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News ->Asian Women of Achievement Awards celebrate their sixteenth Anniversary
Pinky Lilani, Founder, introduces the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2015

Asian Women of Achievement Awards celebrate their sixteenth Anniversary
19th May 2015

The Asian Women of Achievement Awards (AWA) this year celebrated their sixteenth anniversary at a dinner 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, author Elif Shafak TOWIE star Jazmine Walia, Lord Kamlesh Patel and Baroness Patricia Scotland. The awards, founded by Pinky Lilani OBE DL, are 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:

Sajeela Kershi, comedian, actor and writer [ Arts & Culture]
Sevasti Wong, managing director, Accenture [Business]
Farzana Baduel, founder, Curzon PR [Entrepreneur]
Shivvy Jervis, presenter, Digital Futures; head of digital media, Telefonica [Media]
Nicky Jayesinghe, head of professional policy division, British Medical Association [Professions]
Daman Mullhi, founding trustee and director of PR, The UK Sepsis Trust [Public Service]
Parmi Dheensa, executive director, Include Me TOO [Social & Humanitarian]
Annie Zaidi, youth engagement coach, Leicester City Football Club Community Trust [Sport]
Tanya Datta, store manager, Marks & Spencer [Young Achiever]
Jyoti Shah, consultant urological surgeon, Burton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust [RBS AWA Chairman's Award]
University of East London [Community Award]

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.

Judges for the AWA Awards 2015

Sir Nicholas Young, former CEO of the British Red Cross
Susan Attard, Deputy Town Clerk - City of London Corporation
Julie Baker, Head of Enterprise - RBS
Tamara Box, Global Chair, Financial Industry Group - Reed Smith
Harbhajan Singh Brar, Director HR - Sodexo
Wendy Cartwright, Corporate Services Director - University of East London
Roger Chadwick, Finance Committee Chair - City of London Corporation
Richard Couzens, Managing Director - Mitie
Suzie de Rohan Willner, CEO - Toast
Shernaz Engineer, CEO - Verity Appointments
David Harrison, Vice-President Visa Commercial - Visa Europe
Trui Hebberlink, Vice-President HR - Shell
Peter Ibbetson, Chairman, Small Business - RBS
Vice Admiral Charles Tony Johnstone-Burt, CB OBE - Master of the Royal Household
Sonya Lawson, European Vehicle Services Manager - Enterprise
Sir Stephen Lamport, Receiver General - Westminster Abbey
Gabrielle Mcbride - Diversity Manager, Asda
Alix Pryde, Head of Consumer Services & Innovation - Vodafone
Farah Ramzan-Golant, Non-Executive Director - Huntsworth
Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive - London Stock Exchange Group
Penny Scott- Bayfield, Financial Control Director - Conde Nast
Sean Tompkins, CEO - RICS
Air Marshal Sir David Walker KCVO OBE
Andrew White, Associate Dean of Executive Education - University of Oxford Said Business School

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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