...10 women who really make a difference. Be the first to read who won this year's Asian Women of Achievement Awards, the results fresh out of the brimming Hilton Grand Ballroom.
An inspiring evening at the London Hilton Park Lane hotel draws to an end. Tonight celebrated the success of Britain's pioneering Asian women - and an amazing celebration it was.
The Asian Women of Achievement Awards, hosted by Real Business, Pinky Lilani OBE and Caspian Media, took place for the 13th time tonight and once again presented an incredible list of talented, ambitious nominees from ground-breaking entrepreneurs, passionate philanthropists to City professionals.
“Tonight’s winners have all shown courage, intelligence and determination to succeed in their chosen fields and will certainly help to inspire the next generation of ambitious women keen to make their mark in the professional, business or cultural sectors,” commented Chris Sullivan of RBS, the Asian Women of Achievement Awards' main supporter.
The Awards' founder Pinky Lilani said: “We’re now in our 13th year of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards and the wealth and variety of the talent we unearth year-on-year never ceases to amaze me.”
“These women are remarkably talented and are true trailblazers in their individual sectors and specialities, but they all share one common goal: to make a positive difference for young Asian women.”
From a shortlist of 52 candidates, the winners of the eleven categories are:
The Arts & Culture Award
Business Woman of the Year
Vicky Shu, lead project engineer, Shell UK, for her delivery of ground-breaking projects in the offshore gas industry and her support of young female engineers entering the industry, “a future trailblazer”.
The Social & Humanitarian Award
Rena Amin, head of medicine management, Greenwich PCT – a passionate contributor to numerous community initiatives, she had “an exceptional personal story”.
Young Achiever of the Year
Jia-Yan Gu, researcher, BT Group – for leading collaborative scientific research projects across the world, and her charity work supporting female victims of sexual abuse, “her moral compass is extremely strong”.
Professional of the Year
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, solicitor and actress, Hamilton Burns W.S. Solicitors – providing legal services to black and minority ethnic women, whilst aspiring to be Scotland’s first Asian female MSP, “a whirlwind of passion”.
The Public Service Award
Mei Sim Lai, principal, LaiPeters & Co – “for her phenomenal dedication to public service throughout her adult life”, and as the first Chinese and female partner of a leading firm of City chartered accountants.
The Sports Award
Media Professional of the Year
Sangita Myska, BBC News correspondent – for her involvement in the secret filming of Bulgarian child traffickers and being a key reporter in last year's London riots.
The Entrepreneur Award
The Chairman’s Award
Sungjoo Kim, CEO and chairperson of luxury fashion brand MCM Holdings AG for “overcoming widespread prejudice and family opposition to become one of her country's most highly respected entrepreneurs”.
The Community Award
Cisco – for making a difference in the community through their academies and teaching schemes, with “a credible strategy of progress and implementation with positive and emerging results”.
Pictures of the award ceremony, as well as profiles of some of the winners' inspiring stories, will follow tomorrow on realbusiness.co.uk.
Key supporters of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards include: RBS, Etihad Airways, Land Rover, PwC, Sodexo, MITIE, Asda, Aviva, Visa, the Independent on Sunday and Said Business School.