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News ->Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2013: Shortlist Announced

Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2013: Shortlist Announced

BBC correspondent Reeta Chakrabarti is shortlisted for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2013The shortlist for the 2013 Asian Women of Achievement Awards was announced today (24th March 2013) by The Independent on Sunday with leading entrepreneurs, public servants, sporting champions and media personalities in the line up for one of the coveted awards. Founded and chaired by author and entrepreneur Pinky Lilani OBE, the Asian Women of Achievement Awards champion the contribution made by Asian women across British business, sports, public, cultural, community and political life. Among those shortlisted this year are Roma Agrawal, a young engineer who has been involved with the development of 'The Shard' and three (unrelated) Chakrabartis including actress and writer Lolita Chakrabarti; Founder of Nameless Media Group, Jaya Chakrabarti and BBC education and social affairs correspondent, Reeta Chakrabarti.


This year's 55-strong shortlist is as strong as ever, including young over-achiever Romana Karim whose career has ranged from the United Nations, to working for a UK feminist domestic violence charity, a boutique change management company and now as a management consultant at PwC in the government and public sector. Outside of work she volunteers as a school governor, a non-executive director for Havas UK and as an ambassador for the global youth movement One Young World.

Also shortlisted is Yonca Brunini, vice president of marketing for Google in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Yonca is responsible for Google's growth through marketing in this region, as well as its growth in emerging markets globally. Since joining Google in 2006, Yonca has been responsible for marketing across Google's consumer and business products, including Search, Mobile, Chrome, YouTube, AdWords, Display and Google+. She is also the executive sponsor of Google Zeitgeist in EMEA and a board member of Google's Cultural Institute.

Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2013:Shortlist

AWA in Arts & Culture

Shalini Bhalla, creative director and founder, Just Jhoom!
Lolita Chakrabarti, actress & writer
Parvinder Kaur, manager and founder, Eternal Taal
Nileeka Gunawardene, artistic director, Bollywood Dance London
Divya Mathur, senior programme officer, High Commission of India
Sukki Singapora, burlesque artist, The Singapore Burlesque Club

AWA in Business

Yonca Brunini, VP marketing, Google
Viney Jung, Solicitor, notary public and tribunal judge, Jung & Co Solicitors
Sue Kukadia, director - global immigration, Ernst & Young
Shahin Virani, group COO, Bonhams 1793 Ltd
Grace Wang, managing director, J.P. Morgan

AWA – Entrepreneur

Shaheen Bhatia, pharmacist owner, P&S Chemist
Jaya Chakrabarti, CEO, Nameless Media Group
Sipra Deb, director, The Play Arena
Helen Dhaliwal, director, Red Hot World Buffet
Shalini Khemka, chief executive and board director, E2Exchange
Lisa Tse, founder, Sweet Mandarin Sauces

AWA in the Media

Rahila Bano, senior news reporter, BBC
Ravinder Bhogal, North West & Northern Ireland Reporter, BBC Asian Network
Reeta Chakrabarti, education and social affairs correspondant, BBC
Dina Medland, independent writer/ editor/ consultant
Sandeep Sidhu, UK producer, ITV News
Kalpna Woolf, head of production, BBC

AWA in the Professions

Ishrat Bano, postdoctoral researcher, University of Cambridge
Farah Bhatti, consultant cardiothoracic Surgeon,NHS
Sadi Khan, head of training, Nobel Khan
Usha Menon, professor of gynaecological cancer/ consultant gynaecologist, head of gynaecological cancer research centre, University College London
Payal Vasudeva, managing director, Accenture
Audrey Williams, partner, human resources group, Eversheds LLP

AWA in Public Service

Dr Husna Ahmad, CEO, Faith Regen Foundation
Tab Ahmad, founder and managing director, EmployAbility
Dr Bela Arora, academic, University of Wales Newport
Raj Bhamber, director of workforce and organisational development, Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
KarenjitClare, junior research fellow, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford
Zehra Zaidi, national programme lead, UpRising Leadership Programme, The Young Foundation

AWA - The Social & Humanitarian Award

Samsunear Ali, deputy chief executive, Bawso
Puja Handa, art of living teacher, Art of Living Foundation
Polly Harrar, founder, The Sharan Project
Hani Law
Malini Mehra, founder, Centre for Social Markets
Ahmereen Reza, honorary chairperson, Developments in Literacy Trust

AWA - Young Achiever

Roma Agrawal, associate Structural Engineer, WSP Group
Megha Goel, fuel oil trader, Trafigura Pte
Angela Jhanji, sustainability consultant, Accenture
Romana Karim, management consultant, PwC
Vidhyalakshmi Karthikeyan, senior researcher, BT Group
Sanju Pal, founder, RISE and management consultant, Accenture

AWA in Sport

Aisha Ahmad, CEO, All Sports Women
Rimla Akhtar, chair, Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation
Manisha Tailor, football coach/ sports journalist
Monica Thandi, chairperson and founder, Netball Development Trust

AWA - Community Award

  • Accenture
  • The Home Office
  • Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation
  • Shell

The judging panel will meet over the coming weeks to decide winners for each of the 11 categories, with the winners announced at a ceremony on 15 May at the London Hilton Park Lane. For further information visit :awa.realbusiness.co.uk/

AWA Winners

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