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Ammar Mirza

Asian Business Connexions, President of Federation of Asian Business

Ammar Mirza CBE is a leadership & business management consultant through his company AmmarM (UK) Limited. Ammar is an entrepreneur with interests and investments across a number of sectors. Over a 15 year period he has helped establish new businesses within the North East. As chairman and founder of Asian Business Connexions, a not-for-profit social enterprise that aims to connect, support and promote the Asian wider community, Ammar has helped make a significant social and economic impact across the Globe.

In 2016 Ammar has helped launch the Primary Inspiration through Enterprise (PIE) Project Charity introducing enterprise activities into Primary Schools and represented the Private Sector on various Local Strategic Partnerships including the Learning Challenge and City Deal within Newcastle. His other positions include board member on the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP), chair of Newcastle Progression Forum, chair of governors at Tyneview Primary School, and founder of the SME Centre of Excellence.

Ammar is also a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), Trustee of Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums, patron of Charlie Bear Charity at the Freeman Hospital and the private sector representative on the European Structural Investment Fund Sub Committee. In 2014 Ammar was appointed a CBE for Outstanding Services to Business and the Community. More recently Ammar was the 2015 David Goldman Visiting Professor for Innovation and Enterprise at Newcastle University, where he continues as a Professor of Practice and selected as a “Maserati 100” top 100 Entrepreneurs within the UK that are giving something back to encourage and support entrepreneurialism.  Ammar was shortlisted for the Northern Powerhouse Northern Lights Business Personality of the Year 2017 and featured in the top 50 of the 2017 Smith and Williamson Power 100 UK Entrepreneurs, and Natwest Entrepreneur for Good finalist in 2018.  Currently Ammar is helping forge international b-lateral trade links working with Turkey and Indian based businesses to attract foreign investment into the North East and expanding the SME Centres of Excellence to help businesses start, survive and thrive.



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