Two Leading Figures From Parsi Heritage Celebrate The UK – Portugal Business Awards


April 10, 2024

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The UK-Portugal Business Awards, hosted by the UK Department for Business and Trade in Portugal, brought together two leading figures from Parsi heritage, Lisa Bandari and Dr Ricardo Tavares. This event was designed to reward and publicly recognise the entrepreneurial efforts of companies that have either, chosen the UK as an investment destination or, British companies that have achieved success in Portugal.


Lisa Bandari, daughter of Kay & Darayus Bandari, has recently been appointed His Majesty’s Ambassador to Portugal. Lisa was previously serving at the FCDO as Deputy Director for India and HMG India Coordinator, having read Modern Languages at Oxford University.

Dr Ricardo Tavares, whose great grandfather, Rustomji Bomanji Billimoria, was the founder of the Bel Air Sanitorium in Panchgani and received the Padma Bhushan for his contributions to medicine, is currently leading part of a distinguished global premium education brand, Dukes Education, founded by Aatif Hassan, having read Medicine at Oxford University.

Ricardo sits on the Board of Governors for Dukes Education’s three International Schools in Portugal, namely United Lisbon International School, International Sharing School and Colegio Julio Dinis (Porto).