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Asian Women of Achievement Award Winners 2010
19th May 2010

Dr Monica LakhanpaulThe accomplishments of nine pioneering Asian women were celebrated at the 11th Asian Women of Achievement (AWA) Awards ceremony in London's Park Lane last night (19 May, 2010) attended by HRH Princess Michael of Kent and HRH Princess Badiya El Hassan of Jordan. The Chairman's AWA Award went to Shindo Kaur Barquer, Chief Iinspector at West Midlands Police, who became the first female Sikh to join the force at the age of 21. Dr Swati Piramal, entrepreneur, medic and author was presented with the Global Empowerment Award by HRH Princess Michael of Kent and Dr Monica Lakhanpaul (pictured left), Consultant Paediatrician and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester was recognised with the AWA Public Sector Award 2010.



Judges of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards - chaired by British Red Cross chief executive Sir Nicholas Young and with Cherie Blair as patron - said this year's winners were some of the most outstanding individuals ever to be honoured in the programme's 11-year history. The Asian Women of Achievement Awards - held in association with Lloyds Banking Group for the last six years and hosted by Real Business magazine - champion the vibrant contributions Asian women are making to British life across the media, arts, business, science, medicine and the voluntary sector. Pinky Lilani OBE said: “These nine incredible women epitomise the spirit of the awards. Their determination to make a positive difference in British society and business is breathtaking.

The ceremony, which was compered by BBC newsreader Mishal Husain, was attended by Home Secretary The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, James Caan - entrepreneur and star of TV's Dragon's Den, film director Gurinder Chadha (It's a Wonderful Afterlife) and Camila Batmanghelidjh - founder and director of Kids Company.

AWA Award Winners 2010

The Arts & Culture Award - Shazia Mirza, comedian & writer

Described as “the Lenny Bruce of female stand-up”, Shazia is a boundary-breaking comedian and writer. The first Muslim female stand-up comedian, Shazia is also the first British comedian to have performed in Pakistan - to sold-out venues and rave reviews. Brave, bold and controversial, she has appeared on 60 Minutes and Have I Got News for You, and writes a weekly column for the Guardian.

Business Woman of the Year - Farah Ramzan Golant, chief executive, AMV BBDO

Kenya-born Farah Ramzan Golant is chief executive of the UK's biggest advertising agency, AMV. During her 20-year stint with the company, she has worked with clients ranging from Sainsbury's and BT to Starbucks and Mercedes. Farah is also on the advisory board of Cancer Research UK.

Entrepreneur of the Year - Shazia Awan, director, Peachy Pink

Shazia is the founder of ladies' underwear brand Peachy Pink, launched in Debenhams last year. The 28-year-old entrepreneur has also created a range of anti-cellulite underwear called PeachyBody, which has an inbuilt 3D wave massager in the weave to boost circulation and help reduce cellulite. Shazia was selected as the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Leigh and is in the process of setting up her own charity.

Media Professional of the Year - Razia Iqbal, correspondent, BBC News

Razia is one of the few senior women correspondents on BBC News, and is best known for her former role as arts correspondent when her “Arthouse” blog developed a cult following. Now a special correspondent for the main BBC News bulletins, Razia covers a wide range of subjects which demonstrate her journalistic flair, including her recent special investigation into bogus Haiti fundraising charities.

The Social & Humanitarian Award - Yasmin Halima, director, Global Campaign for Microbicides

Yasmin has been director of the Global Campaign for Microbicides since 2009, helping to prevent HIV through ethical research, effective policy and regulation, and stronger civil society engagement. Describing herself as an “HIV treatment activist”, she has worked for the International AIDS Society and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is also a professor at the American University in Washington DC where she teaches a graduate course on health and international development. With her office in Washington, her home in London and her work spread across Africa, she is a true international force.

Young Achiever of the Year - Bee Thakore, founder, Big On Good Solutions

Aeronautical engineer Bee Thakore (28) is founder of interdisciplinary engineering house Big On Good Solutions. She is a trustee at the UK Space Education Trust and the youngest member on the board of directors of the world's largest space advocacy group,The Planetary Society. She is also deeply committed to solving world poverty through engineering and is an outstanding role model for young women in the creative science industries.

Professional of the Year - Dr Zahra Jessa, optometrist at Moorfields Eye Hospital

Dr Zahra Jessa completed her optometry degree in 2003, passed her College of Optometrists exams in 2004 and completed her PhD at City University's Institute of Optometry in 2009. Currently practicing at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, she has also recently started a research position at Anglia Ruskin University, where her research will focus on visual problems of the elderly.

The Public Sector Award - Dr Monica Lakhanpaul, Consultant Paediatrician and Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester

Dr Monica Lakhanpaul is a consultant paediatrician and senior lecturer in Leicester, where she runs inner-city paediatric clinics for underprivileged families. She also has the daunting task of offering support to abused children from the area. Monica leads the field in making improvements in health care for children as director for the National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health and was recently awarded one of the first ever fellowships from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).

The Lloyds Banking Group AWA Award

Chief Inspector Shindo Kaur Barquer, West Midlands Police

Her love of eighties police drama Juliet Bravo inspired Shindo to join the police force as the first Asian female officer to join West Midlands Police. She is committed to getting more women involved with neighbourhood policing and is tireless in her campaign to raise awareness of honour-related crimes and domestic violence in Britain. She has risen to the rank of Chief Inspector and was awarded the long service and good conduct medal in December 2009.

The judging panel included: Chair - Sir Nicholas Young, chief executive, British Red Cross; Sue Ashtiany, partner, Nabarro LLP; Mark Carroll, director of Housing Care and Support, Department of Communities and Local Government; Elizabeth Coffey, managing director, Spark Leadership; Cassandra Goad, founder, Cassandra Goad Jewellery; David Harrison, vice president, Visa Commercial, Visa Europe; Mary Hockaday, head of the BBC Multimedia Newsroom; Kamel Hothi, head of niche markets, Lloyds Banking Group; Sir Stephen Lamport, KCVO, DL, receiver general, Westminster Abbey; Jyoti Munsiff; Chet Kuchinad, people director, Asda; Tarun Ramadorai, Said Business School and Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance, University of Oxford; Sathnam Sanghera, writer, The Times; Jean Sharp, chief taxation officer, Aviva; Gordon D'Silva, founder of CEO, Training for Life; Professor Dame Joan Stringer DBE, principal & vice chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University; Louise Terry, director of corporate communications, L'Oreal; Christina Vaughan, founder and CEO, Image Source and Vice Marshall David Walker MBE, MVO, RAF, Master of the Royal Household.

About the Asian Women of Achievement Awards

Now in their 11th year, the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, hosted by Real Business 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 11-year history. Founded by Pinky Lilani OBE, the awards patron is Cherie Blair. Visit www.awaawards.com for further information.

AWA Winners

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