He said: “By the end of my term as president I hope to see a platform of sustainable business growth in place, with Greater Manchester businesses leading the way through the intelligent deployment of innovative practices. As president I will endeavour to ensure that our Chamber promotes real innovation and helps entrepreneurship in the region to flourish.”
Dr Awan launched software business eSAY eight years ago with co-directors Colin Yates and Graham Stanley after a career as a cardiac scientist which saw him have spells as a senior researcher in London and Cape Town, and he spoke of the benefits of joining the Chamber.
He said: “You can’t say what would have happened if we hadn’t joined, but what you can say is that by joining we learnt about the true business of business.”
Dr Awan also sits on the Confederation of British Industry’s regional council and national SME council, and chairs the Institute of Directors’ Young Directors’ Forum.
He takes over at the Chamber from Peter Heginbotham. The vice-presidents are Phil Jones of Brother UK and Martin Douglas of Cargill.
Dr Awan is a keen Manchester City fan who grew up in Collyhurst.
He was the British Chamber of Commerce’s north west entrepreneur of the year in 2007.