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ASIAN WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2006
(25 May 2006)

Singer/Songwriter Karen David is shortlisted in the Arts & Culture category for the Asian Women of Acheivement Awards 2006Chief Inspector Parm Sandhu, Britain's top Asian female cop won the Asian Woman of Achievement Award (Public Sector category) last night at a ceremony attended by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair who paid tribute to her achievement. The AWA Awards 2006 ceremony was hosted by TV presenter Kavita Maharaj in the presence of HRH The Duke of Kent, patron Cherie Blair, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP and a host of celebrities, businessmen and nominees.

The awards, which applaud and celebrate the commitment, dedication and determination of Asian women from all over the country and from all walks of life, saw 11 other winners. Professor Xiangqian Jang from the University of Huddersfield (Centre for Precision Technologies) became the first Chinese women to be awarded the Chairman's AWA Award.

Set up by Pinky Lilani and Munir Samji to recognise all levels of achievement made by Asian women in the UK - whether professional or personal - within the commercial, professional, artistic and humanitarian sectors, this year 46 finalists competed selected in eight different Award categories.

AWA 2006 WINNERS

THE ARTS & CULTURE AWARD WINNER
Shaheen Khan, Actress & Writer, London

Shaheen Khan Shaheen Khan's career spans an impressive 30 years and she has acted and written for film, television, theatre and radio. Shaheen, born in Tanzania, came to the UK aged 11, and her first break in TV came with the Asian drama, Paosi. Shaheen is best known as the mother from the award winning film 'Bend it Like Beckham', and she also stared in the groundbreaking 'Bhaji on the Beach'.

Judge Emma Arbuthnot, district judge said "Shaheen has made a difference by bringing Asian culture into the living rooms of the majority in the UK via popular films such as 'Bend It like Beckham'. She has written extensively for radio and television as well as theatre. Shaheen has always chosen her parts to tell stories about her community and be a positive role model."

THE ARTS & CULTURE AWARD NOMINEES

For women flourishing in the world of performing arts, management of the arts and creative writing, the nominees were:

YOUNG ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER
Damini Kumar, 29, Inventor, Iver Heath, Bucks

Damini KumarSince a child Damini had been telling people that she would be an inventor. Her dream with hard work became a reality. Damini gained a degree in mechanical engineering from Imperial College of London and she went onto gain a MSc Masters in Engineering Product Design from London's South bank University.

YOUNG ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES

Any woman under 30 who has done something incredible, inspirational or is simply the best at what she does, the nominees were:

MEDIA PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER
Fareena Alam, journalist, London

Fareen AlamBorn in London in 1978 Fareena has Bangladeshi parentage and she grew up in Singapore. During this time she was president of the National University of Singapore, involved with the United Nations Association, for which she organised a six month awareness campaign called 'The children of Bangladesh.' The campaign highlighted the plight of the street children and she then took the campaign a stage further by leading a student delegation to carry out relief work in Bangladesh.

MEDIA PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES

Unique individuals working in the areas of broadcast, print or electronic media, the nominees were:

PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER

Nazneen RahmanProfessor Rahman is one of the UK's leading research scientists in the field of cancer genetics. At 38, she is one of the youngest fellows of the Royal College of Physicians and is highly regarded internationally for her work in Childhood Cancer and Breast Cancer research. Her current roles are professor of childhood cancer genetics at the Institute of Cancer Research and team leader in the section of cancer genetics.

PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES

For 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 peers. The nominees were:

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS
Sumerah Ahmad, 32, and Humerah Khan, 34, Co-Founders and Directors of Club Asia Radio, Essex

Sumerah AhmadHaving grown up in London, these British born Asian sisters found themselves torn between listening to either wholly mainstream radio stations or wholly Asian radio stations, with nothing in between that could cater for both tastes. Despite having no previous experience in radio broadcasting, in November 2002 Humerah and Sumerah managed to secure a highly sought after broadcasting licence from Ofcom to cater for the 500,000 previously under-served young Asians around London.

