Salford businessman and former cardiac scientist, Dr Moneeb Awan has been appointed as the new President of Greater Manchester Chamber. Moneeb, Managing Director of eSAY Mobile, officially took up his role at the Chamber's Annual General Meeting.
During his speech he talked about how real innovation is borne out of true adversity - a paradox well known in the medical world - and described the current economic climate as the trigger to bringing Greater Manchester out of recession.
He said: "By the end of my term as president, I hope to see a platform of sustainable business growth in place, with Greater Manchester businesses leading the way through intelligent deployment of innovative practices.
"As President I will endeavour to ensure that our Chamber promotes real innovation and helps entrepreneurship in the region to flourish."
He also talked about his own experience of starting a business from scratch. He said: "My partners and I had a belief that despite the fact none of us had any business experience, we could achieve something. So how has our success come about? And the answer's pretty simple. Apart from luck the path can be traced back to the day we became members of our Chamber of Commerce. You can't say what would have happened if we hadn't joined but what you can say is that by joining we learnt about the true business of business."
Dr Awan launched award-winning eSAY eight years ago with co-directors Colin Yates and Graham Stanley.
He is also Confederation of British Industry's representative on The Court of The University of Salford, which appoints the Chancellor and Pro-Chancellors, and sits on the CBI's Regional Council and national SME Council. Locally he chairs the Institute of Directors' Young Directors' Forum.
Prior to launching eSAY, he held senior research posts at University College London and the University of Cape Town's Cape Heart Centre.
Dr Awan takes over from Peter Heginbotham OBE. The Vice Presidents are Phil Jones of Brother and Martin Douglas of Cargill.