Source: Wales Online
India’s honorary consul to Wales, Cardiff -based entrepreneur and pharmacist Raj Aggarwal, has been awarded an honorary fellowship by the University of South Wales.
The fellowship is in recognition for his ‘outstanding contribution to pharmacy’ and the successful chain of pharmacies in Cardiff and the surrounding area Mr Aggarwal has established.
William Callaway of the University of South Wales said: “Raj Aggarwal has made a valuable contribution to pharmacy and we believe that his career as a successful public heath expert will be an inspiration for current and prospective students of the University of South Wales. We would also like to recognise his highly effective community work and fund raising activities.”
Mr Aggarwal was awarded an OBE in 2007 for his charitable work and is currently President of the Honorary Consular Association of Wales which is instrumental in building business links with foreign countries.
He is also the chairman of Kidney Wales Foundation which, under his leadership, has campaigned for ‘soft opt out’ which will be implemented in Wales from December 1 2015. This will increase the number of organs available and save more lives.
Mr Aggarwal, who graduated from the Welsh School of Pharmacy at Cardiff University in 1972, is a fellow of Cardiff Metropolitan University and sits on the Governing Body of Cardiff University, a member of the Russell Group.
The pharmacy department at Cardiff University where Mr Aggarwal studied was voted second best in the country by the Guardian newspaper’s University Guide 2015. “I studied for my pharmacy degree at the Welsh School of Pharmacy, and this set me up for my career in public health,” Mr Aggarwal said.
“It was the best start I could have hoped for and the welcoming nature of the region made me want to come back to start my business here after a short time away in London. “The University of South Wales has a world class reputation and I have no doubt that it will provide top quality graduates for Wales in the future.”
After graduating Mr Aggarwal was fast-tracked by Boots into senior management and was one of the company’s youngest ever regional managers, looking after high-profile stores in Cardiff and Central London.
He came back to Cardiff in 1982 and built up his Central Pharmacy business which grew to six pharmacies in and around Cardiff. In 2010 he has was named UK Pharmacy Business Entrepreneur of the Year.