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News ->Indhu Rubasingham wins at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2012

Indhu Rubasingham wins at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2012

Indhu RubasinghamIndhu Rubasingham, the new Artistic Director at The Tricycle Theatre, London was recognised for her "astounding achievements" in theatre at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2012 held at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London on Wednesday 16th May 2012. Ten pioneering entrepreneurs, ground-breaking journalists and leading sportswomen were among those honoured last night, including Sung-Joo Kim, CEO and chairperson of luxury fashion brand MCM Holdings AG and franchise retail group the SungJoo Group, who was presented with the Chairman's Award; the most prestigious accolade honouring exceptional work and dedication. The judges described Sung-Joo as "a wonderful example of someone who has overcome widespread prejudice and family opposition to become one of her country's most highly respected entrepreneurs, whilst still retaining a strong sense of social responsibility."


Born in South Korea, Sung-Joo didn't inherit the family business because, as is traditional, it was passed on only to her brothers. Determined to show that an Asian woman can build an international brand, she has since founded the SungJoo Group, bringing western brands such as M&S, Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci into South Korea. She acquired MCM in 2005, its flagship store located on Sloane Street in London, and has grown it to a £280m business in only seven years.

Founded and chaired by author and entrepreneur Pinky Lilani OBE, and supported by The Royal Bank of Scotland, the Asian Women of Achievement Awards champion the contribution made by Asian women across British business, sports, public, cultural, community and political life. From a shortlist of 52 candidates, nine other Asian women were also recognised at the prestigious ceremony, in front of guests including awards patron Cherie Blair, Home Secretary Theresa May and HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan.

They included Farida Gibbs, CEO and founder of Europe's fastest-growing IT staffing and consulting business GibbsS3, who scooped the Entrepreneur Award, and BBC news correspondent Sangita Myska, involved in the secret filming of Bulgarian child traffickers and a key reporter from last year's London riots, who was named Asian Woman of Achievement in Media. The new Asian Woman of Achievement in Sport award, celebrating the impending London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, went to Salma Bi, the first and only Muslim woman to play for Worcestershire County Cricket Club, who is now employed by the England Cricket Board as a cricket coach.

The winners were:

The Arts & Culture Award: Indhu Rubasingham, artistic director, The Tricycle Theatre - for her "astounding achievements" in theatre, having also directed at the National Theatre, The Royal Court and The Almeida

Business Woman of the Year: Vicky Shu, lead project engineer, Shell UK - for her delivery of ground-breaking projects in the offshore gas industry and her support of young female engineers entering the industry, "a future trailblazer"

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Farida Gibbs, CEO and founder of Europe's fastest-growing IT staffing and consulting business GibbsS3

Asian Woman of Achievement in Media: BBC news correspondent Sangita Myska, involved in the secret filming of Bulgarian child traffickers and a key reporter from last year's London riots.

The Social & Humanitarian Award: Rena Amin, head of medicine management, Greenwich PCT - a passionate contributor to numerous community initiatives, she had "an exceptional personal story"

Young Achiever of the Year: Jia-Yan Gu, researcher, BT Group - for leading collaborative scientific research projects across the world, and her charity work supporting female victims of sexual abuse, "her moral compass is extremely strong"

Professional of the Year: Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, solicitor and actress, Hamilton Burns W.S. Solicitors - providing legal services to black and minority ethnic women, whilst aspiring to be Scotland's first Asian female MSP, "a whirlwind of passion"

The Public Service Award: Mei Sim Lai, principal, LaiPeters & Co - "for her phenomenal dedication to public service throughout her adult life", and as the first Chinese and female partner of a leading firm of City chartered accountants

Asian Woman of Achievement in Sport Award: Salma Bi, the first and only Muslim woman to play for Worcestershire County Cricket Club, who is now employed by the England Cricket Board as a cricket coach.

The Community Award: Cisco - for making a difference in the community through their academies and teaching schemes, with "a credible strategy of progress and implementation with positive and emerging results"

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