Ozwald Boateng honoured with icon award

The designer received the award from The GG2 Leadership Awards last month

WINNER: Ozwald Boateng (Photo ©Edward Lloyd/Alpha Press)

LEGENDARY DESIGNER Ozwald Boateng received a prestigious icon award at the GG2 Leadership Awards last month.

Boateng, of Ghanaian descent, was honoured for being a trailblazing fashion icon and is internationally known for his trademark twist on classic British tailoring and bespoke style.

On receiving his award, Boateng said: “It’s always great to be acknowledged and recognised for your work so I’m very happy.” 

On being a role model for ethnic communities, Boateng added: “I realise it now, it took me some years. I think it became clearer to me about 10 years ago.

“I started when I was 18 and when Britain was a very different place. At that time I wasn’t particularly thinking about the influence or cultural impact my work would have. Now there’s a lot more people of colour in the industry referencing my work and it’s crucial to have diverse voices in the creative industry.” 

The 21st GG2 Leadership Awards celebrated the achievements of some of the UK’s most prominent ethnic leaders, showcasing diverse talent and leadership in the UK.

Winners on the night included GG2 Pride of Britain Award winner Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, Emeritus Professor of Nursing at the University of West London; Media and Creative Arts winner Mohit Bakaya, controller of BBC Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra; and Outstanding Achievement in Science winner Caucher Birkar, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.

Sajid Javid, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, retained the top position on this year’s GG2 Power List. He said: “I am honoured to be recognised on the GG2 Power List once more and I am proud to live in a Britain where anyone can become Chancellor, whatever their background. Each person on this year’s Power List has their own story to tell, but the example they set to young Asian women and men is helping to create a better and brighter future for Britain. I commend and congratulate them all.”

See the full list of GG2 Leadership Awards 2019 winners below:

1. GG2 Spirit in the Community Award

Awarded to an individual or organisation for outstanding work in the community.

Eartha Pond, Educator and Councillor, QPCC

2. GG2 Young Journalist of the Year

Awarded for outstanding work in the media.

Jasmine Cameron-Chileshe, Reporter, Liverpool Echo

3. GG2 Media & Creative Arts Award

Awarded for exemplary achievement in the creative industries.

Mohit Bakaya, Controller, BBC Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra

4. GG2 Inspire Award

Presented to an individual or organisation for outstanding work in the community, which has served to inspire young people.

Cemal Ezel, Founder and CEO, Change Please

5. GG2 Achievement through Adversity 

Awarded to an individual who has achieved a high level of success despite difficult circumstances.

Nicki Donnelly, Motivational Speaker, Life Coach and Disability Rights Consultant

6. GG2 Young Achiever Award

Presented to a young person aged 35 or under who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, brings about change and who is an inspiration to communities.

Kriti Sharma, Founder, AI For Good Ltd.

7. GG2 Outstanding Achievement in Science

Awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of science.

Caucher Birkar, Professor of Mathematics, University of Cambridge

8. GG2 Outstanding Achievement in Law

Awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the legal profession.

Ayesha Vardag, Founder and President, Vardags

9. GG2 Social Entrepreneur Award

Awarded to a cause-driven individual or organisation who has made an outstanding and meaningful contribution to society.

Randeep S Lall, Co-Founder, Trustee and Global Operations Director, NishkamSWAT

10. GG2 Pride of Britain Award

Awarded to an individual for their outstanding contribution to society.

Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, Emeritus Professor of Nursing, University of West London

11. GG2 Woman of the Year 

Awarded to an individual for consistent high achievement. 

Poppy Jaman OBE, CEO, City Mental Health Alliance

12. GG2 Man of the Year

Awarded to an individual for consistent high achievement.

Viswas Raghavan, CEO JP Morgan (EMEA)

13. GG2 Icon Award

Awarded to an individual for consistent high achievement.

Ozwald Boateng, Fashion designer 

14. GG2 Hammer Award

Awarded to an individual who has broken through the glass ceiling.

Nitin Paranjpe, COO, Unilever

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