WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2003 - FINALISTS
Asian Women of Achievement Awards applaud and celebrate the commitment,
dedication and determination of Asian women to their professional
and personal achievements within the commercial, professional, artistic
and humanitarian sectors. This year 37 finalists have been selected
across seven different Award categories:
MEDIA PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
individuals working in the areas of broadcast, print or electronic
has been a feature writer at The Times for eight years, specialising
in science, medicine and social issues. A space physicist graduate
from Imperial College London, she edits the science page of the
newspaper and is called upon to write on topics as diverse as genetics,
cloning, alcoholism, the origins of man, the Internet, space travel,
parenting and bio-terrorism. From 1998-2002 she organised a series
of Times' Science Lectures with the Royal Institute, designed to
highlight junior researchers capable of becoming stars in their
own field. Many are now professors and outstanding public communicators
of science. Anjana serves on two committees that aim to improve
science communication with the public - the Royal Society and the
British Association for the Advancement of Science. She has also
been a judge for the Science Book Prize, and has herself been shortlisted
twice for Best Feature Writer in the National Science Writing Awards.
is senior European economic news writer at Bloomberg TV specialising
in European and global economy feature and analysis writing. She
has been a reporter at the financial and business channel for over
seven years having previously been their banking correspondent in
Paris and founder of the Bloomberg News bureau in Rome. She has
an International Affairs degree and an MA in International Journalism
and her starting point in journalism was as Paris reporter for Time
magazine and for news agencies United Press International and Agence
France-Presse. In 1990 she became the Time magazine reporter on
French politics and foreign policy and went on to contribute to
Business Week and the Wall Street Journal Europe on French domestic
and foreign policy issues. Her time at Bloomberg has seen her cover
landmark events such as the Italian elections in 2001, French elections
in 2002 and the G-7 and G-8 summits.
GUPTA & JAS SHETRA
and Jas have made a major contribution to the development, achievement
and profiling of minorities in the UK. Their idea for a three-day
live event showcasing the very best in Asian arts, culture, fashion,
sport, education and performance was realised in 1998 with the first
Mega Mela. A continuous stage allowed numerous artists to perform
in front of thousands with ordinary people being given the same
platform as Asian superstars. Over the years mainstream audiences
attending the event have increased to a point where Mega Mela is
no longer an Asian event, but a British event with Asian influence.
Their work with the BBC Asian Programmes Unit as producers of documentaries,
news programmes and music and comedy shows, has helped to win over
20 Awards in the last five years. In between Mega Mela Geeta is
using her talent to do mainstream programmes such as Housecall and
Jas is on attachment with Prince Charles' Timebank project 'Respect',
encouraging young people to get more involved with communities.
Nasanine is senior broadcast journalist with BBC Radio 1 news programme,
Newsbeat. She has become well known as a voice on the radio covering
a range of stories from business to entertainment and terrorism
to politics, as well as regularly reading the news on Radio 1. Nasanine
started her reporting career at Sunrise Radio as a radio journalist
covering Black and Asian news stories and then moved to Bloomberg
TV as a broadcast assistant. From there she joined ITN as the Moneydesk
Correspondent reporting for the ITV morning and main news, IRN,
LBC and News Direct on major stories such as the economic impact
was one of the original line-up of staff selected by the ITN team
for the launch of Channel Five News in 1997. She started as Newsdesk
Assistant but her talent was quickly spotted and she has been consistently
promoted through the ranks. As News Editor, Roohi is a member of
the senior Editorial Team, responsible for setting the news agenda
at the start of each day. She combines a thorough knowledge of international
and domestic news with an understanding of all the technical and
journalistic aspects of television work. Over a period of six years
she has quietly and effectively steered a multi-million pound news
gathering operation and is a highly-respected and popular TV professional.
Roohi exemplifies how talent, hard work, dedication and flair can
lead to great things. Channel Five News won three Awards for innovation
and journalism in its first year and was credited with breaking
the mould of British television news - Roohi played a significant
part in that achievement.
OF THE YEAR
women who have trained and qualified in their chosen professional
practice and have become a leading practitioner - setting an example
to other women and having their contribution acknowledged by their
ALBA DE SOUZA
has worked consistently over 30 years to promote the advancement
of education in developing countries, notably in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Her work has been carried out on behalf of governments, international
aid agencies and bodies such as UNESCO and UNICEF. Through her work,
Alba has had a direct impact on educational opportunities for millions
of the world's poorest people, with particular focus on the education
of girls and young women. She has successfully linked her initiatives
in education to the other major symptoms and causes of poverty -
nutrition and healthcare. Her work has been recognised by the Government
of Kenya, the United Nations and the Rockerfeller Foundation.
is Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and Head of
the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Unit at the Institute of
Child Health, University College London as well as Consultant in
Neuropsychology at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Her
research and clinical work, carried out over 20 years, is directed
towards understanding the cognitive and behavioural deficits of
brain-injured children as well as inherited disorders of speech
and language and childhood amnesia. She recently published ground-breaking
research that showed how damage inflicted on a specific area of
a child's brain can lead to serious anti-social behaviour in puberty
and adulthood. In addition to lecturing around the world, she is
also a medical/legal expert on amnesia and the consequences of head
injury on cognitive outcome in children and adults.
