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Foysol Hussain Choudhury

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Foysol Choudhury
MBE
Foysol Choudhury MBE.jpg
BornFoysol Hussain Choudhury
January, 1969
Bangladesh
ResidenceEdinburghUnited Kingdom
NationalityBritish Bangladeshi
OrganizationEdinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC),Edinburgh Mela, Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurateurs, Bangladeshi Samity Edinburgh
AwardsMBE
Website
http://www.elrec.org.uk/ http://www.edinburgh-mela.co.uk/ http://gbruk.org.uk/
Foysol Hussain Choudhury MBE (born January, 1969, Bangladesh) is a British Bangladeshi restaurateur and community leader. He is the Scottish President of the Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurateurs, a position held since 1995,[1] and since 2010 he has served as the Chair of the Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC).[2] He is also a founding director and the current Vice-Chair of the Edinburgh Mela.[3] In recognition of his services to the community, Choudhury was awarded an MBE in the 2004 New Year’s Honours list.[4]

Early Life and Family[edit]

Choudhury was born in Bangladesh in January, 1969, as the oldest son to Gulam and Rukeya Rabbani Choudhury.[5][6] He grew up in Manchester, and in 1981 he moved with his family to Edinburgh, where he now resides with his family. He has one son and one daughter.[5]

Business career[edit]

Whilst at university, Choudhury assumed responsibility for his ailing father's business, and has since become a prominent entrepreneur with interests in catering, hospitality, finance and real estate, operating in both the UK and Bangladesh. He is the co-owner of The Verandeh Restaurant in Edinburgh alongside Dr Wali Tasar Uddin.[5] As a passionate advocate of Bangladeshi cuisine, Choudhury has channeled his business activities into promoting the interests of the Bangladeshi restaurant and catering trade. Since 1995, he has served as the regional President of the Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurateurs in Scotland, and was a founding member of the Dine Bangladeshi Campaign. Created in 1994, the Guild is a national trade association which represents UK-based Bangladeshi restaurants and caterers, who over the past 60 years have been serving over 3 million meals a week in more than 10,500 restaurants, and employ over 80,000 people. The Guild's primary objectives are to lobby decision-makers and legislators at the local and national level on behalf of the industry, improve the standard of spice restaurants in the UK, and increase public awareness of the positive contribution made by the spice restaurant industry towards British culture and the economy. Under Choudhury's leadership, the Guild has achieved considerable success towards these aims, building its membership to over 2500 people and becoming an influential force in both the UK and Bangladesh.

Charity and Community Work[edit]

Outside his business interests, Foysol is an active member of civic society in Edinburgh and plays a leading role in several charities.

Regional Equality[edit]

He has been involved with the Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC) since his teenage years and remains an active campaigner for equality and good race and inter-faith relations in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Having served ELREC in various capacities including as a Trustee, Company Secretary and Vice-Chair, Choudhury was elected as its Chair in 2010.[2] He continues to lead the organisation through its transition from a primarily race-oriented equality council to a pan-equalities regional council[2] that seeks to truly represent those embodying all nine of the protected characteristics outlined in the Equality Act 2010.[7] Under Foysol’s stewardship, ELREC has expanded its membership base by over 125% and increased its services available to the community, with new projects to tackle hate crime amongst young people, and an inclusive volunteer programme.
Choudhury is also a regular media contributor, writing articles to promote equality, raise awareness of hate crime and foster good community relations. He has also been involved in successfully organizing community events such as the cross-party Equality Manifesto Meetings in November 2011[8] and March 2012[9] ahead of the local Edinburgh elections, and the cross-party Equality Agenda Meeting in November 2012 to highlight equality issues to politicians on the City of Edinburgh Council.[10] He has also contributed his leadership to organizing the Schedule 7: Stop and Search Consultation in December 2011,[8] Africa Day Celebrations in North Edinburgh,[11] and various community engagement events across the city.
He is also a Director of the Scottish Alliance of Regional Equality Councils (SAREC).[12]

Culture, Community and Education[edit]

