The pharmacist-businessman received a fellowship from the University for his outstanding contribution to pharmacy

Indian-origin Welsh entrepreneur and honorary consul Raj Aggarwal honoured by University of South Wales

Archana Venkatraman

British-Indian pharmacist, businessman, health advocate and Indian honorary consul for Wales, Raj K Aggarwal has added yet another accolade to his repertoire – a Honorary Fellowship from the University of South Wales for his impact and contributions to the pharmacy sector.

Raj Aggarwal OBE _Welsh University Fellowship

Raj Aggarwal, OBE DL BPharm FRPharmS, was recognized and honoured by the university for the successful chain of pharmacies (Central Pharmacy) he has established in Cardiff and other areas in Wales as well as for his influence in the industry and civic life in Wales.

Aggarwal, 66, has won several accolade in the past including an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2007 for his charitable work, and was appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2013.

He lives in Cardiff and is notably the first ever Honorary Consul for India, thanks to his continuous passion and hard work around advocating increased business links between Wales and India. He currently serves as the president of Consular Association of Wales.

Raj Aggarwal with lord Rowan Williams chancellor and professor Helen Langton deputy vice chancellor

 Aggarwal has also been awarded the Fellowship from Cardiff Metropolitan University and Royal Pharmaceutical Society and sits on the Governing body the Council of Russell Group Cardiff University.

The pharmacy department at Cardiff University where Aggarwal studied has been rated second best in Britain by the Guardian newspaper’s - University Guide for 2015.

"University gave me the most amazing opportunities and a first class education," Aggarwal said. "University equipped me with the set of skills needed to achieve success in the business world, but also provided the back-drop of a vibrant cultural, sporting and social setting that made my time there more than just an academic pursuit. It was without a doubt the most well-rounded education that I could ever have hoped for and I would recommend it to anyone."

The British-Indian pharmacist, in his role as the Chairman of Wales Kidney Foundation, has been strongly campaigning for a law to implement a 'soft opt-out' to increase the number of organs available for transplantation to save human lives. The law comes into effect in December 2015 after it received a Royal Assent in 2013.

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