Javad K. Hassan – for Corporate Leadership

Javad K. Hassan is the founder and chairman of NeST Group, a global conglomerate of more than 25 companies spread across several continents. Under the leadership of Dr. Hassan, NeST Group has become a worldwide leader in technology, with operations in India, the Middle East, Japan, Europe and the Americas.  After earning his Master’s degree in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Bridgeport, he joined IBM. Within a span of ten years, he advanced to the top of the company’s semiconductor development operations, leading an organization of more than 2,000 engineers and scientists.  After leaving IBM, Mr. Hassan joined AMP Inc., another Fortune 100 firm. Since retiring in 1998 from AMP, Mr. Hassan has built JKH Holdings piece by piece, company by company, into what it is today: a global leader across a spectrum of technologies and industries.

Bindiya Sabarinath – for Performing Arts

Bindiya Sabarinath is the Artistic Director of the Mayura School of Arts established in 2001. Bindiya is an acclaimed Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam dancer.  She has performed extensively in India, UK and the US with solo programs and dance productions with her senior students. Her awards and recognitions include the presidential award for the best Mohiniyattam dancer representing Kerala in 1998, the Bergen County Cultural Community service award, and being bestowed the Kalaimamani Award from Chennai. She also got the opportunity to perform at the Indian Consulate & United Nations in New York. She has over 1000 students. 

Jose Kaniyaly – for Contributions to Malayalam Media and Journalism

Jose Kaniyaly is the Executive Editor and Partner of Kerala Express, a weekly Malayalam newspaper published from Chicago, which was founded in 1992.  He oversees both the print and online editions of Kerala Express. He has held leadership positions in many Malayalee social, cultural and community organizations in America.  He was president of Chicago Malayalee Association (CMA), president of India Press Club of North America (IPCNA), president of Knanaya Catholic Congress of North America (KCCNA) and chairman of FOKANA convention in Chicago.

Thomas Joy – for Community Service

Thomas Joy has completed 25 years of service in the US Army which included combat duty in Iraq.  Since 2007 Thomas has served as a police officer and now serves in the Suffolk County Police Department, Long Island, NY. Thomas was the founding member of the Suffolk County Police Asian Jade Society. He is a board member of the Suffolk County Asian American Advisory Board.

Thomas is the first president of the American Malayalee Law Enforcement United (AMLEU) founded in 2020. The organization is a national law enforcement charity organization made up of Malayalee Americans in law enforcement. The organization focuses on community outreach, scholarships for college students and other philanthropic efforts. Thomas continues to serve the community through his career in law enforcement, serves the nation as a member of the US Army and continues his philanthropic efforts through the societies he founded.

P. T. Paulose – for Contributions to Pravasi Malayalam Literature

P. T. Paulose is a journalist, freelance writer, a theatrical performer, director and an immense lover of Malayalam literature. He was the founder president of Calcutta Malayalee Association and founder Secretary of Bengal Rationalist Association. He wrote seven books in Malayalam including short stories, essays and dramas.  He presently writes short stories and essays in print and online medias. He is a coordinator of Sargavedi, New York which promotes Pravasi Malayalam writers. He is a winner of literary awards of FOKANA and Emalayalee.


Dr. Sylvester Noronha – for Applied Science

Dr. Silvester Noronha – is one of the team of scientists from MIT and startup company, Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), who invented a large high-temperature superconducting electromagnet which would realize power generation by using heat from nuclear fusion reactions. The new electromagnet is the most powerful magnetic field of its kind ever created on earth. Silvester is currently a visiting faculty of MIT and a lead engineer of the CFS in the US. He got his PhD from the Indian Institute of Science in Material Science Engineering and took a post doctoral degree from Britain’s Oxford University.