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News ->Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2007 Winners


ASIAN WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2007 WINNERS
(06 June 2007)

Liz Hurley at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2007.Actress and model Liz Hurley almost upstaged patron Cherie Blair at The Asian Women of Achievement Awards on Wednesday 23 May 2007. Hurley, accompanied by her husband Arun Nayar, arrived in a stunning grey silk sari to an awaiting press pack at 9.00pm and was greeted by the Prime Minister's wife at the celebrities entrance at London's Hilton Hotel. 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, were founded by Pinky Lilani and Munir Samji.

Click here for the AWA Awards 2007 picture gallery.

Among this year's winners were Superna Sethi, a property developer with Manhatten Properties in Ealing; Sharon Kaur whose company Sahara Homes provides residential care for women and Ujwala Samant, director of educational charity Learning for Life (LFL). Attendees were treated to a piano recital by young nominee Tara Kamangar and a short excerpt from Tamasha production 'The Trouble with Asian Men'. The awards were hosted by former award winner and TV presenter, Mishal Husain and attended by The Rt Hon Tessa Jowell, and TV presenters Fiona Bruce and Katie Derham.

AWA 2007 WINNERS

SUPERNA SETHI
Superna Sethi, MD Manhattan Properties, Ealing

Superna SethiSpecialising in financial services and mortgage advice, Superna Sethi's business grew into Manhattan Properties when they began to buy properties in the west London area. This then expanded into buying properties in prestigious areas in central London moving from buying, renovating and selling £30,000 properties to properties over £2.5 million. Today the business specialises in high quality seven star properties with celebrity clients.

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THE ARTS & CULTURE AWARD WINNER

Anurekha Ghosh, dancer and founder of the Anurekha Ghosh Dance Company, Edgbaston

Anurekha GhoshAnurekha began dancing in Calcutta, India when she was just four years old and moved to the UK when she was 17. Described as a new generation of dancers and choreographers, Anurekha combines 'tradition and modernity' in her dancing style. Drawing influences from the Indian classical dance Kathak, Sufism, martial arts, Indian classical music and Western contemporary dance and music. Anurekha holds a first class Masters degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Imperial College Of Science - University of London and secured a place to study engineering at Oxford University but choose to pursue her career in dance. Anurekha has completed an MA in Choreography from Middlesex University.

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THE ARTS & CULTURE AWARD NOMINEES

For women flourishing in the world of performing arts, management of the arts and creative writing.

YOUNG ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER

Ushrat Sultana, MP's parliamentary manager and justice of the peace, London, 26

Ushrat SultanaUshrat Sultana has been working for the Office of Margaret Moran as the MP's Parliamentary Manager since December 2003 and assisted her to a record third term in parliament in the 2005 General Election. In 2005 Ushrat successfully bid for £126,500 from the Home Office to implement a joint venture between the office of Margaret Moran and New Scotland Yard to confront the issue of forced marriages.

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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.

  • Kiran Bali JP, magistrate, community worker and Hindu representative, Huddersfield, 28
  • Noreen Mirza, Entrepreneur, bespoke jewellery and accessories designer, Richmond London, 25
  • Arti Poddar, operations director at leading care home provider, Lambhill Court Ltd, Glasgow, 23
  • Kiran Matharu, professional golfer, Leeds Yorkshire, 17
  • Nita Shah, businesswoman, founder and director of Shahrp PR Consultancy, London Barnet, 29

MEDIA PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER

Lucky Dhillon, radio and TV presenter and businesswoman, Hayes, Middlesex

Lucky DhillonLucky, devoted Mum of two has worked professionally in the Asian media for more than 20 years. Born in Amritsar, India, she first appeared on radio on a children's show at the age of nine. At the age of 13 Lucky moved to London to complete her education and devoted spare time to her interests in the media. Lucky wanted to pursue a career in singing but her family had more traditional plans for her and she became a full time disability worker.

During this time she started producing and presenting a daily talk show on Sina Radio. After a year they went for a 24-hour radio license and in 1989 the station became Sunrise Radio, the first UK independent radio station specifically for the Asian community. By 1994 Sunrise was at its peak and its license extended all over the UK, Europe and Mauritius. Lucky played a crucial role in the stations success.

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MEDIA PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES

Unique individuals working in the areas of broadcast, print or electronic media.

PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER

Dr Helen Lee, founder of the Diagnostics Development Unit at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge

Dr Helen LeeDr. Lee is an outstanding scientist and inventor who has dedicated her working life to improve the health of people living in developing countries, where infectious diseases are prevalent. At Abbott Laboratories in Chicago, she led a team that developed a test for the human T cell leukaemia virus that became the diagnostics gold standard in blood banks for prevention of infection of transfusion recipients with this virus.

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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.

  • Prof Nazlin Karmali Howell, professor of Food Biochemistry at the University of Surrey, Surrey
  • Prof Zenobia Nadirshaw, head of psychology at Kensington & Chelsea Primary Care Trust, London
  • Yasmin Qureshi, lawyer, London
  • Dr. Haseena Lockhat, consultant child clinical psychologist and leading figure on healthcare issues relating to female genital mutilation, Barnt Green, Worcestershire

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER

Sharon Kaur, director, Sahara Homes, Barking, London

Sharon KaurSharon Kaur is one of nine children born into a traditional Asian family in London's east end. Working in the retail trade until the age of 27, Sharon then changed her vocation when she began working in a residential care home. In 1998, Sharon founded Sahara Homes Ltd in Forest Gate, London, to provide residential care for women with learning disabilities. Over the last nine years the company has grown to incorporate three residential homes across London, with a fourth home currently under construction.

