Salim Kholwadia

Gloucester-born Salim Ismail Kholwadia was awarded an MBE in 2001 for his work in improving administrative efficiency at HM Customs & Excise.

Salim Kholwadia

Salim Kholwadia being presented to the Queen

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”.