Judges 2020

Lord Jitesh Gadhia //
Lord Jitesh Gadhia

Jitesh Gadhia is an investment banker and businessman and Member of the House of Lords since September 2016. Jitesh was previously Senior Managing Director at Blackstone based in London and has over 25 years' investment banking experience, having also held senior positions at Barclays Capital, ABN AMRO and Baring Brothers. He has advised on a wide range of high-profile M&A transactions across developed and emerging markets. 

Jitesh is currently a Board Member of UK Government Investments, the centre of excellence for corporate finance and corporate governance for the UK Government, managing major assets including the Royal Bank of Scotland. He also serves on the Boards of BGL Holdings (owner of comparethemarket.com , the UK’s leading digital price comparison website for financial products and household services) and Accord Healthcare (a leading global supplier of generic pharmaceuticals).

Jitesh graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge and attended the London Business School, where he was a Sloan Fellow.   He has served as a Trustee of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and of Nesta.  He was selected as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Salim Janmohamed // Karali Group
Salim Janmohamed
Managing Director
Karali Group

Salim Janmohamed is the managing director of Karali Group, one of the largest independent franchisees of Burger King.

Salim has four decades of experience in the fast food and casual dining business. His expertise is in turnaround of operations, sales and profit of the business and he is consulted by established, new and potential entrants to the UK market in the franchise business.

He is a senior volunteer in his Ismaili community and also plays an active part in the local communities where his business operates. He donates to various charities, both local and global. He has been listed as one of the Kindness and Leadership 50 Leading Lights for his contribution to Business, The Economy and Society.

Salim is married and has two children.

Nick Kounoupias //
Nick Kounoupias

Nick Kounoupias is a solicitor and the general counsel of AMG. He is one of Britain's leading experts in intellectual property (IP) and anti-piracy matters. As founder and CEO of Kounoupias IP, an intellectual property consultancy, Nick provides guidance to businesses which want to understand and protect their intellectual property both within the UK and internationally.

He is a regularly contributor to IP journals, books and also provides professional training on IP at seminars and webinars.

Among his several industry appointments, Nick has been founder and vice chairman of the Alliance for IP (previously the cross-industry Alliance against Counterfeiting and Piracy) , a board director of the Federation against Software Theft (FAST), Chief Legal Counsel to Anti-Copying in Design (“ACID”). Nick was appointed a Liveryman of the Worshipful Guild of Furniture Makers and a Freeman of the City of London.

Kalpesh R Solanki // Asian Media Group
Kalpesh R Solanki
Group Managing Editor
Asian Media Group

Kalpesh Solanki, is Chief Executive and Group Managing Editor of the Asian Media Group. Kalpesh graduated with a law degree (LLB Hons) from Queen Mary College, London and qualified as a barrister from the Inner Temple.

Kalpesh is responsible for the strategy and growth of its three core business sectors: Publishing, Digital, Events and Customer Relationship Management facilities in Ahmedabad and Kochi, India. AMG Direct holds unique databases Asian businesses and households throughout the UK.

Shailesh R Solanki // Asian Media Group
Shailesh R Solanki
Executive Editor
Asian Media Group

Shailesh Solanki graduated with a BSc Hons in Economics from University College, London. He is Executive Editor of the Asian Media Group, looking after the editorial function across the group’s titles: Asian Trader, Garavi Gujarat Newsweekly (UK and US editions), Eastern Eye, Pharmacy Business and Asian Hospitality. Shailesh is also responsible for the group’s events division and US business which is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Amit Roy //
Amit Roy
Eastern Eye columnist

Amit Roy is one of the most experienced journalists to have covered the Asian community and writes an influential column in Eastern Eye. He has also worked as a foreign correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, The Sunday Times and the Sunday Telegraph.

Amit has covered wars all over the world, as well as the Iranian revolution. He has also written economic reports on India for the Daily Telegraph.