Held in association with Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets and hosted by Real Business, the Asian Women of Achievement Awards recognise the contribution made by Asian women across Britain.This year’s 44-strong shortlist includes Kamal Basran, founder of The Authentic Food Company (up for Entrepreneur of the Year); cook, author and TV presenter Ching-He Huang (Media Professional), Jyoti Deshpande, CEO of Eros International (Business Woman); singer Kanika Kapoor (Art and Culture); Baroness Warsi, co-chairman of the Conservative Party and first ever woman to serve as a cabinet minister (Public Sector); Pavani Reddy, managing partner of Zaiwalla & Co (Professional); Ritula Shah, the BBC presenter (Media Professional); and Priya Lakhani, the lawyer-turned-entrepreneur behind Masala Masala (Young Achiever). You can view the full list of shortlisted candidates here. “These remarkable people are making a huge contribution to the vibrancy and vitality of British society and business,” says Pinky Lilani, founder of the awards. “The Asian Women of Achievement Awards provides a platform for them to tell their stories and hopefully inspire the next generation of British Asian female role models.” This year marks the 12th year that the Asian Women of Achievement Awards is taking place. Over their history, the awards have recognised and provided a platform for groundbreaking Asian women, including comedy actress Nina Wadia, civil rights activist Shami Chakrabarti, and the first Asian woman to lead a FTSE 250 business, Ruby McGregor-Smith. “Each year, I’m truly humbled by the inspiring women that are shortlisted,” adds Kamel Hothi, Asian markets director at Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets. “The Asian community has really made its mark across the fabric of British life and I’m delighted that we received more entries this year than ever before.” Last year’s ceremony was attended by HRH Princess Michael of Kent; Home Secretary Theresa May; entrepreneur James Caan; and film director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham; It’s a Wonderful Afterlife). Find out more information on the awards, and book your place, on the Asian Women of Achievement Awards website.
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