WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS 2002
(17th May 2002)
a glittering awards ceremony last night, Baroness Prashar of Runnymede
was awarded the Chairman's Award for The Asian Women of Achievement
Awards 2002. The 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 sectors.
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.
by among others: Cherie Booth QC, Helena Kennedy QC, Rt Hon. Tessa
Jowell, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lord Swraj Paul and a host of
celebrities from the world of media, film, theatre and business,
the awards ceremony saw performances by International Soprano Singer,
Patricia Rozario OBE and Muslim comedienne Shazia Mirza. A R Rahman,
acclaimed music composer found time away from the recording to witness
Preeya Kalidas and Raza Jaffrey from the soon-to-be launched musical
'Bombay Dreams' perform his work.
among 37 finalists across seven different Award categories the judges
chose the following winners.
& Culture Award
Rozario, OBE International Soprano Singer.
is the only internationally acclaimed soprano to have come from
India working today. Following a degree in English and French at
Bombay University, Patricia's singing voice was discovered by German
singing teacher, Walter Gruner - who invited her to London to train
her voice. She went on to graduate from London's Guildhall of Music
a multi-prize winner and Gold Medalist. This was followed by several
prizes at international singing competitions. Since then her career
has developed in opera, concert work, recording and broadcasting.
Her enviable reputation as a concert artist and opera singer has
lead her to work with many of the world's leading conductors. In
2001, Patricia was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours list
for her contribution to opera.
shortlisted 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.
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
Shah, Treasurer (EBRD).
started her career at Citicorp Investment Bank as a risk analyst
and manager. She moved to Nomura International in 1986 to set up
and co-head the Swaps team and established the research, trading,
marketing, operations and systems infrastructure necessary to support
several currency derivative trading portfolios. In 1993 Ayesha joined
EBRD (The European Bank of Reconstruction & Development) as
a consultant and moved swiftly to Head of Funding prior to her appointment
in 2001 as Treasurer and Acting Head of Investments-Credit. She
is responsible for all aspects of strategy and operation under Treasury
policies including directing, motivating and managing teams, directing
strategic funding activities, return on investments, new product
development and relationship management both external and internal.
Asian women thriving in a corporate Britain who have made, and are
making, a significant contribution to the success of their organisation
included shortlisted candidates:
Punita Garjee: Partner at Accenture
Meeta P Bhagwanji: Director - Bhagwanji C Jewellers Ltd.
of the Year Award
Singh, Joint MD of organic gastro pub company singhboulton.
together with her business partner Esther Boulton, formed singhboulton
in 1997 and opened their first organic gastro pub 'The Duke of Cambridge'
in North London in 1998. The concept is simply to provide good quality
organic food and drink in a relaxed informal environment. The food
is modern British style with a quality selection of local real ales
and a strong wine list. Their award-winning first venture inspired
them to expand and in April 2000 they opened 'The Crown' in East
London and in July 2001 'The Pelican' in West London. The company
works closely with the Soil Association and Geetie is a member of
the Soil Association Catering working group to advise and develop
guidelines for organic certification for restaurants. singhboulton's
portfolio of pubs continues to grow from strength to strength and
the company plans to open 12 new sites within the next five years.
women who have set up their own businesses and are making a success
of running it included:
Geeta Samtani: Founder Geeta's Foods.
Imataz Khaliq: Founder of Imtaz Khaliq Couture Tailor.
Warsi: Founder and MD of S&A Foods.
Personality of The Year
Malik, BBC R4 'Today' programme reporter.
has been responsible for brining to the 'Today' programme high profile
exclusive interviews, superb reportage from a war zone and domestic
social analysis and investigative work. She was one of the first
reporters to get into Pakistan, arriving 24 hours after September
11th, and reported on the war from there, and in Afghanistan, for
nearly three months continuously. She was the first British journalist
to secure an interview with the Taliban and the only woman they
spoke to throughout the war. Her reports from Israeli-occupied Palestine
produced some of her finest work including a feature profiling a
Palestinian suicide bomber and an interview with the elusive leader
of Hamas - a man who rarely talks to female journalists. She excels
at being first with the news and breaking big news stories.
women who have made a significant contribution to the success of
the media company they work for, from front-line journalism to production
and technical to be shortlisted included:
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
Usha Parmar: Chief Executive of Sunrise Radio (Yorkshire).
of The Year Award
Bhupinder Sandhu, Consultant Paediatrician and Gastroenterologist.
