Kashmiri Entrepreneur nominated for Padma Shri 2022 – Sheikh Asif
He is the founder & CEO of Thames Infotech, (a Manchester based IT company) and Co-Founder and CEO of Soan Menu.
Hailing from the Batamaloo area of Srinagar city in Jammu and Kashmir, Sheikh Asif, is an Entrepreneur, Author, and teacher. Sheikh with a mission to revolutionize the Information Technology sector started providing Digital marketing, web designing, and graphics classes online for free.
While talking with the media Sheikh Asif, Today, digital marketing has become the thing that is most in-demand in the modern market. That’s why traditional marketers have advanced themselves to maintain their presence in a competitive digital world.
Asif has trained around 1000 students to date, has helped 40 businesses in the Covid-19 pandemic, and has published three books on the business including “Digitization In Business”, “Online Business Idea” and “Start a Business”.
With the collaboration with Govt Degree College, Sheikh organized an Event where he motivate and inspire youth to be job providers and not job seekers.
Sheikh Asif said, “I have reached this stage by overcoming many obstacles at a very young age.” He also said “In 2008 my family opposed my decision to drop my schooling in class VIII, but my father’s deteriorating health forced me to stand firm on my decision.” He added, “In 2009 my father somehow managed to buy a computer for me and I started learning the basics about it, which fascinates me to pursue a career in it.”
He added, “Today, I am an entrepreneur, founder and CEO of a UK-based IT company.” Despite being a good student, Sheikh has to work in different shops to satisfy his daily requirements. “From the year 2001 to 2007, my dad mostly remained unwell due to which I had to earn a livelihood for my family. The time came when I decided to leave my school and start earning.”
Sheikh Asif, the founder of Thames Infotech, says that: “Most people don’t succeed because they do not want to cross their safe zone in life. Success is achieved only after crossing the safe zone”. He further states that: “In the job, people are not able to fully utilize their abilities whereas an entrepreneur can make full use of his abilities and enjoys his life as he deserves”.
Asif was nominated for the fourth-highest civilian award Padma Shri 2022 and is the only Entrepreneur from the valley who was nominated for the award.
In a message, Asif says, “From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, parents want children to either be a doctor or an engineer. They feel IT is useless. But they need to look at Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, they’re all IT legends and billionaires today.