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Women of Achievement (AWA) Award Winners 2009
Asian Women of Achievement
(AWA) Award Winners 2009
(21 May 2009)
achievements of ten Asian women were recognised
at an awards ceremony in London last night (20
May 2009) attended by Their Royal Highnesses The
Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Businesswoman
Vin Murria, who holds several senior roles with
multi-national companies such as Advanced Computer
Services, was presented with the Lloyds TSB AWA
Award by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
The judges said that Vin, who set up the PS Foundation
to support the education of children in India,
was a 'perfect ambassador and role model for Asian
women in Britain', praising her ability to commit
her 'seemingly endless energy and intellect' to
her career, her family and her charity work.
in their 10th year, the Asian Women of Achievement
Awards, held in association with Lloyds TSB, celebrate
the contribution of Asian women to British life
in the media, business, the arts, politics and
the voluntary sector. Judges of the Asian Women
of Achievement Awards, chaired by British Red
Cross chief executive Sir Nicholas Young, said
this year's winners were some of the most impressive
and inspiring individuals ever to be honoured
in the programme's 10-year history.
The Arts & Culture Award
Lankan soprano Kishani Jayasinghe was the first
South Asian soprano to sing at the Royal Opera
House (ROH) Covent Garden and Buckingham Palace.
She has won international vocal competitions in
Spain, Holland and Turkey; Former ROH young artist;
Associate and Licentiate of RAM; LLB and LLM from
Nottingham University; Zonta Woman of Achievement.
Business Woman of the Year
Veera is CEO of ProcServe. She is a global thought
leader in the provision of electronic procurement
solutions and services. The central theme of her
career over the past ten years has been to harness
the power of technology to improve efficiency
and help save private and public-sector organisations
time and money.
Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Asian roots are fundamental to her being today.
Since launching Image Source to the international
market in September 2000, Christina has worked
tirelessly to build a strong worldwide brand presence
for the company. She was the first non-American
to be voted onto the Picture Agency Counsel of
America board in 2003 and serves as its vice-president.
She has been shortlisted to be the new president
of the European Economic Interest Group, CEPIC.
Professional of the Year
Riz Lateef is the anchor of the BBC's news in
London. She became one of the key figures in the
coverage of the 2008 mayoral elections going head
to head with Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson
- and was subsequently named one of London's 1,000
most influential people by the Evening Standard.
The Social & Humanitarian Award
Shaista Gohir is the director of the Muslim Women's
Network UK and Muslim Voice UK. As a member of
the National Muslim Women's Advisory Group, she
also advises government. She is a media commentator
and speaks at events nationally and internationally.
She was awarded the MBE in 2008.
Young Achiever of the Year (Joint Winners)
Rehana Azib is 29 and a practising barrister in
London. She studied law at Oxford University and
is a scholar of the Inner Temple. Rehana has also
done extensive mental health charity work, particularly
with Asian women. Rehana's parents originate from
Neev's radio show on Kiss 100 attracts 607,000
listeners. Her show has been nominated twice for
the Asian Music Awards and her produced show for
the Rishi Rich Project was nominated for a prestigious
Sony Music Award. She is an ambassador for the
Women of the Future programme. She is also an
ambassador for a HIV/AIDS youth awareness charity
dance4life alongside Tiesto and Judge Jules.
Professional of the Year
Dr Sunita Verma is a leading cosmetic dentist.
In her mission to help people achieve the physical
and psychological benefits of a beautiful, healthy
smile, Sunita set up Sparkle Dental Boutique,
a multi award-winning private practice in west
London. Now firmly established as a premier private
practice in the UK, Sparkle Dental Boutique has
revolutionised patient care and is positively
changing public perceptions of visiting the dentist.
The Public Sector Award
Treadell is a diplomat with 30 years' experience
in policy and service delivery roles, with overseas
assignments in Pakistan, Malaysia and now India
as British deputy high commissioner to Mumbai.
Vicki was born in Malaysia and made a member of
the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in 1989.
Commenting on the night, Pinky Lilani said: "Each
of these 10 women is making a breathtaking contribution
to British society in very different ways. What
unites them is their positive representation of
Asian women and their ability to act as role models
for others. We congratulate every one of them
and thank them sincerely for their tremendous
Kamel Hothi, Asian markets director at Lloyds
TSB Corporate Markets, said: "As entrepreneurs
and executives of major global companies, this
year's winners are a huge inspiration to Asian
women in business. This is the fifth year in which
we have supported the Asian women of Achievement
Awards and we're extremely proud to be involved.
These awards are a great way of highlighting the
role models in our community and celebrating the
contribution they have made to this country."
The ceremony, compered by BBC newsreader Mishal
Husain, was attended by patron Cherie Blair; Nick
Clegg MP; actress Meera Syal; James Caan, entrepreneur
and star of TV's Dragon's Den; The Rt Hon Tessa
Jowell MP; chairman of the judges and chief executive
of the British Red Cross Sir Nicholas Young; The
Rt Hon Theresa May MP; Shami Chakrarbarti, director
of Liberty; Baroness Kennedy QC; Baroness Greenfield;
Lord Paul; and Caroline Spelman MP.
The judging panel included: Sir Nicholas Young,
chief executive, British Red Cross, Emma Arbuthnot,
district judge, Sue Ashtiany, partner, Nabarro,
Sharon Bamford, chief executive, UK India Business
Council, James Caan, CEO, Hamilton Bradshaw, Mark
Carroll, director of housing care and support,
Department of Communities and Local Government,
James Chalmers, head of strategy and talent, PricewaterhouseCoopers
LLP, Ian Chivers, director of finance and corporate
services, NSPCC, Elizabeth Coffey, managing director,
Spark Leadership, Helen Cook, ITS Sales Executive,
IBM Global Technology Services, Sarah Deaves,
Chief Executive, Coutts, Cassandra Goad, founder,
Cassandra Goad, David Harrison, vice president
- Visa Commercial, Visa Europe, Kamel Hothi, Asian
Markets Director, Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets,
Sir Stephen Lamport KCVO DL, receiver general,
Westminster Abbey, Mark Pinder, partner, Bird
& Bird LLP, Kieran Poynter, former chairman
and senior partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP,
Matthew Rock, communications director, Caspian
Publishing, Maggie Rose, CEO, MROI, Rishaad Salamat,
morning anchor, Bloomberg, Jean Sharp, chief taxation
officer, Aviva and Anne Watts, chair, Appointments