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES

For a woman who has taken the risk and has successfully set up and is running her own business, the nominees were:

BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR - CORPORATE AWARD
Anila Wickramasinghe, Founder & CEO, ReOrient Legal Limited

Anil WickramasingheAnila is the founder and CEO of ReOrient Legal Limited - a practice providing legal services including Shariah consultancy and advisory services to the insurance industry in the UK and overseas. This is a unique company that integrates East-West business throughout the world to achieve a level playing field for Developing Nations.

BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR - CORPORATE, NOMINEES

For an individual thriving in corporate Britain who has made, and is making, a significant contribution to the success of their organisation, the nominees were:

THE PUBLIC SECTOR AWARD WINNER
Parm Sandhu, Chief Inspector, Metropolitan Police

Parm SandhuParm is the highest ranking Asian female in the Metropolitan Police, and one of the most senior female Asian police officers in the UK having joined the police service when such a career choice required courage, commitment and resilience. Parm is a valued member of the Ethnic Minorities Focus Group and was, until September 2004, the gender lead for the Metropolitan police Service Diversity Directorate.

THE PUBLIC SECTOR AWARD NOMINEES

For women who have achieved success within senior executive and non-executive roles in the civil service, quangos, universities and national institutions, the nominees were:

THE SOCIAL & HUMANITARIAN AWARD WINNERS

Celine Samarasinhe, founder of the Kotahena Community Nursing Service and S-H-A-R-E- Foundation.

Celine SamarasinheHaving completed her training at Edgware General Hospital, Celine Samarasinhe joined the Community Nursing Service in 1976. After working as a District Nurse for 25 years around North London, Celine wanted to extend her time and medical skills to helping the poor and underprivileged people in her native Sri Lanka. In 1999, Celine began the Pilot Project in the slum area of Kotahena, Colombo, with money that she had raised through her church.

Aysin Yilmaz, 57, Turkish Women's Philanthropic Association of England

Aysin YilmazAysin was born in Famagusta, Cyprus, to Turkish parents who emigrated to London in 1954. For the past 22 years Aysin has worked with the Environmental Directorate for Haringey Council. In the 1980s Aysin became a member of the Turkish Women's Philanthropic Association of England and was quickly elected to the role of honorary secretary, which she held for ten years.

THE SOCIAL & HUMANITARIAN AWARD NOMINEES

For special women involved in social and humanitarian work, whether they are individuals working for non-profit organisations or the corporate world contributing to the voluntary sector, the nominees were:

AWA 2006 JUDGES

Sir Nicholas Young, chief executive of the British Red Cross chairs the judging panel for the 2006 Asian Women of Achievement Awards. This year's judging panel boasts a number of distinguished and respected representatives from industry and commerce including:

  • Ruth Anderson, Vice Chairman, KPMG LLP
  • Dr Jane Anderson, Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer
  • Emma Arbuthnot, District Judge
  • Nighat Awan OBE, Chief Executive, Shere Khan Group
  • Elizabeth Coffey, Partner, Big Dog Enterprise Ltd
  • Jeremy Isaacs, CEO Europe & Asia, Lehman Brothers
  • Peter Jones, Chairman, Tote Bookmakers
  • John Makinson, Chairman and Chief Executive, Penguin Group
  • Jyoti Munsiff, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Royal Dutch Shell plc
  • Kieren Poynter, Senior Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Alice Perkins, Non-Executive Director, TaylorNelsonSofres
  • Maggie Rose, CEO, MROI
  • James Strachan, former Chairman, Audit Commission
  • Fakhruddin Suterwalla, Managing Director, TRS
  • Mark Swyny, Business Relationship Director, Group Procurement, Lloyds TSB
  • Ian Chivers, Managing Director of Global Markets and Investment Banking, Merrill Lynch International
  • Nina Wadia, Actress
  • Patricia Rozario OBE, Opera Singer

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Click here to read about Pinky Lilani, founder of the AWA Awards.
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