Nominations for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2011, held in association with Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets and hosted by Real Business, are now open.Over their 12-year history, the awards have recognised and provided a platform for an exciting generation of Asian female groundbreakers. Last year’s winners included Peachy Pink founder Shazia Awan, Farah Ramzan Golant, CEO of ad agency AMV BBDO, BBC news correspondent Razia Iqbal and comedienne Shazia Mirza. Previous winners also included comedy actress Nina Wadia, civil rights activist Shami Chakrabarti and Ruby McGregor-Smith, the first Asian women to lead a FTSE 250 business. “Since the initiative began in 1999, the perception of Asian women in our society has changed dramatically,” says Pinky Lilani, founder and chair of the awards. “It’s crucial that we continue to commend the great work they do and recognise their achievements in order to give future generations a collection of remarkable yet real role models.” A fantastic panel of judges will decide this year’s winners. Judges this year include Zarin Patel, chief financial officer at the BBC; air vice-marshall David Walker, master of the royal household; Jane Martinson, women’s editor at the Guardian; and Sir Nicholas Young, chief executive of the British Red Cross, who is chairing the judging panel. “The Asian community is of huge importance to the fabric of British life and Asian women have made their mark in so many ways,” adds Kamel Hothi, Asian markets director at Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets, also a judge. “Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets is proud to continue supporting the Asian Women of Achievement Awards.” The closing date for entries is March 2, 2011, with the awards ceremony taking place at the London Hilton on May 19, 2011. More information on how to nominate can be found here. Last year’s ceremony was attended by HRH Princess Michael of Kent; home secretary the Rt Hon Theresa May MP; entrepreneur James Caan and film director Gurinder Chadha (It’s a Wonderful Afterlife).
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