2010 shortlist

Asian Women of Achievement Awards Winners & shortlist 2010
The accomplishments of nine pioneering Asian women were celebrated the Awards attended by HRH Princess Michael of Kent and HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan.
Asian Women of Achievement Awards
Arts & Culture
Shazia Mirza
comedian & writer
Described as the “Lenny Bruce of female stand-up”, Shazia is a boundary-breaking comedian and writer. The first Muslim female stand-up comedian, Shazia is also the first British comedian to have performed in Pakistan- to sold-out venues and rave reviews.
Alia Bano
Rani Moorthy
Founder & Artistic Director, Rasa Productions
The Singh Twins
Amrit & Rabindra Singh, Artists
Asian Women of Achievement Awards
Farah Ramzan Golant
chief executive, AMV BBDO
Kenya-born Farah is chief executive of the UK’s biggest advertising agency, AMV. During her 20-year stint with the company, she has worked with clients ranging from Sainsbury’s and BT to Starbucks and Mercedes. Farah is also on the advisory board of Cancer Research UK.
Tasnim Ghiawadwala
Senior Executive, Citi
Vimi Grewal-Carr
Partner, Deloitte
Bindi Karia
VC / Emerging Business Lead, Microsoft UK
Roma R. Khanna
President, Global Networks and Digital Initiatives, NBC Universal
Maisy Ng
Managing Partner, Add Partners
Asian Women of Achievement Awards
Shazia Awan
director, Peachy Pink
Shazia is the founder of ladies’ underwear brand Peachy Pinky, launched in Debenhams last year. The 28-year-old entrepreneur has also created a range of anti-cellulite underwear called PeachyBody, which has an inbuilt 3D wave massager in the weave to boost circulation and help reduce cellulite.
Shazia Awan
Director, Peachy Pink
Jayshree Davé
Founder & Director, Pipaltree
Farnaz Khan
Managing Director, eResponse Media
Angela Malik
Chef & Patron, The Angela Malik School of Food and Wine
Geeta Sidhu-Robb
Founder, Nosh Detox
Asian Women of Achievement Awards
Media Professional
Razia Iqbal
correspondent, BBC News
Razia is one of the few senior women correspondents in BBC News, and is best known for the former role as arts correspondent, where her “Arthouse” blog developed a cult following. Now a special correspondent for the main BBC News bulletins, Razia covers a wide range of subjects that demonstrate her journalistic flair, for example her recent special investigation into bogus Haiti fundraising charities.
Sameena Ali-Khan
Main Presenter, ITV Central
Thalbir Kaur Shokar
Corporate Communications Specialist, Thomson Reuters
Poonam Taneja
Senior Reporter, BBC Asian Network
Zain Verjee
Anchor, CNN International
Asian Women of Achievement Awards
Dr Zahra Jessa
optometrist, Moorfields Eye Hospital & research fellow, Anglia Ruskin University
Having completed her PhD at City University’s Institute of Optometry in 2009, Zahra is currently practicing at Moorefields Eye Hospital in London. She has also recently started a research position at Anglia Ruskin University, where her research will focus on visual problems in the older population.
Moi Ali
Owner & Consultant, Pink Anglia Public Relations Company
Angeli Arora
Partner, Bingham McCutchen (London) LLP
Bindar Dosanjh
Ramona Mehta
Partner, Mishcon de Reya
Dr Saima Naveed Nayab
Research and Development Scientist, ThermoFisher Scientific
Asian Women of Achievement Awards
Public Sector
Dr Monica Lakhanpaul
consultant paediatrician, Leicester Community Health Services & senior lecturer, University of Leicester
Monica is a consultant paediatrician and senior lecturer in Leicester, where she runs inner-city paediatric clinics for underprivileged families and offers support to abused children from the area. Monica leads the field in making improvements in health care for children as director for the National Collaborating centre for women and Children’s Health. She was recently awarded one of the first ever National Institute of Clinical Excellence fellowships.
Shindo Barquer
Chief Inspector, West Midlands Police
Nikki Chawda
Managing Director, Foundation Housing Association
Harbens Kaur
Hospital Solicitor, Homerton Hospital
Dr Shehla Mohammed
Consultant Geneticist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital
Eur Ing Dr Phebe Mann
Lecturer, University of Reading
Asian Women of Achievement Awards
Social & Humanitarian
Yasmin Halima
director, Global Campaign for Microbicides
Yasmin has been director of the Global Campaign for Microbicides since 2009, helping to prevent HIV through ethical research, effective policy and regulation, and stronger civil society engagement. Describing herself as an “HIV treatment activist”, she has worked for the International AIDS Society and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Aarunima Bhatnagar
Senior Officer, Newham Asian Women’s Project
Neelam Farzana
Psychotherapist, The Listening Service
Nisema Patel
Community Development Worker, RedbridgeCVS
Adirupa Sengupta
International Director, Common Purpose
Harsha Shukla
President, The Lancaster and Morecambe Hindu Society
Asian Women of Achievement Awards
Young Achiever
Bee Thakore
founder, Big on Good Solutions
Aeronautical engineer Bee, 28, is founder of interdisciplinary engineering house Big On Good Solutions. She is a trustee at the UK Space Education Trust and the youngest member on the board of directors at the worlds’ largest space advocacy group, The Planetary Society.
Ridhika Batra
Director, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Emily Benn
The Labour Party
Bijna Dasani
Principal, SSgA
Isa Guha
Ricketer, The ECB
Anjali Pathak
Brand Ambassador, AB World Foods (Patak’s)
Asian Women of Achievement Awards
Lloyds Banking Group
Shindo Barquer
chief inspector, West Midlands Police
Shindo joined West Midlands Police as the first Asian female officer. She has since risen to the rank of Chief Inspector and was awarded the long service and good conduct medal in December 2009. She is committed to getting more women involved with neighbourhood policing and campaigns to raise awareness about honour-related crimes and domestic violence in Britain.