Foysol Choudhury MBE is a British Bangladeshi. He moved with his family to Edinburgh in 1981 from Manchester. During the course of his University education he had to take over his ailing father’s business, being the eldest amongst his siblings. After taking on this responsibility Foysol soon expanded and grew the business and is a successful entrepreneur with interests in catering, hospitality, finance and real estate with business operations in the UK and Bangladesh.
Outside his business interests, Foysol is a very active member of civic society in UK and plays a leading role in several charities. He has been involved with the Edinburgh & Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC) since he was a teenager and has been an active campaigner for equality and good race and inter-faith relations in Edinburgh and the Lothians. After having served ELREC in different capacities as a Trustee, Company Secretary and Vice-Chair he was elected as its Chair and continues to lead the organisation through its transition from the race equality council to a pan-equalities regional council that is truly representative of those from a wide range of protected characteristics.
Foysol also regularly writes in the media to promote equality, raise awareness on hate crime and to foster good relations between different groups of people. He has also been involved in successfully organising community events like the cross-party Equality Manifesto Meetings to highlight equality issues to the politicians in the City of Edinburgh Council.
Foysol took a lead role at the Schedule 7: Stop and Search Consultation, Community Engagement Events across the City and Africa Day Celebrations in North Edinburgh. Foysol is also a Director of the Scottish Alliance of Regional Equality Councils (SAREC), and is one of the founder directors of Edinburgh Mela.
Foysol is also an active member of the Bangladeshi diaspora in Scotland and was elected as the Chairman of the Bangladesh Samity Edinburgh in 2010. In 2008, being aware of the importance of International Mother Language Day (21st February), which was made official by UNESCO October 1999, he started an annual temporary language martyr’s memorial (Shaheed Minar) at the City Chambers of Edinburgh. This ceremony attracts the Bangladeshi Community, local schools and politicians from all political parties. Because of the success of this annual event and demands from the Community Foysol has campaigned for a permanent monument (Shaheed Minar) to be built in Edinburgh. The City of Edinburgh Council is considering this proposal.
Foysol is passionate about Bangladeshi cuisine and has channelled his expertise in promoting the interest of the restaurant and catering trade as the Chairman of the Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurateurs of Scotland and as one of the founding members of the very successful Dine Bangladeshi Campaign.
Foysol is a keen promoter of the importance of education and remains active in helping to raise funds for a diverse range of projects, schools and orphanages, in both Bangladesh and Scotland. Foysol is the Life Member of Daimuddin Ethemkhana (Orphanage) & Hafizia Madrasha and Trustee of Zukta-Razya Nabigonj Education Trust UK. He also serves or served in different roles with the following organisations: General Secretary of the Bangladesh Welfare Council Scotland, Youth Secretary of the Commonwealth Society Edinburgh, General Secretary of Council of Bangladeshis in Scotland and Chairman of GSC Scotland.
Foysol is also a resourceful fundraiser and has worked on several successful fundraising campaigns raising over a quarter of a million pounds for causes including Bangladesh Cyclone Appeal in Scotland, St Colombia’s Hospice, Leukaemia & Cancer appeal, Sick Kids appeal, British Heart Foundation, Indian Earthquake Appeal, Tsunami Appeal and many others. In addition to this he is also one of the organisers who built two shelter and 40 houses for the survivors of Cyclone SIDR Bangladesh in 2010.
Foysol is an avid sports enthusiast and is involved in several sporting events and has sponsored sports uniforms to schools. Through his restaurants Foysol has organised fundraising events to help the Heart of Midlothian Youth Development. He is an active footballer, snooker and badminton player and has won several trophies and medals. He is the supporter of Heart of Midlothian and Manchester United
In recognition of his services to the community, Foysol was awarded an MBE in New Year’s Honours list 2004.