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Inspirational Birmingham business advocate receives honorary doctorate from Aston University

Saqib Bhatti

The youngest ever President of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) has received an honorary doctorate from Aston University.

Saqib Bhatti, a chartered accountant by profession, has been recognised for his work to promote the West Midlands as a national and international leader in trade and business.

The 34-year-old studied Law at the London School of Economics before qualifying at a ‘Big Four’ accounting firm, within their financial services audit practice. He has since become a director at Younis Bhatti & Co. Chartered Accountants, director and company secretary of the Westside Business Improvement District (BID) in Birmingham and a director of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, alongside his leadership role at the GBCC.

As well as his work to advocate business as a force for good, Saqib has also worked with many charities in Pakistan, helping to secure free and subsidised education and vocational training to some of the poorest areas in the country.

Commenting on his honorary doctorate, Saqib said: “I am humbled to be recognised by Aston University with this honour and am delighted to join graduates as they celebrate their special day.”

Saqib is one of 13 honorary degree recipients from Aston University during this summer’s graduation ceremonies. Each recipient has been selected for distinguishing themselves in a particular field or profession, or for giving meritorious service to the University.

More information on other recipients can be found here.