Amar Latif – Winner of the first ever ‘Stelios Disabled Entrepreneur of the Year Award ‘
In 2007, ‘Leonard Cheshire Disability’ and Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou teamed up to create the ‘Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs’ in the UK.
The creation of the award was driven by Stelios’s goal of not only supporting disabled entrepreneurs, but also raising awareness of the skills and inventiveness of those with disabilities.
Amar was the first ever recipient of this prestigious award in recognition of ‘Traveleyes’ – The world first commercial holiday travel company serving both blind and sighted travellers alike. As the awardee, Amar received a prize of £50,000 to invest in ‘Traveleyes’.
Amar later went on to win the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by ‘The Institute of Directors’ and ‘The Outstanding Young Person of the World’ (Business and Entrepreneurial category), presented by the ‘Chamber of Commerce International’ (JCI). Previous fellow ‘T.O.Y.P’ awardees have included Orson Welles and Christopher Reeve.
So many of life’s important lessons are learned outside of the classroom, which is why Amar Latif introduced ‘Traveleyes’ to students aged 14 upwards, as part of a ‘CAS’ program (Creativity, Activity, Service). ‘CAS’ is designed to counterbalance academic rigour with experience-based learning.
Amar was invited to speak at the ‘Celebrating Tourism’ event by ‘GUtech University’, Oman. Amar spoke about the importance of promoting tourism, one of the worlds biggest industries, and the positive affects this would have on a country with such an attractive history and culture.
In 2014, ‘Traveleyes’ celebrated its 10th anniversary. For the whole of its tenth year, ‘Traveleyes’ partnered up with ‘Sightsavers’ to tackle preventable sight loss in developing nations. ‘Traveleyes’ raised over £10,000 for ‘Sightsavers’ and restored sight in around 1,340 vision impaired people.