LEELA KAPILA OBE FRCS
began her surgical career in Bow, London and was the only female
surgical trainee in the region. During her appointment at Nottingham
she helped to advance care for children in a number of different
fields before her retirement in June 2002. She was the Chief Medical
Officer's advisor in Paediatric surgery from 1990 to 1997. During
her time on the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons she was
Chairman of the Heritage Committee, the Lectureship Selection Committee,
Women in Surgical Training, the Internal Affairs Committee and the
Education Board. She is totally committed to teaching and training
and has made a major contribution to generations of surgeons in
training. Since her retirement she takes her 'surgical paraphernalia'
out to schools to talk to sixth form girls about a career in surgery.
is a social anthropologist with interests in Islamic law, women
and rural development. She has over 20 years extensive research
and consultancy experience in Iran and Morocco and is currently
Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Near and Middle Eastern
Studies, SOAS, University of London. She is not just an academic
but an activist passionately involved in the issue of women's rights
in Iran and has published three books, now used as text books in
universities, and over 30 articles. Ziba has also co-produced two
high successful and thought provoking documentaries (Divorce Iranian
Style and Runaway) in conjunction with Channel 4. She challenges
stereotypes about Muslim women, builds bridges between cultures
by addressing universal human concerns and has established a dialogue
with Islamic scholars on the issue of human rights.
ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR
woman under 30 who has done something incredible, inspirational
or is simply the best at what she does.
28, is responsible for Global Diversity at Deutsche Bank in London,
She manages and coordinates diversity initiatives focusing on women,
minorities, work-life balance and campus recruitment as well managing
relationships with partner organisations. Prior to Deutsche Bank
Aiysha was with Goldman Sachs International in Diversity Recruitment.
She started her career path at the Windsor Fellowship - initially
as Student Liaison Officer and then as Director of Operations -
an educational charity that operates a national leadership development
programme for ethnic minority undergraduates.
18, began playing cricket when she was eight years old and now excels
at it. Playing for High Wycombe in an under 14 county cup match
a few years ago she bowled out an entire boys team in one over.
She first played for England in the Under 19s in the 2001 European
Championships and was called up the same year to the full England
Squad. She also played in last year's Super Fours tournament that
involves the 48 elite women cricketers in the country. She is exceptional
in that she juggles her technical training, physical training, academic
work (she plans to start a Biochemistry degree next year), part
time work, other sports interests such as county level badminton
and her social life. She currently features on the BBC Sport Academy
website as an ambassador for women's cricket.
24, is a young designer who is catching the eye of the fashion world
in the UK. She studied Fashion Design at Central St Martins College
of Art & Design and has been invited to take part in a number
of shows including the Curvaceous Exhibition and Fashion in Motion
at the Victoria & Albert Museum. In addition to rave reviews,
she has also been part of a BBC documentary 'Faith in Fashion' that
looks at the subject of Muslim women and fashion. Leili is currently
working on a project with the Asprey's fashion creative team, and
has previously worked with designers such as Christian Dior, Bruce
Oldfield and Tristan Webber.
26, started her legal training contract with Cattermoles solicitors,
an established firm that has been practising in Welling, Kent for
over 80 years. Since she qualified two years ago she has been responsible
for running the Matrimonial Department and has tripled its client
base and revenue making it one of the leading departments of its
kind in the area. She was made a partner at just 25, underlining
the fact that she is an excellent solicitor, displaying maturity
and an understanding of the law and management of a law firm beyond
her years. Her client care skills and overall professionalism have
been applauded by fellow lawyers and seasoned barristers alike.
27, has excelled both academically and socially through school and
university and in her final year at Trinity College Dublin, where
she was studying bio-chemistry, was elected President of the Students'
Union - the first time an Asian had been voted in and the first
student from the science faculty to be elected. She is currently
working with American investment bank, Citigroup as Vice President
in the cutting-edge arena of Credit Derivatives Structuring. Born
in India she moved with her parents to Canada at the age of six
and then to Limerick in Ireland when she was 12. This diverse background
has helped her to maintain her close ties to her Indian roots whilst
having an international outlook.
judging of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards took place on 24th
March 2003. The judging panel, headed up by Chairman Baroness Helena
Kennedy QC included Angela Lane, director, 3i; Anshu Jain, head
of global markets, Deutsche Bank AG London; Professor Azim Nanji,
director, Institute of Ismaili Studies; Professor Brian Gazzard,
consultant physician, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital; Sir Gulam
Noon, chairman, Noon Products; Jonathan Grun, editor, Press Association;
John Ormerod, senior partner, Deloitte & Touche; Judith Grahame,
chief executive, M & R Saatchi Arts; Baroness Margaret Jay;
Marjorie Wallace, chief executive, SANE; Sir Nicholas Montagu, chairman,
Inland Revenue; Sir Nicholas Young, chief executive, Red Cross;
Sarah Sands, deputy editor, Daily Telegraph; and Stuart Rock, editorial
director, Caspian Publishing.
THE ASIAN WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
in their fourth year the Awards, founded in 1999, were set up by
Pinky Lilani and Munir Samji to recognise all levels of achievement
made by Asian women in the UK. They acknowledge and celebrate the
individual efforts of Asian women from all over the country and
from all walks of life - reflecting the wealth of talent amongst
women in the Asian community, most of which goes unrecognised and
is not in the public arena.
are eight Award categories: The Arts & Culture Award, The Social
& Humanitarian Award, Business Woman of the Year - Corporate,
Entrepreneur of the Year, Media Professional of the Year, Professional
of the Year, Young Achiever of the Year and The Chairman's Award.
here for finalists in the Arts
& Culture category.
Click here for finalists in Business
Click here for finalists in the Social
& Humanitarian category.
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