Choudhury is a founding director and current Vice-Chair of the Edinburgh Mela,[3] an Edinburgh-based festival of world music, dance, fashion and food created in 1997. The festival has become one of the biggest events in the Edinburgh Festival programme, promoting cultural diversity and inter-faith understanding and coherence, and showcasing the work of artists and performers from local communities and of both national and international stature.[13] Furthermore, Choudhury is an active member of the Bangladeshi diaspora in Scotland and was elected as the Chairman of the Bangladesh Samity Edinburgh in 2010, previously serving as its General Secretary amongst other roles. He has facilitated interaction between visiting Bangladeshi political leaders and politicians from the Scottish Parliament and City of Edinburgh Council. He has also organized annual Bangladesh Independence Day Celebrations, alongside other events, to promote positive relations between Bangladeshi and Scottish communities.
In recognition of International Mother Language Day (21 February), which was made official by UNESCO in October 1999, Choudhury began an annual temporary memorial at the City Chambers of Edinburgh in 2008 to honour those killed during the Bengali Language Movement demonstrations of 1952, inspired by the Shaheed Minar monument inDhakaBangladesh. The ceremony attracts members of the Bangladeshi Community, local schools and politicians from all parties. Resulting from its success and with support from the wider community, Choudhury is campaigning for a permanent monument (Shaheed Minar) to be built in Edinburgh, and the proposal is currently under consideration by the City Council.
Overall, Choudhury is notable for his commitment to developing positive community interaction and understanding, and for the considerable investment of his leadership, networking and communication expertise towards these projects.
Choudhury also supports and promotes groups like Thistle Shapla, which brings the culture of Bangladesh to Scotland. He also plays an unofficial role of providing guidance and support to members of communities and new migrants settling to a new life in Scotland. He also serves as General Secretary of the Bangladesh Welfare Council Scotland, Youth Secretary of the Commonwealth Society Edinburgh and General Secretary of the Council of Bangladeshis in Scotland.
He is also a keen promoter of the importance of education, and remains active in helping to raise funds for a diverse range of projects, schools and orphanages, in both Bangladesh and Scotland. He is a Life Member of Daimuddin Ethemkhana (Orphanage) & Hafizia Madrasha, and acts as Joint General Secretary of Zukta-Razya Nabigonj Education Trust UK.

Fundraising[edit]

Foysol is contributed to several successful fundraising campaigns, raising over a quarter of a million pounds for causes including Bangladesh Cyclone Appeal in Scotland, St Colomba’s Hospice, Leukaemia & Cancer appeal, Sick Kidsappeal, British Heart Foundation, Indian Earthquake Appeal, Tsunami Appeal and many others. In addition to this he is also one of the organisers who built two shelter and 40 houses for the survivors of Cyclone SIDR Bangladesh in 2010.

Personal Interests[edit]

Choudhury was involved in the formation of the Edinburgh-based Bengal Tigers football team, in partnership with theScottish Football Association and JR Rahman Solicitors.[14] He has also sponsored sports uniforms for schools, and organised fundraising events to help the Heart of Midlothian Youth Development.[15] As a keen sports enthusiast, Choudhury has been a Bangladeshi Badminton and Snooker Champion in Edinburgh, and is a fan of the Heart of Midlothian FC and Manchester United FC.[5]

References[edit]

  1. Jump up^ Jamieson, Teddy (11 March 2013). "Restaurants serving up cheaper meat in curries"Herald Scotland. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  2. Jump up to:a b c "ELREC Newsletter, Issue 26"Edinburgh and Lothians Racial Equality Council. December 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  3. Jump up to:a b "Who We Are"Edinburgh Mela. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  4. Jump up^ "New Year's Honours List 2004, MBEs: A-C"BBC News. 31 December 2003. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  5. Jump up to:a b c d "Foysol Choudhury MBE"Asian Restaurant Hall of Fame. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  6. Jump up^ "Mr Foysol Hussain Choudhury"Companies in the UK. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  7. Jump up^ "Protected Characteristics"Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  8. Jump up to:a b "ELREC Newsletter, Issue 30"Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council. December 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  9. Jump up^ "ELREC Newsletter, Issue 31"Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council. April 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  10. Jump up^ "ELREC Newsletter, Issue 34"Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council. January 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  11. Jump up^ "ELREC Newsletter, Issue 32"Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council. July 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  12. Jump up^ "The Scottish Alliance of Regional Equality Councils Limited: Directors and Secretaries"Companies in the UK. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  13. Jump up^ "a festival of world music, dance, fashion, food and fun". Edinburgh Mela. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
  14. Jump up^ "Scottish FA South East Region Newsletter, Issue 7, p.6"Scottish Football Association. September 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  15. Jump up^ "Profile: Foysol Choudhury MBE"LinkedIn. Retrieved 13 November 2013.



