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New president and top team are elected

New role for top trio (from left): Haseena Lockhat, Lakhbir Singh and Qasim Majid

By Jessica Brookes

Asian Business Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) has welcomed a new president and vice- presidents for 2018-19. The announcement was made at the ABCC’s annual general meeting. The new president is Qasim Majid, who is originally from Manchester but moved to Birmingham in 2002 when he founded digital marketing agency Wow Zone. Qasim has been an active member and

supporter of Asian business, first joining the then Institute of Asian Businesses in 2002, and later becoming a board member and vice-president of the ABCC. He wants to pass on the opportunities and success that he has found with the help of the ABCC, to members old and new. He said: “I personally believe that we as board members and my job as president is to create that environment for businesses to thrive and for members to look at the ABCC as an organisation that brings opportunities to them.” “My absolute vision for the next 12 months is

to create value for our members and create the environment for them to do even better


business. “Our members are our backbone to

everything, and we need to create value and an experience for them.” Qasim has taken over from Saqib Bhatti as

president, who has served as ABCC president for four years. Qasim said: “Saqib has done a great job over

the past four years, and has left me with very big shoes to fill. I’m really excited at the prospect of building on the foundations he has laid for the ABCC.” Reflecting on his career as he takes on his new

presidency role, Qasim seems to have come ‘full circle’. Birmingham will be the second city that he has lived in that has hosted the Commonwealth Games. In 2002, Qasim was just about to leave Manchester when they hosted the games. He said: “I left when the Manchester

Commonwealth Games happened, and it completely transformed the city. “Now I see that happening in Birmingham, you

can see a complete transformation happening and that is really exciting.”

Andy Street, mayor of the West Midlands,

said: “I congratulate the ABCC on the election of Qasim Majid as their new President. The ABCC has a great track record of promoting business across the region and giving a voice to the vibrant Asian business community. “I wish the ABCC all the best and hope they

continue the great work they have been doing in promoting business and enterprise, in particular in encouraging diversity and more women to start up in business.” Qasim will be joined by new vice-presidents

Lakhbir Singh and Haseena Lockhat. Lakhbir has served on the ABCC board for three years, and is a relationship director at Barclays. Haseena has served on a number of boards

and panels, with her ABCC vice-presidency as her latest senior venture. She currently works as a consultant clinical psychologist at the Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. The new executive committee also includes

Aftab Chughtai, Gurmeet Jakhu, Dr Nasir Awan, Neelam Afzal, Omer Simjee, Prithpal Saimbi, Ravinder Masih, Ruzwan Boota, Sunny Araf, Amandeep Hyare and Steve Brittan.

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