DESIGN and Technology professional Onkardeep Singh, from Hillingdon, was made an MBE in the New Year Honours.

Onkardeep is one of the youngest people of South Asian heritage to be awarded the honour.

His drive and commitment for improving social cohesion in Britain over the last 15 years has helped create strong relationships between people from all communities across the country.

As a result, he was the first Sikh speaker invited to speak at annual faith-based events such as Limmud (Jewish), Living Islam and Greenbelt (Christian).

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His inter-faith work is voluntary and he has used his DT skills to help voluntary groups by developing websites and branding for them.

He works with a number of organisations, including the largest network of Sikh professionals in Britain, City Sikhs, and the inter-faith charity Three Faiths Forum.

Also, Equal International, a charity improving pre-school education in India and HWPL, an international world peace charity.

When not active in charity work, Onkardeep has his own design and technology firm.

He  said: “I am extremely humbled by the honour. I hope it will inspire other young people to give back to society however they can.”