kuntawala, Chairman of DVK Group, says: “We were delighted to have been a part of The Sikh Awards and to sponsor the ‘Sikhs In Seva’ Award category. As Chairman of DVK Group, my team and I applaud The Sikh Awards for its worthy recognition of the vast achievements in humanitarian service carried out by the Sikh community, in the UK and internationally.
The recipient, Mr Surendra Singh Khandari, from the United Arab Emirates, is a truly worthy winner of the ‘Sikhs In Seva’ Award, as he has demonstrated selfless and tireless service to society through his acts of goodwill, and his vision and leadership in helping others.
I would also like to congratulate the event organiser Navdeep Singh for his incredible passion and commitment towards the cause and for his unfettered drive and energy in creating such a landmark event that not only the local Sikh community but also the wider audiences hold with utmost esteem. We wish The Sikh Awards every continued success and prosperity in the future.”
The DVK Group traces its roots back to the 1900s in Africa, built on a solid foundation of 100 years of international trading experience combined with revolutionary financial and investment know-how. The company creates and manages bespoke private equity vehicles, alternate investment funds and hedge funds and its investment focus is aligned to the sectors we operate within. It has plans to expand into high growth, emerging markets, continuing to offer corporate clients core services as Structured Corporate Finance Solutions, Private Equity, Structured Trade and Commodity Finance, and Global Commodity Trading. The company’s Industry and sector focus includes aviation, infrastructure/ PPP’s/ bot, real estate, oil and gas, mining and excavation, Agriculture, Metals and leading Commodities such as securing exclusive oil/ natural resource allocations and Oil blocks. DVK Group has offices in London, Hong Kong, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Malawi, Moscow, Johannesburg, China, Kenya, India, Madrid and Ghana.