Besimantob to Dr Naim Dangoor who has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his charitable services.
The 97-year-old Iraqi-born former property developer, who moved to Britain in 1964, was awarded an OBE in 2006 for education and Jewish communal philanthropy. As well as a generous donor to Bar-Ilan university and UK university projects, he has actively promoted Iraqi-Jewish education and history through his (now online) journal The Scribe.
His late wife Renee having been born in Shanghai, Naim Dangoor has had an abiding interest in China. Last year he was made a consultant professor of Nanjing university. Nanjing’s Institute of Jewish Studies opened in May 1992, just a few months after Israel and China established diplomatic relations. There are now believed to be around 10 Jewish studies centres in the country.
After the fall of Saddam Hussein, Naim Dangoor called on the Iraqi government to compensate Iraqi Jewish exiles for lost assets estimated at $20 billion.