British honor for Iranian businessman
Monday, January 01, 2007 - IranMania.com
LONDON, January 1 (IranMania) - Iranian businessman Yousef Daneshvar was awarded for exceptional achievement in Britain’s annual New Year honors list, Iran Daily reported.
Daneshvar, who is deputy chair of the British Iranian Chamber of Commerce (BICC), was bestowed with the title of Officer of the British Empire (OBE) “for services to British business interests in Iran“.
According to IRNA, he was among some 109 recipients on the Diplomatic Service and Overseas List drawn up by the Foreign Office and chosen by the British monarch on the advice of Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The highest honors of a knighthood were awarded to the recent UN Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown and Director of Royal Institute of International Affairs Prof. Victor Gerald Bulmer-Thomas.
Daneshvar, who has lived in the UK for 37 years, became a member of BICC in 1998, a year after it was founded with its counterpart in Tehran, the Irano-British Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines.
He is also chairman of Danlesco Group with operations in 14 Middle East countries in the fields of electronic-measuring systems, power and water plants and Lemax Engineering, which exports power generating machinery, welding equipment and desalination plants.
BICC, which was created to develop trade, investment and business between the UK and Iran, is currently chaired by former British Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont.
The New Year honors lists include awards for entertainers, sports personality, the police and military as well as people from all walks of life.