Sandhu has been head of the Gastroenterology and Nutrition Unit
at The Royal Hospital for Sick Children and University of Bristol
since 1988. She is also a visiting Professor in Child Health, Gastroenterology
and Nutrition at the University of West of England and has a research
link with Delhi University. She has published book chapters and
over 50 papers in International journals on subjects related to
Child Health and has given numerous invited guest lectures in the
UK and abroad. She recently organised a symposium with the World
Health Organisation, for whom she acts as an adviser. Her voluntary
and public services experience currently includes Governor of Clifton
High School, member of the governing board of the University of
the West of England, Board Member and Trustee of The VSO and she
was appointed by The Secretary of State for Health to the Board
of the Food Standards Agency.
shortlisted women who have trained and qualified in their chosen
professional practice and have become a leading practitioner, included:
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
Sunita Shrotia: Consultant surgeon and pioneer of scarless breast
Dr Nandita Maria deSouza: Reader in Imaging at Hammersmith Hospital.
& Humanitarian Award
Vaghmaria, a dedicated community volunteer.
From immigrant housewife to community leader, Indu
has made a difference for the better to the lives of thousands of
people. She is a voluntary member of many organisations and co-founder
of four: The Hindu Women's Network, set up to empower women and
give them confidence via training courses, conferences and seminars
on employment, education, careers and health issues: Vrudh Seva
Mandal, a support organisation for elderly people in the community
providing relevant information and activities and a bridge between
the elderly and the Health Agencies; SAHYOG (Sweet Partnership),
a partnership of different community organisations involved with
the elderly; Birmingham Empowerment Training Initiative (BETI) a
group to support the empowerment of excluded women. In addition
to her voluntary work she still cares for her family, looks after
her disabled mother-in-law and works for a living as the family's
breadwinner. As her nominator stated "she is living proof that
the strength which is so often buried inside women can be brought
out and blossom in spite of internal and external barriers".
Women involved in social and humanitarian work who were also nominated:
Adele Tasker: Community liaison and equal rights trade union member.
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
Bela Arora, Research Fellow - Corporate Citizenship Unit at Warwick
has achieved immense success in both her professional life and through
the activities she is involved with in her spare time. She currently
holds a post in the Corporate Citizenship Unit at Warwick Business
School examining the area of social responsibility, human rights
and the role that companies play in zones of conflict. Her research
has involved working with the United Nations on the Global Compact
initiative, directly commissioned by the office of the Secretary-General
Kofi Annan. The initiative aims to re-establish the partnership
between the private sector and the United Nations in order to address
issues of human rights, labour rights and environmental degradation.
Bela has also recently joined the Department of Politics and International
Studies at the University of Warwick, where she is lecturing on
Masters in International Political Economy program and completing
two books, due to be published in 2003 - looking a the arms control
process and corporate citizenship. At only 29, Bela has worked on
a multitude of community projects and promotes development through
voluntary work with the Birmingham Junior Chamber of Commerce.
nominated women under 30 in March 2002, who have done something
incredible, inspirational or were quite simply the best at what
Aileen Gonsalves: Award winning professional script writer
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
Prashar of Runnymede
Currently a Member of the House of Lords and on the Joint Committee
on Human Rights Baroness Prashar has spent her life involved in
community, race relations and human rights issues. She was formerly
Director of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations and
Chair of the Parole Board of England and Wales. In 2000 she was
appointed as one of the first Civil Service Commissioners.
The judging panel for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, 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
Commenting on the Awards and past winners, Patron Cherie Booth said
"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
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
at the London Hilton on Park Lane was hosted by comedienne and actress
Nina Wadia, best known for her performances in hit comedy show Goodness
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