WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2002
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED (19th April 2002)
Asian Women of Achievement Awards were set up to recognise the immense
accomplishments of unsung heroines within the Asian community as
well in the commercial, professional, artistic and humanitarian
in their third year, the Awards acknowledge individual effort; provide
role models for, and give inspiration to, Asian women from all walks
of life; and raise awareness outside the Asian community of the
outstanding qualities of Asian women in this country.
are 37 finalists across seven different Award categories:
& Culture Award
Women who are flourishing in the world of performing arts, management
of the arts and creative writing.
Gurpreet Bhati: Writer for television, theatre and radio.
Patricia Rozario OBE: International soprano singer.
Qaisra Shahraz: Prize winning author and journalist.
Shahin Badar: Internationally acclaimed dance chart singer.
Shazia Mirza: First Muslim woman to become a stand up comedienne.
Woman of the Year
Asian women thriving in a corporate Britain who have made, and are
making, a significant contribution to the success of their organisation.
Open to employees of both public quoted and privately owned companies.
Ayesha Shah: Treasurer and Acting Head of Investments at the European
Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Punita Garjee: Partner at Accenture
Meeta P Bhagwanji: Director - Bhagwanji C Jewellers Ltd.
of the Year Award
Women who have set up their own businesses and are making a success
of running it.
Geeta Samtani: Founder Geeta's Foods.
Geetie Singh: Joint MD & Co-founder of singhboulton ltd -
Organic Gastro Pubs.
Imataz Khaliq: Founder of Imtaz Khaliq Couture Tailor.
Warsi: Founder and MD of S&A Foods.
Personality of The Year
Women who have made a significant contribution to the success of
the media company they work for, from front-line journalism to production
Anita Anand: Head of News and Current Affairs for Europe at Zee
Arati Halai: Presenter for Carlton Television - Central News West.
Navdip Dhariwal: Current Affairs reporter - BBC TV.
Ruby Kuraishe & Misbah Alvi: Producers of Entertainment Today
Zubeida Malik: Reporter for the Today programme on Radio 4.
Usha Parmar: Chief Executive of Sunrise Radio (Yorkshire).
of The Year Award
Women who have trained and qualified in their chosen professional
practice and have become a leading practitioner, setting an example
to other women and having their contribution acknowledged by their
Adeeba Malik: Deputy Chief Executive of national charity Quest
for Economic Development.
Dr Spinder Dhaliwal: Founder and Director of the Centre for Asian
Entrepreneurial Research at Luton Business School, University
Professor Bhupinder Sandhu: Consultant Paediatrician and Gastroenterologist.
Sunita Shrotia: Consultant surgeon and pioneer of scarless breast
Dr Nandita Maria deSouza: Reader in imaging at Hammersmith Hospital.
& Humanitarian Award|
Women involved in social and humanitarian work, whether they are
individuals working for non-profit making organisations or in the
corporate world contributing to the voluntary sector.
Adele Tasker: Community liaison and equal rights trade union member.
Indu Vaghmaria: Volunteer and co-founder of four community groups.
Usha Sood: Barrister and head of human rights chambers.
Vijey Rattan: Housing officer turned community leader.
Dr Pramilla Senanayake: Assistant Director General of the International
Planned Parenthood Federation.
Hosne Ara Begum: A multi skilled mother-tongue teacher.
Achiever of the Year
Women under 30 in March 2002, who have done something incredible,
inspirational or quite simply the best at what they do.
Aileen Gonsalves: Award winning professional script writer
Dr Bela Arora: Warwick University Research Fellow, working with
UN on human rights and zones of conflict.
Dr Jyoti Kanwar: Research Consultant at executive search organisation
Odgers Ray & Bernston.
Ruchika Mandhyan: Performer and filmmaker.
Shysta Habib: Legal Advisor at The Accident Group.
Tazeen Dhunna: Bloomberg TV Money Desk technology and telecom
The judging of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards took place
on 25th March 2002. The judging panel, headed up by Chairman Baroness
Helena Kennedy QC included Lisa Aziz, news presenter, Sky One News;
Dr Ian Bogle, chairman, British Medical Association; Sir Peter Davis,
chairman, Sainsbury's; Vernon Ellis, international chairman, Accenture;
Ian Harley, chief executive, Abbey National plc; Lord Robin Inchyra,
past director general, British Bankers' Association; Clive Jones,
chief executive officer, Carlton TV; Sir Nicholas Montagu, chairman,
The Inland Revenue; Richard Morrison, writer, The Times; Tom Shebbeare,
chief executive, The Prince's Trust; Rumi Verjee, chairman, Thomas
Goode & Co; Parminder Vir, producer and adviser for cultural
diversity, Carlton TV.
Asian Women of Achievement Awards
in 1999, the Awards were the brainchild of Pinky Lilani, a successful
businesswoman and author. "At the heart of these Awards are
some extraordinary women, who have set themselves apart with their
strong sense of purpose and commitment, often in the face of insurmountable
obstacles", says Pinky, Chairman of the Asian Women of Achievement
Awards receive continued support from leaders of all the political
parties as well as Cherie Booth QC, who is Patron. Commenting on
the Awards and past winners, Ms Booth says "these women deserve
to be recognised and rewarded for the invaluable contributions they
are making to the fabric of British society. Asian women are injecting
energy into communities, bringing new qualities to the world of
business, introducing fresh thinking to the arts".
AWA Awards Ceremony
The Awards ceremony has become established as the benchmark of excellence
for Asian women in the UK. Over the past years this star-studded
evening has attracted guests such as Jemima Khan, Her Highness Begum
Inaara Aga Khan, Diana Hayden, Shakira Caine, Clive Anderson, Dr
Raj Persaud and Seeta Indrani. This year's presentation ceremony
will take place on Thursday 16 May
at the London Hilton on Park Lane and will be hosted by comedienne
and actress Nina Wadia, best known for her performances in hit comedy
show Goodness Gracious Me.
here to visit the AWA
website and book tickets for the Awards Ceremony.
here to read about AWA Winners