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Asian Women of Achievement Award Winners 2015

Asian Women of Achievement Award Winners 2015
19th May 2015

The Asian Women of Achievement Awards (AWA) announced this year's winners at an event in London last night (19th May 2015) in the presence of HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP, Miriam Gonazlez Durantez, Elif Shafak and Jazmine Walia. AWA is an annual celebration of the contributions that individual Asian women have made in Britain, both professionally and in their communities, and the applicants this year were as impressive as they were diverse.



This year's winners are saving lives through The UK Sepsis Trust, supporting ethnic minority disabled children with Include Me TOO and spreading joy at Comedy At The Cottage. Whether they are just starting out in their careers or have already climbed through the ranks, they are proactively driving positive change, in many cases on top of their day jobs. 10 women and one organisation were selected as category winners by a judging panel chaired by Sir Nicholas Young.


The full list of winners is:

AWA 2015 Arts & Culture Award

Sajeela Kershi, comedian, actor and writer

A comedian, compère, writer and actor, Sajeela has been performing stand-up across the UK and abroad since 2006. She famously starred in Brendon Burns' "So I Suppose This is Offensive" show, which went on to win the The Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award. She stars in BBC Radio Scotland's multi-faith family sitcom "Mixing It" and has produced her own hit comedy show "Immigrant Diaries". She donates all the profits from her award-winning comedy club Comedy Cottage to charity.

AWA 2015 Businesswoman of the Year

Sevasti Wong, managing director, Accenture

Sevasti started working for Accenture in 1999 and quickly made an impact; she filed 22 CRM patents leading to her being shortlisted for Accenture's global Inventor of the Year award. Working with the UK's largest telecommunications clients, she rocketed up the career ladder to become part of Accenture's leadership team in 2011. On top of her day job, she is the company's inclusion and diversity lead, where she has spearheaded the #DaretoShare video campaign, encouraging senior members of Accenture to open up on personal topics such as dyslexia and depression.

AWA 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year

Farzana Baduel, founder, Curzon PR

A former vice-chair of business relations for the British Conservative party, Farzana founded London-based communications agency Curzon PR in 2009. She has headed campaigns for the Oscar-winning documentary "Saving Face", the Arts Council-backed initiative Creative Industry Finance, and the NYSE-listed global rice brand Amira. She holds a board position at the largest educational NGO in Pakistan, CARE Pakistan UK.

AWA 2015 Media Award

Shivvy Jervis, presenter, Digital Futures; head of digital media, Telefonica

Voted one of 100 people "making digital Britain tick", Shivvy is the creator and presenter of popular technology series Digital Futures. The ex-TV reporter curates a global innovation blog and writes for The Huffington Post. Soul icon James Brown called her one of the "greater ideas" of the broadcasting world.

AWA 2015 Professions Award

Nicky Jayesinghe, head of professional policy division, British Medical Association

As head of the professional policy division at the British Medical Association and with more than 15 years of experience within healthcare policy development, Nicky is renowned for managing sensitive negotiations to represent the best interests of medical professionals, building effective working relationships with key stakeholders, and delivering on major projects and programmes of change.

AWA 2015 Public Service Award

Daman Mullhi, director of PR, The UK Sepsis Trust

Daman is a groundbreaking doctor, passionate about patient safety. She is a fulltime NHS consultant and founding trustee of the UK Sepsis Trust - a national charity committed to saving 12, 500 lives a year from sepsis. Daman has combined her clinical skills with developing networks to help establish the charity as a credible national player, influencing health policy change. Previous charity work includes being lead anaesthetist for the Transplant Links Charity, helping to save lives in the developing world by training local doctors and founding kidney transplantation programmes.

AWA 2015 Social & Humanitarian Award

Parmi Dheensa, executive director, Include Me TOO

Parmi set up a national charity dedicated to supporting ethnic minority disabled children and their families. She has developed a range of initiatives, research and resources, including peer and ambassador programmes increasing disability awareness within a cultural context. She continues to campaign for equality, aiming for a disability rights-respecting society.

AWA 2015 Sports Award

Annie Zaidi, youth engagement coach, Leicester City Football Club Community Trust

A rare female role model in the male-dominated world of football, Annie is a Muslim coach with Leicester City Football Club and the first ever South Asian woman to get a level two coaching certificate from the Football Association. She is passionate about training aspiring footballers and encouraging disadvantaged young people into the sport.

AWA 2015 Young Achiever of the Year Award

Tanya Datta, store manager, Marks & Spencer

Tanya is a rising star of retail and currently runs a ?6m Marks & Spencer store in north London. Acknowledged for her vision and innovation, she is behind a ?300k store refit and modernisation programme that will offer customers the latest shopping experience. She been recognised within the top quartile of M&S management nationally.

RBS AWA Chairman's Award 2015

Jyoti Shah, consultant urological surgeon, Burton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Jyoti is a consultant urological surgeon at Burton Hospital with extensive experience in clinical and academic work. She is the commissioning editor of the Royal College of Surgeons Journals and joint editor-in-chief of "Medical Woman". She is an examiner at Leicester Medical School as well as being an author, reviewer and teacher.

AWA 2015 Community Award Winner

University of East London

The University of East London (UEL) is an extraordinary university. We've distinguished ourselves in our commitment to recognise, support, and celebrate the ethnic diversity of our staff, students, and ties to local community. It's something we're immensely proud of. Since our beginnings in 1898, UEL has distinguished itself as the people's university. That will always continue. We have over 19,000 students from over 120 different countries - 60% are female and around 70% are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME). 54% of our staff are female and 30% of our staff are BAME. As London's leading university for civic engagement, we're finding ever new ways to recognise and nurture people from all backgrounds, and to enable our staff and students to make a positive difference to their communities.

Also highly commended by the judging panel this year were:Piali Ray OBE, Sampad; Nupur Singh Mallick, Tata Consultancy Services; Renu Kapur, X-Forces; Shelina Permalloo, author, cook and TV personality; Professor Mala Rao OBE, Imperial College and Public Health England; Camilla Bowry, Sals Shoes; Balvinder Sandhu, NHS; Rimla Akhtar, Rimjhim Consulting; Dr Jennifer Gupta, Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth; and Joanne Sui, London Bridge Associates.

Pinky Lilani OBE DL, Founder, Asian Women of Achievement Awards said, "The common factor linking the women was their inexhaustible positive energy, whether throwing themselves behind their careers, a passion or a cause, they have all shown themselves to be dedicated and determined. I am proud to stand with this group of inspiring women."

About Asian Women of Achievement

The Asian Women of Achievement Awards, co-founded by Pinky Lilani OBE DL in 1999, were conceived to celebrate the often unsung Asian heroines of British life. Such women make a huge contribution in fields as diverse as business, entrepreneurship and social and humanitarian work. These awards are their moment in the spotlight. The Asian Women of Achievement Awards are hosted in association with The Royal Bank of Scotland.

For information on the awards visit: http://www.awaawards.com/

Rules

A woman is eligible to enter the Asian Women of Achievement Awards if she is resident in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man and has been so for a period of 12 months before the date of application; if she was born on the continent of Asia; or if she is born into an ethnic group or had at least one grandparent born into an ethnic group or groups, of Asian origin other than Caucasian.

AWA Awards - Previous Winners

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