2016 shortlist


Asian Women of Achievement Awards Winners & shortlist 2016
We are excited to announce the phenomenal winners & shortlist for the 2016 Asian Women of Achievement Awards in association with NatWest. In their 16th year, the Awards cut across UK Business, entrepreneurs, sports and community, recognising both high-achieving and high-potential women.
ASIAN WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Arts & Culture
Winner
Shweta Aggarwal
Creator of Dev and Ollie Books
Highly commended
Aslam and Hoda Elsoudani
Documentary Producers, Spoken Iris Films
Anita Anand, Author, Journalist & BBC Broadcaster
Yuhui Choe, First Soloist, The Royal Ballet
Shobu Kapoor, Actress, Poet, Producer, Roman Candle Productions
ASIAN WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Business
Winner
Deepa Shah
Chief Financial Officer, Hall & Partners
Highly commended
Rashpal Martin
Regional Head of Business Development, NatWest
Kona Haque, Head of Research, ED&F Man Holdings
Parisha Kanani, Global General Counsel, First State Investments
Dipali Patel, Head of Operations - Global Services UKI, EMC Computer Systems UK
Tahira Widlof, General Store Manager, Asda
ASIAN WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Entrepreneur
Winner
Nancy Johnston
CEO & Founder, Tengri
ShaoLan Hsueh, Founder & Writer, Chineasy
Madhuban Kumar, CEO, Metafused
CEO, Metafused, Director, Celessence International
Meeta Sahni, CEO, The Maine Group
Reshma Sohoni, Founding Partner, Seedcamp
ASIAN WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Media
Winner
Tina Ghazimorad
TV Producer & Film Maker, Manoto
Sima Kotecha, Today Programme Correspondent & Presenter, BBC News
Liliane Landor, Controller For Languages, BBC Global News
Radhika Sanghani, Women’s Writer, The Daily Telegraph
Sonia Sodha, Chief Leader Writer, The Observer
Farrah Storr, Editor-in-chief Cosmopolitan, Hearst Publishing
ASIAN WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Professions
Winner
Amina Memon
Professor of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London
Highly commended
Kuljit Bhogal
Barrister, Cornerstone Barristers
Vivian Chan, Director & Founder, Studio Verve Architects
Kam Kullar, Senior Quantity Surveyor, Mount Anvil
Neena Modi, Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
May Ng, Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist, Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals NHS Trust
ASIAN WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Public Service
Winner
Tulip Mazumdar
Global Health Reporter, BBC News
Rajinder Atkar, Head Nurse, St Johns of God
Wajeeha Amin, Wellbeing Expert, Wajeeha Amin
Swati Dhingra, Assistant Professor, London School of Economics
Katie Ghose, Chief Executive, Electoral Reform Society
ASIAN WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Social & Humanitarian
Winner
Sara Khan
Co-Director & Co-Founder, Inspire
Highly commended
Manjit Gill
Founder & CEO, Binti
Santosh Bhanot, Founder & Chair, The Circle: Asian Circle
Winnie M Li, Co-Founder, Clear Lines Festival
ASIAN WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Sport
Winner
Harleen Kaur
British Champion, World Martial Kombat Federation
Saba Nasim, Cricket Coach, Chance to Shine - Essex Cricket Board
Eden Silva, Professional Tennis Player, Team Eden
Manisha Tailor, Company Director, Swaggarlicious
Asian Women of Achievement Awards
AWA Chairman’s
Winner
Tahira Widlof
General Store Manager, Asda
Tahira Widlof’s colleagues describe her as an ‘analytical, innovative and tenacious’ manager, who has a proven track record of developing strategy and delivering process improvements at Asda. She was responsible for designing the company’s first ‘pop up’ shop, which involved improving back-office processes so the business could trade without its typical full-store infrastructure.
ASIAN WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Young Achiever
Winner
Bonnie Chiu
Co-Founder & CEO, Lensational
Winner
Shiura Rasheed
Programme Manager, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Sheena Amin, Head of Content Strategy and Business Development, Virgin Media
Catherine Cranston, Senior Consultant – Human Capital, Accenture
Najwa Jawahar, Senior Structural Engineer, WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff
Resham Kotecha, Adviser, Women2Win
Safeerah Mughal, Student, Feversham College