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News ->AWA Awards 2001 - Shortlist

Meera Syal triumphs again with an AWA award.
17th May 2001

The AWA shortlist


  • Marina Kapoor, Senior Manager of Investment Services at Standard Chartered Grindlays Bank
  • Naznina Bhatia, the first Asian female partner at management consultancy McKinsey & Co.
  • Tahira Shamim, Business Manager at Marsden Building Society
  • Yasmin Jetha, Executive Director at Abbey National plc


  • Bubs Mahil of Chiffons in Green Street, who has dressed the likes of Cherie Booth QC amongst others, who features in the Business - Entrepreneurial category
  • Madi Sharma, managing director of Original Eastern Foods, one of the UK's largest providers of Indian snack foods
  • Uma Wadhwani who has propelled her business from a small fruit and vegetable wholesaler and in now one of the UK's largest importers and exporters of Caribbean and Jamaican foods in the UK.
  • Zaynab Mirza, a leading make-up artist who has started her own training school and transformed the likes of John Major and a host of Bollywood artists


  • Amrit & Rabindra Singh, twin sisters who have taken the traditional skill of Indian miniatures and added their own British Asian experience to create a new art form
  • Geetha Upadhyaya, the current artistic director of the leading South Asian Arts organisation, Kala Sangam.
  • Meera Syal, whose credits include Goodness Gracious Me, Bhaji on the Beach and of course her two best selling books to name but a few.
  • Mira Kaushik is currently Artistic Director of Akademi, an organisation which promotes the practice, appreciation and understanding of South Asian dance.
  • Dr Vayu Naidu, former artistic director of NATAK at Leicester Haymarket Theatre
  • Venu Dhupa, current executive director at Nottingham Playhouse


  • Adeeba Malik, from Allerton who is Deputy Chief Executive for QED (Quest for Economic Development)
  • Asama Javed an assistant solicitor from Girlington
  • Professor Marjan Sarshar, the first Asian female professor of Construction and Property Management
  • Dr Shahina Pardhan, the first female and Asian Professor of Optometry
  • Dr Vinay Sharma, one of the first female consultants in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St James University Hospital in Leeds


  • Ajneet Jassey, a young city solicitor has dedicated much of her precious time to working amongst the community, with the charity 'Refuge' that supports women and children experiencing domestic violence.
  • Ansuya Sodha, who is Deputy Mayor for the London Borough of Barnet
  • Hasumati Gangadia, fiounder of the Language and Cultural Gujarati School in Harrow
  • Poppy Tanna, who despite being disabled in her teens has devoted her life to improving the lives of other disabled Asians
  • Dr Shobha Srivastava, founder of the Hindu Nari Sangh, a women's organisation that devotes its time and efforts to increasing cultural and religious awareness amongst the younger generations
  • Zerbanoo Gifford, the honorary director of the ASHA Foundation and a woman who over the years has worked tirelessly for a host of charitable organisations across the world


  • Jasmin Buttar, Senior Producer on BBC TV's Newsnight
  • Navdip Dhariwal, a News Correspondent for the BBC
  • Parminder Vir, Producer and Adviser of Cultural Diversity at Carlton Television
  • Samira Ahmed, currently a news anchor for Channel 4 News
  • Sheila Dadria, producer and presenter for Carlton TV's flagship Asian programme Asian Eye
  • Kavita Shewaram, currently a Senior Producer on BBC TV's Newsnight


  • Kavita Maharaj is currently a co-anchor for Bloomberg Television breakfast news programme and features.
  • Mussarat Hussain, owner of Memsahib boutique in Birmingham, which she set up with a grant from the Princes Trust
  • Nita Bhalla, a correspondent for the BBC based in Ethiopia
  • Preethi Nair, the budding author of 'Gypsy Masala'
  • Sakina Zafar, who is an inspiring and dedicated law teacher from Leicester
  • Sunita Singh-Dalal who is one of the youngest Asian women to have achieved partnership in a law firm and is also the chair of the British Indian Law association

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