RationalFX Founder Rajesh Agrawal wins Asian Leadership as Young Entrepreneur Award

November 22, 2011

Rajesh Agrawal, Founder & Chief Executive of RationalFX, one of the world’s fastest growing and most competitively priced independent foreign exchange companies, and Xendpay.com, a leading online international payments service, was honoured with the Asian Leadership as Young Entrepreneur at the esteemed Asian Who’s Who Awards 2011, which took place on Monday 21st November atThe Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane London.

Now in its 24th year, the high profile event pays homage to the most influential Asians the world over, who have made a phenomenal contribution to their respective fields and continue to set a shining example to their peers among the global Asian fraternity and beyond.

Rajesh was presented the award in the presence of a host of MP’s, dignitaries, industry leaders, celebrities and VIP’s in attendance. Award winners were selected by an independent panel of eminent advisors, including previous award winners such as Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer Lord Karan Bilimoria; Baroness Shreela Flather; and Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP.

Rajesh Agrawal was recognised for his gifted sense of entrepreneurship and for creating a multi-million pound commercial foreign exchange and international payments company which is fast becoming its marketplace leader. Born in Indore, India, Rajesh, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance & Marketing and an MBA in IT & Marketing, was 22 years of age when he left his small town home in India to live on only 5,000 rupees (approximately £63) a month in Chandigarh, Northern India, working for a small web-designing company. Rajesh moved to London in 2001 after being headhunted by a foreign exchange broking firm and after harnessing over 10 years of experience in IT, currency risk management and commercial foreign exchange, he teamed up with colleague, Paresh Davdra, to create RationalFX. What started as a two-man enterprise based in Brighton is now a multi-million pound turnover business based in the City of London, with offices in Birmingham, France and Italy, and the firm is now one of the UK’s fastest growing companies.

As a brand extension to RationalFX, who are also iSportconnect’s official sponsor, Rajesh launched Xendpay, a leading provider of international payments and worldwide money remittance online. Engaged in a number of high profile endeavours and community based engagements, RationalFXis also the principal sponsor for Birmingham City Football Club for Season 2011-2012, again testament to the company’s exponential growth and a further signifier of Rajesh’s commitment to supporting regional projects and grass roots organisations.

Rajesh’s business prowess, combined with a strong sense of philanthropy, has contributed to widespread celebrations of his achievements by some of the most globally respected bodies and organisations in his field. He has been a nominee and recipient of several industry awards and accolades.

In 2008, he was nominated in the Business and Commerce Excellence category at the coveted Lloyds TSB Jewel Awards. That same year, he was also elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce on a personal invitation by the trustee board. Rajesh is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragements of Arts, manufacturers and Commerce (FRSA) and a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE). Rajesh is also an adept speaker and writer on foreign exchange markets, work philosophy and entrepreneurship, as well as an unsung philanthropist committed to a number of community-centric and charity based projects.

In speaking about the Award, Rajesh said, “I am delighted and honoured to be recognised with this award for my achievements, by the community that has been the making of me. It is the Asian community that I have always been a part of that has instilled in me a value system and set of principles that dictate the way in which I conduct myself in my life and career. By following the great examples I have always had around me, whether family or the wider community, I have managed to overcome challenges and achieve my goals, with their support and encouragement behind me always. These awards are testament to the great achievements of Asian communities, not only in Asia but wherever they have settled across the globe, as they continue to inspire younger generations and make their mark in their countries of residence.”

The prestigious Asian Who’s Who Awards were presented to coincide with the launch of the annual publication of the Asian Who’s Who International, featuring the world’s most inspiring and respected Asian personalities across a host of fields and professions. With the first edition published in 1975, the now annual directory features the biggest and brightest Asian talents and charts the ascent of the community as it continues to provide shining role models to new generations of Asians who are proving themselves to be assets to their country of residence.

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