And he went on to make some interesting comments about how the whole affair could have been avoided… “We need more women in business and politics,” he said. “If it hadn’t been for testosterone-fuelled greed in the banking sector, for example, the economy might not be in such a mess.” Actress Meera Syal, who was up on stage with Dragons’ Den star James Caan to present the Business Woman of the Year award to Procserve’s CEO Veera Johnson, said Asian women would single-handedly pull the UK out of recession: “After all, we’re well known for buying in bulk,” she joked. The Asian Women of Achievement awards have been honouring talent for a decade. Last night’s guests included the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales, who received the Global Empowerment award from the event’s founder Pinky Lilani, an Indian-born author and entrepreneur, for his social and humanitarian work. Christina Vaughan scooped the Entrepreneur of the Year award. She founded Image Source, the London-based picture agency, in 1999 and has built it into an internationally known brand with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Cologne, with trading relationships in more than 80 countries. Vaughan was the first non-American to be voted on to the Picture Agency Council of America’s board. Dr Sunita Verma won the Professional of the Year award. Verma is the founder of Sparkle Dental Boutique, a multi award-winning private practice in west London that helps reconstruct people’s lives after trauma. Read more about the event here. And check out the Telegraph’s coverage of the night here. Related articles:Could women bankers do better?
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