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Foysol Hussain Choudhury
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Foysol Choudhury
MBE
Foysol Choudhury MBE.jpg
Born Foysol Hussain Choudhury
January, 1969
Bangladesh
Residence Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Nationality British Bangladeshi
Organization Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC), Edinburgh Mela, Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurateurs, Bangladeshi Samity Edinburgh
Awards MBE
Website
http://www.elrec.org.uk/ http://www.edinburgh-mela.co.uk/ http://gbruk.org.uk/
Foysol Hussain Choudhury MBE (born January, 1969, Bangladesh) is a British Bangladeshi restaurateur and community leader. He is the Scottish President of the Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurateurs, a position held since 1995,[1] and since 2010 he has served as the Chair of the Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC).[2] He is also a founding director and the current Vice-Chair of the Edinburgh Mela.[3] In recognition of his services to the community, Choudhury was awarded an MBE in the 2004 New Year’s Honours list.[4]
Contents  [hide]
1 Early Life and Family
2 Business career
3 Charity and Community Work
3.1 Regional Equality
3.2 Culture, Community and Education
3.3 Fundraising
4 Personal Interests
5 References
6 External links
7 Foysol Choudhury MBE
Early Life and Family[edit]
Choudhury was born in Bangladesh in January, 1969, as the oldest son to Gulam and Rukeya Rabbani Choudhury.[5][6] He grew up in Manchester, and in 1981 he moved with his family to Edinburgh, where he now resides with his family. He has one son and one daughter.[5]
Business career[edit]
Whilst at university, Choudhury assumed responsibility for his ailing father's business, and has since become a prominent entrepreneur with interests in catering, hospitality, finance and real estate, operating in both the UK and Bangladesh. He is the co-owner of The Verandeh Restaurant in Edinburgh alongside Dr Wali Tasar Uddin.[5] As a passionate advocate of Bangladeshi cuisine, Choudhury has channeled his business activities into promoting the interests of the Bangladeshi restaurant and catering trade. Since 1995, he has served as the regional President of the Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurateurs in Scotland, and was a founding member of the Dine Bangladeshi Campaign. Created in 1994, the Guild is a national trade association which represents UK-based Bangladeshi restaurants and caterers, who over the past 60 years have been serving over 3 million meals a week in more than 10,500 restaurants, and employ over 80,000 people. The Guild's primary objectives are to lobby decision-makers and legislators at the local and national level on behalf of the industry, improve the standard of spice restaurants in the UK, and increase public awareness of the positive contribution made by the spice restaurant industry towards British culture and the economy. Under Choudhury's leadership, the Guild has achieved considerable success towards these aims, building its membership to over 2500 people and becoming an influential force in both the UK and Bangladesh.
Charity and Community Work[edit]
Outside his business interests, Foysol is an active member of civic society in Edinburgh and plays a leading role in several charities.
Regional Equality[edit]
He has been involved with the Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC) since his teenage years and remains an active campaigner for equality and good race and inter-faith relations in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Having served ELREC in various capacities including as a Trustee, Company Secretary and Vice-Chair, Choudhury was elected as its Chair in 2010.[2] He continues to lead the organisation through its transition from a primarily race-oriented equality council to a pan-equalities regional council[2] that seeks to truly represent those embodying all nine of the protected characteristics outlined in the Equality Act 2010.[7] Under Foysol’s stewardship, ELREC has expanded its membership base by over 125% and increased its services available to the community, with new projects to tackle hate crime amongst young people, and an inclusive volunteer programme.
Choudhury is also a regular media contributor, writing articles to promote equality, raise awareness of hate crime and foster good community relations. He has also been involved in successfully organizing community events such as the cross-party Equality Manifesto Meetings in November 2011[8] and March 2012[9] ahead of the local Edinburgh elections, and the cross-party Equality Agenda Meeting in November 2012 to highlight equality issues to politicians on the City of Edinburgh Council.[10] He has also contributed his leadership to organizing the Schedule 7: Stop and Search Consultation in December 2011,[8] Africa Day Celebrations in North Edinburgh,[11] and various community engagement events across the city.
He is also a Director of the Scottish Alliance of Regional Equality Councils (SAREC).[12]
Culture, Community and Education[edit]
