If the qualities needed to be a successful entrepreneur include high personal drive and energy, clear goal setting and low fear of failure, then Asif is an ideal role model.
As a young man he gained a wealth of experience in the Far East and Europe, and then moved to the UK in 1992 where he founded a hugely successful venture in the industrial baking sector. Today, he has a diverse array of business interests spanning a range of sectors that include food, property and sport. He is also heavily involved in philanthropic activities through the Rangoonwala Foundation, established by his late father.
Roy Mantle has more than 25 years experience in sales, marketing, PR, sponsorship, events and sports management both in-house with blue-chip companies and as a consultant.
He founded and ran two successful sports marketing agencies in the 1980s before becoming head of PR & sponsorship for Guinness in 1992, where he first became interested in environmental issues. He negotiated and helped to plan the activation programme for the Guinness sponsorship of the 1999 Rugby World Cup and managed the Guinness sponsorship of London Irish for nearly a decade.
He has worked on projects for the Department of Education since 2002, handled the Guinness sponsorship at Cheltenham Racecourse for more than 15 years and is also currently involved with rugby league and powerboat racing.
Having grown up on the Kent coast, the sea has played a major role in Roy's life and he wants the threats to the world's oceans to become a concern for everyone. His wish is to see marine national parks created in the UK.
Dr Trevor Dixon has spent a lifetime engaged in marine environmental protection activities in a variety of roles, from advising on national and inter-governmental marine management policies to being an in-studio expert for the BBC, CNN, Sunday Times, Independent, Observer, Guardian and other news agencies on key issues and developments.
He has equally been active in helping businesses to address environmental performance and sustainability issues, with more than 30 consultancies completed under the auspices of the Advisory Committee on Protection of the Sea, Buckinghamshire New University, Environmental Campaigns and other organisations.
In partnership with employers’ organisations and trade associations he helped to develop, and deliver, Britain’s first undergraduate business degree courses incorporating environmental management. He has also been a member of the British Standards Institution’s Environment Council.
He has had over 100 papers published to date including 19 journals and 18 conference publications. His research is recognised nationally and internationally by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, House of Lords Committees’ and United Nations agencies, with awards received from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and UK Government Environment Ministers.
After spending over 30 years as a senior lecturer in Business Environmental Management at Buckinghamshire New University, Trevor Dixon is now a consultant to the Advisory Committee on Protection of the Sea, a member of the Environment Sub-Group for the High Wycombe Local Strategic Partnership and adviser for the High Wycombe Corporate Environment Advisory Centre.