2016 Newroz Reception by the Centre for Kurdish Progress welcomed many Kurds from all regions of Kurdistan. British parliamentarians and Kurdish representatives spoke in support of the Kurds. Winners of the second Most Successful Kurds in Britain Awards as part of the Newroz celebrations were announced.

Co-hosted by Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi and Labour MP for Kate Osamor, the reception received cross-party support. Over 80 parliamentarians including Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, Jason McCartney Conservative MP, Caroline Flint Labour MP, Stella Creasy Labour MP, Meg Hillier Labour MP, Alison Thewlis SNP MP, Natalie McGarry Independent MP, Liberal Democrat Peer Lord Wallace attended the reception and presented awards to winners of the evening. Deputy Mayor of London Roger Evans and many London Councillors kindly joined the Kurds in their celebration of the new year.

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Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) High Representative to the UK, Karwan Jamal Tahir and People's Democratic Party (HDP) Deputy Chair from Turkey Hisyar Ozsoy and representatives of Kurds from Syria and Iran in support of the Centre for Kurdish Progress' primary aim of bringing all Kurds together honoured the centre by attending the reception.

Kurdish business people including directors of the Association of the Kurdish Employers in Europe (AKEE) Suleyman Cagin and Kemal Has and Kurds of all walks of life living in Britain were present.

The awards ceremony was presented by Hilat Ozcan and Melissa Zerrin.

Winners of the Second Most Successful Kurds in Britain Awards: 

Most Successful Businessman: Harem Kamishi

Most Successful Businesswoman: Jino Murad

Most Successful Role Female/Male Models: Meryem Kaya, Gala Rian and Pashang Abdulhannan

Art Award Female: Mizgin Mujde Arslan

Art Award Male: Mariwan Jalal, Kae Bahar

Press&Publication Award: Jiyar Gol

Most Successful Student: Taban Kamal, Raz Jabary

Most Successful Young Entrepreneur: Ersin Bedir

Extraordinary Contribution to Kurdish Cause: Lord Avebury

Extraordinary Contribution to Kurdish Cause: Lord Hylton

Extraordinary Contribution to Kurdish Cause: Jean Lambert MP

Extraordinary Contribution to Kurdish Cause: Lord Rea

Extraordinary Contribution to Kurdish Cause: Jason McCartney MP

Extraordinary Contribution to Kurdish Cause: Sarah Panizzo, founder and trustee of



March 15, 2016 at 7pm - 9pm


Attlee Suite, Portcullis House
Bridge St
London SW1A
United Kingdom
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