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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.

  • Sital Punja, managing director of Sari (UK) Ltd, Ruislip, Middlesex
  • Mani Kohli, founder of fashion label Khubsoorat, Woodford Green, Essex
  • Safia Minney, founder and CEO of People Tree, Fair Trade Fashion, London

BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR - CORPORATE AWARD WINNER

Romana Abdin, group corporate affairs director, Simplyhealth Group, Andover

Romana AbdinIn 2001 Romana joined HAS, a company that was established nearly 80 years ago. The morale in the work force was low due to the autocratic management style and it had just one but successful product called Healthcare Cash. Romana's remit, using her experience as an entertainment barrister and as an in-house counsel for a number of leading banks, was to create a legal audit and compliance function and bring the organisation into the 21st century.

Click here for further information on Romana Abdin.

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.

  • Zarin Patel, Group Finance Director for the BBC, London
  • Farrah Qureshi, director of diversity at Norman Broadbent's Global Diversity Practice, Leeds
  • Karen Seto, executive director in equities, Lehman Brothers, London
  • Zahra Kassim-Lakha, global director of retail and business development, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Kingston-Upon-Thames
  • Superna Sethi, MD Manhattan Properties, Ealing

THE PUBLIC SECTOR AWARD WINNER

Dr. Geetha Nagasubramanian, consultant community gynaecologist, Orpington

Dr Geetha NagasubramanianBorn in South India and brought up in an average middle class family Geetha attended a state-aided school and was taught in the language of Tamil. English was her second language. Geetha's father was a doctor and her parents and school instilled in her the desire to choose medicine for a career. Geetha successfully graduated from Madurai Medical College and was drawn to specialise in women's health. After her marriage Geetha moved to the UK and continued her training in Obstetrics & Genealogy at the Royal Free Hospital, London.

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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.

  • Sunaina Mann, 44, principal of North East Surrey College of Technology (NESCOT)
  • Manjula Sood, Leicester East councillor, Leicester
  • Perminder Dhillon, senior consultant with Third Vision Consultancy and life coach, Carmarthen, Wales
  • Priti Patel, 34, corporate relations director and Conservative party member, Welling, Kent

THE SOCIAL & HUMANITARIAN AWARD WINNERS

Joint winners for this award were Masayo Kidani and Dr Ujwala Samant.

Masayo Kidani, Red Cross volunteer and
founder of Momiji, Windsor, 70

Masayo KidaniMasayo was born in Tokyo to a well-off family, and in the last year of the Second World War her father, who was a member of the Japanese parliament, was killed in a plane crash shot down by Allied Forces. She also lost her cousin in Nagasaki when the atomic bomb was dropped. The government confiscated her family's wealth after the war to pay compensation to the British and Masayo & her sister were sent to a Catholic school in Tokyo.

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Dr Ujwala Samant, director of Learning for Life (LfL) charity, London

Dr Ujwala SamantUjwala was born in India and educated in India and America where she gained a doctorate in Social Science. She is the director of Learning for Life (LfL), a UK charity that had lost direction and funding before she took over in 2003. Prior to joining LfL, she was a senior researcher at the National Centre for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy.

Learning for Life is a charity that assists local partners in Afganistan, India and Pakistan to provide education and teacher training to remote areas and impoverished communities.

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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.

  • Nasima Khan, director of the Asian Women Lone Parents Association (AWLPA), London
  • Seema Malhotra, senior manager in the Government and Public Sector practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Brentford, Middlesex, 34
  • Simi Chowdhry, director of Awaz Utaoh, Bristol
  • Charmaine Jayetilleke MBE, founder and president of the Sri Lanka Christian Association (SLCA), Hayes, Middlesex

AWA 2007 JUDGES

Sir Nicholas Young, chief executive of the British Red Cross chairs the judging panel for the 2007 Asian Women of Achievement Awards. This year's panel boasts a number of distinguished and respected representatives from industry and commerce including:

  • Cora McLaren, area director, Lloyds TSB Commercial Banking
  • Debbie Hewitt, managing director, RAC
  • Emma Arbuthnot, district judge
  • Elizabeth Coffey, managing director and founder, Big Dog Consulting Ltd
  • Hanif Lalani, group finance director, BT Group
  • Ian Chivers, managing director, Merrill Lynch
  • Jane Anderson, consultant and honorary senior lecturer
  • Maggie Rose, CEO, MROI
  • Mark Carroll, director, race, faiths and cohesion, Department of Communities and Local Government
  • Mike Jatania, CEO, Lornamead Group
  • Peninah Thomson, partner, Praesta Partners LLP
  • Peter Jones, chairman, Tote Bookmakers
  • Richard Moore, head of fixed income currencies & commodities Europe, Middle East & Africa, Citigroup
  • Sarah Churchman, director, Diversity & Inclusion, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Sarah Deaves, chief executive, Coutts & Co
  • Sim Scavazza, former brand director of Miss Selfridge

A star-studded awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 23 May 2007 at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Tickets to the awards ceremony are available from the Asian Women of Achievement Awards office on 020 7368 7123 or via the awards' website www.awaawards.com.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

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