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Asian Women of Achievement Award Winners 2011
19th May 2011

Dr Aisha K Gill, Senior Lecturer on criminology at Roehampton University - winner of the AWA Professional of the Year 2011The accomplishments of ten pioneering Asian women were celebrated at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2011 ceremony in London's Park Lane last night (19th May 2011) attended by the Home Secretary Theresa May, entrepreneur James Caan and wife of deputy prime minister, Miriam Clegg. Among the winners were Kamal Basran, founder of the UK's leading ethnic food supplier, The Authentic Food Company; Noor Ali, Asda's ethnic buyer and Dr Aisha K Gill (pictured left), senior lecturer in criminology at Roehampton University who is working to provide research on criminal justice responses for UK women from an ethnic minority and has published several papers on the subject.


Winner of the prestigious Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets AWA Award was Amerdeep Somal, commissioner at the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which handles cases against police forces in England and Wales. Amerdeep has played a key role in high-profile and sensitive cases, such as Jean Charles de Menezes and Fiona Pilkington. The judges praised for her deep personal commitment to justice and effective, fair policing as well as her efforts in tackling domestic violence within the Asian community.

An exceptionally high calibre of finalists in the media category meant there were two joint winners, director of communications at the Home Office; Yasmin Diamond; and BBC presenter Ritula Shah. Both were described by the judges as beacons of success for Asian women in the media industry and ones to watch for the future.

This year's other winners were

  • The Arts & Culture Award: Pioneer of Asian art and dance, Anusha Subramanyam, who has helped change the opinion of disability in India through therapeutic dance.
  • Business Woman of the Year: Asda's ethnic buyer, Noor Ali, who also supports a range of charitable organisations such as EMAG (Ethic Minority Advisory Group), Race for Opportunity and the Mosaic Group.
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Kamal Basran, founder of the UK's leading ethnic food supplier, The Authentic Food Company.
  • Media Professional of the Year: Joint winners Ritula Shah, presenter of BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight programme and Yasmin Diamond CB, director of communications at the Home Office
  • The Social & Humanitarian Award: Shezmin Madhani, founder and trustee of Nia Children's Foundation, a charity which aims to support the health and education of children in Africa.
  • Young Achiever of the Year: 29-year old Shireen Irani, a lawyer and founder of non-profit legal website i-ProBono, who has worked across the globe.
  • Professional of the Year: Dr Aisha K Gill, senior lecturer in criminology at Roehampton University working to provide research on criminal justice responses for UK women from an ethnic minority and in addition she has published several papers on the subject.
  • The Public Sector Award: Detective inspector of the West Midlands police force, Khizra Dhindsa who was praised for her fearless nature and commitment to her community.

For information visit: www.awaawards.com

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