Choudhury is a founding director and current Vice-Chair of the Edinburgh Mela,[3] an Edinburgh-based festival of world music, dance, fashion and food created in 1997. The festival has become one of the biggest events in the Edinburgh Festival programme, promoting cultural diversity and inter-faith understanding and coherence, and showcasing the work of artists and performers from local communities and of both national and international stature.[13] Furthermore, Choudhury is an active member of the Bangladeshi diaspora in Scotland and was elected as the Chairman of the Bangladesh Samity Edinburgh in 2010, previously serving as its General Secretary amongst other roles. He has facilitated interaction between visiting Bangladeshi political leaders and politicians from the Scottish Parliament and City of Edinburgh Council. He has also organized annual Bangladesh Independence Day Celebrations, alongside other events, to promote positive relations between Bangladeshi and Scottish communities.
In recognition of International Mother Language Day (21 February), which was made official by UNESCO in October 1999, Choudhury began an annual temporary memorial at the City Chambers of Edinburgh in 2008 to honour those killed during the Bengali Language Movement demonstrations of 1952, inspired by the Shaheed Minar monument in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The ceremony attracts members of the Bangladeshi Community, local schools and politicians from all parties. Resulting from its success and with support from the wider community, Choudhury is campaigning for a permanent monument (Shaheed Minar) to be built in Edinburgh, and the proposal is currently under consideration by the City Council.
Overall, Choudhury is notable for his commitment to developing positive community interaction and understanding, and for the considerable investment of his leadership, networking and communication expertise towards these projects.
Choudhury also supports and promotes groups like Thistle Shapla, which brings the culture of Bangladesh to Scotland. He also plays an unofficial role of providing guidance and support to members of communities and new migrants settling to a new life in Scotland. He also serves as General Secretary of the Bangladesh Welfare Council Scotland, Youth Secretary of the Commonwealth Society Edinburgh and General Secretary of the Council of Bangladeshis in Scotland.
He is also a keen promoter of the importance of education, and remains active in helping to raise funds for a diverse range of projects, schools and orphanages, in both Bangladesh and Scotland. He is a Life Member of Daimuddin Ethemkhana (Orphanage) & Hafizia Madrasha, and acts as Joint General Secretary of Zukta-Razya Nabigonj Education Trust UK.
Fundraising[edit]
Foysol is contributed to several successful fundraising campaigns, raising over a quarter of a million pounds for causes including Bangladesh Cyclone Appeal in Scotland, St Colomba’s Hospice, Leukaemia & Cancer appeal, Sick Kids appeal, British Heart Foundation, Indian Earthquake Appeal, Tsunami Appeal and many others. In addition to this he is also one of the organisers who built two shelter and 40 houses for the survivors of Cyclone SIDR Bangladesh in 2010.
Personal Interests[edit]
Choudhury was involved in the formation of the Edinburgh-based Bengal Tigers football team, in partnership with the Scottish Football Association and JR Rahman Solicitors.[14] He has also sponsored sports uniforms for schools, and organised fundraising events to help the Heart of Midlothian Youth Development.[15] As a keen sports enthusiast, Choudhury has been a Bangladeshi Badminton and Snooker Champion in Edinburgh, and is a fan of the Heart of Midlothian FC and Manchester United FC.[5]
References[edit]
Jump up ^ Jamieson, Teddy (11 March 2013). "Restaurants serving up cheaper meat in curries". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
^ Jump up to: a b c "ELREC Newsletter, Issue 26". Edinburgh and Lothians Racial Equality Council. December 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
^ Jump up to: a b "Who We Are". Edinburgh Mela. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
Jump up ^ "New Year's Honours List 2004, MBEs: A-C". BBC News. 31 December 2003. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
^ Jump up to: a b c d "Foysol Choudhury MBE". Asian Restaurant Hall of Fame. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
Jump up ^ "Mr Foysol Hussain Choudhury". Companies in the UK. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
Jump up ^ "Protected Characteristics". Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
^ Jump up to: a b "ELREC Newsletter, Issue 30". Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council. December 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
Jump up ^ "ELREC Newsletter, Issue 31". Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council. April 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
Jump up ^ "ELREC Newsletter, Issue 34". Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council. January 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
Jump up ^ "ELREC Newsletter, Issue 32". Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council. July 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
Jump up ^ "The Scottish Alliance of Regional Equality Councils Limited: Directors and Secretaries". Companies in the UK. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
Jump up ^ "a festival of world music, dance, fashion, food and fun". Edinburgh Mela. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
Jump up ^ "Scottish FA South East Region Newsletter, Issue 7, p.6". Scottish Football Association. September 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
Jump up ^ "Profile: Foysol Choudhury MBE". LinkedIn. Retrieved 13 November 2013.

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