The ACTA judges’ meeting took place on Wednesday 17th April 2019 in Central London
Professor Barnie Choudhury has been a broadcaster for more than 35 years. He was a BBC trainee and worked there for 24 years, winning several radio and television industry awards. Barnie joined academia in 1999 and is the University of Buckingham's first professor of professional practice in communications. He's the honorary secretary of the Royal Television Society Midlands. Barnie is the chair of a Black Asian Minority Ethnic mental health charity in Nottingham, a member of Ofcom's Advisory Committee for England and currently the director of media and PR for the Commonwealth Secretariat.
A leading authority in traditional Indian music in the UK, Viram’s pioneering work since the 1970s as a performer, producer, director and advocate has led to fundamental material changes in perceptions about Indian music, increased formal funding for Asian music and bringing communities together across the UK. Viram’s work led to the creation of the Asian Music Circuit in 1991; winning the HSBC Indo-British Award for promoting good relations between UK and India, producing Asian music for the BBC Proms, eventually producing the first ever Bollywood Proms in 2009, the first ever Asian Rock concert at the Royal Albert Hall and the first ever Museum of Asian Music in Europe.
Mira Kaushik is Director of Akademi, a London-based award-winning Indian dance organisation. Mira is passionate about bringing Indian art and culture to the UK. In 2007, she was awarded an Honorary OBE for her services to dance. Mira was also nominated as one of the ‘Top 100 Most Influential People in UK-India Relations’ by India Incorporated in 2017.
Nick Kounoupias is the non-executive director of the Asian Media and Marketing Group (AMG) and the founder of Kounoupias IP, an international business consultancy. An acknowledged pioneer in the international IP world, as well as being a respected UK solicitor, Nick is known as one of the leading names in the international anti-piracy world. As one of the country’s leading experts in IP and anti-piracy, Nick regularly contributes to IP journals, books and provides professional training at seminars and webinars. Amongst his most notable industry appointments are: founder and Vice Chairman of the Alliance for IP, a Board Director of the Federation against Software Theft (FAST) and Chairman of the anti-piracy committee of the international music collecting society association BIEM.
Kalpesh is Group Managing Editor of Asian Media Group (AMG). He graduated with a law degree (LLB Hons) from Queen Mary University of London, and qualified as a barrister from the Inner Temple. Kalpesh is responsible for the strategy and growth of AMG operations over three countries: Britain, India and America.
Shailesh is Executive Editor of Asian Media Group. He has 30 years’ experience in journalism, overseeing a raft of titles, including Eastern Eye, GG2, Asian Trader, Pharmacy Business, Asian Hospitality as well as the Asian Rich List and GG2 Power List. An economics graduate, Shailesh has chronicled the Asian community in the UK and US for nearly three decades.
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.