Salim Kholwadia MBE
Gloucester-born Salim Ismail Kholwadia was awarded an MBE in 2001 for his work in improving administrative efficiency at HM Customs & Excise.
He is also recipient of the Outstanding Adult Learner Award from the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education in 2002. Salim is a member of a team controlling VAT and Insurance Premium Tax for a number of large UK businesses. Reflecting on life in Britain in the 1970s he recalls that: “In those days teachers didn’t think Asians could achieve very much so I was not encouraged – I did not reach my full potential. From then on, I knew I would have to work twice as hard to prove myself.” He is passionate about promoting education and learning amongst Muslim communities: “Just as the grain of sand within the oyster over time transforms into something beautiful, we must discover the gifts within ourselves and refine them into something of value”.