Renowned author, thought leader and  columnist Arif Anis has been voted ”Brain of the Year 2020” by the world-famous Brain Trust UK.

Anis has become the first British-Pakistani to win the award, which is conferred on those who advance global mental health by research, support and funding for individuals and organisations who promote mind improving and healing activities and initiatives.

The announcement was made on Thursday by the Trust Chairman and Grand Chessmaster Raymond Keene OBE. The Brain Trust was founded in 1990 by the inventor of Mind Maps, Tony Buzan.

Each year the “Brain of the Year Trophy” is presented as the highest accolade from the Brain Trust. Previous laureates include Professor Stephen Hawking, Prince Marek and Princess Petrina Kasperski, the world expert on thinking like Leonardo da Vinci Michael Gelb, astronaut Senator John Glenn, the world’s leading brain nutritionist Professor Michael Crawford, former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, inventor of Star Trek Gene Roddenberry, a leading scientist in Baroness Susan Greenfield, Humanitarian Ambassador Prince Mohsin Ali Khan of Hyderabad, rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave CBE, and eight-times World Memory Champion Dominic O’Brien.

This year author and philanthropist Arif Anis has been voted as the winning contender, as a result of his thoughtfulness and outstanding achievements during the coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19) in assisting the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) with the genius million-meal project.

He is also a globally known thought leader and author of I’MPOSSIBLEFollow Your Dreams, and co-author of Made In Crises. The 2018th edition of the Power100 British Parliamentary Review listed Arif Anis among the 100 most influential trailblasers in Europe.

Anis has 20 years of experience in delivering transformational results, uplifting lives, and impacting people, policies, and narratives. He was awarded the “Global Man of the Year Award” for 2019 in London by Global Magazine for his contributions to the field of learning and development.

He has spoken as a keynote at numerous global universities including, to name a few, University of Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Hong Kong University, SOAS, London School of Economics. As an international human capital expert, Anis has trained top coaches, corporate leaders, heads of state, movie stars and CEOs.

As a keynote speaker, Anis has rubbed shoulders with two US presidents, three British prime ministers, and several other global icons of influence.

Anis supports HRH Prince of Wales’ British Asian Trust. He is a trustee of the world’s largest interest-free microfinance loan provider Akhuwat that has disbursed around 4 million interest-free loans (more than $725 million). His initiatives have been featured by the BBCITV, Sky, CNBCThe Daily Telegraph, Yahoo, as well as many other global platforms.

The Brain Trust Charity’s 2020 “Brain of the Year Award” takes place within the permitted Covid-19 protocols, and subject to any further UK government guidelines, at L’Escargot, London, on November 26, 2020.