Indian American Entrepreneur & Philanthropist Frank Islam Conferred ‘Pride of India’ Award

The American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI) has honoured India-born entrepreneur and philanthropist, Frank Islam with the “Pride of India” award.

India’s Consul General in New York Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay conferred the award upon Mr Islam.

frank islamIslam, a confident of President Obama and an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist, donated $222,000 in May this year to Aligarh Muslim University in India. This is part of his $2 million commitment for the construction of a new management complex at the 140-year-old university.

“It is a distinct honour and privilege to be here tonight to accept the AFMI ‘Pride of India’ award. It is also a privilege to be asked to speak as a part of AFMI’s silver jubilee celebration,” Mr Islam was quoted as saying.

“I have received many awards. But this one is extra special because it comes from this prestigious organisation in its silver jubilee year,” Mr Islam added.

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“I must admit that receiving this award and joining such luminaries does not make me proud. It makes me humble,” he noted.

Mr Islam, 63, was born in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh and is married to Debbie Driesman, 61.

Apart from being a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist and civic leader, he is also a thought leader with a special commitment to civic, educational and artistic causes.

He currently heads the FI Invest Group – a firm that he established after he sold his information technology firm called the QSS Group in 2007, the report added.

Islam also sits on several boards and advisory councils including the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees, the US.. Institute of Peace, the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., reported the Indo Asian News Network.

He has written two books on the American condition, titled “Working the Pivot Points: To Make America Work Again” (2013) and “Renewing the American Dream: A Citizen’s Guide for Restoring Our Competitive Advantage” (2010).

The donation to the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) will be used towards building the Frank and Debbie Islam School of Management with an endowed chair and building a technical college for girls in Azamgarh in memory of his mother Qumran Nisan.

Past winners of “Pride of India” award include noted lyricist and song writer, Javed Akhtar; Ram Vials Paswan, Union Minister; and Rehman Khan, Former Union Minister of Minority Affairs in India.

The AFMI, a philanthropic charity formed by American Muslims of Indian Origin in the 1989, celebrated its silver jubilee convention on August 29.

The AFMI strives to improve the socio-economic status of the underprivileged Indian Muslim minorities through education.

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