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A member of the Order of the British Empire for his services to race relations

Wali Tasar Uddin, MBE is a Bangladeshi born British entrepreneur, restaurateur, community leader and humanitarian. Uddin was born on 17 April 1952 in Moulvibazar, Sylhet District, East Bengal, Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

Dr. Wali Tasar Uddin MBE
President
European Bangladesh Federation
of Commerce and Industry

He completed his secondary education at Moulvibazar Government High School. In 1967, at the age of 15, he moved to the United Kingdom, where he earned a Higher National Certificate (HNC) from Putney College of Further Education and began to work in restaurants in London.
In 1975, he married Syeda, and the following year they moved to Edinburgh, Scotland. Uddin has received many awards for his contribution and work in the communities. In 1984, he was appointed as the Justice of the peace, the first Bangladeshi to hold the post, and from 1993 to 1997 he became the first Bangladeshi to be a member of the Honorary Consul in Scotland. Uddin’s sense of responsibility has acted as the ladder to his success in life. His compassion for people and their problems have escalated his image in society as a human being who stands by those in need.

Uddin is also notable for being successful in the Indian restaurant industry in Scotland, most notably for owning the “Britannia Spice” restaurant, which has received over 10 awards for being one of the top restaurants in Scotland. His son now runs the “Verandah on Haymarket”, which has been frequented by A-list celebrities, including Clint Eastwood and Sir Cliff Richard. He also has long chain of Indian restaurant companies throughout the United Kingdom, and is the chairman of the Universal Koba Corporation Limited.

The food and the ambience has mesmerized foodies from all over the world. Uddin is the current chairman of the British-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce, which was created in 1991. The Chamber has operated as a networking business hub for the British Bangladeshi community who have British business or interests in Bangladesh. The organization has held a number of trade and investment meetings with the Home Secretary and the then Prime Minister of Bangladesh with the objective of promoting trade between Bangladesh and UK and facilitating economic growth of both countries. These efforts of his have been well recognized by both nations and the consequence was his appointment as an MBE.
In 1995, Uddin was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1995 New Year Honors for his services to race relations. In 2007, Uddin received an honorary doctorate from Heriot-Watt University. Uddin is married to Syeda, and has five children. Businessman Foysol Choudhury is Uddin’s nephew.

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