NRI of the year awards can safely claim to have a legacy – one of recognising & honouring unsung heroes.

These heroes are the ones who have made their mark on foreign shores, sheared of the cocoon of one’s motherland. These entrepreneurs, scientists, doctors, IT professionals, management grads, authors, journalists, educators, students, artists, philanthropists, social workers, startup founders are heroes of the contemporary world. They have overcome hurdles, inspired and awed people native of the land they now reside in.

Every Indian’s heart swells with pride at the mention of Indra Nooyi, Satya Nadella or Sundar Pichai. Yet, this is just the tip of the iceberg! For, sweating it out at their woks, are countless global Indians, residing as Indian expats or NRIs, Persons of Indian origin (PIOs), or Overseas Citizens of India who remain so submerged that for the rest of the world they are anonymous, despite the fact that they are rendering yeomen service in their chosen professions, and inspiring awe and confidence among their ilk.  

With nearly 30 million Indians now living across the world, the NRI of the Year Awards are a testimony to the significant contribution of the Indian Expats, NRIs, PIOs & OCIs to the immense success of their host nation. The awards are conceptualised as a platform to recognise and accolade these unsung heroes who make all Indians proud and inspire millions back home to further hone their skills and chase their dreams. The NRI of the Year Awards are thus the most distinctive award for the global Indian. The awards are given to candidates in four geographies; US & Canada, UK & Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific; one in each of the following category:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Professionals
  • Academics
  • Art & Culture
  • Philanthropy
  • Startups

The NRI of the Year awards thus contribute directly to the objectives of the Indian Government of engaging the Indian diaspora abroad. As for the diaspora, the awards bridge a yearning close to every NRI’s heart – that of a “recognition from their homeland”.

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